Why This First Jesus Miracle Matters

Podcast: Light on Life Season 6 Episode 2

Why This First Miracle of Jesus Matters

Jesus miracles matter, especially His first one. Every Jesus miracle matters. Here is a modern day one. In Kissimmee, Florida, a tornado lifted Jonathan Waldick, only 18 months old, from his bed. It carried him 50 feet. It injected him into a five-foot-high clump of debris that corkscrewed itself into the splintered trunk of an oak tree. And there, after a frantic, 30-minute search, Jonathan was found, only one foot visible but wiggling with life. There he was found, still cocooned in his Perfect Sleeper mattress, still resting on his purple striped sheet. Relatives and friends call Jonathan Waldick “The Miracle Baby.” They call the event “The Miracle at 1400 Fair Oaks.” One woman, Janice Gassert said, “I think God has something planned for this boy. I believe there’s a special plan.”

A few feet away, old phonograph records sat atop the wreckage, left there by the wind. It was a recording by the Raker Evangelistic Party, a gospel group. The first song on the album was called, “Oh Lord, You’ve Been So Good To Me.”1 God does all kinds of miracles, and in today’s Light on Life Podcast, we continue to look at some of them like the very first of Jesus miracles in the Gospel of John. We are going to take a look at the turning or water into wine and why it matters.

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Conscience and the Inward Witness: A Look at the Spirit Led Life

Talking Back to the Enemy with the Prayer of Faith

Talking Back to the Enemy with the Prayer of Faith

No doubt, Your parents cautioned you as a child about the disrespect involved in talking back. But there is someone on planet earth that you should talk back to every single time. He is the enemy of your soul and the hater of all things righteous. Talk back to the enemy. Backtalk devils, demons, and evil spirits. How? You do it using the prayer of faith.

Why It’s Important to Flow in Faith’s Domain

Different Kinds of Prayer

Ephesians 6:18 (NKJV) — 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

  • Notice the words ‘all prayer’ in the front part of verse 18.
  • ‘All prayer’ means all kinds of prayer.
  • The TNIV reflects this in its translation.

Ephesians 6:18 (TNIV) — 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Prayer for Your Needs – Prayer of Faith

Jesus Curses A Fig Tree

Mark 11:12–25 (TNIV) — 12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.

Jesus Humanity

  • Jesus was hungry.
  • This fact proves His humanity.
  • God on His Throne doesn’t get hungry as you or I do.
  • He doesn’t order up a veggie burger to go with His angel food cake.
  • However, in His heart, God is ‘all-kinds’ of hungry.
  • He is hungry to see people come into a knowledge of His son Jesus.
  • So a hungry Jesus, seeing this tree walks up to it.
  • Notice another piece of language that shows Jesus humanity.
  • Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit.
  • Jesus walked up to the tree to see if there was any fruit on it.
  • Didn’t He know there wasn’t any fruit on it?
  • The answer is no He didn’t.
  • That’s why He went to the fig tree to see.
  • The lesson we learn here is that Jesus walked in humanness with the Holy Spirit as His guide.
  • His dependence on the Holy Spirit is evident.
  • We read some of the accounts where Jesus showcases His perception.
  • For example, when He deals with the religious crowd.

Matthew 22:18 (NKJV) — 18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites?

  • His perception was God-like.
  • I say God-like instead of ‘as God’ because Jesus laid aside His abilities as God per Philippines 2.
  • I say God-like because He received His ‘knowing’ from the Holy Spirit.
  • It’s a thrilling fact for you and I because it shows us what is possible.
  • We have the same Holy Spirit Jesus had.
  • The same Holy Ghost that came on Jesus can come upon you.
  • There aren’t two Holy Spirit’s, after all, only one.
  • The Spirit of God invaded the earth in Acts 2.
  • He hasn’t left.

Jesus Talks to a Tree

  • So, a hungry Jesus walks up to this fig and finds out that He is in the presence of a barren tree.
  • So He talks to it.
  • Notice, how the gospel writer puts it.
  • The ESV says, ‘He, meaning Jesus, said to it.’
  • The KJV says ‘He answered it.
  • Either way, the sterile condition of the fig tree demanded a response from Jesus.
  • The tree spoke to Him.
  • It’s rude when someone speaks not to speak back.
  • So when barrenness spoke, Jesus answered back.
  • Barrenness is one area where you can flex your prayer of faith muscles.
  • Praying the prayer of faith is your answer to a barren situation that confronts you.

Sickness Speaks

  • If you’re sick, your body is saying something to you.
  • As a child of God, it is saying more to you than “I don’t feel well.”
  • Sickness belongs to Satan’s realm.
  • It doesn’t come from God.

