Friday, June 21, 2013

Signs and Wonders

Sometimes when I sign on to AOL on the Internet, a woman who is not one of our regular friends will send me a message wanting me to tell her the future or some such thing. She was confusing our Bible reading room with the other occult reading rooms in which she frequents.  I read the Bible. I tell her to seek God and to accept Jesus as her Lord. "She responded, Oh I am a Christian." Wait now, a Christian is not to be seeking magic tricks and things of the occult. Unfortunately some think they can delve into the occult and also  be a believer. They do not see a difference. They need to make a decision, we cannot serve two masters. The Holy Spirit is not a magic show but he glorifies God.

Acts 5:12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.

A great anointing of God came when all the Apostles  were in one accord as they gathered in the great Solomon's porch on the east of the temple.

Acts 5:13 And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.

Who were the rest, who did not join with them? Perhaps these were the casual believers, the uncommitted people who were only around for social reasons or perhaps to get a handout. Perhaps they were those wanting to see a magic show. The Holy Spirit is not magic, but He is the presence of almighty God.They were not true believers and they had heard of what God did to false people, such as Ananias and Saphira, who died because they lied to the Holy Spirit. The uncommitted had a fear of God that kept them away lest they be judged. Or perhaps they feared the religious leaders who held power over them? People like to make idols of men. It was not the Apostles, but the Power of God in them that did the miracles of God. No religious person is to be held high nor to receive praise that only belongs  to God. Awards are best delayed until Jesus gives them as crowns. We are to magnify him. We are children and servants of the Most High God. He is to be worshipped and not a ministry. Worship God and give Him the glory!

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