The Year of Signs, Wonders and Miracles
GWEA Monthly Message, January 2014
REVEREND GORDON WILLIAMS
Welcome to 2014! A new year for "Signs, Wonders and Miracles!" We are told... "this great salvation.....it was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested (guaranteed) to us by those who heard him while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles...and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his own will”. (Heb. 2:3-4).
In other words, it doesn't matter how great a preacher or speaker is, there must be "signs and wonders and miracles” to prove that they are preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Now what are we talking about?
Simply if there are no "signs" in a worship service, then there is no Gospel being preached! The "signs” prove that the Gospel is being preached. Scripture says (Mk.16:17-18), demons are cast out, those who speak in a new (tongues) language have the evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and those who eat or drink anything poisonous thing are protected.
Those who will lay hands on the sick will recover!" (Mk.16:17-18): 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
All our needs can be met when the 15 gifts of the Holy Spirit are used. If the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Rom.12:6-8;1; 1 Cor. 12:4-11) are not being distributed and used in church services/meetings, then the Holy Spirit is not evident and needs cannot be met. As a result, Jesus is not Lord, and Christmas and Easter have no meaning! These types of worship services become a form of religious entertainment and lack the power of the Holy Spirit.
By the time that John received the Book of Revelation, serious deterioration in the churches had already taken its toll and Jesus gave His evaluation (Rev.2-3). Look at them and how they compare with the churches around you today! Jesus warns us about the "desolating sacrilege” or "desolation of abomination” (Dan.9:27; 11:30; 12:11) which refers to the days when the temple was destroyed in 70 AD and the daily sacrifices were stopped. There was no way to find forgiveness, "signs, wonders or miracles". (Matt.24:15; Mk.13:14) With no "signs, wonders and miracles” (Dan.6:26-27) there is no proof of people receiving forgiveness and having their needs met. Many churches today are suffering from the "desolation of abomination”.
Let this year be the year where "signs, wonders, miracles" and of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Mk.16:17-20) are distributed and confirmation of the preached word. A few years ago when I was doing ministry in Ecuador, I prayed with a young man who was studying in the United States.
He explained to me on Skype that he had been lied to for seven years because his Pastor had told him that he had received the Holy Spirit when he received Salvation. According to Acts 8:16, he did not. I suggested that if he wanted to be Baptized with the Holy Spirit with the "signs following” he needed to forgive his former pastor first. He agreed and as we prayed, he received the proof (guarantee) as he began to speak in his new tongues language. He received the other "signs following”. (Mk.16:17-18)
If you, your family and/or friends would like to receive either Salvation, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, a Gift of the Holy Spirit, Healing, Deliverance, etc., I invite you come to one of our house meetings or contact me.
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