What is God doing today? People run here and yon, saying “God is doing this” in such and such location, or “God is really moving” in so and so church. But God is busy building and establishing His Kingdom, and He’s not pressured into doing this by using media hype and hocus-pocus. No, He’s doing it His way, according to His Word. His Word says He builds His church on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, and that is just what He’s doing.
God is setting apostolic governing churches in territories to build His Church. You’ve got all kinds of folks out there calling themselves apostles and prophets. You’ve got guys who are prophesying over folks and barking like dogs. Is that really the direction the church is going? Is God doing THAT? Well, one function of true apostles and prophets is to expose the counterfeit operations of Satan that try to slip in and subvert the credibility of the Word. If Satan can discredit the quality of a move of God by sending the false, he is able to successfully restrict and limit the effectiveness of the true move as it happens. In this season, it is vital that we build everything we do upon the foundation of the Word of God. I’m not trying to criticize any particular move of God from the past or the present. My goal today is to equip you with knowledge and understanding to help identify a true move of God.
Imagine you are driving to your favorite vacation spot. When you get about 30 miles from your destination, you see the first road sign with the city’s name. Do you slam on your brakes, slide across the median and jump out at the sign? I would hope not! Yet, in the body of Christ, it seems we have become sign hunters. At the first sign of a “miracle” or the “supernatural,” we bring everything to a screeching halt so that we can take pictures of the sign, dance around the sign, and even build churches to the sign. How foolish we have become! The sign’s purpose is to reveal location. Spiritual signs are no different. When you see a spiritual sign, it is not advertising itself, it is merely pointing the way to where God wants you to go.
Jesus said in Matthew 12:39, “An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas.” Jesus didn’t say they were “slightly in error.” He called them EVIL and ADULTEROUS! What He is saying is that if you are seeking after a sign, you are showing love for the sign rather than the One who gives the sign. You are actually cheating on the truth. You are adulterous, looking for benefits from something that you don’t have real relationship with.
How many churches and “revivals” have become so “sign” minded that they have become adulterers to the Truth?
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