Does God Still Work Miracles Today?

by Jack Wellman on June 3, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

Does God still perform miracles today?  Are there still miraculous healings done in this age of the church?  Can we still expect miraculous healings that Jesus and the apostles performed in the New Testament?  What does the Bible say about miracles?

Theology vs. History

A major mistake that most people who read the Bible is that they read the book of Acts or the accounts of Jesus’ ministry in the New Testament and assume that these same miracles should still be occurring today.  Jesus raised people from the dead, caste out demons, and healed the sick.  So too did some of the apostles in the book of Acts.  Paul raised one young man from the dead.  Some were healed just by being in the shadow of a passing apostle.

There is a decided difference in the Bible that few people seem to disseminate.  That is there is a difference between theology and historical accounts.  If you read the gospels or the book of Acts, you read of the history of Jesus’ ministry and the history of the early church through the apostles.  There exists a difference between the gospels and the book of Acts and the letters in the New Testament of Paul, Peter, James, and the other general epistles.  The book of Acts and the gospels are historical accounts and are more concerned with recording events of Jesus’ ministry and the history of the early church.  Conversely, the general epistles are more concerned with theology.  You can not read of an account in the book of Acts and assume that is the theology and that the things recorded should be still occurring today in the church.

One example is that there have been no authenticated accounts in the modern day church where a man or woman of God has laid hands on a dead person and raised them to life.  And people who lie to church leaders die instantly like Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira did for lying to the Holy Spirit and Peter when they withheld part of the money they had given to the church for land they had sold.  Neither has anyone seen cloven tongues of fire over the heads of people who had received the Holy Spirit.  No churches at present have members speaking in languages other than their own languages like they did in the book of Acts.  These were one time occurrences that were used by God to establish the authenticity of the New Testament church.  To use historical accounts of the gospels and the book of Acts is to misapply the intent of these books.

Healings Still Occur

There are literally hundreds of accounts of miraculous healings today among countless Christians but these are at the discretion of God alone.  God miraculously heals some while choosing not to heal others for His divine purpose.  No one would accuse the apostle Paul of having a weak faith, yet God refused to heal him after he asked three times.  In God’s higher wisdom, He knows who and what to heal and what is best for the believer in choosing not to heal someone.  Yes, miracles still happen, but they are not at the direction or discretion of believers but a decision of God alone.  He does heal through petitions of prayers but there are times when His answer is no because He has a higher purpose in mind. Our sufferings and afflictions work out a purpose that we may not be able to understand at this time (Romans 8).

Miracles Still Happen

God is still in the business of miracles.  I believe that the greatest miracle of all is that of converting a blind sinner to see their sin and to change the human heart; from one of serving the god of this world to seeing their own sin and the need of a Savior in Jesus Christ.  The miracle of human conversion is actually greater than any healing miracle because this brings eternal life in Christ.  A healing miracle is only temporary.  The person healed will eventually die but the one that is born-again has inherent eternal life that can never be lost and that person can live with God for eternity, never to die again (John 3:16).

Those who call themselves or are called by others as “faith healers” are not biblical in any sense.  For one thing, God is the one who chooses to heal a person.  Supposed faith healers have a win-win situation.  If they “heal” a person, then they get the credit because they laid hands on them.  If they are not able to heal someone, they usually say that the person lacked faith in God.  Jesus never, ever failed to heal even one person on account of their lack of faith.  Neither did any of the apostles neglect to have someone healed due to the person’s lack of faith in God.  Those faith healers who attribute the inability of someone to be healed on their lack of faith ignore biblical theology.  Faith is a gift of God and it is the faith that comes from God alone, freely, and not of our own selves.  He might use the prayers of believers but He nowhere says in the general epistles in the New Testament that healing will always occur.

Faith healers have been exposed as charlatans, some have their own “sick and infirmed” that they supposedly heal but many of these are the same people are known and used repeatedly by the fake faith healers.  If a person comes to them that they do not know and they are not healed, then they can shatter this persons faith in themselves and can cause them to fall away from the faith in God on account of God’s inability to heal them.  Faith healers have done more harm than good.  True healing is a healing of a sinner’s heart; through repentance, brokenness, and a need for a Savior by realizing their own sinfulness.

Receive Your Own Miracle

If you are a born-again believer, then you have received the greatest miracle that any human could ever experience.  It is a miracle in the sense that you were once an enemy of God, was blind but now can see, and were separated from God by your sin.  Jesus took on God’s wrath in your place.  God sent the Holy Spirit to reveal Who Jesus is.  He turned the heart of stone into a heart of flesh.  You now have eternal life and can never, ever be lost (John 10:28-29).   The fact is that this is the greatest miracle of all and one that supersedes all of the miracles of healing or being raised from the dead that have ever been written in the Bible.

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Mthandazo Mlingo August 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm

The reason why i want to know about God’s miracles today is that i’m just curious about His relationship with us, His people. Even without miracles, i do believe in Jesus Christ the Lord our savior & The Lord God our creator. Thank u, God bless u.

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Cathy October 11, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Hello,

The true story is interesting and causes a person to consider that God, Himself, isn’t limited by an ending of men doing miracles as He gave His apostles the ability to do miracles in the first century.

