3 Sermon Illustrations about Miracles

These days, miracles are most often thought of in terms of acts Jesus performed Himself, while he was here on this earth. However, miraculous events still continue to happen, all around us. We just have to be ready to see and accept them.

It’s certainly not everyday that they happen, though, and sometimes we need a little reminder that they do. In fact, hearing of someone else’s miracle can sometimes give us the faith to keep going when we are having tough times of our own. Passing this “good news” on to others can make an astounding difference in someone’s life.

Here are a few examples to encourage those who may not have seen one lately.

Miracle on the Hudson

On January 15, 2009, both engines of an Airbus A320 were incapacitated, leaving the passengers aboard Flight 1549 doubting that they would ever see their families again. A flock of birds had flown into the engines, causing them to burst into flames, and more than one passenger admitted, they thought they were going to die. The emergency exits were opened and, amidst the strong smell of gasoline, the passengers prepared themselves for the imminent crash into the ice-cold waters of the Hudson Bay.

What those onboard did not see, however, was the expert manner in which pilot Charles Sullenberger leveled the plane and aimed it towards the waters, even with no engine activity at all. Nearby witnesses said, what they saw looked like a controlled landing. When the rescue efforts were through, not a single life had been lost. A total of 155 people, including one infant, were saved from certain death in what is now known as the Miracle on the Hudson.

A Miner’s Miracle

In 2010, thirty-three miners in Chile found themselves trapped underground, as the mine they were working in had collapsed. For the first seventeen days, everyone thought the mineworkers were dead. Conditions were hot and humid and there was little hope that they would have survived such an ordeal. Rescuers found them to be alive, however, after boring a hole into the shaft. They then used the bore hole as a means to get food, water, hydration gel, Bibles and letters from their family to them.

After capturing the interest of more than 1500 journalists from around the world, prayers began to pour in from all corners of the globe. In the mean time, the miners themselves were praying and asking God to keep them safe until they could be rescued. Sixty-nine days later, that day finally arrived. When rescuers pulled the workers from the mine, those miners immediately fell to their knees in thanksgiving for what could only be known as a miracle.

A Mother’s Miracle

A forty-year-old mother, Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro, went into Florida’s Boca Raton Regional Hospital to deliver her baby via cesarean on September 23, 2014. After delivering her daughter, she was happily talking with her family when she began to slip into unconsciousness. It turns out, she was suffering from amniotic fluid embolism, a rare condition in which amniotic fluid enters the mother’s blood. This can cause blood clots, which often lead to death in the new mother.

For two hours, both nurses and doctors struggled to keep Ruby alive, but after that time, her heart finally stopped beating. For the next forty-five minutes, they continued chest compressions, taking turns so that no one became exhausted in their efforts. They even used shock paddles, but all seemed to be to no avail. Finally admitting there was nothing left they could do to save the woman’s life, doctors chose to call Ruby’s family in so that they could say their final goodbyes.

When the family left Ruby’s side, they began to pray as the doctors were prepared to call a time of death. However, the heart monitor stopped them from doing so. At first, it was a single beep, then another. A nurse by the name of Claire Hansen went to tell the family to continue praying, because Ruby’s heart had once again started beating. After 45 minutes with no heartbeat, not only did Ruby spontaneously resuscitate, but to this day, has no ill effects of her near death experience.

Conclusion

Some say that miracles died out after the time of the Apostles and no longer happen. However, many people, like the ones mentioned above, are living examples that God still moves in miraculous ways. When doctors and other professionals admit that there is no other way possible for these things to have happened, we know that all glory is due to God and God alone.

Keep your eyes open. You never know when you will experience a miracle for yourself.

Stacey is a freelance writer, blogger and homeschooler who lives in Central Kentucky with her husband and two children. You can find her online at her website or on Facebook.

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Healing Miracles: Are They Real?

Many people question the authenticity of healing miracles and if they actually exist, but the word of God and the world that we live in leaves no reason to question the fact of this matter.

Miracles are not something new and they did not just start. They have been happening since the beginning of time. In fact, in the Old Testament, healing miracles suggested that God had performed them, while in the New Testament they suggested that Jesus performed them. These were acts that occurred in ways that undoubtedly left no question that a higher power had intervened. But do we really need to look for something on a grand scale to realize that healing miracles occur on a daily basis? I would think not. In fact, from then until now, there are healing miracles all around us that leave no question that they do exist and we call them the blessings of the Lord.

Miracles of Healing in the Bible

In the Bible, the barren had their wombs opened and they bore children: So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children. For the Lord had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife. Genesis 20:17-18.

