Manna doesn't accidentally fall from the sky and water doesn't just rollback to create a highway. Faith can be shock and awe. Hebrews 11 details what has become known as the Hall of Faith. It gives us Old Testament stories of 'real life' people who endured controversy, conflict, casualty, some who championed a cause and lived - others who died in the fight of faith "knowing they would receive a greater resurrection and reward.
It takes faith to experience a supernatural miracle of divine deliverance. And, get this, it takes faith to go through the process even if the supernatural miracle never happens. The latter is definitely the toughest, but it's still faith no matter what. God makes the final call and governs the affairs of all matters pertaining to life and death:
Faith is a gift from God - not a 'skill set'
An individual taking credit for the miracle by amplifying their level of faith empowers the ego, but not the eternal. That makes faith a "skill set" and humanizes the supernatural process. That philosophy projects a false pretense of, "I'm better than someone else because I received a divine miracle and they didn't". That's just not true. Faith is a gift from God, not a skill set.
Honestly, not to be offensive there are some in the faith movement who actually operate from a humanistic belief system (although I don't think it is intentional); however, they make 'the human' the focus of faith instead of the sovereign will of God. It's always biblical to pray "thy will be done". Matthew 6.
Faith is a gift from God, but to be clear I do believe in natural methods or medicines working together with the supernatural. God can use whatever the circumstance calls for.
He can create something out of nothing or take mud and spit and form eyes. That's actually a miracle in the Bible. I have a teaching, "Faith and Figs" which highlights the storyline of Hezekiah. You can read the scenario in 2 Kings 20. Faith is trusting God no matter what. Period.
Faith is supernatural sovereignty
I'm not an 'old timer' by any stretch of the imagination' however, there is a big difference between the abstract (what I think I see) and reality (what really is) and how 'spiritual protocol' defies natural order to produce supernatural results!
Faith is substantial evidence
A miracle is the supernatural invasion of the natural. (Material minus time, minus space). A miracle is the divine working in concert with human obedience to the order of established principles of faith.
Theologically, it is an event or affect contrary to the established constitution of things, or a deviation from the known laws of nature. It's supernatural sovereignty.
Faith is shock and awe
When reading the Bible you'll learn that sometimes faith is shock and awe. It defies nature.
- Manna doesn't accidentally fall from the sky
- Water doesn't just rollback to create a highway
- Mountains don't willingly move
- People don't naturally walk on water
- Giants are never killed from a single stone
- Fig trees don't instantly die
- Donkeys don't casually show up to escort the Messiah
- Lunchables don't exponentially multiple to feed thousands of people
- Dead people don't usually walk
- And I don't habitually believe
It takes faith: "Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen" (Heb.11)