God may decide to answer a prayer only through what can be considered a miracle (meaning the odds simply are too large for the human mind to grasp the happening as anything but a miracle).

Author’s email is on the page….

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Jack Wellman October 12, 2013 at 10:53 am

Thank you Cathy for coming here and commenting. Please come back as you are always welcome.

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Jack August 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Mthandazo, thank you for your fine comment. I believe that the greatest miracle of all; greater than the parting of the Red Sea, the walls of Jericho falling, the plagues of Egypt, is that of human conversion. That God came down from heaven to die for creatures that He created is like me dying for something I made. I believe that there are still miracles today and they are done in healing, helping people with finances, getting jobs, but only when they glorify Jesus Holy Name for that is the Great Name that we pray in and that His Name be glorified and so HE gets all credit for it. God sometimes chooses not to heal because why wouldn’t He want to have saints in heaven with Him? God still hears and answers prayers today and in some cases they are miracles but the greatest one of all my friend Mthandazo is that He came to die for us and we can live forever in eternity. Now THAT’S about as great as it gets, right?

Thank you for your wonderful comment. May God richly bless you my friend.

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Mark December 31, 2011 at 9:40 am

I have a few questions about your article..

1. you claim:
“There are literally hundreds of accounts of miraculous healings today among countless Christians..”
Could you name a few?

2. I understand your point about the conversion of a sinner.
Yes, it is special and maybe supernatural.
However, I wonder if there is a biblical basis for calling it a miracle?

Greetings,

Mark

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Jack December 31, 2011 at 10:10 am

Greetings to you to sir and thank you Mark for your comment. I have no room to mention all of these but was just saying that there are literally hundreds of accounts of healings. I am not saying that these are actual and factual but I do know that God is still performing miracles today and I did say that these hundreds are “accounts” and there is no way to humanly verify each and every one. I believe in God and that God is not limited by time or space and anything is possible for Him.

As for the miracle of conversion, God has said:

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses
I will cleanse you
I will give you a new heart
A new spirit I will put within you
And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh
I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.

I believe most of these come from Isaiah but they are from the Old Testament and here God is putting in a human a heart transplant…a heart after Him. A new heart, a new spirit, a new cleansed heart, a heart of stone transplanted with a heart of flesh…..and a renewed mind (Rom 12:1-3). So we get a brain transplant, a heart transplant. The word for being renewed in your mind from Romans 12 is literally a regeneration from degenerate to spiritual.

For more on the miracle of conversion, please read these. The first one is the story of my own personal conversion:

http://www.everydaychristian.com/blogs/post/the_greatest_miracle_of_all_time/

http://timmybrister.com/2007/05/05/tcc-viii-paul-washer-on-evidences-of-the-miracle-of-conversion/

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Paul January 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I am a Christian, and there is much I can agree with in this article, but I have to take issue with the idea that a conversion is a miracle.

A miracle is a God initiated supernatural event that defies the natural laws of science, and happens only on rare occasions.

On the other hand, a conversion is a blessed event that happens every day when a sinner recieves Jesus as Savior.

The word “miracle” means something unique, but we devalue it’s meaning when we liken something other; like the birth of a baby, (or a conversion), to a miracle. They may be blessed events, but it seems highly improbable that they would qualify as genuine miracles, and we diminish our credibility, especially with non believers, when we equate such.

Miracles and conversions are each wonderful in thier own way, but these events are not athletic competitions, (one is greater than the other).

Obviously, a conversion means a lost soul is saved…
But a miracle can lead to a conversion that accomplishes the same goal.

The question of whether miracles occur today is an important one, and on this subject there is much confusion in and out of the church, by pastors, and parrishoners.

Furthermore, on this subject, there are so many wolves in sheeps clothing preying on the ignorance of believers, and to that end, this issue deserves much greater scholarly attention and teaching.

-Paul

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Jack January 8, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Thank you Paul. I really concur with your statement “Obviously, a conversion means a lost soul is saved…
But a miracle can lead to a conversion that accomplishes the same goal.” That any human can be saved is an amazing thing indeed, and I see what you mean by the lose use of the word miracle in births for example. You are right also that “A miracle is a God initiated supernatural event that defies the natural laws of science, and happens only on rare occasions.” but the use of conversion is also “a God initiated event’ too like our calling (John 6:44) . When Jesus told Peter after he revealed just who Jesus is Jesus said, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven” (Matt 16:17).” That is the knowledge of knowing who Jesus is as the Messiah and our Savior, is revealed spiritually. In other words, it is supernaturally revealed and so in this sense, it is a God initiated work and nothing that man can do of himself. That is truly what I meant by conversion being a miracle.

Perhaps it is better said that our conversion is a miraculous revelation of Who Jesus is and that we are called according to His purpose, not ours (Eph 1) and it is fully a God-work beyond human capabilities and beyond human comprehension on our own. That is really what I meant and perhaps did a poor job of my intention in this article about the human conversion from which spiritual knowledge is given to humans in the realm where we can not acquire this knowledge on our own as Satan has blinded the minds (2 Cor 4:4and has held captive the whole world as well as deceived the world (1 John 5:19, 2 Tim 2:25-26, Rev 12:8-9, Eph 2:2, John 12:31, etc.) but God has delivered us because we can not deliver ourselves(Col 1:13).

