Blog 101 November 19, 2018

Faith Will Heal You

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE ~ Robert Wise explores the world of divine intervention from an objective point of view. Can 21st Century people believe that the hand of God touches people in today’s world?

While Quinton Moore experienced important expressions of divine guidance when he started a new congregation in McPherson, Kansas, skepticism still lingered in his thinking. He didn’t want to get caught up in any of that old emotionalism he had seen during his childhood. College day’s reservations still influenced his thinking to some degree. Then the unexpected happened.

On a cold February day in 1989, with snow covering the ground, Quinton got a phone call to come to the hospital. Cyndi and Mac needed his help. When he entered the room, Mac was pacing the floor. A retired Army Sergeant, Mac appeared beside himself.

“What’s going on?”  Quinton asked.

“Cyndi is hemorrhaging and the doctors cannot stop the bleeding,” Mac said. “We are panicked. No one can do anything.”

Cyndi raised up from the bed. “Brother Quinton, do you believe in miracles?”

He paused. This was no time to get philosophical. “Y-yes.”

“Good,” Cyndi said. “I believe that the Bible says if you lay your hands on me, the bleeding will stop. Can you do that?”

Quinton took a deep breath. “I can sure try.”

“Alright, Mac,” Cyndi said. “I want you to leave because you don’t believe. Me and the preacher will get down to business.”

Mac shrugged and trudged out of the room.

Quinton walked to the head of the bed and laid his hands on her head. Mustering everything, he had in himself, he called on the Holy Spirit to descend and bring healing. With increasing fervor, Quinton called for an intervention. Finally, he said, “Amen,” and left.

Two days later, he got the phone call. Cyndi was healed.

Cyndi’s recovery became a turning point for Quinton. He realized that divine intervention didn’t depend on how holy, spiritual, or competent he might be. The action of God was in one sense independent of him. Of course, he was the conduit that redemptive grace traveled through, but the empowerment was initiated by God alone. This insight encouraged Quinton to take divine interventions more seriously.

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Blog 6 August 22, 2016 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE

Robert Wise explores the world of Divine intervention from an objective point of view. Can 21st Century people believe that the hand of God touches people in today’s world?

Read and you’ll find new insights.

Frankly, I don’t know.

Miracles are one of the mysteries of God. A mystery doesn’t mean we’re not smart enough to understand. Rather, that there are no human analogies to explain what is beyond our comprehension and everyday observations. For example, what is beyond infinity? No one knows because we cannot go there. The final explanation for why a Divine intervention occurs is in the mind of God – and we sure can’t go there.

Explaining why miracles happen or don’t happen is God’s business. Having put the ball in the heavenly Father’s court allows me to sit back and shrug. However, that is exactly what I don’t want to do. I write these weekly blogs because I have stumbled on to some answers for how we can position ourselves to receive a Divine blessing as well as participate in an ongoing ministry that can bless other people. I am sharing my discoveries in hopes of encouraging others to join the search for greater understanding and insight. You can be part of that adventure.

The problem is that most theologians, pastors, priests, denominations, and churches are avoiding the subject and would probably be scandalized by what I am suggesting. They are all in different ways products of the secular age in which we are living. Secularity has become a box that shuts out the immediate presence of God. When the world was created, God gave us free will which means when we say “no” to Him, the Almighty doesn’t break the doors down to prove that He’s here. God accepts your “no” at face value. The current religious scene is saying their “no” through indifference, disbelief, doubt, and close minded systems of thought.

But maybe you’re thinking, “if all these people Robert Wise is writing about had a miracle, why not me? Again, that’s a more complicated question than it appears to be. Every individual situation is different and the answers would be different for every person. However, I am describing principles that can be of significant help.

So far, we’ve taken a brief look at a pastor who had a prayer gift, a woman who hears angels tell her what to do, and a woman with an aneurysm who trusted the promises of the Bible.

The common denominator in each of these instances has been obedience to their faith, a strong trust and commitment to what their faith promised. At the same time, there are folks out there who experienced miracles with little or limited faith. I’m still working to understand how these encounters are alike and different. We keep walking into a mystery.

In the following weeks, we’ll continue to explore these often unexpected experiences to see what we can discover. At this point, my suggestion is stay tuned. Be open to the possibilities. We’ve taken on a big subject, but it is more than worth the effort to see what we can discover.


Blog 4 August 8, 2016 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.

My hope is to challenge individuals and the church at large to re-examine their perspective on the possibilities of God affecting our lives in a direct and often dramatic way. Currently, that idea is marginal. We are living in a time dominated by secular ideas with no expectation that the Holy Spirit still does anything.

Sorry. I hope to change that mind set.

Liz Morley is an example. Pressed with emotional issues, Liz thought she was having a heart attack. A medical examination revealed a 4.1 centimeter ascending aortic aneurysm. An aneurysm appears like a rapture in a rubber inner tire tube. The bulge could break at any moment and the person would quickly bleed to death. A 5 centimeter aneurysm requires the placement of a stint. The only medical advice Liz received was to stay calm and keep her blood pressure down.

Fat chance! At that moment, her mother was at home dying with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease 0r Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) while her husband struggled with severe kidney stones. To top it off, their youngest daughter was preparing to get married. In the midst of the turmoil, Liz’s mother died.

She was terrified. The doctor’s warned that such emotional stress could rupture the artery. Liz had nowhere to turn – except to her faith. Earlier, she discovered a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and began earnestly studying the Bible. With a medical crisis descending on her, she read in the scriptures that Jesus of Nazareth came to set the captives free. Liz made a decision that this passage applied to her. She made a firm resolution to accept the Bible for what it said. She would no longer live in fear but trust what the scripture promised.

Thoughts of the aneurysm bursting were pushed aside each day as she daily affirmed that Jesus Christ would be enough. A month later a sharp pain in her chest sent Liz to the hospital in an ambulance. After a thorough examination, the hospital staff was baffled. They couldn’t find any signs of an aneurysm. She was immediately referred to a cardiologist. After putting her through a stress test, the doctor requested a letter from her thoracic surgeon.

Looking at her sternly, the doctor said, “This simply doesn’t happen. Aneurysms do not go away. Yours did!”

When I ask Liz about how this miraculous event happened, she assured me that it was totally because she trusted God and the promises in the Bible. It wasn’t magical thinking, positive thinking, or any form of mental manipulation: It was her trust. In the midst of the confusion in her household, she had been speaking death. When she started speaking life, she was healed. Liz concludes that miracles have never ceased.

Think it over! You may be missing an important link!



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