Where Are The Notables?
by Becky DeWitt
The Word of God gives many accounts of the miracles, signs, and wonders that were the evidence of His power through Jesus and even His disciples after the resurrection. Even at the turn of the century, there are recorded miracles, especially during the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Azuza Street. During the healing revivals of the late 50’s, miracles were commonplace.
Miracles occur in the anointed atmosphere when the glory of God is present. It does not matter whether you are a famous man or woman of God holding a meeting, or a small storefront church, God does what He wants, where He wants. Could it be that God wants to do more than we have read or even experienced? Is it possible that He is waiting on a hunger in the Body of Christ to reach beyond that which is known? It is time to take the limits off and step out of the box.
“Is there anything to hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14). Can you imagine that Sarah laughed after hearing the promise of a son? This promise was audible to her ears, directly from the Master. She was looking at the condition of age and not the power of God. Matthew 13:53-38 gives the account of how Jesus was rejected in His hometown, and as a result, “he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” The Word adds more detail to the account in Mark 6:5, “ And he could there do no mighty work save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk and healed them.” Is there no mighty work for the church in this age? Are we limited because of our belief to only certain types of signs, wonders, and miracles? What about those things that “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man?” (I Corinthians 2:9).
Jesus was rejected because they looked outwardly even though they were astonished at His wisdom and the manifestation of the power of God. Their questions opened the door, which led to their unbelief, and hindered the move of God. In some instances in the Body of Christ, there is a tendency to fall into this same trap. We do not question how the sun stays in the sky or what keeps the ocean from coming up over land. Why must we question whom God is using as a vessel? The Holy Spirit will discern and reveal to you the truth from the false. The day of the pedigree of your titles and letters behind your name is coming to and end, it is a day of revelation with power that emanates directly from the throne room.
The response that is provided from the observer of a notable miracle is one of standing in awe. A notable miracle gives voice to the power of God because the manifestation can only be affirmed and cannot be denied. It is notable because it is remarkable beyond words and human comprehension. In Mark chapter 2, and Luke chapter 5, there is the account of the faith of four friends that went through the roof to get into the presence of Jesus for the healing of their friend with palsy. Please not when reading the two accounts, that the friends just heard that Jesus was in town, and their faith was activated to the point that they let nothing hinder them, not even the crowd at the house where Jesus was. They did something that was uncommon, but determined.
Can you even imagine the reaction from everyone, including Jesus, when they tore the roof off? “Who are these people and where did they come from?” Both accounts state that Jesus saw their faith, and spoke to the man with palsy. Although the Word does not give us anything about the faith of the man, but he must have had a spark of something to inspire his friends to such drastic action. Is there any determination or drastic action laying dormant in the Body of Christ today that needs to be stirred up?
Jesus said, “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” (Mark 2:5). This statement was a challenge to the ears of those sitting in the presence of Jesus to the point that they began to reason and accuse Him in their thoughts. Yet they lacked the knowledge and understanding that Jesus was speaking to the root of the problem, not the effect that was visible. Because of their skeptical thoughts, Jesus had to speak the word on their level of understanding even though the manifestation of His power was in the first statement. They were so astonished and amazed when the man took up his bed and walked, that they gave voice to the miracle stating, “we never saw it on this fashion.” (Mark 2:12). In addition to being amazed, the fear of God also filled them to the point of saying, “we have seen strange things today.” (Luke 5:26).
The book of Acts describes the continuation of signs, wonders, and miracles by the Apostles. This book gives the account of the early church being birthed at Pentecost through the wind of the Holy Spirit. Demonstrations of the power of God increased adding to the growth of the church. The lame man who sat at the gate of the temple was healed and the act of the power of God caused an uproar among the religious community. As Peter expounded on the word of Jesus, he and John were imprisoned because their teachings contradicted the old tradition. Although the men were locked up, the word was not because it was in the atmosphere and had become engrafted in the hearts and minds of the people who heard and saw the power of God. “Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.” (Acts 4:4).
The miracle plus the word increased the number of Believers despite the attempt of the enemy to hinder the move of God. The boldness of Peter and John made those in the religious community take not that they had been with Jesus as the only explanation that could be given for such demonstration. “Saying, what shall we do to these men? For the indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem: and we cannot deny it.” (Acts 4:16).
Even though the notable miracle could not be denied, the council still sought to restrict the Apostles by demanding that they not speak in the name of Jesus. The Apostles were only doing what they saw and heard Jesus do. He already said that they would do greater works. The days of notable miracles did not cease.
Let us pray that we as Believers move with fearless faith and holy boldness speaking the Word that the greater works of notable miracles manifest now. The Body of Christ has gone to sleep and become complacent inside the four walls, lack power of demonstration except among ourselves. It is only when we move to the street with signs and wonders that the fields will be white with increase in the harvest. It is that undeniable notable experience with Jesus that will make the difference. Remember He is working with you and you work for Him. (Mark 16:20).
“Verily, Verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also: and greater works than these shall de do because I go unto my Father. (John 14:12).