MIRACLES: God’s Presence

 “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;”  (Acts 3:19)

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

Sometimes all it takes to receive a miracle is to get into the presence of God.

“And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.” (Mark 5:25-27)

“For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?” (Mark 5:28-30)

“And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.” (Mar 5:31-32)

“But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.” (Mar 5:33-34)

The Bible says that God is everywhere, that He is “omnipresent”.

In the Book of Acts, the Apostle Paul told the men of Athens on Mars’ hill,

“That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” (Acts 17:27-28)

However, there is a vast difference between God being everywhere and all around us, and we being in the “manifested presence” of God.

As demonstrated by the disciples saying to Jesus, “Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?”

There were many people pressing against and touching Jesus that day, but only one touched Jesus with faith and entered into His “manifested presence”, and that was the woman with the issue of blood.

There are miracles to be found in the manifested presence of God.

What can we do, if anything, that would prepare the way for God to manifest His presence?

First and foremost, as we have discussed earlier and have seen in the woman with the issue of blood, we can touch God with our faith.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Heb. 11:6)

Secondly, and just as important, is love.

Faith works by love.

“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” (Gal. 5:6)

Faith that would manifest the presence of God is ineffectual without love.

“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” (1Cor. 13:2)

God is love.

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” (1John 4:7-8)

“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (1John 4:16)

God’s faith and love are multiplied and the way is made plain for the manifested presence of God when His children come together in unity and agreement.

“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Mat. 18:19-20)

“And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:” (Acts 4:24)

“And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:31)

The Bible says that God inhabits the praises of His people.

“But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” (Psalm 22:3)

God’s presence is manifested and miracles happen when His people praise Him and He receives all the Glory.

That no flesh should glory in his presence.” (1Cor. 1:29)

In the Book of Second Chronicles chapter 20, we read of a time when a very great army comprised of three separate nations came against King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah.

King Jehoshaphat was a good king in the eyes of the Lord but his army was very small compared to the combined armies that were coming against him and the city of Jerusalem.

King Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast throughout all of Judah and he stood before the people in the court of the House of the Lord to pray openly to the Lord.

“And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?” (2Ch. 20:6)

“Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend forever? And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,” (2Ch. 20:7-8)

“If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.” (2Ch. 20:9)

When Jehoshaphat finished his prayer, the Spirit of the Lord came upon a man by the name of Jahaziel in the midst of the congregation and he began to prophesy.

“And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2Ch. 20:15)

“Tomorrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.” (2Ch. 20:16)

Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.” (2Ch. 20:17)

The Bible says that after Jahaziel finished prophesying, King Jehoshaphat and all the people bowed with their faces to the ground and worshiped the Lord. The singers began to sing and all the people began to praise.

The next day, King Jehoshaphat and all the people went out to the wilderness to face the armies that had come against them. However, they did not go out prepared to fight because they believed the Lord and the words of His prophet. They went out to praise the Lord.

“And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth forever.” (2Ch. 20:21)

“And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.” (2Ch. 20:22)

When the people began to sing and praise, The Lord manifested His presence and caused the armies of the enemy to fight and destroy each other.

The Bible goes on to say that it took three days for the people of Judah to gather up the spoil from the dead bodies of the enemy and bring the wealth and jewels back to Jerusalem.

We have seen in the Scriptures that faith which works by love, unity, and praise prepare the way for miracles and the manifested presence of God.

The Bible also says that God is Light and in Him is no darkness at all.

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1John 1:5)

“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1John 1:6-7)

We cannot walk with God, see miracles happen, and behold the manifested presence of God if we have darkness in our life.

The darkness of unrepentant sin.

The Bible says, “How can two walk together except they be agreed?”

“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3)

If we are to walk with God then we are going to have to set our lives in agreement with God, and that means setting our lives in agreement with His Word.

We have the power to do this. God has set us free from the power of darkness.

“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” (Col. 1:13)

If we will bring every hidden or dark area of our life before the Lord and into His glorious light, then the Light of God will destroy that darkness. We will dwell in His light and be a chosen vessel filled with faith, love, unity, and praise, fit for the Lord and His glory.

