Tag: Mark Batterson

I want my miracle NOW!!!

 I want my miracle NOW!!!

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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
Supernatural Synchronicity.

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?”-
Mark Batterson.

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?

Absolutely NOT!!!

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
Radicals?

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
drive, etc.

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
“SIR”.

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
the words.

Supernatural Synchronicity or purely coincidental?

One more thing before I close this out.  Well maybe
two.

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:

  1. 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….
  2. 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.

B-Blessed!

Jerry and Diane

ps.. If you want to see our miracle check this link.

Grave Robber second post!

Grave Robber –Getting Ready

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Diane and I were discussing this (Grave Robber and Miracles) and it seems that since
it’s on my mind (or in my Reticular Activator)…everything I see or hear now is referring to miracles ….

example:
Diane- “I need my coffee warmed….”  “God won’t warm my coffee”

Jerry—“Why Not???”

Diane== “It’s not important”

Jerry- “Is that a prerequisite? What determines IMPORTANCE –vs- FAITH?”

With FAITH… ALL things are Possible…

Our small group wants to study miracles….so that’s what we’re starting
Feb 18th… We have been reading a lot and it seems I see or hear something
referring to miracles every day.

For instance, today I receive an email from a friend who sends a daily
encouragement email.

What was his email about?

“I am healed, I am whole, from the top of my head
to my soles, to the tip of my toes”.
Here’s a link to that song if you want to
hear it: http://youtu.be/BDbn6Ln-ZTc

The question comes up in my mind….

Can we perform a miracle???  What does the Bible say?

Well in John 14:12  “I tell you the truth, anyone who
believes in me will do the same works I have
done, and even greater works, because I am
going to be with the Father.”

Just what does this mean???

We’ll get to that more later, but here’s a few
more questions that have popped up in my mind
since starting this study….

We certainly want begin to answer this in a short
blog.  This study is going to be 8 weeks with a full
75 minute study each time, but I’ll get into each of
these questions as time progresses.

I’m anxious to hear all the answers too, IF we can come
up with one.

Why?

Because I have some issues myself that I want resolved by
a miracle…. NO MORE GLASSES, NO MORE KNEE PROBLEMS,
NO MORE HEARING PROBLEMS…to name a few for me.

AND, I want to see my wife (Diane) healed of her Fibromyalgia and
the pain it causes her.

So…with this study we’re hoping to see just WHY we may be
missing our miracle…
just maybe we’re getting ready for the BIG EVENT…

Are you ready??

Here’s more about what we’re digging into and if I’m missing
something you want to know more about…please make a comment
or send me an email.  JerryNDiane@NJoyFreedom.com

Questions to be discussed over the next several weeks…..

  1. Would Jesus have performed the “wine” miracle
    without Mary “nudging” Him?

What does this tell us?

  1. In the second miracle, Jesus said, “GO and the Man
    took Jesus’ WORD (what Jesus said), not what
    someone else said (religion) and departed”

    1. What does this mean?
      What can we get out of that action?
  2. Jesus wasn’t moved by religious correctness. He upset some folk.
    1. What does this mean?
    2. How can this apply to us?
    3. What can happen when we believe the WORD
      of GOD instead of man.
  1. Statements from the THE GRAVE ROBBER…
    1. You go nowhere by accident?
      1. What does this mean?
        Do you believe it?
    2. Were ever you go, GOD is sending you there?
      1. What does this mean and do you believe it?
    3. Where ever you are, God has put you there?
      1. What does this mean? Do you believe it?
    4. What about the statement, “All things work together for good….”?
    5. Do you WANT to get well?
      1. What does that make you think?
      2. Why are we not getting well?
    6. We have not because we BELIEVE NOT..
      1. What does this mean to you?
    7. To experience the miracles, we need to UNLEARN every assumption..
      Except, God is ABLE!

