Discernment: Miracles, Signs, Wonders, and the Kingdom of God

MagicQuestion: Are prophecy, casting out demons, and performing miracles enough to ensure us eternal life?

Eternal Sharing in the Kingdom:
These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name (Jesus Christ of Nazareth) they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues, they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will LAY HANDS ON THE SICK and THEY WILL RECOVER.” Mark 16:17-18

Authentic Kingdom – will call on the name of Christ Jesus for those seeking to be healed and have the Fruit or evidence of restored health. Simply put, those who pray with these individuals are healed of their ailments. Because the heart of these men and women are of the Kingdom of God, God answers their prayers and grants restoration of health (see John 15:7).

Eternal Separation from Kingdom:
“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles”. Matthew 7:22

Prophesy alone, Casting out demons alone (see Acts 19), and performing miracles alone are not signs of the Kingdom of God.

God was performing extraordinatry miracles by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick and the disease left them and the evil spirits went out. But also some of the Jewish exorcists, who went from place to place, attempted to name over those who had the evils spirits the name of he Lord Jesus, saying “I adjure you by Jesus who Paul preaches.”…And the evil spirit answered and said to them, “I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” And the man, in whom the evil spirit, leaped on them and subdued all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. Acts 19:11-13, 15

Counterfeit Kingdom – will call on the name of Christ Jesus for those seeking to be healed of various ailments (i.e. freed from demons, illness) but they show the Fruit or evidence of no healings. Simply put, those who pray with these individuals do not get healed. Because the heart of these men and women are not of the Kingdom of God, God does not answer their prayers (see Acts 19;John 15:7).

The PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR (Ephesians 2:2) can also perform miracles, signs, and wonders which is why God does not use this as the primary way of determining those in the Kingdom of God.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF THE FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN WILL ENTER. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ Matthew 7:21-23

The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs, and wonders, and every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. 2 Thessalonians 2:9

If prophesy, casting out demons, miracles, signs, and wonders alone does not ensure eternal life, what does?

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” John 14:15

“I am the True Vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear FRUIT, He takes away; and every branch that bears FRUIT, He prunes it so that it may bear more FRUIT. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear FRUIT of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the the Vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much FRUIT, for apart from Me you can do nothing. IF ANYONE DOES NOT ABIDE IN ME, he is THROWN AWAY as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and CAST THEM INTO THE FIRE and THEY ARE BURNED. IF YOU ABIDE IN ME, AND MY WORDS ABIDE IN YOU, ASK WHATEVER YOU WISH, AND AND IT WILL BE DONE FOR YOU. John 15:1-7

Salvation Prayer:
Dear Father God and Lord Jesus Christ:
This day I call on you (Romans 10:13; Acts 2:21).
I admit that I am a sinner (1 John 1:8-10).
I ask you to forgive me for all my sins (1 John 1:9).
I believe that you, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, died on the cross at Calvary as a sacrifice for all the sins I have ever committed and will ever commit (2 Corinthians 5:21; John 3:15-16).
You died for me, to save me (John 3:17; Romans 5:8).
I say that you, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, are my Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9).
I believe in my heart that God raised you from the dead (Romans 10:9).
I ask you to come into my heart and take control of my life (Galatians 4:6).
I want to start over again. I want a new beginning. I want to be in the family of God (Ephesians 1:5; 1:13-14).
Holy Spirit come and fill me with your presence and attributes (Galatians 5:22-23).
Thank you heavenly Father and all of these things I pray in the name and blood of Christ Jesus. Amen

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Discernment: The New Gospel

DiscernmentAs we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! Galatians 1:9

Just as in the days of the Apostle Paul, there were new “gospel” teachings being advertised. Paul was concerned that these “new teachings” were drawing Believers away from the Kingdom of God.

“I am amazed that you so quickly deserting him who called you by the grace of Christ for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the Gospel of Christ”. Galatians 1:6

Paul understood that these “gospel” teachings were not from the Kingdom of God but clever counterfeits designed to lead Believers away from the Gospel teachings of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Paul warned that these teachings were confusing Believers and distorting the Gospel of Christ.

Abba presents the idea of the clever counterfeits in the book of Deuteronomy. He first warns of the sin of adding to and taking away from His published, ordained Word.

‘You not shall add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.’ Deuteronomy 4:2

He through the Apostle Paul repeats the warning in Galatians 1:6-9. Then goes again to issue a final warning in the Book of Revelations of the eternal price one will pay for the sins of adding to and taking away from the His Word. It is eternal.

‘I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book (Bible): if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.’ Revelations 22:18-21

Abba understands there is so much information out there and it can be hard to know what is truly from Him and what is not. God expressly states that what is in His Word is finished. There is nothing new to be added and there is nothing to be taken out of or omitted from the Word. God’s command for every Believer is to be discerning, as we will one day give an account for our activities or negligence.

But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22.

Okay, what if a “super saint” or hey “angel” came with a new gospel. This angel or super saint tells us that God gave new teachings in addition to the Word. Well…God has an answer for that too?

“But even if we or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!” Galatians 1:8

The prince of the air was an angel as well. He was in fact the most beautiful angels of them all. His character is to counterfeit the works of the true creator. He is very good at creating beautiful things and attractive ideas in teachings that ultimately lead to the eternal pit. This is a call for Believers to clean house. Be discerning of what we are promoting. What we promote or share with others as seen in the Book of Galatians seals our eternity. Be careful.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ Matthew 7:21-23

“I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book (Bible): if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.” Revelations 22:18

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