Wonderful as we know by now is a combination of two words, wonder and full. So wonderful actually means full of wonders.
Now when you read Act 2:22 the Bible talks about how God approved Jesus of Nazareth as a result of miracles, wonders and signs that He performed among the people. Now when you read the way it is written, miracle, wonders and signs, they are written in order of superiority, in other words wonders are superior to miracle.
Wonders are a higher category of miracles and when you talk about Jesus Christ you will find that everything about Him is wonderful. His name is wonderful according to Philippians 2: 9-11 God has given Him a name that is above every other names. That at the mention of His name, every knee should bow of things in heaven, of things underneath the earth.
His name is the only one that is recognized in three realms; in heaven, on earth and underneath the earth. Wonderful name! His love is wonderful, John 15:13 He says greater love has no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends. You can’t get a greater love than the love of Jesus.
His peace is wonderful. He said peace I give unto you not as the world gives, give I unto you. The Bible says in Philippians 4:7 He says His peace passes all understanding. His power is wonderful. In Matthew 28:18 He said all power in heaven and on earth has been given unto Me. His power is wonderful. And I can go on and on. I can tell you His grace is wonderful, His joy is wonderful, His strength is wonderful and on and on.
But because I told you that miracles are of a lesser degree than wonders that wonders is a higher level of miracles, we want to take some quick look at some illustrative examples from the scriptures.
Now healing is a great act of God, when God heals, it is something that we thank God for. For example in Matthew 8:14-15 the Bible tells us that Jesus came into the house of Peter and found the mother-in-law sick of fever, He merely touched her head and instantly she was healed. Now that is a miracle that is a beautiful healing but then somebody may say what is in fever, just take two three tablets and off goes the fever.
So while healing is great, curing the incurable is greater. You know there are occasions where the doctors will tell you that “I’m sorry there is nothing more we can do.”
Someone was pointing an article to me in one of the newspapers recently, when a “clever reporter” was making a joke of the miracles God has performed in my life.
He said “Daddy what is your comment?” I said I have no comment. Those who make fun of miracle always end up needing one; one day when the doctors says there is nothing more we can do, suddenly they will remembered there is the God of miracles.
But while we are talking about healing, while healing is great, curing the incurable is greater. When healing involves creative miracle, then we call it wonderful.
There was this young man who came to a crusade and at the crusade, something happened! When he was small, he had only one testicle and the one testicle did not even descend. So the parent took him to an herbalist who in an attempt to cause the one testicle to descend destroyed it.
So the boy ended up without a testicle at all and yet he went ahead and got married. Of course you know the result of such a marriage; nothing! Then he came to the crusade which we held in Row park Yaba in the early 80’s and as the word of God was going on, he noticed that something was happening in his body.
To cut the long story short before the program ended, he already got two testicles. Later on he came into my office, some month later with his wife, by that time his wife is now pregnant and he was sharing the testimony again and in his excitement he said daddy may I show you the testicles? I said there is no need I can see the evidence.
Now when a barren woman gives birth to a child, that is great, that is good news that calls for rejoicing particularly if the fellow is someone that people have written off.
Like in Genesis 21:1–6 Sarah said who would have thought that Sarah will give Abraham a child, who would believe that at my age, I will still give birth to a child, so when she got one she named the child laughter and I can understand.
But it is better to get two instead of one, like in the case of Rachel in Genesis 30:20-24 when she got her first child she said I know God will give me a second one and by the time we get to Genesis 35 v 16- 18 the second one came.
So to have one is good, to have two is much better, but then when you were barren and people have been mocking you and they have been saying what is the use of a tree without fruit?
One of my pastors who has been waiting on God for 26 years phoned us towards the end of last year with excitement; daddy, mummy finally God has answered your prayers and He has given me three children at a go.
So we asked her, what names have you given to them; she said the first one is called Miracles, the second one is called Signs, and the third one is called Wonders.
Now let’s talk about deliverance. Deliverance from an unclean spirit is great. Mark 1:23-26 tells us the story of a man with an unclean spirit. A single demon inhabiting a man can be a terrible situation but thank God that the Almighty God has the power to set the captives free. He came in contact with the Lord Jesus Christ and he was free.
But when someone has seven demons inhabiting him/her alone, that is serious. In Luke 8:10-3 the Bible tells us about Mary Magdalene she had seven demons inhabiting her. A woman with one single demon would be consider a witch, a woman with seven demons will be a chief among witches; when the witches are holding their meeting, they will probably tell her to chair their meeting.
But when a man is delivered from a legion as we read in Mark 5:1-15 when a man had a legion and to Bible scholars, a legion means at least six thousand demons, when a man is delivered from six thousand demons at a go that is wonderful!
I have told you the story before of a man highly educated but for one reason or the other, certain demons decided to take him over. The day they brought him I thought they have brought a mad man, the way he was looking, everything about him was evidence of seriously possessed person.
