THE GRAVE ROBBER- I want my miracle NOW!!!
Don’t we all….
My last blog on this topic was named Where’s my miracle?
We’re at the point in our study where Jesus
has already performed HIS first miracle. This is
where Mary “nudged” Jesus to provide more
wine for the wedding feast. And HE did just that.Lots of it!
Let’s move on to the second miracle performed by
Jesus in the Gospel of John.
In the book Grave Robber, Mark Batterson calls this
Are you “where you are RIGHT NOW” based on
Coincidence or providence?
“Does God order our footsteps? Even the ones that
seem like missteps? Or are we blazing our own trail?”-
Here’s another “strange (to me)” quote from the book.
“But if you believe in a Choreographer who sequences
every step, there are no coincidences. Only providences.
No accidents. Only divine appointments. Every twist of
fate is a part of the dance originally designed by God Himself.”
Does that mean when what we call a “bad thing” an act of GOD
are we saying God ordained and arranged this?
God has given us a FREE WILL and the FREE WILL is,
for better or worse, like a ravaging FREE RADICAL.
What do we do to overcome free radicals in our bodies?
We take antioxidants!
So….. how do we take antioxidants for FREE WILL – Free
We READ the WORD….
I like what the Message Bible says about this in Psalm 119:11:
” How can a young person live a clean life?
By carefully reading the map of your Word.
I’m single-minded in pursuit of you;
don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted.
I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart
so I won’t sin myself bankrupt.”
I really like this verse…. However I would change it
now based on Nuero Linguistic Programming(NLP).
I would say, “…help me to see the road signs you’ve
posted…..so I’ll stay sinless before YOU.”
Not that we can stay “sinless” but we strive to
live that way.
Why would I changed that to a more positive statement?
Because NLP has proven that we don’t respond well to
the NEGATIVE of an idea.
The example most used to prove this is:
“DON’T THINK ABOUT A 6 FOOT TALL WHITE
RABBIT WITH FLOPPY PINK EARS!”
Now what did you first do…. If you’re like me and
most other people, you immediately saw that
6 foot tall white rabbit with floppy pink ears.
Stepping back a moment and closing the point about
free wills and free radicals, the WORD of God hidden
in our hearts (and minds) so we can use this knowledge
to make right (good) decisions about where to go,
which way to turn, which plane to take, which car to
It’s all about listening to the Holy Spirit, our
Comforter/Counselor/Advocate, the Spirit of Truth,
The Spirit of God, The Life-Giver, Our Helper
(in a time of need), Our Guide, etc.
So we can tell by the names given the Holy Spirit,
that we should depend upon this part of the Trinity
to help us with our decisions, (so we can always be
in the RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME).
We shouldn’t be in such a hurry to get someplace
that we miss the miracles along the way (or out
of the way).
Now back to the Supernatural Synchronicity Miracle
and what exactly does this mean?
The second Miracle in the Gospel of John was both
physiological and geographical. So what happened?
John 4:48-52New International Version (NIV)
48 “Unless you people see signs and wonders,”
Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”
49 The royal official said, “Sir, come down
before my child dies.”
50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”
The man took Jesus at his word (BELIEVED) and departed. 51
While he was still on the way, his servants
met him with the news that his boy was living. 52
When he inquired as to the time when his son
got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one
in the afternoon, the fever left him.”
As we dig into this, we see the Royal Official’s
son was sick…. So being Politically Correct, the
Official could have told Jesus to heal his son, BUT
the Official treated Jesus with respect calling him
Jesus responded to the man’s request and simply
said, “GO, YOUR SON WILL LIVE”.
Further in the chapter we seen the son was healed
at about 1pm in the afternoon, the same time Jesus
said “your son will live”.
This miracle is called a Supernatural Synchronicity
Miracle because Jesus was a good 20 miles from the
son but the healing took place at the time Jesus said
Supernatural Synchronicity or purely coincidental?
One more thing before I close this out. Well maybe
As we read the WORD of GOD and study it, we find
that there are only a couple of times where people
were NOT healed.
1. Matthew 17:19-20King James Version (KJV)
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart,
and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief:
for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a
grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this
mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and
it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
2. Matthew 13:57-58King James Version (KJV)
57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus
said unto them, A prophet is not without honour,
save in his own country, and in his own house.
58 And he did not many mighty works there
because of their unbelief.”
I’m a firm believer in the Word of God and I’ve only
found the above two scriptures where people were
not healed… There may be more but I don’t know them.
So seeing this we KNOW it’s God’s WILL for us to be
healed. In fact the word SAVED in the Greek means
to be made whole, delivered, healed, etc.
So why not believe that and live that.
I’ll tell you…. Unbelief that it’s still for today!
Mark Batterson calls it:
- Subliminal Skepticism: this is because we’re
constantly bombarded with TV ads about medicines,
doctors, hospitals, etc…being the best at solving
joint issues, solving cardiac issues, solving stomach
issues, etc… that or FAITH becomes strong in the
doctors ability to get us well….
- Dormant Disappointment: this is because maybe
we’ve prayed for a miracle and it feels like GOD
just didn’t hear us. So we become disappointed
with the results and lose FAITH.
Whatever the issue, look to the Scriptures!
WHAT DOES THE WORD SAY? Believe THAT, not MAN!
NOT what you see, not what you hear…only the WORD OF GOD!!
See what it says, then believe because:
“All things are possible to them that believe.”
That’s it for now…
Will continue later. Off to a small group
leader’s meeting tonight.
Jerry and Diane
ps.. If you want to see our miracle check this link.