Biblically, miracles are acts of God that proclaim his sovereign power over creation and his commitment to the good of his people. They are significant because they serve a larger purpose in God’s redemptive plan, testifying to the authenticity of God’s messengers who bring his revelation to humanity.
One of the primary functions of miracles in the scriptural narratives is that when they occur, they give evidence that God is truly at work and so serve to advance the gospel.
In the early days of Christianity God used miracles like that of healing the sick with no medicine involved and raising the dead to build faith and authenticate God’s message and his messengers.
Jesus’ miracles authenticate his authoritative role in the divine plan that brings salvation (Luke 7:22). In fact, the scope of Jesus’ healings shows the breadth of his authority.
He heals the sick, casts out evil spirits, and cures a variety of specific conditions: a flow of blood, a withered hand, blindness, deafness, paralysis, epilepsy, leprosy, dropsy, and fever. He resuscitates the dead and exercises power over nature, to awe and wonder.
A lot has been said about faith healing and miraculous healings in these latter days, but the common denominator in all of these miracles lies in that one word – faith.
To the uninitiated, faith healing refers to healing that occurs supernaturally, as the result of prayer rather than the use of medicines or the involvement of physicians or other conventional medical care. Such healings are often referred to as miracles.
Prophet Bruce Edwards, leader of the mushrooming Kingdom Empowerment Church (KEC) in Bulawayo, who spoke to Hallelujah Mag about faith-healing and healing miracles this week said that it is highly improbable to minister healing where faith is lacking.
“No healing can be accomplished without faith in God, who is almighty to save (Zephaniah 3:17). Jesus said to the woman who touched the edge of his garment in order to be healed, “Your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” Mark 5:34.
God is just as mighty to heal in the times we are living in now. “For I am the Lord, I do not change.” Malachi 3:6. The same power is available through Him now as it was in the days of old,” said the prophet.
Prophet Edward says his ministry focuses on the gospel basics and as such, he believes that God is still actively healing those who exercise faith in Jesus Christ.
“Healing is part of our ministry. We pray for the sick and many who have come seeking healing from God’s hand and have exercised faith have indeed been made whole.”
Indeed, much has been said about the new wave of churches sprouting everywhere, but Prophet Bruce Edwards believes that every good thing has a shadow.
“We have the Prophets of God, and true servants of God in today’s world and just as the bible says there will be false prophets, so indeed, where the light shines a shadow is cast, but we must focus on what the light is illuminating rather than the shadow.
I belong to a Bible-believing church. We are rooted in the very basics of scripture and the fundamentals of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We can rest secure in faith that God, who is the God of miracles, hears our prayers – even our prayers for healing. He is an almighty God – not even a sparrow falls to the ground apart from His will.”
The youthful preacher added that KEC is working wonders that are transforming many lives in the second capital city of Zimbabwe.
“We are ministering the gospel of healing and transforming lives in Bulawayo. KEC is fast growing because people are seeing the authentic power of God and the miracles wrought through prayer and faith in this church.
Today’s church has been soiled by those who masquerade as servants of God, yet they practice that which is not consistent with scripture, but I shall not dwell on that. My mission is to preach about Christ, teach about faith in Jesus Christ, heal the sick and help the widows and orphans in our midst.
Prophet Edwards also emphasised that the Bible is the model that they follow at KEC for performing miracles.
“Faith healings are indeed biblical and that is the template that we follow in KEC and many are coming for physical and spiritual healing in our church,” he said.
“We learn from the scriptures that through the hands of the apostles/servants of God many signs and wonders were done among the people … And believers were increasingly added to the Lord.” Acts 5:12-15. The mandate has not changed those who are true servants of God are still doing exactly that in the name of Jesus Christ.”
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