By Pastor W.F Kumuyi
Exodus 12:29,42; Luke 11:5-13; Acts 16:25,26;
20:7; Judges 6:13; Acts 6:8; 8:6
Special miracles are associated with midnight in Scripture. God’s promise to Abraham to set the Israelites free from Egyptian captivity so they can inherit Canaan finally came to pass at midnight after Moses’ several demands with spectacular signs were resisted by King Pharaoh. When we deny ourselves some comfort and wait on the Lord till midnight like Paul and Silas did, He will answer us. Tarrying at midnight shows how serious and determined we are in seeking God for blessing. A midnight cry, the loudest you can make to the Lord, opens the door of heaven for miracles of life for the dead, healing for the sick, deliverance for the oppressed, dominion for those who are delivered, supernatural supply for the poor, release of wife or husband for singles and children for the barren.
Many believers are ignorant of the fact that the key to open the portals of heaven for needed miracles is in their hands. God has prepared a blessing for everyone who believes. And if we place our trust and confidence in Him, He will do great things in us and through us. With a new revelation of God’s words and promises, we should be able to confess the miracles the Lord has deposited in our mouth like saints in the Bible did. God performed great miracles through Old and New Testament characters like Moses, Joshua, Elijah, Elisha, David, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego; our Lord Jesus Christ, the Apostles, disciples, etc. The Lord is always willing to use righteous believers who manifest faith in His word, their positions notwithstanding. Although Stephen was not reckoned as an apostle, He did great wonders and miracles among the people. Like these believers, if we wholeheartedly follow the Lord and manifest faith in His promises, He will perform great miracles through us.
1. EXTRA-ORDINARY MIRACLES THROUGH A WARRIOR’S MOUTH
Exodus 14:13,14; Joshua 10:12-14; 1 Samuel 17:45,46; 1 Kings 17:12-15; 2 Kings 7:1,2; Mark 16:20.
Believers who fight the battle of faith are warriors who perform miracles by the word of their mouths. Before the Red sea was divided for the children of Israel to pass through, Moses knew that there was a miracle in his mouth. Thus, he prophesied about the end of the Egyptian armies. “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD… for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever”. God honours the words of our mouth as His children. And when we make utterances in line with His word, He hears and grants us our heart desire. So, we must reserve our mouth for speaking only the words of miracles, power and authority. When fear, doubt, unbelief, discouragement and depression fill the heart, learn to keep quiet. But when there is faith, inspiration, anointing and remembrance of the omnipotence and unfailing promises of God, make prophetic utterances. Many believers today talk when they should be quiet and vice versa. For Joshua, he said the right thing at the right time; his focus was on the essentials, not the non-essentials. As a warrior, he destroyed the enemies of God’s people when he spoke to the sun and moon: “And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies.” With God’s words and promises in our mouth, we shall inherit our blessings and possess our possessions.
Our God delivers, saves, and protects His own people from challenges and troubles of life. David overcame Goliath even before he struck him with the stone. With the words of his mouth, God wrought a great victory for His people through him. “Then said David to the Philistine… This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee… that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel”. When we centre our thoughts on God’s past faithfulness and promises in our lives, like David, we would be able to surmount every challenge that stands on our way. Through the words of Elijah, the widow of Zarephath and her child were sustained throughout the period of famine. The words of God’s prophets in our lives supersedes the ones from the camp of the enemies. Elisha had in his mouth the miracle that ended the famine of a whole nation. “Then Elisha said… Tomorrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria”. The mouth carries the power of misery, death and life, disease and healing, defeat and dominion. We must pray to God to purge our mouth and give us convicted, cleansed, controlled, consecrated, circumcised, commanding and confirmed mouths that will bring uncommon prosperity, victory, healing, power, wisdom and breakthrough in all aspects of life as we enter the New Year.
2. EXCEPTIONAL MIRACLES IN THE WOMAN’S MOUTH
1 Samuel 1:17,18; 2 Kings 5:1-3; 4:18-20,23,26; Luke 1:37,38; Matthew 15:21-28.
The Lord expects us to carry miracles in our mouths as His children. Some people carry misery, death, sickness, discouragement and oppression in their mouth. With their tongue, they bring sorrows upon themselves. Although Hannah was sorrowful for being childless, she had aRESPECTFUL mouth that brought her desired miracle. “And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.” Naaman got his miracle because of the REASSURING mouth of his maid. “And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.” The Shunammite woman was a woman of great faith. Though her only son died, she did not give up. When it appeared all hope was lost, she was able to say, “It shall be well”. She had a RECKONING mouth and reckoned impossibilities as possible. The same way, if we have faith like a grain of mustard seed, we can even give a word of command to the mountain of problem, sickness, death, poverty, and barrenness in our lives to be removed and cast into the sea; and it will be so. Whatever challenge we may be facing in our personal lives or secular engagements, we should remember that “with God nothing shall be impossible”. Mary had aRECEIVING mouth. With her mouth, she received the miracle of the promised Messiah. The woman of Canaan whose daughter was made whole carried a REFORMED, refined mouth. The woman with an issue of blood had a RECLAIMING mouth. She reclaimed and recovered her miracle by faith and her confession. Martha had a REIGNING mouth with her affirmation that whatever Christ asked from God would be done. We should possess mouths that reign and rule over impossibilities.
3. EXPLOSIVE MIRACLES THROUGH YOUR WONDER-WORKING MOUTH
Matthew 17:20; Mark 11:22,23.
Miracles, signs and wonders are in the mouth of God’s people who believe that with Him, “nothing shall be impossible”. When we hold on to God’s promises through confession of faith, they become ours. But some people did not enjoy explosive miracles through their mouth in the Bible. Rebecca had a worrying mouth; Esau’s mouth was a weak one; Samson possessed a waggingmouth; Michal, David’s wife, had a witless mouth; Nebuchadnezzar’s mouth was a worldly one; the officer on whom the king leaned possessed a wilful mouth; Miriam’s was a whispering mouth; Ananias and Sapphira possessed wayward mouths. While Sennacherib’s mouth was a wicked one, Belshazzar’s was worthless. Job’s friends had a wounding mouth; the Israelites had a wilderness, barren mouth; Ahab had a wavering mouth and Herod had a wild, pride-speaking mouth that brought premature death. God can transform our mouths from being source of misery to wonder-working source of blessings to us and other people. And when we pray in faith, we shall have whatsoever we say.