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 WE NEED SIGNS & WONDERS! - David Wilkerson


The “FULLY PREACHED” GOSPEL
-by David Wilkerson.

The apostle Paul said to his generation: “I have fully preached the
gospel of Christ” (Romans 15:19). And he described the “fully
preached” gospel as one that is much more than words. It is a
gospel of words and deeds! “For I will not dare to speak of any of
those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in
word and deed” (v. 18).

Paul was saying, “The Gentiles turned to Christ not because of my
preaching alone, but because my words were accompanied by
miraculous deeds!”

“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” (v. 19).

If Paul had preached and taught without signs and wonders
following, his message would not have had its full impact. It would
not have been the gospel fully preached! He said to the Corinthians,
“Truly the signs of an apostle were accomplished among you with
all perseverance, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds”
(2 Corinthians 12:12)

Note Paul’s words in this verse: signs, wonders, mighty deeds.
Most Christians today cringe when they hear these words! Why?
Because these words have been made an abomination by
unscrupulous, power-hungry preachers and teachers! The great
tragedy is that such perversions have caused many God-fearing
pastors, evangelists and laypeople to turn away from the truth of a
fully preached gospel.

Beloved, God is still God—and He is mighty in working miracles
and wonders! He is still our healer and He wants to show Himself
strong on behalf of those who trust in Him! Great supernatural
workings took place in the New Testament church without any
perversions—without advertising, showmanship or any person
claiming all the power and authority. The ministry of Paul is an
example:

At Troas, while Paul was preaching a long message, a young man
fell asleep while sitting on a window sill and fell three stories to the
ground. The Bible says the young man was “taken up dead”
(see Acts 20:9-12).

When Paul got to where the boy was, he quieted everyone. Then,
just as Elijah had done, he stretched himself out over the dead boy
and suddenly life came back into the young man. The boy had
been resurrected—raised from the dead! What a mighty miracle!

After this happened, Paul did not send everyone out to spread the
news that a miracle had taken place. No, that was not what
happened at all. Everyone simply went back to the third floor, took
communion, and Paul continued preaching. Scripture does not
even mention the young man again. Why? Because the church
expected supernatural works to happen! They preached a full
gospel—with signs and wonders following!

MORE than PREACHING & TEACHING

I believe the gospel should be accompanied by the power and
demonstration of the Holy Ghost—working mighty wonders, proving
the gospel is true!

Paul boldly stated, “And my speech and my preaching were not
with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of
the Spirit and of power” (1 Corinthians 2:4). The Greek here means
“with proof.” Paul was saying, “I preach the gospel with proof. God
and the Holy Spirit are backing me up with signs and wonders!”
Hebrews 2:4 says that God did confirm Paul’s message with signs
and wonders: “God also bearing witness both with signs and
wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit,
according to His own will.”

The New Testament believers had one prayer: “That signs and
wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant
Jesus” (Acts 4:30). These apostles went everywhere fully
preaching the gospel.

“Many wonders and signs were done through the apostles”
(Acts 2:43). “And through the hands of the apostles many signs
and wonders were done among the people. . . . And believers were
increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women”
(Acts 5: 12, 14).

Here is one of the most conclusive of all verses—proving that a
fully preached gospel must include signs and wonders: “They
stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was
bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and
wonders to be done by their hands” (Acts 14:3). This verse says
that the apostles ministered boldly for a long time, preaching grace
and repentance, and then God granted signs and wonders to be
done by their hands.

God’s last-day church will go “out and [preach] everywhere, the
Lord working with them and confirming the word through the
accompanying signs” (Mark 16:20). That is what God envisions for us.

The miracles of this last-day church will be genuine, indisputable,
undeniable, and yet they will not be well known. Instead, they will
issue forth from the hands of ordinary, holy, separated saints who
know God and are intimate with Jesus.

These believers will emerge from the secret closet of prayer—a
small, prepared army full of faith, with no other desire than to do
the will of God and glorify Him. They will be fearless and powerful
in prayer. They will open entire nations for the gospel and God will
confirm His Word by their mighty deeds!


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 2011/11/21 9:13Profile
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 Re: WE NEED SIGNS & WONDERS! - David Wilkerson

Yes and Amen!

Thank you Greg for having the spiritual ,"guts" if you will, to post this thread. You add to the large respect I already hold your ministry in.

We claim to have this all powerful God of the universe that has come to live inside us. The world laughs at much of the church because it appears powerless. However, a church that has Jesus among them and who consistently sees Him , "confirming His word with SIGNS following" confronts that head on. They show a direct in front of your face revelation of a living and risen Savior that triumphs over death, hell, the grave, sin, sickness. disease, and all the maladies of man.

20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it. Mark 16:20

Thanks again Greg. Much appreciated and very refreshing.

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 Re: WE NEED SIGNS & WONDERS! - David Wilkerson


I must second this article and Solomon’s response too! The verse he brought out says it all, “the Lord worked with them and confirmed HIS word by the signs that accompanied it.” Reading that sentence a couple of times, a logical question came to me ‘if signs are not accompanying it, whose word is being preached?’ God help us to strive to present HIS word.

I think God is waiting and longing for a people (male and female), who will believe HIS word and obey His Spirit, not this denominational dogma being spoon fed to us but the WORD OF THE LIVING GOD and step out in faith to see just what God will do when we dare to believe His word and lay hands on the sick.

