How to Live Miraculously
To live miraculously, you must put yourself in the place of miracles. In Scripture, miracles occur because people were in the vicinity of Jesus. You don’t hear of miracles when Jesus or the people following Him weren’t around.
So how do we live miraculously? First, God calls you and me to seek Him with everything and to know and love Him with all our strength. In Deuteronomy 4:29, it says:
But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Just turning up to church doesn’t qualify. Living miraculously is about our heart seeking after God more deeply.
In Jeremiah 29 13, it says,
When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart,
In Matthew 7:7, it says,
‘Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.
It is about searching. It is about being zealous. It is about going after God.
What does the word seek mean? If we go into the Hebrew language, the word seek means to search out by any method. In the Greek language, it means to seek to find, to crave after it. So to seek God is to crave after God. So to seek means that you are tenacious, make hard decisions, and go to places where you will find faith.
If today you are sitting saying, I don’t know God in that more profound way. I’ve gone to church my whole 60, 70, 80, or 30 years of my life, then maybe God wants to say to you,’ seek for me, search for me, and, and you will find me.‘
When we go to God in prayer and say, ‘God, I need your healing in my life. God, I need your provision in my life. I need your comfort in my life. I need your wisdom in my life, Lord. I have needs. I need you. I’m seeking peace in my life. So when we seek God or go after God in this way and make ourselves dependent on God, God comes to us.
We must seek the face of God. In the Hebrew language, the word face means the part that turns. Will we look to God? Will we seek his face? If I want to know you and I look you in the face, your face tells me something about what you are like. That was why masks during Covid19 were so tricky at times. You couldn’t see people’s faces.
To look to God, then, is to look to the face of God. What are you like? What is your character? What is your personality? Who are you? Because it is you I seek to trust
In one translation of Psalm 105:4, it says:
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
Another translation says it this way.
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.
Different versions of the Bible say it in different ways. One says his face, but it talks about seeking God’s presence, wanting God more deeply. God wants us to seek Him until it becomes the cry and prayer of our hearts all the time.
“God, will you walk with me? Will you be with me in this situation? Will you be with me in the good times and with me in the bad times? Will you be with me, and for most of us, in ordinary times?”
In Psalm 27:8, it says,
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.
This is a great Scripture to write down on a card for your car’s dashboard or where you put on your makeup in the morning to remind you to seek His face.
Another translation says,
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
‘I am coming.’ Every human was created with that desire to seek God in them. So here are my five keys to seek the face or the presence of God:
- Have a true desire: It is to want it from deep within you. It is not like buying a lottery ticket and wanting to win or hoping to win. Hope and desire are two different things.
Have you ever been aware of the presence of God and said, “Lord, I want your face. I want to know and sense the presence of you being right beside me.” Pray this prayer from the most inner part of you. That is desire.
- Surrender: This involves saying, “Lord, I want your will in my life. I want you more than I want me.” This is so hard because, fundamentally, we all want what we want. So, it is hard to pray and mean, “Lord, I want what you want.”
Jesus in Luke 22:42, while in the garden before his crucifixion, says:
“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.”
It is incredible to know that when Jesus is about to be crucified, He says to the Father, ‘I don’t want this, but what do you want?’
Growing to a deeper level of holiness involves surrendering of self. This is a lifelong journey of praying, “Lord, may I decrease and you increase?” You can say that within yourself while you struggle with sin and weakness.
- Turn from sin: This is a decision of our will. What do I need to do to turn away from sin?
Whenever I have done something wrong, I can go back to God and say, “I’m sorry I have done wrong .” Pope Francis keeps saying, “We tire of asking God’s forgiveness before God tires of forgiving us. God will forgive us as often as we say, “I am sorry.”
- Turn to holiness:
1 Peter 15-16 says:
Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
When God calls us to himself, He calls us to holiness. Sometimes we confuse holiness with piety. Piety is the way you do something. Holiness is doing what God has asked you to do.
He asked you to be an engineer. Are you the best engineer you can be?
He asked you to be a parent. Are you the best parent you can be?
So, holiness is different for each of us because God calls us all to do different things.
- Seek His presence:
Psalm 27:8 says,
“Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!” Your face, Lord, do I seek.
To seek His presence is to pray, “Lord, I want to become conscious of you beside me and in me.” One of my daughters had an invisible friend that went everywhere with her and even had a seat at the family meal table. So, I’ve always asked myself, what would happen if I treated God like an invisible friend?
What happens if today you went to work and God is beside you?
What happens if you are in the shower? He’s right there with you
You are driving? He is right there.
You are arguing with your husband or wife? He is right there.
You are watching the tv? He is right there.
He is right here right now.
This is something I practice a lot. I have a sense that God is with me all the time. Do you want to know something? You live differently. You risk differently. You have a greater sense of joy if you practice this.
Some of you already know and practice some of the things I have described here, but some haven’t. Can I tell you something? It is going to take decades to get this. It is a lifelong journey of ever-deepening relationship, but you have to start the journey somewhere. It is never too late to try for the first or the one-hundredth time.
When I was young, I was going to do it all. I was going to save the world by the time I was twenty-five, and here I get to this age, and I’m struggling to save myself.
I encourage you to seek His face and develop the sense of Him surrounding you all the time, and then when you pray for the sick, they will be healed. When you pray for financial miracles, they will come. When you pray for struggling relationships, God will overcome what words cannot overcome because it won’t be you alone anymore. It will be God surrounding and guiding you always.