Diagnosed with throat cancer in 1964, I faced a crisis in my life. I found myself constantly praying the same thing: "O God, I know You can heal, because of all the evidence of Your Word, as well as the other miracles which I have seen with my own eyes. But ... the problem is ... You can ... if You want to ... Is it Your will to heal me? All I am asking for is a positive yes or no." I picked up my Bible and read from Romans 8 verse 26, "We know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit himself maketh intercession for us ... according to the will of God." That was it! It came with certainty to me that God had said yes. I would be healed by a miracle.
Forgive and you will be forgiven; set others free from their trespasses & your heavenly Father will also set you free. We must forgive, as we hope to be forgiven. Those who desire to find mercy with God, must show mercy to their brethren. Christ came into the world as the great Peace-maker, not only to reconcile us to God, but one to another.
The miracle of God’s love is forgiveness. The Scripture teaches as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. ‘Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, Lord,” she answered. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Now go and sin no more.”’ (John 8:10-11)
‘Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law (Psalm 119.18, NIV). One of the greatest gifts God has given us is the gift of sight. When Jesus saw the man born blind in John 9, He was moved with compassion. This man had never seen the blue sky or the beauty of flowers. His life was spent in darkness. But that day Jesus restored his sight.
Seeing Jesus asleep in the storm, the disciples thought He didn't care that they were perishing. But it was quite the opposite. Jesus wanted them to have faith in Him, to put their trust in His peace. All the time that Jesus was asleep, they were safe, because Jesus knew He would get to the other side of the lake. In your storm look to Jesus; put your faith in His peace; for if Jesus can be at rest in the midst of chaos, you can too.
When the disciples came face-to-face with the real power and authority of Jesus, in amazement they said, ‘What Kind of Man is He?’ When they saw what He could do, they were shocked, they marvelled. There is no one like our God; His power is without limit! ‘O Lord God, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand, for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds?’ (Deuteronomy 3:24)
God never fails; He cannot fail. Everything He does is a miracle. The day God fails, He is no longer God. It’s His character. He is the God of miracles! We all have many kinds of problems, many different needs, but I believe in miracles. Every act of God is a miracle, because a miracle is something man cannot do. Why did God send Jesus to earth? To prove He has power on earth to forgive sin and heal the sick.
Jesus, the Son of God, was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, rejected by men; yet He had so much power, not just power in heaven, but power on earth. Why did God sent His Son alone into a world which would kill Him? To demonstrate two things: firstly, that He had power on earth to heal the sick, and secondly, that He could forgive sin. This is why He could say to the paralytic, “Be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you: arise, take up your bed and walk!”