June 27: Shock and Awe at Lakeland

June 28, 2008

Tonight we saw the most dramatic and undeniable miracles we have yet seen in this remarkable revival.  Todd Bentley’s team is gathering overwhelming documentation of the miraculous.  Lumps were disappearing during the meeting, and other testimonies along with medical verification were presented.

Perhaps most touching was a young boy with spina bifida who received strength in his legs and could walk as he never had before. 

The thrilling and breathtaking story of a boy who had been raised from the dead at the swimming poll at a Howard Johnson’s motel only a day or two before absolutely stunned the crowd and served as a powerful challenge to any lingering doubt and skepticism about this event.

It was also wonderful to watch a man who had just been released from prison receive a healing and accept Christ right up on the platform while talking to Todd.  This is what the gospel is all about. 

Let’s look at what Jesus said:

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. Nevertheless I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day. Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you.”

Obviously, Jesus was saying that miracles will lead people to repent who would not otherwise do it!  And that those who see miracles and do not repent face greater judgment. 

It is also obvious that the people of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum found a way to deny what they saw with their own eyes!!

These truths are both terrifying and encouraging as they apply to the Lakeland revival.

I am wondering how I need to promote and develop these gifts within myself, knowing that the Lord has clearly stated that more people will be inspired to turn to Christ as a result of miracles.  If miracles and healing are not to be my gifts, I need to learn how I can be a effective servant to their emerging expression within others.

May we all be filled with genuine fear and awe and repentance.


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