The blind had been given sight: And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it. Matthew 9:27-30.

Lepers and others who were sick were healed: And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. Luke 17:12-14.

Blood issues miraculously ceased: And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, if I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. Matthew 9:20-22

Modern Miracles

In addition to these instantaneous miracles, there are healing miracles that occur all the time. For instance, there are those that are inspired to create medications and vaccinations that heal the body and eradicate disease. While these things may happen resulting from a series of events, it doesn’t negate the fact that it does happen and all of these instances are indicative of an intervention from a greater source and a higher power…God.

I can attest to those that have had brain tumors to miraculously die on their own. I’ve been witness to a woman having 4 hospice nurses and eventually being admitted to the hospital, being comatose for days but now she is walking around and you would never know that she was sick. I have also been privy to the testimonies of lupus being healed and those that were set to begin chemotherapy being told that they didn’t need to take the treatments because the tumor was no longer there. These are every day healing miracles.

Conclusion

In conclusion, we shouldn’t box up the acts of God by summing them up in a grand way and leaving them in a separate arena to themselves when healing miracles by God through physicians from all backgrounds occur on a consistent basis. They occur through God’s intervention for many reasons.

Some believe that healing miracles are God’s will for our lives, while others may say that it’s according to our faith, and still others would say it is to increase our faith as well as the faith of those around us. Healing miracles are real. It is to be noted that these things happened in the presence of and as a result of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Furthermore, these healing miracles are compassionate acts stemming from a God with an unconditional love.

We who claim salvation through Jesus can safely say that when we align ourselves with our higher power, we know that there is no need to identify the work of God as miraculous healings but instead we recognize them as meticulous, intentional blessings in and around our lives.

Latoya Collins is a freelance writer based in the Chicagoland area and she is currently working on her first book titled “God through Jesus, Nothing can Separate you from his Love.” You can find Latoya online at her website.

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5 Reasons Why People Don’t Believe in Miracles (and Why They Should)

Even though miracles are still happening on Earth today there are an enormous amount of people who would say there is no such thing as miracles. Sadly, this group of people who will disregard miracles does not consist of only Atheists, but some Christians as well. The Children’s version of Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines miracles as, “extraordinary events taken as a sign of the supernatural power of God.” In my opinion, miracles are so great and magnificent that they are sometimes hard for the human mind to fathom – thus the more simple children’s definition is a must in trying to understand them. With miracles being a major topic of controversy and skepticism, let’s dive into reasons as to why some people don’t believe in them.

Coincidental Conclusions

Many miracles are just pawned off as coincidences – events that happen at the same time by accident and seem to have some sort of connection. A person receives a random check in the mail just as electric was about to get disconnected at his home due to lack of finances? Coincidence. A family on a road trip gets completely crushed in their small vehicle by a semitruck and everyone makes it out alive with no bruises. Coincidence. How can events like these just be passed off as events that randomly occurred? How can they been seen as only coincidences? Surely there is something more to life than randomness. Surely there are reasons as to why unexpected events happen.

Science For Every Answer

A good portion of people put a lot of faith into science for the answer to everything baffling in life. To them science always has the reason or at least a theory behind why everything happens. An unexpected health healing is explained with how the body is intricately designed to heal itself and a family coming out alive after a terrible automobile accident is explained with the aerodynamic make up of the vehicle in combination with scientific laws. Where though, does science explain how the Red Sea parted at just the exact time that Moses needed it to part? How can Science then explain how that parting of the Red Sea stopped just after the Israelites crossed it to safety, saving them from the Egyptians as written in Exodus? You see, Science cannot claim credit for all miracles.

Only For the Past

There are some Christians who believe in miracles, but only those that occurred in the past as noted in the Bible. They agree that the Resurrection of Christ, the fall of Jericho, and the healing that Jesus performed occurred, but they are cautious to believe in any claims of miracles after the Bible was published. The Bible is seen as all truth (which it is), and those people want to make sure their beliefs are based solely on the truths written in the Bible. Sadly then, they are missing out in awesome miraculous truths occurring in this day and age.

Previous Disappointment

There are many people who have prayed for a miracle and didn’t receive one. Due to the result of their prayer and disappointment experienced, they then decide that miracles do not exist. However, there are a couple of reasons why a prayer doesn’t get answered, a number of reasons why God can say, “No.” Maybe the timing is wrong, perhaps the heart of the person praying is in the wrong place, or maybe the person isn’t trusting God 100% with the situation. Sometimes, the fact that God says, “No,” to a prayer request may actually be the miracle itself but it isn’t being recognized. An unfulfilled prayer request may just be God’s protection over that person as He really does know what is best.

