BY PASTOR T. O. BANSO
“People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus of Nazareth by doing wonderful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know” (Acts 2:22 NLT).
David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister and father of Israel, said, “Anyone who doesn’t believe in miracles is not a realist.”A miracle is a supernatural, amazing event. It is as an act of God that is contrary to the law of nature. Miracles themselves are marvelous, but there are some miracles difficult to believe, for both the beneficiaries and those who know them. May you be a beneficiary of such a miracle in Jesus’ name.
There are many unbelievable miracles in the Bible. But I want us to look at some of them trusting God that you’ll be the next in line to experience similar unbelievable miracles in Jesus’ name.
1.The LORD’s word to Abraham that in a year’s time, Sarah, his wife, would have a child. The LORD said to Abraham in Genesis 18:10, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son” (NKJV). Sarah overheard this word but didn’t believe it. The Bible says she laughed. It was a laughter of unbelief because Abraham and Sarah were both very old, and Sarah was long past the age of having children – she had reached menopause. “She laughed silently to herself. ‘How could a worn-out woman like me have a baby?’ she thought. ‘And when my master — my husband — is also so old?’” (Verse 12 NLT).
The LORD called Abraham’s attention to Sarah’s laughter and reiterated that what He said would come to pass, notwithstanding Sarah’s laughter, which she denied. “Then the LORD said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ Is anything too hard for the LORD? About a year from now, just as I told you, I will return, and Sarah will have a son.’ Sarah was afraid, so she denied that she had laughed. But he said, ‘That is not true. You did laugh’” (verses 13-15 NLT).
If the LORD were like human beings, He would have cancelled His word because of Sarah’s unbelief. However, the LORD was merciful; He didn’t annul His word in reaction to Sarah’s unbelief.
In Genesis 21:1-3, we read that God’s word came to pass: “Then the LORD did exactly what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant, and she gave a son to Abraham in his old age. It all happened at the time God had said it would. And Abraham named his son Isaac” (NLT).
Whether it sounds believable or unbelievable, may God’s word concerning your life come to pass in Jesus’ name. “And Sarah declared, God has brought me laughter! All who hear about this will laugh with me. For who would have dreamed that I would ever have a baby? Yet I have given Abraham a son in his old age!” (Genesis 21:6 -7 NLT). God shall bring you laughter. Whatever may be making you cry, groan or worry now shall turn to laughter in Jesus’ name. In all departments of your life, you shall be fruitful even in your old age. Psalm 92:14, says, “They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing” (NKJV). That is your portion in the mighty name of Jesus.
2. The healing of the demon possessed, blind and dumb. This unbelievable miracle is recorded in Matthew 12:22-24: “Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. And all the multitudes were amazed and said, ‘Could this be the Son of David?’ Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, ‘This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons’” (NKJV).
Did you notice the amazement of the multitudes that saw the manifestation of this miracle? This made them begin to wonder if he was the Son of David – the Messiah. Also dumb-founded, the Pharisees’ only argument was that He must be using the power of Beelzebub, the ruler of demons to do such an unbelievable miracle. They simply didn’t know how to respond to this miracle of the blind and mute man speaking and seeing. Jesus, however, rubbished this argument contending that Satan could not be casting out Satan; Satan could not be undoing his own work. “Any kingdom at war with itself is doomed. A city or home divided against itself is doomed. And if Satan is casting out Satan, he is fighting against himself. His own kingdom will not survive. And if I am empowered by the prince of demons, what about your own followers? They cast out demons, too, so they will judge you for what you have said. But if I am casting out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you” (Matthew 12:25-29 NLT). This miracle was an unbelievable one.
3. The rebuke of the wind and sea by Jesus. The disciples had seen some miracles by Jesus before this time. But they couldn’t believe that winds could also obey Him. They were shocked and wondered what type of man Jesus was. “Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We are perishing!’ But He said to them, ‘Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?’ Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, ‘Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?’” (Matthew 8:23-28 NKJV).
Every problem you’re going through have ears to hear, and you can command them to disappear in the name of Jesus. That was why Jesus could speak to the fig tree and it withered, and the disciples marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?” (Matthew 21:18-20). Trees have ears! Every situation has ears! If you don’t like what you’re seeing, speak what you desire in the name of Jesus. That was why after the withering of the fig tree, Jesus answered His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matthew 21:21-22 NKJV).
Whatever storm is blowing against your life, and in your life now, have ears to hear. And in the name of Jesus, I command such a storm to be silent in Jesus’ name. I decree peace in Jesus’ name. Have faith in God.
4. The restoration of Jairus’ daughter to life. This twelve-year-old girl died while the father, Jairus, was waiting for Jesus to follow Him to heal the sick child, but unfortunately for him, another person with a twelve-year old problem, the woman with the issue of blood, arrested Jesus’ entourage and slowed down Jesus enough for the sick daughter to die!
