Again this week, it is important to remember the real purpose of the Working of Miracles. Faith imparted through the manifestation of the Working of Miracles is quite different than “healing miracles.” In healings (supernatural healing) the target for the miracle is the hurting person and bringing relief from their suffering. Pastor Don says, “Every healing whether natural, supernatural or in the character of a miracle, is God’s love being poured out upon someone. Jesus paid for this on the cross by the wounds he suffered. But the Working of Miracles is different. It has as its target not the person(s) receiving the effect of the miracles, rather a greater target:
Joshua 4:23-24 MSG "Yes, GOD, your God, dried up the Jordan's waters for you until you had crossed, just as GOD, your God, did at the Red Sea, which had dried up before us until we had crossed. (24) This was so that everybody on earth would recognize how strong GOD's rescuing hand is and so that you would hold GOD in solemn reverence always."
Pastor Don says, “Of all the miracles that might be Jesus’ very first, one has to wonder about turning water into wine. After all, what great need was there? It couldn’t have come out of compassion for the ‘need of the people.’ Think about it! They were already ‘well drunk.’ With people hurting all across the region, why did God arrange for Jesus very first miracle to be turning water into wine at a notable wedding feast being held? The answer is apparent. The focus was not on a ‘need,’ but on ‘manifesting His glory!’ Once Jesus had turned the water into wine, the scripture says, “This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.” (John 2:11 KJV ) Immediately thereafter, we find Nicodemus, a Jewish religious lawyer, coming to Jesus:
John 3:1-2 MSG “There was a man of the Pharisee sect, Nicodemus, a prominent leader among the Jews. (2) Late one night he visited Jesus and said, "Rabbi, we all know you're a teacher straight from God. No one could do all the God-pointing, God-revealing acts you do if God weren't in on it."
As you experience this week’s teaching, remember how vital it is during this last great period of Christianity on earth, The Day of Jehovah Tsaba, that the world see this divine attribute of God once again in the earth. It is time, once again, for a generation of the earth to see the mighty hand of God in a manner that brings into manifestation thigs that only God can do. It is the one vital thing that has been missing in the Church. Imagine in Sudan, water from a rock providing a new river in the famine stricken nation, entire villages fed with a small portion of food that has been blessed, cities supernaturally delivered from smog, water supplies healed of their poisons, supernatural manifestations such as we read of scripture will become a hallmark of this great period of Christian believers. The Church will be given “credentials” unparalleled in previous ages to help the Lord of the harvest, as he sends out his people to prepare a great harvest of souls for Him.
2Kings 2:19-22 MSG “One day the men of the city said to Elisha, "You can see for yourself, master, how well our city is located. But the water is polluted and nothing grows." (20) He said, "Bring me a brand-new bowl and put some salt in it." They brought it to him. (21) He then went to the spring, sprinkled the salt into it, and proclaimed, "GOD's word: I've healed this water. It will no longer kill you or poison your land." (22) And sure enough, the water was healed--and remains so to this day, just as Elisha said.”
Pastor Don asks, “Can you see how easy it is to do miracles? Is there not a one of you listening to this teaching who could not do what Elisha did? How hard is it to ask for a brand new bowl, put some salt in it, then go to the city water supply and sprinkle the salt in the spring while proclaiming a word from God – ‘Thus says the Lord, I’ve healed this water. It will no longer kill you or poison your land.’ How hard is that to do?” Then he has everyone repeat, “Miracles are not hard to do – unless we complicate them!”
How do we complicate them? If we go where we weren’t sent by God, trying to do things that He has not planned for us, or if our aggressive behavior complicates things by grieving the Holy Spirit, when the Lord is looking for the meekness and humility of one who is simply yielded to Him – not trying to tell God what to do, rather learning to listen to what He wants to do through us.