I read a post from,
What is your spiritual gift?
The question was ” What is in your hand?”
That is a great question for all who are seeking their place in the Kingdom.
As a guy who loves to preach, who also plays piano… I am often given the job of playing while others who cannot play, preach.
They may not preach well, but that is where they desire to be. The question is should they ?
The test for me is:
~ Is there power in our words?
* are souls saved?
* are the sick healed?
* are there signs and wonders following ?
Unfortunately, for most of our Churches, the answer is no.
Now, a Preacher may tell a good story, he might even motivate you to action.
He may entertain, cause you to laugh or cry. The test is this.
Jesus said: “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.”
A lot of Denominations, claim these verses were added, they do not belong. So I guess we throw out this one also. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
They say it doesn’t apply, because they believe but, signs and wonders aren’t following them.
Why not ?
I used to blame the lack of signs and wonders in my life on the sin, that so easily besets me.
As I studied, I began to understand, Pauls sin, didn’t disqualify him from having signs following .
So the problem is in the quality of our belief . What exactly, what do we believe ?
Salvation , certainly.
Miracles, God doesn’t do that anymore . ..
Really, tell me where it states that in the Word?
Oh, you think the Bible is that which is perfect? NO, IT IS NOT.
When Jesus returns is that, which is perfect, will be here.
Until that time, we need to reach up on the shelf , open the box of Gifts of the Spirit and ask the Holy Spirit for the Gift of Faith, the Gift of Working of Miracles , or the Gifts of Healing.
If you are afraid of Tongues and Interpretation, seek the other Gifts. Do not throw them all out because you don’t understand some .
Seek the Holy Spirit , the Helper, Comforter, the Teacher, the Leader to all Truth .
Read the Word, be instant in season and out, have an answer, have faith… believe , pray and receive .
Look behind you… do you see them?
Your Will… Amen