Through my Lenten journey, several friends have been writing daily devos for the community. Today’s is written by Matt Reynolds. Enjoy.
SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 24, Hebrews 10
He is risen! And with Him, we too are raised to life.
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Lent Day 40 — Matt Reynolds
It’s Easter y’all, and that is good news for EVERYONE.
Let me tell you why…
”When Jesus walked out of the tomb the word IMPOSSIBLE was eliminated from our vocabulary. “ – Mark Batterson
I don’t know about you, but I’m in the game to live a life filled with nothing short of the impossible. I’ve seen and experienced too much of God and His Kingdom to be satisfied with anything ordinary. We are familiar with what is possible with man, but have we become accustomed to what is possible only with God? (Luke 1:37).
As a staff, we have been specifically praying for a breakthrough in miracles, with an emphasis on healing since January. I am really hoping that miracles are springing up and breaking out all over our community. Maybe some are in the works and today is the day God is really going to “show up”. I am leveraging my faith for Today being the day we start to see miracles become commonplace; and more, that Today is the day miracles begin being multiplied. Hundreds need Jesus in our city; thousands really, and Hebrews 2:3-4 says that we can expect miracles for those who need the message of Jesus.
“This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.”
Have you ever seen a miracle?
When is the last time you were a part of a sign, a wonder, or a “various!?” kind of miracle from God? This text says that they should be more normal than we have made them out to be.
When is the last time you told someone about Jesus?
I don’t mean you talked about the topic of religion, or church, or your “beliefs,” but when is the last time you told someone about the Jesus who still Lives, about the Jesus who is still making things happen in our lives on earth??
Maybe there is a connection between our speaking of Him and our experience of His power. We have plenty of talk, but the Kingdom is a matter of power, not talk. (1 Corth. 4:20). God promised to confirm His message with the miraculous, it’s really that simple.
So, how do we get to the point where our everyday life is actually supernaturally natural? That is the question I am emerging from Lent asking myself. How would you answer that?
Besides being willing to talk about Jesus a lot…I think it has much to do with our willingness to live in a posture of risk + faith. Risking it big time and seeing the Resurrected One show up. Leveraging our faith, even after we leverage it and don’t see God do a miracle. Our faith is suppose to move mountains, but if we don’t ever exercise it it’s not going to move anything or anyone…
If you don’t have any miracle stories, this Easter, you have the opportunity to go “make one.” They have always happened through ordinary people doing the extraordinary for God, and this has not changed one bit– we have! There are signs, wonders, and various kinds of miracles God can do through you, but He actually chooses not to do them without you (Mark 6:5). I actually believe God has loads more miracles He wants to do, that are very creative in nature I might add, if we are up for His adventurous leading.
Lets choose to live in a posture of risk + faith, talking about the real Jesus often, and seeing His miracles confirm His message. stories. If they aren’t happening daily, I’m sure we are not living the supernaturally natural lifestyle of the Resurrection.