And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.”—Ezekiel 37:13-14 (ESV)
There is an on-going restlessness for people to see a miracle in their lives. The “ministry” of miracles, signs and wonders is back but this time with a twist.
Last week I read about “miracle money” on Facebook. There is this young soul who has been attending a fellowship where their teacher (cum prophet!) is teaching about something called “Error Connection”. I think it means that mistakes will happen in your life but they will be in your favour, something like that.
That same day I was digging into this miracle money thing, I came across pictures. Pictures of a text message (SMS) notifying the owner of the phone that a certain amount of money, in excess of a million shillings, had been “accidentally” deposited into their account! “Miracle money”! And that was his miracle!
How dishonouring are we to God that we have reduced His sacrifice for us on the cross to a mere sum of money! How grieving is it to God that we have taken His life, death and resurrection as a means to facilitate the cravings of our evil hearts! How dare we render the cross of Christ meaningless! May God have mercy on us.
That, however, doesn’t mean that God no longer performs miracles in our lives. He does. He promises a miracle for each one of us. Ezekiel 37:9-10 says “Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.”
The greatest miracle, I believe, recorded in scripture is Jesus bringing Lazarus back to life. It’s what He promises in Ezekiel 37, to cover our dry bones with muscle, flesh, warm flowing blood and breathe life into us. It is what Jesus does for Lazarus.
I have heard so many people talk about the freedom they received in Christ. And the ones who say it through tears are those who received freedom from sin and its power over them. Not that they no longer sin, but that God gave them new affections and desires that were better than what the world, working on the whims of sin, the flesh and the Devil, could offer them.
To these folks, it wasn’t a mere conversion but a resurrection. They were dead in their sins and looked to bottles, sex, money, fame, tobacco, reputation etc. for salvation. They drank and passed out, had sex with every girl in their small town, watched all the porn, smoked tobacco like a chimney and did everything the world could offer but now, without explanation, they don’t do those things anymore or desire to do them—they have been resurrected to a new life.
Friends, Jesus Christ offers this resurrection to all of us, free of charge by grace alone. He says “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25, ESV).
The Good News is not that He says it; it’s that He has done it. Paul in Ephesians 2:1 writes “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins…” Now hear the gospel: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—” (Eph. 2:4-5). Isn’t that amazing? But God…
“But God” is a paradigm-shattering statement, those two words are the true gospel. God, who has made us alive when we were dead, still makes alive. His business is to breathe life in dry bones, your dry bones and mine. This miracle still makes my heart skip.
Will you receive your miracle?
That is your Lifeline, AMEN.