Lack of Child-Like Faith

The Bible says that mountains can be moved when there is the faith of a mustard seed involved. It also praises the kind of faith that is, “Child-like.” Usually children believe 100% in certain things. They don’t second guess and they don’t have doubts, they just trust and believe that what they think will happen will indeed happen. Perhaps those who are not believing miracles are not seeing such extraordinary events as true because they are not seeing with child-like faith. There isn’t a hope and then a 100% trust in God for something great to happen because doubt and fear gets in the way. If adults can see the world as little children do – with innocence, belief, and trust – then more miracles will indeed be recognized.

Conclusion

Even though miracles are still happening on Earth in present day times, they are going as unrecognized or disregarded. Miracles are being set aside as just plain coincidences. Many are looking towards science for explanations of extraordinary events. Multiple people are choosing to only believe miracles that have occurred during Biblical times. Previous prayers that were not answered the way the person requested have snuffed any hope in that person for miracles to happen. Others do not have the faith needed to see or recognize such marvelous events. However, all among the Earth great and wondrous phenomenons are occurring! If we aren’t seeing with child-like faith, aren’t trusting God’s timing, and if we are relying on science for every answer then we are going to miss out on such great handiwork from God.

 

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Are Miracles always Positive Events?

The fact that I arrived here on time despite all this traffic is a miracle!

This is my miracle baby!

This relationship with (insert him or her here) has been a miracle to me!

The term “miracle” can have every association attached to it from the smallest conceivable details of our lives to major joyous event that may have happened to us. The Latin root for miracle means “object of wonder” or to “wonder at.” These supernatural occurrences can often seem so supernatural and out of the ordinary that we often fail to ponder, are miracles always positive events?

Miracles of Influence

Jesus was the pioneer of miracles, he was the man, the influencer of his time. Jesus often used miracles throughout the bible to establish faith in the heart of the doubter, to establish trust in the heart of the unbeliever and ultimately, he used miracles to reveal his glory and his majestic sovereignty.

When Jesus spoke in a crowd of many or to a man of one, people listened. If he was around in today’s time, we would say he dropped the mic. In him was full power and if he wanted a miracle to occur on the other end of that mic stand he could have produced it. Why? Well, one did not have to be in close proximity to Jesus to receive a miracle from him.

In the book of John, we get some up close and personal details of Jesus miracle performing abilities as we meet this royal official who had heard about Jesus and went to seek him out because his son was sick and nearing death. He met Jesus along the road and told Jesus about his sons’ ailments. Jesus simply replied ‘Go, your son will live’ (John 4:50). This royal man of authority took God at his word and fled the scene. When the royal neared closer to his home, some of his servants saw him in the distance and ran to tell him that his son was alive. He wanted to know the exact timestamp his son regained consciousness because he wanted to give Jesus the credit that was due. When the servant told him the time, it synced up with the time Christ said the word “go.” The Bible says because of this miracle his whole house believed in Jesus Christ. A positive event? Check.

We witness another miracle recorded in Matthew Chapter 9, Mark Chapter 5 and Luke Chapter 8. These Biblical accounts in the New Testament tell of a woman who was struggling with bleeding for several years. She, unlike the royal who may have had the funds to travel far, the strength of his money and no doubt a royal diet that kept him healthy, this unnamed woman was most likely impoverished, depleted and down to her final bouts of strength. She could spot Jesus in the distance, but he was so popular that everywhere he went he had fans of people following him. So, she thought to herself “He is so close, but so far. I probably won’t be able to have a proper one to one consultation with him today, there are just too many people around him, but if only I can touch him, that should be sufficient enough to heal me.” And so, as he neared, she desperately reached out and touched the hems of his clothing and was instantly healed. Jesus realizing, he had healed this woman, turned around and told her to “go in peace.” Positive event? Two checks.

Miracles as Testimonies

There are over 35 more miracles similar to their stories recorded in our New Testament Bible, all seemingly positive and welcomed events. Several times when Jesus performed his miracles he used the verb ‘go’ upon completion of the miracle to signal something to the recipient: action. It is important to remember here that miracles are not for ourselves, it is not just for us to look up, stare and wonder in awe about the event that happened to us. Miracles are our supernatural testimonies. This was true in the days of Jesus and the same is true today. Some of us may have encountered a relationship with Jesus with on a smooth road. Perhaps you grew up in church, never truly strayed too far from the path God has placed you on. Others of us may have experienced God through him pulling us out of our own turbulence, from a difficult and dark place, where we know that it was only the power and love of Jesus Christ that pulled us through and we are unable to attribute it to any natural or scientific means.

