Genuine signs and wonders.
We should never forget that our God proves His reality by displaying His wisdom and power through works and wonders that can’t be explained apart from His existence. So why would anyone ever think that things have changed?
We should also never forget that we are not sufficient through our best articulation of His message or our most persuasive arguments of His existence to bring anyone to believe in God or the gospel of Jesus Christ for that matter.
Our only hope is to join the apostle Paul who said:
(1 Corinthians 2:4-5) My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.
It’s beyond doubt; God wants to prove Himself. So let’s imagine…
You often hear it said, “The greatest miracle is a changed life through salvation.” That is undoubtedly true. But that is not the same as saying the most convincing miracle is a changed life. In order for most people to be convinced they must see corroborating evidence of a divine nature. In short, they must see something “super”natural.
Let’s cycle through some of the most common ones in scripture that served as corroborating evidence and imagine those happening in our churches…
•Miraculous healings. Imagine being part of a church where healings were commonplace, rather than sparse; and where the healings happened before people’s very eyes; and where hopeless medical cases were suddenly resolved.
•Words of knowledge and prophecy. Imagine this gift functioning in your church to the degree that your people and even visitors would encounter the Lord in the way the woman at the well did, i.e. through surprising words that fit the person perfectly.
•Deliverance from demonicpowers. Imagine being part of a church that could cancel the enemy’s torment and oppression and free people who have found no relief from addictions, destructive habits, debilitating fears and incessant physical maladies.
•Supernatural provision. Imagine testimonies of people being obedient with their time and possessions reporting miraculous provisions out of the blue.
•Spiritual outpourings. Imagine your church holding special services to wait on the Spirit of God to come and baptize people or anoint them for ministry and people come under the power of God with believable manifestations.
•Power over nature. Imagine people being so convinced of God’s sovereign control of all things that they would, like Elijah, be willing to pray for God’s demonstration of that power.
•Raising the dead. Imagine…well... This is a stretch. But why not go there too? There are verified cases reported in many places around the world.
(Mark 16:15-18) He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation… And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
PRAYER: Dear Lord, You are the wonder-working God Who displays Your glory and inspires faith through signs and wonders in the sky above and earth below. I want You to be able to do just that—miraculous acts of love and grace that have no human explanation. So I will do my part and stay grounded in the Word of God and prayer to keep from error. I’m ready for You to release every possible spiritual gift and manifestation You choose. Amen.