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What Are Signs and Wonders?
What is the definition of signs and wonders?
It’s been a phrase used by many in in the church system to describe a whole myriad of different things. For instance, here a few of the common terms linked to the signs and wonders movement:
- Uncontrolled laughter or making animal sounds
- Being slain in the spirit
- Being drunk in the spirit
- Paranormal movement with the shaking of the head and/or body.
- Claims of seeing gold dust, oil from heaven, feathers, gems and diamonds
- Claims of angel visitations and portals
It should be no surprise that these types of behaviours are happening today, but what does all this mean?
Are these claims a supernatural movement of the Holy Spirit, or is it a paranormal manifestation of another spirit?
I have been exposed to and have been deceived by some of these manifestations listed above. I was bedazzled and bewitched by these apparent signs and wonders. Along with many, my eyes glossed over and I became caught up in the flesh because it made me feel good and it was what I wanted to hear, but in the end left me confused and double-minded.
After many years of personal investigation, I have come to some important conclusions. I believe we need to weigh and test everything on the standard of Scripture with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Who did Christ serve?
Was it himself, God or Satan?
If we were to parallel the supposed signs and wonders with the Testament of Christ and the apostles, does it line up?
If we look at Scripture, there is a different signs and wonders list than the counterfeit one above that obvious 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 religious buildings called 'church.' There are many who are poor and needy, but people are more enamoured with the claims of gold dust, diamonds and angel feathers.
Is the character of God manifested in these carnal pleasures and experiences?
You will not find repentance and kingdom principles in these behaviours, yet many believe that being part of a horde of people making cackling animal sounds in a drunken stupor is the work of the Holy Spirit.
Scripture is saying many false prophets are out there, not a few peppered here and there. Be on guard and put on the full armour of God.
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 armour 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 Christ - the name is the same, but not the Christ of the Bible.
- Another Spirit - different nature and character than of 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.
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