December 2: Miracles

Matthew 1:18 AMPC
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place under these circumstances: When His mother Mary had been promised in marriage to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be pregnant [through the power] of the Holy Spirit.

IMG_6722A surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of God. An extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause: a work of God. That’s the “definition” of a miracle.

Miracles don’t make sense to our natural logic. They defy all the “rules” and “laws”. And just like in the case of the birth of Jesus, miracles tend to come in the most unlikely of packages and in the most unlikely of ways. But as followers of Christ, a miraculous life is supposed to be our norm. Not just for us to receive miracles, but for us to operate in them! It is one of the primary ways we see the Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.

Today, I’m overwhelmed (in a very good way) by the truth that as a follower of Christ, I have this supernatural power living in me. The same Holy Spirit, that caused His conception in Mary’s virgin womb and the same Power that eventually raised Him from the grave, lives in me. And I (we) have been given the power and authority to access it, to operate in it, and to be vessels through which (like Mary) that which is not explicable comes and changes the course of my life, of someone else’s life and can ultimately change the course of history.

Here’s what I’m focusing on today: Those areas where I could say I need a miracle? I’m ridding those spaces of the clutter of logic and opening them up once again (like a womb) for the miraculous power of God to move as He chooses to. I’m also asking God to let me see as He sees. Because He most likely won’t come in the way I thought He would and the miracle will probably not come in the type of package I’ve been keeping my eye out for. And lastly, while I’m waiting for my miracle, I choose to turn my attention towards others. I will keep my eyes and ears open for others. Others who so desperately need a miracle in their lives. Others who need to experience the reality of the Kingdom of Heaven. And I will co-operate with God in whatever way He leads me to.

This Christmas, don’t settle for anything less than what the Kingdom offers. May we experience the power of the Holy Spirit to a greater level, and may we in turn, release that power into the world around us to bring salvation, miracles, signs and wonders.