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Greater Is He That Is In Us

Have you ever found yourself wishing for a miracle?

There are numerous times where Christians want God to step in to save them, whether it’s dealing with a financial situation, an unexpected injury or some other joy-stealing circumstance. In most cases, we’re praying for God to make the first move, but what if He’s waiting to perform the  greater work through us?

Let me explain what I’m getting at. In John 14:12-14, it says:

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also;
and greater works than these he will do because I go to My Father.
And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

Remember how I was alluding to the greater power that is at work within us in previous posts? The minute the Holy Spirit enters our life, He immediately starts transforming us into the image of Christ. Sometimes it starts out slowly and other times it’s an instant change, but in the end, we have the mind of Christ. What does that mean? Exactly what John 14:12 says! As long as we believe in Him, we have the power to do greater works than Christ did because He is seated victoriously at the right hand of the Father.

So, how does this work? That’s where the second part of John 14:12-14 comes in. All we have to do is ask. Now, keep in mind that He doesn’t say He will do it “immediately,” “right away,” or anything like that; it’s all based on God’s timing. But we have the assurance that there is a greater power at work within us and that God has heard our prayers and will follow through on His promise of doing something about it.

The bottom line is, don’t hesitate to ask for a miracle. It doesn’t matter what the situation is – our God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb. 13:8)! He is our Healer (Psalm 41:2-3)! He is our Provider (Phil. 4:19)! He will never change, which means that we can always count on Him to raise us up with His righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

He might choose to step in and save the day or He might want us to take authority over the situation in Jesus name and perform the miracle through us. No matter what the circumstances are, we can rest assured that our God is faithful and will never fail us nor forsake us. (Deut. 31:6)

 

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Give thanks in all circumstances

Take a moment and count your blessings.

Seriously.

Get out a piece of paper, a journal, anything to write on and start making a list of the blessings you can think of.

What’s beginning to happen? You start writing down the obvious ones (I’m thankful for family, friends, that I woke up today, that I have food to enjoy, a warm house, etc.), and each of those brings to mind something else, which leads to more ideas and realizations of other blessings you had overlooked… the list gets longer and longer.
You see what I’m getting at?
There are so many different kinds of blessings that happen throughout each day. Small ones that you barely notice or take for granted and big ones that actually make you sit back and say, “Wow! That’s awesome!”
This past week, I’ve been thinking more and more about my life and what has happened up to this point.. and am still blown away by all that God has done.

1. That Christ willingly humbled Himself to live and minister among us, went to the cross, took all of our sins – past, present and future – upon Himself, paid the price we could never afford and conquered death so that we may have the free gift of eternal life!

2. That He has allowed me to grow up in a strong, Christian family with parents who love each other and are committed to our family and leading us to Christ.

3. That He granted me the money I needed in order to go to two good colleges (Northampton Community College and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania) and get a bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism.

4. That He’s blessed me with an amazing group of friends at Bible study, swing dancing, game night and other places.

5. That He has always provided for my every need, no matter how big or small.

And the list goes on!

Being thankful is a huge theme in the Old and New Testaments. Some of the well-known men of God in the Bible – Moses, David and Paul – made a point to encourage others to give thanks to God for everything. Not just the big things (such as bringing the Israelites out of Egypt, giving David success over Goliath or even granting Paul the opportunity to minister to the Gentiles), but in everything.
Here’s what they have to say on the subject:

“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done.” – 1 Chronicles 16:8

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.” – Psalm 100:4

“But thanks be to God! He give us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 15:57

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.” – 2 Corinthians 2:14

See what I mean? As children of the Most High God, we’re supposed to give thanks for everything each and every day.

It should be a natural reaction for us. It brings to mind the chorus from “Jury Duty,” a song by the O.C. Supertones:

“You know I haven’t had the best of days, but I want to stop and thank you anyway…
Cuz every single moment, whether sleeping or awake is Your creation,
and what You made is good. I don’t always thank You
for the rough days and hard times in my life,
even though I should.”

Now, I’m not saying that I still don’t struggle to find something to be thankful for on the really rough days.. I’m not perfect yet.

But the more I read and study the Bible, it’s encouraging to see that these great men of God (Moses, David and Paul) had to go through their own times of struggle and doubt before they came to the point of constant thanksgiving.
So, take it day by day. Try to make a point of thanking God for one or two things right after you wake up in the morning and right before you go to bed at night. I can guarantee it will soon become second nature and you’ll be able to live each day with a spirit of thankfulness (which is one of the fruits of the Spirit!)

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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