How many times in our lives have we felt tired? Amidst our daily routines, we strive to make time for our families, for everything and for everyone, constantly fighting for the common good. In the most difficult moments, however, when it seems that there’s no way to solve the challenges we’re facing, we have the feeling that only a “miracle” is going to save us. And then it happens. . .
In all situations we need to remember that we’re never alone. Jesus is always with us and does not forsake us. Christ Himself, Who is One with the Heavenly Father (The Gospel according to John 10:30), affirmed that
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (The Gospel according to Matthew 19:26).
Therefore, let us seek the necessary strength and inspiration in the Gospel-Apocalypse of the Divine Master. In His Good News, for example, the Celestial Thaumaturge gave us countless demonstrations of His Divine Power, performing what we call miracles.
His miracles were not limited to healing sickness, but they also came through the pacification of hearts (The Gospel according to John 14:27), the propagation of the Wisdom of God (John 15:1 to 10), and a profound transformation, bringing the Light to each individual (The Gospel according to Matthew 5:16).
Among so many examples of the generosity of the Master of masters, we quote the passage known as “The Healing of a Centurion's Servant,” which was registered by Matthew (8:5-13). In it, the Evangelist tells that when Jesus was in Capernaum, He was approached by a centurion who asked Him on behalf of his servant who was suffering horribly, to which Christ promptly replied, “Shall I come and heal him!” (verse 7).
The centurion however, out of deep respect for Jesus, said, "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed” (verse 8). Then Christ said, “‘Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.’ And his servant was healed at that moment” (verse 13).
Something to be stressed here is that the Christ of God has the Power to save us with His word. Our sincere requests—moved by Love—touch His heart. And as a demonstration of true friendship, Jesus always comforts us through the Holy Spirit (Blessed Souls, Luminous Spirits, Guardian Angels, among other names given to Christ’s workers in the Spiritual World).
Therefore, let us enter into this Blessed harmony, for the phenomenon exists. We may witness extraordinary things in our lives.
“Miracles exist. It is just that, in God’s Law, they are not miracles”
The President-Preacher of the Religion of God, of the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit1, José de Paiva Netto, published the reflection above in his book Sagradas Diretrizes Espirituais da Religião de Deus, do Cristo e do Espírito Santo [Sacred Spiritual Guidelines of the Religion of God, of the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit], volume 1, page 453. In the same work, the author explains:
“Speaking to the Good Will Legionnaire Women during their 9th Congress, which was held in the city of Araçatuba, São Paulo, Brazil, on May 12, 1984, I told them that a reporter once asked me if I believe in miracles. I answered: Yes, I do believe. The phenomenon exists. It is just that, in God’s Law, they are not miracles; in other words, they are not facts that detract from the natural, divine laws. But rather, occurrences that tomorrow will be scientifically explained, without denying the existence of the Divine Power, which hovers above all the sophisms of human envy that stubbornly refuses to admit the existence of a wisdom superior to its own.”
That is why, when He first came to Earth in visible form, the Heavenly Statesman performed so many “miracles,” facts that the science of that time was incapable of explaining, but that today are long known about, such as the treatment and cure of countless illnesses. And, as knowledge evolves, much still remains to be discovered.
In face of that, how do such miracles happen in our lives? That’s the big question, after all.
Miracles happen through the strength of the Accomplishing Faith!
Yes, if you’ve read this far, then you’ve found the answer! This is the knowledge that the Religion of Universal Love offers us. All the Wisdom of Christ, the Only Begotten Son of the Heavenly Father, can be accessed in order to improve our lives and the life of all humanity by the daily exercise of the Accomplishing Faith (a concept taught by Brother Paiva Netto, which is one of the “Progressive and Deifying Stages of Faith”).
This is the stage of Faith in which the feeling that motivates us to believe strongly also encourages us to do what is right, Just, and Good; in other words, it is the combination of Faith with the practice of Good Deeds for the common Good.
What the Religion of the Third Millennium teaches us with this knowledge is that Jesus expects us to have attitude and commitment. If we need a miracle to happen (the solution we’ve been so far unable to come up with), we will lift up our thoughts to the Father in Prayer, but also work and have the right ethical and supportive attitudes for achieving it.
