MIRACLES IN THE SHADOW

Acts 5:14,15 – And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them.

For some people this passage is a little to hard to stomach and could even be called embarrassing. For those who have tasted the power of His anointing it is encouraging and quite believable. When you do a little digging we are talking about more than the ordinary shadow of some unsophisticated fisherman from Galilee here. Actually, the word shadow in this passage is a rarely used word that is describing a manifestation of the glory of God. This is how the Passion Bible notes describes this passage.

“The Greek word translated “overshadow” is episkiazo, which is used exclusively for the power of the Almighty “overshadowing,” such as with Mary, who conceived a child supernaturally by God. It is also used for the cloud that overshadowed Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration.This was not a natural shadow created by the light of the sun, but the supernatural overshadowing of God’s power coming upon the sick to bring healing.”

If you combine this passage with Psalm 91 you can come to an interesting conclusion. Psalm 91 is filled with promises to those who abide under the shadow of the Almighty. To the Old Testament believer this is describing the place of safety underneath the shadow of the wings of the cherubim on the ark of the covenant. For us today, we have boldness to come into God’s presence by faith in the blood of Jesus. Psalm 57 gives us a glimpse of this idea in the Old Testament.

Ps.57:1 – Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,

for in you my soul takes refuge;

in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,

till the storms of destruction pass by.

The sick and suffering recognized the power of God on the apostles in the early days of the church. Today, that power has not abated. We have access to the presence. We can live in that shining glory cloud of God. For those who dwell there, the Lord will keep them from fear, pestilence and plagues, will drive out your enemies, and satisfy and extend your life.

SIGNS, WONDERS, AND MIRACLES

Acts 5:12-16 – The apostles performed many signs, wonders, and miracles among the people. And the believers were wonderfully united as they met regularly in the temple courts in the area known as Solomon’s Porch. No one dared harm them, for everyone held them in high regard.

Continually more and more people believed in the Lord and were added to their number—great crowds of both men and women. In fact, when people knew Peter was going to walk by, they carried the sick out to the streets and laid them down on cots and mats, knowing the incredible power emanating from him would overshadow them and heal them. Great numbers of people swarmed into Jerusalem from the nearby villages. They brought with them the sick and those troubled by demons—and everyone was healed!

Signs, wonders, and miracles were at the very heart of the success the early church had. They were not dependent on creeds and philosophies; their message was supported and confirmed by the power of signs and wonders. From the tongues of fire on the Day of Pentecost to the building trembling under the power of God at the prayer meeting in Acts 4; the fear of God was falling on the entire population. It seems as if there was an ever increasing intensity of power in Jerusalem until the streets were lined with the bodies of the sick and the afflicted in Acts 5. Even Peter’s shadow was carrying the anointing. Here are some thoughts from the Passion Notes from today’s passage.

“The Greek word translated “overshadow” is episkiazo, which is used exclusively for the power of the Almighty “overshadowing,” such as with Mary, who conceived a child supernaturally by God. It is also used for the cloud that overshadowed Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. This was not a natural shadow created by the light of the sun, but the supernatural overshadowing of God’s power coming upon the sick to bring healing.”

Our world today is generally skeptical when it comes to the power of God. Anyone with an anointing is accused of charlatanism, occultism, or just being plain wacky. I think a return to the supernatural church is imperative and possibly imminent. It won’t be for the faint of heart, persecution won’t be far behind. Just make a decision, are you satisfied with a powerless church or are you desperate for the power of God?

ANOTHER HEALING REVIVAL?

Acts 5:15-16 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

I used to love listening to Kathryn Kuhlman when she was alive. There was something about her voice, or should I say, something in her voice. It seemed like anything could happen when Miss Kuhlman began to talk about miracles; and they often did. Her meetings were reminiscent of the scene in Acts 5 in the streets of Jerusalem where faith was in the air and scores of people were being healed. I have always longed to see another wave of healing come across the land. Now I love what God has done and is doing in our midst. We have seen numerous miracles in our church over the years. We have seen heart patients given new hearts and cancer patients healed. We have seen hepatitis leave people’s bodies and deaf people healed; there have been numerous healings in the 35 years but we know there is more, there is way more. Here are some comments from the Fire Bible on today’s scripture.

“The leaders among God’s people were so completely filled and overflowing with God’s presence through the Holy Spirit that God’s miraculous power was with them wherever they went. Even indirect contact with them brought miracles from God. Of course, these material objects had no magical or supernatural qualities in themselves; but even the slightest item or shadow represented a point of contact and, mixed with faith, brought God’s presence in supernatural ways. These actions were evidence that Jesus’ disciples were continuing to do just as their Lord had done: they healed people and freed those tormented with evil spirits. This was a key sign and evidence that God’s kingdom had come and was active among the people with great power. It is always pleasing to God for us to pray that through the Holy Spirit we might do good and heal those troubled and oppressed by sickness and Satan.”

Miss Kuhlman was raised up by God at the end of the great healing revival that began in the 1940’s. She was used to help lead us into the charismatic renewal of the 1960’s and 1970’s. I think it is about to happen again. Our world needs that kind of power and demonstration. I think the greatest off all revivals, characterized by healing signs and wonders, is about to shock our world again.