We are on the horizon of an incredible move of God, and our job right now is to get prepared for mind-blowing miracles.
We’ve been preparing for a couple of years now. The fire of God has been cleansing us from sin. We’ve become more aware of what the Holy Spirit is doing in our lives and in our services.
We are a church that is positioned and ready for God to use in the end-time revival. God is going to perform mighty miracles through NoLimits Church.
But, let’s not just sit back and wait. Let’s continue to prepare our hearts and minds for what God is going to do. So, in this series, I’m going to help you eliminate wrong thinking about miracles.
Azusa Street Revival
Each week, I want to start by reading you a true story from the Azusa street revival.
This incredible revival took place from 1906 to 1909 in Los Angeles, California. In a former warehouse and stable, creative miracles were released every single day for three and a half years.
Missing limbs grew out where there were none, eyeballs filled in empty sockets, cancerous growths fell off, and lives were restored day after day as they bathed in the glory of God.
Sister Lucille, who was part of the revival, would tell about the miracles performed on people who had very bad teeth. She would have them open their mouths, and she would stick her finger on the rotten tooth or the bare gum if there was no tooth.
Many times, the new tooth would push her finger up. On the really decayed teeth, all the bad stuff would come out, and she would use a handkerchief to rub the bad stuff off and there would be a new tooth. Even crooked teeth would straighten.
Lucille told the true story of a child whose adult teeth grew in rotten and black from the start. The mother asked, “Will God heal this?” Lucille said, “God will heal anything. I love praying for teeth.”
Lucille asked for a handkerchief and a cup. She laid the handkerchief over the child’s mouth. She prayed, and then a handful of blackened teeth just dropped out of the girl’s mouth and into the cup.
Completely toothless, the child just kept looking at her. Lucille told her, “Now, Jesus is going to give you a new set of teeth, and we’re going to have fun getting them in there.”
She went through the child’s whole mouth, pressed on her gums, and teeth grew in one at a time. She could have had them all done at one time, but Lucille wanted to play. That little girl’s teeth grew in perfectly.
To top it all off, the child said she felt nothing when the rotten teeth came out. And when the new ones came in, she said, “It kinda tickled.”
I share these stories with you because in 1910, it was prophesied that in about a hundred years there would be another revival like Azusa Street. Only this time it would not be in one place. It would be all over the world.
There will be a return of the Shekinah Glory and the miracles. This revival will not be with just one person or just pastors. It will be with everybody in the Body of Christ. This time the revival will not end until the Lord returns.
Who’s ready to be a part of these amazing miracles of God? Well, let’s continue to prepare for this revival by renewing our minds with the Word of God.
The Reality of Miracles
The reality is, many people believe that God withholds miracles. They think God only dishes out miracles as He wants to, when He wants to, or when we’ve done everything perfectly. And this kind of incorrect thinking prevents God from moving.
The miracle already exists. Healing already exists. Prosperity already exists. Freedom already exists. But we push it all away through our own doubt and unbelief.
So, it’s not that God has been withholding this revival for the last hundred years. Nope. He’s just been waiting for us to get to a place of receiving the miracles that already exist.
It reminds me of electricity. It has existed since the beginning of time, but we didn’t figure out how to use it until the 1800s.
Before then, people doubted its power. They were scared of it. So they didn’t use it.
Adam and Eve could have used electricity to light and cool their tree house. Electricity was available to them, but they had yet to figure out how to use it.
The promises of God are the same way. God promised you healing. He promised you protection. He promised you prosperity. If you don’t have these things in your life, it’s because you haven’t figured out how to use His promises.
Quit blaming it on God.
He’s not withholding these things from you. It’s your own fear and unbelief that keeps you from receiving the things He’s already provided for you.
Jesus and the Fig Tree
In Mark chapter 11, we read about Jesus and His disciples getting up one morning to travel to Jerusalem. And Jesus was hungry. He noticed a fig tree that looked really good.
It’s kind of like when you are going down the highway on a long trip and you see a McDonalds sign off in the distance. You may not normally eat Micky-Ds, but this time, your mouth starts watering.
