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Taboo Tablets and Process Miracles
By: Dr. Skip Myers
web posted July 17, 2006
“I do not possess silver and gold; but what I do have I give to you; In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” The man immediately stood to his feet and began to walk! For the first time in his life the lame beggar stood and entered the Temple leaping and praising the Lord. (Acts 3:1-10) Now that’s a miracle--instant change with no waiting at all!
This is how most of us would define a miracle and it’s our narrow definition that limits our experience. If miracles have to happen instantaneously then we are missing a multitude of miracles right before us everyday. We are also cheating ourselves out of being right in the middle of experiencing God being God. Miracles happen by process more than they do in the wink of an eye. And yet, we tend to downplay the miraculous because of the process God uses to accomplish them.
I sat with a person many years ago and listened as they shared the struggle they had with an emotional issue. They had discovered a renewed sense of life through some medication their doctor had prescribed. Their family had asked them to come speak with me because their loved one had stopped taking the medication and had begun to struggle once again. They shared with me a friend at work had told them if they had enough faith they wouldn't need the pill. God would perform a miracle. So they stopped the medicine and began to revert back to a more intense struggle emotionally.
There are many who struggle emotionally in our society. And there always seems to be some well-intentioned "saint" who suggests that they suffer because they lack faith to see a miracle. I very seldom hear of people telling diabetics this or sinus sufferers. The church says little about emotional struggles and for that we should apologize. If we spoke the truth about miracles and the nature of God then just maybe healing could continue for many.
What this misinformed "saint" failed to realize is that God is the definer of miracles--not her. What she failed to see was the actual miracle the Lord was working in this person's life. A miracle in a pill! All this person had to do was recognize His involvement in the process of working a miracle.
You see a miracle is no less a miracle if it comes by process. The process may be a prescription and a counselor, coupled with spiritual growth. Add these to the power of God working in a person’s life through a lifelong process and you have the formula for a miracle--change in their lives. What are we doing to God and others by limiting what we classify as a miracle? We unwittingly condemn others to live entrapped in a world of depression and self-doubt.
It is time for the church to become a place of encouragement and support for those who are finding their miracle in a process. It is time to applaud their faith as they apply it to the process. Stop calling their faith into doubt and encourage them to stick to the process God is using. To those who are involved in this process, I would encourage you to seek out a church with such understanding. Find a person of faith who can encourage you to stay with the process even in times of setback and discouragement. There is hope in Christ and the faith you have in Him. Don’t leave faith out of the process. It is vital for healing—even if healing is a process that grows throughout your lifetime.
There is a wonderful passage of scripture that encourages us to stick to the course God has for us. Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us, let us lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes of Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2) See the miracle that God is growing in your life each day and celebrate your relationship with Him.
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