A 3 Letter Word to Use For Miracles

March 30, 2015

I would like you to start by thinking of a miracle you would like to see in your life. Visualize it for a minute or two. Bathe in the emotion of seeing it realized, and feel as you would when (not if) it takes place.

If only it was that easy for your miracle to occur. Well, I have good news. It is this easy, if not easier. Visualization and faith are key ingredients for your dream miracle to become reality. However, I have been reminded many times lately of another way to make it happen. When I see and hear the same idea many times in different places in a short period of time, that’s when I know God is speaking to me.

This idea I have been reminded of is the power of asking. This simple 3 letter word, ASK, is a small yet powerful key in receiving what you desire. It’s all over the Bible… Ask and it will be given to you (Matt 7:7); Whatever you ask for in prayer, believing that you already have it, will be yours (Mark 11:24); You may ask me for anything in My name and I will do it (John 14:14). If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given to you (John 15:7).

The above verses are powerful enough, and meditating on even one or two of them consistently could be life-changing. There are plenty more where these came from. I recommend finding one that most strikes your emotional cord and making it a part of your being.

One idea that’s helped me a great deal in my personal growth is finding detailed, exact definitions for simple words. We’ve used the word ask all of our lives. We know what it means. However, I dug a bit deeper. Here are some definitions (taken from dictionary.com) of the word ASK, and then I will explain how we can apply it in our prayer life.

  • to try to get by using words; to request
  • to solicit from
  • to demand; expect
  • to call for; need; require

When you ask God for a miracle, in essence you are doing all of these. As I learn more about God, I can see how these apply. For example, when God created the world, He spoke it into existence. When Jesus calmed the storm, he spoke to the waves and demanded that they stop. When He healed people, He spoke the word and it was done.

This power of asking also lies in your hands. Know exactly what you want. Then use your words to ask God to make it happen. Know that you can expect to receive what you ask for. There are only two conditions to receiving your desire when you ask. One is that it is within God’s will. Now please don’t make the mistake many people do (and I did for a long time) with this concept. They use this concept of God’s will as a “maybe-ness” to receiving their desire, like maybe God wants to grant this or maybe He doesn’t. It’s not like that at all. It simply means that as long as your desire is part of God’s nature it is good. That means that asking for greater health, improving your relationships, and getting out of debt are all within His will. Asking to hook up with the beauty at the desk next to you (even though you’re both married) or for something that will hurt someone else are examples of something outside of God’s will that He will not answer. So unless it’s something you know is wrong, don’t be afraid to ask!

The second condition is that you give the glory to God. You can do nothing without Him. When your main focus is that God will be glorified when your miracle takes place, it will supercharge the manifestation of your desire. It’s only a matter of time until you reap the benefits.

If you have held back from asking God for miracles due to fear, lack of worthiness, or whatever reason, now is the time to realize that He wants you to ask. And when you do, He is ready and willing to bless you in ways you can’t even imagine. Use your words, call for His assistance, and expect the blessing. The see the great things God can do 🙂

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Do You Still Not Understand?

August 26, 2014

Think about scenario and determine if this has happened to you. You are reading the Bible to learn something new or find something to take with you through your day. Instead, as you are reading, you are zapped right between the eyes by what comes out at you. You get the feeling you are being spoken too directly. Even more, you get the feeling you are being given a wake up call.

If you have experienced this type of situation, you know what I am talking about. I had such an experience the other day. I was listening to a speaker (Gary Keesee) and he provided the following verse from Mark 8:14-21. The context is this…In a short time Jesus has twice fed a crowd of thousands of people with only a few loaves of bread and a handful of fish. He is with His disciples who are concerned about the lack of bread that they have. As he hears this conversation, Jesus prompts and challenges them. He basically says, “don’t you remember what just happened? Twice?” He then reminds them that, even though they only had the small amount to start with, they were able to feed thousands of people and have baskets full of leftovers after that. Then comes the question that not only zapped them between the eyes, but did so for me as I read it. “Do you still not understand?”

