I’ve been studying out the word “miracles” which, obviously are powered by the power of the priesthood. It is very clearly evident in all of the scriptures I’ve found that that power is increased in us with baptism… and then each ordinance we participate after that only increases the power of God in us.
You know what? I feel I should say, that we are BORN with a portion of that power. The light of Christ. It’s in every single child of God born on this Earth. Each one of us have a particular mission that we committed to whether we figure it out or not. That is very cool.
Miracles of Christ by the hands of the Believers
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints know this story. It is the story of Nephi, after having come through several years in the wilderness – becoming a grown man through that period of time – and the Lord commanded him to build a big boat. Something that could carry his entire family and the family of Ishmael across the ocean for unknown number of days and storms, etc. until they came to the land of promise (North America).
Nephi was a city kid who had learned to survive in the wilderness by obeying the promptings of the Holy Ghost. He had gained many spiritual gifts as he traveled and obeyed, including the gifts of prophesy, and revelation. I’m sure he laid hold on many of the best gifts. He was Nephi.
So, when he went to his family and explained that the Lord had issued a commandment to him to build a boat (something he knew nothing about) his faithless older brothers mocked him, saying things along the lines of: “You’re just a city kid and you’ve never done anything like that before. How do you even know God said to do it. You belong in a mental institution.”
That’s when Nephi talked about miracles.
He explained that by the power of God (the power of the priesthood) he could do whatever God prompted him (commanded him) to do. He was confident in God that he could build that boat, even if he didn’t know how yet. He knew that the Lord would teach him by the power of the Holy Ghost. AMAZING FAITH! I LOVE Nephi!!
He is such a good example of a regular guy becoming something magnificent just because he obeyed the promptings of the Holy Ghost. No wonder he was able to achieve the visions and blessings that he did (that all of us can/should be going after).
I submit that the power that was in him to be able to achieve fulfilling any commandment that God gave him was the power of the priesthood. It is the power to do miracles. Any member of the Church can and should be doing them, as we are His hands. We are commanded “His works to do” because we follow after His discipline: The Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Have a wonderful day!