I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ. Galatians 3:5 (NLT)
We cannot earn miracles with good behaviour. That seems simple and straightforward enough, but having “faith in works” can creep up on us over time if we’re not careful.
When a man comes into relationship with Jesus for the first time out of a lifestyle that he is not proud of, all he has to rely on is God’s mercy. He doesn’t feel that he deserves anything from God. However, after serving God for a while, he may begin to think that he deserves God’s blessings.
One time I was praying for several people and a new Christian woman stood alongside a woman who had been a faithful member of our church for some time. The new woman received healing and the other woman didn’t.
Frustrated that she wasn’t instantly healed, the woman said, “I don’t get it. I’ve served and tithed for years! This new lady was healed and I wasn’t!” She was right. She didn’t get it. As long as you think you can qualify yourself for a miracle, you will never get it.
Many people pray like this: “Father, if you heal me, I’ll tithe, I’ll serve, I’ll do whatever you want me to!” We need to be clear—we can’t earn healing. Jesus qualified us. We can’t have faith in our works; we have to have faith in Jesus.
Don’t try to earn your miracle. Instead, say, “I know I don’t deserve your promise, Father, but Jesus qualified me!”