God Wants You to Use His Toolkit of Signs and Wonders
I want to read from John chapter three about Nicodemus and his interview of Jesus or, shall I say, Jesus’ interview of Nicodemus. Nicodemus was an Old Testament believer who came to Jesus by night. He said to Jesus, “Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest except God be with him.”
The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. John 3:2 KJV
How does God want to use signs and wonders?
In these last days this is going to be what God uses the most to get people’s attention. Signs and wonders are what caught this Old Testament leader’s attention, and it brought him into a dialogue about being born again.
This is a tool that Father God wants you to use as a believer. He wants all believers to be equipped. But if you’re tracking with what I’m teaching here, signs and wonders are just a tool, not something we receive, but something we use to get people into the Kingdom of God.
Signs and wonders proved who Jesus was
Nicodemus had a great question, and he made a point when he noted that Jesus had some reinforcements. He recognized that Jesus was not just a teacher, but he also had miracles. Jesus wasn’t just a good guy saying a lot of good things; He had proof.
I encourage you to think about how you might interact with people now, in this day and age. They may say, “Well, how do I know that I should believe what you teach?” These days, we have to get past all of the confusion, the iniquity, and the debate. We need to ask the Father to bring our hearts to the place of submission to His Holy Spirit so that we can evangelize and give the good news. Through that, He can prove His Word by His signs and wonders.
Signs and wonders weren’t meant to bring glory to Jesus
Back to the story of Nicodemus: He acknowledges that he recognizes the power of God working through Jesus. But Jesus didn’t say, “Yeah, I have all of these miracles, and this is how you do it.” No, He quickly took it back into a relationship and He said, “Verily, verily I say to you, except a man be born again, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3 KJV
Opening the doors to the Kingdom of God
Being born again is taking up your cross daily, knowing that you have a relationship with the Father, and are being used of the Father. I’m not saying that you’re not born again if you’re not working miracles. However, once you are born again, that opens the door to allow you to see the kingdom of God on a whole new scale.
And he said to [them] all, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23 KJV
Nicodemus wasn’t a heathen, he was working out his salvation the best way he knew, but it was on the Old Testament platform. In many ways, the modern church today is in a rut of saying that just getting born again is ‘IT’. God wants to take you into a kingdom that cannot be seen with your eyes or fulfilled with just good works. It’s something that He wants to extend in our lives where only the Father gets the glory. The Father wants to be seen through His sons and daughters.
Jesus used this same model over and over again
Later, Jesus didn’t stop this model of evangelism to the church of His day. You can see in John chapter 5 that He healed another person, and the guy picked up his mat and walked away. But, according to the religious leaders, Jesus healed him on the wrong day, breaking the Sabbath. Then the Pharisees kicked in and they wanted to kill Jesus. They weren’t just angry that He healed the guy on the Sabbath day, but because He said that He had a relationship with His Father in Heaven.
When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that cause, he said unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus said unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the Sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up they bed, and walk. John 5:6-11 KJV
Religion doesn’t like it
This inflamed all kinds of religious spirits because a religious spirit does not have a relationship with the Father. It is never going to be approved of the Father. Even though it can look good, it’s not doing the work that the Father is looking to do.
I encourage you to study John chapters three and chapter five for yourself. I’ll leave you with one more verse. It’s one of my favorites:
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. John 5:39 KJV
Remember, Jesus is talking to the Old Testament believers here. He’s telling them to search the scriptures because they will testify or validate who He is.
You can be activated too
You can be used by the Holy Spirit now too. Look for opportunities to do those signs and wonders, but then, take it to evangelize the world around you.
God bless you. Be activated, be encouraged; the Kingdom of God is looking for something to do. The Holy Spirit wants to use you to do it. Study the scriptures and see that in relationship and submission, the Father will work with you and will do it through you as a work of the Holy Spirit.
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