Summary: There signs that follow a believer that proclaim and promote Jesus Christ as Lord. As a pastor, I’m looking for people to believe God with me, so I’m looking for the signs.
Keep looking for the signs
Mark 16:17-18 says, “These signs shall follow them that believe.” This lets us know that what we believe will ultimately materialize. I know bible teaches us to walk by faith and not by sight and to look not at the things which are seen but at the things which are not seen, but you should never stop looking for the unseen to become seen. If we are to look at those things which are not seen, that means the unseen must be real. As a matter of fact, the unseen is more real than the seen. The seen is temporal and the unseen is eternal. Physical facts can change, while spiritual truth does not change. The spiritual truth of God’s word will change the physical facts of our situation. There are signs that will follow them that believe. As a pastor, I am to keep looking for the signs because the signs will show me who the believers are, as well as show me what they believe. The signs also act as advertisements. They are bill boards that promote and proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord. Also, like road direction signs above the highway, the signs that follow them that believe will direct people to a church where Jesus lives. Were not looking for signs for the sake of seeing signs. We are looking for signs in our church that promote and point people to Jesus. These are the signs that will follow them that believe:
1. They shall cast out devils.
I believe Jesus was so deep and profound that His teachings had both literal and implied meaning. I believe when Jesus we shall cast out devils, that is exactly what he meant. Here and now, in the 21st century, there is still a devil on the loose and we still have the
power to cast him out. The bible doesn’t say council him out or medicate him to sedate him. The bible says these signs shall follow them that believe, they shall cast out devils. I believe that literally! I believe that implies the fact that we will overthrow and overcome the power of the wicked one. In other words, the first person you should want to cast the devil out of is YOU! These signs shall follow them that believe: they shall give the devil his eviction notice. No longer is he your god, so no longer do you govern yourself by the world’s way of doing things. He has no part in you. He has no place in you. Cast him out of your finances by giving to God first and not last. He will make your last, last, last, and last. Cast the devil out of your finances by giving God what is right, not what is left. It’s called the tithe. It’s ten percent of your gross income. Trust God to do more with nine tenths than you can with ten tenths. The tithe recognizes God as the Most High God. If we don’t cast the devil out of our finances by giving God the tithe, then God is not the Most High God. He is the almost High God. He is almost as high a priority as our money. If we don’t tithe from our gross, God is still the almost High God. He almost as high a priority as the government and taxes. Cast the devil out of you finances! Cast the devil out of your wardrobe! Sisters, if your blouse is so tight or so low cut that people can see your heart beating, you need to cast the devil out of your wardrobe. Brothers, if you are wearing pants that allow people to see what you are thinking, you need to cast the devil out of your wardrobe. It’s not a fashion issue, but it is a motive of the heart issue. Who are you trying to impress? Who are you trying to seduce? It is evidence of the world’s way of thinking invading the church. The saying is “Come as you are.” That does not mean stay like you were when you came as you were. Cast the devil out of your clothes and give no place to the devil in your church! Renew your mind to reject the devils system of doing things. The reason you keep attracting the same kind of men even in the church is because you are still using the same bait you used when you were in the world. If you believe God’s word is true, you’ll believe a meek and quiet spirit is enough to attract the right man. These signs shall follow them that believe, they shall cast out devils. Cast the devil out of your finances. Cast the devil out of your clothes. Trust in the Lord with all thy heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. Cast the devil out of every area of your life and believe the word works.