DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES? THIS IS BETTER THAN WINNING THE SUPER BOWL!
So, do believe in miracles and what could be better than winning the Super Bowl? I’ll get to that! I am nearly sixty-year-old. Thinking back to when I was a young man; there were two things I wanted to see in my life. I wanted the Original Characters to in Star Wars to come back and be in the new episodes. That finally happened when I went with my granddaughter, Samantha, to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It took forty years (1977 to 2017) but it was worth the wait. When the first episode came out in 1977, I was a college student and nineteen years of age. When the most recent one that just came out I have five kids and eight grandkids. But Mark Hamill (aka Luke Skywalker) was back and I was loving it.
The second thing was I wanted to see the Minnesota Vikings win the Super Bowl just one. I have lived through the 70’s when they were favored and lost four of them. Well they came close this year and I am believing that dream could come true next year.
I am a Vikings Fan; have been for nearly 50 years. We Vikings fans have had some good team in the last twenty years, but we also chocked and came up a field goal short. Just a few days ago, perhaps the great play in Viking’s history took place. With just seconds remaining, Case Keenum threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs to win the game. They are called in the Minneapolis Miracle. It was awesome.
So, should I ditch the Vikings and not cheer for them. Sometimes, when they lose I feel that way, but no. That’s not what I am talking about. You can do both. I am going to keep cheering for the Vikings. I have just found something better!!!
Sports are a part of our culture and that is fine. Minnesota Viking football players like Case Keenum, Stefon Diggs, and Adam Theielen are Christians and they use this as a Platform to Honor God. Some people don’t like that. Some think one’s beliefs are a private matter. Tim Tebow got attacked for being so vocal about Jesus. That isn’t what the Bible states. It says that you must confess Jesus before men, so he will confess you before God. In other words, publicly acknowledge God and honor him. I am a Christian and these Football players/Christians inspire me. I am not alone in this!
But what do you do when the excitement wears off. I remember when the Team USA beat the Russians in Hockey in the Olympics in 1980 and went on to win the Gold Medal against all odds. It was very cool that the twins won the 87 and 91 World Series. I moved back to Minnesota from Iowa the day they were having the Victory Parade in October,87. But as neat as that winning the World Series; not once but twice, now it’s just a memory. It doesn’t last. Unless your team won the Super Bowl, you won’t be able to remember who even played in it a few months from now. Remember, who play in last years or two years ago. You must rack your brain.
So, what could be better than winning the Super Bowl?
Let’s let Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback Case Keenum answer that. Here is an excerpt from an article by CBN News:
“A few months ago, Case Keenum was just a backup quarterback. Now he's just led the Minnesota Vikings to an NFL playoff victory after an incredible play that's being called one of the greatest of all time. Keenum connected to wide receiver Stefon Diggs with an amazing throw for a last-second 61-yard touchdown that gave the Vikings the win, sending them to the NFC Championship Game. Some are even calling it the "Minneapolis Miracle."
Keenum once told Pioneer Press, "You just realize that football is fickle; it's not going to be there all the time. Just getting my priorities straight and knowing the true reason I play the game, and that's to give glory to God. That's something I take pride in. It's why I do what I do."
God is so good," Keenum said after the game. "It's probably gonna go down as the third best moment of my life; behind giving my life to Jesus Christ, marrying my wife, and this one's right there close,"
1. Can we just be honest about where we are at?
· If you don’t know God at all of course winning the Super Bowl and everything and anything is more interesting and exciting to you.
· If you know God in a religious way I can see how winning the Super Bowl is more exciting than going to church and hearing about God. Football is exciting and going to church is a responsibility-it’s kind of boring; something you just must do.
· If you are born-again Christian and don’t know God intimately the choice you have made is eternally more important than winning the Super Bowl because you have chosen eternal life. That is an awesome thing.
But the excitement factor will always fall on the side of Football and most other things. This is because you don’t know him intimately and your relationship with him is limited to a devotional understanding of him. You know about him, but you don’t really know/feel/experience him on this earth like you he wants you to. So, you keep looking for other things to excite you and keep coming up short. In other words, if you keep on like you are then you won’t have that awesome relationship with him until you go to heaven.
2. I AM HEAR TO SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS:
· You don’t have to wait! You can have an intimate relationship with him down here. You can know him like you will in heaven down here starting right now; today. No more waiting.
· Philippians 3:10 (ESV)
10 that I may know him
· YOU CAN HAVE THRILL EVERYDAY OF INTIMATELY KNOWING HIM AND THIS IS GREATER THAN WINNING THE SUPER BOWL; BECAUSE IT LASTS AND IS ALWAYS THERE EVERYDAY.
