"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. "And these signs will follow those who believe: "In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover." Mark 16:15-18
Jesus rose from the grave and appeared first to Mary Magdalene whom He had cast seven demons out of. She was then appointed to go and tell the disciples that He had risen from the dead. When she told them they mourned and wept like a bunch of babies not believing her story even though Jesus had previously informed them of this spectacular event.
Jesus then appeared to two of them on the road, but they did not believe either. Later He appeared to the eleven sitting at the table and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart. I wonder what He would say to us today if He entered some of our church services and saw the condition of our hearts?
Jesus trained these men for three and a half years to preach the gospel, cast out demons, and to lay hands on the sick, and here they were sitting around the table in unbelief not fulfilling His great commission. Needless to say He was not pleased with their performance. Signs will not follow anyone that does not first go and begin to operate in these powerful gifts that God has given His servants. By the way, the Greek word for go, is go!
After receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1980 I had my first experience with casting out demons. One night a friend of mine and I were called to the house of a man totally possessed with demons. As we walked in the door the man was lying on his back on the floor being supernaturally thrust up in the air by the demons. When he saw us he flipped over on all fours and glared at us like a wild animal. I immediately grabbed the phone to call my mentor, who had been teaching me deliverance and as I told him the circumstances he said, call me when its over and he hung up.
My friend looked at me and we both agreed that maybe this wasn't God's will for us to be there and then the man lunged up off the floor straight at us and we knew that if he was going to get free it was up to us. In fear for our very lives we grabbed the man and threw him down on the couch and proceeded to cast demons out of him for four hours. When we left him he was like a limp dish rag, totally drained of any signs of life, but free from the demons control.
In 1984 I left the church and went to the streets because I just couldn't sit in the pew any longer with this burning desire and passion for souls in my heart. From that time forward I had to learn on my own the necessity of signs, wonders, and the gifts of the Spirit to aid me in ministry. When I went out, the Holy Spirit went with me and trained me in the use of His gifts and weapons. For the next twenty years signs and wonders have followed me, not because I'm super spiritual, but because I was available to the need of those that I came across in my journey with Jesus.
Obedience to the call of God and the availability of the servant will cause these signs to follow you and people will get saved, and healed and delivered. God meant for His church to get up off their "But's", not just what they are sitting on, but all the excuses they give for not going. It used to amaze me the calls I would receive from very large churches asking me to cast out a demon or lay hands on someone that was sick. Some of these churches had thousands of members, none of which knew anything about how to cast out demons or heal the sick, may God have mercy on us all!
I can guarantee you that if you don't ever leave the building, and never lay hands on any one, or cast out a demon, that you will always have the same results, absolutely nothing! That is the testimony of the politically correct church in America, rich and increased in goods and sitting on their gifts waiting for Jesus to come and suck them up into heaven and deliver them from this vile world. For some the rapture might be a rupture, remember the man that received the one talent from his master and went and hid it in the ground? When his master returned he was furious because the man refused to use the gift that was given to him and he ordered that it be taken away from him, and he was thrown out into outer darkness.
What a sad commentary for the last days church, all that power available and all we do is sit around and talk about money and how it used to be. By the way, Jesus said, when you go, don't take any money, just believe and He would provide everything, that's a sign in itself.
Faith without works is dead and if you never go, nothing will ever happen. If Peter had not stepped out of the boat, he would never have walked on water, neither will you ever experience God's power until you use it by faith and freely give it away to a lost and dying world. What do people see in your life, power, signs and wonders, or just dried up dead religious nonsense? I can promise you one thing, if you "Go" He will show! Be blessed and get off your "But's"!
And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Mark 16: 20
May the Lord open the eyes of your understanding and bless you with wisdom,
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever, Amen. Hebrews 13: 20,21