Blessings, Breakthroughs and Miracles

Written by Jenny
Do you ever hear a sermon that really hits you?  Maybe there is a verse from the Bible that plays in your mind over and over.  Sometimes these key words keep coming to your mind over and over again for a reason.  It’s pretty easy to think nothing of it but we should really stop and pay attention to what the Holy Spirit is trying to reveal to us in those thoughts.   I believe that when we learn to listen to those promptings from the Holy Spirit that is when God can work in our hearts and move us to another level.  So my Holy Spirit prompting started when I heard a sermon recently with a phrase that I cannot forget.  The pastor said this, “In order to receive a miracle you need to be the right person, at the right time, in the right place”.  I don’t remember what the pastor said after that or before it.  But that phrase: right person, right time, right place has struck me over and over.  It naturally leads me to several questions.  How do I become the right person?  When is the right time?  Where is the right place to receive a blessing, a breakthrough or a miracle?  We have all experienced praying for something for a very long time.  Maybe it’s a physical problem, an emotional strain, a broken relationship or a financial burden.  We may even become weary or exhausted with praying the same prayer.  It can seem like God is being slow in answering prayer or that He isn’t listening to us but we know those things aren’t true.  2 Peter 2: 9 says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness”.  God is always listening to our prayers and I believe He always wants to give good things to his children because Luke 11:11 says, “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?”  But there are definitely times when God delays his gifts or blessings because we are not ready for it.  I heard pastor Bill Johnson say this, “God’s blessing on an unsanctified life will crush it.”  What a powerful thought!  God might want to give us something but He can’t because our hearts are not pure enough to receive His magnificent gift.  Therefore, we should be diligent to prepare our hearts for God’s great blessings.  But how can we position ourselves to receive the Father’s blessings?  How do we move to the season of seeing breakthroughs on long term prayer requests?  Those are the questions I’ve been wrestling with and the questions I believe God has given me an answer for.

Becoming the Right Person
We can’t really become another person, it isn’t possible, right? Well there are lots of things about ourselves that we can’t change but there are many things we can change.  2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”  When we are adopted as sons and daughters and begin to follow the Lord we are being transformed into His likeness day by day.  It’s a process that can go as slowly or as quickly as we allow it.  When we yield to God and allow Him to purify our hearts and heal our wounds we will become more like Him.  If we allow sin into our lives or have the attitude that we don’t want God messing with us then the transformation process comes to a grinding halt.  The Bible talks about Father God being a potter and we are the clay that He shapes.  But God is gentle with us; he molds us and transforms us only when we allow it.  God works on us when our hearts are the fertile soil that He is looking for to plan something beautiful.  I would encourage you to say “yes” to God’s molding, shaping and pruning in your life.  Then ask God these three questions about your life and listen for what the Holy Spirit tells you.

1. Ask God if there are any lies that are preventing blessing, breakthrough or miracles in your life.  Then ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to you.  Break off lies and claim the truth as the Lord directs you.
2. Ask God if there is anyone that you need to forgive.  Forgiveness will free your soul of the burden of the offense and it will allow God to work in the person’s life that has offended you.  A person does not need to ask for forgiveness and they don’t need to be worthy of forgiveness in order for you to extend forgiveness.  After all, we were not worthy and yet God saved us and adopted us as sons and daughters.  Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
3. Ask God if there is any unrepented sin in your life. When we sin we grieve the Holy Spirit.  Ephesians 4:30 says, “And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live.  Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.”  We are guaranteed salvation when we are saved and confess Jesus as Lord, but we are asked to not bring sorrow to God by our sinful actions.  Sin grieves the heart of the Father and our sins cause a rift in our relationship with the Lord.  We must confess our sins to restore our right relationship with theFather.
4. Finally, ask God if there is anything else standing in the way of your breakthrough.
Finding the Right Time
Shouldn’t it always be the right time for a miracle?  Well, maybe not.  There is a story in Acts 3 where Peter and John are going to the temple at the time of prayer.  They saw a crippled man being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful.   The Bible says the crippled man was put there every day to beg and people recognized him well because they saw him there every day.  Jesus had walked into the temple many times when he was alive on earth and he didn’t heal the crippled man.  Why?  We can only speculate that it wasn’t the crippled man’s time to be healed.  But on this day depicted in Acts 3 it was the crippled man’s time to be healed.  Peter looked at the man and said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have I give you.  In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”  And then the man was healed and the people who saw him recognized him and were filled with wonder and amazement. 
It’s easy to ask questions like why wasn’t this man healed earlier?  But it’s tough to come up with a solid answer.  The Lord has told me in my quiet times that blessings are like peaches and they ripen on the tree until the time is right for them to be picked.  Have you ever eaten a peach that is picked too soon or too late?  They are not nearly as delicious as a peach picked at just the right time.  Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”  The right season for blessings, breakthroughs and miracles can be tricky because it can be dependent on many things.  We can do our part to speed up timing through the steps listed above.  However, other people, agreements made or additional factors can be at work.  The best thing to do is to pray about the right timing and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you anything that could be standing in the way of timing so that you know how to pray and knock down the negative spiritual forces at work.

Discovering the Right Place
This might seem trivial to talk about the right place for a blessing, breakthrough or miracle because obviously God can do whatever He wants and in whatever location He chooses.  However, God does choose to do more miracles in some places than in others.  In Matthew 13 Jesus travels to his hometown of Nazareth and the people start to question who he is and where he got these miraculous powers.  Then Jesus says, “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor.”  Then the Bible says Jesus did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.  Since Jesus chose not to do miracles in a place where people lacked faith we can assume He does choose to do miracles in a place where people have great faith.  Does it mean you don’t have faith if you don’t see a miracle every time you pray?  Absolutely not!  The reasons, the seasons and the place of blessings, breakthroughs and miracles are really beyond our understanding.  However, we can place ourselves in the best possible position for something supernatural to happen.  We can get around people of faith; people who believe in the supernatural abilities of God to heal and transform lives in the present day.  We can also seek out places where healing and miracles are happening today.  There are many reports of miraculous things happening in Africa and other countries but that doesn’t mean those things aren’t happening in the United States as well.  Perhaps our leaning toward reason and rationalization in the Western world has been a bottleneck for the spiritual breakthroughs we want to see.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  A few weeks ago we gathered as people of faith at a Bible study at our local church.  We prepared ourselves and cleansed our hearts to receive breakthrough.  Then we prayed for our own breakthroughs and we prayed for the breakthroughs of others and we saw fruit from our prayers.  I encourage you to do the same and I pray that you will experience the supernatural power of God in your life today.