We will have prepared our lives to experience the miracles and manifested presence of God.

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MIRACLES: Sanctification for Miracles

 “If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”  (2Tim. 2:21)

In the Book of Acts, the Lord says that the Apostle Paul was a “chosen vessel” unto Him.

“But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:” (Acts 9:15)

Jesus said that “many are called, but few are chosen.”

“So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.” (Mat. 20:16)

The Bible tells us what God requires of those who desire to be a “chosen vessel” for the Lord and His glory.

“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2Tim. 2:19)

“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor.” (2Tim. 2:20)

If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. (2Ti 2:21)

If we are to be a vessel unto honor then we must be “sanctified”.

Here the word “sanctified” literally means to “make holy, purify, or consecrate”. It also means to be “separated” unto God.

Sanctification means that we have consecrated our lives to Christ or that we have separated ourselves unto God.

It does not mean to separate ourselves from the world, from the very people that God has called us to reach out to and show the love of God.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian Church,

“I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.” (1Cor. 5:9-10)

“But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.” (1Cor. 5:11)

Paul had previously written to the Church at Corinth but they had misunderstood what he had written.

They misunderstood the Apostle Paul’s directions to separate themselves from the people in the Church that were continuing in sin. Instead, they had begun to separate themselves from the unbelievers that lived outside the Church.

Paul had received word that they were refusing to have any associations, business dealings, or communications with the non-Christians living in Corinth. The Church had begun to appear aloof and disinterested in the community where they dwelt.

This was hindering the spread of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and Paul had to write again to them in order to clarify himself.

Jesus sat and ate with sinners, but He had no use for the hypocritical, self-righteous religious leaders who harbored sin in their hearts.

We are to be sanctified to the Lord, not separated from the world. We are, however, called to be separated from the love of the world.

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1John 2:15)

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.” (1John 2:16-17)

The people who are consecrated to God and separated from the love of the world are the people that God will use to be “chosen vessels”, sanctified and “fit for the Master’s use”, prepared unto every good work.

These are the people who have prepared themselves to behold and be part of the miracles created by God.

One good example of this is the story of the Prophet Elijah and Elisha in the Old Testament.

Elijah was one of the greatest prophets of God in the Old Testament. We can read of the great works and miracles that God did through him in the Books of First and Second Kings.

The time came towards the end of Elijah’s ministry that the Lord instructed him to find a man by the name of Elisha and anoint him to take his place as the prophet of God.

“So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.” (1Ki. 19:19)

And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?” (1Ki. 19:20)

“And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.” (1Ki. 19:21)

The mantle in the Old Testament represented the anointing of the prophet. When Elijah cast his mantle on Elisha, Elisha understood what it meant.

This was Elijah’s way of saying, “Come and follow me. Be my apprentice and be a partaker of the anointing and call that’s upon my life.”

Perhaps this was a sudden surprise to Elisha, or perhaps the Lord had already prepared his heart. Nevertheless, Elisha knew that this meant leaving home and family behind and so he wanted to go and kiss his parents “good-by”, possibly to explain to them where he was going.

Elijah told him to “go back again”, in other words “forget it, never mind”, but then he said, “What have I done to thee?”

Elisha knew exactly who Elijah was and what this meant.

The whole nation of Israel knew about this great prophet who would stand and rebuke kings, who could raise the dead, call fire down from God, who could shut the heavens to stop the rain, then pray again and the rain would fall.

Sometimes we have to decide what’s more important.

“And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62)

Jesus said,

“He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” (Mat. 10:37)

Elisha had to make a choice. How important was the call? Should he commit himself to it? It might never come again.

Elisha went back to the field that he was plowing. He broke up the plow and built a fire with the pieces. He slaughtered the oxen to cook and feed the people.

The other workers might have asked, “What are you doing Elisha? Why are you breaking up your plow and killing your oxen?”

His answer might have been, “Because I’m never coming back.”

Elisha provided himself no place to ever come back to. He totally consecrated and sanctified himself to the call that Elijah had placed upon him.

