Spiritual family, have you been impressed by signs and wonders and thought they were from God? Did you know that signs and wonders can be from the kingdom of darkness, too? Did you know satan counterfeits God’s ways?
If you rely on signs and wonders to reveal God and His way, you have a spiritual problem. It can be fixed, but you have to choose to have it fixed. If you are wowed by such things as “holy smoke” and other signs and wonders brethren literally travel hundreds of miles to see, you need to stop and spiritually consider what you are doing. The truth is that you don’t have to travel to experience God and His wonders. Many times, God the Holy Spirit is very present where you worship. May God grant you the spiritual eyes to see and experience the blessing of His presence.
Discernment is a gift from God, and we can receive that gift when we ask for it. We also need to ask God to empower us to use that gift along with the ability to see what is spiritual truth and spiritual error. We need discernment to see who and what is behind those signs and wonders.
Brethren, there is a reason Jesus said that even the very elect can be deceived. We can. The good news is that we can be equipped and informed so that won’t happen. The equipping comes from the gift of discernment, and the informing comes through scripture and following the lead of God the Holy Spirit. Jesus lets us all know what to look for when He returns in power and glory and to ignore anything else. Heed Him.
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.
Matthew 24:23-26 (NKJV)
23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.
26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it.
Pray with me, please. Father God, thanks for equipping and informing us so that we are not deceived by the kingdom of darkness’ counterfeiting Your ways. Thanks for giving us the spiritual eyes to see You and Your works and the spiritual ears to hear Your voice. May we all rely on God the Holy Spirit to guide us into Your truth be it regarding Your healing or Christ’s return in power and glory. In Jesus name, amen.
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