If you have lived with domestic violence and abuse, you have lived in a prison that has been created tear by tear; scar by scar; rejection by rejection; and, hurt by hurt. Abuse has the power to destroy. It can take away your will to live, to prosper, to excel, and to love. Don’t let it. Whether you have escaped the abuse and are now in recovery; or, you just want to escape; either way, God’s grace is your answer. At least, after getting the help needed, His grace is the only answer I have found that heals the hurts and binds up the wounds; even though it takes time. For in Psalm 147:3, we are told: He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds. And, I ask you: What grace could be greater than that? To me, it is a miracle. And, miracles that come from God’s grace are the focus of today’s journey. Why? Because every once in awhile, no matter what kind of advanes we make in healing; the brutal and unforunate truth, for most of us, is that wounds do reopen. Hearts still hurt. Sadness still creeps in from time to time. And, situations still become overwhelming. Thankfully, when these days and times occur, God’s grace is there to see us through and to lift us up again. His grace, through Christ Jesus, shows up in our weak moments and strengthens us.
Peggy Noonan once said: I think miracles exist in part as gifts (grace) and in part as clues that there is something beyond the flat world we see. That something is the grace of God, through His Son, Jesus Christ. He is here to deliver us from our prison. And, if one day, in a moment of weakness, we backslide, and lock ourselves back up again; He is there. And, as in a miracle, He shines His light of grace so we can once more find the key that unlocks our prison door. In the darkness, He hears our cries, as we say: Save me, O Lord. And, in His goodness, His grace strengthens us and causes us to remember and say, again: This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24). For to rejoice again, after the sorrow, is indeed the miracle of the Lord, isn’t it?
The Bible demonstrates both the small and the great miracle. A small and relatively unknown miracle is found in Matthew 17: 24-27. In verse 24, it begins with a discussion as to whether or not Jesus should pay taxes, asking: And, when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute (tax collectors) came to Peter, and said: Does not your master (Jesus) pay tribute (taxes)? He said: Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented (anticipated) him, saying: What thinkest thou, Simon? Of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? Of their own children, or of strangers? Peter said unto Him: Of strangers. Jesus said unto him: Then are the children free? Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast a hook, and take up the fish that first comes up; and when you have opened his mouth, you shall find a piece of money; that take, and give unto them for me and you. This is a story of a small miracle because it demonstrates that when Christ needed the money to pay taxes for Himself and Simon Peter; and, had none; He simply commanded the needed money into existence. All Simon Peter had to do was to follow the directives of Christ. That is, Jesus commanded Peter to simply go to the sea and cast his fishing line with a hook. After he made the first catch, he was instructed to open the mouth of that fish. Inside the mouth of that fish there was a piece of money found. That money was sufficient to pay the taxes owed by Jesus and Peter.
God’s grace can do all things. It can create miracles for our every need. If we have no money to pay our taxes or to meet our needs or desires; Jesus Christ can provide it through ways we know not of. Call upon Him, in your day of need and He will give you the provisions required. For every mountain that you face, whether it be a financial mountain, or the mountain of domestic violence and abuse; God has a miracle to meet it. Trust Him to take care of whatsoever you need or desire. And, He will bring it to pass. Even if He has to create a miracle to do it.
Another miracle is shown to us in Matthew 20: 29-34 (whether it is greater than or lesser than the above miracle, I will leave to your thoughts): And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed Him. And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying: Have mercy on us, O Lord, Thou son of David. And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying: Have mercy on us, O Lord, Thou son of David. And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said: What will ye that I should do unto you? They said unto Him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes; and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.
What kind of sight do you need today? Is it physical sight, spiritual sight, financial sight, or healing sight? Is it the key to your prison door? It does not matter what you need; Jesus will provide it. Even as He touched and healed the blind men’s eyes and gave them physcial sight; He will do so for you; as He has done for me, many times. One such time He provided a miracle for me, was when my daughter was born. At birth, she had a blood clot on her brain. The doctors said there was no hope. All that could be done was to remove the mass to lessen the pressure, they said. Removing the pressure would allow her to live; but, she would be a vegetable as a result. She would not have use of her limbs nor of her mind, they continued. It was best, they said, to simply let nature take its course, and within a few days she would longer be of this world. Ah, but God did not see my daughter’s condition, the same way as the doctors. He sent His grace, through Jesus; He touched her and raised her up. He took away the brain mass altogether. In truth, her neurosurgeon, on the eve of her scheduled surgery, emerged from her intensive care ward to say: You can consider it your own personal miracle. I have never seen it before, and I will probably never see it again. But, yesterday the mass showed on the brain scan; today we can find absolutely no traces of it. When she returns to her orginal birth weight, you can take her home. A few days later, I carried my miracle out of the hospital and into a productive and wonderfully loving life. Today, she is not only blessed by God in all that she is and in all that she does; but, ironically, she is married to a physician and has two beautiful little girls of her own. They are my miracles and my blessings.
