John 5:1-15

John 5:1-15

John 5:9Vintage message from our 2002-2003 radio program called “Perspective” aired November 17, 2002.

It is faith that grows in us as we hear the Word of God. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” And in no way in our salvation by grace through faith or by reading His Word does it imply…that we’re going to have those ailments or injuries healed, but yet there are people who would say that you are not living by faith unless you have that healing, unless you have that proof from God that He actually loves you. Well, the fact of the matter is, it may be God’s proof to you by allowing you to go through what you’re going through that He actually does love you. It is a greater miracle, in my mind, for a man to be inflicted and rather than turn away from God, turn toward God and say, “I will trust You through my ailment. I will trust You through my hardship. I will trust You through my financial disaster. I will trust You, God, regardless of what this world does to me in my flesh,” because, guess what? It’s not about this flesh or the comfort of this flesh or the building up of this flesh. It is about what God can do to revive and strengthen and build that spirit that we have within us to draw us into that love relationship with Him. And I have found, even in my life, that the times I am closest to God was when He allowed me to go through my hardest times, and that’s where the miracle is found, and I actually turned to Him and that He actually received me when I turned to Him…

He’s a loving God! He loves us! He loves us desperately! And He performed the greatest miracle of all when He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on a cross. He performed the greatest miracle of all when Jesus, knowing the death that He was dying, was going to take our sin onto Himself, that He would suffer the consequences of that sin and be separated from His Father. He performed the greatest miracle of all by looking at His Son, Jesus Christ, separated, in disgrace with our sin and then forgiving our sin through His Son because of His Son’s blood, and you and I today will not have to suffer the consequence of the sin you and I commit almost daily, but Jesus gladly bore it Himself and took the consequences Himself. If that’s not enough of a miracle for you, I do not believe that anything else that God can do for you will ever be enough. It doesn’t make you super spiritual because you can speak in tongues… God doesn’t want our “show.” God wants us to look at Him for the love that He has for us and just simply be in love with Him, and not make a show of it but just simply come to Him… We don’t have to make out that we are some super spiritual beings because we’ve asked Jesus into our life…

We need to look for the miraculous in those common things that we experience every day. We need to start looking for what the Holy Spirit is doing in our life. In the struggle and the turmoil we’ll see the miraculous. We’ll see the Hand of God working in our life, if we’ll just open our eyes and look. But when we start demanding, “God, You have to do this,” or “God, You have to do that,” or “God, unless I have this experience from the Spirit or that experience from the Spirit, then how can I know that my faith is real?” Let me tell you something. You’ll never know. You’ll never know because the miraculous, then, is never enough. No matter what God does, you’ll always be challenged in your heart by your flesh and by His enemy to doubt what you’ve just seen…

I have the tendency to believe that we need to expose Jesus in every miracle that happens in our life to as many people as we possibly can because that’s where people come to know the love and the saving power of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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