WE NEED THE MIRACULOUS!

ACTS 4:29-31: “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” NKJV
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OBSERVATION: What will empower our presentation of the Gospel so that we can reach a hurting and dying world? In the midst of this great pandemic, what do we need as the church to truly make a difference?

We need the miraculous!

Why don’t we see more of the miraculous at work in the life of the American church? Could it be that we have so much that we can depend on – other than God? As church doors have been shut for the first time in my lifetime, we have begun to use and depend on the tremendous technology that is available to us. We have done this out of necessity. We have done this so that we can continue the ministry of our churches through live streaming over the internet. However, will live-streaming be the answer to the church’s continued effectiveness in our day?

I rejoice that the Gospel is going forward in so many new and creative ways. Churches that never have used technology to proclaim the Gospel are doing so now. The internet is filled with the proclamation of Jesus Christ. Yet, what will be our next focus? Will it be on the message of the Gospel as we go to the unchurched and unreached people in our community, or will it be on the new methods we use as we do this?

We need the miraculous!

We can get so focused on methodology, that we forget what is truly important. Our focus can easily shift to the quality of our livestream and the equipment we use to produce it, rather than to the message which we are to proclaim. The disciples had zero technology, yet they turned their world upside down. They had a simple message – Jesus Christ, crucified, buried, and risen from the dead. They put their faith fully in the Lord, this message, and the power of the Holy Spirit working through them.

  • “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”

Jerusalem’s focus was turned to the message of the Gospel by one act of God’s power, the miraculous healing of a lame man. This miracle opened the hearts of people to hear and receive the Gospel. Through this one miracle, and the preaching of Peter, another 2000 or more embraced Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Talk about a revival! Even the High Priest could not deny what had been done. Their only recourse was to tell the disciples to stop preaching and proclaiming Jesus’ name.

We need the miraculous!

What did the disciples do? They doubled down. Peter and the disciples knew that they needed the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit working with them and through them in their proclamation of the Gospel. And, as they gathered together in full dependence upon the power of God to fulfill their mission – God’s power met them!

  • “And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit in their lives gave them a new boldness to proclaim the Gospel in the face of great opposition. They were not bold because they had the best presentation. They were bold because the Lord was working through them, confirming His Word with signs following. Their focus was on personal empowerment – not personal polish!

We need the miraculous!

We need the power of the Holy Spirit and the miraculous touch of God working in and through our lives. We need this now more than ever before. We cannot get sidelined and begin to focus on our broadband width, the quality of our streaming camera, or the size of our online audience. Our ministry cannot stay contained to the screen of a phone or a TV. We will once again be touching lives in a personal way. The question is – will we be moving in the power of the Holy Spirit, or relying on new methodologies?

If anyone loves new technology it is me! Yet, I realize more than anything else…

I need the miraculous!

Lord, this morning I pray for the healing power of Jesus to fall upon our churches. I pray that signs and wonders will be done in the name of Jesus Christ. I pray that through the touch of the miraculous, the Gospel of Jesus Christ will go forth in power, and that a great revival will sweep our land. Father, pour out Your Spirit once again in a mighty way. Grant us boldness and power as we proclaim the Gospel in the name of Jesus!

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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