A  Look  at  the  Present  Day  Seeking 
for  supernatural  Encounters.

By John L. Parault

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Wanting more of God! 

Is that running after the supernatural, or is it running after God? Doors of deception can be open and are opening in this arena when we seek and follow after signs and wonders. I have heard it said that the supernatural is our heritage and we should seek it. Well, it is for us to know. But what is our understanding of Godís way of releasing it? Are our hearts, understandings, motives and desires right concerning them? There are dangers for all but, more so for the immature who seeks the supernatural. This can give room or opportunity for the adversary to deceive with false signs and wonders. Of course even the mature must stay close to the LORD not to be deceived in this hour.

The mature and understanding ones for the most part are not seeking them but they are open to God for them, knowing that they are from Him. There is no command to seek signs and wonders. We should be open in faith to receive them from the LORD who is full of wonders. Signs and wonders are ordained to follow the believer.  That is the LORDíS way.  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. Mk. 16:17 

  Does the modern day church know the true from the false? No! But a wise holy remnant does. Spirituality is not running after miracles. Neither is it denying them. We must adjust to His timing for the supernatural to be released, and understand the ways and true purpose for them to be manifested. I have had some supernatural encounters, but at that moment I was not seeking them. In truth I was surprised. God knew that I needed the encounters and He gave them.

 I do believe there are dangers in just seeking, even sincere seeking, for supernatural visitations of angels, out of body experiences and other spiritual phenomenon. Yet, I do believe these things are heaven sent experiences. But there are counterfeits, and that is no new reality. That means we must be alert and discerning.

 There is much immaturity today; and that means there is a lack of understanding concerning the craftiness of deceiving spirits. And yet people in that state of immaturity are told that they should seek their heritage, which is the supernatural. Even mature ones have been deceived in moments of desiring more spiritual experiences and being caught off guard.  For example in a moment of curiosity we do things we should not do. I am not saying that we should not desire deeper spiritual experiences.

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My position is that to truly believe in God is to believe in the supernatural but let God be God as I have said. I repeat the believer is not to follow signs and wonders. Signs and wonders are to follow the believer. To follow signs and wonders is a mark of immaturity. I am not saying seeking to be healed is a sign of immaturity. Immaturity is a heart issue and the reason is twofold; first, one may be just young in the Lord. Secondly, one may have been a Christian for years and sill he is carnal and not spiritual. There is peril in delayed maturity.

 

Which supernatural encounter do you desire? Is it a counterfeit supernatural encounter with evil or a genuine one with God?  I know you desire the one that is of God. For that to be, you need to be wise, responsible, and not gullible. By the way, in the supernatural, God is not in competition with the counterfeit. All power is of God and He has the right to take it away any time He desires. He has permitted the evil and the deceptive. Will we be responsible to trust Him to keep us from it? That is total dependence for what is real in Him.

 

All spiritual phenomena (miracles, healings, and visitations) and doctrines must be discerned. But how many are in a place spiritually to do so? Has it even been a practice in our spiritual lives at all for in this practice comes the gaining of experience? I am not writing about suspicion that something is wrong, neither guess work or human reason; but true spiritual discernment that come by the grace of God. Seek Him for discernment that proves your desire for purity and the genuine, which means spiritual wholeness in the church and in you. The church is full of things that are not of the LORD. They are there because there is no discernment and no seeking of holiness. Discernment is a guardian gift to keeps thing pure and in order according to Godís way and purpose. We can seek spiritual things for ourselves without regard for the source, the divine order and purity. And the adversary doesnít mind presenting counterfeits to hinder the real flow of God, even to stop it and cause us physical and spiritual problems.

 

This is an exhortation to caution and obedience in the sphere of trust to have only what is of God. I canít separate faith from obedience. And obedience and faith demands that you and I do not believe every spirit, but rather prove them. Trust doesnít mean that you and I are passive, but that you and I discern, which is an active work. 1 John 4:1  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

 

There have been manifestations of gold dust in meetings, and, feathers that are suppose to be angel feathers and also gems, and believe me I have seen some of it. But where is the repentance and transformation of hearts? The thrill and chills are there, but all that I have seen is the desire for gold dust and gems-not God. Is that self-centeredness?

 

We must be aware that healings are not always a sign of Gods power. Lying signs are permitted of God to test His people. They also become judgments on the conditions of their hearts. Yes! The LORD sends strong delusions because there is not a love and reception of glorious truth.  We just came back from Africa, and we were told by pastors there of the healings by witch doctors, and the bondage that goes with it.

 

2Thess, 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

Deut. 13:1  If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 2  And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spoke unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 3  Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul

 

Confusion is at its height when there is mixture in certain so-called spiritual movements. There are some things of God and some things of the demonic realm that are manifesting in some meetings. In this arena the immature is left confused, disappointed, depressed and damaged for they do not discern.

 

We will begin to see consequences in peopleís lives where there is no repentance for partaking of these movements. They did not seek the LORD whether they should have even attended these places. People do not understand they can receive deposits, in their spirits, that are not of God that can alter their behavior and thinking, ministries, and the spiritual course of their lives. I realize that there will be some who will look at this adversely, but in these days balance needs to be set in.

 

Leadership needs to be sure that what they come to receive in these movements, for themselves and the flock they shepherd, is not deception. Better yet, know that God said to go and not just your hunger for the supernatural. Leadership is accountable to God for what they bring to the flock. Counterfeits are patterned after the true (the genuine) and it is always intended by the adversary to deceive in order to alter the course of God in our lives. If the counterfeit were not a look alike there would not be a problem. I want you to know this is serious and so be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. It is not a game dear ones please believe me!

 

We are in a day of much deception and it will continue to increase.  We must draw close to the Lord Jesus so we will not be penetrated in our minds with the lies of deceiving spirits. Remember pride is an open door for deception.

 

 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you. Sam. 12:24.

 

 

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