Later, after years of faithful ministry, the time came for God to take Elijah up to heaven. Elisha asked one thing of Elijah before he was to go. He asked if he could receive a double portion of the anointing that was upon Elijah.

Elijah told his servant that if he saw him taken up, then his request would be granted. In other words, if you are still consecrated to me and haven’t left my side, then God will give it to you.

Elisha continued to follow Elijah as they went, and when Elijah was caught up to heaven by a whirlwind and his mantle fell to the ground, Elisha seeing the sight picked up the mantle knowing that the promise was his.

He struck the waters of the Jordan River with the mantle of Elijah and said, “Where is the God of Elijah?” and the waters parted so that he could walk across on dry ground.

Elisha had received the reward for the consecration he had committed himself to so long ago when Elijah had first thrown his mantle upon him.

And the Bible records twice as many miracles that Elisha performed as did Elijah.

The Bible teaches us the things that happened in the Old Testament are examples for us and they foreshadow spiritual things that apply to us in the New Testament.

God does not call everyone to leave their family, home, and job in order to be sanctified to the Lord and be used by God as He did Elisha.

The story of Elisha’s consecration to Elijah (if you see me when I go, if you’re still by my side, if we’re still step-by-step together) is a physical representation of the spiritual consecration we are to have to the Lord if we are to be a chosen vessel.

Many people erroneously believe that Elijah was taken up to heaven by a chariot of fire. This is not so. The Bible says that Elijah was caught up to heaven in a whirlwind.

“And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.” (2Ki. 2:11)

Elisha was so consecrated, sanctified, and close to Elijah that the Lord had to send a chariot and horses of fire to separate the two.

The horses and chariot approached, Elisha jumped one way and Elijah jumped the other, and God was able to take up Elijah with the whirlwind into heaven and leave Elisha behind to finish the work of the prophet.

“And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.” (2Ki. 2:12)

“He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;” (2Ki. 2:13)

“And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.” (2Ki. 2:14)

Elisha had determined in his heart that nothing was going to keep him from obeying God and receiving the anointing of the prophet.

He had decided that neither family, nor job, nor friends, nor anything else was going to get between him and the prophet to separate them.

Elisha was totally sanctified and consecrated to Elijah.

This is the type of sanctification, consecration, and dedication that God requires of us if we are going to be a “chosen vessel” fit for His use.

Not physically as it was with Elisha, but spiritually.

We need to determine that no hidden sin, no habit, no wrong attitude, no area of our life or mind that we have not submitted to Christ will get between us and the anointing of God.

We must determine that nothing in our heart or mind will hinder us from being a vessel fit for His use. We must determine to hold nothing back from God.

This is the life of sanctification and consecration to the Lord that will be one of the keys to opening the door of faith and beholding miracles from God.

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MIRACLES: Compassion for Miracles

 “And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.”  (Mark 1:41-42)

Although faith in God is the door through which miracles enter, there are several keys that God will use to unlock that door so that His miraculous power and glory can be manifested.

One such key is the key of compassion.

“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:” (1Pet. 3:8)

Several times in the Gospels, just before Jesus performed a great miracle, the Bible says that He was “moved with compassion”.

“And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.” (Mat. 14:14)

“So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.” (Mat. 20:34)

“And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.” (Mark 1:41-42)

“And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.” (Luke 7:13-15)

The Bible teaches us that when we accept Christ and are born again, His Spirit comes and lives inside of us.

“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” (Rom. 8:9)

“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” (Col. 1:27)

If the Spirit of Christ dwells inside of us, and the Bible says that Jesus Christ never changes (Heb. 13:8), then the same compassion that moved Jesus to perform the miraculous lives inside of us also.

It is up to us to pray, ask, believe, and allow the Holy Spirit to change us in order that we are capable of having the same miracle empowering compassion of Christ flow out from us as it did from Him.

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2Cor. 3:18)

The compassion of Christ is simply the motivational expression of the love of God, and the love of God is the empowerment of faith.

“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” (Gal. 5:6)

Acting upon that faith is the work that keeps faith alive.

