This is for the PASTORS

“Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” John 4:48

 

During Jesus’ ministry on earth, the miracles he performed won him a lot of followers. It is believed that these miracles increased the level of faith people had in him and also, the miracles were an indication of his origin, that Jesus was from the Father (John 3:2).

The miracles he performed ranged from healing the sick, turning water into wine, walking on water and feeding 5000 people etc. These miracles had a role to play in Jesus’ ministry: to show his identity (John 14:11), to win more souls to repentance (John 20:30-31) and also to get the attention of the people (John 7: 2-5).

Christians in our time are becoming more and more like the people of Jesus’ days, in their quest for seeing instant miracles before believing in pastors. Some are even seeking for signs and wonders more than the Word of God. Christians would rather switch from one church to the other looking for miracles than read a simple scripture from the Bible.

Instant miracles in themselves are not negative but it becomes an issue if that is the only thing we desire to see. If we observe a great number of pastors concentrating on conducting miracles than on teaching the congregation then we, Christians, are to be blamed.

As a pastor, you need to ask yourself why you are focusing on performing miracles. Is it the church pushing you to display those powers or you are following the dictates of the Holy Spirit? Do not let your desire to get famous and trend on social media push you into doing ‘wondrous’ things.

While you are going about your work as a man or woman of God, remember that while Jesus was expanding his ministry, the people demanded more miracles from him (John 6:30). A number of them refused to believe him even when he performed those miracles (Matthew 13:54-58) and others who believed through the miracles had a temporal faith (John 6:26).

Miracles alone are not enough. There have been several examples of people who have been healed by men of God and after a while, whatever disease they were healed of attacked them again. This happened because the people who got healed did not know how to remain in good health.

Teach the congregation about the power of God and how they, members of the congregation can chase demons without spoiling the sleep of preachers. Let them know that their lives and their walk with Christ go further than seeing miracles.

 

 

 

 

Women, Powerful Men of God and Miracles

There are so many churches springing up in the country especially in the Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions but amazingly, when you move further into the country their numbers reduce drastically.  In recent times too, many radio and television stations especially here in Accra are providing airtime to churches for soul winning and, to advertise their services and programmes.

It is also an open secret that when you watch these churches on television that women form the majority of the congregation and many people attribute this to the fact that women are the intercessors for their families. Even in the time of Jesus, He had numerous encounters with women and that makes them special in the house of God.

As it is a good thing to intercede for their families, women are also  the ones who easily fall prey to the “powerful” men of God and churches that are springing up these days. They jump from one miracle service to the other not because of the fellowship they receive but because they are searching for miracles that their pastors have not been able to provide yet.

It is possible to get a little confused these days while searching for a place to worship since there are so many of them and the good book in Hebrews 10:25  say “ …..not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another…” Also, let us be wary of the places we go for to pray and for “miracles” as the Bible has even prophesied in Mathew 24:11… and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.

Seeing a pastor to share your problems and for miracles is not a bad practice in itself but as much as possible, let us learn the scripture for ourselves in order to be knowledgeable and discerning Christians. The Bible in 1 John 4:1 has ordered us to test all Spirits and one way of doing that is with our knowledge of the scripture. Are the pastors we are visiting going according to the word of God?

As much as possible, let us discover for ourselves what the Bible says about the kind of situation that we find ourselves in, look for scriptures to back the prayers and mix that with a little faith (mustard seed). That is the formula for getting a miracle.

In John 15:7 Jesus said, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”  Are His words even in us? Let us not forget that God Himself has told us that nothing is impossible to them who believe. All He requires of us is faith which as little as a mustard seed – Matthew 17:20.

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