Strange question? Not necessarily so. A story is told about a priest and his friend. His friend was one of the most difficult cases he ever tried to handle. This friend would always come to the priest with a sad situation. Nothing went right for him. He Never had a MIRACLE. They just didn't happen for him!
The priest would tell the friend what he thought the friend should do to correct his situations. Time after time, the friend would go away leaving the priest with the impression that they had made some progress in solving his problem. Absolutely predictably, after each session, the friend would come back with the same statement, "I TRIED IT AND IT DIDN'T WORK."
After a long period of this repeated scenario, the priest told the friend. "Maybe you don't work at the suggestions I've been giving you so they don't produce the desired result. I've given you all the suggestions and advice I know. Why don't you try some of the other priests and see what they can do. Maybe one of them can help you "
The friend left and returned about six weeks later and said, " I have seen them all, and none of them... KNOW ANY MORE THAN YOU DO." NOTHING THEY SAID HELPED ME GET A MIRACLE. I don't get MIRACLES!
For awhile, the priest didn't see the friend. Then, one night, as the priest was getting ready to go out of town to make a speech. Something happened. The trip was a long drive and the priest thought he would put his thoughts together while he drove. As soon as the priest got in his car, who pops up but the friend, insisting that he go with the priest.
The friend wouldn't take no for his answer, so the priest gave in and told the friend he could go but he had to drive, and couldn't talk, so he, the priest, could make notes for his message. The friend agreed. All went well. The friend was quiet and the priest finished his notes.
The service was long and it was late when the priest and the friend were driving back home. On the way home the friend said he was hungry so the priest stopped at a truck stop and they had hamburgers.
Back on the road and only a few miles from the truck stop, suddenly the friend yelled out. I GOT IT, I GOT IT! I KNOW WHY I DON'T GET MIRACLES! "I AM WRONG!"
The priest said he didn't know what was in that hamburger, but after that night, the friend began to experience miracles. The friend lived many years and his life was changed . He experienced many miracles, and he died a happy man.
The moral of the story: There is a CATCH to experiencing miracles. We need strong faith, yes. However, we can't expect miracles to happen when we ourselves are WRONG. When we are living wrong, thinking wrong, and responding to wrong MOTIVES, don't expect miracles. "Wrongness" can never produce, "Rightness".
It is so important that you see yourself as what you are before you start declaring there are no MIRACLE. If we can believe that "we are the righteousness of God" and begin to live righteously, I really believe you can experience miracles. Will they come every day? Not hardly. (Only if you believe that being alive is a miracle.)
I believe God created each of us with a "miracle pact" built into us. BUT you must live righteously and BELIEVE that there are miracle for you. "Is there anything too hard for God?" "God can do exceedingly, abundantly about all that you ask or think." What we must realize is that MIRACLES don't come from priests, or the POPE, or from ANY man. Miracles come from God. Sometimes the reason that everything goes wrong for you, is that, YOU ARE WRONG! When you come to that realization , and correct it, you don't have to be perfect, for none of us are. Just live day by day correcting what is wrong. Then, watch out for miracles!
Our faithful God, has crowded miracles into each of us. Why not allow them to come forth and live? MIRACLES HAPPEN when we began to take God at his Word. Man can't give you miracle. Man gives GIFTS. ONLY GOD GIVES MIRACLES!
LIVE your life according to God's STANDARDS. According to GOD'S WORD, not according to what others think about you. The one who knows you better than you know yourself, packed you full of potential miracles. It's up to you to "live" them out of you.
Speak God's promises until they get from your head into your heart. Don't be misled, NO prayer cloth or holy dance can produce miracles! Speak THE PROMISES FROM THE WORD OF GOD, BACK TO HIM FROM YOUR HEART, THEN WAIT ON YOUR MIRACLES!
Faith unshakable is the ABILITY to fight DOUBT IN THE MIDST OF WHAT SEEMS LIKE DOOM. When we SPEAK AND BELIEVE THE PROMISES OF GOD, God makes miracles happen. Don't forget to have:
HOPE BEFORE THE HEALING,
CONFIDENCE BEFORE THE CURE,
AND SOUL MANAGEMENT WHILE YOU WAIT ON THE MIRACLE.
OH... and one other thing...HAVE A HAMBURGER!
God bless you everyone. Happy New Year!
"To God Be All The Glory"
Elaine J. Jones