And then he began to tell his story, if he scratched his head cockroach will come out, if he stretch out his hand into his ear butterfly can come out, and he wasn’t a magician. He said just look at it any part of the body I scratch an insect will come out. I told him that I know somebody who can set a man free from legion it doesn’t matter how many they are.
At the name of Jesus Christ every knee must bow, he left. In those days I used to visit my mother every two weeks in Ilesa. Two weeks later he came back, I couldn’t recognize him; he had been completely transformed.
Which reminds me of the testimony of one our sister, the baby in her womb died and she went to the hospital. The doctor said this child has been dead four days, but the woman went to the hospital when the child stops moving.
So they told the husband, we need to evacuate quickly so that it doesn’t become a problem for this woman but it was some days to the Congress and the woman said to the husband, “let me go to the Congress first, if after the Congress God doesn’t do anything we can come and evacuate.”
The doctor said no! This thing is already rotten inside you; the baby is dead and decaying. Somehow the woman convinced her husband because the doctor said she herself will die if we don’t do something. She said don’t worry let me come.
Monday she came nothing happened, Tuesday nothing happened and then on Wednesday, the power of God came down. The power of God came mightily that I couldn’t stand up. How many of you will remember that night? I asked them to get me a chair… And the word of God came and said:
“There is a woman here the baby inside of you has been dead for days but the baby is coming back to life. And the woman jumped and shouted, immediately the baby jumped back to life.”
Now killing a lion with bare hands takes a miracle and David did that and you know what a lion means. A lion is an animal that wants to jump on you choke you and devour you. Lions represent big bosses who want to crush those who are lower than them. Killing a bear is a greater miracle because a bear represents an enemy who is pretending to be a friend because the bear hugs his victim to death that is where you get bear hug but then killing a goliath takes something called wonderful. 1Samuel 17:4-9 the Bible tells us what Goliath said. He said to the children of Israel why are you gathered together as an army?’
Give me one man let me fight him, if he can defeat me we all become your slaves, if I defeat him you all become our slaves. What is he saying? The devil knew David has been anointed to become king. Goliath is saying I want to take over that kingdom even before this boy can get on the throne. So what does Goliath represents? Goliath represents somebody who wants to stand between you and your destiny.
Now changing your destiny for the better is great. In 1Kings19:19-21 the destiny of Elisha was changed. Restoring your destiny is greater, that happened in Exodus 3:1–15. Moses knew that he was to be a deliverer but something went wrong and he ended up forty years in the backside of the desert until the Almighty God said let’s restore Him.
Occasionally you find someone whose destiny has been totally truncated, destroy beyond repair. When God then looks down from heaven at a man with a truncated destiny and He transformed that destiny we can only call it wonderful.
And I give you an example, just one will do. In Genesis 49:1-7 we have the story of Jacob about to die and he called his children together. When a man is about to die, whatever he says is a decree.
He said my children come I am about to die let me tell you what is going to happen to you and he began to talk to them one by one. He told his first born, he said I know you are the first born but because of the things you did you will never excel and that settles that one. He began to talk and talk then he came to one fellow called Levi, he said Levi, because of your terrible anger he said you are going to be scattered in Israel.
Terrible things coming from a father about to die and he finished saying all these things and died. So there was no room for anybody to beg him and say father change your mind, it was something that was sealed.
And then suddenly God looked down from heaven and looked at Levi; the one that the father said he is going to be scattered and he said Levi draw near.
I will make you My first born. He said of all these people irrespective of what their father had said to them, you Levi you will be My first born.
Now God performing wonders for you is wonderful but turning you to a wonder is more wonderful, like in Act 3:1 -11 the man who was born lame at the beautiful gate who everybody knew he was lame, he was born lame. He has been a beggar for more than forty years, suddenly they saw him walking and leaping and praising God. The Bible says they were all amazed. God turned the man to a wonder.
But something most wonderful is when God decides to perform wonders through you. When He turns you to an instrument or a vessel of honor through whom He can perform wonders. In Acts 5:14-16, the Bible tells us that the Almighty God so empowered Peter that his shadow began to heal the sick.
Who deserves wonders? For whom will God perform wonders? I told you the story of a young man called Levi whose destiny was completely truncated and God completely transformed his destiny and that is wonderful in a high degree.
But what happened? Exodus 32:25-26 because God never does anything without a reason; Moses has gone to the mountain to collect the Ten Commandments.
The people came to Aaron and said we don’t know what happened to these Moses, we need an idol we can worship and they were already worshipping an idol they were naked, they were rejoicing before an idol.
When Moses came and he saw what was happening he was angry but he couldn’t face the nation alone, he wanted to punished them but he was one man, so he stood by the gate and cried out, “who is on the Lord side, let him come unto me and every sons of Levi crossed over to the side of Moses, they told Moses our father has cursed us…. we are not going to amount to anything but we are on the Lord side and God looked down from heaven and said Levi, you said you are on my side, then I am on your side.
Your father says you will be scattered I say you will be my first born. The question then is who is on the Lord side?
That is while if you have not yet given your life to Jesus Christ you better come and do so now. His wonder is for those on his side.