When Jesus walked up to the tree, He found there was no fruit on it. Like if you pulled up to that McDonalds drive through and found out they didn’t have any food. You’d get a little worked up, wouldn’t you?
And Jesus got worked up even though it was too early in the season for fruit. Then Jesus said, “May no one ever eat your fruit again!” And the disciples just kind of stared at Him.
When they got to the temple in Jerusalem, Jesus must have been hangry at this point because He started turning over tables and chairs.
I’ve talked about this story before and I don’t have time to get into it today. But, after this dramatic event in the temple, Jesus and his disciples headed back to where they were staying.
The next day, they get up and take the same path, and find that the fig tree withered from the roots up. The day before it was full leaf and beautiful. And just one day later it is dead.
Of course, the disciples remembered how Jesus cursed the fig tree for not having fruit and they were shocked that it actually died.
Y’all, these are the disciples. They had been with Jesus watching miracle after miracle. Blind eyes opened. Leprosy instantly healed. Demons cast out. And now they are surprised that the fig tree died at the command of Jesus?
I don’t know about you, but if I were Jesus, I would have knocked them all upside the head about now. I mean, how many miracles does Jesus have to do for you to believe that He can truly do anything?
Yet, here we are. We have the privilege of reading all the miracles of Jesus. We can go to YouTube and watch miracles being done by the power of God and we still struggle to believe that He can do a miracle in our own life.
I am done with this unbelief. Are you? At what point are we, as the people of God, going to stand up in faith and trust that God is willing and able to do whatever we need Him to do?
Well, Jesus didn’t knock his disciples upside the head (even though they deserved it). Instead, He corrected their wrong thinking.
And that’s what he is going to do for us today. Take a look:
Mark 11:22-25 NLT – Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.
In this short lesson from Jesus, He gives us four things that determine our ability to receive miracles from God:
- Have faith in God.
- Speak your faith.
- Remove the doubt.
- Forgive others.
We are going to focus on one of these each week during this series. And I believe this will help us position ourselves to be conduits for the miracles of God.
So let’s dive into this first one.
Have faith in God.
Of the four, this one probably seems the most obvious. Of course, I have to have faith in God to receive a miracle from God. But the question I am going to answer today is, what is faith?
We all agree that we should have faith in God. Yet, we don’t really have faith in God.
If we truly had faith in God, we wouldn’t get worried when we experience symptoms in our bodies. We wouldn’t worry when we lose our job.
We wouldn’t worry about anything because, when you have faith in God, you know that no matter what it looks like or feels like or sounds likes, God is going to come to the rescue each time.
Did you notice how the Covid drama revealed that a majority of Christians have abandoned faith. It exposed everyone. You either responded with fear or you responded with faith.
I’m not here to make you feel bad if you were one that responded with fear. I only bring this up so that you can recognize it and move yourself on over to faith.
Living by faith is way better than living by fear.
Many people make fun of faith because of the people who ignore things in the name of faith, thinking that if they ignore it long enough, their miracle will show up.
But that’s not faith. Faith is not denial or ignorance. Faith is substance. It’s assurance. It’s real. Let me show you:
Hebrews 11:1 NKJV – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
In this scripture, we see two definitions of faith. Faith is substance and faith is evidence.
If you just read over this quickly, you probably miss what it means by the word ‘substance’. To help you understand, I looked up the original Greek word translated to substance:
Hupostasis – that which has actual existence, steadfastness of mind, resolution, confidence
Wow. So faith is knowing that whatever you’re hoping for already exists and you’ve already decided in your mind that this is how it is going to be. You’re confident, and nothing is going to shake you.
Let me sum it up this way:
Faith is confidence in God’s Word.
It’s when you get to the point that you notice a symptom in your body and your first thought is, “Trespasser! Get the heck of here.”
And it doesn’t matter how long it takes for the symptom to leave, because you know healing exists in the spiritual realm and it will manifest in your body.
It’s when you get laid off from your job and your first thought is, “Alright. This means God has something better for me. Everything I need has already been provided, and I look forward to seeing how God pulls it off this time.”
