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Blessings and Miracles
By Andrew Wommack
Itís true that we serve a God of miracles. But brace yourself, because what I am going to say about that will come as a total shock to some of you. The Lordís preference is not to meet your needs through a miracle.
Now before you think Iíve lost all my faith, hear me out. I define a miracle as the suspension or superseding of natural laws, and personally, Iíve received many. There is no doubt in my mind that the Lord performs miracles and uses them like a bell to draw people unto Himself.
But let me ask you, would you rather receive a miracle of healing or live with the blessing of good health? Would you rather have the Lord perform a miracle to pull you out of bankruptcy or be so blessed financially that He wouldnít have to? I think the logical answer to both of those questions is obvious.
Itís always better to avoid problems, which is the result of living in blessing, than it is to be delivered out of them, which requires a miracle.
There are three important reasons for receiving from God through blessings rather than miracles. First, blessings prevent crises, while miracles deliver from crises. Second, a blessing is always a more abundant supply than a miracle. And third, miracles are a temporary fix, while blessings are permanent solutions. Therefore, if youíre living from miracle to miracle, it probably means youíre living from crisis to crisis.
Godís original intent for His creation was to function under His blessing instead of a miracle. If sin hadnít corrupted Godís creation, there would be no need for miracles. Everyone would be healthy, everyone would be prosperous, and strife, the cause of broken relationships and wars, wouldnít even exist.
Unfortunately, there is corruption in the earth, and there will always be a place for miracles. However, Jesus not only forgave us of our sins, He redeemed us from the curse and placed blessings on His followers.
Galatians 3:13 says, ďChrist hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.Ē
If we will believe we are blessed and act accordingly, we can avoid many of the problems that make us candidates for miracles.
Let me illustrate. Some believers pray for financial miracles but arenít practicing the principle of giving and will not work. They know God loves them, so theyíre counting on and believing for a miracle. And thatís just what it will take. They arenít obeying Godís Word in faith, so they canít receive the blessing God has spoken over them.
The Lord told us to work so that He would bless the work of our hands and that if we would give, it would be given unto us.
We read in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, ďFor even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.Ē
Deuteronomy 28:12 reads, ďThe LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.Ē
Luke 6:38 says, ďGive, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
If we donít obey Him in these commands, itís either because of ignorance or we donít fully trust His promises. That doesnít mean the Lord hates us, but it means our unbelief is stopping the blessing He has spoken from coming to pass in our lives.
So, lack of faith in Godís blessing causes us to enter into crisis, and right before disaster, if we continue steadfast in our belief for a miracle, we receive just enough to get us over the hump. Then next month we need another miracle. I know this drill from experience.
One of the greatest mistakes of my life was believing that to be a full-time minister, I had to quit working a secular job. It wasnít that I minded working; Iíve been a hard worker all my life and I enjoy it. I honestly thought I had to make a choice, that I couldnít do both.
It took years for the Lord to get through my stubbornness and teach me I could work to supplement my income until the ministry grew. In the meantime, Jamie and I suffered a lot of financial crises, unnecessarily.
Because the Lord loved us, He kept us alive with a lot of miracles. I remember the week before our first son was born. We didnít have the money to pay the expenses. Miraculously, a Bible study group from nearly 100 miles away sent us all we needed to pay for the birth, just in time.
The day of Joshuaís birth, I ran out of gas and pulled into a service station. Without any money and not knowing what to do, I started filling my tank believing God would perform a miracle. (Please donít do thisóIím not recommending it; itís just what I did.)
I didnít know it when I pulled in, but while I was filling my tank, the owner came out, and as it turns out, he was a Christian friend. He asked how I was doing. I told him about Joshua just being born, and he said, ďWell, let this tank of gas be on me in celebration of his birth.Ē Thank You, Jesus!
On another occasion, we went to the grocery store with $7 and came home with three large grocery sacks of meat and other food. Another miracle. Once, our car ran for a week without gas. The block even cracked because we didnít have enough antifreeze, and yet it didnít leak water. On and on, I could go. We experienced miracles all the time.
Many years later I was thinking about all those miracles, and I began to be a little concerned. It had been years since Iíd seen miracles like that in our finances. As I pondered this, the Lord spoke to me and said, ďWould you like to go back to living by miracles, or would you rather live in the blessings you now enjoy?Ē That was a no-brainer. Iíd rather be blessed than in need of a miracle. When I need gas now, I just pull in, fill up, and buy it. Thank You, Jesus!
Because miracles are ďunnatural,Ē they are never permanent. The Lord created laws that govern the operation of His creation. He sometimes, temporarily, supersedes them, but always returns the situation back to the natural operation of those laws.
For instance, if we abuse our bodies, we can receive a miracle of healing. But if the root of the problem isnít dealt with, the sickness or infirmity will return, and weíll need another miracle.
But when we believe Godís Word and follow its instructions, it will teach us how to eat, exercise, and enjoy emotional health that works like a medicine (Prov. 17:22). The Lord would rather keep you healthy through His blessing than to heal you by a miracle.
And, unlike miracles, once a blessing is received, no outside force can stop it:
ďBehold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse itĒ (Num. 23:20).
The only thing that can stop the blessing of God in our lives is our unbelief. What a powerful truth. Balaamís curse couldnít stop the blessing that was on the nation of Israel. The blessing received in faith will always trump the curse.
So, what is the blessing of God, and how do we receive it? To begin with, the blessing of God isnít things. The blessing of God will produce things, but the blessing isnít things.
Galatians 3:14 says, ďThat the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.Ē
Abrahamís blessing has come upon us through faith in Christ, and the blessing isnít the things that Abraham possessed. Would you want Abrahamís animals that have been dead for four thousand years? Do you want his tents and clothes? I donít think so. What you want is the favor of God that was spoken over him, which produced his physical and spiritual abundance.
Thatís what the blessing of God is; itís His divine spoken favor. And that blessing, if mixed with faith, will produce abundance in spirit, soul, and body.
There is much more to the contrast of blessings and miracles than what I have been able to present here. I consider this to be one of the most foundational and beneficial truths the Lord has ever taught me. If you can make the adjustment from a miracle mentality to a blessed mentality, you will begin to prosper as never before.
I have an updated four-part teaching on this subject that I would like you to have. Please request this teaching today. It will take you through the Scriptures and reveal the power of a blessing like youíve never seen before. Youíll learn about the real damage Balaam did to the children of Israel, how that relates to you, and the power you have to control the blessing of God in your life.
The good news is, you are already blessed. The bad news is, most donít know the power of that blessing. They would rather have a miracle.
If you receive this teaching in your heart, you will come to a place where you will pray, ďLord, help me to never need a miracle from You again. I want to live in the blessing.Ē When it comes to personal needs, miracles should be for people who donít have the revelation of Godís blessing. Donít let that be you.
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