It’s a question I that I needed to hear. I believe in the power of positive thinking and share it here often. At the same time, I am human and still have my doubts sometimes. As I went through some doubt that day and went to God for help, this is what He reminded me. I felt Him asking me…”how many times in the past have I totally come through for you? How many times did you feel like you couldn’t do it, yet you relied on me and I took you where you needed to go? How many times have you seen me turn impossible into an accomplished miracle?”

I felt like I was being asked the same question. “Do you still not understand?” It was a great reminder of God’s power in my life. The Bible is full of great stories about how God performed miracles out of nothing or very little. It reminded me that God has done so much in my life. So much that I could never count.

I don’t believe God was trying to make me feel guilty. If you’ve experienced this same type of thing I assure you the same. I don’t think He ever wants to make us feel bad. Instead, I take it as a reminder of all God has done for me before, and is more than willing to do for me now and in the future. I share this reminder with you today. God can take your little, and make it an overflowing abundance. Simply offer it to Him, release it to His power, and allow Him to work in your life. You will soon see that you will be left with baskets full of overflowing abundance. Just have faith, do your small part, and watch what our great God can do. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


No Such Thing As Miracles?

August 5, 2013

“There is no such thing as supernatural or miracle, just something that is still beyond logic of the observer.” – Toby Beta

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I often talk about miracles and how you can see more of them in your life. So why would I all of a sudden share something like this?

For God and those with the the highest amounts of faith, a “miracle” is just another ordinary event. It’s just business as usual. The key is in the last line of the quote…It only seems like supernatural to those who deem these incredible events as beyond logic.

Here is the challenge I present today…bring your faith to such a level that extraordinary events are just business as usual. Make it so that they present no surprises. Still be thankful for them and awestruck by them. However, the less you are surprised by these extraordinary events, the more you will look for them and see them in your own life.

I would be lying if I said I was at a point where all miracles were expected. However, I have a come to a point in my life where I expect them a lot more, and these miracle events are not so illogical any more. It’s an indicator that my faith has grown a great deal.

I recommend you use this same indicator in your own life. Should you believe in miracles? Of course you should. However, the challenge is to grow your faith to a level that these “miracles” soon become regular occurrences. Although we never take them for granted, they become business as usual, as I mentioned earlier.

How do I develop this faith, you ask? The best way I’ve found is to visualize. See them happen regularly in your mind. Then when they happen for real, you are not surprised. This practice also develops the positive thoughts and emotions it takes to succeed in all endeavors of life.

Please know there is such a thing as miracles. Please believe it. But also know that all things are possible with God, and in His eyes nothing is a miracle. It’s just business as usual. If you walk around with that kind of faith, you will have the whole world in your hands just as He does. Enjoy the blessings : )


What Kind Of Advice Is That?

April 2, 2013

So you have questions and need advice on how to make great things happen in your life? How effective would it be if the advice I provided was to let someone else do it for you? I acknowledge that it wouldn’t be the best advice.

I am about to be a hypocrite. I just admitted that the above advice would be a very poor recommendation, but I am now providing it to you. Are you looking for greatness and miracles in your life? Continue reading to see why the hypocritical advice provided might be your best option.

As I read about the miracles in the New Testament, I realize a pattern. In almost every case, the pattern is the same. The person simply asks, demonstrates faith, and follows some simple instructions. Then they simply let Jesus do His thing, and the miracle takes place.

If you are looking to accomplish particular goals or if you desperately need a miracle, I suggest you follow this same formula. Pray and state specifically what you want. Have faith and know that with God nothing is impossible. Do whatever you are inspired to do. Then have the faith to leave the rest in God’s hands, and let Him do the rest for you. He is the one that has the unlimited power to make the miracle happen.

