Never So Seen

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Matthew 9:33 “And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.”

The miracles in Matthew 9 are many. In this chapter, Jesus healed the man sick of the palsy, healed the woman with an issue of blood, raised a little girl back to life, gave sight back to two blind man, and caused the dumb to speak by casting out a devil. When the multitudes saw it they said, “It was never so seen in Israel.” It was because nobody had ever seen such things that helped Jesus to build the great ministry He built in three years. The multitudes would have never followed Jesus had He been like all the other religious leaders who were dead and powerless.

One of the keys to getting multitudes to come is to do something for God that has never been seen in this generation. When I took the pastorate at my church, my church was a struggling church. The congregation mainly consisted of older people, and the services were sparsely attended. My vision for the church was to fill the auditorium. In under four years, God has packed our auditorium out in our services, and He has allowed souls to be saved and baptized weekly for many months.

There is a man in my church who has been a member for nearly sixty years. One Sunday night, this gentleman stopped at the back door and asked to say a word to me. He said, “Pastor Domelle, I have been here for nearly sixty years, and I have never seen the crowds this big on a weekly basis.” I had another gentleman come to me and say, “Bro. Domelle, I have never seen in my lifetime people getting saved and baptized on a weekly basis.” He said, “I have heard about it and read about it but never seen it with my own eyes.” One reason the “Miracle of Maranatha” is happening is because people have never seen it happen in this fashion, so they come to see what is happening.

Every generation needs a place where God does so many mighty works that people come and say, “This has never been so seen.” Every generation needs to have a place where souls are saved in abundance. Every generation needs a place where the saved are brought to church and baptized weekly. Every generation needs to see a church grow miraculously. Every generation needs to see a place with a great vision of faith, and that vision of faith is fulfilled with God’s power. Every generation needs a place where the power of God is evident, lives are being changed, and people are sent out from that place to try to replicate what they have seen.

No generation will ever see these things happen unless someone attempts great works for God. God is not going to work through a lazy individual or church, but He is going to work through that church or individual who gives everything they have to see God do something through them. You can let the naysayers intimidate you into doing nothing, or you can silence the naysayers by working so hard that God does His great works through you.

Let me ask, are you going to let this generation die without seeing the mighty works of God? Jesus said in John 14:12, “…greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” Don’t suffice for mediocrity, but determine you with God’s help will do something that this generation will say, “It has never been so seen in my lifetime.”

Dr. Allen Domelle


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