More than gifts…..

20 08 2011

*Before we get into this message I would like to say that we believe in the gifts of the Spirit and in signs and wonders. They are Christ operating through the believer. *

We are living in a time where people are hungry for the supernatural. They are searching for signs and wonders in the “church” and out in the world. As Christians we must be careful to run after miracles and signs and wonders. We must not believe that if there are no visible signs and wonders, then God is not working in that place. Why am I saying this? Because men cannot perform any miracle whatsoever! Men cannot generate any miracles. Men are just the vessels that Christ moves through to perform His signs and wonders when He pleases. He is the power of God, not us. We do not have any power apart from Him in us.

Christ heals and does wonderful miracles every day, but we must not make this our focus!

Yes there will be miracles and signs, but we will not necessarily see them. The greatest miracle is when God places His Seed Christ in a sinner. This is inward and unseen to the human eye, but nevertheless the greatest miracle of all. People run after outward miracles because they need proof that God exists. They have the mind-set that Jesus must do something to be real to them. This is legalism at work because their relationship with God is based on what God can do for them, and not on who they are by the new birth. They do not have a revelation that Christ works inwardly. The Law worked on the physical, outward man. Grace is based on the spiritual, inward man.

Please read this very sobering scripture about signs and wonders:

Mat 7:21-23 KJV Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (22) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? (23) And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Paul didn’t write about signs and wonders in his epistles. He does give an account of raising a dead man after falling out of a second story building, but besides that he does not mention them. Why not? Because Paul understood that Christianity is more than signs and wonders. We as born again believers must not focus on the outer-man, but on the inner man – Christ. Our bodies are destined to die and will perish. Our bodies will only be saved when Jesus comes back to fetch us!!!! So do not focus on what is temporary and passing away. Focus on what is eternal!!!

1Jn 5:20 KJV And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

I would like to show you why we need to focus on Christ and not on the signs and wonders:

1Co 12: 31 KJV But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. 1Co 13:1-12 KJV Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. (2) And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. …….. (8) Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. (9) For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. (10) But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. (11) When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (12) For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Who is perfect? Christ is perfect.

Joh 17:23 KJV I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

1Co 2:6 KJV Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

Heb 5:9 KJV And being made perfect, he (Jesus Christ) became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

Heb 6:1 KJV Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; ….

We are perfect in Christ. Christ is perfection. The incorruptible Seed.

Focusing on the gifts is a phase that Christians go through. But we cannot stay in this phase forever and think that this is all God has in store for us. God has so much more to reveal than just His gifts. As a physical child cannot understand the complexities of life, neither can a spiritual child. This is what 1 Cor 13:11 is saying. But after a while we need to develop into spiritual adults. We cannot stay a child forever.

We cannot run from one prophetic conference to another and believe that this is what Jesus Christ died to achieve. Jesus died so that we could be place in Him. He is perfection and He is love. Let’s get our minds on the things above, not on things that are earthly!



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