Proof of God: Following God to Miracles, Signs, and Wonders
According to Dictionary.com: The definition of a miracle is a highly improbable or extraordinary event that brings very welcome consequences.
After an ectopic pregnancy ruptured one of my Fallopian tubes, I lived with extremely painful labor contractions for a large part of three decades. Naturally, I prayed for healing. When I wasn’t healed I thought it was because I didn’t have enough faith. I thought that if I had more faith I would have been healed. But, to be honest, even though I had been operating in a truly miraculous prophetic gift for years, I wasn’t exactly sure what miracle-producing faith was.
So finally, one day, I asked God, “What is faith?”
A few days later, I was sound asleep when I heard God say, “Any problem that you face can be solved by listening, believing, and following.”
Then, to complete the lesson, the next night, God gave me a real-life example. Once again, I was sound asleep when I had a vision of a person who had a mouth full of nuts and bolts. Next, I saw a vision of a pot of very healthy, beautiful, white flowers. Then, I heard God say that the vision was for someone Karen knew who needed healing.
I looked at the clock. It wasn’t even 6 am but I felt it was important enough to message Karen right away so I shot her a text explaining the vision and the message. After a few moments, she realized that the friend was her uncle, Joe, who had recently been diagnosed with oral cancer.
Karen then explained that her uncle decided not to have surgery because the doctor’s pre-surgery prognosis was not good. Without having the surgery, they gave Joe a year to live; with the surgery, he would have an additional 2 – 3 years but he wouldn’t be able to eat or talk. The bad report caused Joe to give up on life and refuse the surgery.
I knew that Joe was supposed to have surgery immediately so I advised Karen to tell her uncle to have it as soon as possible – which Karen did. As soon as we finished messaging, Karen immediately called her mother and explained everything.
Karen didn’t know it but her mother had just gotten together with Joe’s other brothers and sisters twelve hours earlier to pray to God about healing Joe. This meant that less than twelve hours after their group prayer, God responded and Karen’s mother was blown away.
Immediately after Karen explained everything, Karen’s mother rushed Karen off of the phone so that she could call and deliver the news to Joe. When Joe found out that his brothers and sisters received a direct answer from God, he believed it and followed the instructions by scheduling surgery the very next day.
This is the testimony Karen shared with my Facebook group:
Testimony… by Karen in Faith Village: Following God to Miracles, Signs, and Wonders.
My uncle was recently diagnosed with oral cancer. The doctor told my family that the cancer was aggressively spreading, and surgery was needed ASAP. The Doctors told my family that they would need to remove a bone from his jaw and his chances of talking and eating regular food were slim. The Doctors gave my uncle no hope for the future. My uncle immediately refused surgery and had pretty much given up on life.
I called my mother, and she wasted no time (As Mia instructed).
I am rejoicing and thankful to share that my uncle followed the instructions, and his surgery was a success. The Doctors were amazed because they did not have to remove the bone from his jaw and were successful in removing all cancer. In addition to that, my uncle called my aunt and talked to her for over 30 minutes two weeks after the surgery. God is so faithful!!!! We are so thankful to God for the healing miracle that took place in my uncle.
Mia, my family sends their love and gratitude for your prayers and obedience to God. Thank you so much!!!
Joe’s story is the perfect example of how following God’s instructions leads to a highly improbable event that brings ‘very welcome consequences’, aka a miracle. Joe heard from God (highly improbable) who instructed him to have surgery, thus answering his prayers, and resulting in very welcome consequences.
The New Covenant Is All About Faith Like Abraham Had BEFORE He Was Circumcised.
‘follow in the footsteps of the faith our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.’ Romans 4:12
Abraham’s footsteps of faith were listening to, believing, and following God every day of his life. Abraham simply knew God and had followed whatever He said. Abraham’s footsteps of faith are identical to the description of the New Covenant.
The New Covenant
The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
and with the people of Judah.
It will not be like the covenantI made with their ancestorswhen I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt,
because they broke my covenant,
though I was a husband to them,”
declares the Lord.
“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
after that time,” declares the Lord.
