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Matthew 9:28-30

28 :And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.

29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it."

Many people desire miracles from God. They want God to perform miracles to “prove”Himself to them. “If only God would perform a miracle, sign, or wonder, then I would believe!” This idea, is contradicted by Scripture. When God performed amazing and powerful miracles for the Israelites, did that cause them to obey Him? No, the Israelites constantly disobeyed and rebelled against God even though they saw all the miracles. The same people who saw God part the Red Sea later doubted whether God was able to conquer the inhabitants of the Promised Land.

This truth is explained in Luke 16:19-31. In the story, a man in hell asks Abraham to send Lazarus back from the dead to warn his brothers. Abraham informed the man, “And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” Luke 16:31

Jesus performed countless miracles (John 21:25), yet the vast majority of people did not believe in Him. If God performed miracles today as He did in the past, the result would be the same.

People would be amazed and would believe in God for a short time.

That faith would be shallow and would disappear the moment something unexpected or frightening occurred. A faith based on miracles is not a mature faith. God performed the greatest “God miracle” of all time in coming to earth as the Man Jesus the Christ to die on the cross for our sins (Romans 5:8) so that we could be saved (John 3:16). God does still perform miracles—many of them simply go unnoticed or are denied.

The purpose of miracles was to authenticate the performer of the miracles, that the person was speaking for God directly. “Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know.” Acts 2:22

The same is said of the apostles, “Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.” 2 Corinthians 12:12.

Hebrews 2:4 “God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?”

We now have the truth of Jesus recorded in Scripture. We now have the writings of the apostles recorded in Scripture. Jesus and His apostles, as recorded in Scripture, are the cornerstone and foundation of our faith (Ephesians 2:20). In this sense, miracles are no longer necessary, as the message of Jesus and His apostles has already been attested to and accurately recorded in the Scriptures. Yes, God still performs miracles. At the same time, we should not necessarily expect miracles to occur today just as they did in Bible times.

With that said, there is no scripture that redacts the advent of ANY of the gifts of the Holy Spirit which include the working of miracles.

“To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:” 1 Corinthians 12:10

One challenge with experiencing a miracle from the Lord is the lack of faith among men and the apostasy. In Western civilization there are churches almost on every block making it easy to take God for granted. Many churches teach and interpret scripture haphazardly which subsequently effects the faith and a persons ability to believe God in general let alone for a miracle. Many don’t recognize the small things the Lord does in their life as uses providence, which is the typical way God answers prayer using existing conditions and people. “I don’t know why I’m doing this but…”Thats referred to as the favor of the Lord or providence. Historically, God does not like to share credit for His work, neither is He inclined to move on behalf of those who don’t recognize Him in the small things.

A miracle is when God transcends nature to perform a work, extraordinary acts as being raised from the dead etc. Today we find miraculous healing and the like taking place outside the United States where people are more desperate to hear for the Lord.

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