“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:20)

It is hearing from God that directs us, it is the love of God that empowers faith and motivates compassion, it is the compassion of Christ that moves us to action, and it is the action that causes God to join His faith with ours and create the miracle needed; the manifestation of the will of God.

In the late 1970’s, there was a great outpouring of the Spirit of God upon the earth. It was during this time that I was saved and called by God.

Many great miracles were recorded and ministries were founded around the world during this great outpouring, and there was no greater outpouring of God’s Spirit than that which happened in the country of Indonesia.

Thousands upon thousands were saved as God called ministry teams to go out among the multiple islands that comprise this fourth largest nation in the world and bring the Gospel to millions of people.

As it was in the Book of Acts, God confirmed His word with signs and wonders following and many accounts of great miracles were witnessed and recorded by these ministry teams.

One such account is a great example of what God will do when the compassion of Christ is acted upon by the child of God.

The story is told that one of these ministry teams had been called by God to go and preach the Gospel to the people of a certain remote village.

However, as they approached the village they realized that the recent monsoon rains had caused the river that separated them from the village to reach an impassable flood stage.

As they stood there looking across the river and through the trees, they could see the people of the village going about their daily routine.

Suddenly, a great compassion began to well up inside the team leader as he gazed at the people of the village. All he could think of was how the Lord loved them, and gave His life for them, and that without the Gospel they would be eternally lost.

He began to feel water lapping at his feet, and as he looked down he realized that he had begun to walk on the water to go to the people of the village.

With their eyes fixed upon the people of the village and their hearts filled with the compassion of Christ, they walked on the water, crossing the river, and brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ to preach to the people.

After seeing them walk upon the water, the entire village was saved and many were healed, delivered, and filled with the Holy Ghost.

Our love for God and His love for others already lives within us through the indwelling Spirit of Christ in our hearts.

However, it is up to us to ask God to fill us with that compassion to the degree that we will act upon it in His Name.

Only when we hunger and thirst to see and feel for others the same way that Christ does will we be filled to the overflowing, and the compassion of Christ will pour out of us through our actions to be one of the keys that will unlock the door and release the miracle power of God.

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Mat. 5:6)

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MIRACLES: Faith for Miracles

 “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”  (Mark 11:24)

The Bible teaches that there are two types of miracles that can be received from God.

There is the miracle that God gives because of the faith of the one needing the miracle, and then there is the miracle given by God because of the faith of someone who is ministering to or praying for someone else.

Sometimes the faith of the person needing the miracle is so strong that God will give it in spite of the wrongful circumstances surrounding the miracle.

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Mat. 7:22-23)

In this passage of Scripture God rewarded the faith of those needing the miracles in spite of the wicked hearts of those proclaiming to perform the miracles.

And then there are times when God rewards the faith of those bringing someone before Him who needs a miracle even though the one needing the miracle may have no faith at all.

“And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” (Mark 2:4-5)

And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.” (Mark 2:12)

In this instance the Lord saw the faith of the men who were willing to tear a hole in the roof and let their sick friend down on ropes to be healed by Jesus.

These men had no doubt in the love, mercy, and power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Bible says that when Jesus saw their faith, He then forgave the sinner of his sins and miraculously healed his disabled body.

There are several keys that unlock the door through which a miracle can enter, but there is only one door through which a miracle of God can come, and that is the door of faith.

Faith is the foundational requirement for a miracle from God upon which everything else is based.

There are some instances, such as in the Book of Genesis, in the beginning, when God’s faith alone is all that is needed to create the miracle. God can do anything. He is God.

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” (Heb. 11:3)

However, when mankind fell and unbelief entered into the world, it began to affect the faith of God.

Although unbelief cannot negate the faith of God,

“For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar…” (Rom 3:3-4)

Unbelief can, however, hinder the faith of God.

“And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” (Mat 13:57-58)

This is why God has deposited His faith in the hearts of His children so that when His children believe and redeposit that faith back in Him; together with His faith it becomes multiplied.

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20)

“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Mat. 18:19-20)

In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke we read of the time when Jesus raised the daughter of Jairus from the dead.

