The Eight Appointments of God, Part IV
And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles. I Corinthians 12:28
The word of God is full of miracles, signs and wonders performed by ordinary, every day men, filled with the Holy Spirit that dared to take Him at His word and believe. From Moses to Elijah, Elisha, Peter, Paul and a host of others have performed extraordinary, supernatural and sometimes even unexplained acts and signs that validate the existence of God and the ministry of Jesus.
Today we hear of great miracles of science and medicine that has clouded the true miracles of God and has led many astray from belief in the supernatural works of the Lord Jesus Christ. Many would argue that God has raised up doctors to heal us in these last days, but why would He do that for a few generations of people who refused to believe God and then send them to a bunch who started bleeding people in barber shops? Miracles are for God's people to display His mighty works to a people who are steeped in unbelief and doubt and turn them back to Him.
It is a shame we have fallen so far in this modern, electronic, fast food world where everything is available at the touch of a button and for the most part the only signs we see from the church are the ones out front with the times of service and the temperature. The world is in desperate need of God to deliver them from the darkness that has shrouded them with false signs and wonders, reality TV, the internet and all the hype and subterfuge sent out by the media that has blinded the minds of the unbelieving.
The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. II Thessalonians 2:9-12
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin