Does God Still Do Miracles? The Answer!

Does God Still Do Miracles? The Answer!

Heart work: Hebrews 10:16

I am very grateful for all the feedback I received for the question posted on 1 John 3:22.  It seems the majority of you see the same issue I do: God’s promises are conditional!   I’ll share my thoughts and how I answered the individual who asked the question to begin with.   After that, I’ll share why I think this is very much related to seeking closure for Jesus.   In fact, I think you’ll see it as we go along if you don’t already!

“Whatever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” 1 John 3:22

Note the word “because” in this passage.   The verse just before this one states that,” If our hearts condemn us not, we have confidence toward God.” These are some of those “If/then” or “if/when” statements we bump into in life.   If our hearts do not condemn us when we are going against a plain “thus says the Lord”, it is because we have blunted or are in the process of searing our conscience.   This is extremely dangerous.    I John 5:3 says love keeps His commandments and they are not grievous…are God’s commandments grievous to you or to me?   I hope we can all say together with the Psalmist, “Oh how love I Thy law…!”  Psalm 119:97.  If we allow Him to write it in our hearts, we can!  (Jeremiah 31:33)

Here is another conditional promise: If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you.” John 15:7.

Ibid, verse 16, “You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you.”—another “If/then”,  that/so that”  promise….

The fulfillment of the promise of whatever we ask being done is based on abiding in Him, and His words abiding in us.    If this is our condition, then what we ask WILL be in harmony with His will, because our will is surrendered to His!    Such a beautiful cycle.

“For the Lord is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11.

God promises He will give good things to them that walk uprightly.   We know that Hezekiah walked uprightly.   1 Chronicles 31:20 “And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and did [that which was] good and right and truth before the LORD his God.”   But it was not “good” for him to live on.  Indeed, we see the results of God yielding to Hezekiah’s request to allow Him to live on.   We see that His ways really ARE best.    2 Kings 20:13-15 tells the sad story of Hezekiah showing the king of Babylon all of his treasures instead of giving God glory for sparing his life at his request.  We know that this mistake led to the children of Israel being taken captive in Babylon for 70 years.   His continuing to live also resulted in the death of the prophet Isaiah.   Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah born after he pled for more years, sawed Isaiah in two because he was tired of hearing his messages of reproof!    So from this we can see that, even if we are walking with the Lord, we need to constantly stay submitted to His plan for our lives.    What looks like disaster to us may be the entry way to His greatest blessings!

“If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:14 (Followed by this statement in vs 15; “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

Yes, it’s all a matter of love!   But, what does it mean to ask “in (His) name?

I am reminded of a passage in Desire of Ages, pg 668:

“But to pray in Christ’s name means much. It means that we are to (1) accept His character,(2) manifest His spirit, (3)and work His works. The Saviour’s promise is given on condition. “If ye love Me,” He says, “keep My commandments.” He saves men, not in sin, but from sin; and those who love Him will show their love by obedience. {DA 668.2} (Numbering supplied)

So what does this have to do with closure for Jesus?   A lot!   If we are not living in harmony with His plan for our lives, we are tying God’s hands in His promise to return, no matter how much we may pray for it.   As one person put it in their answer to this question, “… lack of faith, lack of consecration, lack of perseverance limits divine intervention.”   If you will review all of the areas we have covered so far wherein we believe Jesus needs closure, you will find among the common denominators  the three things mentioned in this very excellent comment.  Please ponder, in closing, this poem the Lord gave me in May of 2010.

The greatest freedom I have found I have found in You!

Free indeed, no longer bound, free to will and do.

Bowing at the cross, surprised at finding liberty,

I wonder in my repose, Lord, are You too free?

I see the work that You still do, in dealing with my sin.

How can You ever be, if I’m not pure within?

In my heart of hearts I know, I see,

I hold the key within my choice to set my Saviour free.

May God grant us the willingness to be the people who are “willing and obedient” so that we may “eat the good of the land”. (Isaiah 1:19) And more, that Jesus will no longer have to suffer!

Selah!

 

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