August 26, 2013

1 Kings 18:37-38 “Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”
Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

Elijah was laying his life on the line here, but it certainly paid off handsomely. This particular miracle is right up there with the parting of the Red Sea as a dramatic demonstration of God’s presence and power, and on that score, probably exceeds it, because despite the way Hollywood depicted it, the Biblical record is that “all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind.” (Exodus 14:21) In other words, it wasn’t an instantaneous miracle, as this was. That’s why the Egyptians weren’t so afraid to try chasing the Israelites, even though they should have been. Here, there was absolutely no question that this was a sovereign act of God in response to the prayer of His prophet. The parallel we see sometimes today is resurrections, which continue to happen around the world but which secular media do their best to ignore. I don’t remember exactly how many Heidi Baker has seen in her ministry, but the figure is in the dozens, and she is far from the only example. God is still very much around, and He is still in the business of turning people’s hearts back to Him. The situation today isn’t that there isn’t evidence of God, it’s that people refuse to report, much less believe, the evidence that is there. The hardness of people’s hearts can be incredible at times!

I have desired to see a resurrection ever since coming to Omura over 30 years ago, but I haven’t seen one yet. Thinking about it, though, I’m not at all sure what the response would be if one happened. In any case, I’ve got to leave it in the Lord’s hands, because I certainly can’t perform a resurrection on my own! I desire to see people turn to God, but if their faith is based on “signs and wonders” rather than a personal relationship with Christ by His Spirit, then it can all be something of a house of cards. God worked miracles through the 1st Century believers and continues to do so today to show Himself real, but the question is how people respond to those miracles. There are “miracle ministries” in various places that seem to be nothing more than moneymaking shows, and I want none of that. At the same time I see so many people around me who seem so close to committing to Jesus as Lord, yet they don’t take that clear step, and I long for something to “push them over,” so to speak. Again, I can’t make that happen on my own, so I’ve got to remain faithful, keep praying, and trust God.

Father, You know my heart and You know my situation. I ask for Your very best, to build up Your people and bring many more into Your family. Thank You for Your beautiful presence and ministry in the service yesterday. I think everyone was touched. May we all continue to open up more and more to You, pressing in more and more consistently, so that all of Your plans for us may be fulfilled, on Your schedule and for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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2 Responses to August 26, 2013

  1. Not sure what you meant by resurrections and Heidi Baker but God does work miracles today in different ways but hoping to see a miracle shouldn’t be a main focus. Spreading the word of God to non believers should be the main focus in a person’s life.

    • jgarrott says:

      Roland and Heidi Baker have had a remarkable ministry in Mozambique, particularly, that has been marked with plenty of “signs following.” They aren’t in the least showy, just totally in love with Jesus and eager to get as many people as possible into His family. There are some videos of Heidi speaking in English (language) settings on YouTube. I haven’t met her, but Roland was a joy when I got to meet him.

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