It’s easy to believe God for a miracle. He is God, after all, who created everything with His Words. The very mechanics of the universe hinge upon his being. Those who know God, know He can do anything but fail.
But what if I told you that He has put his power into your hands?
Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. (Matthew 14:15-21 – ESV)
This was extraordinary in the sight of Jesus’ disciples because they knew that they were too far away to get enough food in time – they were in a rural location. But Jesus asks the question, then, that He asks, today…
What is in your hand?
You see, the greater miracle in this record is not that Jesus blessed and broke the food – but that when the disciples took it into their hands, it further multiplied for them. It is also important to note that Jesus did not materialize the food out of thin air – there was a young boy there with a sack lunch – a two-piece fish dinner – who gave up his own lunch because he was persuaded Jesus could do something with it.
And He did – he imparted the power to perform the miraculous to His disciples.
The miracle was in their hands!
It’s important we understand the power that is imparted to us by His Name.
First of all, the Name of Jesus is durable power of attorney. Jesus said all power in heaven and earth is given to Him (Matthew 28:18), we are in him (John 15:4-9), and as He is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17). This delegated authority gives us the ability to do the greater works!
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:12-13)
And God gives us His full power in full measure that we are able to impact the world on His behalf.
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
You cannot abound to the miraculous when you lack the power to manifest God’s power in a miraculous manner.
God not only gives Grace to His children; He also gives them vision with provision.
Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” And Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.” So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another.” Then the oil stopped flowing. She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest. (2 Kings 4:1-7)
In this account, a widow is about to see her sons sold off into servitude to satisfy a debt. The prophet, Elisha, is moved by a word of wisdom – and a word of knowledge – to ask her what did she have in her possession that could possibly change her circumstances.
There were three things the widow had to do to receive this miracle:
- Gather vessels…
- Lock the door…
- Pour the oil…
Now, God imparted the miraculous to her to multiply her little into abundance enough to retire her debt and sustain her for the rest of her life!
But, there’s more. Let’s have a look at Moses…
The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” (Exodus 4:2)
It’s important to note that God didn’t give Moses the staff – he already had it! When Moses obeyed God’s instruction to throw the staff to the ground, God infused it with miraculous power. From this staff came snakes, plagues, water from rocks, and the ability to part the Red Sea.
What is in your hand?
Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles ‘feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. (Acts 4:32-35)
Peter and John knew this. And they shared it with a lame man begging at the temple. What they said was astonishing, as it is the kind of statement that will get the average M1-A1 Christian kicked out of most churches, today…
But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. (Acts 3:6-8)
Did you catch that? Peter said “such as I have!” He acknowledged the power had been given to him!
In other words, Because the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is in you, God’s wonder-working power dwells in you, too!
See, Jesus came to do far more than give mankind a ticket to heaven. He came to restore the dominion authority to man that was given away in the fall of man. As I stated earlier, we know God is able but we need to know that He has given miracle working power to us…
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, (Ephesians 3:20 – emphasis mine)
God expects you to be filled with joy when you see the miraculous happen by your hand. But He doesn’t want you to get caught up in the miracle itself, rather, He wants you to be conscious of its source…
The seventy- two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. (Luke 10:17-20)
Now, here’s the catch, you will only appropriate into your life what you believe AND act upon! You must believe that God has given you power AND you must exercise it!
With any Good News, there is a caveat – or at least a word of caution:
YOU CAN ABUSE THIS POWER!
James and John sought to abuse the power when they were consumed with a terrorist spirit because the Samaritans would not receive Jesus:
And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” (Luke 9:54)
BTW, James and John were referring to what Elijah did in 2 Kings Chapter 1…
Then there is the account of Simon the Sorcerer, whom the Bible tells us “believed and was baptized…”
But there was a man named Simon, who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he himself was somebody great. They all paid attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the power of God that is called Great.” And they paid attention to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic. But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles performed, he was amazed. (Acts 8:9-13)
But he used his powers to lord over the people in his community. When he saw the power that was wielded by the Apostles, he sought to purchase it – undoubtedly to further extend his influence….
Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 8:18-19)
What do you have in your hand that God wants to bless and multiply. Is it something physical? Is it something intellectual? Is it something spiritual? And you have to ask yourself, have you given whatever it is over to God, first? Let Him bless it – and break it, if necessary – and watch God’s miraculous power flow freely in you!
© 2014 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)