Miracles. You probably believe in miracles. You may have seen one or two. Miracles are impossible, right?

Pastor Jason Noble wrote this book as a companion to the movie Breakthrough that is airing in theaters April 17. Based on a confirmed miracle, the movie tells the story of John Smith. Smith fell into the icy waters of Lake St. Louis. When the first responders pulled him out of the waters, he had no pulse, and when his mother arrived at the emergency room, he had been dead for over an hour. She prayed loudly that God would heal him, and at that instant, the nurse picked up a pulse. Sixteen days later, he walked out of the hospital.

Pastor Noble has gifted us with a balanced and Scriptural book, Breakthrough to Your Miracle, which documents present-day miracles and discusses them in light of biblical miracles.

Pastor Noble writes that there is a difference between “faith” and “believing.” We have faith that God can and still does work miracles today, for Jesus tells us that with God, all things are possible, Matthew 19:26.

Pastor Noble reminds the reader of the father who brought his son to Jesus and asked Him if He could help his son.

“‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:23-24.

There was a role that the man had to play in the healing of his son. He had to believe that Jesus would heal his son.

Pastor Noble writes, “Jesus turns from the dad’s mixture of faith and doubt and heals his son. This encourages me. I love seeing that when this father is honest with Jesus about his doubts, Jesus has grace on him.”

“Jesus wants to move us to bigger belief. We need to believe big and pray big.”

In his manuscript, Pastor Noble writes, “It turns out that people who receive miracles don’t just receive miracles; they position themselves to receive miracles. … I wrote this book to help you know how to position yourself, so you can break through to your miracle.”

Strategies to position yourself for a miracle abound in the book, and readers are asked about their motives for wanting a miracle.

  • “Why do you want a miracle?”
  • “What if you don’t get one?”

Motive matters. Chapter 11, “Know Jesus and Make Him Known,” reveals important truths.

The positioning described in the book was unfamiliar to me, but as I look back, it is what happened to me when the Lord healed me of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia on November 21, 2010.

I appreciate that Pastor Noble is true to the Bible and acknowledges that sometimes the outcome is not what we hope for. However, I am convinced that especially American Christians have limited the miracles that we could experience because we do not believe – because we do not position ourselves for a miracle.

The book also includes a suggested prayer at the end of each chapter as well as a “Position Yourself” section that asks readers questions and encourages them to take action. There are also group discussion questions for small groups.

This is a much-needed resource that offers hope even when the outcome may not be what we think we want. I will be ordering several copies of the book to give to friends.

Maybe you need a miracle in your body, in your marriage, in your family, in your finances, in your workplace.
Reach out to God and believe.
Position yourself by getting closer to Him. Press into Him.
Wait upon God as you learn of Him. He loves you.

I received the unpublished manuscript and based this review upon the complimentary copy.

My prayer

Our Great Healer, Almighty God, and Gracious Savior, thank You for Your compassion and love for Your people. Thank You for healing John Smith and for his dedicated pastor. Bless them as they tell Your story. May many people come to have faith in You and believe in Your love for them. Thank You for Pastor Noble acting on his faith and belief and for battling for the people You have sent to him to serve. Have Your perfect way in us, Lord. We love You and bow down before You in adoration. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Has God worked a miracle in your life or the life of someone you know? Please share it in the Comment Section below.

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23 thoughts on “Breakthrough to Your Miracle … God Still Performs Miracles!

  1. Karen, this is in reply to your asking what church I attend that doesn’t have a paid pastor:
    You are slow to understand solo scriptura. You keep looking to your experience of “church” instead of God’s word about it and blueprint of it in Acts and the epistles. That’s similar to teaching a child what he should do, and the rebellious child just points to his friends and say “None of them are doing that!”

    1. Deanna, do you assemble with other Christians as the writer of Hebrews in chapter 10:25 exhorts the Hebrews? Yes, indeed, the Scriptures are sufficient and 2 Peter 1:3 says that God has given us everything that pertains to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him. In the Scriptures, we are told not to forsake the assembling together as some do and to exhort each other, and love one another. The early Christians met in homes, like in Lydia’s home, Acts 16:40.

