Does God still preform miracles?
Has the time for miracles, and mighty acts of God past? Most secular leaning people would say yes, or point to modern technology as a miracle of man. Many people of faith have also come to the conclusion that, the days of miracles ended, with the original apostles. Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: God did not grant special powers to one group of children, and withhold them from another. The original apostles walked and talked with Jesus for three years, this increased their faith, and it is our faith in Jesus, and in his word, that produces miracles. In the gospel of Mark a man who was not a disciple, brought his son to Jesus, to cast out an evil spirit, he asked Jesus, Mark 9:22 but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus responded to him with these words, Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. These words are as true today, as they were two thousand years ago. Another time Jesus followers found a man preforming miracles in Jesus name, that was not one of his followers. This should debunk the notion that only his disciples were given the authority to preform miracles. The story is found in Mark chapter 9. They asked Jesus if they should forbid this person from doing these miracles and Jesus answered them by saying, Mark 9:39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.
Jesus has ascended to heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. In his absence he has given his spirit and authority to his followers, to think as he thought, Philippians 2: 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:, and to do as he did, John 14:12-14 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. Jesus says in this verse, that this would be accomplished by those that believe, in him. Not those that walked with him, or came shortly after him, or witnessed him, or touched him, but those that believed in him. When we preform any miracle in Jesus name, it brings glory to Jesus, and to the Father. Mark 13:34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Jesus has given his authority, to those that believe in him. His servants. When a person is invested with authority, it is up to that person to use that authority. The bible states, James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Faith that is never exercised does not produce miracles! This type of faith comes from trusting in God, and not the material things of this world. It is likened to the kind of faith a small child has in its parents. Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. By reading Gods word, we become more and more familiar with who God is, and who we are as His children. It is no small thing to be a child of the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, and beyond!
Finally how do we put this faith in action to produce a miracle? Jesus cursed a fig tree,when he found it had no fruit. Jesus wants all his creation, especially those he died for, his brothers and sisters, to produce good fruit. His disciples were amazed to see how quickly the fig tree had shriveled up, and died. He then told them this, Mathew 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. Jesus spoke a word to the fig tree, he spoke the entire universe into existence. He told his followers to speak to the mountain. Speak to that thing in the name of Jesus, that does not conform to his will. Command it by the authority he has given you, believe he is willing to accomplish anything that is according to his will, and you will begin to see miracles!