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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Miracle Grow

May 1

(Acts 9:34-35 NIV) ““Aeneas," Peter said to him, "Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and take care of your mat." Immediately Aeneas got up. {35} All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.””

(Acts 9:41-42 NIV) “He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called the believers and the widows and presented her to them alive. {42} This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.”

(John 10:25 NIV) “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me,”

(John 10:37-38 NIV) “Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. {38} But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”

The miracles done by the apostles were done to glorify Christ and grow His Kingdom. When we read in Scripture about someone being healed or raised from the dead, the next thing we usually read is that many people believed and turned to the Lord. Miracles demonstrated the Lordship of Jesus. Today, when we see someone healed on a television ministry, the next thing we usually see is a toll-free number where we can send money, or buy some holy trinket that will heal us too -- if we have enough faith. The disciples did miracles that grew God’s Kingdom. Today, miracles are often done to grow someone’s bank account. Miracles done in Christ’s name should glorify His name. That’s something we should remember in this guru- seeking, celebrity-worshipping culture. The miraculous should grow God’s Kingdom, not increase someone’s bottom line. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day 

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