Hear the word
How do we get this kind of confidence in the Word of God? The book of Romans has your answer:
Romans 10:17 NKJV – So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Hearing and hearing and hearing and hearing. Notice it doesn’t say reading. It says hearing. So if you are reading silently, let me encourage you to go ahead and read out loud.
This is why it’s so important for you to come to church as many Sundays as you can. Because we’re dedicated to helping you hear and hear and hear the Word of God.
But Sunday is not enough. If you want to be confident in the Word of God, you need to make a point to hear it every day.
That’s why Chris Wills is leading us through the New Testament over the next 90 days. All it takes is five minutes per day over the next 90 days and you’ll get through the entire New Testament.
If you’d like to participate, you can join us here.
Let me be honest with you, there is no excuse for not hearing the Word of God every day.
Here we are, in 2022, and you can listen to an endless supply of teachers and preachers on YouTube. You can even have the Bible app read to you. It’s time to stop making excuses.
Make a point to hear the Word of God every day as if your life depended on it. Because if you want to live the abundant life Jesus already gave you, it does depend on it.
So Hebrews 11 shows us two things. First, faith is confidence in God’s Word. Here’s the next one:
Faith is evidence of things we can’t see.
This seems weird to a lot of people when talking about having faith in the promises of God. Yet, everyone believes in things they can’t see.
Our WiFi signal is all around you right now. But just because you are not connected to our WiFi doesn’t mean it’s not there. It’s always there. You just don’t see the evidence of it until you connect.
There are TV signals all around us right now. The fake news is all over this room. And I rebuke it! But there is no evidence of it until you plug in a TV and adjust the little antenna to pick it up.
God is broadcasting all His power and blessings 24/7. We can’t see it, but it is all around us. He’s just waiting on us to tune in. He’s waiting for us to connect.
When we ask God for something and don’t see it happen immediately, most people question God, “Are you here? Can you actually do it? Will you do it for me?” They assume because they haven’t seen anything yet, it’s not real.
We need to have more faith in God than we do in WiFi. We know that anybody can access the internet if they just connect, yet we believe the lie that God’s blessings are not for everybody. Ridiculous!
The story of Elisha
There is a great illustration of this in 2 Kings 6. The Syrians were at war with Israel. Over and over, the Syrians would gather their troops and create an ambush trying to defeat Israel.
But every time, the prophet Elisha would tell the king of Israel exactly where the ambush was. Then Israel would go and attack the ambush.
This happened over and over again, so the Syrian king was a bit upset. He assumed one of his own people was leaking information.
As he was trying to figure out the source, he found out it was the dang prophet Elisha! So, the Syrians decided to attack him.
In the middle of the night, the Syrian army went and surrounded the city where the prophet Elisha was staying. Here’s what happened next:
2 Kings 6:15 NLT – When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha.
When Elisha’s servant saw the troops, he freaked out. And you probably would too. I mean, they were surrounded by warriors who were upset at Elisha for continuing to leak their plans. They were in trouble. But look at Elisha’s response:
The faith of Elisha
2 Kings 6:16 NLT – “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!”
I bet Elisha was sounding a bit crazy at this point. They weren’t even ready for battle! They had just woken up.
I mean, even you would think he was just being hopeful. Saying something that wasn’t true hoping that it would eventually come true.
But that’s not what Elisha was doing. He was actually speaking the truth because he knew there was an unseen army.
The key to understanding this is to realize there is another realm of reality beyond our physical world.
If all you pay attention to is your five senses, you will always struggle with faith. But if you open yourself to the spiritual realm, faith is going to come alive.
And honestly, it’s quite humorous that we even have a hard time with this. Our physical realm was created by the spiritual realm.
Do we really think the spiritual just disappeared after that happened? No, it’s very much still here with us.
Let’s see how this story ended up:
2 Kings 6:17 NLT – Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.
This guy was already looking around with his physical eyes. So it’s not like this was some kind of physical healing where his blind eyes were open. No, this was God opening his spiritual eyes so he could see what you can’t see with your physical eyes.