Daniel says, “How great are his signs and how mighty are his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.” ~ Daniel 4:3

Thank you Greg for this article and stirring the embers of my soul,
Lisa


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Totally agree Lysa. I have thought about this and researched it Biblically a lot over the last few years.

I agree with your processing of that scripture in Mark 16:20. The inescapable conclusion is that if we do not see confirming signs and wonders then it is apparent that the message we are preaching is not entirely His... and compromised.

It is also important to realize He is often confirming the part of His Word that we are preaching. If you preach a repentance based, faith in the sacrifice and blood of Jesus for salvation message, then you will see salvations. Why? Faith came by hearing.

It is just as true if we preach the uncompromised truths on healing, deliverance, or any other area that the atonement of Christ paid for. It has also been my experience that The Holy Spirit will often send confirming supernatural miracles (healing, deliverance, conviction to entire geographic areas, etc.) to confirm the salvation message if we are open to it. In essence the supernatural is sent by God to validate the message we are sharing.

As an example..when sharing a message on repentance and faith in Christ a word of knowledge is received that the 4 people there in wheelchairs are to NOW be instantly healed. These are folks from the community that are well known and respected in their small town. All have been paralyzed for years. INSTANTLY all 4 are healed by the power of God...NOW the message can also be.."This same Jesus that raised your friends from a wheel chair is the same one that conquered death , hell, and the grave..and offers you eternal life if you will repent of your sin and abandon yourself to His sacrifice on Calvary and His blood as your only means and hope of salvation". Those healings were sent as a way to "confirm" the salvation message with signs following.

In all of scripture there is no indication of any ministry going forward without the supernatural signs and wonders of God being evident.

Today many use really slick advertising campaigns to "reach" people. I guess you can call that advertising. I don't suppose there is anything inherently wrong with advertising... otherwise no one knows what you are doing. As is often the case it would seem the intent in the heart is what really matters.

More to the point..God is NOT against advertising. However, He advertises in a whole different way. How would it affect your community, wherever you live, if next week The Holy Spirit instantly raised 6 people out of their death beds to total health ... ones that were given up to die within days or weeks. THEN what if he raised 3 people from their caskets at their funerals that same week and let them preach their own funerals before taking them back to heaven!

Imagine the altar call to come and follow Jesus at that funeral home!

Do you think you would have the attention of that town! THAT IS HOW GOD ADVERTISES! No one can take His credit for it... oh He advertises...but He does so to confirm His word and so that HE and HE along gets all the glory!

May God give us people hungry for it. May we be a people seeking to share a true message from the heart of God. May is be said of us as it was of the apostles that "He works with us, confirming Hs word with signs following"

Oh God , may we agree in prayer with the apostles-

29. Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
Acts 4:29-31

If ever we needed the supernatural signs, miracles, and wonders of God in manifestation to validate our message and meet the needs of mankind it is surely now.

Blessings.

 2011/11/21 15:59Profile
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 Re: WE NEED SIGNS & WONDERS! - David Wilkerson


Brother Solomon!!

I got excited in Christ just reading your post about what God had done and what He could do!!

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Solomon101 wrote:
NOW the message can also be.."This same Jesus that raised your friends from a wheel chair is the same one that conquered death , hell, and the grave..and offers you eternal life if you will repent of your sin and abandon yourself to His sacrifice on Calvary and His blood as your only means and hope of salvation". Those healings were sent as a way to "confirm" the salvation message with signs following.


Exactly, brother! When we read Acts 28 where Paul shook the viper off into the fire that was the same thing... it took the supernatural to open the door for them to hear the gospel and for the healing of the chieftain’s father! Jesus himself did that many times, healed the sick then preached the gospel.

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Solomon101 wrote:
Today many use really slick advertising campaigns to "reach" people....

THAT IS HOW GOD ADVERTISES! No one can take His credit for it... oh He advertises...but He does so to confirm His word and so that HE and HE along gets all the glory!


Amen!! My pastor from years ago used to say, “We don’t have to advertise a barn burning, people come out in pajamas from miles around to watch a barn burn, and they just see a red sky at night and will get in their car to go watch it.” And that is the truth, Jesus needs no advertising, word of mouth spreads like wildfire! One woman brought the whole town out to meet Jesus at the well! (edit: but I'm sure there were those who wouldn't listen to a woman and probably missed Jesus)

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May God give us people hungry for it. May we be a people seeking to share a true message from the heart of God. May is be said of us as it was of the apostles that "He works with us, confirming Hs word with signs following"


Amen and amen that God may be glorified! (edit: The supernatural is PART of God's plan, I didn't make it up, I read it from the Word of my God and I've seen it in action... it's all part of His WHOLE plan!)

God bless you,
Lisa


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Thanks Lysa.

You always seem to post great insights derived from a heart close to the Father's.

There is another thread about "Where are the Godly Threads". I fully understand the point of that one. However, I must say this one has been a blessing to me. Greg's original post , your thoughts, and stuff that just comes bubbling out of my heart...I find it all refreshing.

Interesting there is so little feedback on one like this... and so few total reads as well. I guess if it was "controversy" over whether to keep a Sabbath on Saturday or Sunday it would engage a great many more people.

However, it is those seeking for the supernatural experience of living daily with the risen Savior that will get to encounter Him on a consistent basis. I much prefer that over arguing over what day a person has to count as the Sabbath. ;-)

Lysa, thanks for the great heart and perspective you bring. Greg, thanks again for having a heart to see true revival in our generation. You both have been used at times to bless my heart.

In the words of my kids, "You guys rock!" (That's a compliment by the way) :-)

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