SIGNS AND WONDERS
Heb. 2:4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will.
Have you ever thought about what kind of signs and wonders the Bible is talking about?Of course it speaks about healing miracles, but is that all? Were there other “signs” of His presence? Our church has experienced a fair share of what I would call signs and wonders over the years. I think one of these signs is the unmistakeable presence that often fills our services. The various ways He comes seems to inspire various responses or results as it impacts every one who is present. Sometimes the presence seems to erupt into shouts of joy, other times a holy hushed silence seems to fall upon us. Then there are the times of supernatural joy characterized in mass, unrestrained laughter. This laughter is quite powerful and seems to initiate an increase of the awareness of the presence of The Lord. Often, people are touched by His presence and fall under the mighty power of The Lord. Yielding to this sign and wonder can bring refreshing and healing to our soul. These manifestations have happened throughout history and often are the catalyst for criticism and even persecution. Arthur Wallis speaks about the power of signs and wonders in his book “In the Day of His Power”, check it out.
“Perhaps the most common sign in times of revival has been the prostration of convicted souls. It was common in the Wesley-Whitefield revivals. Lady Huntingdon wrote to Whitefield regarding the cases of crying out and falling down at the meetings, and advised him not to remove them, as had been done, for it seemed to put a damper on the meeting. She wrote: “You are making a mistake. Don’t be wiser than God. Let them cry out; it will do a great deal more good than your preaching.” Wesley, in his journals dated July 7, 1739, recorded a conversation with Whitefield on this subject, whose objections were evidently founded on misrepresentations of fact.
But the next day he [Whitefield] had an opportunity of informing himself better. For no sooner had he begun . . . to invite all sinners to believe in Christ, than four persons sunk down close to him, almost in the same moment. One of them lay without either sense or motion. A second trembled exceedingly. The third had strong convulsions all over his body, but made no noise unless by groans. The fourth, equally convulsed, called upon God with strong cries and tears. From this time “I trust, we shall all suffer God, to carry on his own work in the way that pleaseth him.”
Everyone seems to have an opinion about what the church should focus on in order to effect this generation. I am persuaded that we need more than practical sermons expressing ways to improve our lives in order to touch this generation. We need the power of signs and wonders to confirm that what we are preaching is actually true. Maybe the God of Wesley, Whitefield, Brother Seymour, and the Apostle Paul will visit this generation with the power and confirmation of signs and wonders.