The DECEIVED Chase After Signs and Blunders
I want to read to you the great commission that Jesus spoke in Mark chapter 16:14-18; “Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” These are the things that Jesus spoke, and if you are really with Jesus you WILL SEE His signs and His wonders, they will follow after you, not because power is coming out of us, but because as we follow the Lord Jesus we see HIS work IN OUR LIFE, we see HIM working in the world, and we see Him working in others. Now, a lot of Christians, they chase after “signs and wonders” and they start whole churches around this, calling themselves “The Christians with signs and wonders following…” and instead of the wonders following THEM as they are seeking the LORD, they are chasing after the wonders. And they chase after other people who perform signs and wonders. But a lot of these signs and wonders that Christians are seeking after are FALE signs and wonders and they are deceived. And it is no wonder that people get deceived when they chase after sensationalism, when they chase after feelings, the pleasures of the flesh…. Jesus didn’t call us to chase after these things, but He said that THEY WOULD FOLLOW US. If we really are with the Lord we are going to see the work of the Holy Spirit in our life, there will be demons, spiritual snakes, that we will have to attack in the name of Jesus. We will speak in new tongues, the sick will be healed, people will repent, those things will happen, BUT AS THE LORD JESUS WILLS IT. Some people are under the impression that they can lay hands on anyone, and that because Jesus says this that they WILL recover immediately. BUT Jesus didn’t say EVERY single person would recover. Not every singe person will repent. BUT we do have to pray for people, and we do have to pray for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Now there are some people that, they won’t even allow people to work in their churches (and these churches are false to start with) But they say “You have to speak in tongues, you have to have these signs and wonders…” And they don’t accept anyone as a true prophet or a man of God unless THEY see these sorts of signs and wonders, and they say; “Why would anyone follow this guy if he is not working signs and wonders and miracles….” They are looking for something that THEY perceive to be supernatural. But in regards to this deception, I want to read to you what the people said in regards to JOHN THE BAPTIST, and this is found in…
John 10:40-41; “And He (JESUS) went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was baptizing at first, and there He stayed. Then many came to Him and said, “JOHN PREFORMED NO SIGN, but all the things that John spoke about this Man were true.” And many believed in Him there.” (many believed in Jesus)
People did not recognize anything supernatural about John the Baptist, he preformed no sign, YET, John “was the greatest born of women”, that is what Jesus said, he was a true prophet of GOD, he spoke the truth, he had the POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT in him. But people saw no sign, they saw no power of God, they saw nothing. Yet people are willing to run around today and accuse brothers and sisters who ARE following Jesus saying; “They don’t have signs and wonders following THEM…” But they do accept John the Baptist. Well, Here is a question for those who are chasing after signs and wonders: WHAT SIGN OR WONDER DID JOHN PREFORM. Why did people repent when John the Baptist was baptizing, was it because he parted the Red Sea? Was it because he was parting the Jordan? Or was it because he was preaching, “REPENT for the Kingdom of God is at HAND!”, and people were convicted? Was it because the power of GOD was upon his preaching? And the power of God was working through him even to baptize Jesus Christ!
When Jesus is working through someone’s life those people, the person whom the Holy Spirit is working in their life THEY see the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit is manifesting in them and through them, but the world CAN’T SEE ANYTHING, the world is blind. The world was blind to even what Jesus was doing. The world chose NOT to see His miracles. And Jesus could not work many miracles in His own town because people rejected Him. Likewise people did not see what was supernatural with John the Baptist, they didn’t see what looked like a dove descending out of heaven, they didn’t see anything supernatural about Jesus getting baptized, or those people coming out into the wilderness to be baptized by John. Man can’t see what is happening spiritually in people’s hearts, that is supernatural. But we are NOT of the world, are we? We are of the Kingdom of God, and if you are REALLY of the Kingdom of God you need SPIRITUAL EYES TO SEE AND YOU NEED SPIRITUAL EARS TO HEAR! And when you know that you are REALLY seeking after the Lord in spirit and in truth and part of HIS Kingdom that is found in spirit and in truth, THEN you will see the signs following you, not because we are something great in the world, not because we are magicians, not because we are trying to work signs and wonders like a genie or these church leaders who are deriving power from the DEVIL, but because we have spiritual eyes to see what the Holy Spirit is doing IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD! Are you really seeking after the Lord Jesus and are signs and wonders following YOU as the Lord Jesus is working in your life, by the power of the Holy Spirit? Or are you like the false leaders in the church who are seeking after, and chasing after signs and BLUNDERS, deceiving others with WITCHCRAFT? Make SURE that you are not chasing signs and blunders, but that you are chasing after the gift of the Holy Spirit and that you are chasing after righteousness and holiness. Make sure that you are really producing GOOD FRUIT, that way signs and wonders will follow YOU. May the grace of Jesus be with you.