Many Christians today are often deceived by signs, wonders and miracles. Miracles are indeed necessary for the edification of the church. It is also a gift of the Holy Spirit. However, the miracles can be used to test and even deceive you.
God will do signs and wonders through false prophets
(Deut 13:1-3) “If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’ — which you have not known — ‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
It is also important to understand God will work signs and wonders through false prophets specifically to test you. So, keep watch!
False prophets will prophesy, cast demons, do wonders in Christ’s name
Jesus said about false prophets that they will indeed prophesy, cast out demons and do miracles in His name.
(Matt 7:15-16,21-23) ” Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? … Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?‘ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Many miracles of false prophets are indeed from God to test you and many follow these false prophets and unknowingly fall into their deceptive ways.
Jesus Himself said, Satan cannot cast out Satan.
(Luke 11:17-20) But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house [divided] against a house falls. If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub. And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast [them] out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.
So, do not be deceived. False prophets use God’s miracles for marketing to get empty you and your pocket which God uses them to test you.
Follow God, Not Miracles
(Matt 12:38-39) Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
Christ called those who seek after a sign as a wicked and adulterous generation. Are you one of them who seek and go after a sign rather than God?
Beware and follow God and not the signs and wonders. God tests His own people not only through trials and tribulations, but also through signs, wonders and miracles.
(Matt 24:24) “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
Great signs and wonders from false prophets are performed by God to test His own people, and sadly even the very elect can be deceived. Therefore, always keep watch and follow only God not signs and wonders.