The Holy Spirit: Confirming Signs, by A.W. Tozer

 The Holy Spirit: Confirming Signs
By A.W.Tozer

*"And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them
and confirming the word through the accompanying signs."
*--Mark 16:20

Such words as these in the second chapter of Hebrews stand as a
rebuke to the unbelieving Christians of our day: "God also bearing
them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles,
and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will."

A cold Church is forced to "interpret" such language. She cannot enter into
it, so she explains it away. Not a little juggling is required, and
not a few statements for which there is not scriptural authority,
but anything will do to save face and justify our half-dead
condition. Such defensive exegesis is but a refuge for unbelieving
orthodoxy, a hiding place for a Church too weak to stand.

No one with a knowledge of the facts can deny the need for
supernatural aid in the work of world evangelization. We are so
hopelessly outclassed by the world's superior strength that for us
it means either God's help or sure defeat. The Christian who goes
out without faith in "wonders" will return without fruit. No one
dare be so rash as to seek to do impossible things unless he has
first been empowered by the God of the impossible. "The power of the
Lord was there" is our guarantee of victory. Paths to Power, 12-13.

"May the power of the Lord be with me in my ministry today, so that
I might not be 'outclassed by the world's superior strength.' Amen."