Discipleship – Level 3 Lesson 3

Level 3 Lesson 3

MIRACLES GLORIFY GOD
By Andrew Wommack

We’ve talked about walking in the power of God and ministering to other people
through the gifts that He gives us. I’d like to share some things about how this really
glorifies God and how He expects us to use His supernatural ability. There are so many
scriptures on this that I can only touch on a few. In Matthew 9 there’s an instance where
Jesus healed a paralytic man, and I’ll deal with that in more detail in Mark 2. Matthew
9:8 says, “But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had
given such power unto men.” Did you know that the gifts of the Spirit—miracles—
glorify God, and that’s the reason He gave that miraculous ability to us?

When you start sharing with other people, there’s a natural tendency for them to
doubt and begin to question, “Well, how do I know what you’re saying is true?” I once
heard T. L. Osborne, a famous evangelist who led hundreds of thousands of people to the
Lord, discuss his experience when he was first on the foreign missions field. He tried to
witness to people, and they just didn’t believe what he said. Finally, one day he was
talking to a man, saying “But the Bible says,” and the man said, “What makes your black
book any different than any other black book?” Then T. L. Osborne thought, How do
these people know the Bible is true? I have faith that the Bible is the Word of God, but
how do I convince them?

He left the mission field defeated and discouraged, came home, and began to seek
God. The Lord told him that he had to use His supernatural ability. Signs and wonders are
for the purpose of validating the Word of God, which is what will change people’s lives.
In 1 Peter 1:23 it says, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible,
by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” God’s Word is what changes
people’s lives, but how do you get them to believe that it really is God speaking? Well,
that’s the purpose of miracles. When we preach and say that it’s God’s will for a person
to be healed, we demonstrate it by speaking over them in the name of Jesus. Their blind
eyes or deaf ears that are opened validate that it is God. Miracles aren’t going to change
people, but they will cause them to believe that the word you’ve spoken is the Word of
God.

A scriptural example of that is Mark 2:1-9, where there is further detail on the
paralytic who was healed: “And again he [Jesus] entered into Capernaum after some
days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered
together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the
door: and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of
the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the
press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let
down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto
the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes
sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies?
158who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit
that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in
your hearts? Whether it is easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee;
or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk” (brackets mine). The truth is that both of
those things are technically impossible. It’s impossible for a man to forgive sins, and it’s
also impossible for a man to heal another person of paralysis. So if God could do one, He
could certainly do the other.

Jesus said in verses 10-12, “But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power
on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take
up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed
and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God,
saying, We never saw it on this fashion.” Jesus made it very clear when He said, “But
that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the
sick of the palsy).” He produced the healing so people would know that if He could do
things in the physical realm that they could see happen at His word, then spiritual things
such as the forgiveness of sins could also take place. Jesus used miracles to validate His
word.

This exact same thing is said in Hebrews 2:2-3: “For if the word spoken by angels
was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of
reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to
be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.” It says that
God confirmed this word by the power of the Holy Spirit. Put this together with Mark
16:20, “The Lord working with them, and confirmed the word with signs following.” The
point I’m making is that God wants you to use His supernatural ability and power to
minister to other people. He uses the miracles that take place through the gifts of the Holy
Spirit to confirm to people that He is actually speaking to them. Ultimately, He wants
people to be set free in their hearts, but sometimes the way to a person’s heart is through
their bodies and their emotions. If you can deal with those areas and see a person set free,
then they will open up and allow the Lord to touch the rest of their lives and literally
commit their entire being to Him.

In 1 Corinthians 2:1 Paul was writing to the Corinthians, telling them how he first
approached them: “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of
speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to
know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in
weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not
with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” He made
it very clear that the reason he didn’t come emphasizing and using words only but came
in demonstration of the Spirit and power, was so their faith would stand in the power of
God and not in the wisdom of man.

Christianity has wonderful logic to it. Once you see the truth, you wonder how
you ever missed it and why everybody doesn’t embrace it. But Christianity isn’t only
159logic…it is a real experience with a real God. He’s alive today, and He wants to manifest
Himself in power exactly the same way He did in His Word. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus
Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Jesus came and He was a man
approved of God among us by signs and wonders and miracles. Acts 10:38 says, “How
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about
doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” He
had his word confirmed, and those miracles rang like a bell to draw people to His
message. They glorified God. Many scriptures say that these miracles glorified God, and
if Jesus had to use the power of the Holy Spirit to minister and to change people’s lives,
how do we think that we can do better than He did? If Jesus drew on miracles to draw
people to Himself to receive His message, how can we possibly think that we can
convince the world today without operating in the supernatural power of God? The truth
is that miracles glorify God. They are a bell that draws people. It’s like ringing the dinner
bell—it’s the food that will fill you, but it’s the bell that gets your attention. Without the
bell, some people are going to miss the meal. Without the miraculous power of God,
many people are going to miss out on the fact that God is real and He can change their
hearts and forgive their sins.

