RECIPE FOR A MIRACLE!

Matthew 14:28-31

28 “And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”

 

Oh how Peter is so much like us!

Here he is in the midst of the presence of God and he struggled with the thought of doing the impossible.

Are you praying for a miracle?

Are you hoping for salvation for anyone, even yourself?

Can you see yourself performing the miracles of Jesus to bring people into his bosom by faith in the miracle?

Does it ever bother you that you’ve never performed a miracle?

Well, here’s some good news.  You are a miracle worker!

You can cast out demons. You can receive a prophetic word from God and present it to someone at the perfect time.

You can heal the sick.

You can overcome any obstacle the enemy puts in your path.

And here is the recipe!

First, let me say that Jesus told the disciples something extremely important: DO NOT BE AFRAID (Matthew 14:27)

Don’t fear the impossible. It’s God doing all the work anyway.

All he needs is our RISK.

Peter heard the voice of the Lord standing on the water in the midst of a storm.

He believed Jesus was who he said he was.

Peter received the word of the Lord to NOT BE AFRAID and that emboldened him to “step out” of his “reality” and into God’s reality, where nothing is impossible.

And here’s what Peter did that we all can do:

  • He asked Jesus if it was his will (“bid me come unto thee on the water” vs. 28)
  • Upon hearing God’s “YES,” Peter “stepped out on faith.” (vs. 29)

It’s that simple!

He asked for confirmation.

To paraphrase, Peter basically said, “Jesus I feel in my heart that I can walk on that water too. Can I come out there?”

When Jesus said “Come” Peter didn’t hesitate.

Often, we’ll hear the Holy Spirit tell us to do something. Here are a few examples:

  • Tell someone about Jesus
  • Give your testimony
  • Ask someone a specific, perhaps personal question
  • Release a prophetic word
  • Give someone a scripture
  • Send someone an email
  • Call to check on someone
  • Ask someone if they know Jesus
  • Give someone a gift
  • Give our life to Christ with true surrender

Many times we’ll feel uncomfortable doing these things spontaneously. We might feel they’re weird or we don’t have “that kind of relationship” with the person.

But God does!

We can’t be afraid. Hear the Holy Spirit.

DO NOT BE AFRAID.

Notice what happened when Peter got scared in Matthew 14:30!

He began to sink.

We have to trust God. If He’s telling us to do something in our heart of hearts, it’s best that we “JUST DO IT.”

The most encouraging part about Peter’s bout with fear is what Jesus did next:

 

Matthew 14:31
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him…

 

We can rest assured that Jesus won’t let us get hurt.

He’s our shepherd, our protector. Remember, God has all the angels, countless in number, at his disposal.

They are his ministers. And they are on YOUR side!

So step out on faith.

Do the miracle.

It’s the shortest recipe I’ve ever seen!

God bless you.

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THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU!

Put yourself in Isaiah’s position.

He’s sitting in the glorious presence of God. The room is filled with his goodness and his perfection and his holiness!

Isaiah did what most of us would do.

He humbled himself.

But what he said can be a cautionary side note in this gloriously brilliant encounter.

 

Isaiah 6:5:

“Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”

 

This powerful and faithful prophet, the same who tells us about Jesus vividly (Isaiah 53), is crushed in spirit at the sight of God.

He suddenly feels inadequate.

Ever been there?

Have you ever thought to yourself, “God certainly doesn’t want to use me to perform a miracle!”

Or…

“I’m not good enough.”

“I’m not holy enough.”

“I don’t know enough scripture or enough about the bible.”

Or how about this one:

“I’ve tried to pray for people before and nothing happened.”

Take this as your new spark.

There’s nothing wrong with you – because, you are connected to the King!

What’s so amazing in this same passage of scripture is how Isaiah is “touched” by God.

 

Isaiah 6:6-7:

“Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:

And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.”

 

In his moment of humility, God presents an angel to “purify” him for the ma

ster’s use. It’s only through our relationship with God – THROUGH HUMILITY – that will position us for miraculous encounters with unbelievers.

