A recent nationwide survey found that nearly 8 in 10 Americans “believe that miracles still occur today as [they did] in ancient times.” A third of those surveyed said they had “experienced or witnessed a divine healing.” 4 (U.S. Religious Landscape Survey: Religious Beliefs and Practices: Diverse and Politically Relevant (The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, June 2008), 34, 54, http://religions.pewforum.org/reports#.)
What are you thought on those statistics? I was rather surprised, thinking that they would be as high as they were. However, I’m glad to know that 80% believe in miracles, because they in turn have faith and believe in a God.
A MIRACLE: A miracle has been defined as “a beneficial event brought about through divine power that mortals do not understand and of themselves cannot duplicate.” 1In Daniel H. Ludlow, ed., Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 5 vols. (1992), 2:908.
Moroni 7:37 – Have Miracles Ceased?
35 And now, my beloved brethren, if this be the case that these things are true which I have spoken unto you, and God will show unto you, with apower and great glory at the last bday, that they are true, and if they are true has the day of miracles ceased?
36 Or have angels ceased to appear unto the children of men? Or has he awithheld the power of the Holy Ghost from them? Or will he, so long as time shall last, or the earth shall stand, or there shall be one man upon the face thereof to be saved?
Moroni 7:37 – What is the answer? Have miracles ceased?
The answer is no. But if you feel like that have ceased in your own life, then you need to check your faith. Or maybe you just aren’t noticing them happening all around you.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks states, “In fact, many miracles happen every day in the work of our Church and in the lives of our members. Many of you have witnessed miracles, perhaps more than you realize.”
The Bible Dictionary states that “Miracles are a part of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Do we really believe that? Do we consider miracles a common part of gospel just like baptisms, scripture reading, the sacrament, etc. Or do we think they are just a rare thing that doesn’t happen very often.
FAITH PRECEDES THE MIRACLE
Mark 5:25-34 – This is the miracle of the healing of the woman with the issue of blood.
As you read through the verses, what do you learn about faith and miracles? Which one must come first?
In the story of the woman with the issue of blood, what made her whole? Did she need to physically touch the garment to be healed?
She needed to come to the Savior (not necessarily physically) to be healed.
What are the dangers of basing your testimony on miracles instead of a testimony based on faith?
Christ performs miracles for three reasons.
1. To show love and compassion
2. To build and confirm faith
3. To prove his divinity and power
Which of these reasons (f not all of them) do you see in the story of the woman with the issue of blood? Why did Christ perform that miracle?
The purpose behind everything he does is to get us back to him. As he shows love and compassion, it builds our faith in Him, and in turn, proves to us His divinity and power. As a result we come closer to Him.
Are you allowing the miracles that are happening in your life to help you come closer to Christ and strengthen your testimony of Him?
Watch this clip from the youth.lds.org website. This is one my absolute favorite videos. What do you learn about having faith?
2 FOR 1 MIRACLE
In Mark 2:1-12, we find the healing of the man with palsy. As you read it, why do we call this the 2 for 1 miracle?
vs. 2 – what was the problem in the house?
vs. 3 – what does it mean to be “borne of four”?
vs. 4 – How did they get their friend to the Savior?
vs. 5 – What healed him? What was the palsy man healed from? What that why he was brought? What can we learn from that? What was the Savior trying to teach?
Why did the Savior heals his sins first? What is the message?
Mark 2:8-10: What is the Savior’s response to those who opposed?
What is the connection between physical and spiritual healing? Which is of more value?
Why is this the 2 for 1 miracle?
When has the Savior healed you both physically and spiritually? How did that strengthen your testimony?
RETURN TO ME
3 Nephi 9:13 – Why does God want us to come to him?
So that we can be healed, both spiritually and physically. To progress and grow in life, we must learn lessons. And sometimes those lessons can be learned in no other way but the way the Lord says. Sometimes miracles happen and sometimes they don’t. But know for certain that the Lord has your best interest at heart. His whole purpose is to get your back to Him, in whatever way he sees fit.
May you observe more of the miracles that are already happening in your life and look at how you can strengthen your faith so that more miracles can happen.
• MOVIE: 17 Miracles
• MOVIE: Pure and Simple Faith
• BIBLE VIDEO: Healing a Man Sick with Palsy
• BIBLE VIDEO: Women with the Issue of Blood