Miracle Stopping Faith – First Rule Submit To Holy Spirit Authority
Miracle stopping faith defines the modern day church. We keep trying, but we end up faking it. Scripture says that strong signs and wonders should follow those who teach the gospel. But the table of miracles seems slim on the pickings. Even while the greatness of true miracles, signs and wonders remains off the table, the majority of Spiritual Leadership practices a say it, promise it and claim deception. The glory is missing.
Mark Chapter 16 and verse 17 speaks of believers driving out demons, drinking poison without coming to personal harm, and even making sick people well by laying on of hands. But then the truth of what it means to live in a fallen world crashes head-on with the effective ministering of the gospel. Thus too many half-baked spiritual leaders strive to reap miraculous victories without first submitting to Holy Spirit authority. And the church suffers the fallout – in membership, in services to mankind, in the reaping, and in doing something that really honors the name of Jesus.
Second Rule For Signs and Wonders – Know Your Spiritual Office
In the natural world, men expect certain conditions of cause and effect. For example: A man, though he may acquire some of the maternal characteristics of a good mother will never bear children, never achieve that unique child-to-mother bond that only exists between a woman and a child, and never grasp the degree of sacrifice that a mother will give for the sake of her child, her husband, or even other people. Yet with much effort and long invested hours, a man can, perhaps, come a bit nearer to the position of true motherhood.
Men are not women and women are not men. Likewise, helpers are not prophets and governments are not apostles. We are all called into a spiritual priesthood, but not all fit into the same spiritual office. For example: We condemn churches that promote the handling of snakes for miss-interpreting Scripture, miss-application of Scripture, and for just plain foolishly tempting the Lord our God. Yet it may be that those who “play” with snakes spend more time in God’s words than do those who “play” at healing, casting out demons, or any of the other signs that follow mature Christians.
Only one man in Scripture ever shook off the venom of a poisonous snake. That event, my friend, linked directly to a work that God had planned for the specific situation. Furthermore, it was used exclusively as a means to identify the spiritual authority of the messenger. Know also that Paul was merely feeding wood into a fire, not seeking to perform a miracle. Know your spiritual office and you will not find yourself trying to force false miracles into the mind of your local church membership or upon the disbelief of a cursed world.
Third Rule To Prevent Miracle Stopping Faith – Seek Spiritual Growth and Maturity
Under normal circumstances, we expect adult behavior from adult humans. They have families, raise children, work jobs, and even learn to master new skills and new traits. However, no one expects such reflections of maturity within a six-month-old baby. There are too many years of aging yet to come, too many stages of physical, mental and emotional development not yet surpassed. And too many variables not yet filled in.
Why then, do we assume that speaking the gospel automates the presence of signs and wonders? Effective spiritual leadership skills, accumulated spiritual maturity, and a sense of reliable Christian character should always supersede the quest for miracles. Signs and wonders must be evoked by the presence of the Spirit. Anything less is merely miracle stopping faith. True Spiritual power derives from dedication to your Christian walk, the Word of God, and a ceaseless prayer life.
Fourth Rule To Eliminate Miracle Stopping Faith – Reject False Miracles
In this natural world, you know full well that children cannot do everything that adults can do. Furthermore, even if they can do certain things that adults do it is not wise that they should seek to do those things. Likewise, when Christians, acting out of miracle stopping faith, bring to naught the words of Scripture. They strive after the nature of spiritually immature children, seeking to summon authority that is not yet theirs to hold. And then, due to wicked spiritual leadership within the church body, no one admits that an error is afoot.
Throughout the Scriptures, miracles, signs, and wonders reveal the presence of God. But when, my friend, did you last see:
- A blind man’s eyes restored to full vision on the spot
- Deaf ears restored to full hearing
- Missing limbs re-grown
- The lame to walk
- Or any other clear and undisputable sign of Holy Spirit power?
Now I am not asking about people getting healed of invisible diseases such as cancer that was here in yesterday’s x-ray but vanished from today’s x-ray. These are not the miracles such as were performed in Scripture. More often than not, they are merely medical errors and false reports that occur just as often among the unsaved as they do among the redeemed.
Being born again does not automatically evolve you into a miracle magnet. Jesus has said that we shall do greater things even than did he (John 14:12), but these words do not include that we should practice false healings just to say that we succeeded. When churches boast of non-miracles, they deceive themselves, and they discredit God before the watching world. You go though your Christian walk without:
- Daily study your bible
- Teaching or learning mature doctrine
- Praying without ceasing
- Practicing sound Christian character
- Demand accurate spiritual leadership
- Or even applying discipline your own body,
Yet you expect to walk forth out of the blue, cloaked in miracle stopping faith, and then laying hands on the sick as though they should be healed by your touch. And the same applies to casting out demons. You cannot even rightly speak and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ, yet you seek power as did Simon the Sorcerer. And when nothing happens you do not admit that you have no place in these actions. Rather you make up a lie so as to continue in the same pattern of the blind leading the blind.
Fifth Rule To Eliminate Miracle Stopping Faith – Listen To The Prophets
My friend. You have believed a lie. The role of prophets is not dead. There are many whom God has reserved for the sake of bring His people into right understanding of the Scriptures. Yet because they speak contrary to the deception that has taken the church by storm, they are rejected, ignored or cast from the assemblies – even as it has been throughout the ages. Spiritual leadership, so-called, do not want you to hear what say the prophets, so they slay them by a word of unbelief, and from behind closed doors.
Now I speak not of men and women who call themselves prophets but who talk with a false tongue of things to come but that do not ever arrive. Neither do I speak of those who cast vague words that can easily be read in a manner similar to the manner of astrology, numbers and tarot cards. Rather I speak of prophets who are precise in any predictions concerning individuals or groups, prophets who give precise details that can only be fitted to an exact happening. But more-so, I speak of prophets who rightly divides the Scripture, bring full illumination into areas that have been interpreted darkly, and remain bold even against the greatest resistance from organized religion.
And how shall you know a true prophet? Scripture says it in this manner:
“20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. 21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? 22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him,” (Deut. 22:20-22 KJV).
Dear Christian friend, please bring this mockery of miracle stopping faith to an end. Wait for maturity. Work for maturity. Study and understand what you believe and why you believe it. Listen to the voices that point out these errors. God has not sent His modern-day prophets in vain. Rather do as did the Jews in Berea:
“11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true,” (Acts 17:11 NIV)
If I have used harsh language, this is as God intended. He is coming soon, and He is not pleased with all this religious nonsense. Stop playing “snake handler.” Rather get about with the reaping, for the “fields are ripe and the labors are few.”
Our God is a God of order.