We will shine brightly because we’ve relinquished control to the light of the world.

First came humility.

Then came the purification.

And then… came boldness!

 

Isaiah 6:8:

” 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.”

 

Isaiah was emboldened because he knew it didn’t take HIS effort!

It was all God!

All he needed was to recognize his inability to do stuff on his own. God responded with a cleansing touch.

And then Isaiah said – “Here I am Lord! I’m ready for you to use me mightily FOR YOUR GLORY!”

We are no more or no less holy than Isaiah.

Sure, our names are not in the bible.

But God loves us just the same.

Let’s start with humility and let the Lord take the reins!

God bless you!

THE VOICE

John the Baptist is one of my favorite saints in the bible because he’s so bold and on fire for the kingdom. The brother lives in the desert. He wears a camel hair outfit. He eats only locusts and honey! – All of that, because he wants to live a pure life for God, to hear the Lord and be heard. Talk about boldness.

When he’s confronted at the Jordan river by people asking “who are you?” He says,

John 1:23

“I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness…”

He was so certain about his calling. He knew who he was and he did not divert from it. He lived intimately with the Holy Spirit daily from birth. He was anointed to prepare the way for Jesus. He was a way maker, or a bridge builder

I want you to know you have the same calling. You are the voice. You have the Lord inside of you. If you know Jesus, he wants you to express his love everywhere and to everyone.

There’s this show on NBC called “The Voice.” And the imagery is incredible. There’s a contestant singing in what’s called a “blind audition.” And four judges have their backs turned to the contestant. As the singer presents their message, the judges decide if they like what they hear. If they do, they push a button and turn around. There’s a light that comes on that says “I Want You.”

What a great illustration of the Lord crying out for us. You know, when we’re not intimately involved with God, we’re basically blind. We can’t see where we’re going. We don’t know who we are.

But that doesn’t stop God from sending His message of Jesus and forgiveness. Just like John the Baptist was sent preaching repentance, we’re sent as messengers to the blind. It’s up to them to hear us. But we have to first be willing to be the voice.

So the judges on The Voice TV show are like the people who are trying to find their way, but basically have their backs turned to God.

At some point, the Lord hopes your message of love, or your gesture of compassion, or a word of encouragement, or a gift, or the sweet word of God will cause them to push some invisible button and turn around.

It’s like a light switch. It’s the moment when a person’s heart hears the word of God and they’re pricked. They realize life should mean much more and they’ve been living a dark and/or empty existence and there’s more to life. They turn on the switch that says “my heart’s available to change. I want to change.” And the light of Christ is then turned on in their heart.

They turn around, just like those judges. And they say “I want you!” to Jesus. And just like the contestants’ parents are clapping and crying and screaming off-stage, the angels in heaven – even our own brothers and sisters in Christ rejoice! It’s a party because a soul has come home!

I pray this will encourage you to sow seeds of love and truth into the hearts of those around you!

God bless you.

DO YOU LOVE JESUS?

John 14:15 KJV

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

Yeah, let that one soak in.

This scripture is not meant to make you feel bad.

It’s meant to make you feel.

Jesus spoke these were words.

The savior who died for us. He never sinned, but took our sins upon him.

2 Corinthians 5:21

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

So he had cachet. He has sway. He has the right to require this of us.

So the question becomes…

Do you LOVE Jesus?

This verse says the way we show the Lord we love him is by doing what he says.

Because we trust him.

Because we surrender.

I want to say something I hope is just as profound to you as it was for me.

God doesn’t tell us to do stuff because He can or because He’s just hard on us.

He tells us what to do because He cares.

John 15:10

“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”

He wants to protect us from disappointment and pain.

He wants to guide us into a fruitful and beneficial future.

But most of all, He’s showing us how to have a real relationship with our daddy.

Our creator.

God himself.

He wants that more than anything!

How do I know?

Because God came down from a comfortable seat in heaven to rescue us from our innate sinful wretched nature.

To save us from the stuff we’re ashamed of.

Romans 8:1-2

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”

He would rather tell us the truth and have us struggle with it.

Better than never telling us the truth.