Thank you for your comment and I agree that there are many wolves in sheep’s clothing preying on the ignorance of believers. Well said and thank you Paul for your accurate and insightful comment sir. Please visit us again.

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Al July 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I would have to agree somewhat with Paul, but not totally.
Paul says: “a conversion means a lost Soul is saved”
Now Personally I would say: I lost Soul that is now found and Saved, Certainly is a Miracle. Being saved and knowing that because you have accepted Jesus as your savior, And because of that you will never truly die but have everlasting life. That is one of the Greatest Miracles! If I do say so myself. :) God bless, And I just have to say, I do agree with you Jack, it was a nice read.

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Jack Wellman July 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Thank you so much Al. Perhaps the greatest thing that we could ever receive is eternal life because that is something that lasts for age without end. Isn’t our God an awesome God?

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Matt Paul February 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm

After reading the blog I agree on some points but not all.
God’s will is to heal everyone of His children because Jesus is the will of the Father in action & Jesus healed everyone that ever came to Him for healing, and as christians we are blessed & sickness&disease is a part of the curse that Christ redeemed us from(galatians3) so we don’t have to suffer sickness but can receive healing by grace through faith. Second Jesus could not heal people apart from them believing (mark6) & likewise His disciples(matthew17). Third yes the greatest miracle is salvation & Yes there is a difference between theology&history or what was going on at that time but actually the whole bible is history&theology.

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Jack February 12, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Hi Matt. Thank you sir for your comment and for visiting us. God’s will for us is more, I believe, than healing everyone. What about Paul who asked 3 times to be healed and God said, “My grace is sufficient for thee”? Not every Christian I know of has been healed from illness and sickness even after years of prayer, so do they lack the faith and why wasn’t Paul healed? Paul surely believed and yet he was not healed. God allows suffering as Peter said and Paul revealed and suffering is working in us something far greater than a happy life in the here and now.

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Mark February 13, 2012 at 10:15 am

I would like to comment on the chapters / verses you refer to.

“we are blessed & sickness&disease is a part of the curse that Christ redeemed us from(galatians3)”

galatians 3, I wonder why you think that “the curse” mentioned there has anything to do with sickness&disease? I haven’t been able to find a verse in that chapter which indicates a connection between the two.

“Second Jesus could not heal people apart from them believing” (mark 6)

5 Jesus could not work any miracles there, except to heal a few sick people by placing his hands on them.
6 He was surprised that the people did not have any faith.
Mark 6: 5 and 6 (Contemporary English Version)

Jesus did heal! And secondly it doesn’t clearly say WHY Jesus could not work any miracles there.

“likewise His disciples(matthew17)”

Firstly, Matthey 17: 14-19 is about Jesus driving out a demon. But I suppose you can call that healing.
(secondly)
but then we could blame the people who claim to have a healing gift / faithhealers if WE don’t get healed. Because THEY didn’t have enough faith to heal us. (take a look at verse 19) I think you ment personal faith when you wrote:
“we don’t have to suffer sickness but can receive healing by grace through faith.”

So you may be right, but I don’t think you should refer to those verses / chapters.

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Matt Paul February 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Paul’s thorn in the flesh wasn’t a disease but a messenger of satan which was using people to persecute Paul for preaching forgivness of sins through Christ. Every where else in the bible “thorn in the flesh” is used its always refering to people that harassed & were problems for God’s people for example numbers 33:55, Joshua 23:13, Judges 2:3 if you read them like me you would conclude that Paul’s thorn was people trying to kill Paul to stop the preaching of the Gospel. Secondly the only reason in the bible where it tells us why christians are weak&sick&die prematurely is in 1cor. 11:27-30 where Paul says not dicerning the Lord’s body is the reason many christians weak & sick & sleep(die before their time). So if christians partook of the Lord’s Supper in a worthy manner they would healthy&strong&live long for the glory of God.

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Jack February 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Timothy too had to drink wine for stomach problems and so he too was not believing? What about all the Christians down thru the ages that were never healed? Was it because they didn’t believe? Or they lacked faith? Paul’s thorn in the flesh was mentioned as an “it” and not them. 2 Cor 12:8 “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.” Please tell me, do you have this gift of healing? Or can you pray since you have sufficient faith, and do believe, to heal others?

1 Timothy 5:23 says, “Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.” So Timothy had frequent illnesses. Was his belief insufficient? Why couldn’t he be healed?

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Matt Paul February 13, 2012 at 11:51 am

Fisrtly Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law now the curses of the law are listed in deut. 28 in verses 60-63 it states that sickness is a curse of the law & galatians says those who are of faith are blessed not cursed.

