Blog 14 October 24, 2014 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!
Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today?
Read and you’ll find new insights.
In the previous blogs on miracles, I mainly noted what I have observed, describing experiences with people who reported miracles. An objective is to cause reexamination of expectations and rethinking of whether people are truly open to divine intrusions or miracles happening in their lives. Hopefully, institutional churches will rethink their approach and truly reach out for a physical touch of the divine in their worship services. Today, many say the words, but don’t expect results.
In addition, I have discovered that it is possible to learn practical steps for daily living. Here’s an example. Divine interventions can teach us how to live successfully.
The letter of I John tells us that there are three issues we must be aware of and recognize how they can defeat us. In I John 2:15-17, he writes of two of these problems:
- Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world
- love for the father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh
- and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the
- world. And the world passes away, and the lust of it: but he who does the will
- of God abides for ever.
The Phillips Translation of the scripture calls these two problems originating from the world primitive desires, greedy ambition, and the glamour of all that we think is splendid. In simplest and fullest terms, in John’s letter he warns about the flesh, the world, and the devil (also referred to as Satan or the Evil One).
Hard to overcome? You bet!
In a simplistic and overstated sense, the theology of the Orthodox Church (who considers itself to be the first church reflected in the Assyrian, Greek, Russian, etc. Orthodox Churches) is focused on overcoming the flesh, the world, and evil. Self-discipline and arduous struggle can harness the flesh and the world. But the Evil One? Is that possible?
Here’s a discovery. Angels are one of the ways the Holy Spirit intervenes. More will be coming on how people have experienced angelic interventions. At this point, you may have experienced times when Evil overwhelmed you so completely that you saw no hope in combating the attack of the Devil. If the Evil One doesn’t get you directly, it may attack a child, a spouse, a partner, etc., and the defeat can be even worse. What can you do?
Call on the angels. Christian tradition remembers Michael the Archangel was the leader of God’s angels, the army of God, and the first to combat Satan. Guess what? Michael is still at work, fighting for the victims of Satan.
You can’t overcome the devil so don’t try. Call on Michael the Archangel. Expect him to be God’s agent to help you defeat evil. Even though Protestants may be reluctant, Michael remains ready. The angel is the sure path to a divine intervention!