“I will put my instructions in their minds and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me, from the greatest to the least,” declares the Lord.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.” (Reference 1)
Then all your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be their prosperity. (Reference 2)
In chapter four of Paul’s letter to the church at Rome, Paul tried to explain that the New Covenant is a relationship between God and mankind which looks identical to the relationship and faith that Abraham had BEFORE he was circumcised.
When God gave Abraham an instruction to follow (sacrifice Isaac), Abraham didn’t hesitate. He followed. Abraham followed God’s every word, even up to and including when God asked him to sacrifice his son, because he knew God well enough to hear from Him, and He trusted God well enough to follow anything that God said to do.
8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
Simply put, Abraham always put following God above everything else. When God told Abraham to leave his family and go to Canaan, he packed up and went. When God told Abraham to remove his foreskin as a sign of the covenant; he did it, no questions asked. Abraham didn’t stop at believing God, his belief made him follow. Abraham had such complete trust and faith in God that he was willing to do anything that God directed him to do. That’s faith and it pleased God.
‘Those who follow after the Spirit of God are sons of God’
Sometimes The Instruction Is To Believe
Adam and Eve were a huge disappointment because they did not believe or follow God. They did not have faith in God., they didn’t trust God, they didn’t believe God, and they didn’t follow God. And that didn’t please God.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
God couldn’t have made it any easier for Adam and Eve to demonstrate their faith in Him. They only had one instruction to follow. The only thing that Adam and Eve had to do to continue in fellowship with God was to avoid eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But, they failed. Instead of believing and following God, Adam and Eve believed and followed the snake.
As a result, Adam and Eve were evicted from the garden and lost their right-standing with God. But! Immediately after, God came up with the perfect solution to Adam and Eve’s failure to follow one simple command. The perfect solution to their failure in faith toward God is giving every person the same opportunity to succeed or fail at believing and following one simple instruction from God, which is:
“if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with your heart you believe and are justified, and with your mouth you confess and are saved.”
God’s people are made righteous by believing, and they are saved by following the instruction to confess that Jesus is Lord.
Righteousness and salvation are perfect examples of faith and why believing is not enough. Without faith – without believing AND following by confessing that Jesus is Lord – we cannot be saved. Demons believe, and tremble! But they refuse to follow God by confessing that Jesus is Lord.
God’s solution to the failure of Adam and Eve is absolutely poetic in it’s perfection. Adam and Eve failed to believe God and follow one simple instruction, so God gave the entire world the chance to get it right:
Through faith in Jesus’s sacrifice, by doing what Adam and Eve failed to do, by believing and following one simple instruction, we are each individually restored to intimate fellowship with God (Jeremiah 31).
BIBLE MIRACLES ILLUSTRATE THE FAITH PRINCIPLE OF LISTENING, BELIEVING, AND FOLLOWING
MIRACLE PRINCIPLE #1
Whatever He says to do, do it.
Almost every Bible miracle exemplifies the ‘listen, believe, and follow’ ingredients of faith.
Whenever someone asked Jesus for a miracle, the first thing he usually did was issue an instruction for them to follow: ‘Stretch out your arm,’ ‘get up and walk,’ ‘fill the waterpots with water,’ and ‘go wash,’ are just a few examples that resulted in receiving the answer to prayer.
Mary Knew To Listen, Believe, and Follow
‘ ‘2 ‘On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; ‘and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. ‘When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus *said to Him, “They have no wine.” ‘4 ‘And Jesus *said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come.” ‘5 ‘His mother *said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” ‘6 ‘Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each. ‘7Jesus *said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim. 8 ‘And He *said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it to him. ‘When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter *called the bridegroom,10 ‘and *said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.” This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.
When Mary asked Jesus to help make wine, she didn’t wait for him to agree. In fact, Jesus didn’t agree. On the contrary, he shut her down by saying, ‘My hour has not yet come.’ But Mary was undeterred and she ignored him by instructing the servants, and saying, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
This interaction between Jesus and Mary reveals something important. It reveals that Mary was very familiar with the ‘listen, believe, and follow’ principles of faith. Mary knew that getting a miracle meant following the instructions that were certain to be forthcoming. Her understanding of faith came from knowing the history of Israel. Mary knew that Israel’s history is nothing short of one miraculous story after another, all of which resulted from listening to, believing, and following God’s instructions.
