A Message from Pastor Gary – July

Miracles and Miracle Busters

One way that we can witness or be part of God’s miraculous work is to be connected to that work, directly or indirectly participating in it. God’s work can almost always be categorized as creating, saving, healing, or restoring. In our minds it seems to qualify as a miracle because the event is thought to be impossible, or its occurrence has such a low probability that it borders on the impossible.

For example, let’s suppose you have an acquaintance that you haven’t thought about or spoken to in several years. You wake up one morning and realize that you owe this person and apology. You go to the airport to pick someone up and you run into this person. Such a thing is not impossible, but the probability of your thoughts and this chance encounter happening on the same day is so low, that it borders on the impossible. It’s a miracle.

However, beware of miracle busters. Miracle busters are events that attempt to rob you of a healing or restoring opportunity. Continuing with our example, just before you get a chance to speak with this person, someone bumps into you and is very rude and inappropriate. You’re now upset. Or right after you speak to this person and experience fulfillment and wellbeing, you begin to think that maybe the issue was their fault and they should have apologized to you.

“The thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy. I came that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) If we are to participate in God’s miraculous work, there will be miracle busters. Notice how in one scenario it happens right before and in the other scenario it happens right after. Also notice that neither of the miracle busters have any real substance in and of themselves. They can simply be dismissed by the mind and they will disappear. Here’s why, they only happened either to break your spirit so you wouldn’t do God’s work, or to challenge you from believing that you had just done God’s work. They are miracle busters or in Biblical terms, persecution. If we are going to be agents of God in the world, doing His work, then we are going to have to get use to this. With some practice we can learn to dismiss these things even while they are happening. Beware though; the devil knows how to get your attention. Miracle busters will seem fiery as long as you entertain them. The busters often come in the form of hurt feelings. Let these things go and focus on the mission of God’s creative, redemptive, restorative work in the world.


— Pastor Gary