Scripture


"God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them." (Acts 19:11)

Observation


Not just ordinary miracles but extraordinary! Paul walked not just in the authority of God's word but with the power of the word. I like that miracles can be extraordinary, I desire to see the ordinary ones as well!


We find a little later in this chapter there were seven sons of a priest called Sceva, who were using the name of Jesus to try and do works in people's lives but were not successful. So what was the difference? The sons of Sceva were wanting to see the power of God manifest without having the relationship with God, they did not have the authority that Paul had and were not successful.
When we desire to be used for the Lord in miraculous ways we need to keep on developing our relationship with Jesus, authority flows from knowing our God and hearing from Him. In the book of Daniel it says, "Those who know their God will take action and do great exploits." Knowing God is a continuous process, Paul knew His God and amazing miracles followed Him.
These miracles came from His submission to Christ, they were never something he focused on - the finished work of Christ was his focus.


When we walk with God we can expect to walk in His power.

Application

I desire to walk closely with the Lord and see His power moving in my life and in the lives of other people. The miracles are not what we should seek but rather the manifest presence of God, the miracles should be a result of our walk not the aim. Miracles reveal the presence of God and should draw people to Him. I desire to see people drawn closer to Jesus.


Prayer


Lord, may my relationship with You increase and may extraordinary miracles come from that walk, in Jesus name, amen.

 

David Goodwin