Kade takes a walk
Something similar happened to me one night when I was out on a walk. It was almost dark and I was trying to calm myself down after a long day so I could go to sleep that night.
While I was walking and watching all the weird shadows caused by the street lights, I started to pray and said out loud, “God, it’s a bit scary to walk around at night.”
Immediately after that left my mouth, my spiritual eyes were open and I saw two massive angels walking with me. This is the first time I’ve ever experienced anything like this, but I know it’s true because of this scripture:
Psalm 91:11 NLT – For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.
I didn’t see the angels with my physical eyes. I saw them with my spiritual eyes. It’s kind of like imagination, but your spirit knows that it is real.
With human imagination, you know that what you are daydreaming about may or may not come true. But with your spiritual eyes, you still see it with your mind, yet you know deep down that it’s real.
One more thing I want you to notice about Elisha’s servant is that when his spiritual eyes were open, the Syrian army didn’t disappear. There was still a physical problem. It just wasn’t scary anymore.
True faith doesn’t deny physical truth; it refuses to let physical truth dominate spiritual truth.
I mean, how silly would it have been for this guy to still be afraid of the Syrian army after seeing what was taking place in the spiritual realm?
When we only pay attention to the physical realm – our symptoms, the bills that need to be paid, our broken relationships – we cower down and beg for God to show up and help us.
But when we open our spiritual eyes, we see that Jesus already defeated sickness. The windows of heaven are already open and pouring out blessings. God’s already given me wisdom on how to nurture relationships.
This is what moves you into faith.
So, when you experience a symptom in your body, you don’t act like it’s not there. You simply respond with peace. Jesus already took care of this. I don’t have to fear or spend hours on WebMD. I can rest knowing that this will not overtake me.
Just like the scripture said, faith is evidence of the things you cannot see. To make it even more clear, you could say that faith is the spiritual evidence of the things you cannot see physically.
Faith is when you open your spiritual eyes and see that what has been done in the spiritual realm is more powerful than what is currently taking place in the physical realm.
The Abnormality of the Spirit
This is about the point where some of you are thinking, “Kade this isn’t normal. This is weird.”
Well, you’re right. This isn’t normal. But if you wanted normal, you wouldn’t be here at church investing your time to get closer to God. So you might as well let go of what’s normal because you don’t want it anyway.
The Apostle Paul explains this really well:
1 Corinthians 2:14 NLT – People who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.
If you are struggling today thinking all this is foolishness, all you have to do is ask God to open your spiritual eyes so you can understand.
He wants you to understand. He’s just waiting for you to stop being so stubborn.
Living by Faith
So let’s make this practical. What does living a life of faith look like? It starts with understanding why this journey of faith is so important to pursue:
Hebrews 11:6 NLT – And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Faith is absolutely essential if you want to please God. You can’t receive anything from God without faith. So let this motivate you to dive in and start living your life by faith starting today.
You can do this. If you can have faith that your text message will travel through the air to the other person’s phone, then you can have faith in God, the One who created you.
I’m going to give you four ways to actively live by faith:
1. I will believe God even when I don’t see it.
When you get on a plane, the flight attendant goes through a long list of things you need to know before the plane gets in the air.
It’s pretty boring, so most people just put their headphones on and ignore it. But if this is your first time flying, trust me, you are listening to every word.
There’s a point where they say, “In the event of an emergency, oxygen masks will dropdown. Place the mask securely on your face. Even though you don’t see it, oxygen is flowing and it is safe to breathe.”
At this point, all the people new to flying get up out of their seat and yell, “You’re telling me to put my trust in something I can’t see? Get me off this plane.”
No, that’s not what people do. We simply think, “Oh okay. Sounds great. Thanks for looking out for me.”
But when God asks you to believe Him for things you can’t see, you throw a fit.
“God, if you really loved me, you’d do this right now. How can you expect me to trust you for healing when all I see is sickness?”
Uh-huh. Caught ya. Caught myself. It’s laughable how quick we are to believe a person who tells us to believe in something we can’t see, but we put up a great resistance when God asks us to believe in something we can’t see.
