“15 And He said unto them, Go you into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.
16 He that believes and is baptized (Baptism into Jesus’ Death, not water as some claim, Romans 6:3-4) shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into Heaven, and sat on the Right Hand of God.
20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and CONFIRMING THE WORD with signs following. Amen.” Mark 16:15-20 (emphasis added).
Sadly, many will travel hundreds of miles to see signs and lying wonders because they have pleasure in such unrighteousness. The Pharisees and Sadducees required a sign and Jesus called them a wicked generation (Matthew 16:4).
“9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the Truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the Truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
Modern day pharisees and sadducees come cloaked as “ministers of righteousness” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15) to the unlearned and seduce those who give heed to signs and lying wonders. Because they do not love nor seek the Truth, God has sent them a strong delusion and they have indeed believed a lie.
“31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If you continue in My Word, then are you My Disciples indeed; 32 And you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32
Miracles, signs and wonders which are of God will FOLLOW those who go out to all the world and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified and continue in His Word. They will CONFIRM God’s Word, not distract from His Word. Those who preach the Cross of Christ to a lost and dying world will see broken hearts healed and satan’s captives set at liberty because those who actually love the Truth, the Truth will set them free…but those who do not will believe a lie.
By lifting JESUS up to the people as the Source and His Cross the means by which whosoever will believe shall be healed, people shall be healed. When Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done, is lifted up to a lost and dying world as the Savior of their soul, the Holy Spirit will draw the hungry heart and bear witness to their spirit.
The convicting power of the Holy Spirit under the anointing of a God called preacher lays utter waste the vanities of man’s manipulation to “draw” the sinner. Too many preachers, called of their mamas, vainly attempt to assume the ministry of the Holy Spirit by seeking to please men and not God. The Holy Spirit is commissioned by God to draw the lost when Jesus is lifted up (John 12:32), not man’s ideas which are nothing more than vain philosophies to increase attendance with no attention given to the eternal souls of men.
“But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His Righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
If it is not HIS Righteousness imputed to us by Grace through faith, it is unrighteousness. Fight the good fight of faith…faith in the power of God unto us who are saved; faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Be determined to know nothing else among you.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1
-Donna Clark Warren