Lately, it has become apparent that there is a growing number of Christian believers who tend to seek the blessings of the Lord. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is not erroneous to be in search for His blessings; however, follow me on the endeavor to get at the root of my assertion.
This number of Christians, while in pursuit of sings and wonders, are also starting to question if God has heard their prayers, when often the real question is asked by God “did you take authority over all that is yours?”
Foremost, I would like to cast some light on seeking signs and wonders…
If any man shall say to you, “Lo, here is Christ,” or, “There,” believe it not. For there shall arise false Christ’s, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. (Matt. 24:23-25)
Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, “Master, we would see a sign from thee.” But He answered and said unto them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign. But there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah.” (Matt. 12:38-39)
Please take note: Jesus forewarns us in Matthew 24, that false prophets will show great signs and wonders in order to deceive. therefore, when carefully read, the passage states that signs and wonders are used as tools for deception. In Matthew 12, Jesus warns against seeking after signs and wonders. Indeed, He says that if you do seek after them, you are committing spiritual adultery.
I would propose, that we take these passages genuinely and earnestly. Consequently, how do they apply to us and modern signs and wonders – those which dominate Christianity? What do these verses warn us about them, and tell us that our approach ought to be towards them? As you think on the said matter, and questions- I would like you to go to the root of the fruit if you will…
Jesus asked “When the Son of man comes, shall he find faith on the earth?”
He also stated “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”
“Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 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”
Dear vigilant saints, there is so much already under our authority, that we simply need to collect, and “if you are faithful with little, we will be given more.” (Matt 25:23) You have authority if you are under authority. (Matthew 8:5-13) Since we are under Jesus’s authority, he commands us to carry out his tasks.
Now understand this, authority is the power to act on another’s behalf. In the military, the commander delegates his authority to junior level leaders to act on his behalf, while he coaches and guides the said junior leaders. Likewise, a leader cannot be commissioned, or receive the delegated authority unless he is in submission to senior level leaders. Thus, in the Kingdom, one cannot be commissioned to walk in authority, unless he is submitted to God. Bill Johnson ones said: “You cannot be in commission unless you are in submission.”
Consequently, in order for us to fulfill the great commission, we have to seek God first. Quit seeking blessings, seek God. Let go of your gods; lusts, sexual immorality or desires, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as the bible warns us as well, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Let go of your gods, seek god and be in Faith.
He who is in faith, in Jesus name shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 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.
Maintain the joy of the Lord. BE blessed in the Lord, for he who is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him, is blessed”
Read psalm Psalm 84, and make it a point for your soul to long, even faint for the courts of the Lord: may your heart and your flesh cry out for the living God. Read Psalm 112, and make it your point to fear the lord, and be established in him. Note, how first comes the fear, then delight in the commandments of the lord before the blessings of the lord.
God wants to have a personal relationship with you. But it has to be in Faith. Let God work in you. Let God Be God. Get rid of carnality. Let’s spend time with God. Purposely set aside time. If you have to, make an appointment with God in the mornings, but if that doesn’t work for you, find a time that does, even if it’s not every day. Just start somewhere and you’ll see the positive fruit that this time brings to your life! Make preparation for your time with God, if you have to- do a Bible study. Choose a place that you enjoy being in, a room in your house where you can be alone, or outside in your backyard.
Have all your heart ready, your bible and even a notepad, or a note app available. Prepare your heart. Talk to God about things you may need to confess, worship Him for what He has done already, and enter your study time peacefully and without anything that may block you from receiving revelation during your time with God. Take the time to study the Word because there is power in it to change your life and become the person God wants you to be. Finally, mediate on His word, mediate on what you read; all through the course of the day. And before you retire for the night, spend some time with God again. Watch what happens with your life.