(Mark 6) Jesus could do no mighty work there except he healed a few sick people & the reason was unbelief so that shows us that even Jesus can’t heal people if they don’t believe.
(Matthew 17)
In this story the reason why the healing power of God didn’t work for the disicples when they prayed for healing was because of unbelief Jesus said. So that means even though its God’s will to heal someone if there is unbelief His healing power won’t work. Likewise even though its God’s will to save a person from hell if they don’t believe in Jesus they won’t receive salvation.

last gift of healings is a way to receive healing but that gift operates as the Spirit wills but like I said the bible gives us one reason why christians are sick & die before their time & the reason is not dicerning the Lord’s body when they partake of the communion that’s the one singular reason the bible gives us so if a christian is sick he/she needs to take communion in a worthy manner & meditate on God’s Word which is life&health to our flesh(proverbs 4)

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Mark February 15, 2012 at 11:12 am

Thank you for your response. You have made some things a bit clearer. However, I would like to comment again. This time it will be a more general comment on your first post.
(-> Feb 12)

“Second Jesus could not heal people apart from them believing”

Firstly, you have ONLY mentioned one event to prove that: Mark 6. (Matthew 17 doesn’t prove Jesus couldn’t heal / drive out the demon when people didn’t believe -> He does drive out the demon: verse 18. It could only be used to prove that the disciples were unable to heal when they lacked faith. And that God didn’t heal NOT: He couldn’t heal!)

Secondly. If that were true, God couldn’t be Almighty, because He wouldn’t be able to heal people who don’t believe. (unless you think Jesus isn’t God) In my opinion both options are highly problematic.

Thirdly, Mark 6 DOESN’T tell us Jesus COULDN’T heal BECAUSE of their unbelief. It doesn’t give us a reason at all!(as far as I can see, I admit that I can’t read Greek)
Let’s just take a look at the verses.

5 Jesus could not work any miracles there, except to heal a few sick people by placing his hands on them.
6 He was surprised that the people did not have any faith.
Mark 6: 5 and 6 (Contemporary English Version)

verse 5: Jesus couldn’t work any miracles there
verse 6: Jesus is surprised that people didn’t have any faith.
There doesn’t have to be a connection between Jesus not being able to do miracles and the people lacking faith! You are the one making that connection, as far as I can see there is no clear connection between the two.

And lastly, let’s take a look at Matthew 13: 56-58 (same event)

Don’t his sisters still live here in our town? How can he do all this?” So the people were very unhappy because of what he was doing.
But Jesus said, “Prophets are honored by everyone, except the people of their hometown and their own family.” And because the people did not have any faith, Jesus did not work many miracles there.
(Contemporary English Version)

Verse 58 tells us Jesus DID NOT work many miracles there and this time it gives us a reason: because people did not have any faith.

“Second Jesus could not heal people apart from them believing”

I conclude that: Jesus / God is ABLE to do miracles despite the unbelief of people, but that He (sometimes) chooses not to heal.

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Jack February 15, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Amen again Mark. Paul and Timothy are strong testimony to that and all the strong, godly Christians thruought the ages who were never healed and had to depend upon God for strength and in our weaknesses, He is made strong and glorified. Wow Mark, great post. I wish I had someone with your biblical knowledge, experience, and wisdom to teach our Sunday school in the church I am under-shepherd of.

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Matt Paul February 15, 2012 at 11:48 am

Like I said God is a faith God the bible says that without faith its impossible to please him & everything in the kingdom of God works by faith Jesus said to the two blind men in (matt.9) according to your faith let it be unto you He said to the woman with the issue of blood thy faith hath made thee whole(mark 5) we receive salvation by faith( rom. 10) likewise healing & wisdom(james 1) the bible tells us to fight the good fight of faith(1 tim.6) & to walk by faith(2 cor.5) & to live by faith( rom.1) the christian life if a faith life & we live that way because it pleases God not a get what I want plan. 3 john 2 tells us God wants us to prosper & be in health as our soul prosper so God cleary wants His children to be healthy & not sick like I said sickness is a curse.

But matthew17 my point was that even though it was God’s will for the boy to be healed the healing power of God didn’t work because of unbelief.

Jesus is the Son of God. But faith comes by hearing the word of Christ when you behold the glory of Jesus God says that’s faith & some people didn’t see His glory some did the centurion saw His glory & Jesus said great is your faith & His servant was healed not instantly but in the selfsame hour(matt8) that is why healing can be a gradual process at times but that is when you have to walk by faith am I going to go by what I see or what the Word says the Word says by His stripes we are healed so am I going to believe the Word & if a christian fails to live by faith & doesn’t receive healing that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t God’s will to heal it is just what hosea 4:6 states my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge not a lack of love or commitment to God but a lack of knowledge likewise if someone doesn’t know that Jesus death has set them free from sin(rom 6) & believe it they can still walk in defeat struggling with secret addictions that doesn’t mean its not God’s Will for them to have victory over sin they just lack knowledge & fail to act on God’s Word to get results.

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Mark April 29, 2012 at 9:58 am

Hey Matt Paul I like your breakdowns and would like to speak with you concerning some biblical discussion……be blessed in Christ

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Mark February 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I totally agree with all the faith stuff.. atleast the first part of it. But I don’t think you should say “Second Jesus could not heal people apart from them believing”
I have tried to point out that Jesus was and is ABLE to heal everyone. (after all He is God) Therefore its Gods choice to heal or not to heal. I don’t think we christians should put too much of an emphasis on the importance of our own faith. God is God and doesn’t need people and doesn’t need their faith.