· How Do I know this to be true? I have been on both sides. This view is better. I became a Christian at the age of 18. I am 59 now. God called me into the ministry. I had so many issues in my life. I was the poster child for OCD (obsessive compulsive). I had no self-confidence. I struggled with sin. I was a mess. I failed in ministry, marriage, financially, and in all areas. I blame only myself. When I was 47 years of age, I had this epiphany moment and cried out to the Lord. I prayed a very dangerous prayer that almost cost me my life and took me through a ten-year trial. I told him to do whatever you have to do to change me, just do it, give me a vison of heaven or hell, just spare my life. I was hoping for a little revelation of heaven or hell, so I could share this with people. Little did I know what I had bargained for.
I would go through 10 years of hell on earth. I was in horrible pain with 15 to 20 things wrong with me. It was a nightmare. God never made me sick. He allowed this because of my prayer. I was healed in the middle of this and God gave me a choice. I could stop and have a nice testimony and the trial would be over. Or I could keep going and he would open the Divine Healing Promises/Laws/Principles of his Word and I would teach others how to Receive Divine Healing. I chose the hard way. I often tell people the first five years were for me and second five years were for you. I had three collapses in the final five years and lost my healing. I didn’t know if I would live or die. I was in constant pain. My greatest gift was that I just didn’t quit. God took a wimpy man who was a failure and turned him into a warrior who could move mountains. I give him all the glory and honor to him.
The trial ended last May. I believe God and true to his Word; he healed me. He also opened up a Teaching/Preaching Ministry named “How Can I Be Healed Ministries. I feel his presence and pleasure daily. He gives me teaching insights daily.
He has given me a boldness that I never possessed. He has given me a love for others that I have due to the fact of what I went through for so long that I feel other’s pain and have great compassion for them. I have practiced Divine Healing successfully on myself hundreds of times. I get Words for others often and they are spot on. I know his voice. I went from a man who for nearly 30 years (13 as a Youth Pastor/Pastor) and couldn’t fill an 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper in that time with all my inspiration from God combined to a man who God fills that sheet and more each day. Again, I am giving him all the credit and glory.
3. Do you want to stay where you are at knowing him from a distance or do you want the kind of relationship where you know him intimately (he is your best friend period) and he gives you power and love and peace and whatever you need. It doesn’t fade away like a Super Bowl Victory, but every day is a day of Victory. This is completely attainable.
So, do you believe in Miracles and want something better than even the Super Bowl. Something that you can have daily and that will transform your life!
If you don’t know him, you need to believe on Jesus and make him your Lord and Savior This will start you on your journey.
(PRAY THIS-ONLY IF YOU MEAN IT)
-Dear Heavenly Father,
-I confess all my sins before you
-Thank you for forgiving me -I invite you in my heart right now
-I receive you as my Lord and Savior
-In Jesus Name, Amen
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
If you do know him and aren’t Baptized in the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of Speaking in Tongues, you absolutely need this. You will never have the power you need without it.
In the early church, Accepting Jesus was Christianity 101 followed closely by Receiving the Baptism in the Holy Spirit which was Christianity 102. Today we have look at the Baptism as either something that died with the apostle or is off the devil or is optional or not everyone gets it.
That is not true. The promises were made to all who were afar off on the day of Pentecost. I speak in tongues. Millions and millions around the world do.
For those of you who are Baptized in the Holy Spirit and haven’t been speaking in tongues like I was I am challenging you to build yourself up on your most holy Faith I t’s like a health club. Have a member ship is not enough you need to work out daily and the benefits are amazing. Speaking in tongues is the only way (the only handle we have) to activate the Holy Spirit on our side of the ledger.
Here are the benefits of Speaking in Tongues:
1. Builds you up
2. Keeps you in the Love of God
5. Direct Hot-Line to God
-Begin Praising the Lord in English or your Native Tongue
-Now quit speaking in your native language
-And with simple child-like faith receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
-And by faith start speaking in Tongues.
-Refuse to speak in English or your Native Tongue
-It may just be a Word of two. A syllable or two. Just keep at it. It will grow. -You may feel weird at first.
-You might question is it me or is it the Holy Spirit doing this. It’s both. The Holy Spirit gives you the language as you open your mouth and speak it out. It’s like on demand. -This is so important. Don’t take no for an answer. -Keep doing it until you break through
(If you are unable to break through now; then continue to do this at home until you do)
Now I am going give you a 30-day challenge:
(for anyone who has received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit:
The book of James says faith without works or actions is dead! That is so true. You need to practice this. So keep speaking in tongues for thirty days while you mediate (think on Bible Promises and see how your life is transformed
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (ESV)
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So, run that you may obtain it.
25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.
27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
It may be like slow-popping popcorn. It will take a little time, but it is so worth it. If you don’t go to your Spiritual gym and work out daily you will not receive the benefits. It is that simple.
I have some Divine Healing Promises on my Website www.howcanibehealed.com or you can find your own. I am telling you if you will medicate on these promises (think on them) and get them from your head to your heart with the Holy Spirit’s help and at the same time Speak in Tongues as you ask and believe God to make them come alive to you. Watch out. This will be what happens:
2 Peter 1:2-4 (ESV)
2 May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,
4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature