Miracles. You probably believe in miracles. You may have seen one or two. Miracles are impossible, right?
Pastor Jason Noble wrote this book as a companion to the movie Breakthrough that is airing in theaters April 17. Based on a confirmed miracle, the movie tells the story of John Smith. Smith fell into the icy waters of Lake St. Louis. When the first responders pulled him out of the waters, he had no pulse, and when his mother arrived at the emergency room, he had been dead for over an hour. She prayed loudly that God would heal him, and at that instant, the nurse picked up a pulse. Sixteen days later, he walked out of the hospital.
Pastor Noble has gifted us with a balanced and Scriptural book, Breakthrough to Your Miracle, which documents present-day miracles and discusses them in light of biblical miracles.
Pastor Noble writes that there is a difference between “faith” and “believing.” We have faith that God can and still does work miracles today, for Jesus tells us that with God, all things are possible, Matthew 19:26.
Pastor Noble reminds the reader of the father who brought his son to Jesus and asked Him if He could help his son.
“‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:23-24.
There was a role that the man had to play in the healing of his son. He had to believe that Jesus would heal his son.
Pastor Noble writes, “Jesus turns from the dad’s mixture of faith and doubt and heals his son. This encourages me. I love seeing that when this father is honest with Jesus about his doubts, Jesus has grace on him.”
“Jesus wants to move us to bigger belief. We need to believe big and pray big.”
In his manuscript, Pastor Noble writes, “It turns out that people who receive miracles don’t just receive miracles; they position themselves to receive miracles. … I wrote this book to help you know how to position yourself, so you can break through to your miracle.”
Strategies to position yourself for a miracle abound in the book, and readers are asked about their motives for wanting a miracle.
- “Why do you want a miracle?”
- “What if you don’t get one?”
Motive matters. Chapter 11, “Know Jesus and Make Him Known,” reveals important truths.
The positioning described in the book was unfamiliar to me, but as I look back, it is what happened to me when the Lord healed me of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia on November 21, 2010.
I appreciate that Pastor Noble is true to the Bible and acknowledges that sometimes the outcome is not what we hope for. However, I am convinced that especially American Christians have limited the miracles that we could experience because we do not believe – because we do not position ourselves for a miracle.
The book also includes a suggested prayer at the end of each chapter as well as a “Position Yourself” section that asks readers questions and encourages them to take action. There are also group discussion questions for small groups.
This is a much-needed resource that offers hope even when the outcome may not be what we think we want. I will be ordering several copies of the book to give to friends.
Maybe you need a miracle in your body, in your marriage, in your family, in your finances, in your workplace.
Reach out to God and believe.
Position yourself by getting closer to Him. Press into Him.
Wait upon God as you learn of Him. He loves you.
I received the unpublished manuscript and based this review upon the complimentary copy.
Our Great Healer, Almighty God, and Gracious Savior, thank You for Your compassion and love for Your people. Thank You for healing John Smith and for his dedicated pastor. Bless them as they tell Your story. May many people come to have faith in You and believe in Your love for them. Thank You for Pastor Noble acting on his faith and belief and for battling for the people You have sent to him to serve. Have Your perfect way in us, Lord. We love You and bow down before You in adoration. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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