I’m not only referring to getting a job you have been praying for, money coming into your bank account, or protection from an accident.
I’m also talking about blind eyes opening. Deaf ears popping. The dead coming back to life. Fibroids disappearing. Limbs growing out.
Those types of miracles.
Growing up, I attended a huge church where healing and manifestations of the gifts of the Spirit was normal. I remember the day the Pastor gave a word of knowledge concerning my knee. I had had an accident at home just before leaving for church – and I was gobsmacked that he knew. More than that, it also created a tingling, tangible awareness that God knew.
Being born into a Christian home and hearing Bible stories made it easy to believe in miracles. On campus, I attended a church and fellowships which also manifested the gifts – and I experienced personal healings on my own and from these gatherings.
Then, I started attending a Word-based church that believed in these gifts – but didn’t practise them. Actually, we were taught more to be wary of these manifestations and those who practised them – to avoid falling into error.
I remember a guest minister once visited and tried to flow with the move of the Spirit. Even as ‘young’ as I was, I could sense a very strong resistance from the audience, myself included.
Looking back now, it was almost as if we loved the status-quo of complacency too much – and we also didn’t want to make our head seem ‘powerless’ in comparison because he hadn’t performed many miracles. Simply put, our emotional ‘sympathies’ and loyalties were with a leader we loved, but who didn’t believe – rather than with God, and what He wanted to do.
After sometime, I became inconsistent in church and, for a long while, I wasn’t feeding on anything faith-filled.
Then, one day, I started attending a well-known denomination. I remember the first time I went to one of their monthly general gatherings. It was almost impossible for me to believe some of the testimonies I was hearing.
Prior to that time, if you had asked me, “Do you believe in miracles?”, I would have replied, “Of course!” – and looked at you as if you had two heads.
But that night, my head and my spirit-man were at war.
A major part of me was going, “I don’t believe it.” “Really.” “Yeah, right.” “That’s an evil spirit”; – while a small voice was saying, “This is real. This is God.”
I didn’t realise how far I had fallen in unbelief because of the environment I had been in. The descent had been subtle.
I continued attending the meetings – and I started believing again. The miracles and testimonies were too numerous, too consistent, too constant – too scriptural – to ALL be fake.
During the same period, a friend introduced me to a series of messages, and my hunger just exploded – and I stepped into a deeper walk in God.
Now, why am I saying this?
There is a move of God being unleashed this season. Joel 2 is no longer a prophecy – It is happening right before our eyes. There is a desperate hunger in the Spirit that’s birthing forth a manifestation of the sons of God.
The acts of the apostles will seem like nothing in this endtime – and it has already started:
Children – yes, children – are healing the sick. Teenagers are taking over territories for the gospel. Men and women are crying out, “Let Your Kingdom come through me!” and couples are rising up powerfully in Kingdom advancement.
God is doing great and terrible things in righteousness – and this is just the beginning. In the words of Lawrence Oyor, “We will be many…”
But you know what?
No matter how intense your desire is, your ‘environment’ will greatly determine how far you see, how deep you go, or how much you experience and become:
Who and what are you listening to?
Who and what are you surrounding yourself with?
You cannot afford to just coast along this season. You have to be DELIBERATE.
Deliberately surround yourself with spiritual gasoline carriers:
~People and materials that will explode in you a raging desire for the Kingdom.
~People and materials that will fuel a hunger for God and His Move;
~People and materials that will make walking in the miraculous seem normal to you;
~People who will not just give up and say “It doesn’t work”, or “It’s not for now; those days are over”, but who would rather keep believing and pressing in with you to make the Word a reality – especially when you haven’t seen a manifestation.
If you surround yourself with cold, intellectual, unbelieving, fire extinguishers this season, you will not go far – even if they bear the term ‘Christian.’
In this year 2021 and beyond, jealously guard and cultivate your environment – until the miraculous becomes normal, even commonplace, to you.
(Additional Amazing Resources: Preserving The Fire You’ve Received (HisPeculiarPeople.com) AND True Talk with Lawrence Oyor )