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Jack February 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Well said Mark. I believe that the object of our faith (Jesus) is what is powerful in our faith. Human faith is insufficient..it must be the gift of God. Well said. Thank you for saying what needed to be said and you said it better than I could have. Please come back again and visit us Mark and thank you sir.

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Mark February 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Before you get the wrong idea: I agree faith is essential for being a christian. But God doesn’t need faith to do miracles.

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Mark February 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I am not quite sure what you are trying to say. So, I’ll answer your response with a question: Do you believe God is Almighty?

Yes? -> then He is able to heal everyone (even if they don’t believe) -> not every christian is healed (remember you can’t pull out the faithargument now, because God doesn’t need faith do to a miracle) -> therefore it can’t be the will of God to heal ALL of His childeren (on earth)
(You somehow think not healing a person isn’t a blessing. But wouldn’t a loving God take his childeren home sooner rather than later?)

No? -> well then you have a serious problem:)

Could you please answer the question in your next response?

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Jack February 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Hello again Mark. Are you replying to Matt or to me? Speaking for myself, God is able to heal everyone even though He sovereignly chooses not to do so for every Christian, but if God chooses to heal someone, it is not the human’s faith or lack thereof, but God alone Who heals and thus, receives all glory and honor.

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Mark February 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I admit it seems a bit unclear to whom I was replying.. But it was a reply on Matts comment (not sure what went wrong, but somehow its not on the site)

I am not sure if it is permitted to copy paste the comment from the email… Anyway got to go, its getting late over here.

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Jack February 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Thanks Mark. You are always welcome here friend. I believe you must be on the East Coast or further, but please know that you are always welcome sir. I am not sure if copying and pasting is allowed or not.

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Richard April 3, 2012 at 1:23 am

I know it has been a while since you wrote this article, but I just ran across it today. It also seems that there has been an ongoing discussion regarding the article, and so, I would like to ask a question and get your thoughts on something more. Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these …” John 14:12. Do you think that Jesus was only talking to his contemporaries in this verse, his apostles, and that this was a word that only applied to the early apostolic age? Or do you think that this is a message that is truly intended for all believers throughout all of time? And if that is the case, then what, do you think, is the reason that we see so few, if any, legitimate miracles in today’s church?
Thanks for your time.

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Jack April 3, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Thank you sir so much for you comment. I believe Jesus, being very God, can not lie and truly greater things have happened. As I said in this article, “There are literally hundreds of accounts of miraculous healings today among countless Christians but these are at the discretion of God alone. God miraculously heals some while choosing not to heal others for His divine purpose” and so I do believe miracles are still happening today. I believe this is for this age too but why none are occurring in the churches today is an unknown to me. I believe that the “greater things” is partly reaching the lost to areas we have never been before. I have heard many Muslims come to faith and having dreams about Jesus and then seeking His followers out and coming to saving faith in Him.

In conclusion Richard, I believe that these things are still happening today but perhaps our prayers are not asking for big enough things for God is a Great God and can not be limited or put in a box but we must have faith that He indeed can do all things and in us, through Christ, more than we ever dreamed possible. Thank you sir. My great passion is reaching the lost in evangelism, Outreach, door-to-door, and in the streets, at work….wherever there are those who don’t know Him. The miracle of human conversion is amazing: we were once blind, but now can see; once dead in our sins but now made alive in Christ; once headed down the broad path of destruction but saved for eternal life to worship Him for eternity. Is there anything greater than this?

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Johnstone Kumwenda April 5, 2012 at 12:54 am

Dear Jack,
Thank you for this article. There may be issues that some may not agree with but the main thrust of the message is clear. In developing countries faith healing has become a business and many without resources squander the little they have chasing faith healing. When this does not happen, some lose their faith. It is a problem that the church and the faithful need to address. A vibrant discussion as the one taking place here would be an important tool in helping us to understand better the will of God in relationship to miracles.

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Jack April 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm

You are so right Mr. Kumwenda. I agree. Sadly, this happens in the U.S. too and all over the world in fact. Jesus and the Apostles never collected money or a fee for healing someone that the first clue is that if someone offers to heal you and then you have to pay them, RUN!, for they are not of God. In Titus 1:11, Paul told Titus of those, “Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.” Filthy lucre is another way of saying dirty money. He insisted that these are those “whose mouths must be stopped”: (epistomizw), “to stop the mouth; to silence someone; to bridle; to muzzle”.

Think of this….each one of us while stand before God on judgment day to give an account for everything we have ever done in this life. Ultimately, they will have to give an account and God will deal with them more harshly. I wouldn’t want to be them on that day. God, in His due time and in due season, will serve justice. Thank you sir for your comment. You are so right. Please come back again soon.

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David April 22, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Dear Jack
I am a student at a Bible College in South Florida. I thoroughly enjoyed your article on Miracles Still Happens. I am working on a term paper the title is Are Miracles Possible. Your article really opened my mind to his subject.

