God confirms the words of His servants. The gospel of Mark says that the Lord worked with the apostles, “confirming the word with signs following” (Mark 16:20). The book of Acts tells us that He gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power, or with great demonstration of His ability (Acts 4:33).
By David Sanzo
God confirms the words of His servants. The gospel of Mark says that the Lord worked with the apostles, “confirming the word with signs following” (Mark 16:20). The book of Acts tells us that He gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power, or with great demonstration of His ability (Acts 4:33). The book of Hebrews supports this truth, saying that He bore them witness “both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will” (Hebrews 2:4).
When we come to an interior place where we find ourselves reigning in the spirit, our words take on a guarantee. Our words become much more powerful: they become more sure, for they become confirmed by Almighty God. God bears them witness, even by working wonders. God’s power especially flows when we speak with the faith of God. God has told us that He is the Lord that:
•••confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers (Isaiah 44:26).
God will back up the words of the obedient communicators of His divine message. He will cause their words to take place. He will even reinforce their words when it comes to judgment.
After Elijah was taken up in a chariot of fire, Elisha went to Bethel. On his way, some children began to make fun of the power of God, telling Elisha to “go up, thou bald head” (II Kings 2:23). They made a mockery of Elijah, his mentor, being taken up. Elisha cursed them in the name of the Lord and two female bears came out of the woods and tore up 42 of them. Surely it is a dangerous thing to speak against the man of God, especially one by whom the power of God is manifested.
In Acts 5, we read an account of a husband and wife named Ananias and Sapphira. They wanted to join everyone else in giving to the church. At the time, there were many that sold their houses, real estate, and other valuable possessions and gave the proceeds to the church to further the gospel. (It would be wonderful to see people doing that today.)
This couple sold a piece of property, but decided that they wanted to keep back part of the profits for themselves. I do not think there was anything necessarily wrong with that. The problem was that they conspired to lie to the church, making everybody believe that they had given all of the money to the work of God.