When Jesus entered into the house and declared the girl was not dead but only sleeping, the mourners and doubters laughed Him to scorn.

But Jesus put them out of the house and took only the girl’s parents, Peter, James, and John into the room with him.

Jesus took only those who believed with Him into the room. Their faith joined with His and the girl was restored back to life.

“While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.” (Luke 8:49-50)

“And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.” (Luke 8:51-52)

And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat.” (Luke 8:53-55)

It is not our faith, but it is God’s faith that He has put within us.

And there is only one direction for the redeposit of that faith, and that is back in God.

“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.” (Mark 11:22)

It is not whether we can believe enough that a miracle can happen, but it is whether we believe enough that God is able to do it and that it is His will to do it.

“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” (Mar 9:23-24)

This is having faith in the love, the power, and the will of God to such a degree that we are able to believe and not doubt.

This involves the faith that comes from hearing God and knowing the word of God.

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom. 10:17)

The Bible says in Romans 4:3,

“For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” (Rom. 4:3)

Other than Christ, Abraham more than anyone else is to be our example of faith. What is so special about Abraham?

In the book of Genesis, we read of how God chose Abraham and told him to leave his idolatrous home and go to a land that He would show him. Abraham obeyed, and later God told Abraham that his descendants would be as the stars of the heavens for multitude.

In his later years, he and his wife Sarah had a son named Isaac. As Isaac grew into manhood, God told Abraham that in Isaac would his seed be called.

In other words, that his descendants through Isaac would be as the stars of heaven for multitude.

Then a strange thing happened. God told Abraham to take Isaac and go to a certain mountain and offer him as a burnt sacrifice.

Most, if not all, believers would not have believed that God spoke this to them and would not have gone. This was contrary to God’s promise.

How could Abraham have descendants through Isaac and they be as the stars of heaven if Isaac was dead?

Isaac had not yet married and had any children.

This was also contrary to God’s nature, for God forbade human sacrifice and said that it was an abomination to him. But yet Abraham took Isaac and went anyway. Why?

Over the years Abraham had become so familiar with God that he knew His voice and never doubted. Abraham had walked with God. He had sat in the door of his tent and ate with God.

The more time that Abraham spent with God, the more he knew His voice, His nature, His power, and His plan.

Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice and another they will not follow.” (John 10:27)

Abraham had learned that God always keeps his promise, so he knew that even though it seemed impossible for God’s promise to be fulfilled if he obeyed God, he still knew that somehow God would make his descendants through Isaac as plentiful as the stars of heaven.

Abraham knew that God would never require a human sacrifice, so he knew that something would happen to prevent it. Abraham knew that God’s power was unlimited, so that even if his son suffered death, God was able to raise him up in order to fulfill His word.

And Abraham knew that God does everything by design. He knew that God had a plan, and that everything was for a reason.

So he told his servants, I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and WE shall come again.”

Even when Isaac asked him, “Father, here is the wood and the fire but where is the lamb for the sacrifice?”

Abraham said, “God himself will provide a lamb for a sacrifice.”

After ascending the mountain, Abraham bound his son with cords, placed him upon the wood, and raised his knife. An angel immediately appeared and called to Abraham.

“And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.” (Gen. 22:11)

“And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.” (Gen. 22:12)

“And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.” (Gen. 22:13)

“And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.” (Gen. 22:14)

“And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,” (Gen. 22:15)

“And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:” (Gen. 22:16)

“That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;” (Gen. 22:17)

“And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” (Gen. 22:18)

The word “Jehovahjireh” means, “The Lord will provide”, or more literally, “The Lord will see to it.”

Abraham believed God and never doubted because he had come to know the voice of God. He also trusted God. He had come to know the nature of God.

The Bible says, “God is love.” He knew that God would never do anything contradictory to his nature, and so he knew that everything would work out for his good.

Abraham never doubted, even though the circumstances seemed against him. And because he never doubted but had faith and obeyed, God was able through this situation to foreshadow the coming of the Messiah.

