Mighty signs and wonders
In mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. Romans 15:19
Here is the gospel according to the apostle Paul: Mighty signs and wonders by the power of the Sprit of God. This is what the New Testament church did to lead people to Jesus. They did mighty acts and wonders by the power of the Holy Spirit! This is how they were able to spread the message throughout the entire world. They were not preaching a gospel about how Jesus came to give a better life or receive Jesus to fulfill your purpose in this world. They were preaching an eternal gospel, by laying their hands on the sick and seeing them recovered, by casting out demons and by healing the lame and broken around them. When these signs and wonders were done, people ran to follow Jesus because they knew where their help had come from.
This was the reason Paul could say back in chapter 2 of Romans that the goodness of God leads people to repentance. They were tasting the goodness of God firsthand and turning their lives completely over to the Lord. The whole point was that Jesus didn’t come to make life here in this world better for people. The reason Jesus came was to give people that were dead in their sin eternal life everlasting in His salvation.
This is where we need to be today. The Holy Spirit hasn’t changed, Jesus hasn’t changed and God the Father hasn’t changed. It is just people/Christians that have changed. Because we have not been a generation that has seen a lot of supernatural healings and deliverance, we have somewhere gotten the idea that these things have passed away. But it simply isn’t true. We know that God’s Word says that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever so it is up to us to walk in the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit by faith in Jesus name.
So, where do we start? We can start by praying the same prayer, in agreement with other believers, that the disciples prayed in Acts 4:29-31 – Now, Lord, grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
Today I want to encourage you to ask your Heavenly Father for a revelation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and how to submit to the Spirit’s leading to operate in those gifts. Then pray for the boldness that the disciples prayed for even after they had been punished for preaching the name of Jesus. Stop fear from holding you back and step out in faith to pray for the goodness of God to come on those who are broken and lost so they will be lead to repentance.
Today’s scripture reading: Romans 15:14-21