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Understanding Signs and Wonders

Scripture Reference: Jer. 33:2-3. Mark 16:15-18. Jer.32:17-22.

God does signs and wonders in us and through us. Signs and wonders are hallmark of the Christian faith; they are not an appendage to it and they should be our constant realities. From birth to death, Jesus’ life was about signs and wonders.

Isaiah 8:18, says, “Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.” (KJV)

Mark 16:17-18, says, “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.” (KJV)

The above scripture tells us what the Lord has for us with regard to signs and wonders. Believers should walk in signs and wonders as a mark of faith – (it is like a birth right.)

What are signs and wonders?

Signs and wonders are supernatural intervention in the lives of people; nations and in creation. They happen when God turns around the situation of things to suit has purpose. For example, God changed the course of time when Joshua asked for it during a battle he fought with the Amalekites.

Joshua 10:12, says, “Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.”

The virgin birth and resurrection of Jesus were signs and wonders.

.Isaiah 7:10-14 says, “Moreover the Lord spoke again to Ahaz, saying, “Ask a sign for yourself from the Lord your God; ask it either in the depth or in the height above.” But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the Lord!” Then he said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also?  Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”

The healing and deliverance done by Jesus were signs and wonders.

Acts 10:34-41, says, “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all— that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead”

Exodus 4:28-31; Exodus Chapter 7 – Chapter 14 shows the Signs and Wonders performed in Egypt during the time of Moses.

The Gospels contain Jesus’ miracles. For example,

John 11:1-40 – Jesus raised Lazarus

Acts 3:1-9, states the healing of Lamed man at the gate called beautiful

Why did Jesus delay going to heal Lazarus?

He wanted to show us something – signs and wonders. God grows his kingdom using signs and wonders.

How to flow in signs and wonders

Some scriptures to read: Mark 16:17; Isaiah 42:10-20; Isaiah 55:8-11; john 11:39-47; Mk. 2:3-12.

All believers can partake in signs and wonders. It is a privilege of the new life. However, it is not everyone that does; that is because many believers don’t understand the place of signs and wonders in the Kingdom. It is the supernatural, the signs and wonders that show forth the glory of God. They sign-post people to God. Christianity is all about signs and wonders.

To flow in signs and wonders the following are important:

You must connect with the Source of all creation; the one that has all the power and dominion. That is God. He is in-charge of everything in heaven and on earth. Psalm 24:1-2.

You need to know God better – Prayerful study of the word and fellowship with God is essential.

You must understand the process: (do your part and let God do his part). Many people are more concerned about themselves that they undermine God. Signs and wonders belong to God and he is never afraid of anything or anyone. Dan.4:34-35.

The right environment: Heb.11:6.You must come believing; you must come with praise and worship; John11:41-42. You must be prayerful and obedient to God. It not our agenda – it is all about God.

You must come with expectations. It will be to you according to your faith.

You must give all the glory to God.

When signs and wonders happen, you must turn the attention to God. Acts 3:11-16. This is very crucial and must never be compromised.

You must use them to witness to people about salvation of their souls.

You must focus on God not on your experience or that of other people. It is all about what God wants to do now.

God bless you.

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All scripture quotes are from http://www.biblegateway.com

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