miracle: an act impossible with man, but possible with God
There were people in the bible who were in some type of bondage for 400 years (children of Israel), 38 years (impotent man at the pool) and 12 years (woman with the issue of blood, but God freed them all. He transformed their lives. He changed their story.
One of the reasons why some of us haven’t seen the same transformation in our lives is because of unbelief. When the woman with the issue of blood heard about Jesus (Mark 5:27), she believed what she heard and she acted on what she believed. For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
Another reason is because we don’t want to give up anything or let go of what we have to get what Christ has. It was November 2008. I had been having problems with my car and I was searching for a new car, but I couldn’t find what I wanted at a reasonable price so I became discouraged and stopped looking. Then one day, my pastor said something that made me ‘look again’. A few days later, I saw the car I liked, but it wasn’t the color I wanted. I didn’t want another black car, but I saw in red letters the word, ‘reduced’.
That Friday after work, I called the dealership and the gentleman told me that the car was still on the lot and he would be waiting for my arrival. When I got there, he got a copy of my license, but he didn’t offer to ride with me. He just told me to test drive the car. When I returned, he got all of my personal information and helped me empty the contents that were in my car. He then told me to take the car home and return the following day. But before I left, I remember that he and another gentleman asked me where I had been as this car had been on the lot for weeks and no one would purchase it. When I think about it now, this car wasn’t meant for anyone else. It was for me. God wanted me to have this car, but He was waiting on me to let go and trade my old car for this new car. He was waiting on me to accept the change.
Before a miracle was performed at the wedding, Jesus asked the servants to give Him what they already had. There were six (the number six is symbolic of man) waterpots there filled with 20 to 30 gallons of water, but they weren’t filled to the brim. They were used for the washing of hands, but now Jesus wanted to use them for another purpose. He wanted to do something inwardly that would be displayed outwardly for everyone to see.
If we want Jesus to change us from water to wine, we must first become like the waterpots and allow God to completely fill us (with His Spirit) so that He can use us as His vessels to pour into the lives of others and to meet their needs.
Have you ever met a person who told you about their past and you found it so hard to believe their story? They didn’t look like what they went through. They didn’t look like they were once a drug addict or mean or promiscuous or sick. To me, that’s a miracle.
Now, let us become a miracle for those who need a miracle.
Jesus said to them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, Draw some out and take it to the governor of the feast (John 2:7-8).
Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her (Luke 1:38, NJKV).
God sent an angel to Mary. Gabriel told her she was going to become a mother. You shall conceive in your womb (vs 31). He also told her what she would carry and who He would become. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest (vs 32).
All of this sounded good, but Mary had one question. How can this be? (vs 34). How was she going to have a baby? She was a virgin and she wasn’t married yet. The angel explained to her who would do the work – the Holy Ghost (vs 35). It wouldn’t be by her power or by Joseph’s might. It would be by HIS Spirit.
The angel knew that what he told Mary sounded impossible so to build her faith, he told her about her cousin (vs 36). Elizabeth was barren and too old to be a mother. No one ever thought she would have a child, but in three months she was going to have a son.
The impossible is possible – with God.
The angel said what God told him to say. Now, Mary had to make a decision. According to Luke 1:38, she decided to serve the Lord. I am the servant of the Lord. Mary had no idea what she was about to go through. She didn’t know that she would have to leave her home, leave their families and flee to Egypt during the night to protect her son. Even though Simeon prophesied that she would suffer as though she had been stabbed with a sword, she didn’t know that meant watching her son being mocked, beaten, spat on and crucified. My point is this: Even though she didn’t have all of the details, she surrendered. She trusted God. She wanted what God wanted and she was willing to do whatever He commanded. Her response to God was, Use me. Do what You want, not what I want.
Maybe God has told you what you are going to do for Him and who you are going to become and just like Mary, you either looked at your past or your present condition, and wondered how. How is this going to happen? I don’t have a college degree. I don’t have a spouse. I don’t have that much money in the bank. I don’t know anyone who could help me. I don’t speak very well in front of people.
But I will tell you what Gabriel told Mary. The Lord is with you (vs 28). You don’t have to be afraid. You were chosen for this. What you are carrying and will bring forth is great. What you must go through is going to save and deliver many.
Stop running. Stop resisting. Stop fighting God and let it be – according to His word. Let it happen. Stop trying to figure it out. Stop thinking about yourself and think about those who are hurting. Think about those who are bound. Think about those who are not saved. This isn’t about you. Forget about your plans and find out what His plan is. Make a decision.
Mary’s mind was made up.
It didn’t matter that Elizabeth was old or that Mary wasn’t married. God is able to perform what He promised. No word from Him will ever fail. If He said it, then He will do it. All He needs from you is your obedience. All He needs is a ‘yes’. What has been hard for you is not too hard for the Lord.
Maybe you’re thinking about what happened the last time. Like Simon, you tried and nothing happened. We have toiled all night and have taken nothing (Luke 5:5). You were disappointed. You had enough. You were even thinking about giving up.
But, try again. Trust God again. Nevertheless at your word, I will let down the net (Luke 5:5). Sometimes we have this picture of how the ministry, the marriage, the career, or the children should be, but let go of what or how you think it should be. You have to believe that what God wants to give you is better than what you’re holding onto. Let it go and…
Let it be.