“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” (Psalm 105:4, ESV)
For many years, the church has been nestled safely between its four walls, essentially seeking what every other organization seeks; that is to grow, increase in terms of influence and resources. These are not necessarily bad desires, but we’ve mostly gone about it all wrong!
The church has actually entered its finest hour. Not because we are so popular with our modern organizational growth strategies, but because persecution is growing more each day. Regardless of your personal ideologies, the church is and always will be the hope of the world. World systems and government have competed with God for lordship over people’s lives since the beginning of time, but it always seems to be at the darkest of times the church shines the brightest. Why is that? Because the church has the answer.
The answer is the message of the Gospel: “For God so loved the world,[a] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, ESV). There simply is no other way to be saved except by asking Jesus to forgive you of your sins and receive Him as Savior and Lord.
But the salvation message is not only something you receive, it’s something you give away: “And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel… Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons… they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:15-18, ESV).
The church is seeing an uptick in the miraculous. Regardless of what takes place on the world stage, Christians are stepping out in bold faith, in Jesus’ name, and miracles are taking place. Where does this come from? It comes from spending time alone with the Lord in prayer and Bible study. Faith rises when we read His Word – the kind of faith that produces miracles. Time in prayer draws us closer to the Lord where we will experience a growing sense of His presence. These are the very ingredients of the miraculous. Don’t believe me?
Just ask Calvin, a man in our church, who at the age of 90, still plays golf regularly. In 1978 and again in 2000, he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Both times he was healed miraculously.
Then there’s Carol, a woman who wandered into our church looking for prayer. Given only 6 weeks to live, a few of us gathered around her and prayed the prayer of faith. Six to eight weeks later she returned beaming from ear to ear. The doctor had given her a clean bill of health – the cancer was completely gone.
It’s what the woman who crawled through the crowd to touch Jesus needed (Matthew 9:20-22). It’s what the blind man was searching for when Jesus walked by (Mark 10:47). In every situation, people reached out to Jesus as He passed by… and received their miracle.
What do you need? Your miracle is waiting, in His presence!
Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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