I think a lot of people avoid the book of Acts because they might think it’s kind of creepy. Think of it. A mighty rushing wind, fire settling on people’s heads, everyone speaking in tongues, angelic visitations, visions from God, people being struck down dead for telling a lie, Peter and the other apostles with the power to heal and cast out demons, sorcerers and magicians wanting to follow the apostles because they want some of the power, and the list goes on. Acts somehow seems like the book to be studying in the month of October. What’s creepy about it is that there are a number of things happening in the Book of Acts that don’t generally happen in our world, and we don’t know what to do with those things.
There are a couple explanations for this. Many of these are similar to the signs and wonders that accompanied Jesus when He was here so it’s a way God confirms that the apostles are operating under the same power He did. Jesus even said they would do greater things than He did.
Some of this is the fact that many of these things were more commonplace in the society in which they lived. Sorcerers, magicians, exorcists, were a part of the cultural environment. Missionaries in other cultures often come back with stories where similar things are more likely to happen because they are already a part of the culture.
Signs and wonders also have a tendency to accompany new movements. For instance, signs and wonders were prevalent during the Jesus Movement. If we’re getting ready to experience a new spiritual renewal of historic proportions, get ready for miracles!
And finally there’s the factor of belief. Our level of belief and expectation does play a role. Jesus even said once that he couldn’t do much in a certain town because of their unbelief. That doesn’t mean He can’t act anyway, it just means that there’s no point if we’re not involved exercising our faith. God seeks participation.
So what does this mean for us today? It means we need to be much more miracle-minded. With the reality of the Holy Spirit in our lives, the possibilities become endless. This is the all-powerful God of the universe we’re talking about here, and He is in us. What are we doing messing around with just the small stuff of our own devises and our own resources.
Our prayer ministry is teaching us to be more miracle-minded. God has done some miraculous things in physical healing and the healing of relationships that give us more faith to expect more of the same. Faith works that way. If we’re going to be part of the transformation generation, we need to start getting used to more miracles. Pray for them. Expect them. Learn to seek God’s will concerning what He wants to do and then believe Him for it. And don’t forget to send us your prayer requests so we can believe God for more miracles.
But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” Acts 3:6
Expect the Holy Spirit to do more miraculous things in people’s lives. That’s being miracle-minded, and that’s not creepy at all.