Believe and speak
17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they[b] 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.” 19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.
The disciples believed and declared their belief to the world. Believing and speaking are always together. If the disciples believed that Jesus was the Son of God and that he died on the Cross for their sins but never preached it, nothing would have happened. No one would have been saved and no miracles would have occurred. No signs would have been accompanied to confirm God’s Word.
Kenneth Hagen once narrated an incident that occurred when he was the pastor of a small church. He complained to God that no signs seemed to be happening. God asked him to examine his preaching. He recognized that some of it was from the Bible and lot of it comprised of traditions. God does not confirm our ideas and traditions with signs and wonders. He does not confirm our murmurs and complaints. He confirms only His Word with signs and wonders. Signs will follow them that believe. When the Word is in our heart and mouth, our defeats will turn into victories.
…to be continued…