Today, God wants to tell you, “Child, I have given you the capacity to create your miracles. I merely supply the raw materials. But you manufacture the miracles that you need.”
Today, you will learn how to create your miracles.
Cockroaches In A Retreat Houses
Many years ago, when I was still young and handsome (now, I’m just irresistible), I gave a retreat to a bunch of female college students.
While preparing for my talks in my bedroom, a regular-sized cockroach flew in and buzzed around the ceiling. I didn’t know why I did this, but I found myself pointing my finger to it and commanded, “In Jesus name, come down and die!”
In a second, I saw the insect hit an invisible wall and it came crashing down on the hard floor, dead as a stone.
Suddenly, I felt powerful.
I lifted my pointer finger to my lips and blew the imaginary smoke.
A few minutes later, I was preaching to an enthusiastic crowd of young female college students.
Remember the cockroach I “killed” in my room?
Without warning, the grandfather of that bug came into the seminar room, seeking vengeance.
It was huge and menacing.
You can just imagine the dramatic effect this had on an all-women audience. They were busy ducking for shelter and hiding beneath desks, and my talk was quickly losing much of its appeal.
I remembered what I did in my room a few minutes ago.
I wondered if I should do the same thing—command it to die.
But this was different.
I was alone in my room then; Now, I was in front of people.
What if nothing will happen?
But I was 19 years old, brash and brave.
So in front of everyone, I pointed my finger to the flying beast and ordered, “In Jesus name, come down and die!”
And the same thing happened: The flyer nose-dived and splattered its entrails on the cement tiles in front of me.
Naturally, my audience was shocked. Their jaws dropped, looking at me with pure amazement. In their minds, they were asking, “Who is this man that even cockroaches obey him?”
As if this was an everyday occurrence to me, I casually said, “As I was saying…”
After my talk, I went back to my bedroom.
That was when I saw another cockroach climbing the bedroom wall. (Out of the kindness of my heart, I shall not divulge the name of this old retreat house.) So with my two recent “power encounters”, I knew what to do. I pointed my finger to it and said, “In Jesus name, come down and die!”
But this time, the crawler kept on crawling.
Thinking that perhaps it didn’t have his antennae’s up, I repeated my command in a louder voice. But the cockroach didn’t show any signs of obeying me.
Suddenly, a clear inspiration from God entered my mind.
Yes, God spoke to me.
Shockingly, He didn’t speak to me in dignified Old English with the “Thou” and “Thy” and “Thus Sayeth the Lord”. Nor did He speak in Latin. Nor did He speak in Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, or any other ancient biblical language.
Amazingly, He spoke in Filipino.
He said, “Kunin mo yung tsinelas mo at patayin mo! Tamad!” (Get your slipper and kill it! Don’t be lazy!”)
And then I heard God laugh.
And I ended up laughing too.
But I have a serious message to my story.
I believe that one of the biggest reasons why we don’t receive God’s blessings is because we rely on Him too much.
Always remember: God won’t do for you what you can do for yourself. If He did, you won’t grow.
Two Essential Ingredients Of Miracles
I’ve realized that miracles consist of blending two important ingredients:
First, you ask.
You have a clear picture of what you want.
That’s why I made the Novena to God’s Love—to teach people to write their 7 dreams. And that’s why I asked you (two weeks ago) to make the WiskKoLord DreamBoard.
Asking is very important.
Because it raises your belief—and belief is so crucial to faith.
But there’s another element.
Once upon a time, I thought faith and action were at war.
Once upon a time, I thought faith and action couldn’t co-exist.
Once upon a time, I thought that if I really believed that God would heal me, taking care of my health meant I didn’t trust God enough.
Or that if I believed that God would provide, saving money or buying insurance meant I didn’t trust God.
Or that if I believed that God would speak through my preaching, preparing for a talk meant I didn’t trust God.
How wrong I was.
I believe otherwise.
