Awe & Wonder – Part 1
By Margaret D. Mitchell
Week of January 24, 2021
I love the story of Elijah at the fire pits (a.k.a. the altars of sacrifice), in 1 Kings 18:37-39 where God’s power, as consuming fire, came down and set water ablaze to make Himself known as authentic in the face of unbelief.
To make Himself known above every false god.
Through this phenomenon, this wonder, God fulfilled His purpose: to reveal Himself with power and authority and to turn hearts back to Him, hearing every tongue confess His Lordship and seeing every knee bow (Philippians 2:8-11).
Face to the ground.
Finally, void of doubt.
This is the supernatural power and purpose of wonders performed only by God.
And He is about to increase them in the earth.
God promises us He will restore hearts and relationships by the same wonder-working, dunamis power of Holy Spirit that worked through Elijah in Malachi 4:5-6 and through John the Baptist in Luke 1:17.
Through wonders that cannot be humanly explained.
Wholeness is key.
God tells us in Joel 2:12 that as we turn to Him with a whole heart, "every hindrance is removed and broken fellowship is restored."
God abounds in lovingkindness and revokes evil when we obey Him. He blesses us so we have "the means with which to serve Him" (Joel 2:13-14 AMPC).
In other words, He causes us to be blessed to be a blessing, which expands His Kingdom on earth.
And wonders are His efficient tools to impact many, even simultaneously, in accelerated times.
In short, wonders are God’s powerful causes and effects of miracles only He can perform.
They are life-changing for those who witness them and are experiential for the soul, affecting the body as well, with lasting impact.
Wonders are undeniable.
And awe opens the door to wonders, which produces even more awe (Acts 2:43 TPT).
Like for Elijah, the wonders we experience can begin with signs of awesome revelation—the supernatural, insightful understanding of who God is and how He wills to work.
Elijah knew to instruct people on how to set up the altars as a stage for God to reveal Himself in a mighty way to them.
The people were instantly delivered from unbelief into God’s truth as they witnessed His astonishing wonders right before their eyes.
This brings us to an important point: Where we set our eyes is where we are positioned to go.
God uses wonders to propel us forward swiftly, which is why we are to look to Him alone (and not our circumstances) for advancement (Isa 60:22 NIV).
Knowing this, are you positioned to experience God’s wonders?
What signs (revelation) has He given to you?
Those revelations (signs) contain the dunamis power to produce the fruit of astonishing wonders in and through your life (Acts 4:30).
On New Year’s Eve, our Lord reminded me that He has pinnacle moments of accomplishment as markers of destiny right before us and that the way there is through His amazing miracle-working power as we willingly go forth with Him.
As we extend child-like faith, He will bring us into places of achievement we could never do on our own.
Accomplishments where He alone gets the glory.
A few days later, on January third, our Wonderful Counselor revealed to me that He is taking us back to the wonder and awe that we recognized at a young age to fulfill dreams He placed in our hearts.
This time around, He is bringing us into His fulfillment with greater wisdom and a sure foundation, having been made stronger in Him to establish His Kingdom on earth.
These dreams and ambitions of our youth, seen from a learned perspective, will produce even greater joy, wonder, and awe of knowing God and seeing Him move on our behalf.
He will do it and, when He does, it will feel like it happened overnight.
He will transport us there.
During this shift, especially, we are to be careful to make decisions based on His high way of righteousness, not turning back to any counterfeits.
We can know that our best days are before us with Him and that He will take us beyond them into exponential increase.
So, pray with me if you will…
Thank You for Your miracle-working power that produces wonders in my life. I repent of all my sins and relinquish all bitterness to You. Deliver me from every hindrance and fill me with Your Spirit anew. I invite You to make my heart whole and restore me to youthful wonder. I invite Your signs of revelation. Enable me to receive all You have for me. I wait in wonder (Ps 96:9). Thank You, Lord, for helping me win bigger and better as You make me more like You.
In Jesus’ Mighty Name.
Friends, join me next week for Part 2 of Awe & Wonder.
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ.