Many have read stories of divine intervention and wished they could experience something similar in their lives, yet Scripture and recent revelation explain that everything happens according to God’s will and often He waits until after death to intervene in wicked affairs.
Why does God permit wicked people to suffer here on Earth? Because He cares for them.
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1. Answering Prayers
Christian tradition holds a near universal acceptance that prayer works. There have been countless accounts of disease being healed, exams passed successfully, repentance and forgiveness being granted, hunger being fed, bills paid off on time and relationships repaired thanks to our Heavenly Father hearing and answering our prayers.
Some Christians, wanting hard evidence that God hears and answers their prayers, become dissatisfied when the stories presented here are mostly anecdotal and subjective in nature. Many therefore search for signs that show Him listening and answering our prayers.
God often answers our prayers by opening and closing doors for us. When His will requires it, doors may open; when not, He may close them again. Your job is to recognize these signs from Him and act accordingly. Doing this requires strengthening your faith muscles and learning how to trust in His goodness.
God often responds to prayers by placing desires or visions or dreams in your heart; or He may speak directly through an audible voice as was done with Saul on his journey to Damascus.
If you find yourself uncertain of God’s will for your life, seek Him and seek godly counsel. When considering new desires or counsel from people outside God, always compare it against His word to make sure it falls in line with his will. God always provides the best answer to prayer – however He won’t always provide everything that you ask for as that would violate free will; He only provides what’s good for you. Furthermore He will only respond if asked for His will to be done in any given situation.
God plays an integral role in our lives by healing. He heals us of the wounds caused by our choices in life as well as physical pain caused by illness or injury, using various means, from sending angels of comforting us all the way through to miraculous surgeries and medicine restoring faith or forgiving sins.
God steps in our lives to protect and direct, such as when Joseph dreamt that He was protecting Mary and their family from Herod’s plans. Furthermore, He guided Joseph when communicating in a dream giving instructions for his next steps of obedience at that particular point in his life.
Scripture contains examples of people being healed through divine intervention. We can access those same miracles today by praying and trusting Jesus Christ.
As the church transitions into its next phase of mission, it may be wise for communities of believers to focus less on theoretical relationships between religion and healing but more on practical interactions between believers and those working to heal. Hauerwas emphasizes this point by noting how those working to heal need religion – not for miraculous interventions when medical treatments fail but as an ongoing source of guidance and practices that support them as they care for sick patients.
He emphasizes the need to teach those professing faith the skills of presence so they don’t use their position as healers to distance themselves from suffering and tragedies that result from human actions in this world. Once healed, Christians can understand that even though God doesn’t cause suffering or death Himself, He grieves when people die through wicked acts, as He understands what the consequences of mortality will mean for individuals themselves.
One of the primary ways God intervenes is through salvation for all humanity – something the Bible refers to as its “plan of redemption”. Salvation involves liberating people from sin and its consequences such as spiritual death, and reconciling them back into relationship with Him; Jesus Christ made this possible when he died for our sins and saved us all from eternal damnation.
Adam and Eve rebelled against God, plunging humanity into spiritual death. To avoid this fate, people need to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and believe His blood can atone for their sins – thus making the Gospel message so crucial.
Not to provide healing, miracles, wealth, breakthrough or success or gain entry to heaven; rather it provides a loving relationship with God that endures forever. Jesus told Nicodemus if he wanted to experience and understand the Kingdom of God fully then he needed to be born again because humans lack the spiritual capacity for self-save themselves.
Christ offers us this divine gift through His love and grace. Through it He shows His holiness; being holy He cannot tolerate sinful behaviors like those committed by humanity. Ultimately it shows His desire for relationship with His creation that only sin stands between. Attempts by humans to reconcile themselves with Him by attending church services, giving money, or performing good deeds can never bring true salvation or joy for that matter – only through Jesus can people find true salvation and experience true joy through him.
4. Keeping Us From Sin
Biblical and Christian doctrine support the belief that God intervenes in our lives to shield us from sin, an idea known as divine intervention and evidenced by many stories of miracles and answered prayers.
But this concept has its drawbacks as well. The primary one being that it portrays God as someone reacting to human actions rather than an active creator who initiates events and circumstances; as a result, His influence becomes limited to special cases such as protecting us from evil and misfortune; which has lead to so many atheists and agnostics becoming atheists or agnostics themselves.
Joseph Smith taught that God, before creating our earthly universe, considered all events that would occur and their respective weaknesses and strengths; both good and evil acts; as well as how best to bring about salvation for each event that unfolded. This suggests that when it comes to humanity, He does not simply react to our choices but actively works toward redeeming this fallen world.
God intervenes in our lives to keep us away from sin by upholding truth and leading those who are faithful in life. He accomplishes this through miracles, answered prayers, revelations, scriptures and miracles – not forgetting revealing His gospel message directly and sending priesthood holders who can administer life-saving ordinances.
When someone is caught in a cycle of sin, lovingly confront them is often the best approach to break free. Help them understand they’re not alone if they find themselves submerged by addiction and abuse – remind them our Heavenly Father loves them too and is patient just as He was with Jesus on the cross!
5. Renewing Our Lives
Christianity holds that God intervenes in our lives through divine intervention, which involves Him making decisions or changing events that otherwise would occur – such as healing miracles, timing being right or even simply protection from harm. Atheists and agnostics might find other explanations for these events; for believers though they serve as clear evidence that He exists and is active in their lives.
One of the key ways we can experience God’s intervention in our lives is by renewing our minds. This can be accomplished by reading Scripture, praying for guidance, and seeking advice from mature Christians or quality resources. When renewing our minds we can replace negative thoughts with biblical truth – changing how we think while also providing tools for responding in godly fashion when confronted by difficult situations or people.
Jonah provides an apt example. When told to preach in Nineveh, he ran away instead – yet upon spending three days inside a fish’s belly he changed his mind and decided to obey God’s orders and go preach there instead.
God can show his intervention in many forms in our lives; all it requires for us to see it is opening ourselves up to receiving its gifts. One simple way of opening ourselves up to His grace and love is praying for wisdom and guidance and then reflecting upon God’s Word. Also important is sharing our testimony so others may witness how powerful He truly is in our lives.