Posts Tagged ‘miracle’



   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Spiritual Gifts

“To another faith by the same Spirit…” (1 Corinthians 12:9). The first two spiritual gifts (words of wisdom and knowledge) would fit under the classification of Revelation Gifts. But this third spiritual gift, the gift of faith, would fit under the classification of Power Gifts, as the result of faith is not passive trust, but active belief that moves mountains and obstacles.

Notice that this gift is given to “another”, not the same people. Again, working with others in the Body of Christ is crucial. I have little respect for a spiritual bigshot who wants to declare he/she has all the gifts and doesn’t need any partners. They are cheating themselves. The main theme here is that these gifts are distributed throughout the church.

Notice also that this gift is not mustered up from within oneself, but is a gift “by the same Spirit”. The Holy Spirit, like the Coach of a football team, calls the plays but let’s the players carry them out.

The gift of Faith is having a sure confidence that God is going to come through. Everyone is given a measure of faith (Romans 12:3), but this gift goes way beyond that. Its the gift of faith that says, “As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word” (1 Kings 17:1). This gift gives the confidence to say, “If I am a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume you and your fifty” (2 Kings 1:10).

This gift functioned in the New Testament through people who proclaimed healing and deliverance, and saw it transpire before their very eyes. Let’s expect the gift of faith to function through God’s people today, as well.

What has been your experience regarding the spiritual gift of faith?

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

I receive a lot of prayer requests but don’t often hear about prayer answers. I received an email today from a lady who is new to our church. She was asking for advice on dealing with several problems in her life. What I wanted to share with you today was a miracle of provision she wrote about:

“This summer God gave us a tremendous blessing, we had filed bankruptcy and it was not due to mis-spending, it was due to medical bills two years ago I spent a month at Cameron. Anyway, we decided to give up our house for several reasons. In July we were standing on the front porch of the rental where we were living. [My husband] pulled out the mail and it was a letter from the mortgage company giving us the house back free and clear. We were to take it back and they were no longer pursuing any settlement. They were done with the property.”

Wow! Have you ever heard of a financial institution doing that? That is provision that only God could organize. What provision from God have you recently seen?

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

A Romanian pastor told the story of when his small kitten became stranded in a tree. To get it down, the pastor threw a rope over the branch and tied it to his car’s bumper. Driving slowly forward, he pulled the branch down to within reach. Just then the rope snapped and the frightened feline went flying through the air and was nowhere to be found.

The next day the pastor met a neighbor. “You’ll never believe what happened yesterday!” she exclaimed. “My little girl had been begging for a kitten, but I told her she could hav one only if Jesus gave it to her. So she ran outside, knelt down, and prayed, ‘Jesus, please give me a kitty of my very own to love and care for. Amen.’ Just then a kitten with paws outstretched fell right out of heaven!”

The Lord works in mysterious ways and He can for you, as well. Ask Him.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

An old legend tells of a reunion St. Francis of Assisi arranged in Italy’s Umbrian mountains for some of his Franciscan brothers. When they arrived one of them said, “God was so good to me. When my mule lost its footing on a narrow bridge, God saved me from falling over the edge into a deep gorge.” Everyone rejoiced.

A second brother said, “God was extremely kind to me also. While I was crossing a river, the current swept me away. I would have drowned had God not provided a fallen tree for me to grab.” Again there was great rejoicing.

Hearing those two miraculous stories, the brothers asked St. Francis to report on his journey to the reunion. He said, “I too thank God for His wonderful works. I experienced a fantastic miracle from Him on the way. He gave me a smooth, pleasant, completely uneventful trip.”

Some miracles we don’t even notice. What miracle has God done for you lately?

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Some of you may know that Pastor Bob Herman, Senior Pastor at County Line Church of God south of Auburn, had a serious stroke some time back. There was a blockage in his carotid artery from his neck to his temple, 6 inches long. When doctors later attempted to do something with that clot, they discovered it had disappeared. The specialist did a catherization and found no sign that the clot had ever been there. After some more complications, the Dr. decided he needed to put a stent in where the blockage had been. That procedure was scheduled for yesterday. Pastor Bob’s wife recorded what happened next in her blog:

“After a little over an hour, our buzzer buzzed & we were called into a conference room to talk with Dr. Sanghve. When he entered, I expected to hear one thing, but instead heard something else. He did NOT insert a stent into Bob’s artery. Now, wait a minute. No stent? I thought that was the definite plan of action. Now no stent? My sinus infection has my head really plugged, & sometimes it feels like I’m not quite there. So I had to really concentrate to catch what was being said. Yup. No stent. I had heard correctly. Dr. Sanghve said that when he got to the suspicious area, he couldn’t find any slight ripple or tear. He took a lot of time searching, changing angles & magnification, messing with equipment to get the very clearest picture, & he couldn’t find a thing. Once again, Bob was clean. The artery was perfect. No evidence whatsoever that there was ever a problem. As he searched, he thought. He concluded that from the time of the last ultrasound on Saturday night, Bob’s carotid had been healing & now it was healed so well that it was unidentifiable. With Bob’s previous miraculous healing (when the entire clot was gone from his carotid), Dr. Sanghve has concluded that Bob is a bizarrely swift healer. Again, whatever. We know that a miracle has again been witnessed by all. May God receive glory through this!”

What do you think of that?

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