      1. do you assemble with other Christians as the writer of Hebrews in chapter 10:25 exhorts the Hebrews? Yes

  2. AFTER studying it out for yourself in God’s word, these two long works (of men!) – a book and a video – may bless you as well:
    •http://awildernessvoice.com/GEC.html#toc
    •On YouTube, search for “Is It In The Bible? The Pastor Deception” by Servus Christi

    1. Deanna, One concern: I’m called to teach the Bible, and coordinate and teach in our church’s women’s Bible studies. We need teachers of the Bible. The Bible says that these are gifts. The church is one of the venues I use to serve God.

      1. “Deanna, One concern: I’m called to teach the Bible, and coordinate and teach in our church’s women’s Bible studies. We need teachers of the Bible. The Bible says that these are gifts. The church is one of the venues I use to serve God” Response: Indeed, He covers that in His word (e.g. 1 Cor. 12 & 13, Romans 12:4-8, Ephesians 4:7-13). His gifting the members of His body – His ecclesia – is how He has us minister to each other! Note especially 1 Cor. 14:26 is one key verse illustrating how it is to occur as we gather together! (If this doesn’t address your concern, I apologize that I don’t understand what you are asking me.)

        1. So, what I think you are saying is that it should be more of an impromptu teaching more like a discussion group and not a teaching like a sermon and then talking about it.

          1. Yet, interestingly enough, I do not find the word “sermon” in the NT – it is men who have designated sections and added section headings to God’s word, and have named what Jesus preached in Matt. 5-7 “the Sermon on the Mount.” I cannot find any place where our Lord or the Holy Spirit via His disciples instruct us on “preparing sermons”; instead I find multiple reference to being led by and given what to speak via the Holy Spirit…

            I remain grateful for this dialogue, dear Karen!

          2. Deanna, You are correct – the word “sermon” doesn’t appear in the Bible, but the apostles did appoint deacons to serve the people so that they could devote their time to prayer and the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4). The Jews had the oral history and the written word plus their experiences with Jesus, which I am sure that they discussed over and over after they prayed, and the Holy Spirit refreshed their memories. Although it wasn’t called a sermon, and it was totally from the Holy Spirit, Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost was amazing and preachers study it. You might say that the apostles studied for 3 years as they walked and talked with Jesus. Imagine! Yet, we walk and talk with Jesus today if we don’t get distracted by the world. I, too, am grateful for this discussion, sweet Deanna. I’m sorry that there has been a delay. It’s been chaotic here, but all good. We are so blessed. God provides all that we need, and that abundantly. Relish Palm Sunday Karen

          3. Deanna, You will want to read my update on the book. I am so disappointed. Bless you. Karen

          4. Glad you reported that Karen. Praise God! You are starting to see what is there before our eyes in God’s word, but our (ecclesia today) ways have been sooo perverted for so long that very few Christians are willing to have eyes to see and to wake up to the truth.

            You cannot serve both God and money (Luke 16:13; Matt. 6:24). We are NOT to profit from ministering the word (and the apostles did not). Pastors on salary are hirelings (John 10:12-13). The NT never mentions:describes a “pastor” (singular) at all, let alone one receiving a salary – but does say the wages of the elders (per Titus as we’ve covered already) are being honored and obeying the Lord (Luke 17:10), “Pastors “ (plural) is mentioned once, in Eph 4:11 after apostles, prophets, and evangelists, and the Greek actually indicates it’s one function, pastors who teach. Keep studying it out! Bless you!

          5. What church do you attend that doesn’t have a paid pastor? The hireling in John 10 didn’t care about the sheep, but many pastors do care for the sheep and don’t get paid much. If we are to meet in buildings and assemble together, we need overseers. If they are all elders, that’s great when they agree. I guess that’s what the apostles did in the very beginning in Acts, but then, later, they had leaders, and I’ve been under the impression that James was the leader of the church in Jerusalem.