      1. What specifically does this mean to you?
    8. Against all HOPE, Abraham in HOPE believed!
      1. What did Abraham believe?
      2. What was against all hope?
      3. What made it happen?
  2.  It’s easy to become accustomed to our crutches…
    1. What does this mean?
    2. What are some crutches that come to mind?
  3.  Do you want to get well?
  4. What’s keep you from your miracle?
  1. Meditate on the 5 dimensions of your identity:
    1. YOU ARE More than a conqueror
    2. YOU ARE the Apple of God’s eye
    3. YOU ARE Sought after
    4. YOU ARE a Joint heir with Christ
    5. YOU ARE a Child of God
    6. Can you name some others???
      1. YOU HAVE the Mind of Christ
      2. YOU Can do all things through Christ
      3. YOU ARE Kings and priests
      4. YOU ARE the Head and not the tail
      5. YOU ARE Blessed coming and going
      6. THE Fruit of your bodies are blessed

I’m stopping now…so get ready to respond and let us know
what your thoughts are and what you’re believing for.

As we progress through the lesson, I’m sure we’ll be wiser
and have more SCRIPTURE to back up what we’re saying.

I don’t have all the answers and probably never will, BUT
it’s important to study to show yourself approved…

That’s what we are doing!!!

So…for now…
B-Blessed!

Jerry and Diane
JerryNDiane@NJoyFreedom.com

The Grave Robber by:Mark Batterson

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Feb 18th, we’re starting a new small group
study about Miracles.

Do they still happen today?

If so, why are they not shouted from the rooftops,
on CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS and NBC…yes and those
other “news” stations?

Why is it that we pray and pray and pray and seem
to get no results?

Why is it we have friends and relatives with degenerative
diseases, Cancer, Parkinson’s, Crones, MS, MD, etc.
and we don’t see improvements in them when we pray?

Or it seems to be that way….

That’s what our small group members were asking last
semester and wanted to study this upcoming semester.

Soooo, we hit the books and we hit our knees in prayer for
answers.

The Bible says, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD.

It says, WE CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST…

It says, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE FOR HIM THAT BELIEVES…

It says, GREATER THINGS WE’LL DO THAN JESUS (Jesus said that).

It says, HE SENT HIS WORD AND HEALED US….

The question Jesus the man at the pool is:
DO YOU WANT TO BE HEALED?

I suppose that’s the question we all want to say YES to,
so why do I have to have Knee replacement surgery next week?

Why do I still wear glasses?

Why do I still have hearing problems in my right ear when
I’ve had surgery on it TWICE!!!

Since we’ve started reading the book and the study guide my
Reticular Activating System has gone wild.

EVERYTHING I hear and see makes me think of miracles.

Yesterday morning Diane and I were discussing the book:

Diane:  “I need my coffee heated and God won’t heat up my coffee.”

Jerry: “Why Not?”

Diane: “It’s not important.”

Jerry: “Is that a prerequisite?  What determines importance –vs- FAITH?”

Doesn’t God care about the LITTLE things in life?

YES!!!

With BELIEF, ALL things are possible.

Here’s a familiar story and some verses about “all things”.

There was a young boy in the village that was having issues:

20So they brought him (to Jesus). When the spirit saw
Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion.
He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
21Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been |
like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. 22“It has
often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But
if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

23“ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible
for one who believes.”
24Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed,
I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Isn’t that the request we all have, “Help me
overcome my unbelief!”

Yes,,, we all want to believe we can do everything:
heal the sick, make the blind to see, the lame to walk!

Why are we not seeing these miracles every day?

Well as they say on the new channels, this is the tease
to get you to come back…..so stay tuned for more.

I’m trying to keep these blogs to around 500 words and
I’m already at 508…so to end this session I’m closing with:
Do you want to see miracles in your business?

Do you want to see miracles in your household?

Do you want to see miracles in the workplace?

In our churches… In our everyday life?

Do you want to be healed?

That’s what Jesus asked… so I’m asking too!

Do you want to be healed?

See you next time.
B-Blessed!

Jerry and Diane
JerryNDiane@NJoyFreedom.com