Sharing the Journey
This is a personal story. Or a series of stories.
God wants a relationship with each of us; He wants to know us, and He wants us to know Him! Jesus came as God in the flesh–God became man–to redeem us to Him.
These stories, ramblings and jottings are my way of sharing what the Lord has put in my heart to share; the good things He has done for me. This is my ongoing testimony of what the Lord has done and what He is doing. The things I’ve experienced have confirmed the reality of God for me, and of the spirit world.
Not everything in the spirit world is good. There are also dark forces who want to draw us away from God, who have an agenda to “kill, steal and destroy.” (John 10:10) I know that is not popular today. There are clerics who don’t believe in God, let alone a devil! So it’s only natural that many who even believe in some kind of God still reject the idea of a devil. Well, what better camouflage than to convince everyone you don’t exist?
I didn’t grow up knowing that God could be so real, so very near. Looking back, it’s clear now that the Lord was talking to me all along, and sometimes in very specific ways. I just didn’t know how to recognise his voice all the time. This website is about hearing the voice of God, and some of the things that start to happen when we do hear it, and actually start listening and having the conversation. Yes, folks, God does speak to us through the Bible.
But there is also that other kingdom, the kingdom of Satan, who opposes what God wants to see happen here on earth. So it makes sense that everything a person might think is God talking to them is not. This requires discernment, which is a spiritual gift. You can ask the Lord to give you discernment, and there are also ways to “test the spirits” to see if they are of God or of the kingdom of darkness.
Jesus gave the instruction to his followers to go everywhere and teach people in all parts of the world, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all the things that Jesus taught. (Matthew 28:18-20). We are told to spread the good news, the gospel of what Jesus came and did, and to make disciples.
Part of the obedience to what Jesus taught was to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons. I know this is not popular in our modern age. Even for believers. Many have come to the conclusion this is simply not a teaching for the modern Christian, and use as reasoning the “fact” that we don’t see these things happening. They reason it was only for that specific time and place.
I didn’t grow up seeing real evidence either. I can’t say I moved in the circles where spiritual phenomena were in strong evidence, though I did witness some things which I would call amazing and probably miraculous
(Matthew 10:8) Jesus instructed followers to:
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Furthermore, are told what are the signs or indications which would follow believers! What proof would there be that these people are following the true Lord?
Here is the answer:
16 Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not harm them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will be made well.
It’s all very well to talk, but how can this be true of us today? We just don’t see much of this in the churches.
Regardless of what we currently see, this was not given as some esoteric teaching of the Lord. This was given as 1. what the BELIEVERS would be doing and 2. laying out what the proof is regarding whether someone is following the instructions.
There are signs, there is evidence regarding who is a believer. These signs will accompany those who believe. They WILL do those very things. They will actually be successful in doing them.
Have these things passed away? Have they now ceased? Was this only for the early believers to “get the word out” and impress people?
Well, all the other teachings of Jesus are in effect, aren’t they? If you are a believer, don’t you hang on the words that Jesus spoke? That we are not to lust, that we are to seek first the Kingdom of God, and so on?
So why not this teaching?
Is it just too difficult?
However it is clearly written: these signs will follow those who believe.
There it is. If you don’t really believe, the signs won’t be following.
You won’t see the signs in your life, and others won’t see them in you either. And you probably won’t even be trying to do the things Jesus commanded here.
In Mark 16 which I just quoted, Jesus “upbraided the disciples for their unbelief and hardness of heart…” (vs. 14). They didn’t even believe that Mary Magdalene had seen the resurrected Christ. Thomas also expressly doubted. This was not pleasing to the Lord!
Don’t be in the group that Jesus would have to upbraid if you were alive back then, and don’t be in that group now! Believe! Let the Lord soften the hardness in your heart and receive the Kingdom as a little child!
If you need convincing, maybe some of my testimony will make a dent in you.
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