Miracles confirm ministry
In Egypt, Moses tried to work for God by killing an Egyptian. It did not work because God’s work cannot be done through crime. Those who commit crime in their bid to work for God are on their own. Someone stole money in his office to contribute to his church’s building project. That is not acceptable to God. The gospel cannot be perpetuated through crime. A criminal is a sinner. What Moses needed is an introduction the school of signs and wonders. Miracles confirm the preaching of the gospel.
Moses complained to God that if he goes back to Egypt, they will not believe or listen to him. Then, God asked him: “what is that in thine hand? And he said a rod. God asked him to cast the rod on the ground. He cast the rod on the ground and the rod became a serpent (Exo.4:2-3). What a sign! Moses never did this before. This was his introduction to miracles, signs and wonders.
God taught Moses how to perform three different miracles in quick succession. The first was the turning of the rod in his hand into a serpent and back into a rod. Secondly, God said, put your hand in your bosom and when he brought it out, it became leprous. He returned the hand into his bosom and brought it out and it was his normal hand. Thirdly, God said if they find it difficult to believe these two miracles, show them this third one. Take out of the water of the river and pour it on the ground. The water shall become blood on the ground. By now, Moses was so sure they will believe him. He now had all it takes to deliver a divine message.
The introduction to miracles is necessary for every servant of God. Moses remained in the presence of God, asking questions and communing with God about the assignment until God taught him how to perform wonders.
This generation also seeks for a sign. The vessels of the Lord that bear the message of the Lord must be full of the power of the Holy Ghost in order to bear the message with signs and wonders following. Jesus said: “Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe (John 4:48). Miracles accompanied the preaching of the gospel as the disciples of Jesus went everywhere, preaching salvation through Christ: “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following” Mar. 16:20).
Many today are too much in a hurry. They cannot spend enough time in God’s presence to receive the anointing for their assignment. When the anointing comes upon you, there shall be miracles, signs and wonders accompanying your ministry. Philip who eventually became the great evangelist was one of the deacons appointed to serve tables so that the Apostles could devote their time to the word of God and prayer. A terrific evangelistic unction came upon Philip as he was busy serving tables. When persecution arose, Philip went to Samaria and shook the city to its foundation. Samaria heard the gospel and the people believed. There was joy in the city “And there was a great joy in the city” (Acts 8:8). God confirmed the word in the mouth of Philip with miracles, signs and wonders.
The people with one accord gave heed to those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. “For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed,” (Acts 8:6-7).