Many years ago, a friend of mine who is a pastor invited me to his church to visit. He wanted me to be present to listen to a guest speaker who was gifted in prophecy. This speaker held himself to a high level of accountability, even going so far as to record what the Lord gave him to say and then giving the recording to each person he prayed over.
I still remember what he prayed over me, even though decades have passed since that moment.
I know for a fact that he prayed prophetically because everything that he told me would happen has indeed come true. He was authentically gifted and the fruit that followed proved it.
Yet, even this experience pales in comparison to something far greater!
Signs and Wonders and Mighty Deeds
The Apostle Paul knew the fruit that followed his ministry authenticated his calling as an apostle. To the church of Corinth, Paul wrote:
In other words, there was some serious fruit that followed Paul’s ministry: lives were being healed and changed for the kingdom, people were repenting of their sin and following the Lord, and there was a genuine hunger for the Word of God and the will of God.
Paul was used by the Lord to perform amazing miracles, but as impressive as miracles are, they don’t necessarily mean someone’s heart has been changed.
The reality was the most powerful sign and wonder of Paul’s calling was the very church he was writing to!
The Greatest Wonder of Them All
That God would reach out to His creation by becoming a man who would die in our place, so that we could be forgiven and cleansed, resulting in God’s Spirit dwelling in man, and opening the door for an eternal relationship with Him is far more amazing than signs and wonders!
We overlook it sometimes, but if you really think about it, salvation is one of the greatest miracles of all!
Let’s pray that God will use us in a mighty way to perform signs and wonders in people’s lives. Let’s ask that God will use us as instruments in His hands to bring people to salvation!
There are numerous signs and wonders that God can work through our lives, but I want to see the fruit of the greatest sign and wonder of all—lives that have been permanently transformed and changed by Jesus! How about you?
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