The Working of Miracles
To another the working of miracles . . . — 1 CORINTHIANS 12:10
After John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River, the Holy Ghost descended upon Him in bodily form (Luke 3:22). Full of the Holy Ghost, He was led by the Spirit of God into the wilderness. After the temptation in the wilderness, Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee. He came to Nazareth, His hometown, went to the synagogue on the sabbath, and stood up to read. Let’s pick up the scriptural account there.
LUKE 4:17–18, 20–26
17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me. . . .
20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?
23 And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.
24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.
25 But I tell you of a truth, MANY WIDOWS WERE IN ISRAEL IN THE DAYS OF ELIAS, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;
26 BUT UNTO NONE OF THEM WAS ELIAS SENT, SAVE UNTO SAREPTA, a city of Sidon, UNTO A WOMAN THAT WAS A WIDOW.
Jesus was saying here that Elijah couldn’t go into just any widow’s house and have the working of miracles manifest as it did in this case (see 1 Kings 17). Elijah was just a man anointed by the Spirit, and he had to obey the Spirit of God. And the Spirit of God told him to go only to that particular house.
When Elijah got to the widow’s house, there was just enough meal and oil left to make one cake. After that, the widow and her son were going to starve to death. But by the working of miracles, for three-and-a-half years, the oil and meal kept coming. That’s the working of miracles—one of the manifestations of the Spirit of God (1 Cor. 12:4,10–11).
Confession: I don’t have to wait for a manifestation of the Spirit of God to receive my healing. By faith in God’s Word, I can receive healing now!
Source: Health Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin. Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications. Copyright © 2002, 2007 Rhema Bible Church aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.
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