Are Miracles Real?
by Gail Ramsey
Are miracles real, or is it just a result of positive thinking, luck, or coincidence?
Just Wondering, John
Miracles are real. God split the Red Sea for Moses, closed the mouths of lions for Daniel, stopped time for Joshua, and sent Jesus to the cross and raised Him from the dead for you and me!
So, where are all the miracles today? Do they exist? Is God still willing to intervene in our individual lives?
Gideon, in Judges 6:13, asked the same question. "If the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? And where be all His miracles which our fathers told us of?"
You can believe in coincidence or luck if you want to, and you might have good things happen once in a while; but may I suggest that the reason many today aren't seeing many miracles in their day-to-day life, is because they don't expect them. They don't believe that God is real, or that if He is real, He's not concerned about them personally. We need to expect God to do the extraordinary!
Miracles don't just happen. We have a part to play in their happening. If you are a Christian, you have made Christ the Lord of your life and you have taken a step from the natural, seen realm where it is "impossible with man into the supernatural unseen realm where "all things are possible" with God, (Matt. 19:26) So "what is my part", you ask? Your part can be found in Mark 5:36, "Only believe".
Here's a key. When you REALLY believe something you ACT on that thing. A great example is the woman with the issue of blood who fought her way through the crowd to get to Jesus, the healer. This woman BELIEVED "If I may only touch His garment, I shall be made well." (Mark 9:21) She not only believed, but she acted on her belief; and when Jesus saw her He said, "Be of good cheer daughter, your faith has made you well." (verse 22)
Now let's examine God's part. He Himself told us in Isaiah 43:26 to put Him in remembrance of His covenant and put a demand of His power. In the middle of the crowd of thousands, Jesus felt someone touch Him differently from all the others who were crowded around Him. He felt "virtue" go out of Him. The virtue He felt was her faith in action. Jesus hasn't changed. Whenever He hears the voice of faith He stops. Miracles are real, but they only happen to those who believe in them.
Gail Ramsey, an ordained minister, portrayed the role of Susan Moore on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. She had other roles on the TV programs Mike Hammer, Generations and California Dreams. Today Ramsey leads Semeion Ministries where readers can write her at 4610 Virginia Ave, Longbeach, CA 90805.