Signs That Follow Those Who Believe

Mark 16:15-18 “And he (Jesus) said unto them, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned. AND ALL 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.”

Those words weren’t just for the apostles. They were for all believers from Pentecost through the end of days. Jesus said it was for them that believe and he didn’t put a time limit on it as some would like to believe.

I was blessed to witness the Holy Spirit in action last weekend at the small church that my parents attend. People were saved, healed, and filled with the Holy Spirit. My own dad was filled with the Holy Ghost; and his left hand, which was riddled with arthritis causing him great pain, was healed.

I have only recently begun to grasp what being filled with the Holy Spirit means and how we are given the power and authority as believers in Jesus Christ to not only be a testimony, a witness to the lost, but to use the signs that follow us as evidence of that power and authority.  We must humble ourselves and be willing to let the Holy Spirit work through us.  That’s the key I’ve discovered.  Like dying to self, we must also humble ourselves, and let God use us as he sees fit.

We NEED the power and authority of the Holy Spirit in these last dark days.  We need it in order to be the light of the world, to defend ourselves against the attacks of the enemy, and to be strong, powerful witnesses of the gospel of Jesus Christ in order to win over the souls of those who are lost and hurting. We need to be like the disciples – those believers – who were  filled with the Holy Ghost in the first minutes of the creation of the church – the body of Christ.  They were bold, fearless, and they believed.  They believed in the power of God and they weren’t afraid to embrace the signs that followed them.  They allowed the Holy Spirit to work in them and through them to be a witness to the world around them.  Yes, the signs that followed them were indeed convicting to a lost world. They didn’t rely on doctrine to reach lost souls, they relied on the Holy Spirit to work through them – both in their words and in action.  We need to be like them.  We need to fully embrace the Holy Spirit believing in his power and authority to convict the hearts of men through our speech and actions.

Another great article written by Belle Ringer of Salvation and Survival addresses this much better than I can.  Click through on the link below.

The Person of Jesus over Doctrine

 

The Link Between Islam and Catholism

I came across this very fascinating video when I was reading an article on another blog.  It appears to be just one of series and I fully intend on watching the others, but I had to share this because it is really eye-opening to just how deceived this world really is.

 

Glue

Thursday last week I was admitted to the hospital for 5 days due to an extreme asthma attack brought on by bronchitis.  A CT scan was done and it was determined that the lower lobe of my left lung had partially collapsed.  I had a bronchoscopy done on Sunday afternoon –  a procedure that normally takes ten minutes ended up taking an hour.  What it entailed was sticking a scope into my lungs and suctioning out mucus from around the aveoli, the grape-like cluster in your lungs that oxygen transfers through into your blood.  The doctor had to go in seven times to clean out my lungs.  Amazing how much easier it was to breathe afterward.

It was a scary few days, but apparently more so for my husband than me.  He was awesome, staying by my side through it all.  He told me that he didn’t want anything to happen to me because I’m the glue that holds the family together.

I got to thinking about what he said and how I consider my own mother to be the glue who keeps all our family together.  I discovered something.  It’s not each of as individuals who are the “glue,” it’s the Holy Spirit in us who is the glue holding us together.  In my mom, and in me.  People seem to depend on us, family members specifically, to keep things running smoothly, to be there for them, to take care of them.  Yes, I could do it on my own, but without the Holy Spirit guiding me it would be much more difficult.  He gives us grace, patience, knowledge and wisdom, as well as love and understanding, to do what needs to be done.  I couldn’t function without his presence in my life, and am so glad that I don’t have to.

I thank God for being with me this past week and a half.  I thought it might be my time to go, but obviously it wasn’t as I am still here.  I have work to do, and am looking forward to what he has in store for me.

Lovers of Self

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.  For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV

It is interesting that the very first thing listed in Paul’s letter to Timothy regarding the times of difficulty in the last days is that “…people will be lovers of self.”

In the garden of Eden when Adam and Eve ate the fruit offered by the serpent, it was “self” that said yes to sin.  Their sin was disobedience, but it was the serpent appealing to their “self” that convinced them that they “surely would not die” if they ate of the fruit, that their “eyes would be opened,” and they “would be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Gen. 3:4-5).  They were more interested in appeasing the “self’s” desire than they were in obeying God.  At that moment, they loved “self” more than they loved God, and ultimately made a decision that brought separation from God and death upon on all mankind.

It’s easy to see that the root of all sin is the love of self.  Self has a loud voice that no one but you can hear.  Self is weak, yet powerful.  Self is selfish.  Self is sinful.  The love of self can, and will, lead to the other sins listed above as well as a myriad of others that are not listed.

Yes, our enemy is satan, but our enemy is also our self.  We cannot defeat our self under our own power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit living within us.

Paul wrote to the Galatians, “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh (self). For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do 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. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” Gal 5:16-25. ESV

Adam and Eve loved “self” more than they loved God, and chose to disobey his command.  The consequences were separation from God and death.  You have that same choice in front of you.  Will you choose to love Jesus and inherit eternal life?  Or will you choose to love “self” and be eternally separated from God?