APR 30 / Sunday | Series: Hope Wins – John 21:1-14 / Luke 5:1-11
Overview: We can have hope (hope wins) because the Jesus we see in the bible working miracles is back working them again – even now.
MAY 01 / Mon – Miracles have a purpose | Read Luke 5:1-11
It was the miracles that set Jesus apart from other religious preachers, giving credence to his teachings and evidence that he was who claimed to be, the Son of God. Or at least they made people pause to consider the possibility. This particular miracle showed his power over nature. What was the result? How was Simon Peter’s life changed forever? Are there any miracles in your life that helped you believe Jesus is who he says he is?
02 / Tue – 5 + 2 applied | Read Matthew 14:15-21 / John 6:25-35
Jesus’ miracles illustrated God’s compassion for the people he created. All of them, no matter what the need. It was near the Sea of Galilee that Jesus fed 5000+ people with five loaves and two fish. Then he called himself the bread of life. He understands and meets your spiritual needs, as well as the physical ones. Is your physical hunger pointing to a spiritual need you may be unaware of? Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what it is. Then give what you have to Jesus. He will do the rest.
03 / Wed – Unexpected storms | Read Mk 4:35-41
Jesus and his disciples were in a boat on the Sea of Galilee when a furious squall overcame them. The boat was swamped with water and in danger of sinking. Where was Jesus? Have you found yourself in a similar situation, doing what God told you to do, but things go terribly wrong? Do you wonder, as the disciples did, if Jesus even cares about what is happening? He does and he is with you. He has the power and will bring you safely through it. Do you believe this? Tell him so.
04 / Thu – Miracles in the mind | Read Mark 5:1-20 / Hebrew 13:8
Jesus demonstrated his power over nature, multiplied food to feed thousands and he healed the sick, lame, paralyzed and blind. He also cared about those whose minds/bodies had been taken over by Satan’s delusions and had the power to bring them back into their right minds. Because Jesus is the same now as he was then, he can do the same today. Do you believe this enough to ask him to act on your behalf or for someone else who needs a miracle?
05 / Fri – Afterwards | Read John 21:1-17
After Jesus’ death and resurrection, he still did miracles. He knew Peter needed one to break the stranglehold of guilt Satan had on him and restore his shattered faith. So Jesus repeated the first miracle that showed Simon Peter he cared. This time there was a deeper message of forgiveness and restoration. How many times did Peter deny Jesus during the trial? How many chances did Jesus give him to reaffirm his love? Jesus continues to show compassion and mercy when we fail. Where might this apply to your life right now?
06 / Sat – The greatest miracle is yet to come | Read John 5:24-29 and 11:21-27 and 14:1-3
It is recorded that Jesus raised three dead people to life during his ministry: Jairus’ daughter, the widow’s son in Nain and Lazarus. It was at his friend’s tomb, Jesus revealed to Martha he is the resurrection and the life. His own resurrection later proved it. He not only gives us new spiritual life when we believe in and choose to follow him. He also promises he will physically raise us from the dead. The greatest miracle of all will be when he brings us to live with him forever. How do you answer Jesus’ question to Marth in 11:26? How might this change your perspective?
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