It is here that we need to imitate the actions of the royal who wanted to acknowledge that it was God who healed his son. How do we know the impact of his story? The Bible said, “and his entire house believed;” a conversion took place. The household was blessed with good news about Jesus because he had chosen to tell his story. The same could be said about our sister who struggled with internal bleeding. Something or someone bought her to that crowd that day. If she in fact had been in this condition for several years, she had seen every physician in town, but when she heard about Jesus, she had enough faith to believe that he would heal her. Imagine if she hadn’t overheard through the grapevine folks chatting about the Messiah’s power!

Obedience

It is our obedience and action when God says ‘GO!” when he has healed us, blessed us, set us free, guided us through a breakup or a breakthrough is what makes a miracle a truly positive event. A miraculous performance is not just an audience of one but for the blessings for others. So, the next time Christ, performers a miracle in your life, make sure you tell your story, I think Jesus would appreciate receiving his credit.

KenTara John works as an Instructor of Adult Education in Brooklyn, New York. She currently started a small tutoring company called Educate Awake where she is looking to empower urban students to awaken their gifts and talent through establish belief in their abilities. She loves to write, enjoys fashion and food and Sundays!

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The One Factor That is Common in Every Miracle

The little boy lay in bed in the middle of the night coughing a barking and wheezing cough. His Mama and sister just finished praying with him that he would be healed of his illness. Through the cough the young boy asked, “We just prayed Mom, but…. I am not so sure that God will heal me.” “God WILL heal you, James,” said his Mom, “You know why? Because the Bible says that if you have the littlest amount of faith, if you believe and trust God even the smallest bit, that any mountain will move. James, your cough is the mountain and I am trusting God will take your cough away.” A couple days later the little boy was breathing well, jumping and playing next to his siblings as if he was never sick.

The Common Factor is Faith

Matthew 17:20 (NIV) discloses that secret ingredient, that factor that is common in every miracle: faith. In the verse Jesus, the master miracle worker says, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” We must remember that the mustard seed is one of the teeny, tinniest seeds available on Earth, ranging about 1 to 2 millimeters in size. This is in similar resemblance to a small speck of sand. How amazing is it that something this small can move something that appears to be as big and as immovable in our life as a mountain?

Jesus says that we need faith for mountains to move, but what exactly is faith? Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines faith as, “belief and trust in and loyalty to God.” Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is confidence in what we hope fore and assurance about what we do not see. When I read both of these definitions I feel that they are very similar. Both definitions have a hope for something and a trust (confidence) that what we hope for and put into God’s hands He will indeed take care of. Faith is having a small wish and placing that hope, that wish, upon God. Faith is NOT hoping for something and then trying with all of our human might or resources to get that thing to happen. God can and may use you to accomplish a miracle, but only if you allow Him to have the reigns in guiding you and walking you through steps He wants you to do. The bottom line is that 100% trust, 100% confidence must be placed on God for a hope to be fulfilled; that is faith.

Analyzing Eyesight

Miracles are seen in the Bible through many workings and healings Jesus performed. One of my favorite miracles is when Jesus healed the blind man as written in John Chapter 9. The reason why this is my favorite is because I feel it is imagery of the concept of faith. Jesus had put mud over the blind man’s eyes and when the man washed the mud off his eyes it was then when he could see. I don’t doubt one bit that Jesus literally put mud on the man’s eyes, but try to think also about this concept figuratively. How often do we want something to happen so badly that we lose sight of what really needs to happen – that we stop placing our trust 100% on God?

Two of my children suffered from what I call, “modern-day leprosy” as infants. Their skin was raw, red, scaly, rashy, and to one point one of the children completely lost the skin off of his face. Doctors were baffled and had no answers or advice for us. Although I hoped for and prayed for healing in them, it seemed like every time I looked at their skin I took matters into my own hands. I put this lotion and that cream on them, tried numerous healing strategies and none of them worked. As a mom I felt helpless if I wasn’t actively trying to “fix” the skin condition, but in the meantime these attempts may have been making the skin worse.

At one point my husband made a comment to me when I was grieving how my precious boys looked. He said, “Do I need to put mud over your eyes?” That comment stopped me dead in my tracks. He was right – I was living based off of my own faulty human sight, not by faith. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says that we should live by faith and not by sight. Once I stepped back and have the entire situation to God that is when my boys’ skin miraculously healed. After years of pure torture due to this “modern day leprosy” I started hearing God’s soft whispers to me as to what needed to happen for the skin to heal. By obeying God’s voice miraculously the children’s skin is now beautiful. When the trust was put 100% on God, when faith occurred, the miracle was seen.