I now believe that the best, loudest, clearest, most powerful, most eloquent expression of faith is action.
Because faith and action are one.
You can’t separate them.
The Bible says the same thing: “Show me how anyone can have faith without actions. I will show you my faith by my actions.” (James 2:20)
God’s Hall Of Faith
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Hebrews 11 in the Bible isn’t your ordinary Hall of Fame.
It’s God’s Hall of Faith.
In it, you’ll find the “Who’s Who” of the Bible.
All the great leaders.
All the patriarchs and prophets.
Read it carefully and check out what kind of faith they had.
To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see. It was by their faith that people of ancient times won God’s approval.
It was faith that made Abel offer to God a better sacrifice than Cain’s.
It was faith that made Noah hear God’s warnings about things in the future that he could not see.
It was faith that made Abraham obey when God called him to go out to a country which God had promised to give him. He left his own country without knowing where he was going.
It was faith that made the parents of Moses hide him for three months after he was born.
It was faith that made Moses leave Egypt without being afraid of the king’s anger.
It was faith that made the Israelites able to cross the Red Sea as if on dry land; when the Egyptians tried to do it, the water swallowed them up.
Should I go on? There isn’t enough time for me to speak of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets. Through faith they fought whole countries and won. They did what was right and received what God had promised. They shut the mouths of lions,put out fierce fires, escaped being killed by the sword. They were weak, but became strong; they were mighty in battle and defeated the armies of foreigners. (Hebrews 11, selected verses)
But do you see what I see?
They call this the Hall of Faith.
But its’ like a string of blockbuster Action Movies!
That’s the kind of faith God wants you to have: Faith expressed in action.
He gives us raw materials.
It’s up to us to create the miracles!
You’re A Factory Of Miracles
I live in a place where there are lots of factories.
During the Asian crisis of ‘97, I felt so sad because a lot of those factories closed down.
I felt sorry for them. They had these big machines. They had these conveyor belts. They had an army of delivery vans in the parking lot. But they didn’t produce anything.
Some factories were still running, but were producing only one-fourth of their output. They weren’t running on full-capacity.
Today, the economy is better.
And those machines are running again at full-speed. Those vans are delivering goods again. Those factories are producing products again. It’s wonderful to see.
Friend, you’re a factory of miracles.
That’s how God made you.
But perhaps the factory is closed down. Or the factory is running at a fraction of its full-capacity.
Today, God will revive your factory of miracles.
Today, I speak abundance into your life.
I command that your factory of miracles start running again.
I declare that your life will produce more miracles than you dreamed possible.
God Gives You Raw Materials
One of my son’s favorite toys is Lego.
Once upon a time, we bought him a small set of Lego cubes.
The entire set had just 10 pieces.
But in the hands of our son, those 10 cubes became an airplane. It was incredible.
We were so happy, we gave him more cubes to play with. And he created more airplanes and ships and houses and buildings—he built a whole city.
I believe God works that way.
You need to work with what you have.
You can’t complain, “Why do I have only 10 cubes?”
That’s not how life works.
If you only have 10 cubes, work with those 10 cubes.
Don’t complain that you don’t have enough talents. Don’t complain that you don’t have enough capital to start a business. Don’t complain that you don’t have enough connections.
You have enough to start something small.
And as God sees you faithful in small things, God will give you bigger things.
Soon, He’ll give you more and more raw materials.
Factories begin small.
But as it produces more miracles, it grows in size as more raw materials are used. Soon, you’ll be automating your factory.
With less work, you’re producing more.
When that happens, you’ll experience the Anointing of Ease.
I first heard this from Joel Osteen and I don’t know if he was the first one to use this phrase.
Let me explain what this is.
Anointing Of Ease
Some religious people think that faith is separate from action because of this phenomenon: The Anointing of Ease.
They think it’s devoid of action.
That’s why they like describing a person who is experiencing the Anointing of Ease as someone who doesn’t act, but simply trusts in God.
