Are there signs and wonders in our day?
The earliest Christian believers prayed in faith, even under persecution (Acts 4:29-30): “… grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
As a senior pastor, I really want to get this right. I have no desire to lead us on a wild goose chase – searching for some spiritual experience at the expense of Biblical truth – but neither do I want us to miss out on anything wonderful that God might desire to do among us here and now (simply because we were too afraid to humble ourselves before His power and majesty). I hope that makes sense.
Trendy and faddish, I’m not interested. Real and revolutionary, count me in. I’ll bet you agree.
If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to start a blog series on signs and wonders. I solicit your input, and your prayers, as we take up this topic before the Lord.
Today I’ll simply focus our attention on a delicate balance that – in my humble opinion – every believer ought to desire to consistently strike. That is the balance between setting proper experiential boundaries (for the preservation of sound doctrine) and passionately seeking God’s unquenchable glory in and through the church today.
Please allow me to say that another way: I always want the Bible to define my behavior (and even my expectations), but I also want to be stretched beyond my comfort zone in those areas of my life where I have been handicapped by tradition (those areas where I have wrongly equated my tradition with God’s truth).
So I invite you to take this journey with me. Even as we round a curve or two along this road – when we’ll try to slow down, and listen to the Spirit – we will trust our great and Sovereign God to do spectacular and exhilarating things.
For the glory of Christ.