14 JANUARY

LOVE CAN TURN THE WORLD

Have you ever seen a miracle in the making, watched as it happened? Just what do you consider to be a miracle? Is a miracle always a healing event or something remarkable, like a magic act? Must something be a puzzle to scientists for it to be considered a miracle? I was looking at a spider’s web, once, and thought of it as a miraculous design. Here is a feathery, doily-like structure made of fibers so fine that we cannot even hold one between our fingers like we can an individual hair! Yet, those same flimsy fibers combine into a structure able to hold, not only the weight of the spider, but whatever prey that spider needs for food! In fact, it can hold several other bugs at the same time as the spider moves about on it! 

Miracles happen all around us, daily, and sometimes we are unaware that they took place, such as when leaving home a few minutes later than our normal time causes us to arrive at an accident scene where we may have been had we left on time. God guides our footsteps to cause these types of miracles that we neglect to praise Him for; we take a lot for granted everyday! Although we read throughout the Bible of the various times when on of God’s chosen performed unusual and remarkable acts that were called miracles, we hesitate to call things miracles today! We often insist that there must be a logical or scientific explanation for the event, just as magic tricks can be explained and even taught to others! But scripture tells us that performing miracles is one of the gifts that will be given to believers! “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit….To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy;…” 1 Corinthians 12:4 & 10 KJV). Not everyone will have this ability, we are told: “Is everyone an apostle? Of course not. Is everyone a preacher? No. Are all teachers?   Does everyone have the power to do miracles?” (1 Corinthians 12:29 TLB). But it is a part of the constellation of gifts given to those that depend on the Lord to guide them in working for Him.

It also says that the ability to perform miracles is not confined to believers, that even the devils, those fallen angels who left heaven with Lucifer, can do miraculous stunts!   “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, …” (Revelation 16:14 KJV). And the frequency of those types of wondrous events will increase as the time of Jesus’ second coming draws nearer. “For false Messiahs and false prophets will appear. They will perform miracles and wonders in order to deceive even God’s chosen people, if possible.” (Mark 13:22 GNT). Satan will want to catch as many believers in his web of deceit as he can before Jesus returns to claim us as His own. And his attacks won’t be aimed at atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, or practitioners of other faiths; he already has them trapped in his web. The enemy will focus on those that are still faithful, although weaker in the faith, easily swayed by opinions. Be careful—watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart.” (1 Peter 12:8 TLB). Allow God to control your actions. Depend on Him for strength. Be on guard against temptations and attacks of discouragement by the enemy. And praise God for miracles seen and unseen in your life everyday. But most importantly, allow the miracle of God’s love to pour out from you as you deal with others today and everyday.

The message of my heart song today is about how love, the greatest miracle of all, can turn the world from a dismal, dangerous place, to a beautiful place ready for the Lord’s return:

“We’re as different as night and day

We’re the same in different ways

And it’s true, just look at me and you

We can change the way we are

The power lives inside our hearts

We can be anything we wanna be

If coal can turn to diamonds

And sand can turn to pearls

If a worm can turn into a butterfly

Then love can turn the world

Oh, love can turn the world

The God who made you made us all

Big and little, short and tall

And that’s fine ’cause it takes all kinds

If He had made us all alike

It sure would be boring life

But He knew what little time could do

If coal can turn to diamonds

And sand can turn to pearls

If a worm can turn into a butterfly

Then love can turn the world

Oh, love can turn the world.”

“You have done many miraculous things, O Lord my God. You have made many wonderful plans for us. No one compares to you! I will tell others about your miracles, which are more than I can count!” (Psalm 40:5 GW). Have a blessed day!