30 Lessons Drawn from the Miracles of Jesus – #18

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Are You Facing Oppositions because of Your Gift? (Matthew 9:32-34)

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If you are a church leader reading this, this is for you. If God decides, in His infinite wisdom, to use you as an extension of His arm on earth, to carry out diverse, unusual and strange miracles, then you better get ready for some fierce oppositions. Some people, especially the media, are going to take it upon themselves to dig deep into your background for some accusation to level against you and debunk the proofs of what God is doing through you. Now, if this opposition can only come from unbelievers, that would be easier to bear. However, just like those against Jesus, oppositions can, and will also come from those of the same faith as you. The Pharisees knew the Scripture and the power of God in working miracles and casting out devils. Jesus was not the first to be doing that; they had other people who had been doing that probably even before Jesus (see Matthew 12:27). Yet, the Pharisees still accused Him of fraud and put up several oppositions against Him.

The gifts of healing and performing of miracles, however, are not exclusive to church leaders. Jesus said, “These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed” (Mark 16:17-18, NLT). So be ready against oppositions when God uses you in one of these ways; for, “Students are to be like their teacher, and slaves are to be like their master. And since I, the master of the household, have been called the prince of demons, the members of my household will be called by even worse names!” (Matt. 10:25, NLT)

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I was around 5 when, I am strongly convinced, I first heard the distinct voice of God. But, not until I was 11 (2002) did I have a personal encounter with Him. I was in my room that night, about to pray before bed, when I saw a revelation of how filthy my heart was. I didn't argue with God that I was too young to have such amount of filth ('cause I believed I was a 'good boy,' by human standards, at least). I simply cried uncontrollably in brokenness of heart - "The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God" (Psalm 51:17) - and He didn't.

Still crying uncontrollably, I left my room and went to the living room, where my parents were watching the nightly news on TV. After I managed to tell them about the revelation I saw, my sweet mum took me to her room and led me to Christ. I got saved that night. And 6 years later, I discovered my purpose and assignment on earth, which is raising up men and women to be godly, and teaching them the simplicity of Christianity. More than a decade later, I am still fulfilling that purpose to His glory. Hallelujah!

Author: Somto Ufondu

I was around 5 when, I am strongly convinced, I first heard the distinct voice of God. But, not until I was 11 (2002) did I have a personal encounter with Him. I was in my room that night, about to pray before bed, when I saw a revelation of how filthy my heart was. I didn't argue with God that I was too young to have such amount of filth ('cause I believed I was a 'good boy,' by human standards, at least). I simply cried uncontrollably in brokenness of heart - "The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God" (Psalm 51:17) - and He didn't.

Still crying uncontrollably, I left my room and went to the living room, where my parents were watching the nightly news on TV. After I managed to tell them about the revelation I saw, my sweet mum took me to her room and led me to Christ. I got saved that night. And 6 years later, I discovered my purpose and assignment on earth, which is raising up men and women to be godly, and teaching them the simplicity of Christianity. More than a decade later, I am still fulfilling that purpose to His glory. Hallelujah!

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