Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Are Miracles From Heaven And God Problem Solving Strategies?
For the believer there is no solution to the problems of life apart from the ten problem solving devices.
Miracles are not designed to solve your problems.
Example – Paul prayed for a miracle three times to have his thorn in the flesh removed and the answer was "No” ”No” “No”.
Paul is addressing those believers who were saying that his accomplishments were not as great as theirs so he is forced to tells us the truth by boasting about his experiences.
He was being forced to brag about His accomplishments because false apostles were continually bragging about how much they have been doing to glorify the Lord.
The First Heaven is the atmosphere above.
The Second Heaven is where the Stella universe abides.
The Third Heaven is where the believers reside.
When Christians die, angels will carry us through the first heaven and the second heaven to the third heaven - the home of God.
The apostle Paul is saying that his experience was to reveal the future of the three heavens.
However, for the believer there is no solution to the problems of life through miracles.
Miracles are even used by God for divine discipline, so they are not problem solving devices.
The strategy of Satan was to use a false, compromising, or spurious miracles used to destroy both kenosis and the spiritual life.
Satan tempted Jesus Christ to operate independently of Bible doctrine and to get Him to reject the problem solving devices.
The temptation was to do a right thing in a wrong way.
Even where believers may have seen or experience.
Satan tempted the human nature of Christ to use His divine nature to turn the stones of the desert into bread to perform a miracle to do so.
One of the most powerful principles of miracles in the spiritual life is that Bible Doctrine and the miracles of God working together is one of is that the least of all publicized of priorities in this world because this is the devil's world.
That's why we are told in 2Co 4:4 that Satan "the god of this world has blinded the minds of the [apistos - those without doctrine], that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ"
To blind the minds of both believers and unbelievers concerning the reason why they were created and put in planet earth as the great deception of Satan.
Is it any wonder why we are told in Rev 12:9 that "Satan deceives the whole world;"
Therefore, because he is the god of this world, Bible doctrine is the least publicized of priorities in this world.
"A kerux was someone who had important news to bring. He often announced an athletic event or a religious festival or functioned as a political messenger as a bringer of some good news or command from the king's court.
He was to have a strong voice and proclaim his message with vigor without lingering to discuss it. The kerux's most important qualification was that he faithfully represents or report the word of the one by whom he had been sent. He was not to be "original" but his message was to be that of another."
We live in the most intensified stage of the angelic conflict because it is a time of invisible warfare.
The pastor-teacher must be gifted, prepared, qualified and filled with the Spirit and then the pastor-teacher along with God the Holy Spirit who is able to take the information taught by the Holy Spirit and teach every single prepared believer.
And I say prepared meaning the believer must be filled with the Spirit or under the control of God the Holy Spirit through rebound!
The word stewardship, oikonomia means dispensation which is period of time, namely the Church-age.
Remember that in the angelic conflict, Satan tries to convince people that God is unfair, unjust and a god who is not merciful or gracious.
And therefore, in this dispensation of grace, the Church-age, God demonstrates the fallacy of the satanic lie through people who are graced-out totally.
The present dispensation is the power experiment from God.
No time in human history has this much power ever been released toward merit-less objects for the fulfillment of the plan of God.
There's an infinite gap between divine perfection and human imperfection and grace is the infinite filler that fills the gap.
So Eph 3:2 calls this the dispensation of the total grace-out.
And this means that there's nothing you can do in human effort or human merit or human energy or power in the spiritual life.
You have more opportunity, more power, more capacity and more assets from God to glorify God than Abraham had, Moses had,
David had, Sarah had, Deborah had, or Rahab had or any of the greats listed in Heb 11 in God's hall of fame.
All of us are ordinary believers but we have the grace and power offered to us to become extraordinary invisible heroes.
Invisible heroes, like Bible doctrine, are the least publicized of heroes.
Invisible heroes are born again believers who execute the plan of God and who recognize that they are a vital part of the angelic conflict in human history and avoid all the distractions of legalism, etc.
They are unknown in terms of human history but are well-known in terms of the angelic community who are watching them!
Now, verses 10 and 11 deal directly with the prehistoric angelic conflict and its resolution.
And like Bible doctrine and like invisible heroes, the trial called the angelic conflict is the least publicized of all trials.
Bible doctrine is the least publicized priorities in this world because this is the devil's world.
Invisible heroes are the least publicized of heroes.
as a kerux or a communicator of Bible doctrine.
The entirety of my message is directed toward that which Satan, the god of this age, is attempting to quell, crush and suppress and destroy and veil.
That's why you should always be in prayer for communicators of bible doctrine in Eph 6:18-20, that they may "make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, and speak boldly, as they ought to speak."
That why in 2Ti 4:2, the P-T is charged to "preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction."
And today, the kingdom of darkness is succeeding in blinding arrogant young men behind pulpits who are more interested in getting numbers and huge crowds with their dog and pony show than to teach Bible doctrine and let the chips fall where they may!
The kingdom of darkness is also succeeding in the life of believers who become distracted by the details of life and spend hundreds of hours considering nonsensical things in life.
And then try to squeeze in a minute or two of a devotion for the day.
And so pray for the communicators of Bible doctrine because they are a kerux, someone who has important news to bring.
And then they will face certain adversities that are unknown to those who do not communicate doctrine and unknown to most of their congregation as Paul refers to in this passage in Eph 3:13, where he says therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.
Paul is saying do not faint or grow weary because of the adversities that I must face.....because they are in honor of you.....for they are your glory.
This is why so many things happened to Paul in terms of adversity.
Imagine the hatred and the enmity and the fact that Paul was made an object and a target from the principalities and powers and by evil and religious individuals including the majority of believers who were alive at the time.
That's why he said in 2Ti 1:15 "You are aware of the fact that all who are in Asia turned away from me"
And then he said later on 2Ti 4:11 only Luke is with me.
Paul became the target of hostile pursuit by both humanity and evil angels because he was carrying and communicating and heralding and teaching the very doctrines that would reveal the destruction of the evil angels and the angelic conflict.
So much so that he even had an angel from Satan who was assigned to him every single place that he went in 2Co 12:7 he was called an angel from Satan to buffet me‑‑ [kolaphizo- to maltreat with violence and rude language]