God was able to portray not only a beautiful picture of the Heavenly Father willing to sacrifice his only Son, but He also was able foreshadow Jesus Christ the Lamb of God slain for the sins of the world so that we might go free.

Because of his obedience, Abraham received a blessing from God which now the Bible says we have inherited.

How did Abraham have the faith that never doubted, the God kind of faith?

By knowing and hearing the voice of God.

Romans 10:17- “Faith cometh by hearing…”

How could Abraham have been so certain that it was God’s voice that he heard?

Because he had come to know God by spending time with Him. God’s voice might be imitated, but never His nature.

Romans 10:17- “…and hearing by the word of God.”

Abraham could sit in his tent door and spend time with God to get to know Him.

God has given us His written word so that we can read it, spend time with Him in it, and get to know Him even more so than Abraham did.

“Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,” (Psalm 40:7)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)

As you daily read the word of God, you get to know Him and His nature. As you spend time with God in His word you develop spiritual hearing and learn to recognize the voice of God.

God has promised in His word that He will speak to His children.

“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” (Mat. 11:15)

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” (John 10:27)

In the Book of First Corinthians chapter 12 the Apostle Paul explains the miraculous spiritual gifts that God has given to His children.

However, before he explains the gifts of the Spirit, he makes a simple statement.

“Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.” (1Cor. 12:2)

The Greek word in this verse of Scripture translated “dumb” means “voiceless” or “mute”.

Before Paul instructs us concerning miracles and Spiritual gifts, he contrasts the Lord we serve with the “mute” and “voiceless” gods the gentiles serve.

We are to believe and expect that God will speak to us.

There are times when God speaks to His children but they do not recognize that it is His voice. They have not spent enough time with Him in His word and in prayer to know His nature.

Like Abraham, when we spend enough time with God that we have unshakeable faith in His love, His power, and His will, then He will speak to us, we will recognize His voice and obey, and we will realize that God has chosen us to be a vessel through which He will manifest His miraculous power for His glory.

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MIRACLES: Introduction

 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?”  (Heb. 2:4)

God is, was, and always shall be a God of Miracles.

The Bibles says,

For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (Mal. 3:6)

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” (Heb. 13:8)

“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (Mat 19:26)

We read of a man in the Old Testament by the name of Job who lived in the land of Uz. The Bible says that he was perfect and upright in the eyes of God and the Lord had blessed him to the point that he was the greatest man in the east.

“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.” (Job 1:1)

God was boasting in Heaven about Job when Satan accused him before the Lord. He declared that the only reason Job feared God was because God had blessed him above all others.

Satan said that if God would allow him to afflict Job and remove his blessings, then Job would turn against the Lord and not serve Him anymore.

With faith in Job, God allowed Satan to do as he requested.

Satan removed all of Job’s blessings that God had given him and struck Job’s body with a terrible disease. His friends turned against him and even his wife said, “Why don’t you just curse God and die?”

“Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.” (Job 2:9)

However, in all of this Job was faithful to God and did not sin.

The Book of Job tells us that Job said,

“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.” (Job 13:15-16)

Job believed in God’s deliverance and salvation; however, he believed that it would come beyond the grave at the resurrection.

If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” (Job 14:14)

However, with God all things are possible. He is able to be a “right now” God of deliverance, salvation, and miracles.

“(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2Cor. 6:2)

Job did not have to wait until the resurrection before he would see a “change come” in his life.

“And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.” (Job 42:10)

The Bible tells us in the Gospel of John about a disciple of Jesus named Lazarus.

Lazarus became sick and his sisters, Martha and Mary, sent for Jesus to come and heal him.

“When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.” (John 11:4)

However, Jesus tarried and Lazarus died.

The Bibles says,

“Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.” (John 11:14-15)

Martha and Mary were continuing to mourn the loss of their brother several days after his funeral when they heard that Jesus was coming.

When they came to Jesus, He comforted them and assured them that Lazarus would live again. They expressed their faith by declaring that they knew he would live again at the resurrection.

“Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” (John 11:24)

But again, with God all things are possible. He is able to be a “right now” God of deliverance, salvation, and miracles.