I want to invite you to do something radical.

And this time it will be worth it.

I want to ask you to take a chance and ask Jesus to take over your life.

This requires you to embrace the feeling you get when you read the scripture at the top of this page.

Do you love Jesus?

If not, cool!

Because all it takes is you giving in to the guilt.

You can ask forgiveness from God and He will respond.

1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

But then the rubber has to meet the road.

Ask Him to help you do what He asks.

Love Him just like He loved you on that cross.

Give in to the rapture of His consuming love knowing full well you won’t be disappointed this time.

You can pray this prayer:

Father, you alone are God. I need you in my life. Please forgive me for my sins (you can list whatever sins are on your heart. Even the worst stuff). I turn away from my old life and I want to love you. I want to feel your love. Come into my heart Jesus. I’m yours.

If you pray that prayer and mean it, you’re saved!

Read the bible. I recommend the gospel of John first.

Join a church to learn and be molded by experienced Christians.

And your life will never be the same!

God bless you!

PERFECT BALANCE

Hello, brothers and sisters!

This is the first of what will be weekly bites of encouragement from Evangelism Minister Frank Mickens.

Take these as food to fuel your own ministry to the lost and broken.

I pray it will bless your soul!

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Proverbs 3:3

“Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:”

This scripture from the book of Proverbs encourages us to tie mercy and truth around our necks and write them on our hearts.

What I’m getting from this scripture is this:

We have to always remember God has mercy and he is full of truth.

This is nutrition for us when we fail.

That means you always remember that he will not throw us away because we’re not perfect.

But it is also a reminder for us that God doesn’t take short cuts – that we are to take his word at face value and not add anything to it or take anything from it.

These principles provide safety for us and security and peace.

We’re not to live our lives like we’re tossing on waves. We are to be emotionally stable and secure in the arms of Christ.

The fact that the Bible tells us to write mercy and truth on our hearts indicates that we’re to have a perpetual connection to these principles. We can not afford to lose them.

That’s just how important they are!

Without revelation about God’s mercifulness, we can find ourselves depressed because we can’t get things right.

Without submitting to God’s truth we can find ourselves living in a way that does not give glory to God and in fact, is hurting us and the people that we love.

Evangelists are to live in purity or we can not be effective.

It’s vital that we allow God to convict us and turn away from sin.

It’s just as vital that we allow God to release us from our mistakes and that we don’t hold on to them.

We have to maintain a balance so that we can always seek God with our whole heart. You don’t want to hide from Him when you fail. We don’t want to run away from his truth.

We want to exalt his truth and share it with others!

Be encouraged today that you are a part of God’s perfect plan! And that mercy and truth are always available.

Our Father which art in heaven, my prayer is that we will always seek a perfect peace. And then we will live in the center of your love. So that we can experience that love in the fullness thereof and share it with people so that they might be transformed and renewed in their minds. Save us all God from ourselves. And show us how to help you save others.

In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen!

ALL OR NOTHING: CAN WE GO TO HEAVEN WITHOUT JESUS?

John 3:36 KJV

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

Let’s take a second to be practical about faith.

There are many religions, yes?

And it was said that “all paths lead to God.”

So the point was made to me today on Facebook.

Again, let’s be practical.

Can 2+2 equal anything else than 4?

If I were to argue that 2+2=5 “it just depends on how you look at it, where you were born or who your parents were” – you would say that’s just not right.

It’s the same with all truth.

And think about it.

Why would it be different with the truth that means the most?

I mean, we are talking about eternity in heaven versus eternity in hell, right?

The Bible teaches “God is not the author of confusion.”

1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”

He wants us to have peace. Peace with having answers to our questions. Peace in knowing God is pleased with us. Peace to know we are going to heaven.

So where does this confusion come from about which faith is true?

Man.

Not God.

God is perfect.

God had ALL power.

God created man.

God communicates with man through the bible and believers sharing their faith.

He has designed all of us to receive His truth.

But we are afraid.

What are we afraid of?

We’re afraid someone won’t go to heaven.

