What would it have been like to have experienced the miraculous power of God firsthand like Moses, Elijah, or Peter? To have walked in their sandals would be mind-blowing. God’s miracles flowing through them had become a way of life.
You and I serve the same God. Could such an astonishing way of life be what God desires for us?
I Had the Audacity
I don’t remember the details of one early morning a few years ago, but I had stolen away to the farthest part of the house to seek God in solitude. A fresh desire was stirring in my spirit–or maybe He was stirring my spirit to break out of religiously going through the motions in my walk with Him.
I hadn’t mustered the courage to pray my thoughts from the day before, but the stirring pressed stronger in the 24 hours that had passed. In quiet trepidation, I whispered a daring request of God, “I want You to be the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in my life.” I was afraid He would answer it and call me to a radical, unknown territory.
What do I mean?
It reminds me of the encounter Moses had when he turned to see the unbelievable burning bush that was not consumed in Exodus 3. When appearing through that bush, God announced He was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He declared it a few times in that extraordinary exchange. It seems that He was reminding Moses: you’ve heard the stories of what I did with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Now it’s your turn. He called Moses to demand the release of God’s enslaved people from Pharaoh. That was radical, unknown territory for Moses.
You’ve heard the stories of what I did with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Now it’s your turn.
Grandma Knows a Secret
My grandma recently visited us for two months. During her stay, she shared many stories from her long life that showed she has lived (and still is living) a life of God’s power. You know what caught my attention? She kept saying the word miracle. There were miracles in every area.
Health. Her young son had large lumps covering his body. She brought him to the doctor. The x-ray showed Tuberculosis. Grandma was nonchalant. The physician was surprised and conveyed that he thought she would be torn up about it. She replied, “I know God’s going to take care of it.” When they returned the following week for new x-rays it was gone!
She’s been healed of cancer twice. Each time she “knew God was going to take care of it!” She shared many other miracles she witnessed.
Financial. My grandpa was in the military. Grandma said she didn’t know how they’d make it from month to month with three kids. One night she was at a church service when she felt God spoke to her to give $100. She went to the minister and said, “I’m giving you $100. I don’t have it, but take my word for it. God will provide.” Within the next few days, the Red Cross called her. Surprised, she said, “I’ve never called you. Why did you call me?” They found my grandpa’s name on some paperwork, and after looking into their dire circumstances they increased his funds on the spot. She had the money then to give in the offering and then more to cover bills.
Protection. While driving up a mountain one day, she swerved to miss an oncoming truck that was over the yellow line. She swerved into a pothole, causing her car to hit the embankment and spin completely around only to hit and spin four other times. On every spin, she cried, “God, help me!” Finally, her car stopped a couple of feet short of the river. Although her car was in bad shape, she didn’t have a bruise.
One huge takeaway from this is apparently, she knows a secret. Could trusting God be the key? It was never of her own effort that these miracles took place. She simply believed in God’s power.
The Possibility for Us
Through these testimonies and much more, God began awakening the dormant desire within me. He’s stirring a renewal of my brave prayer—although it’s scary. The devil wants me to think I’m walking into a door of uncertainty, but God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
The devil wants me to think I’m walking into a door of uncertainty, but God is the same.
God is the original source of power. He is powerful with His every breath. From the first recorded second He spoke His power is displayed through His magnificent creation. What a mighty God we serve!
This month Julie Loos of Unmasking the Mess, David Miller of Life Letter Cafe, and Horace Williams Jr. of Pleasing to the Potter will join us for this new series on the power of God. Through the encouragement of biblical accounts and the testimonies of others, we will venture into this exhilarating territory. We will explore the reachable possibility of experiencing God’s miraculous power in and through our lives, even if it is indeed frightening. I pray our fear of God will supersede any natural fear or fear of man.
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Don’t miss the other great posts in the Power of God series:
- Experiencing the Miraculous Power of God
- Like Moses, We Can Get Used to Using God’s Power
- God’s Power Defies What Is False
- How God’s Greatest Power Was in the Suffering of the Cross
- A Testimony of God’s Power of Provision
- Prayer Is a Conduit to God’s Power
- God’s Healing Power Is for You
- Live Empowered: the Holy Spirit Moves through Us