Build a boat.
Speak to the rock.
Paint the door with blood.
Possess the land.
Walk around Jericho seven times.
Wash in the Jordan.
Touch the hem of his garment.
Fill the jugs with water.
Get up and walk.
Open your eyes.
Stretch forth your arm.
Throw your net to the other side.
Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord.
This same principle of faith held true in the story of Karen’s uncle Joe. If he didn’t immediately follow and have the surgery, the cancer would have spread and, eventually, it would have been too late to remove. When the doctors told him that it was already too advanced to remove, he had given up. But God knew differently! God’s intervention turned an ordinary surgery into a miracle of faith. Joe listened, believed, and followed, and the result was a very unlikely and welcome consequence that was even better than anyone had hoped.
Israel’s examples reveal that if we are willing to listen, believe, and follow, a good outcome is guaranteed. In Joe’s example, God told Joe what to do and He promised good results IF Joe followed. If Joe choose not to follow God’s instructions and instead chose to believe the doctor’s report, he would have declined surgery and he would have died. But because he followed God, the ending turned out to be better than anyone ever expected. The doctors were amazed at the results and, now, Joe has a new lease on life.
If you were one of the Israelites who found themselves in front of the parted Red Sea, you would have two options: Follow God through the sea or face Pharaoh’s army. Those who escaped Egypt did so by following God through the terrifying walls of the parted sea. Many of us probably think how easy it would be to walk through the parted sea, but I think that more than one person thought, What if the sea closes before I get through?
What if they were too afraid to follow the cloud into the parted Sea? God provided an escape, but only those who followed Him through the parted waves prospered by it. The same principle still applies for God’s people today and the very true story of Karen’s uncle Joe is a great example. If Joe didn’t listen right then (before the cancer spread), he wouldn’t have a testimony. But he did, and the results speak for themselves.
Our walk of faith is based on using our free will to follow God’s lead. Walking with God in a world at spiritual war is not, and never will be, free of trials. When there is a crossroads, when we come to a place where the Sea is on one side and those trying to kill us on the other, the only way out is to follow. All men are appointed to die once, but if we follow God, we don’t have to die the first time death shows up on our doorstep looking for us.
Joe had to choose who to follow. Joe could have believed the doctor’s report and, by doing nothing, allowed their terrible prognosis to come true or he could choose to believe and follow God. By following God Joe was victorious. God directed him to get surgery right away, and his outcome is amazingly better than what the doctors predicted. He has his mouth, his health, and a future instead of a certain death sentence. The best part of the ordeal was that God was there with him through it all, offering comfort, direction, and amazing results along the way. The doctor’s grim report was put to naught by following God, and after more than two months on Death Row, God gave Joe his life back!
Abiding under God’s wing means following God so closely, like a little chicken following its mother, that we find ourselves in his shadow (which is the safest place to be.) Following God is the key to security, and knowing God is the key to comfort. When we know God and wisely follow Him, we don’t have to depend upon our limited abilities. Instead, we can safely depend on God’s knowledge and abilities.
Faith Is Trusting And Following God’s Plan, NOT Our Own
So Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself, unless He sees the Father doing it.” John 5:19
Instead, it is the Father dwelling in Me, performing His works. John 14:10
The same is true for all of God’s people, we can do nothing of ourselves. God’s will has to be taken into account before we can truly “have faith” in anything. Jesus said that he could do nothing on his own because the Father was in him doing the works. When Jesus cursed the fig tree, it was because the Father showed him to do it. Jesus only did what he saw the Father saying or doing. So, before we “have faith” or speak to the mountain, we must know God’s will because our faith is not faith in our own words or plans, faith is not a magical power, that makes things happen if we believe hard enough, faith is believing and trusting God’s promises and plans. (And sometimes, even when it is God’s will, it hasn’t happened yet because it’s not God’s timing.)
