Jesus demonstrated the power of God in working His first miracle at the wedding in Cana of Galilee. He turned water into wine. The Gospel of John states that all the miracles of Jesus testify to His glory as Messiah. (John 2:11,17:4-26) Also, this beginning of miracles was a type and pattern for all other divine miracles.
Jesus lived a prayer life. He walked with an open heaven. (John 1:51) At the wedding in Cana, Jesus utilized what was available for His miracle. The wedding host had run out of wine. Mary, our Lord’s mother, called on His help. She knew He had the power to remedy the problem. Mary told the servants (in her last recorded conversation), “Do whatever He tells you to do!” Read More
So when the ship was caught and could not head into the wind, we let her drive. Acts 27:15 NKJV
Paul had a rendezvous with destiny. Caught in the maw of a monster storm, Paul’s ship had its guidance system ripped away. His storm-tossed, helpless ship eventually ran aground on the island of Malta. All of this played right into God’s plan. Paul was able to bring the gospel to Malta accompanied by miracles, signs, and wonders.
Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vine…
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord. I will joy in the God of my salvation. (Habakkuk 3:17,18 NKJV)
We often repeat a positive confession, “God is good, all the time!” And this is true, absolutely. But then we discover that God’s ways may at times be contrary to our ways. We pray for A, but He sends B. How do we respond when we receive bad news or we face bad odds? Our response is important. Even in negative situations.
“Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do business in great waters, they see the works of the Lord and wonders of the deep.” (Psalm 107:23,24)
I grew up in Houston within earshot of one of the nation’s busiest ports, the Houston Ship Channel. Crowding the waterway were tankers, freighters, naval vessels, cruise ships, and an infinite number of tugs pushing barges loaded with petrochemical products.
You shall have a song as in the night when a holy festival is kept, and gladness of heart as when one goes with a flute to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the Mighty One of Israel. Isaiah 30:29
“Anyone can sing when the sun’s shining bright, But you need a song in your heart at night.” Ira Stanphill
“Like to the lark at break of day arising, sings hymns at Heaven’s gate…” from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29
The most comforting Bible theme is that of the ultimate triumph of our individual faith in God’s great faithfulness. Against the backdrop of the realities of life’s dark moments, the knowledge that God is still working to make bad things work for our good is the source of our hope and comfort.
Internationally known teacher Jim Mackey has recently released a new book on “How the Twenty-first Century Christian contends with cultural assimilation and the redefining of Christianity.” Jim is a beloved favorite speaker here on Dallas Prayer Mountain. Here is a timely excerpt from his book .I could not say this better. – Robert Summers
The Culture of God’s Kingdom
The transfer of my right to rule to God is the fly in the ointment for most living in America’s egalitarian democratic culture; many still resist the idea of yielding their intrinsic my-life-on-my-terms mind-set.
This yearning of God’s heart is not to be exclusionary, but it is purposely intentionally separating. He provides the opportunity for all to enter His kingdom, but it will be on His terms.
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” – Jesus in Matthew 6:25
Jesus speaks against worry because we have a Heavenly Father who sees and cares about us. He who feeds and clothes the sparrow also watches over His children.