What if mom, dad, brother, sister, an orphan in South America, or even I don’t believe in Jesus and give him my life?

Aren’t we all good people?

Aren’t we all important?

What if someone never heard of Jesus?

I’m glad to answer these questions.

First, I want to say that we can only be responsible for our own path.

We can’t be afraid to accept the truth just because we disagree. (Remember about 2+2=5?)

It behooves us to investigate an “all or nothing” arrangement. Because being on the wrong end of that arrangement means we lose.

So if I’m in disagreement with an all or nothing truth, that’s truth I should investigate or risk consequences.

The bible is clear:

John 3:36 KJV

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

Jesus is the answer to our sinful nature. Without his perfect sacrifice to accept our sin we are under God’s wrath (we are in danger of punishment) because we are innately sinful. (Ever tried not to sin? How did that go?)

So here’s Jesus offering his gift of life.

Let’s get practical again.

Why would God come down to earth and die on the cross and need to do anything else to save people in another faith?

Is there any greater extreme?

Is there any greater price to pay?

Does he need to give one truth to one faith, and an entirely different truth to another faith, and a truth that’s “similar” to another faith?

Of course not!

With Christ, it’s all or nothing. The following scripture says we are condemned without committing to Christ:

John 3:16-19 KJV

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”

His life was a ransom for many.

2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

We can’t make ourselves “good.”

Let’s face it.

God defines good.

He made everything.

So what we call good can be bad.

Jesus was perfect. He never sinned. How could he? He was God. God can’t sin.

So is the best arrangement there can possibly be to bring man back to God.

Unfortunately,  not all receive this arrangement.

The bible is true.

And in the bible God acknowledges many will not believe.

Matthew 7:13-14 NLT

“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.

But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”

We all have a choice to make right?

And I didn’t forget about the question, what if someone has never heard of Jesus?

Read this.

Romans 2:14-15 NLT

“Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it.

They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right.”

It’s right there!

We have a conscience. Planted in us by God himself!

So when we obey God with our hearts, even when we don’t have the truth of Christ’s gospel, we are saved!

Lord, I pray for every person who reads this or doesn’t read this. Help us to find you! Thanks for coming here on us to find us! Give us grace to trust you! Bless us to give into your truth and love you more than our inward desires. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

IS THIS YOUR BEST FRIEND?

Proverbs 18:24

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

John 15:15 KJV

Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

If you really take the time to think about it are best friends are people who we go through struggles and trials with.

Our friends who are not so close to us may not even know some of the most challenging times that we face.

With that in mind, where is Jesus in your life? Jesus in John chapter 15 calls us his friends. What a glorious exclamation! And I would imagine he’s not just calling us his friends but also he’s saying he’s close to us and he wants to be our best friend.

So how are we approaching that relationship? Do we communicate with the Lord? Are we even seeking the Lord? Do we doubt the Lord’s promises?

For a believer, the question really becomes how much time are we spending with Jesus? Do we pray? Do we read his word?

Or look at it this way, are we reading his love letter? And do we love him?

The Bible says that if we love Jesus then we will obey his commandments or a baby he is advice.

There are 2 ways to look at this. If you are not currently in a relationship with Jesus Christ, you can be his best friend in an instant if you just pray and asking for give you a few seasons and you repent And then you commit your life to love him and trust him and follow him.

If you already made this move toward salvation, you have the opportunity to dedicate your life to Jesus Christ.

Begin to set time aside to spend with him. Read his word.

Tell him about your troubles and look in his word for advice on how to take care of your problems.

Look at it this way, if you have a best friend and you’re going to a problem you’re most likely to tell them about it and ask him for advice.

If Jesus is God came to save us in created us in love this more than we can imagine, then surely we can trust him enough to tell him my troubles and seek His Word and His will for solutions.

My prayer is that you will accept him fully today!

You can hold Jesus’ his hand and trust him with everything in your life. He tells us in the Bible that he’s knocking on the door waiting for us to answer.

Don’t doubt that you’re not important to him. Because you are. He is your daddy. He’s your best friend.

He wants to be closer to you than a brother!

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