“And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.” (Mark 10:46-47)
I am reminded of a dear Pastor that I once knew.
He had already pastored a denominational church for many years before the Spiritual revival of the 1970’s. However, during this time of revival he was baptized with the Holy Ghost and began to preach the Word with power and signs following.
The Church began to experience a drastic change. The members who resisted the move of the Spirit left and new members were added to the Church as they were saved and set free by the power of God.
The Lord raised up new ministries in the Church and they began to go out into the “highways and the hedges” preaching the Gospel. These young ministers, not having been trained in the traditional sense of ministry, went out obeying God’s call upon their lives.
Without garnering traditional means of support, they went forth preaching and praying for the sick, believing that the same Jesus who fed the multitudes with a few loaves and fishes would supply all of their needs according to His riches in Glory.
It wasn’t long before these ministers began to return with great stories of conversions, healings, deliverances, and miraculous means by which financial needs were met through prayer.
They told of driving for days on empty tanks of gas in order to do the work of the Lord. They gave testimony of strangers coming up to them and giving them the exact amount of money needed when only the Lord had been told of the need in secret prayer.
Stories were told of money miraculously appearing and food multiplying.
One Minister even told of not having any money to buy his children the bicycles they wanted for Christmas, so he wrote on a piece of paper the names, color, and models of the bikes and read it before the Lord during private prayer.
A few days before Christmas, a business owner called him and asked if he could drop by his place of business. The Minister went by and there waiting for him were the exact same bicycles that he had described on the piece of paper and had read before the Lord.
The business owner said that the Lord had given him a dream and showed him the bicycles that he was to buy and give to the minister so that he could give them to his children for Christmas.
Over the next few years, the Church really became representative of the early Church read about in the Book of Acts.
On one particular night during the evening service, there were several great testimonials given about God miraculously providing financial deliverances. While driving home after the service, the Pastor prayed and asked God why he had never received a financial miracle.
The next day the Pastor looked down and found $20 lying on the ground.
It was as if this was God’s way of saying, “I know what you have need of before you even pray. I have not forgotten you.”
The fact of the matter was that the Pastor had never really needed a financial miracle.
God had greatly blessed and prospered him over the years, rewarding him for his faithful service. The Church had always provided him with a generous salary which had increased yearly as the Church grew.
The Church had always provided for him to have a nice home and car for his family, plus over the years he had been able to purchase investment property which he rented out for extra income.
Although there had been times that he and his family had needed and received miracles of healing in their lives, they had never needed a financial miracle.
Miracles occur when the opportunity is provided for them because of a seemingly impossible need.
A miracle occurs when a miracle is needed.
If we are to see miracles, then we are going to have to go where the opportunity for miracles exist. We are going to have to go where the impossible needs to be faced.
We are going to have to allow ourselves to be put in a place where a miracle is needed.
“And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” (Mat. 10:7-8)
“Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.” (Mat. 10:9-10)
In the Book of Second Kings chapter six and seven, we read of a time when the King of Syria besieged Samaria until there was a great famine in the city.
The famine had become so great, that even some of the people had resorted to cannibalism.
The King blamed the Lord and His Prophet Elisha for the famine and decreed that Elisha should die. When they came to take Elisha, He prophesied that the very next day the famine would end and there would be an abundance of food in the city.
One of the assistants to the King mocked Elisha saying that even if there were windows in heaven it couldn’t come to pass. Elisha prophesied to the the man who mocked that he would see it with his eyes but wouldn’t taste of it.
The Bible then tells of four leprous men who were sitting outside the gate of the city.
“And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?” (2Ki. 7:3)
“If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.” (2Ki. 7:4)
“And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there.” (2Ki. 7:5)
“For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.” (2Ki. 7:6)
“Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.” (2Ki. 7:7)
“And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it.” (2Ki. 7:8)
“Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king’s household.” (2Ki. 7:9)
These four lepers were cast out of the city because of their disease. Even though they were starving just like everyone else, no one wanted to have anything to do with them. They were put out and denied the protection of the city walls to fend for themselves.
Then they uttered the soul stirring words, “Why sit we here until we die?”
They said if we sit here we will die, if we did manage to get back into the city we would still die of starvation, and if we go into the enemy’s camp they will probably kill us because we’re the enemy and we’re leprous.
Either way we’re still going to die, but if we go to the Syrians they might just take us prisoner and at least feed us before they kill us.
So they decided to take a chance.
Although this group of four leprous men, diseased, cast out, the lowest of the low, despised and rejected by all and were considered “nobodies” by everyone else, were each one recognized as a “somebody” in the eyes of God.
God had His eyes upon them.
The Bible says that at the very same time the four lepers rose up to go into the camp of the Syrians, in the twilight, God caused the Syrians to imagine hearing the sound of horses and chariots coming against them and they fled.
They fled leaving all of their supplies, food, and treasures behind them.
The lepers found the camp deserted and eventually returned to the city and told the King. The people of Samaria came out and spoiled the camp of the Syrians and all of Elisha’s prophecies were fulfilled.
The man who mocked Elisha was appointed keeper of the gate but the people trampled upon him and he died. He saw the abundance of food but he never tasted it.
The Lord had a miracle waiting, but He was looking for someone who was willing to go and do something about their situation. He found what He was looking for in the four leprous men.
He found that they were willing.
The Bible says,
“If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:” (Isa. 1:19)
He found that they were willing to try.
The Bible says,
“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (Psalm 34:8)
In other words, “Try the Lord and you will not be disappointed.”
They were even willing to enter the enemy’s camp to get their deliverance.
The Bible says,
“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Mat. 11:12)
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph. 6:12)
“And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” (Jude 1:23)
Although the Bible tells us nothing about the faith of these four leprous men, whether or not they even had any faith, the Lord used them in the Old Testament to provide us an example of what He is looking to find spiritually in us in the New Testament.
God is looking for those who are willing to take their faith in Him and put it to the test. He is looking for those who are willing to be led by the Spirit into the enemy’s camp of unbelief, poverty, sickness, and disease.
God is looking for those who are willing to speak the Word of God over impossible situations and believe without doubt for the miraculous to happen.
To those who by faith are willing to enter places where great needs exist and provide the opportunities, He has miracles in store waiting to happen.