He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Each of these scriptures is a part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Each one of these passages was spoke by Jesus, given to the Apostles written for the disciples, and is absolutely relevant to us today. If it was not, there would be no reason for the book. Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.
Today is the day of union, of unifying the word and the Spirit. Today, in the Church, is the day to bring together all things, even under one head, Jesus Christ.
No longer are the days of one part of the body embracing a message of a call to love, yet is powerless in its perfection and demonstration. No longer are we going to live in a day where power at all cost is even remotely attractive.
We have come to the place of transition from the place of putting up with whatever comes in the name of love while throwing out any notion of real holiness, as well as the circus and show mentality of the 40′s and 50′s tent revivals.
Any demonstration of power, no matter how it presents itself, that does not come with a spirit that lays down its life for its friends, demonstrates by its fruit its failure to ascend the hill of the Lord, to stand in His council, and speak what He wants them to speak.
“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’
He will say to them, “I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.” (v23).
Yet, neither will we adopt a stance that is anti-power, anti-word, anti-demonstration, anti-signs and wonders, anti-Christ, Christ, who was filled with the Spirit, went around doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil.
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2 Timothy 3:5
We are in a day where neither ditch on either side of the road seems attractive anymore. When all the while there is a nice, level, flat piece of pavement running down the middle. Why not keep the main things the main things, and walk right down the middle, with a sword of the spirit in one hand, and a shield of faith in the other?
As the pressures mount, and they will, because Jesus said it was so (see Matthew 7:24-27), it is the foundation that matters.
Song of Songs 8:6 says, “Love is as strong as death, and its jealousy is as unyielding as the grave.”
John wrote, in 1 John 4:4 (portion), “[G]reater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
It is the overcoming love of Jesus, defeating fear, and standing in the midst of the opposition of the world and the anti-christ spirits of this age in which we stand, and the only way to do it is to stand in a greater Spirit.
As faith arises, and hearts fall more deeply in love with Jesus, a transformation happens. We love because He first loved us. We have heart souls purified in obeying His truth (1 Peter 1:22), and we learn to love (1 John 4:7-8).
When the heart cry of the signs and wonders movement becomes unified with the desire to be like Jesus, on a mountainside or on a cross, in the storms of sea, or glorified on a mount of transfiguration, when we are truly no longer living for ourselves, the revival will be at full swing.
And, the only thing that can kill it is our attempts at organization, our attempt to contain, quantify, and define it, to suit our own lusts, pride, and egos. The only thing that would stop it would be doing anything other than what started it.
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.
Go ahead, stick your neck out and try it… Just, when you get a taste of success, don’t decide you deserve it, or that you earned it. Just go ahead, and stick it out some more, and win again. One way leads to life, and the other, always, leads to death.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.