Believe in miracles
My goal this year is to believe in miracles more.
We can take things for what they are sometimes, without even exploring the chance of a miracle to happen. Whether it's a failing marriage, troubled child, or an illness, we forget to hold on to hope and believe that miracles can happen.
Miracles aren't exclusive to moments in the Bible or in those once-in-a-while news segments. Miracles can happen at any time and in any place.
Some things that we take for granted are actual miracles, like being at the right place at the right time.
The Greek word for miracles, dunamis, means works of power. It is used 120 times in the New Testament (Bible Hub). It means "physical power, force, might, ability, energy, powerful deeds, deeds showing (physical) power, marvelous works" (Bible Hub).
We can either see miracles or perform them. As believers in Christ we can have spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12) and that includes "the working of miracles." The Spirit empowers these gifts and "apportions to each one individually as he wills."
Jesus tells us in Mark how miracles happen:
And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover. (Mark 16:15-18)In Matthew 17 we see that disciples of Jesus could not heal a man's son. After seeing Jesus heal the man's son the disciples asked Jesus why they couldn't do it and he said it was because they had "so little faith." They were stopping themselves from performing a miracle, even though it was inside of them, they just needed to ignite it.
Believe that miracles can happen. Believe that miracles come from God.
With faith as small as a mustard seed we can tell a mountain to move and it will move — that's a miracle!
Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
— Matthew 17:20