“And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.” (Mark 16:20)
Such words as these in the second chapter of Hebrews stand as a rebuke to the unbelieving Christians of our day: “God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will.” (Hebrews 2:4).
A cold Church is forced to “interpret” such language. It cannot enter into it, so they explain it away. There’s always quite a bit of juggling, and a few statements for which there is no scriptural authority, but anything will do to save face and justify their half-dead condition. Such defensive misinterpretation is but a refuge for unbelieving Christians and a hiding place for a Church too weak to stand ….
No one with a true knowledge of the facts can deny the need for supernatural aid in the work of world evangelization in light of today’s societies. We are so hopelessly outclassed by the world’s superior strength that for us it means either God’s help or sure defeat. The Christian who goes out without faith in “wonders” will no doubt return without fruit. …
No one should dare be so rash as to seek to do impossible things unless they have first been empowered by the God of the impossible. That the power of the Lord was there is our guarantee of victory. Jesus said, “he that believeth on me, the works that I do, he shall do also; and greater works than these shall he do.” (John 14:12).
And where is this power to be obtained? Only one place — Holy Ghost power. “You shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and you shall be witnesses of me ….” (Acts 1:8)
May the power of the Lord be with you in your ministry today, so that you might not be ‘outclassed by the world’s superior strength.’ Amen