Seeking First The Kingdom, Or Seeking A Sign?
God most certainly can and does perform miracles according to His will. However, we should be careful not to chase miracles.
The Lord said that “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign” (Matthew 16:4). The “adultery” spoken of here is SPIRITUAL ADULTERY (meaning unfaithfulness to God by serving and worshiping false gods). Jesus was saying that an unfaithful generation seeks after signs, wonders, and miracles. . . rather than seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).
In Matthew 16:4 Jesus was rebuking a crowd of unbelieving religious Jews because they came to Him seeking signs, wonders, and miracles — but were not seeking HIM for who He is.
In Mark 16:17 Jesus said that signs and wonders will follow HIS DISCIPLES and not the other way around (i.e., His Disciples following after SIGNS AND WONDERS). Yet we have an entire signs and wonders movement today full of people who are seeking miracles and electrifying supernatural experiences. This should not be so.
We have to be very careful and watchful of leaders who constantly preach “miracles! miracles! miracles!” Because Jesus warned us that in the last days, many false prophets and false christs would come to us in His name, and deceive many people with lying signs and wonders (read Matthew 24:4-5, Matthew 24:11, Matthew 24:24). Paul the apostle said that lying signs and wonders will set the stage and pave the way for the appearance of the Final Anti-Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12). These lying signs and wonders are used to deceive people who love lies and reject the truth of God that would save them. John the apostle said that many such antichrists have already appeared and infiltrated the church, which is why we have to “test the spirits to see if they are of God” (1 John 2:18-23, 1 John 4:1).
The message of the Good News is to repent and be converted, but who wants to hear that nowadays? Very few. False prophets know that the Good News is not popular, which is why they make an obscene amount of money telling people what their itching ears want to hear. . . “miracles, signs, and wonders!” They preach this false “gospel” under the guise of the “Holy Spirit.” In reality it’s the spirit of antichrist further deluding religious folks who won’t endure sound doctrine.
Some people may perceive this message as “negative” “judgmental” “attacking the gifts of the Spirit” or “rejecting miracles.” However I am only sharing the truth of God’s word in love. And I do not reject genuine miracles, because God clearly has the power to perform them. Plus I have personally experienced the miracle of healing and seen God perform miracles for fellow Christians.
My point is that we must be careful not to fall into the seductive sin of chasing miracles and seeking a “fix” like a religious junkie addicted to signs and wonders. God is not a Heavenly Butler, a magician, a drug dealer, nor an entertainer — we should not go to Him only for what He can do for us, for that next “hit” to last us through the week, to receive goosebumps and “breakthroughs” at revival meetings, or because we want “fish and bread” to satisfy this temporary flesh. God is the King of kings, the First and the Last — and He is worthy to be worshiped and sought for who He is, and not for what He can give us. We are to seek His face, His heart, His Word, His will . . . and not His hands.
Many people do not realize that signs and wonders are only temporary. They are fleeting experiences that do not last nor carry one through trials and tribulations. Signs and wonders will not anchor our faith in this perilous age, only Jesus will. Considering this, it is no wonder that sign-seekers are being swept away by the apostasy, because their belief is not firmly planted on the Rock (Christ), but based on a shallow obsession with the supernatural. Thus, anyone who promises them signs and miracles can easily toss them to and fro with every wind of doctrine.
Many people claim to experience miracles at revivals, conferences, and church meetings. But it’s not long before the “high” wears off and they’re back to their old carnal ways. Was there actually a “breakthrough” that changed their innerman? Was there actually a true miracle performed (salvation and regeneration), or was it just another revolving door of dead “revivals”?
Let us all examine ourselves to see whether we are truly satisfied with our Bridegroom alone and nothing else and no one else. Because if our heart lusts after miracles and alleged miracle-workers, we are like an unfaithful wife who seeks her husband only for his money and sleeps with strange men for excitement and pleasure. God forbid. Jesus said “Follow Me” not “follow miracles.”