“Does God give you His Spirit and work miracles
among you because you observe the law,
or because you believe what you heard?”

Galatians 3:5, NIV

I’am amazed by the miracles of God as I read through the Old Testament. Certainly God, who made this world, is not limited by His own creation. I get the impression, after reading all of the Scriptures, that God delights in the impossible. However, He has given guidelines by which He works in power and might in our lives.

Our flesh likes to think when we do good, God is more prone to pour out His Spirit in our lives and work miracles; that God works in our lives based on how we perform. Do we have His approval or not? Have we kept the law or have we broken it?

Two things are required for God to move in your life by His Spirit. First, you must hear the will of God. The last word in this verse is heard. Romans 10:17 informs me that “faith comes from hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Therefore, have I truly heard from God? I John 5:14-15 explains that if we know we have heard from God on a matter and we have asked for Him to work in accordance to what He has said, we can know that He will do it. John 15 reminds us that Jesus said, “If you abide in me and my Word abides in you, ask whatever you wish and it shall be done for you.” Abiding in Christ assures we will have Christ’s desires. Take time in your daily schedule and personal quiet time to hear from God.

Secondly, what you hear Him say, believe it! God is pleased by faith alone. Hebrews 11:6 informs us that “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” The great benefit of faith is seeing the Spirit of God work and the hand of God doing the miraculous. However, as we get on the treadmill of performance, trying to earn God’s favor, we never stop long enough to listen and believe.

QUESTION: Are you spending time listening to God speak to you? Do you stand in faith believing what you understand Him to be doing?