The twelve disciples, the book of Acts, Smith Wigglesworth, Azusa Street, we like to look back on the awesome moves of God of the past as if they were some once needed but now unattainable miracle. The truth is that they were the natural byproduct of faithful, obedient, and holy men and women that came to the realization that, the more you give yourself to God, the more He gives Himself to you.
You can have as much of God as you want. The question is, “are you willing to take it”? Because to take it you are going to have to leave something. You’re going to have to leave your sin, your pride, your vanity, your logic and intellect, your distractions, your hypocrisy, your religion, your flesh, your preconceived notions, your plans, your very life. You have to leave it all behind and follow Jesus.
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” – Luke 9:23-24
You see the things that many count as miraculous today are actually things that God told all Christians to do. The great commission tells us to go forth to all nations preaching, teaching, prophesying, speaking in new tongues, performing miracles, healing the sick, and more. Mark 16:17-18 tells us that these thing should follow, not a select few, for God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34), but “all those that believe.“
Most aren’t obeying God’s commandments to do these things for one of two reasons. 1.They don’t think it’s really possible in their hearts, which means that they don’t take God at His Word. Sadly, this means they don’t believe and these things will only “follow those that believe. 2. They haven’t submitted theirs lives and will fully to God because in their hearts they trust what they can do more then what God can do, which is at it’s root, self idolatry. The pride of life (1 John 2:6)
We are to lay everything to the obedience of God’s daily instruction. Walking not after the flesh but after the spirit. Not pursuing the things of the world but God. With every minute pursue God. With every action pursue God. With every fiber of your being pursue God. When you walk with God daily you make yourself available to be used by Him daily and miracles are a natural byproduct of that. Like a servant always at the foot of the King, He will call upon those closest to Him. So make your time with and closeness to Him the priority.
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you…” – James 4:8
Finally, come to the realization that giving up self will for God’s will isn’t giving up what you want for what God wants, it’s giving up your limits for God’s limitlessness and truthfully, “that” is what you really want. Don’t settle for less then God’s best.
Father I lay down my pride and submit my will to Yours that you would take all the things I can’t do and replace them with all the things You can. Forgive me for all the times I doubted and wasted opportunities for Your Glory to shine through me. Make me a beacon on a hill declaring the power of your Majesty. I want more of You God! Show me Your Glory!