2 Kings 7:19-20 “And that lord answered the man of God, and said, Now, behold, if the LORD should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof. And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died.”
The verses above are the result of a man who didn't believe Elijah and his prediction that famine that had gripped the land would end in one day. This man who died said, “Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be?” Sadly, this man succumbed to the enemies of the miraculous and only saw this miracle take place but was never able to partake of the miracle.
When I became a pastor, I told the people early on that we would not stay small, but that one day we would outgrow our auditorium. Three years later, on a Sunday night, a man who had visited the church in the early months of my pastorate came back to visit. He told me after the services that he heard me claim that we were going to outgrow the auditorium but that he didn't believe it would happen. He then said, “Bro. Domelle, you all have it happening here. What are you going to do now that you have no space?” He happened to come on a Sunday night service and saw the auditorium packed out. The reason this happened is because I didn't let the enemies of the miraculous stop me. Let me point out these three enemies of the miraculous.
Doubt is the first enemy of the miraculous. This man in the verse above doubted that God’s power could overcome their situation. Many have let doubt cause them to think that God’s power can't overcome their impossible situation. Doubt says that the impossible is bigger than God; whereas, faith says that God is bigger than the impossible. Doubt causes a person to sit idle and never attempt anything great for God; whereas, faith moves a person to attempt great things for God. Doubt will keep you from doing the miraculous.
Fear is the second enemy of the miraculous. Fear has caused many to retreat instead of trusting God by faith to move forward. You will never accomplish anything great for God as long as you let fear dictate your next move. There will always be something to fear, but you must not let fear stop you from doing God’s work and attempting the miraculous. Fear says that God is not omnipotent; faith says that God’s omnipotence can wipe out the object of fear. To live by fear is not to trust God, which is choosing to live in disobedience to God’s Word.
Negativity is the third enemy of the miraculous. People who accomplish great things for God are highly positive. You cannot be negative and live by faith. Faith has a positive outlook. You can always be negative about your situation, but you will stay in your bad situation as long as you are negative. Negativity causes many to live in mediocrity; whereas, faith causes many to attempt excellence despite the mediocrity that surrounds them.
The only way you will overcome these enemies is to live by faith. Faith cancels out doubt, fear, and negativity. What God will do through your ministry or life will be determined by whether you let faith dictate your vision and actions, or let doubt, fear, and negativity close the windows of Heaven and keep you from seeing the miraculous in your day. My prayer for you is that you choose to live by faith.