While still waiting for Jesus to get to his house, they brought the bad news that the daughter was dead and he shouldn’t trouble Jesus further; they concluded it was too late for Jesus to do anything about the situation. But when Jesus heard this, He told Jairus not to be afraid but only believe. Friend, your miracle is not too late, only believe!
Jesus eventually got to Jairus house and performed an unbelievable miracle. Jesus took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi, which is translated, ‘Little girl, I say to you, arise’” (Mark 5:41NKJV). Verse 42 says the twelve-year old girl immediately arose and walked. The child’s parents and those with Jesus “were overcome with great amazement” (verse 42 NKJV).
Whatever good thing is dead in your life shall come alive in Jesus’ name. People may have written you off, but in the name of Jesus, you’ll experience an unbelievable miracle this season in Jesus’ name.
5. The healing of the man blind from his This miracle is recorded in John 9:1-38. This man had never seen in his life, and everybody knew him with this condition of blindness. After this man was healed by Jesus, those who knew the man’s condition before began to argue among themselves whether he was the one or not. John 9:8-9 says, “Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, ‘Is not this he who sat and begged?’ Some said, ‘This is he.’ Others said, ‘He is like him.’ He said, ‘I am he’” (NKJV). A miracle that will set tongues wagging, the LORD will do for you. A transformation that will cause people to be debating whether it’s you or not, God will carry out in your life.
The healing of this man was so unbelievable that his neighbours who knew his former condition started making enquiries how he was able see. “Therefore they said to him, ‘How were your eyes opened?’ He answered and said, ‘A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.’ Then they said to him, ‘Where is He?’ He said, ‘I do not know’” (John 9:10-12 NKJV).
A change of level, a lifting, a breakthrough that will cause people to start investigating you, the LORD will do for you in Jesus’ name!
Genesis 26:12-16 says, “Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him. The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous; for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him. Now the Philistines had stopped up all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, and they had filled them with earth. And Abimelech said to Isaac, ‘Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we’” (NKJV).
The LORD shall change your story; He will change your song. People will begin to say, “No, he is not the one. Yes, he is not the one. He is not the one, but it seems he is the one.” What the LORD will do in your life will be unbelievable. You will become a wonder unto many. “I have become as a wonder to many, but You are my strong refuge” (Psalm 71:5 NKJV).
6. The angel’s message to Zechariah concerning the wife’s pregnancy and birth of John. Luke 1:18 says, “Zechariah said to the angel, ‘How can I know this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years’” (NLT).
Both of them were already old and were not looking for any child again having waited all these years without any. It was a piece of unbelievable news that the angel brought, considering the content: “Zechariah was in the sanctuary when an angel of the Lord appeared, standing to the right of the incense altar. Zechariah was overwhelmed with fear. But the angel said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Zechariah ! For God has heard your prayer, and your wife, Elizabeth, will bear you a son! And you are to name him John. You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice with you at his birth, for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or hard liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. And he will persuade many Israelites to turn to the Lord their God. He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah, the prophet of old. He will precede the coming of the Lord, preparing the people for his arrival. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will change disobedient minds to accept godly wisdom’” (Luke 1:11-17 NLT).
Though Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the LORD’s commandments and regulations, Zachariah didn’t believe the news the angel brought. It was too good to be true!
How did I know he didn’t believe the angel? The angel said so. “Then the angel said, ‘I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God. It was he who sent me to bring you this good news! And now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you won’t be able to speak until the child is born. For my words will certainly come true at the proper time’” (Luke 1:19-20 NLT). So, he was dumb until the day the child born, John, was to be given a name. Zechariah should have known better.
People used to say Elizabeth was barren, but the LORD changed her name, for nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:36-37). Elizabeth gave birth to John the Baptizer.
The case of Mary, the earthly mother of Jesus, was similar to Zechariah. He asked the angel a similar question: “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” (Luke 1:34 NKJV). Apparently her question was not that of unbelief, because she was not rebuked; the angel explained to her. “And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible” (Luke 1:35-37 NKJV).
After these words of the angel, Mary simply responded in faith, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word” (verse 38 NKJV). And the angel departed.
May you receive angelic visitation this season. Like Zachariah and Elizabeth, may you receive answers to long standing issues in your life in Jesus’ name. The LORD shall amaze you positively, and those who know you will be join you in the amazement.
7. The baptism of the Holy Ghost with evidence of speaking in tongues on the day of Pentecost. Those who attended the festival from different parts of the world were amazed and confused that the followers of Jesus, who received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, were speaking in the languages of the lands they were born.
Acts 2:5-12 says, “And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, ‘Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs — we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.’ So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘Whatever could this mean?’” (NKJV).