            I’m very disappointed. The “event” was run just like one of those online course introductions. Give a little information and then pitch a course and a limited time discount.

            The Lord bless you and keep you. Karen

    1. Interesting video. I agree with some of it. What I think he is describing is small groups in homes, which very much replicates everyone participating and adding something. However, to organize those small groups, there needs to be a larger organization. I, personally, don’t like mega churches because I also feel that the services are more like performances. But remember, even Paul wrote in 1 Timothy and Titus about church order and the leadership. When you have a group of people assembling together as spoken of in Hebrews 10:25, you need some leaders and organizers. Thank you, Deanna for your commitment to the true Word of God and God’s way of doing things. Grace & peace to you from our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Karen

      1. “However, to organize those small groups, there needs to be a larger organization.” Karen, “solo scriptura” – keep only with God’s word. As you study Acts and Titus you’ll see that elders were appointed for every church, but not “a pastor.” If we seek truth, He reveals it. God bless you, dear sister!

  3. Sister, I thank you for sharing this. I will gladly share a master link to some of my testimonies of miraculous healings the Lord did in members of my family as I, a repentant physician, believed His words on the matter and spoke them forth. https://thelordiswithus.com/testimonies-of-miraculous-healing/

    My concern is that this pastor is selling his testimony (via a film and the book) instead of freely sharing them as you and I do via the internet. The Lord clearly instructed His disciples regarding preaching about the kingdom and healing, “Freely you have received, freely give,” and per His great commission, we ALL are to obey the same commands of Christ (see Matt. 10:8 and 28:19-20). I hereby strongly encourage ALL believers to resist the temptation to charge for such!!

    1. Deanna, I totally understand your concern, and you are correct, you and I are freely giving out what Jesus has done in our lives, and we are reaching people.

      However, if we spent more money to tell our stories in an entertainment venue, would we reach more people? Chances are that we would.

      As you know, it costs a lot of money to create a major motion picture that has the potential to reach far more people than you and I could reach.

      In addition, I’m not aware of where the money is going. The story is really John Smith’s story, so perhaps the money for the movie is going to the family of John Smith and the team who put the movie together. However, Pastor Noble’s book will make money, but think of the tool it will be in the hands of small groups.

      I’m thinking of the Precepts organization, http://www.precept.org, that Kay Arthur created. She charges for the Bible studies she has prepared, but it’s so that the ministry can continue. There are staff members who need to be paid and costs to provide the books and the website and all the resources.

      1 Timothy 5:17-18 tells us “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”

      I do know that God is honoring this effort to let people know that He still works in peoples’ lives today. For that, I rejoice.

      It is up to God to judge the motives of Pastor Noble.

      You have given us all something to think about. As we serve in ministry, we must ask ourselves, “What is my motivation for serving? Am I serving to glorify God? Or am I serving to earn money or recognition?”

      Very valid concern, and I don’t have an answer for you. I can only respond to the direction that God has set before me.

      May the Lord richly bless you and keep you in His grace, love, and peace, Deanna.

      Thank you for your very important ministry.

      Karen

      1. Karen, thank you for your reply, especially for providing First Tim. 5:17-18. That actually supports Jesus’ principle that preaching the kingdom and healing the sick is NOT to be done for profit (“Freely you have received, freely give”).

        Yes, His way is contrary to the worldly “for profit” way most Christians do so today! We are blessed when we truly seek to know and carry out His will, and repent immediately when we realize we have been following traditions of this world instead (see Col. 2:8). Please keep with me…

        When Jesus sent out the twelve (Matt. 10), He expressly instructed them, “Freely you have received, freely give. Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts, take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep.” (vv. 8b-10). That means God will have the recipients provide the preachers’/healers’ needs. The passage you provided in 1 Tim. 5:17-18 expresses the same. Notably, neither passage is saying those who preach should be unlike Jesus or His apostles and receive a salary or profit from ministering the word and healing!

        Luke 8:1-3 explains that God had Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, and many others support Jesus and His disciples out of their own means – Jesus did not receive a salary or profit monetarily! The Acts of the Apostles reveals His apostles didn’t either.

