What Are Signs and Wonders?
What is the definition of signs and wonders?
It’s been a phrase used by "Christians" in "churches," books, and conferences to describe a whole myriad of different things. For instance, here a few of the common terms linked to the “signs and wonders” movement:
- Laughing, making animal sounds
- Being “slain” in the spirit
- Being “drunk” in the spirit
- Supernatural movement; shaking of the body or head
- Gold dust, oil from heaven, feathers, gems and diamonds
- Angel visitations, portals
If these things are happening in the "church" arena today, what does all this mean?
If you peruse YouTube, check the latest "Christian" conferences in your city, you will see these things are happening right now.
Is this a supernatural movement of the Holy Spirit, or is it a paranormal manifestation of another spirit?
I myself have been exposed to these manifestations listed above and believed in it to some extent at one point, but not anymore. I have come to realize that I became “bedazzled” or “bewitched” by all these “signs and wonders” that my eyes glossed over and I became caught up in the flesh so to speak. It made me feel good; it was what I wanted to hear, but left me confused.
After many years of my own personal investigation, I have come to some important conclusions. Firstly, I believe we need to weigh and test everything on the character of Jesus Christ and who he is by referencing Scripture. He showed his love for the people in the Bible, and when he ascended into heaven, the Holy Spirit was and is available to each and every one, then and now. What I am trying to say is, that if the Holy Spirit is in us, it can therefore manifest through us to reach the hurting and the lost.
Secondly, ask yourself this question, who did Jesus serve, was it God, himself, or the Devil?
Now, do these manifestations or “signs and wonders” in the above list document what Jesus Christ was doing and whom He was serving during his time here on earth?
If the Holy Spirit is in me, is this what it should look like, and is this manifestation documented in the Bible?
If we look at Scripture, there is a different signs and wonders list than the one above. It serves a different purpose.
- Casting out of demons
- Providing food for the hungry
- Repentance and God’s grace
We live in dark times whether you may realize it or not. Millions of babies are aborted, but the “charismatics” are laughing and cackling like chickens in their corporate buildings. Children are starving in Africa, but the “charismatics” are “bedazzled” by gold dust, diamonds and feathers.
Is this what true revival looks like? Does the character of God look like these carnal pleasures and experiences?
True revival, I believe, is repentance and harvesting of lost souls through the power of the Holy Spirit. That is true joy, not being part of a horde of cackling animal sounds in a drunken stupor.
Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on vision she has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind - Colossians 2:18
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. - James 4:8-10
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. - 1 John 4:1
Scripture is saying many false prophets are out there, not a few peppered here and there. Be on guard! Put on the full armor of God!
No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds. - 2 Corinthians 11:14-15
But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons - 1 Timothy 4:1
Do you ever notice that these false prophets rarely touch Scripture, but get you bewitched by their testimonies and stories of glory?
The modern counterfeit "church" today has been infiltrated by spiritual alchemy, mass hypnotism, divination, apparition experiences, mysticism and the psychometric (paranormal).
The sheep are dying. Many need to heed this warning and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to them the craftiness of these false doctrines of demons and the carnal religious men who practice them.
Paul wrote to the Corinth church and emphasized some important issues:
- Another Jesus - the name is the same, but not the Jesus of the Bible.
- Another Spirit - different nature and character than of Jesus Christ.
- Another Gospel – different Gospel that what Paul preached.
Do you truly know what you believe?
We are in a battle for truth. Ask Jesus to reveal any deception that you may have taken on or may have exposed yourself to and ask Him to reveal the truth to you. He will do it. I myself know that I am not perfect, but know I need to fully rely on Jesus Christ, His strength (grace) and His Word to pursue truth in these crazy times we live in.
God bless you in your pursuit for truth.
- "Christianity" Dressed-Up In White Magic
Many things are happening in the Church arena today; what does all this mean? If you peruse YouTube, check the latest Christian conferences in your city, you will see these things are happening right now. Is this a movement of the Holy Spirit?
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