Delusion

Dear friends if you don´t have a better reason to believe you are in Christ than a dream or a vision, it is time for you to begin again. I grant you there have been some who have been alarmed, convinced and perhaps converted, by strange freaks of their imagination. But if you rely on these as being pledges from God and look at these as evidence that you are saved, you will be resting on a delusion. You might as well try to build a castle in the air or a house on the sand.

No, he who believes Christ, believes Christ because he says it and because it is written in the Word. He doesnt believe it, because he dreamed it or because he heard a voice or because he thought he saw an angel in the sky.

We must be done with this desire to see signs and wonders. If they come, be thankful. If they don´t come, simply trust in the Word which says, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men (Matthew 12:31). I don´t say this to hurt anyones tender conscience, a conscience which may have found a little comfort in such unique wonders. I only say this, so you won´t be deceived, I warn you, so you don´t place any confidence on anything you think you have seen or dreamed or heard. You would do well to heed these words like a light which shines in dark place. Trust in the Lord. Wait patiently for Him. Place all your confidence where He put all your sins – on Christ Jesus alone – and you will be saved with or without any of these signs and wonders.

I am afraid some Christians have falled into the same error of wanting to see signs and wonders. They´ve been meeting together in special prayer meetings to pray for revival. Because people haven´t dropped over in fainting, screamed, or made noise, they think the revival hasn´t come. If only we had eyes to see Gods gifts in the way God chooses to give them. We don´t want a wild, boistrous revival; we want the revival in it´s goodness, but not in that particular shape. If the Lord sends it in another, we will be all the more glad to be without these exceptional works of the flesh.

Where the Spirit works in the soul, we are always glad to see true conversion. And if He chooses to work in the body, we will be glad to see it. If men´s hearts are renewed, what does it matter if they do not scream out? If their consciences are revived, what does it matter if they don´t fall into a fit. If they find Christ, who is going to be upset if they don´t lie for five or six weeks motionless and senseless. Take the revival without the signs and wonders. For my part, I have no craving for them. Let me see God´s work done in God´s own way, a true and thorough revival, but we can dispense with the signs and wonders. They are certianly not required by the faithful, and they will only be the laughing-stock of the faithless.

Excerpt from Charles H. Spurgeon book “Life in Christ” Volume 1.

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