One of the premises of those that promote the Lakeland “outpouring” is that miracles are happening. So I want to take a few minutes to address this premise but let me first say that I believe in miracles. I believe that God heals people today. A big erroneous assumption that is made the “Lakeland crowd” is that because people are being healed it must be good. However, this arises from two false assumptions:
1. That God wants everyone to have a healthy body. This is simply not true. When Peter & John went to the temple to pray they encountered a lame man who had been lame from birth and he was carried every day to the gate of the temple to ask for money. Strange because I recall at least two occasions when Jesus went to the temple. If God wants people to be healed physically why wasn’t this man healed? IN 2 Corinthians Paul pleads with the Lord to take the messenger of Satan from him (probably a physical infirmity of the eyes) and was told “my grace is sufficient”. It is my deduction that God does not desire that everyone live a life free from physical pain.
2. Miracles are a proof of a move of God. However it is my opinion that all miracles suggest is that the origin is not man. A few cases in point: Jannes & Jambres from Exodus were two magicians who copied the miracles done through Moses. They could not create anything new and they could not “undo” the plagues that were sent. All they could to was create more misery. But the fact that they could do them implies that miracles can be done by the power of Satan. Furthermore, Paul wrote in ” Thess 2:9 that The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders. Paul clearly suggests that Satan can do all power, signs and wonders.