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The Cost of Miracles

Posted by on Dec. 30, 2012 at 3:18 PM
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Presented By:  Ephesians Four Ministries

 

Today's Prayer

Dear God, I'm reminded today of that saying "here today, gone tomorrow." When we see tragedies beyond human control (like the Tsunami), horrors (like humans under the wrong control, killing their own children), and people dying from cancer and car wrecks, that reality is really brought home. I pray that in the days I have on this earth, you would give me the strength to stand firm. Let nothing move me from the tasks and purpose you have for me. Give me the desire to always give myself fully to your work, and remind me that my labor is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58). And I pray for peace, comfort, and direction for those whose lives are changed by the reality of "here today, gone tomorrow." In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.



The Cost of Miracles
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1, by Os Hillman
12-30-2012

"Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, 'Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit'" (Matt 1:19-21).

There is often a cost associated with a miracle. Mary carried a miracle in her belly. No other woman in history had the distinction of birthing the Son of God. It was a one-time event in history. However, for 30 years she was viewed as a woman who was often judged, shamed by public opinion, rejected by her own, and thought to be an adulteress by her townspeople.

I can only imagine her cries at night, "You are God, you can help them understand I am not an immoral person. I am doing the will of God! Why must I be shamed and judged the same as a prostitute!" God's silence must have been difficult. She would not be accurately viewed for years to come. In many ways, she was called to the same path as Jesus was. He was rejected by His own people too.

Her finance Joseph was going to break off the engagement when he discovered she was pregnant. Had he not had a visitation from an angel, he too would have rejected her. However, he married her and also carried the stigma associated with a pregnancy that most assumed was immoral.

Sometimes we are called to experience rejection for the Son of God living in us. When we carry the cross of Christ, the world and even our families sometimes look at us as though we have a few marbles out of place. Jesus said that He did not come to bring peace. Even our families would judge us and think wrongly of us.

Yes, a miracle often has a cost. But that miracle is the seed for something imperishable. It is the seed of eternity in our hearts.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

by on Dec. 30, 2012 at 3:18 PM
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Debrowsky Debbie~Admin
by on Dec. 30, 2012 at 3:39 PM
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Never thought of it this way.  but now that you bring it out and I review the miracles I've seen, it is true.  It's as if this world cannot except very readily the miracles from God, they fight it and ridicule it.  Only those who receive the miracle are changed on the inside forever.

Yet another jewel of wisdom to arm ourself with if we are part of a miracle.  God please help us see all of this through your eyes. 

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