The rarified atmosphere of miracles
“…bring me a minstrel…it came to pass when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.” 2 Kgs. 3:15
Just as there is a natural climate that you can observe and sense, there is also a spiritual one you can experience. All truth is parallel.
There is a big difference between the two, however: You can’t do much about natural climate, but you can do a lot about spiritual climate. I can’t change the Washington rain, unless God gives faith for the working of miracles for certain occasions, which is possible. But I can control and change much about the spiritual climate I surround myself with. Spiritual climate in your life is easier to change than natural, physical climate. That seems strange, but it’s true.
The 2 Kings text tells of Elisha, an Old Testament prophet, who needed to hear from God on a certain occasion. He couldn’t just operate his miracle ministry at will, God had to inspire it. So he asked a musician to play, and as he did, the miraculous gifting came upon him and the Word of the Lord came forth. What was he doing? Creating a right spiritual climate. As he did so, he was able to receive the supernatural visitation from the Lord. You can do certain things to enhance spiritual reception.
Jesus once removed people from a room before He raised a dead person, (Mk. 5:40), and Peter did the same with Dorcas, (Ac. 9:40). Why? Because some people are “carriers;” they’re toxic; they have unbelief and the air has to be cleared in order for the miraculous to occur.
There are many things you can do to attract the presence of God or repel it. That’s why it says to “quench not the Spirit” (1 Th. 5:19). What we do will affect the flow of God in our lives – it’s not just a cruise control situation. We also read: “Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God…” (Eph. 4:30). You have some say in this matter. For example, I can tell when I’m watching too much TV – things start to get dull in my life. Often, not always, you can decide what you will see, or listen to, or who and what you’ll be around. Sometimes you can’t help it, and God understands those times – I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about when you can help it.
There are patterns we can embrace which will inhibit or enhance the flow of power: “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you” (Josh. 3:5).