Please take note of that phrase “the multitude came together, and were confused.” Also notice the phrase, “So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another ‘Whatever could this mean.’” You’ll receive a visitation from the LORD that will confuse many. The change that God will bring into your life will amaze and perplex multitudes in Jesus’ name. You shall become a subject of positive debate.
8. Peter’s release from prison: In Acts 12:1-9, Peter was supernaturally released from prison where he had been guarded by sixteen soldiers and led out of prison. He didn’t know it was true; he thought it was a vision. “So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him. And when Peter had come to himself, he said, ‘Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people’” (verses 9-11 NKJV).
By supernaturally releasing Peter from Herod’s detention, the LORD disappointed the expectation of the Jews who had been pleased at the killing of James, the brother of John earlier (Acts 12:2-3). God also frustrated the plan of Herod to bring Peter out of prison after Passover to kill him (verse 4).
God shall disappoint every evil expectation concerning you. The LORD shall frustrate those who plan to kill or harm you or any of your loved ones in Jesus’ name. You will experience unbelievable miracles this season in the mighty name of Jesus.
9. The healing of the lame man at the Beautiful gate. This was the first recorded miracle performed by the disciples of Jesus after Jesus had ascended to heaven (Acts 3:1-11). Everybody was amazed seeing the lame man jumping up, standing on his feet, walking, leaping, and praising God, and going into the temple. He was no more sitting outside by the road begging for alms. What an unbelievable miracle!
It was even more amazing because this man was born lame from his mother’s womb. Acts 3:9-11 says, “All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded! They all rushed out to Solomon’s Colonnade, where he was holding tightly to Peter and John. Everyone stood there in awe of the wonderful thing that had happened” (NLT).
10. Saul’s conversion. When the LORD told Ananias, a certain disciple in Damascus, to go to minister to Paul and restore his sight, he gave God a reason it was not safe for him to go. To him, it was like a suicide mission! He didn’t envisage any miracle could have happened to Paul between Jerusalem and Damascus where he had come to further persecute Christians.
Acts 9:10-14 says, “Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, ‘Ananias.’ And he said, ‘Here I am, Lord.’ So the Lord said to him, ‘Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.’ Then Ananias answered, ‘Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name’” (NKJV). Ananias only went after God had hinted him about the miracle that had taken place in life of Saul (Paul).
What was the response of those in Damascus to this miracle of Saul’s conversion? Amazement! Unbelievable! Acts 9:20-21 says, “Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. Then all who heard were amazed, and said, ‘Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?’” (NKJV).
After escaping death from the hand of the Jews in Damascus, Paul fled to Jerusalem. When the followers of Jesus in Jerusalem heard about his conversion, they thought it was a hoax, a fluke; they didn’t believe, and, therefore, didn’t want to receive him into their fellowship. They must have thought anybody could be saved but not Paul!
It took the intervention of Barnabas for the other disciples to receive Paul. Acts 9:26-28 says, “And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus” (NKJV).
Don’t give up on that person, that spouse, that child, that friend, that boss you’ve been praying for his salvation. Very soon, the LORD will intercept them and they will surrender to Him. Or maybe there are some people who have made themselves your enemies. The God who converted a persecutor to an apostle will touch their hearts and they will become your loyal supporters. “The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD; he turns it wherever he pleases” (Proverbs 21:1 NLT).
11. The return of the exiles to Jerusalem. When the LORD restored the exiles to Jerusalem, it seemed so unreal; it appeared like a dream. The psalmist expressed it thus: “When the LORD restored his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, ‘What amazing things the LORD has done for them.’ Yes, the LORD has done amazing things for us! What joy!” (Psalm 126:1-3 NLT). See that statement: “And the other nations said, ‘What amazing things the LORD has done for them.’”
Many shall see the amazing things God shall do in your life; God will give you unbelievable restoration. The LORD shall fill your mouth with laughter and fill your heart with joy. You’ll laugh, sing, dance and rejoice. Many people will join you to celebrate your unbelievable miracles.
Conclusion: The age of miracles has not passed as some wrongly teach. Because the God of miracles is forever alive, every age is the age of miracles if there are people who will believe God for miracles. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV).
Jesus said to have faith in God (Mark 11:22). As you have faith in God this season, God will do unbelievable, outstanding miracles in your life. Whatever is the area of your life where you need divine interventions, don’t limit God – for there is nothing too difficult for God to do. Hope in God for you shall yet praise Him (Psalm 43:5).
If you’re not born again, you need to make give your life to Jesus. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit you’re a sinner and you can’t save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent and confess my sins. I confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and surrender my life to him today. I invite Jesus into my heart today. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible believing, Bible teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. You will grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I’ll be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.
T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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