        When we actually study the Acts of the Apostles and some of Paul’s epistles, we are confronted with the fact that God intends for his ecclesias (“called-out one’s”) to meet in homes and have multiple elders – not to spend money building edifices (what we call churches) and maintaining them, and not to have a “pastor” on salary… but that’s another issue!

        Bottom line: No Scripture refutes our Lord’s command that we who preach the kingdom and heal the sick in Jesus’ name are NOT to profit from it. I sincerely doubt any well known preacher or Bible study teacher (including Kay Arthur) doesn’t profit off God’s word.

        1. Deanna, You have some great points. When I first started this blog, I considered affiliate links but quickly dismissed them because of what you have written. However, I was blessed with an income to live.

          You point out that all God’s people were taken care of by other people. So, in effect, they did “profit” in that God provided for their needs. I’m conflicted with this one.

          Francis Chan left his mega-church in San Diego to start home fellowships in the San Francisco area. However, he needs to orchestrate or coordinate them. He needs a livelihood in order to be able to provide for his family and devote full-time to the ministry.

          Are you suggesting that everyone be like Paul and have a vocation and only work part-time in ministry?

          Jesus left his vocation to devote full-time to His ministry in the last three years. He depended on others, as you said, to provide for Him. Isn’t that profiting from others?

          I think the bottom line is that we must follow the Holy Spirit’s leading and examine ourselves and ask for God’s perfect wisdom to fill us with His discernment as we encounter the fruits of other Christians.

          Deanna, Thank you for your commitment to the Lord and His people. I’m blessed by this in-depth discussion. It leaves me with much to think about.

          May the Lord bless you and keep you in His perfect peace.
          Karen

          1. Karen, this conversation pleases the Lord. Again, we are to apply Col. 2:8.

            You ask me what I am suggesting. My answer again is Solo Scriptura! We are to seek out the truth by studying the Scriptures under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit. (A pearl: True in-depth study of the NT inevitably involves going beyond the translations; we come to discover for ourselves that they are inaccurate in multiple areas owing to the misconceptions/traditions of the men who translated it. We must learn from the original Greek source. I recommend http://www.scripture4all.org/OnlineInterlinear/Greek_Index.htm

            Again, when we actually study the Acts of the Apostles and certain Pauline epistles regarding God’s instructions on how His ecclesia is to be set up and function, we learn that God has us appoint elders for each ecclesia, and that they met in houses or in buildings already existing.

            In love, dear sister who also loves truth, I challenge you to provide us Scriptures wherein God instructs us to appoint a single man to lead or “pastor” an ecclesia, or wherein God instructs us to “organize a church” other than appoint elders (plural!). After you fail to find any, ponder why. (And yes, the term “pastoral epistles” is of men, not God.)

            See, just as Jesus prophesied, tares have been planted amongst the wheat – men have perverted His instructions and have set up organizations which elevate one group of men (clergy) over the rest (laity). When you study Rev. 2:6,15 via the interlinear Bible I provided above, you learn that “Nicolaitans” means “conquer-peoples” (“Nico” = conquerors; “laities” = peoples). Ponder that, then reread John 13. 🤔 The Holy Spirit will then reveal what deception has concealed!

            Regarding your question, “Jesus left his vocation to devote full-time to His ministry in the last three years. He depended on others, as you said, to provide for Him. Isn’t that profiting from others?” No, it is not: provision is not profit! Again, go to His word: compare God’s words for how He provided for Jesus and His apostles in Luke 8:1-3 with Jesus’ command for how we are to minister His word/healing in Matt. 10:8 (preferably using the Greek interlinear).

            Once God opens your eyes to such key truths, you’ll be astounded at how perverted our organized church system is – how far it is from His blueprint! Repentance is definitely in order…

          2. Deanna, I’m printing this out and praying about this. Thank you for spending so much time on this. I know that the American church has distorted so much. I came to that realization when I was searching for the Lord’s healing.

            Many blessings,
            Karen

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