I encourage you to realize that God wants to flow through each one of us and
work these miracles through us in other people’s lives. Some of you may say, “But that
intimidates me. What happens if I pray for a person and they aren’t healed? How do I
know this is going to happen?” You need to recognize it’s not you doing the miracles;
God is doing them. You don’t take responsibility if the miracle works and the person gets
set free, and you don’t take the blame if it doesn’t work. You just do the praying; God’s
the one who does the healing, but He has to flow through you. God wants to use you in
miraculous ways. You need to get into God’s Word, see how it worked for other people,
apply those things in your life, and let the miraculous, supernatural power of God start
flowing through you today.

Discipleship Questions

1. What is a miracle?
________________________________________________________________________

2. Read Mark 2:10-12. What did Jesus’ miracle demonstrate that He had power to do?
________________________________________________________________________

3. Read Mark 16:15-18. As believers, what are we to do?
________________________________________________________________________

4. Read Acts 8:5-8, 12. What did the people see, and how did they respond?
________________________________________________________________________

5. Read Acts 3:12. What did the Apostle Peter say about his own holiness producing
miracles? _______________________________________________________________

1606. Read Acts 3:16. How do miracles happen?
________________________________________________________________________

7. Are there instances of miracles happening in the New Testament that were not by the
apostles? ________________________________________________________________

8. Read 1 Corinthians 1:7. When will the gift of miracles cease?
________________________________________________________________________

Scriptures to Use with Questions

Mark 2:10-12 – “[10] But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to
forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) [11] I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy
bed, and go thy way into thine house. [12] And immediately he arose, took up the bed,
and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God,
saying, We never saw it on this fashion.”

Mark 16:15-18 – “[15] And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the
gospel to every creature. [16] He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he
that believeth not shall be damned. [17] And these signs shall follow them that believe; In
my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; [18] They shall
take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay
hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

Acts 8:5-8, 12 – “[5] Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ
unto them. [6] And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip
spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. [7] For unclean spirits, crying with
loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with
palsies, and that were lame, were healed. [8] And there was great joy in that city. [12]
But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and
the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”

Acts 3:12 – “And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why
marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or
holiness we had made this man to walk?”

Acts 3:16 – “And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom
ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in
the presence of you all.”

Mark 9:38-39 – “[38] And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out
devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not
us. [39] But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in
my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.”

161Acts 8:5-7 – “[5] Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ
unto them. [6] And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip
spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. [7] For unclean spirits, crying with
loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with
palsies, and that were lame, were healed.”

Acts 9:10-18 – “[10] And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and
to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. [11] And
the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire
in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, [12] And
hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that
he might receive his sight. [13] Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of
this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: [14] And here he hath
authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. [15] But the Lord said
unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the
Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: [16] For I will shew him how great things
he must suffer for my name’s sake. [17] And Ananias went his way, and entered into the
house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that
appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive
thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. [18] And immediately there fell from his eyes
as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.”

1 Corinthians 1:7 – “So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our
Lord Jesus Christ.”

Answer Key

1. What is a miracle? An extraordinary or unusual event that is considered to be a
manifestation of divine power. It is also a supernatural intervention of God’s power
over natural law.

2. Read Mark 2:10-12. What did Jesus’ miracle in Mark 2:10-12 demonstrate that He had
power to do? To forgive sins.

3. Read Mark 16:15-18. As believers, what are we to do? Preach the Gospel, baptize
converts, cast out devils, speak in tongues, and heal the sick.

4. Read Acts 8:5-8, 12. What did the people see, and how did they respond? They saw
miracles (verse 7), they believed in Jesus, and were water baptized (verse 12).

5. Read Acts 3:12. What did the Apostle Peter say about his own holiness producing
miracles? It was not his own holiness or power that healed the man; it was God’s.

6. Read Acts 3:16. How do miracles happen? Through Jesus’ name and faith in Him.

1627. Are there instances of miracles happening in the New Testament that were not by the
apostles? Yes. An unnamed follower of Christ (Mark 9:38-39). Philip (Acts 8:5-7),
Ananias (Acts 9:10-18).

8. Read 1 Corinthians 1:7. When will the gift of miracles cease? At the coming of the
Lord Jesus; i.e., when He returns.

Copyright © 2004, Don W. Krow
Permission is granted to duplicate or reproduce for discipleship purposes on the condition
that it is distributed free of charge.

Discipleship Evangelism
P.O. Box 17007
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80935-7007 U.S.A.
http://www.delessons.org

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