As I read these miracle Bible stories again and again, I cannot find a single one where this formula did not result in a miracle. Every time someone asked, had faith, completed their small task, and left it to God to do the rest, they received the miracle they were seeking.

Please know that these same miracles take place today. If you want to see them in your life, you can simply follow the steps outlined above. In God’s time, your miracle will happen. If it’s not exactly what you wanted, it will only be something better!

I would love to hear about the miracles in your life. Please share when they occur. Also, if any of you would like additional prayer, I would be happy to do so for you. In the meantime, enjoy the blessings : )


The Look On His Face

March 26, 2013

I am very much enjoying the special series “The Bible” that is airing on The History Channel. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a 5 part series of the history of the old and new testaments. It is very interesting to watch as stories of the Bible come to life on the screen.

The other day I was watching the part where Jesus first begins His ministry. Peter has been out fishing all night and has caught nothing. Jesus then invites Himself onto the boat and tells Peter to go back out and cast the nets again. Peter argues that they had been out all night without results. However, He still takes the advice and goes back out fishing with Jesus on the boat. As He does this, he is still shaking his head and looks at Jesus like he’s crazy.

It is the next part of the video that completely caught my attention. Jesus knows that Peter is looking at Him like He’s crazy. However, Jesus has a look of anticipation on His face. It’s a look like, “just do what I say, because I know exactly what’s going to happen. You’ll see”. It’s the very next part that really hit me. Jesus is now looking at Peter to see his reaction as the miracle occurs. If you don’t know the story, Peter ends up catching so many fish that he can barely pull the nets in. Jesus is just sitting there watching with joy as Peter experiences the miracle.

As I mentioned, I was very touched by this scene and it really made me think. You should have seen the look on Jesus’s face as He watched His disciple reap the benefits of this miracle. I then thought about it and even said it out loud to the people I was watching with. My exact words were..”that’s the exact look that Jesus has on His face when He sees us reap the benefits of one of His miracles. That’s so cool!”

It is cool, isn’t it? It’s not His burdensome job to provide miracles for us. It’s His joy and absolute pleasure to do so. Invite Him onto your boat and ask for the miracles you are looking for in your own life. Then imagine the look on His face as He watches you enjoy the benefits of it. If that’s not something to live for, I don’t know what is. Enjoy the blessings : )


Expect A Miracle

March 5, 2013

I mentioned in my previous post that my mother in law lost her husband last week. As a way to support her, my family and I decided to join her at her church this past Sunday instead of going to our own. We very much enjoyed the service.

There was one part of this church that stood out most to me. As you walk into the church you see a big sign above the altar. In big letters it says, “Expect a Miracle”. At that instant, this church had my attention for good.

In my opinion, it’s an absolutely perfect message for a church to have. After all, we serve a God who is full of them, so what better place to “advertise” miracles than the church.

I am a firm believer that we receive in life exactly what we expect. If we expect failure, we’ll certainly get it. If we expect greatness and success, we will receive it. I’ve read this in several books, but it says if you were to go and gather water from the ocean, there are several ways you can do it. You can go with a tea spoon, and you will get what you expect. Instead you can go with a cup, or a bottle, or a barrell. Who will get the most water? The answer is obvious. In each case, you will receive the amount of water you expect, based on what you brought to collect it in. the key is for your level of expectation to be high!

I was inspired by that church sign, and now I pass the inspiration to you. Go through life expecting to be blessed, and expecting to succeed. If you expect success you will receive it. Then it has a snowball effect, and your life will be marked with blessings and miracles, all because you had the faith to expect them. After a while, it becomes natural to expect the absolute best.

God always works in great ways. You may not receive things as you expect, and some you may not get at all. However, keep in mind that God has only your best in mind. If you don’t receive one miracle, you will receive something better instead. The key is to believe and expect, and you will receive and be blessed. So what miracle are you expecting? Feel free to share. I will be happy to pray for its manifestation, and enjoy the success with you : )