February 10, 2010

Chapter Five - Believing God Can Do What He Says He Can Do

February 10, 2010
This is my second time reading this book and both times this chapter has been a lot for me to absorb. I think that is because a lot of times, we in our human nature, tend to over analyze and over think things. The idea of both cessationism and sensationalism baffle me and honestly I am choosing to not completely understand either one of these ideologies.

Here are a few things that come from the Beth Moore "homework" for this chapter:
Please consider each one prayerfully...
  • Although the Kingdom era in which we live is not necessarily characterized by signs and wonders, God certainly still performs miracles. The Word of God also teaches that signs and wonders will dramatically increase in the latter days.
  • Though God makes countless merciful exceptions, He still reserves the right to supernaturally respond most readily to faith. Remember what we've learned: faith fills the gap between our theology and our reality.
  • Much of the body of Christ is paralyzed by unbelief. Our unbelief has likely ushered us into a frustrating, disabling cycle: we believe little, so we see little, so we continue to believe little and see little.
  • A popular explanation for the rarity of obvious miracles today is that God no longer performs them, but the unbelief of this generation may be the real obstacle.
  • God is not offended by our requests for supernatural intervention. On the contrary, God is pleased when we exercise faith. God is offended when our desire for signs and wonders eclipses our desire for Him or becomes a request for God to prove Himself. God reads every petition we make on the tablets of our hearts.

There are few biblical subjects that require more depth of insight and understanding than miracles. We certainly will not discover all the answers this week, in fact, we will still have questions as long as we occupy planet Earth, but we can know more than we do. Read Proverbs 2:1-5. Personalize the concepts taught in these verses, asking God to give you a new depth of understanding about miracle this week and throughout this series. In other words, use this opportunity to call out to God for insight!

What would you like to share this week? I know many of you have experience miraculous miracles in your life and maybe some that you would not consider so miraculous... please share!


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