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:26)

“She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.” (John 11:27)

Jesus called for them to remove the stone that covered the tomb of Lazarus and Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.

The Bible says,

“And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.” (John 11:44)

Sometimes, we don’t have to wait until we enter Heaven’s gates to behold the miraculous power of God.

There are times when God allows things to happen just so He can be glorified in the eyes of all who see Him do the impossible.

In the Gospel of John we read of an instance when Jesus passed by a man who had been born blind.

“And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” (John 9:1-2)

“Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” (John 9:3)

And as it was in the beginning when God created man from dust, Jesus took clay with spittle and again created from the earth. This time, He created eyes that could see.

“When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,” (John 9:6)

“And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.” (John 9:7)

God has not changed. Even in this day and time, the Lord has prepared situations throughout the earth where miracles are waiting to happen.

He is just looking for someone who is willing to go and enter into that situation with faith, someone who is willing to hear from God, and who is bold enough to obey and believe that with God, all things are possible.

“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…” (2Ch. 16:9)

The Lord is looking for someone that He can put His faith in. He is looking for someone who, like Job, will be steadfast in faith no matter what the circumstances.

He is looking for someone who is willing to make the necessary sacrifices to be a vessel fit for His use.

In this teaching series, we will see what the Bible says about miracles and what we can do to be the instrument God might use to reach a faithless and hurting world with the miraculous power of God.

To God be all the Glory.

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” (Isa. 6:8)

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CHRIST WITHIN, THE HOPE OF GLORY: Hearing God

 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  (Rom. 10:17)

The Bible teaches us,

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom. 10:17)

And again, in another place, the Bible declares,

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Heb. 11:6)

It is impossible to please God without faith. Faith is the vehicle by which we receive from the Lord.

When we receive the word of God, whether it be by preaching or by reading, the Holy Spirit takes that word and gives us spiritual ears to hear.

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” (Rev. 2:29)

Once we begin to hear in our heart the understanding that the Holy Spirit gives, the faith that is resident in our heart through the Holy Spirit comes alive and saturates our being with the ability to believe God.

It does not matter what our senses perceive as reality or what we rationalize. We believe God over all, in all, and through it all.

This miraculous ability is not something that we have to go and find. It is already in us because of the state of salvation that God has placed us in through Jesus Christ. It is in us because God’s Kingdom is in us.

“Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21)

The more we discover about Christ and His Kingdom that is contained in the Holy Scriptures, then the more we can realize that these same aspects are already spiritually in us because of our salvation.

Whether it be Christ in us as the Redeemer, or the Savior, or the Rock that brings forth the water, the honey, the oil, and the fire; it is still Christ already in us by faith ready to be revealed in us by the revelation and power of the Holy Ghost.

“Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God;” (Col. 1:25)

“Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:” (Col. 1:26)

“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” (Col. 1:27)

“Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:” (Col. 1:28)

“Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.” (Col. 1:29)

The Bible says that it is the glory of God to conceal a matter but it is the honor of kings to search it out.

“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.” (Prov. 25:2)

The Bible says that we shall rule as kings with Christ.

“And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (Rev. 1:6)

It is our responsibility and duty to search out the hidden mysteries of God so that they can be revealed in us for the glory of God and His Kingdom.

“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Dan. 11:32)

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CHRIST WITHIN, THE HOPE OF GLORY: Holy Fire

 “Then the angel of the LORD put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LORD departed out of his sight.”  (Judges 6:21)

There came a time when Moses desired to see the glory of God.

“And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.” (Exo. 33:18)

God answered Moses in the Book of Exodus chapter 33 verses 21 and 22,

“And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:” (Exo. 33:21-22)

As long as Moses was on the rock or in the rock, he was able to behold the glory of the Lord as He passed by.

God teaches us in the New Testament that Jesus Christ is that spiritual Rock.

“And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” (1Cor. 10:4)

In the same way that Jesus said He was in the Father and the Father in Him,

“Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” (John 14:10)

Christ is in us and we are in Christ.

As long as we are in the Rock, in Christ, and the Rock (Christ) is in us, we are in a position to behold the glory of the Lord.

