What is a miracle?

As humans we often say things like “it was a miracle that I made it here” or “its a miracle i was not struck by a buss”.  We have come to use the word “miracle” to lightly in most cases.

I think we have not seen true miracles (or very few) for a long time as people are not living in faith anymore and depending on God and/or following God.  People are living day by day depending on their salaries, depending on what they know, depending on the wealth, depending on the talents etc. Also there are numerous people who misuse the word “miracle” and making millions from it by scamming people therefore people no longer believe.

A Miracle according to the dictionary:  “an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency”

So a miracle according to the dictionary is something that is unexplained by the natural and can only come from a divine person/agency.  It is something which you will stand in awe off when it happens.

A miracle in my mind is something that comes from God and is done for His glory yet helping us as humans.  There are many recorded miracles in the old and new testament of the Bible below which are awesome.  There are also numerous miracle accounts in today’s modern society yet not as “great” seemingly as what is mentioned in the Bible.  My thinking behind this is that people are no longer striving after God, they are no longer reading their Bibles to strengthen their faith and they no longer trust in God.  A lot of people only turn to God when they are helpless/hopeless and in those circumstances because they have no relationship with God, they actually have no faith in what He can do and then when nothing happens, people complain and say God doesnt exist and doesnt care.  This is simply not true.  The Bible is full of verses describing His love for us and how He wants to lead us and be a Father to us but its a 2 way street.  God says “Draw near to God and He will draw close to you (first part of James 4:8)

When we live according to how God wants us to live, a Christian life (as mentioned in a previous article) then we will see His Glory every day in “small” miracles and in the “big” miracles which He wants to do for us for His glory.

Follow God, not for the miracles, but having a relationship with Him, to seek Him, to know Him and the follow Him.  God says “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” Matthew 6:33

Some examples of miracles throughout the Bible:

Genesis:   God spoke everything into existence from the earth to the .  He created men and woman in His image (not the physical as God is spirit)

Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed with fire from heaven (Chapter 19)

Fire passes between Abraham’s sacrifice to God (15:17)

Sarah conceives and gives birth to Isaac (17:17; 18:12; 21:2)

The wife of Lot becomes a salt pillar (19:26)

Exodus:

Moses sees a bush burning that is not consumed (3:2)

Moses’ rod becomes a snake (4:3, 30; 7:10,12)

The hand of Moses becomes leprous then heals (4:6 – 7)

The ten plagues inflicted on Egypt (Chapters 7 to 12)

God leads Israelites with cloud pillar by day and provides heat and light at night with pillar of fire (13:21 – 22, 14:19 – 20)

Red Sea is parted to allow Israelites to escape Egyptians (14:22)

Pharaoh’s army destroyed in Red Sea (14:23 – 30)

Joshua:

The Jordan River parts as the Israelites cross it to enter the Land of Promise (3:14 – 17)

The walls of Jericho fall (6:20)

After God gave Joshua victory over a confederation of kings, he rained hailstones on the opponents which killed more people (10:11)

God causes the sun and moon to stand still as he delivers the Amorites to Joshua (10:12 – 14)

Daniel:

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego kept from burning alive in furnace (3:12 – 28)

Daniel saved from being eaten by lions (6:16 – 22)

Examples of miracles in the New Testament:

Miracles of Jesus unique to John’s gospel

At a wedding in Cana water is turned into wine (2:1 – 11)

A royal official’s son is healed (4:46 – 54)

During the Fall festival season in Jerusalem, a man is healed of a 38-year infirmity (5:1 – 9)

A man born blind is made whole (9:1 – 7)

In Bethany, Lazarus is resurrected after being dead for three days (11:38 – 44)

Peter miraculously catches 153 fish in his net (21:1 – 14)

Unique to Matthew’s gospel

Two blind men are healed (9:27 – 31)

On the sea to Capernaum Peter miraculously walks on water (but soon sinks and is saved by Jesus – 14:28 – 31)

Coin appears in the mouth of a fish to pay for Jesus’ and Peter’s temple tax (17:24 – 27)

Miracles of the Apostle Peter

Peter and John heal a man crippled from birth (Acts 3:2 – 11)

Ananias and Sapphira struck dead for lying (Acts 5:1 – 10)

Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, is healed (Acts 9:34)

Tabitha (Dorcas) is brought back from the dead (Acts 9:36 – 42)

Miracles of Stephen

Great signs and wonders performed (Acts 6:8)

Miracles of Philip

Demons cast out of people and many are healed (Acts 8:6 – 7, 13)

Philip miraculously transported to Azotus after preaching to an Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:39)

Signs, wonders and miracles in general

Performed by seventy sent by Jesus (Luke 10:17 – 20)

Performed by those who are not one of the twelve apostles (Mark 9:39, John 14:12)

By the apostles (Acts 4:30, 5:12 – 16)

The apostles miraculously freed from prison (Acts 5:17 – 20)

Peter delivered from prison (Acts 12:1 – 11)

Paul and Silas freed from a Philippian prison (Acts 16:22 – 40)

Blessings!

 

 

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