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Miracles! Miracles! Miracles!

This morning during my time of “Coffee with the Lord” I read a passage I labeled “Miracles, Miracles, Miracles!” (Matthew 8:1-17) What a faith building passage! What a reinforcement of faith and the confidence that nothing is impossible with God! What a testimony to the reality that the “already” aspect of the “Kingdom of Heaven” has broken into time and space with the coming of Jesus Christ! (The future aspect of that Kingdom awaits His return – His “2nd coming.”)

First, Jesus hears a leper’s plea and responds, reaches out, and at the risk of defiling Himself, touches the “unclean one” (and instead of it making Him ceremonially unclean) cleanses the man of leprosy – what was considered at that time an “incurable disease”!!! (Vss. 1-4)

Next, Jesus responds to a Roman Centurion’s plea for a valued servant, offers to come and heal him, but expresses wonderful faith in his comments about “authority” – “Only say the word and my servant will be healed!”…. Jesus’s responds to the powerful expression of the Centurions faith and says, “Go, let it be done as you have believed! And the servant was healed at that very moment!” (Vss. 5-13)

Finally, Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law… He simply touches her hand and she is immediately healed!

The result? That evening “they brought to Him many who were oppressed by demons and HE CAST OUT THE SPIRITS WITH A WORD AND HEALED ALL WHO WERE SICK! Matthew then makes this observation: “This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases!'” (quotation from the prophet Isaiah 53:4) (Vss. 14-17)

HEAR ME, THAT’S WHO JESUS IS – THAT’S WHAT HE’S LIKE – THAT’S WHAT HE CAN DO!!! … And the “Resurrected Christ” is still doing miraculous things like this today!!! Trust Him!

Exploding in Personal Worship!

Apostle Paul has just been discussing God’s incredible redemptive plan for all people of the world – Jew and Gentile! He argues that God’s got it all worked out!

He closes with this wonderful “Doxology” of high praise to an all wise, all powerful God! He literally explodes in worship!!! This is the pinnacle of Romans!!!

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid? For from him and through him and to him are all things! To him be glory forever! Amen!” (Romans 11:33-36)

My advice? Pause and explode in worship!!! I did!!! Amen!!!

Ever Had a “Bethel” Experience?

I Had a “Bethel” experience this morning as I read Genesis 28:10-22 during “coffee with the Lord”!

Jacob, having deceived his father and angered his brother, was forced to flee for his life! Esau wanted to kill him!  It had to be one lonely night, filled with fear and guilty feelings! But God in His mercy revealed Himself to Jacob in a powerful dream/vision and reaffirmed/re-established His covenant!

“And behold, the Lord said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring.  Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.  Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you!’” (vss.13-15)

Jacob awakens from this revelation – blown away by God mercy and grace!

“Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it! … How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!’  So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it.  HE CALLED THE NAME OF THAT PLACE BETHEL [i.e. the house of God].” (vss. 16-19)

Jacob’s response is noteworthy and instructive for us, who as guilty sinners, have experienced the mercy and grace of God… When this happened to Jacob he worshipped and consecrated himself afresh to God. As I read this passage during my time of “coffee with the Lord” this morning I did the same… I worshipped and rededicated myself to the Lord – I HAD A “BETHEL EXPERIENCE!”

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