Thank you my Brother In Christ
David

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Jack April 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm

David, thank you my friend for such a wonderful comment. I believe that miracles still do happen today and in my opinion, the greatest is that of human conversion as we were blind but now can see, we were headed to hell but rescued and captive of the god of this world (Satan) but redeemed by the One True God.

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Heather July 3, 2012 at 11:45 am

I’ve seen a ton of healing and have been healed personally. I had a severe mental illness that Jesus delivered me from. Now my life is wonderful and medication and mental anguish free. I’ve also seen a brain tumor healed. My boyfriend at the time had a huge brain tumor and I laid hands on him an prayed for healing and we both fully believed it would happen and that week when he went to the doctor it was gone and the doctors were stumped. I’ve seen broken legs healed, ankles, and scoliosis. I’ve seen people in wheelchairs get up and walk. The church is afraid of the holy spirit because they don’t understand him. Blasphemy (unbelief) of the holy spirit is the only unforgivable sin as Jesus says. I think the church really needs to think about that. And think about faith. Just because you haven’t seen it yourself doesn’t mean millions haven’t, and if you want god to reveal it to you, ask and you will be amazed!

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Heather July 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

And people who are pronounced dead come back all the time. Recently in the news a baby who was dead over 12 hours came back to life. People don’t understand the power of prayer and the child like faith.

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Ricky .mussoorie. Uk..india. July 6, 2012 at 8:32 am

.I dont no you…..bt i faith yr pray bicoz god says me. i give you one helper angel….god says me i give you a new life…..today i need miracle in my life….bicoz this time i feel ded bt my faith is never dai but my faith allwayz amarlt.. …plz you pray for me.. i no god coms tonight.both in drims….bicoz my faith is verry big……i dont no english bt i littil bit….plz sorry for mistake……

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Aarti July 8, 2012 at 2:04 am

i am just 19 years old and i have been having joint pain for the last one year,,,,,,,,,,i started attending church almost twice or once in a week or two round about 2 to 3 months back because for Jesus has done so much for me ,,,,,,,i don’t know how this happened but for the last 4 to 5 days my joint pain in my leg is gone completely gone and now i don’t feel the pain AT ALL in my leg joints ,i know he has done such miracles for me ,i am so thankful to Jesus for all great things he has done in my life ,,,,,,,,,,,,:)

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Healed August 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I recall the religious authorities interrogating the blind man who Jesus healed. When asked how it all happened, his response was simply: “one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. (Jn 9:25)” As for me, one thing I know, I had malignant melanoma in 2007 and was completely healed by Jesus Christ our Lord. While serving on the mission field I saw a number of miracles that we so often discount today. I wonder why we try so hard to “prove” that miracles have long passed instead of believing in a God that wishes to still bless the people on this planet.

Jack said it as well as anyone could when he said: “perhaps our prayers are not asking for big enough things.” What if God really did want to do more in our midst but like those people in His hometown, we ask for things far too small and don’t stick our necks out enough for Him. I think we could all agree that the church today needs a supernatural move of God. As a matter of fact, I would be willing to bet that if it is not supernatural, then it’s merely superficial. Blessings to the worker of miracles and the Savior of men, the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Jack Wellman August 25, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I loved your post because you said a couple of very important things that most might miss. You said that “God heals” and we can not ever think that we have this power because God heals when He so desires and it is His will…and we can not ever limit God to say, that there are still no more miracles today. That is not so. I so agree with you that we need God to make a supernatural move in our churches for they appear, for the most part, to be a valley of dry bones. Don’t be surprised by God’s ability to do the miraculous. God bless you Healed. We need not only more missionaries like you but we need more like you in the Body of Christ, the church. I will never underestimate God.

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Elisabeth September 13, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Your article is very interesting, yet it is your opinion. Remember what the Bible says in Hebrews 13: Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever. I have seen literally thousands of miracles in 30 years of ministry around the world. Undeniable miracles, signs and wonders. Your opinion proves your lack of knowledge of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Isaiah 53:5
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Jesus shed his precious blood for the most important miracle of all: salvation. With His sacrifice on the cross He provided salvation, healing, deliverance, peace, joy, etc. for us.
The proof is in the miracles He still does today! All things are possible to God and to those who believe. Simply believe. Faith in God is trusting in His love, without faith it is impossible to please God.

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Atinuke October 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I am severely mentally ill and have been praying for deliverance. I am so sick I can’t attend church. Its really a long story. I am hoping my God will deliver me and restore a sound mind I only want to serve God.

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Jack Wellman October 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Hello Atinuke. I am praying for God to do a miracle and in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ that His name be glorified and you are able to be restored and serve God. Let me say that you can still serve God right now. The most powerful thing that any of us can do Atinuke is to pray for the lost, for those who are going thru trials and for Jesus Christ to be glorified in all we do, say or think. I am praying for you friend. Please keep in touch. You can serve God by praying that this website ministers to the saints and to the lost that they can be redeemed to eternal life in Jesus Christ, amen.

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Atinuke October 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm

My specific prayer request is that a sound mind will be given me and that the cycle of wrong thoughts and images I have in my mind will end.

