God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them. Acts 19:11-12
The extraordinary miracles God did through Paul began when some people in a Jewish synagogue in Ephesus desired more. Paul had completed his ministry in Corinth and sailed to Ephesus with Priscilla and Aquila who planned to stay in Ephesus, but Paul was intent on continuing the journey to Antioch. Before he left Ephesus, he went to the local synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.
The congregation was interested in his message and asked him to “spend more time with them” (Acts 18:20). Paul declined their invitation but promised to return “if it is God’s will” (Acts 18:21).
“…Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Luke 11:9-10
While this scripture has been used as evidence you can get whatever you want from God, Jesus was talking about finding something specific – the Holy Spirit. If you want more of God, you will find what you are looking for. Jesus compared God with the fathers of this world. An evil father will give his child a fish or an egg if he or she is hungry. If an evil father cares enough to feed his child’s physical body, how much more a good father. God who is spirit will quench our thirst for more of him by giving us his Holy Spirit and all of the gifts that come with him. The problem is not on God’s end but on our inability to swallow the bittersweet waters of a gospel shorn of all human reasoning. God will not confirm what is being taught with signs, wonders and miracles unless it is his gospel.
If you seek more of God, you will find him, but you might not like what you find. The Jews thought they wanted more of God. Until God sent Paul back to Ephesus to quench their thirst.
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