It has been said that miracles happen to those who believe in them. I agree. If you are recovering or trying to recover from the prison of domestic violence and abuse, most likely, you are in need of a miracle of some kind. If so, call upon the One who Can Walk Upon the Waters. He will answer. He will provide. Don’t let the hurt, the pain, the rejection, the tears, and the scars of domestic violence and abuse interfere any longer with your miracles. Endure whatever sad days you have to endure. Cry the tears you need to cry. Then get up as soon as you can. Square your shoulders. And, develop the attitude that through God’s grace, nothing can defeat you. Believe you are love and anointed by God. Refuse to be intimidated by the circumstances of your abused life. God has a greater destiny, yet, in store for you. Take charge of your life, again. Call upon His grace. Command the Lord to help you. (Isaiah 45:11). When you are determined; God will respond in kind. Speak God’s Words. They will eventually become your new reality. Choose to recover. Choose a new and more productive life, filled with miracles and blessings. For in Deuteronomy 30: 14-15 & 19, we are told: But the Word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessings and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live.
Put your trust and faith in God for your provisions, your recovery, and your miracles. In Luke 12: 22-24 & 28-32, we are told: And He said unto His disciples: Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment (clothing). Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. How much more are ye better than the fowls? If then God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; How much more will He clothe you? O ye of little faith. And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after; and your Father knows that ye have need of these things. but rather seek ye first the Kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock: for it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.
The last miracle that we will discuss today is a powerful one. It demonstrates Christ’s love, His abilities, and His willingness to help in what would appear to be, an impossible situation. But as we know, with God nothing is impossible; even the release from our prison built by domestic violence and abuse. So, as you read the Biblical passage describing how Christ raised his friend, Lazarus, from the dead; pay special attention to the words and actions of Christ. Ask yourself: Are there hints in the passage that I can use to receive my own miracle; my own resurretion? If so, use them.
The miracle of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead is found in John 11: 38-45, saying: Jesus therefore groaning in himself came to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said: Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead (Lazarus), said unto Jesus: Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he has been dead four days. Jesus said unto her: Said I not unto thee, that, if you would believe, you should see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead laid. And Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said: Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And, I know that You hear Me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that You have sent Me. And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice: Lazarus come forth. And he that was dead came forth; bound in grave clothes; and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus said unto them: Loose him, and let him go. Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on Him.
You, too, should believe on Jesus’ power to undo an impossible situation. Humbly seek Him for your miracle. There are some who think that are not worthy of Jesus’ blessings and miracles. But, oh, my friend, that is not true. Jesus tells us in Luke 18: 10-14, that all that is needed to receive the answered prayer, is to come to Him humbly and ask and believe, saying: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself: God, I thank you, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And, the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying: God be merciful unto me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for everyone that exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.
God is waiting to bestow a miracle on you. For it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. (Luke 12:32). To receive His Kingdom of miracles, faster, it is sometimes helpful to ask yourself: Do I believe that God and Christ are really who they say they are? Do I believe that God is a God of Truth, and that His promises are true? Do I believe the specific promises that are found in Luke 11: 9-10, saying: And, I say unto you: Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For eveyone that asks, receives; and he that seeks, finds; and, to him that knocks, it shall be opened. Do I truly believe God will answer my request? (If I don’t believe He will answer, why do I bother to pray?) Do I believe Christ’s Words, from Matthew 8:13, saying: And, Jesus said unto the centurion: Go your way, and as you have believed, so be it done unto you. And his servant was healed in that self-same hour. Do I believe in Christ’s abilities and willingness to grant me my requested miracle? If you can truthfully answer each of these questions with a, yes; then, your miracle awaits.
- Ask specifically for the miracle you need or desire, in the Name of Jesus Christ.
- Be persistent if it takes longer than you would like. Keep asking. Don’t stop. And, don’t give up. Ask over and over again until you receive your miracle. Hound God if you have to. (Remember the story of the widow who troubled the wicked judge in Luke 11:1-8? Eventually, her request was granted solely because she was persistent.)
- Praise and thank God, and His Son, Jesus Christ, in advance, for the miracle you will receive. (Be willing to put as much time as required into praying, asking, and praising Him for your miracle.) (When my daughter was born and her life in jeopardy, I had an infected tear duct, before I was granted the miracle that saved her life.)
- Ask at least one other trusted person to stand in agreement with you for your miracle. (In Matthew 18:19, we are told: Again I say unto you: That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in heaven.) (Again, when my daughter was born and I was in need of the miracle to save her life and make her whole; my mother stood with me in prayer. So did my hometown church group. They held a prayer vigil for her.)
- Hold fast to your faith until you see your miracle come to pass. Miracles and faith go hand-in-hand. (But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.) ((Hebrews 11: 6).