No Mourners Allowed

images (10)In Acts chapter 9 verses 39-42, we discover that the Apostle Peter had to clear those that were mourning for Tabitha out of the upper chamber area in order to make room for miracles. Mourners only serve to elevate dead situations. They only exalt the negative by looking back at what ‘use to be’ with hopeless expectation of the future. Once Peter had made it clear that there were no mourners allowed, he was able to promptly raise the dead, bringing Tabitha back to life.

Acts 9: 39-42 (King James Version),

(39)”Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.”

(40)”But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.”

(41)”And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.”

(42)”And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.”

The Apostle Peter was able to present life and hope to those who once mourned. Peter brought the once dead Tabitha, who had helped so many who were poor and needy in that city, back to life again. Now, where there was hopelessness there is hope; also, where there was death there is life; and where there was doom and gloom there is peace and joy!

What Is Required For Miracles?

The atmosphere for miracles requires that there be no mourners allowed only hearts ready to worship, praise, and ready to believe God, hallelujah! This is not to say that there is no place for mourning because there is a time and place where we must grieve the dead. Yet, we should only grieve for so long and then start the rebuilding process. In fact God told Joshua after Moses’ death in Joshua 1:2,

“Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.”

Notice how there is a semicolon located between the words “dead” and “now” in the King James version Bible. It was as if to God death is just a ‘pause’. As the late Dr. E. K. Bailey once said, “To God death is just an eternal Pause.” Then God changed Joshua’s direction with the word, “now,” which proceeds the mandate that God has assigned the children of Israel.

Therefore, we see there is a time for mourning the dead, but when God is about to raise the dead there can be no mourners allowed to effect the atmosphere with grief and loathing. We, also, see this concept with our Lord Jesus in Matthew 9:23-26 when He went in the house to raise a little girl from the dead, He had to put out the mourners and unbelievers as well,

(23)’And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,’

(24)’He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.’

(25)’But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.’

(26)’And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.’

We can plainly see from these verses that after Jesus told the crowd of grievers and professional mourners to stop their sad celebration and look for a miracle, and when they refused, He had them put out of the house. Jesus could not perform a miracle of this sort with unbelief in the room. And that is apart of what mourning is, it is a type of hopeless unbelief. Jesus wanted them to look at death in the same way that God sees death, as a form of temporary sleep.

What Should We Get From This Miracle?

Again, once there was no mourners allowed in the room, Jesus was able to raise the dead girl back to life. This just goes to show us that if there is anything that is dead or dying in our lives we must take the necessary steps to make room for Jesus to perform a miracle. That is to say, if death shows up in the form of depression, in the form of torn relationships, in the form of financial ruin, or even in the form of actual bodily death, we must create an atmosphere of:

  • believing  praise and worship to usher in the presence of the Holy Spirit,
  • removing the “woe is me,” thoughts and attitudes,
  • and only accepting the death as a temporary sleeping situation.

Only then can the dead be raised again to life. As believers in Christ, we must follow His example of raising the dead. In His precious name, we must  believe the impossible to be possible and the improbable to be probable. “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”(Mark 10:27 {KJV})    A-men



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