Should We Seek Signs and Wonders?
Have you ever come across a passage in the Bible that makes you question whether or not God is as good as we talk about? Of course you have! We’ve heard things taught one way for such long time that it’s hard to see the Bible in light of the new covenant. So, how do we know what’s right or wrong?
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear
1 John 4:18
I often tell people that 1 John 4:18 should be the measuring stick to determine if what they believe about God is correct. If God is love (1 John 4:8) and perfect love casts out fear, then nothing about God should cause fear to rise up on the inside of us. The type of fear I’m talking about isn’t the reverence the Bible talks about, but actually being afraid of God.
Many people’s approach to God is incredibly unhealthy. Their relationship with Him is motivated by the fear of what might happen if they sin too much. What kind of relationship is that?! That’s like a woman who stays in an abusive marriage because she’s afraid what might happen to her if she left. That’s the complete opposite of what God wants from us!
Knowing the love that God has for you will cause you to run to Him when life gets hard. It will allow Him to move in your life when you’ve lost control. God’s love will cause you to love yourself, love others, and love Him back. When we can finally see God for who He truly is, it will cause everything we do to be motivated by the love our Father has for us.
Understanding God's love will even cause us to approach scripture differently! Rather than throw away everything we know to be true about the goodness of God because of a passage or two that seems to contradict that, we can remember that nothing about God should cause fear to be afraid of Him.
A common passage that produces fear in us is Matthew 7:21-23:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
Ministers will use this verse to scare you into loving God. They’ll say, “You can do a lot of good things in life, but there’s still a chance that, on the day of judgment, Jesus will tell you to depart from Him! You better be sure you haven’t sinned too much or else you’ll be separated from God for all eternity!”
I don’t about you, but that causes fear to rise up on the inside of me. It makes me question whether or not the things that I’ve done are really enough. What if it isn’t? What if Jesus tells me to depart from Him because I just wasn’t good enough?
Obviously, because of what 1 John 4:18 says, we’re not seeing something right. Jesus didn’t say, “Depart from me, you who used to know me, but your sin has caused you to lose sight of everything!” He was talking to people who never knew Him. These weren’t people who fell away because of sin.
On the surface, they said the right things, did the right things, and even experienced some amazing things, but they still missed the only thing that matters—knowing Jesus. Let me be clear, I’m all about the gifts of the spirit and miracles—I’ve experienced so much of that you can’t talk me out of the fact that they're real! But, according to Jesus, that’s not the most important thing.
I’ve attended conferences and church services where a lot of supernatural things are taking place. People were laughing uncontrollably, stumbling around all over the place, and even seeing miracles happen, but it was mostly emotion. God wants us to have more than an emotional attachment to Him.
How can that be? Can you have a supernatural experience without God being involved? Yes! That’s exactly what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 7. They saw many wonders, but never knew Jesus.
That’s why we shouldn’t be seeking an experience, we should only seek Jesus and allow the experiences to flow from that! Don’t seek a healing, seek the Healer, and healing will happen. Don’t seek provision, seek your Provider, and provision will happen.
It’s okay to have experiences, but when that becomes our focus, we’ve missed it. A life in Christ is full of miracles and supernatural experiences, but we shouldn’t follow after the signs and wonders, they should follow after us (Mark 16:17).
You don’t have to fear what Jesus might say to you when you see Him face-to-face, perfect love casts out fear. Put your focus on knowing Jesus for who He truly is and your life will be full of supernatural experiences.