FAITH IS NOT….
…..making bad decisions and believing that everything will turn out okay because there have been untold number of accidents among God’s people proving that this is not true; and, unfortunately, sometimes those bad decisions end up hurting others as well.
There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death. Proverbs 14
One day, I had a dream that someone drove out into a storm and it ended with a car crash. In that dream, God told me that the crash was the result of bad choices. Free will means we have the ability to make bad choices and with those choices come consequences.
The opposite of faith is not hearing from God, not listening, and not following. Sometimes bad things happen because of misplaced faith. Misplaced faith can mean disaster. We can’t make bad choices and call it faith by saying, ‘I have faith. God will protect me.’ This kind of faith is not Biblical. There is no Biblical example of a person making bad choices and it turning out well. The only time that its okay to do things with the odds stacked against us is when it’s specifically directed by God.
When Gideon was directed by God to send all but 300 men home on the way to battle, in the natural scheme of things, the odds were stacked against him. But he absolutely was directed by God so Israel defeated the enemy because God was leading the charge.
Abraham Is Also A Great Example of Bad Choices Leading to Terrible Consequences
Too often, I hear of someone planning to do something questionable, like driving during a hurricane with full confidence that it will turn out okay because they “have faith”. If God said to drive, then their faith will save them. But, if we have not had any instructions from God to do something dangerous like driving into a hurricane, wisdom says no.
People always talk about how Abraham is the father of faith. Many also talk about how boneheaded it was of him to take Sarah’s maid to wife.
Now Sarai, Abram’s wife had borne him no children, and she had an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, “Now behold, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Please go in to my maid; perhaps I will obtain children through her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. After Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Abram’s wife Sarai took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and gave her to her husband Abram as his wife.
When we haven’t been led by God to do something questionable, and simply believe that everything will turn out okay because we have “faith”, it can have disastrous consequences because that’s not faith. We have to be led by God and know Him well enough to know His will before we can take chances that a wise person would not take.
Abraham taking Hagar as a wife is a good example of how bad decisions cannot be joined with “faith” to guarantee a happy ending. While, it technically worked, Abraham did conceive a child, it was not God’s plan nor was Ishmael the “child of promise”. Making our own plans and/or making bad choices is not faith. We can only have faith in what God has said. Trying to help God bring His promises to pass is not faith and God doesn’t need help. ALways remember, if God didn’t say it, we can’t have faith in it. So, don’t go out in a hurricane (or make any other questionable plans) unless you’re certain that God said to do so.
Following God’s Instructions Means Good Times
Many of the Old Testament laws were meant to keep God’s people safe. For example, God instructed them to throw out their pots and pans if a lizard or rodent touched them because they were unclean. People were not allowed to eat pork because it was unclean. When a person showed signs of sickness they were quarantined from the rest of the clan. These are just a few of the laws in the Old Covenant that were put into place to keep God’s people safe.
Today, it’s easy to understand why those laws were in place. These days, we know that lizards carry salmonella and rodents carry disease (one of the worst plagues in recent history was the result of a flea from a rat), undercooked pork poses the threat of Trichinellosis, more commonly known as trichinosis, and quaranting can help to end the spread of contagious disease. So, following God’s laws kept His people safe. God didn’t explain why people had to do these things, He just expected His people to follow, and by following God’s instructions His people were protected. The same is still true today. If we don’t know what to do in any given situation, until God says something different, faith is following the examples in the Bible. When people are sick, faith would be avoiding them unless God directed us otherwise.
Faith is doing whatever God says to do. Every issue we face can always be solved by listening, believing, and following. We can’t stop at believing, and have to follow as well. Would Noah have survived if he didn’t build the boat but instead said, I have faith?? No. He followed God and following God saved him. The same can be said for Egypt. If God said to store grain for the coming famine but instead Egypt did nothing and said, “I have faith.” Would they have been saved? Not likely.
