Miracles, Using What God Has Given Us
God uses things and unexpected situations to cause miracles. We would like to share our thoughts on a few of them!
1 Staff (Moses): Exodus 4:2-5
The working tool of a shepherd. Moses learned how to use this piece of wood to support the walk through the rocky mountains, to guide the flock and defend wolves. But now God asks him to throw his staff on the ground and it became a serpent (Exodus 4:17). This staff was used so often to work miracles and was called the "staff of God" (Exodus 4:20).
With this stick, Moses showed the power of God when his rod-shaped snake devoured the staffs of the Egyptian magicians (Exodus 7:9-15). When lifting this staff, the waters turned to blood (Exodus 7:17 and 19-20), there were frogs that infested the earth (Exodus 8:5). He touched with his staff in the sand and lice spread throughout Egypt (Exodus 8:16,17). There was hail (Exodus 9:23) and a plague of locusts (Exodus 10:13). With the rod, sea opened for the people go (Exodus 14:16). Rock sprouted water when Moses only played with this staff (Exodus 17:5,6). A battle was won only with this staff raised(Exodus 17:9).
2 Trumpets (Joshua): Joshua 6:16-20
The people of God were conquering the promised land and needed to win a major fortress, the city of Jericho. To human eyes, that city was insurmountable. Its wall was immense. It would take powerful weapons to tear down that wall. But God commands the people just surround the city outside its walls for seven days. On the seventh day, to do it seven times and this last time to play the trumpets as the people shouted strongly. The walls fell. The trumpets are a worship symbol. When we worship God, the strongholds of hell are moved. Everything that seems unattainable can be achieved in worship it is a powerful tool!
3- Mantle (Elijah and Elisha): II Kings 2:8-14
Elijah's mantle was the only inheritance left to his successor Elisha. In fact, this was a powerful tool. With this mantle, Elijah heard the voice of God while covering his face (I Kings 19:13). Elijah chose Elisha to be his disciple casting the mantle on him (I Kings 19:19). With this mantle, Elijah stopped the Jordan waters to pass (II Kings 2.:) and Elisha did the same thing on his way back (II Kings 2:14). This mantle may represent the responsibility of the prophetic ministry. When transferring your mantle, Elijah was putting upon him the task of giving continuity to his work as a prophet in Israel. Thus, we learn that our tasks are important commitments that we must take. When we exercise what we are entrusted in the Christian service, God works miracles through us. Commitment is a miracle tool!
4 Stones (David): I Samuel 17:49
God's people were being affronted by a giant named Goliath. No one dared to face this man in fear of his greatness. Greater still were the blasphemies uttered by this man who spoke of God and his people. But David felt enormous strength within themselves to volunteer to fight Goliath. Even after attempting to use human weapons, David chose to fight as he was used to, only with his shepherd's sling. It only took a stone and the giant was defeated. This smooth pebble symbolizes the name of the Lord. David declared that he would be facing the giant "for the Lord" (I Samuel 17:45). The most powerful weapon we can use today is the name of Jesus because there is no power greater than his name (Acts 4:12). Through the name of Jesus, our prayers are answered and miracles happen (John 14.13,14). Before you face any problem, however large we should call upon the name of Jesus. The name of Jesus is a powerful tool!
Figs 5 (Isaiah): Isaiah 38.21
King Hezekiah was on the verge of death and was even worse when he received word through the prophet Isaiah, he would die. Still Hezekiah prayed to God, crying for mercy. The Lord heard his prayer and sent the prophet Isaiah to come back and give the good news that he would be healed. But Isaiah had to make a fig paste and apply about where the ulcer was (II Kings 2:.7). The paste of figs is actually sweet, something delicious to eat. That paste covered the site of his wound. In fact, the fig has no curative characteristic. This act symbolized the fruits of Hezekiah's life were bigger than his mistakes. The king had prayed for the Lord to remember everything he did (Isaiah 38:3). God accepted the fruits Hezekiah's life. Likewise, the fruits of the Christian life are true miracles glorify God (John 15:8). Every Christian who has in itself the fruit of the Spirit witnesses great things from God (Galatians 5:22,23). The fruit of the Spirit is tools of miracles!
Use the tools that God gives you! II Corinthians 10:4 "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God." God always puts something in our hands for us to use when we need it. Everything is transformed by faith. The few conditions that we have are enhanced when we act spiritually. A staff opens the sea, a clarion tips walls, a mand to the river, a stone giant drops, sweet fig cure diseases, flour prevents the poison of action and clay healing eyes. We must learn to fight spiritually and not against the people whom God loves (Ephesians 6:12). Before each challenge, God gives us tools to conquer (II Corinthians 10:13).
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