For example, if we’re facing financial problems, we’ll seek God’s protection, but also send out our résumé, see how we can improve our skills, and try to improve our knowledge to get better qualifications to get a good job. This means be better prepared to receive the blessing, the miracle we’re so longing for.
And certainly it will come at the right moment. It may not always happen the way we expect, but it will invariably be the way it needs to happen. Sometimes we need to keep with the challenge, because it will bring us valuable lessons for our lives and for our spirit—lessons we had not otherwise previously learned.
And even in this scenario, the miracle expected may be occurring and we’ve still not realized it.
Let us also consider that many of the difficult situations we’re experiencing are part of our Spiritual Agenda2; in other words, they’re commitments we assumed before reincarnating on Earth (in the Spiritual World), in order to become better human and spiritual beings.
That’s why we shall encounter adversity, but we need to overcome it in this existence. So let’s trust in Jesus. He knows our battles and will give us the answers we need for our individual and collective improvement at the right time and for the right reasons.
When does God answer our requests?
Let us return to the passage of the Gospel of Jesus “The Healing of the Centurion’s Servant” (told by the Evangelist Matthew 8:5 to 13). Also a point to be emphasized here has to do with the quality of the centurion’s request. He was extremely devoted to his worker. At a time when such care was not common with servants, that particular officer did care, moved by Fraternal Love.
So this is an important detail, the feeling we need to have in our Souls as we make our request to the Heavenly Father, whether it is for us or for someone else.
That said, we may ask ourselves: “When does God answer our requests?” In the book Jesus, a Dor e a origem de Sua Autoridade — o Poder do Cristo em nós [Jesus, the Pain and Origin of His Authority — The Power of Christ Within Us], Paiva Netto writes on pages 40 and 41:
“Alziro Zarur (1914-1979)—the decoder of the sublime meaning of the New Commandment of Jesus—in his instructions on the divine acceptance of the Philosopher’s Stone of the ancient alchemists, taught us that ‘when there is Love in the soul of the supplicant, God grants everything. But Love must be combined with Faith and merit. That’s why the New Commandment is raw material to be transmuted by Faith, through Prayer, based on good deeds.’”
If we know how to act with the Love of the New Commandment of the Divine Master, great and profound miracles will also occur in society. To achieve them, let us rely on the intuition that comes from the Spirits of God, Guardian Angels, and Blessed Souls who are part of the Higher Spirituality.
They are scientists, politicians, religious people, philosophers, artists, athletes, from a wide variety of fields of human knowledge who come from the Spiritual World to help us.
With regard to the connection between Heaven and Earth, Paiva Netto explains in the Sacred Spiritual Guidelines of the Religion of God, of the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit, volume 1, on page 454:
“One day, the Laws of God—which govern the mechanism of the so-called “miracles”—will be reached and fully understood by earthly Science.
“God does not want His children to remain in ignorance eternally, but, step by step, to discover the secrets that are only hidden from them while they are not able to unravel them. There is no eternal mystery.
“Combining human knowledge with divine knowledge means the union of the Two Humanities—the material with the Spiritual— bringing, through the power of the Accomplishing Faith, what is found in the Invisible dimension to the visible plane. As the Apostle Paul revealed in his Epistle to the Hebrews 11:1:
“‘Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance in the material plane of things that are in the spiritual plane.’”
This is the key to overcome everything that seems impossible and achieve solutions for the challenging moments. Let us live the Accomplishing Faith, the New Commandment of Love that Christ has left, and become one with the Divine knowledge.
In this way, we shall understand the lessons that come from the problems, be able to find answers to our pain, and see that even what we learn in life can be a miracle.
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1 Religion of God, of the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit — also called the Religion of the Third Millennium, and the Religion of Universal Love. This is the Ecumenical Religion of Brazil and the world.
2 Spiritual agenda — The Religion of Universal Love teaches that no one is born on Earth without a purpose to their existence. The Heavenly Educator Himself, Jesus, gave us His example: “For I have come down from Heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me” (The Gospel according to John 6:38). Therefore, each one of us, before we are reincarnated on Earth, assumes in the spiritual world—our homeland of origin—a set of commitments, situations, and challenges that make up our Spiritual Agenda.