Friday, 1 March 2013

Signs of a Believer

Saturday March 2

Scripture: Mark 16 v 15-18; 1 Thessalonians 1 v 5; Acts 28 v 3-6.

What makes a disciple, or follower, of Jesus Christ different from a churchgoer? Firstly, they know that they are part of the living church, the body of Jesus. As Jesus said Any two or three gathered in My name, I am in the midst of them. That is church. (Matthew 18 v 20). The signs that follow a believer are that nothing poisonous, deadly, no scorpions, snakes or spider bites will kill you. Should not even cause pain.

An evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, in Zimbabwe who preached fiery sermons against witchcraft, raised the anger of local witchdoctors who hurled live poisonous snakes at him while he was preaching. He never blinked just carried on preaching. The witchdoctors all got saved. Burned their medicine and fetishes in the meeting. They had found a God who was more powerful than their demons. 

Believers speak in new tongues. They get a heavenly language that edifies them daily. It is a great blessing. They lay hands on the sick and they get well. The more you give out the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit, the more abundantly the gifts of healing flow. It is God at work changing, healing, delivering people from sin and demonic oppression.  The deaf hear, the blind see, the lame walk, the dead are raised, troubled minds are made sound again and gay people can be made straight. God never created a people He would condemn so Satan twisted them out of shape. Jesus died to set them free.

Prayer: Heavenly Father let my light so shine with Your grace that Your signs shall follow me as Jesus in me continues His ministry. In Jesus' name. Amen.