Walking in the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit is not just a “nice idea” but the expectation of all children of God. Linda Markowitz teaches others to take this walk conveying her principles with “a keen and accurate prophetic anointing. “
The listeners soon learn their place in this present world. They are not just passive pew sitters and obligatory tithers. In fact, they are revolutionary miracle workers expected to walk the path that Jesus set before us in his brief and uncompromising ministry on earth.
In one message, she speaks with a confident expectation about healing people by faith and her resolution to resurrect the dead. To the cynic, Markowitz would be deemed insane, at best. However, to God’s most faithful children, this is possible simply because it’s what ordinary people did in the New Testament. All it takes is great faith.
The teacher states in uncompromising terms that (as modeled by the apostle Peter) all believers are capable of delivering people of illness and demonic oppression by merely casting their shadow on them.
According to the Book of Acts,
people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed. (Acts 5:15-16 NIV)
The Apostles walked in signs and wonders but endured much suffering in their unwavering service to their call. To today’s follower, It’s one thing to speak of walking in the path of Christ or the apostle Peter, but it’s another to actually endure their suffering.
Markowitz met her proving ground in this suffering segment of her walk on June of 1995. Her daughter was murdered at the hand of an angry boyfriend.
After fervent prayer for peace and strength, God gave her the answer: Forgive the man who murdered your daughter. A scripture brought to remembrance testified to her Spirit this was right: “If you forgive anyone’s sins, your sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (John 20:23)
This forgiveness was demonstrated through regular written contact and face-to-face meeting with her daughter’s murderer—extending forgiveness to the young man.
Forgiveness took on a greater dimension when the murder went to trial. The defense asked for life and the prosecution, death. Linda was asked by the judge what she thought was worthy punishment. To which she replied, “Neither.” She would accept no less than his eventual freedom.
She became the first under the victim advocate law to grant such mercy. This story alone is a great testimony to a woman of God who not only chose to teach Christ’s commandment to forgive your enemies, but follow the word to-the-letter, no matter how much suffering it exacted.
This is the lot of the true Christian mentioned in the scriptures. In this vein, the apostle Paul states,” In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind.” (2 Cor 6:4)
One will be hard pressed to find a better example of Christ’s teaching than Linda Markowitz. If one is to strengthen their walk with God, they must move from reading the scriptures to acting upon them no matter how agonizing.
This is not just an ideal, but an actual expectation. In light of Markowitz’s great testimony, can we endure the walk we must take as believers? Let’s start with the “building blocks of faith”
Linda Markowitz will be presenting these messages and challenging women to step up into a life that Christ has for all believers that will empower and motivate you to be your best as a Christian. She will be at Calvary Assembly of God’s upcoming Women’s Spring Seminar on March 25th & 26th. Event specifics are available on the Calvary website.