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May 12, 2019

Josh Goodrich on Miracles

Josh Goodrich on Miracles

Passage: Acts 9:36-43

Speaker: Josh Goodrich

Series: All

Category: All

A miracle is something that is hard to define. Merriam Webster defines a miracle as a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency.

Ultimately I believe it is up for us to decide what a miracle is.

A miracle could be something very impressive, such as someone being brought back to life or as simple as someone making it home safely in a horrible storm. I mean I would consider it a miracle that my mom puts up with me everyday. Thank you mom. Happy Mother’s Day.

It's even a miracle that I made it through high school. However, no matter what your definition of a miracle is, there is a common thread. God is always involved.

From today’s lesson in Acts, Peter is given power by the Holy Spirit to perform a miracle. He brings Dorcas back to life. Peter would never have been able to perform this miracle without the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is how God works through us, and God works through each of us everyday. He works through us by our actions. Whether it is us making and handing out the helping the homeless bags or us putting on the vacation bible school this summer, he is constantly working through us. He is working through us to help perform acts of kindness and spread love to others.

I found a story on internet of a family that was struggling to make ends meet. They were unable to buy the amount of groceries they needed. The parents were doing what they could, working hard and looking for better jobs. But, a  miracle was also happening. An unknown person was placing groceries at their door. Now, the unknown person never had to do what they did. They could have just saved their money and spent on personal things. However, the Holy Spirit working through this person helped the person spread love and they cared for their neighbors while they were in need.  

Mothers perform miracles everyday. God works through every mother  so that they are able to provide so much love for their families. He gives them the ability to perform the miracles they do. One  amazing miracle mothers perform is being able to carry another human inside them for nine months.

It’s also a miracle that moms are able to cook dinners for their families after they have had long and tiring days at work. Now, plenty of men cook, but it’s never as good as Mom’s home cooking.

I discovered a definition that I  really think defines a miracle well. “A  miracle is an amazing product or achievement, or an outstanding example of something.”  But, if you add, “With the help of a divine agency” to the end of that definition, it sounds like  the perfect definition of a miracle to me.

Now, based on that definition, when was the last time you had the chance to perform a miracle? What was it that you did? What miracle did you perform?

Jesus did miracles and gave Peter and us the ability to do miracles because he loves us. So, helping someone carry groceries to their car could be an outstanding example of love and kindness, and therefore could be defined as a miracle.

Helping someone get through tough times could also be a form of a miracle. There was a story I found on Facebook about a mother that painted a rock with the word “Believe” and a cross on it. The woman placed this painted rock out in the woods by a cliff. A young man who was at this same cliff found the rock. The young man was actually at the cliff for the reason of taking his own life.  The young man had been planning to to do this for a year and was determined to follow through on that day. However, when he found the rock with the simple word ‘Believe” and the cross painted on it his mind was changed. . It was a miracle that the rock the woman had made and placed by the cliff was found by the young man and that it touched his heart.

Jesus performed many miracles. The miracles that Jesus and his followers performed were and continue to be  acts of love. Miracles, made possible by the Holy Spirit, performed by Jesus and his followers reveal to all the very nature of God’s infinite love. 

In John 13 Jesus says to Peter, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Jesus loves us. God loves us. So let's take the love we are given by God and spread it to others.

Let us spread love and care for others as Peter cared and loved for Dorcas. If we look around there are moments when we can perform miracles in everyday life. God will be with us and he will work with us to help perform miracles. So let's go out into the world and perform miracles.

Miracles are an act of love.

Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers.

Just remember to look around everyday because God gives us opportunities to perform miracles. He helps us perform these miracles.