Conclusion

When it is human nature to always be in control of what happens in our life, when things are taken solely into our human hands miracles won’t be seen. One cannot solely hope without trust or trust without hope for a miracle to occur. When desires are shared with God and then situations are handed over and surrendered to God, that is when faith happens and when miracles occur. Communicating to God and then surrendering to His plan may be hard. His plan may include using you as an instrument to execute a miracle to happen, or His plan may include another method. However, if we hope and surrender that hope over to whatever God sees as the best method to accomplish that prayer a miracle will be seen.

Lights UP North writes from deep inside the great Northern Woods in hopes of bringing inspiration, encouragement, and hope to others. Ministering to those who are suffering from eczema and allergies is another strong passion for Lights UP North.

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4 Incredible Miracles that Science Cannot Explain

Science likes to try to have an explanation for everything, it seems. If by chance there isn’t evidence to prove an issue, scientists will still have a “theory” or a hypothesis for explanation and they will work as hard as they can to figure out the issue. The health of a person or the components of the world are issues that scientists tend to try to have a way of explaining. They will pull out one or two facts, no matter how minuet from biology to try to prove themselves. There are, however, four kinds of experiences in life that science cannot explain, even with the smallest biological facts: Changes of Heart, Financial Freedoms, Unexpected Gifts, and  Perfectly-Timed Provisions. The miracles that can be seen in these categories are baffling, exciting, and out-right impressive.

Changes of the Heart

Miracles concerning a change of heart are not necessarily seen in a physical sense. Scientists could try to muster up enough of a theory for physical heart changes. Miracle changes concerning the heart that science cannot prove, however, are changes such a state where someone who is hateful or sorrowful, maybe “rough around the edges” and has a complete 180 degree turn around into a nicer, more loving, and kinder person. When such a radical change occurs it really can be seen as a miracle of God. An example of this change has been seen through the testimony of a man named Brian Cole. Through the work of our miracle-working God, Brian Cole went from living the life as a Satanist to now working to help bring people to the Lord as a Minister. His story can be viewed here.

Financial Freedoms

Have you ever felt burdened with debt or bills that are just too much? Student loans or medical bills in today’s day and age are bills that commonly accumulate quickly. Do you ever wish you would get a phone call or piece of paper in the mail saying your large sum of debt has been simply forgiven? I bet many people hope for this kind of miracle – a random check, some money in the mail, loans cleared. Maybe a surgery got approved to covered by insurance literally an hour before the surgery happened. Financial miracles do indeed happen and should be hoped for. Read here about a testimony where this kind of miracle did indeed happen.

Unexpected Gifts

Many times, especially when a person is facing a difficult season, will God give some unexpected gifts to display His love to someone. These gifts speak right to the heart of the person. I love the stories of lost wedding rings and how they miraculously show up. How can science explain the reasoning behind how such a small but very important item can come back across the path of its owner? When odds of re-finding such a special item are so low, the discovery is such an enormous and miraculous blessing – miracles of God. Enjoy these 3 testimonies of wedding ring gifts:

  • A woman finds her wedding ring in the burned rumble faster the recent wildfires in California. (video)
  • When a wedding ring was lost in the bottom of a lake, it was found 9  years later! (video)
  • A wedding ring appears grown into the owner’s carrot when pulled from the ground. (video)

 

Perfectly Timed Provisions

Have you ever prayed in such desperation and had the prayer be instantly answered in such a miraculous manner? I have. On a cold fall day I looked at the pay stub of my husband’s check. He had just started a new job and it was clear the funds were not enough to make ends even barely meet. In a panic I started crying and my daughter noticed. When I explained to her why I was crying she suggested praying. So, we sat down and prayed – my prayer was one of desperation from the heart. Wouldn’t you know it, but a few hours later there was a knock on the door and two men stood there holding their hats in their hands. Very politely they asked if I had owned any land they could purchase from me. Although I had never before thought of selling our land, the sale of it was exactly what we needed to get us by. How can science explain that timing and provision? It can’t.

Conclusion

There are indeed many events in life that cannot be explained by science.  These miracles, these events are not coincidences, but marvelous gifts of God. Changes of the heart, financial freedoms, unexpected gifts, and perfectly timed provisions are all examples of God’s miracles that no data or theory can even try to prove as different. God loves us and He loves to give us phenomenal, mind blowing gifts. It says so in Matthew 7:11, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” With this amazing verse and the previous examples of miracles that science cannot prove, if I were you I would be asking God for some miracles today!

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