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Scripture reading for October 18th: Mark 14-16
Mark’s Gospel told of Jesus Christ healing, casting out demons and preaching the Gospel to His own people. Jesus particularly sought out those who were lost and willing to listen. He gathered disciples who would be willing to leave all, follow Him and learn His ways. After sending them out, He would evaluate their work and encourage or correct them.
“He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” …”Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed His word by the signs that accompanied it.” Mark 16:15-18, 20.
This Gospel’s closing words are a call to Jesus’ followers to continue the work of God. They were to wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit who would give them the power that was needed to be His witnesses. (Acts 1:8) Then they were to go and preach. As they preached, they were to act under the authority of the name of Jesus Christ. In His name supernatural signs would accompany the preaching of the Word. Demons would be cast out and sick people would be healed. People would be baptized in the Holy Spirit and would speak with new tongues. The disciples would have supernatural protection from attacks of venomous snakes or people trying to poison them.
These first disciples obeyed by going out into all the world preaching the Gospel. As they prayed for the sick and demon possessed, the promised signs of Christ followed their ministry! If you are seeking miracles, signs and wonders, the best place to find them is when you obey God’s command to go and preach! Are you willing to act in faith and experience the supernatural following your preaching and prayer? Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever!
Scripture reading for January 16th: Matthew 12:22-50, Psalm 11, Proverbs 3:13-18
Jesus healed a man who was both blind and mute so that the man could both see and talk again. This miracle brought the charge from the Pharisees that He cast out devils by the prince of devils, Beelzebub. Now this great miracle was an act of compassion and Jesus knew what they were thinking. He spoke to these Pharisees, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out? But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” (Matthew 12:25-28)
His miraculous deliverance of this man came not by using Satan’s power, but by the Spirit of God. If Satan was casting out Satan, his kingdom could not last! There would be rebellion in the kingdom that would tear it apart from within. This principle would apply to God’s rule as well, but God rules His kingdom and no rebellion will be allowed! He has both the power and wisdom to deal with it and His team of “Father, Son and Holy Spirit” are always in unity! Satan, himself, was cast down to earth because of this kind of selfish rebellion. (Isaiah14:12-15)
Jesus went on to give further truth and warning. “He who is not with Me is against Me and he who does not gather with Me scatters. And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” (Matthew 12:30-32) This warning states that falsely charging the Holy Spirit with doing Satan’s work was very dangerous ground. This sin will not be forgiven now or in the coming age! This warning should cause us to think twice about our words and heart attitude toward the works of the Holy Spirit. Let’s join with Jesus and gather souls!