Abiding under the shadow of God’s wings is an illustration that gives us a mental picture of following Him so closely that we find ourselves in His shadow. When we follow God’s instructions we will be protected. When God says to avoid sick people in the Old Covenant, it’s wisdom. Following it is not a matter of “law” it’s a matter of common sense and following the instructions that God has already provided. If we know that a strong storm is forecast to bring flooding, and God didn’t specifically instruct us to venture out, we would use wisdom and know not to drive in the storm. When we do, nothing can harm us. The Bible says there is a way that seems right to a man that ends in death. Many people caught COVID because they ignored social distancing and gathered in large numbers packing churches full in the height of the pandemic because they “had faith” that God would protect them and many died. God doesn’t want His people to die because of a misunderstanding of faith. Instead, He wants us to use examples of instructions that He already gave to guide us in making sound decisions.
If we use the Bible as a great example of what to do in situations where God has not specifically instructed us one way or the other, we would know to avoid people who were sick and/or places where sick people congregate. The same goes true for every other situation in life. We shouldn’t drive out into a dangerous storm unless we know God well enough to know that He is definitely instructing us to go.
Something Told Me To Stop On At Green Light
Doing questionable things is never a good idea unless we’ve been directed by God. By the same token, doing things that are usually safe is also a bad idea when God directs us otherwise.
One day, my father was on the way home from work when he said, “Something told me to stop at a green light.”
So, he stopped. Then, right about the time that he would have been going through the intersection, a car came flying through the red light at a speed of at least 60 mph. If my dad had not stopped at a green light, the other car would have t-boned him and he would probably not have survived.
Prior to this, I had never heard my dad say “something told me” to do anything. But, glory to God, he heard it so clearly that he stopped, and following the instructions that came from inside of him saved my dad’s life.
This same situation has happened to my dad several times since then! And each time, he stops. My dad abides under the wing of the Almighty by following God’s instructions every time.
God Doesn’t Usually Stop The Storm
Following God in faith under the New Covenant is exactly like the Bible stories of old. Faith hasn’t changed. Faith is still the same as it was in Abraham’s day, faith is hearing from God and following His instructions.
The story of Joseph and the Pharaoh is an excellent example of faith and this example is one of many ways in which God stills works with His people today. Instead of taking the storm away, God takes His people out of the way.
Faith is a very important part of the New Covenant. Without faith, we won’t achieve much because the New Covenant is dependent upon being able to hear from God.
In the story of Joseph and the Pharaoh in chapter 41 of Genesis, God sent a dream to Pharaoh and Jacob’s son, Joseph, was in the perfect place to interpret the dream. When Joseph interpreted the dream, he told Pharaoh to take seven years to stock up on food because a terrible, seven-year famine was coming. Pharaoh chose to follow in the shadow of the Almighty, in doing so, he saved all of Egypt.
The Jewish Passover is another example of faith. God sent the angel of death to take the first born in every house within the Egyptian Empire. But He instructed His people to paint their doorways with lamb’s blood so that when the angel of death came through, he would see the doors painted with blood and pass-over them without taking the life of anyone inside. Any house without the blood of the lamb painted on the posts woke up to find their first born dead.
Every single person in the land of Egypt faced the same problem that night. The angel of death would not discriminate against Jew or Egyptian, the blood of the lamb was the only factor that made any difference. The blood would save everyone who applied it to their homes. So what we see is at work is that God’s people had the same problem as everyone else in the Egyptian empire, but following God meant a different outcome.
Learning the true definition of faith has been life-changing for me. I have so many stories of the miraculous results of following God; from a friend being restored from brain-death (exactly as God foretold) to following God out of sickness, addition, and poverty, to a beautiful life and a wonderful home.
If you are in need of a miracle, we would like to pray with you and to help you to learn to hear from and follow God so that you can live the victorious life that God has planned for you.
In the following link you will find dozens of bonafide miracles that were made possible by learning to hear from God and then following Him in faith. My prayer is that through these stories you are inspired to go deeper than you’ve ever imagined, and to a live a life that you never thought possible – all to the glory of God. Simply by living a miraculous life (doing the greater works Jesus spoke of) you can be a light and an inspiration to those who are in need of a touch from God.