But it’s not.
If you look closely, that anointed person is doing lots and lots of action—expressing his faith.
It just “seems” so effortless.
I compare the Anointing of Ease to how world-class singers perform.
When I watch Celine Dion, Josh Groban, or Lea Salonga, I get transported to another world. When I hear Regine Velasquez, Sarah Geronomo, or Charice Pempengco, I get mesmerized. When I listen to Martin Nievera, Gary V, or Adrian Panganiban (I’m loyal to my friend), I get awed. They’ve got incredible talent.
But their talent has reached a certain degree where they do it effortlessly. What floors me the most is the sheer ease of their performance. Almost without effort.
The key word is almost. Because you know that’s not true. They’ve had years of practice and performance.
I also compare the Anointing of Ease when I see champion athletes perform like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and Rafa Nadal.
The Anointing of Ease is similar to “Playing in the Zone.”
Michael Jordan said that when he’s “playing in the zone”, it’s as though he cannot make a mistake. When he shoots, it’s as though he can’t miss. When he jumps, it’s as though he won’t go down anymore. Everything is easy. Everything is effortless. Everything is fluid. Everything is spontaneous. Everything is happening in slow motion, with the universe conspiring to make him win.
The Anointing of Ease is when you’re no longer rowing, but riding the boat, being pushed by the flow of miracles behind you.
Don’t get me wrong.
You’re still working.
You still have problems.
But supernatural miracles are happening every single day.
At the right time, Divine Interruptions happen.
God shows up.
And He says, “Here’s provision. Here’s equipment. Here are the solutions to your problems. Because this is not just your work. This is our work. We’re doing this together. This isn’t just your wish. This is our wish. We’re wishing this together. This isn’t just your plan. This is our plan!”
Let me give you an example from my life.
Everything Falls Into Place
Twenty years ago, I launched Kerygma magazine.
I didn’t know anything about making magazines. In fact, I wasn’t a real writer. But looking back, I felt we received the Anointing of Ease.
I’m not saying there were no problems. There were.
I’m not saying we didn’t work. We worked our butts off.
But I saw God supplying all the raw materials for our miracles. Before we started Kerygma magazine, God already provided the Lego parts for our miracle.
Thirty years ago, my sister Tina had an officemate named May. Tina invited May to the prayer meeting. May had a sister named Chay whom she also invited to the prayer meeting.
What’s so incredible about that?
Chay happened to be editor-in-chief of MOD magazine, the #1 woman’s magazine during that time. And Chay was our first volunteer to help out start Kerygma.
And in one year, Kerygma became the #1 inspirational magazine in the country.
That’s what you call an Anointing of Ease.
If God wants you to do something, He’ll make the right people walk into your life. He’ll send the necessary raw materials. He’ll arrange everything. It’s as though you’re walking into a playground where every Lego piece has already been prepared in advance for you.
Don’t Settle For A Miracle-Less Life
Right now, you may be facing one struggle after another struggle after another struggle…
Perhaps you’re buried under a mountain of debts, and you’ve tried everything to get out of it, but it seems as though nothing is working.
Perhaps your marriage is broken.
Perhaps you’re worried about your kids going astray.
Here’s the temptation: To resign yourself to a life of endless struggle. That this is the life God wants for you to live.
Yes, we will always have burdens.
But in life, I believe there are more blessings than burdens.
Yes, there is a valley of tears. It exists.
But I don’t believe God wants you to walk through the valley of tears, not live in the valley of tears.
Your temptation is to build your house in the valley of tears.
Don’t live there. Don’t make that your address.
Walk through the valley.
And climb your mountain of victory.
Instead of rowing, God wants you to ride the wave.
To let the flow of abundance push you to where it wants you to go. Because where it wants you to go and where you want to go is one and the same thing.
Let your factory of miracles start humming again!
Friend, you’re a factory of miracles.
And produce your miracles.
May your dreams come true,
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