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Jack Wellman October 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Great prayer request Atinuke. I believe the way to put wrong thoughts out of the mind are to put His thoughts into the mind and that is a way to renew your mind (Rom 12:1-2) through daily reading of the Word of God, the Bible.

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ZENZO DHLIWAYO January 24, 2013 at 7:09 am

i have a few questions,nowadays we here that people just get money deposited miraculously in their bank accounts,some receive gold during prayer sessions and some get healed from all types of illnesses including HIV and AIDS-these things are happening in most pentecostal churches in Zimbabwe e.g the one led by THE GREAT MAN OF GOD,PROPHET EMMANUEL MAKANDIWA,MY QUESTION IS ARE THESE REALLY MIRACLES FROM GOD? IF SO HOW CAN WE TELL? OR ITS JUST MAGIC AS SOME MEDIA HOUSES CLAIM?

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Jack Wellman January 24, 2013 at 11:12 am

Great question Zenzo. One way to tell if its from God or Satan is does it glorify Jesus Christ or the person performing the miracles? Many are just flat lies but Satan CAN do miracles.

“And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.” —Exodus 7:10-12

Bible prophecy is history written in advance. The following verses from the Book of Revelation reveals that the Antichrist will perform miracles to deceive the masses…

“And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.” —Revelation 13:14

For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” —Revelation 16:14

“And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” —Revelation 19:20

Again, we can tell if its from God or Satan is does it glorify Jesus Christ or the person performing the miracles?

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mike madden January 26, 2013 at 3:23 am

I am speaking this sunday at our mens prayer breakfast on the subject of miracles. The reason I am speaking on the subject goes back to an incident that happened to me several years ago. I am praying that my experience will be shown to glorify Jesus, and also praying that it can and will be used as a witnessing tool. Not only my personal miracle but the miracles that happen in others lives. Would like to know your thoughts on useing these experiences in a wittness encounter. Thank you

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Jack Wellman January 26, 2013 at 10:48 am

Hello Mr. Madden. What I really liked about your comment is the desire to glorify Jesus. Awesome for that is our purpose for being created and should be our overriding passion in all we do. I do hope those who read this are not persuaded that I believe God still does not do miracles today for He truly does and how dare I put God in a box and limit Him.

Mr. Madden, please let us know about these miracles for God is still performing mighty miracles so that Jesus’ name is glorified. I believe the greatest miracle is that of human conversion sir. Please let us about your and other miracles. Thank you for coming here sir.

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Richard Bekker April 11, 2013 at 6:11 pm

It was great to read all these great comments. Jesus is still alive !! I had so many miracles in my life. I stay in South Africa, was hi-jacked 4 x times, once been shot, once they pulled the trigger and it did not go off. In 2010, I lost my only two brothers (one was murderd and the other one committed suicide). In December 2010 we were armed robbed in our house, been held by gunpoint for 3 hours, raped my wife. Three times they wanted to kill us, but I pleaded with one man and said that Jesus loves him, where he intervened for us. In January 2011, my mother written her vehicle off and landed in ICU, on the way to her, I wrote my vehicle off. For 3 years, I did nothing, but God provided. And then 3 of my employees decided to steal my entire data basis, to start their own business. We got in serious financial trouble and the bank wanted to repossess our house. But one thing, we belief and trust God. I drove one day out of our yard and said to my children, I believe these people that drove past our house, are looking for a property to buy. They said, how do you know it, our property is not on the market. The Holy Spirit just convinced me, and when I approached them, they were looking for a property to buy. Many months there were not enough money to pay our debt and salaries and God provided, sometimes on the last day. I was very sick, admitted into hospital and God healed me ( have the proof). God gave us a new house, exactly what we asked for, as well as a new car. My son drowned many years ago in a pool, and God raised him, and gave him back to us? The devil do attack us, but we know that he comes to steal and destroy. And that Jesus came to give us life and even so more abundantly!! We love Him, His alive, we belief in Him, trust Him and speak His word (faith words). I can tell many more miracles. God is never early, never late, but always on time. I hope that my witness can be an inspiration to some of you! God bless, Richard.

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opatola April 29, 2013 at 10:18 am

GOD IS GOOD

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Jerry Poland May 24, 2013 at 10:22 am

I must say dat ur article about miracles and the contributions has renewed my faith in God to work miracles in my life. I have an open bite maloclussion whch affects my jaws so bad that atimes i support my jaws with ma hands while eating something like biscuits.. I am supposed to undergo an orthonagtic surgery in India to correct this deformity, but i believe that God will heal me miraculosly through your prayers. I dont want to undergo any surg operation. God bless you Sir for this article, soon you will hear my testimony. God bless you!