Acts 10:38 (NKJV) — 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

  • Sickness is an attack, an enemy attack pure and simple.
  • It’s an attack on your body to slow down your work for God.
  • It’s an attack against the Kingdom.
  • But, it’s also a barrenness attack on your rights in Christ.
  • The flu is saying something to you.
  • It’s saying, “I have a right to be in your body.”
  • “I have a right to make you miserable and steal your finances.”
  • That’s what sickness is saying.
  • It’s issuing a challenge to you, throwing down the gauntlet.
  • And, it’s saying it right to your face, “I’m not leaving so, what are YOU going to do about it?”
  • You can name any disease or the sickness.
  • They all have their distinct voice.
  • Bronchitis is saying, “You lack healing,” as you spit up green stuff.
  • “As long as I’m here, you’re going to cough and choke your head off.”
  • How are you going to answer that voice?
  • Do you have the guts to talk back to it?
  • Will you rise and answer with the prayer of faith?

Lack of Finances Speaks

2 Corinthians 9:8 (NKJV) — 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

  • ‘All-sufficiency,’ ‘abundance for every good work,’ do you hear that?
  • Does that excite you to have what you need?
  • If it does, give voice to the prayer of faith.
  • Your adverse circumstance will not change unless you learn to talk back to lack.
  • Giving the silent treatment won’t work.
  • No, you must use your words.
  • The prayer of faith is your end of the conversation.

Jesus Uses the Fig Tree to Teach the Prayer of Faith

19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city. 20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!” 22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and do not doubt in your heart but believe that what you say will happen, it will be done for you. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

The Tale of the Dead Tree

  • So, Jesus speaks to the tree on His way to Jerusalem.
  • He then ministers in the Temple.
  • At evening, He leaves and goes back out to Bethany.
  • On the way back to Bethany He passes the same tree, He spoke to earlier.
  • Jesus and His disciples retire for the night.
  • The next morning as they go along, the disciples notice the tree.
  • Something about the tree is different, like mega different.
  • The tree which was green yesterday is no longer in that condition.
  • It is dried up.
  • Jesus then takes this opportunity to teach the disciples about praying the prayer of faith.
  • To be continued in next week’s blog.

How Can This ‘Jesus Sign’ Fulfill Your Life

Call to Action:

It’s time to rise up with sanctified backtalk in Jesus Name. Don’t roll over when the enemies circumstances rear their head in your face. Talkback and do it with the prayer of faith.

Question: How have you successfully thwarted an attack of the enemy? Sharing your testimony will help encourage someone else in their stand against the evil one. Please share your story in the comments section below.


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How Can This ‘Jesus Sign’ Fulfill Your Life

Podcast: Light on Life Season 6 Episode 1

How Can This 'Jesus Sign' Fulfill Your Life

There is an old rabbinical legend that illustrates how a Jesus sign can fulfill your life. It goes something like this: “When Joseph was Prime Minister to Pharaoh, during the seven years of famine, he emptied the chaff of his granaries into the Nile River. It floated far away on the moving current, and the people on the banks at a great distance below saw it. It was only chaff, but it meant that there was corn in plenty elsewhere.” When the hungry saw the floating chaff, they were sure that if their strength held out, and they could reach the point at which the chaff was thrown into the river they would find plenty to nourish their life.1

Floating chaff was a sign to a hungry people that abundance was close. Signs are indicators. They are pointers of something up ahead — locater’s you could say. People who are traveling and lost are grateful for signs. In John’s gospels, the miracles of Jesus are signs that testify to who He is. They witness to His mission to save humanity and are distinct reasons to believe in Him. Today, we focus on the very first of Jesus signs at a wedding of all places.

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Why Jesus Is Lord Means He Is the Boss

10 Simple Secrets You Can Use When You Spend Time Talking to God

10 Simple Secrets You Can Use When You Spend Time Talking to God

Here are some simple secrets you can use when you spend time talking to God. In Saudi Arabia, according to Arab custom, reinforced by a 1952 decree of King Abdul Aziz, every subject has the right of access to his ruler—whether the ruler is a tribal sheik, a governor, or the monarch himself—to present petitions of complaint or pleas for help. Even the poorest Saudi can approach his sovereign to plead a cause. Crown Prince Fahd, speaking about this custom said, “Anyone, anyone can come here. That gives them confidence in their government. They know they may look to us for help.” Every Christian has the right to approach an even greater monarch, the King of Kings.1 Every believer has the right to spend time talking to God.

Why the Power of Vision Will Transform Your New Year

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How do you overcome emotional pain?

  • James clues us into the answer.

James 5:13–16 (KJV)13 Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

What Afflicted Means

  • The word ‘afflicted’ does not mean sickness in this verse.
  • Some try to read disease and sickness into this word.
  • But, the word doesn’t mean that.
  • It means emotional pain.
  • God has a remedy for emotional pain.
  • That remedy is prayer.
  • Is any afflicted let them pray.
  • So, if you are experiencing emotional pain, counseling is not the answer.
  • Parroting the story does get you closer to deliverance.
  • Talk to God about what you are experiencing.
  • He is your answer.

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One Necessary Component You Need for Spiritual Growth in God

Why the Power of Vision Will Transform Your New Year

Podcast: Light on Life Season 5 Episode 14

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This podcast is the New Years edition of Light On Life. January is the time of the year where people think about things like resolutions, goals, and direction for the upcoming year. Soon after the completion of Disney World, someone said, “Isn’t it too bad that Walt Disney didn’t live to see this?” Mike Vance, creative director of Disney Studios, replied, “He did see it—that’s why it’s here.” 1  Vision is seeing things invisible. Do you have a new vision for this new year?

