“The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people..." Acts 5:12 [NIV]
When we are confronted with Jesus Christ's Truth under the Kingdom, and His Righteousness, it is necessary to understand that we will suffer persecution if we are to believe, practice and follow this Truth just as Christ desires us to do so.
Meditating on the words of one of Maria Woodworth Etter's preaching, it is quite interesting to see the decision that the apostles made when presented a call to live a life either under religion of under the Kingdom. The apostles were thrown in jail as a result of the reaction to the Authority and Power manifested in the miracles and wonders they did among the people. They had to choose between religion or Kingdom. They knew if they chose religion, and denied the Authority and Power, they would have no problem and the persecution would end. But they chose the Kingdom and His Righteousness and they decided to preach the Word even if the end result was death. They asked the Lord: "Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” (Acts 4:29-30)
When the apostles decided to bring the Kingdom to Earth, they knew that each preaching would have to be accompanied with signs and wonders, God's very presence there with them, confirming their message. Multitudes began to run to where they were, seeking His Presence and promise of freedom, healing and restoration. And the signs, miracles and wonders continued and followed them because they had established God's Kingdom in the midst of a dry and needy place. May we also ask for Your signs, wonders and miracles, Oh Lord, the Power of Your Spirit confirming Your Word of Redemption and Love.
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