Since time immemorial, man has always been fascinated with signs and wonders. Those who are able to perform miracles are often put on a pedestal. For example, Simon the sorcerer was hero-worshipped for his magical feats. They thought that it must be God who endowed him with a special power (Acts 8: 9-11).
Ecstatic joy, drunkenness, gold dust, feathers, glory cloud and fire tunnels. Many believers are going gaga over these wonderful experiences without fully understanding its source.
Christ cautions that, during these end times, false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead many astray, even the elect (Matthew 24:24).
Finally, let’s return to the original questions above: “Are miracles a sign of spirituality? Is the ability to perform miracles a definite sign of God’s favour?”
Let us delve into these three areas in turn:
- Signs and wonders have a rightful place in the life of believers. However, having our names written in the book of life is much more important.
- When we place holiness (correct living) and doctrine (correct beliefs) foremost in our life (1 Timothy 4:16), it does not necessarily mean we have to close our mind to the miraculous works of the Holy Spirit (John 14:12).
- The danger, however, arises when we exalt supernatural signs and wonders above holiness (correct living) and doctrine (correct beliefs).
- Being open to the working of miracles is different from pursuing supernatural phenomena. We should seek God, not run after miraculous signs or insist that God reveals Himself to us in signs and wonders. If God is gracious enough to grant us such signs, then it would be an added bonus.
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Gold glitter, glory cloud, slain in the spirit, spiritual laughter, spiritual drunkenness and emptying one's mind through contemplative / meditative prayer are spiritual experiences that are being sought after in some charismatic churches.
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And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover (Mark 16:17-18).