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What Is the Meaning of the Star in the Christmas Story?

Why Jesus Is Lord Means He Is the Boss

Why Jesus Is Lord Means He Is the Boss

What does the phrase ‘Jesus is Lord’ mean? More importantly, what does it mean to you? It’s a question every believer must know since it’s what one must confess to get into God’s family. So many think ‘coming to Jesus’ is a visit to the altar with a prayer recital to God for forgiveness. They don’t realize that Jesus coming into a person’s life as Lord means they have a new boss. The boss is the one who makes the call. It’s what happens in your job when you are at work. The boss gives the direction. He sets the vision for the day. Experiencing new life in Jesus means having a new boss. It means having a new vision. Jesus calls the shots. That’s the focus of today’s post: Why Jesus is Is Lord Means He is the Boss.

Conscience and the Inward Witness: A Look at the Spirit Led Life

What Is the Meaning of the Star in the Christmas Story?

Podcast: Light on Life Season Five Episode Thirteen

What Is the Real Meaning of the Star of Bethlehem in the Christmas Story?

God’s plan was thought up and set in motion before the foundations of the world (Eph. 1:4). Particular courses of events and situations, at times, align to bring into a focus a particular aspect of God’s wisdom and plan. Today, we are going to look at the birth of Jesus in this way. We are going to look at some of the events that came into view during the Christmas story and we are going to ask a rather startling question about one of those events, the appearing of the star. Here is the question: ‘What would have happened, had the Star of Bethlehem not appeared?’

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Just Who Is Jesus to You?

Have You Seen the New Night Before Jesus Came?

Have You Seen the New Night Before Jesus Came?

“A Visit from St. Nicholas”, more commonly known as “The Night Before Christmas” and “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” from its first line, is a poem first published anonymously in 1823 and later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, who claimed authorship in 1837. Some commentators now believe the poem was written by Henry Livingston Jr. The poem has been called “arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American” and is largely responsible for some of the conceptions of Santa Claus from the mid-nineteenth century to today. It has had a massive impact on the history of Christmas gift-giving.1. Here is a twist on this poem titled ‘Twas the Night Before Jesus Came.’

What Is the Meaning of the Star in the Christmas Story?

Seven Witnesses to the Mission of Jesus

Podcast: Light on Life Season Five Episode Twelve

Seven Witnesses to Jesus Mission

Charlie Hainline is a layman at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is a man who radiates the love of Christ, and is serious about sharing his faith with others. One year, his goal was to lead 1650 people to faith in Christ (5 a day)! Once, he was out witnessing with a couple of other folks, and though he didn’t share the gospel, he sat there and smiled broadly as a teammate did. When the teammate was finished and asked if the person would like to trust Christ and receive the gift of eternal life, the person replied, “If being a Christian would make me like him (point to Charlie), I want it!” Charlie’s life wasn’t a bed of roses by any means. His daughter was kidnapped, killed, and her head was found floating in a canal. When the murderer of his daughter was caught and convicted, Charlie went to jail in order to witness to the man.1 Witnessing of Jesus, that’s what we are talking about in this week’s Light on Life.

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#S4-033: Why It’s Important to Flow in Faith’s Domain [Encore Podcast]

Becoming The Good Man God Wants You To Be

Becoming the Good Man God Wants You to Be

It has been said that “a child is not likely to find a father in God unless he finds something of God in his father.” Recently a gentleman asked the preschool class in their Sunday school to draw a picture of God. The intent was to use them as an illustration for the Sunday sermon. Toward the end of class, the children were excited to show off their work. They came up with rainbows and men with big hands. Finally, the daughter of this man showed him her picture: a man with a suit and tie on. “I don’t know what God looks like,” she said, “so I just drew my daddy instead.” What an awesome responsibility. You can live and blossom into the good man God wants you to be. A man who is respected and who models God the Father. What are some of the Bible characteristics of a good man? That’s what we are going to take a look at in today’s blog.

The Zoe Life of God in the Person of Jesus

The Zoe Life of God in the Person of Jesus

Podcast: Light on Life Season Five Episode Eleven

The Life of God in the Person of Jesus

Years ago, in St. Louis, someone stole the doll representing the baby Jesus from the manger scene outside the city hall. The next morning, a newscaster announced, “Last night, someone stole the baby Jesus from the manger scene. If anybody has any information about where Jesus might be found, please contact this station immediately.” The message is clear. Many people who look at contemporary Christianity and see what we have done with the Biblical Jesus are asking the question, “Who stole Jesus? Does anyone know how we can recover and restore Him to the place where He belongs?” Often, the real compassionate Jesus has been stolen and replaced with a harsh condemning Jesus.1 In today’s podcast, we continue our series on John’s gospel as we look at the Life of God in the person of Jesus.

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Just Who Is Jesus to You?