If you want to live a life of faith, then you have to decide that you are going to believe God even when you don’t see it.
2. I will praise God even when I don’t feel like it.
This is called the sacrifice of praise because you have to take your feelings to the altar, kill them, and choose to praise God whether you feel like it or not.
Y’all, this is faith. When you choose to praise God even when your circumstances suck, it’s because you’re living by faith, not by sight.
You know God will come through, so you praise Him even when you’re hurting. You praise Him even when you don’t see it, and you praise Him even when you don’t understand it.
God honors this kind of faith. Often, we are just one sacrifice of praise away from our miracle.
It’s right there. God’s already provided it. He’s just waiting on us to receive it through faith. And praising when you don’t feel like it pushes away the unbelief and activates your faith.
I hope somebody is getting this. We need to make a habit of praising God even when we don’t feel like it. I expect all of you to be hyped next Sunday during worship.
Here’s the next one:
3. I will give to God even when it’s inconvenient.
Growing up, my parents made me tithe on my birthday money. No joke. I hated it.
And in case you don’t know what the tithe is, it is a Biblical principle where you give the first 10% of your income to God.
So, 10% of my birthday money, right off the top, had to go to the church. And you know, when you’re a kid, you don’t have a lot of money. So that 10% totally messed up my plans for what I wanted to buy.
But this practice of tithing carried into my adult life, mostly out of obligation if I’m honest. And I remember writing that tithe check when Beth and I didn’t even have a real grocery budget.
We were making casseroles, dividing them up into eight sections, and only eating one each per meal. No seconds. Because that other square of casserole was another day’s lunch.
It was inconvenient to tithe, but I believed the Word of God. I believed that if I was obedient to tithe, the windows of heaven would open and pour out a blessing just like Malachi 3:10 says.
Year after year, we kept tithing but there was no evidence that the windows of heaven were open. We were still eating casseroles. I was still driving a car that smelled like cat pee and had squealing belts and could barely get up to speed on the highway.
But we continued to believe God even though we didn’t see it. We continued to give even when it was inconvenient. And eventually, years later, we saw the results of our faith.
I’m baffled at how much God has blessed my business. He gives me the secrets to generating income. And honestly, they seem weird at first, but I do it anyway and the results are, well, God’s results.
I don’t believe any of this would have happened if I didn’t give when it was inconvenient, year after year after year.
If you tithe for a few weeks, or a few months, and then give up because you don’t yet see the results of it, you weren’t giving in faith. Because faith holds on regardless of how long it takes.
Faith says, “I don’t need to see immediate results because I trust God. His Word is true so I know the windows of heaven are open and I am going to stay consistent because the results are already on the way.
So I will give even when it’s inconvenient. Here’s the last one:
4. I will trust God even when I don’t understand.
Have you ever noticed how God doesn’t always respond the way we want Him to, or when we want Him to? Especially not when we want Him to. You guys know what I mean.
There are some things in my life right now where I think God should be moving a little quicker than He is. He’s revealed the impact that my book is going to make, but I haven’t seen it yet. But I will.
And that’s not the only thing! There are several other things in my life right now where I think God should be moving a little quicker than He is. But in the end, I know that His timing is the best timing.
He knows the full picture and He even knows the future. Surely we can trust Him to accomplish what we are believing for the right way at the right time.
Hope vs Faith
If you’ve been asking God for healing every day for the past five years, that’s why you haven’t seen the result. You haven’t been operating in faith. You’ve been hoping.
And hoping is not a bad thing. It is actually the precursor to faith.
Just don’t get stuck in hope. Move on over to faith and trust that it is already done and you are going to just rest in the Lord all the way up until you see the result.
Actually, when you are in faith, the result doesn’t even surprise you. Because with your spiritual eyes, you already saw the result. It was already done. So when it actually happens, you’re just like, “Duh. I already knew it.”
Are you getting this? Engage with this series and think about it throughout the week. It’s time for us to do what Jesus instructed us to do. He said miraculous signs would follow all who believe.
We believe. And we expect the miraculous signs.