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amanda July 11, 2013 at 7:05 am

good day, i agree with everyone about GOD is good and always there . the only thing i don’t understand is how long must me and my disabled daughter still suffer,,,,, we get treated bad ,no matter how hard i try to keep thing’s right.why , why ,why must disable people suffer so. woman that do drugs, sleep with men. drink and do bad thing’s get healthy children and then thy still abuse them… and pls don’t get me wrong i don’t have a problem with my daughters disability, but really all i wan;t is to make thing’s better for them and give them also blessing’s. i know alot of people that do wrong and did bad thing’s in there life ,,thy get blessed. nana

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Sam July 13, 2013 at 5:13 am

Hi Jack,
I can appreciate your desire to know God and to lead others to Christ. However, like Apollos, your academic knowledge has led you astray. I died and was pray for and came back to life and this is over 30 years ago. You’re completely wrong. I have been praying for people with cancer and many other incurable diseases and they have been healed. If God worked miracles in the old testament through the prophets and worked miracles when Christ and His disciples were here what will make Him not perform miracles. You spoil the work of God with your traditions and academic knowledge. Check out your understanding of God. Everything that is written in the Bible is there to warn us or for us to emulate (I Corinthians 10:11). If God still requires us to live holy, live in obedience as he required of the men of old and did the same miracles to show His goodness why will he not perform miracles today. In Mark 15:16, he commanded His disciples to go to the ends of the world and preach the gospel and these signs and miracles and wonders will follow all those who believe. He says behold I am with you till the end of ages. If was not with the men in the old testament and why is that if He is gone back to Heaven He has now ceased to work wonders, miracles and signs. If you truly know Jesus who is the same yesterday, today and forever, you would not be teaching the kind of exposition we have here. We are in period of 21 days fast and the miracles that are already reported no one can dispute that. As a scientist, I was nearly indoctrinated to believe that God no longer works miracles. But my own testimony cannot be denied. Jack there are innumerable evidence to indicate that you are wrong. Seek after Jesus because your theology is leading you astray. I think I am blunt but that’s what you need to help you seek Jesus.
Check your doctrine carefully because by it you will save yourself and your hearers (1 Tim 4:16).

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James August 15, 2013 at 12:19 am

Greetings

Chek out the following Christian documentaries
Finger if God
Furious love
Father of lights
All is done for the glory of God and people are seeing Gid do miracles all the time. Yes people being saved is most important but God is also pouring out his love through the Holy Spirit!!

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John December 1, 2013 at 4:28 am

Pastor, I have few statements were people say and believe it, they are:
1) There are no miracles these days and
2) Healing powers are given by God only to Apostles.
3) Apostles, whom they lay their hands on, only those people will get healed……

How far are these statements true ?

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Jack Wellman December 1, 2013 at 7:47 am

Thank you John for your comment. Let me start with number one John: “There are no miracles today.” I do not believe that God is still not working miracles today. Do you? I hope not. I can’t limit God. I never said in this article that there are no miracles these days and so why would you ask me that sir?

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John December 2, 2013 at 1:49 am

sir, thanks for your reply… I don’t know whether am asking the right thing or not, so pls excuse me if i go wrong anywhere.

1) One quote from Bible that God is not performing miracle today. (If yes)
2)One quote from Bible that God is still performing miracles today. (If yes)

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Jack Wellman December 2, 2013 at 8:03 am

There are not quotes that God is not performing miracles today so I believe, as I wrote in this article, that He still is doing miracles but always when HE wants and for HIS glory alone and not man’s glory or for man’s credit.

There is also no quote that God IS performing miracles today but we know that we can not limit God to say that He is not doing miracles today. What do you believe? Why are you asking? Do you not believe that He still does miracles or that He does not do them anymore?

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John December 2, 2013 at 8:59 am

Thanks for your reply sir.

I do believe in today’s miracles.

Thanks for all your replies once again…

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Jack Wellman December 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm

You’re welcome John. I wish I could have been more help to you sir. Thank you for your questions.

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Steve January 2, 2014 at 11:12 pm

If you search “Faith” in the Bible, many times you will find faith to be personal, other than in the book of Acts.
God gives me my own choice to believe or not to believe.
It is by my own Faith that I believe.
When I pray, it is by my Faith that I believe God hears me.
I believe God is moved by our Faith in Him and in answer to faithful prayer still heals people today.

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Jim January 21, 2014 at 5:44 am

I assume the author is referring to the western church, when he claims that there are no authenticated reports of (the referenced) miracles occurring in ‘the modern’ church of today. All that is needed is a group of people who are hungry for Jesus and who are open to the Holy Spirit doing His thing, then signs and wonders will naturally flow. Unfortunately not many in western society are hungry for Jesus, like they are elsewhere in the world. I have encountered many miracles in poverty-stricken Islamic nations, with people who are so hungry for Jesus. These signs and wonders then bring in the Muslim people to see what’s going on, just like when Paul writes that he didn’t come with words but with a demonstration of power, then before you know it the Holy Spirit has come upon them and they’re wanting to forsake not only religion and culture for this Jesus, but family too! Nothing can beat that. Why? Because this is actually living out the gospel.

I have come across missionaries who have encountered ALL of those miracles referenced as not being ‘authentically reported’ in the ‘modern’ church, including that of Acts 5 experiences. I’m sure you would have to agree with me when I say that it is far more biblical for a Christian to experience signs and wonders, than for a group of Christians to gather in a building every Sunday?

All of the disciples we read of in scripture walked in authority and in power. If these examples are not for the Christian today, then what example do we have to follow?

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