“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” (Col. 1:27)

We have seen that there are certain benefits in understanding that the Spiritual Rock in us is “Christ in you, the hope of glory”. There is water, honey, and oil found in the Rock.

The Bible tells us of a time when God also caused fire to come out of a rock.

“And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so.” (Judges 6:20)

“Then the angel of the LORD put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LORD departed out of his sight.” (Judges 6:21)

In the Book of Judges we read of a time when the people of God were oppressed by the Midianites. God heard their prayers for deliverance and sent an angel to visit a man by the name of Gideon.

The angel told Gideon that he was a mighty man of valor and that God would use him to defeat the Midianites. Gideon doubted that the message was from God and asked for a sign to prove to him that the message was true.

“And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me. Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I come unto thee, and bring forth my present, and set it before thee. And he said, I will tarry until thou come again.” (Judges 6:17-18)

“And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it.” (Judges 6:19)

When Gideon brought his present or offering to the angel, the angel told him to place it on a rock. The angel touched the rock with the end of his staff and fire came out of the rock and consumed the offering or sacrifice.

Here we see that there was fire contained in the rock, and when that fire was released, it consumed the sacrifice that was upon it.

In the same way that there was fire in that rock, there is spiritual fire in the Spiritual Rock of Christ.

The Bible says that we are to present our bodies a “living sacrifice.”

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (Rom. 12:1)

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Rom. 12:2)

When our faith grows and we accept Christ in us as the Spiritual Rock, then we can have faith that God will release fire from the Rock to spiritually consume the sacrifice of our physical bodies with all of its sins, weaknesses, and insufficiencies.

Once our bodies have been refined by God’s holy fire, then we are transformed and sanctified so that we may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:” (Mat. 3:11)

Another aspect of this holy fire is that once it is released from the Spiritual Rock of “Christ in us”, it will make the Word of God like “fire shut up in our bones.”

“Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” (Jer. 20:9)

The Prophet Jeremiah was known as “the weeping prophet”. He was called by God to prophesy during the difficult time when God was bringing judgment upon His people.

Jeremiah complained that everything God gave him to prophesy was “gloom and doom”, and so he decided that he wouldn’t speak anymore in the name of the Lord.

However, God caused His Word to be like fire shut up in Jeremiah’s bones and he could not refrain from declaring the Word of God.

Thankfully, we are living in the time of God’s grace and we are not called upon to preach a message of gloom, doom, and condemnation.

God has called us to declare His message of love, mercy, forgiveness, and grace upon all that repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:17)

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Mat. 11:28-30)

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Rom. 10:9)

If we hunger for the Word of God, if we study to show ourselves a “workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth”, if we present our bodies a “living sacrifice”, if we put away all things that offend and we desire to be a “vessel fit for His use”, then God will make His Word and the message of Jesus Christ like fire shut up in our bones.

We shall open our mouths, and as Jesus promised, the Holy Ghost will bring to our remembrance what He has said to us, we shall boldly speak the Word of God in the Name of the Lord, and David’s prophecy about the fire will be fulfilled in us,

“Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:” (Psalm 104:4)

There is another aspect of God’s Holy Fire.

The fire should never go out.

“The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.” (Lev. 6:13)

However, we are living in the last days. We find ourselves in the same situation that Lot was in.

“And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds)” (2Peter 2:7-8)

Because of our “righteous souls being vexed”, we are seeing the fulfillment of Jesus prophecy happening around us.

“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Mat. 24:12)

Sometimes it seems that no matter how hard we try, the flames of fire are not burning as bright and as hot as they used to.

Jesus understands.

He has promised that if there is still just a smolder, even if there is only a little smoke, if we trust in Him, He will not quench it but will fan that spark into a roaring fire for the glory of God.

“A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.” (Mat. 12:20)

“Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” (Mat. 3:12)

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All twelve books in the “How to Walk Christian Series” by Raymond Candy are available now in one collection of two volumes for $6.99 each at bn.com for the NOOK, amazon.com for the KINDLE, on iTunes at the iBookstore for the iPad and iPhone, and at Lulu.com for the PC and all e-reading devices