Pastor Tim Romero
Mark 16:16–18 (ESV): 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."
True belief in Jesus will be matched with outward expressions (works), divine empowerment, and protection. He has sent us out as sheep among the wolves and promises to give us supernatural boldness, equipping, and protection so we can make Him famous in this world. It all starts with genuine belief.
Just before Jesus ascended into heaven He told His disciples what genuine belief would look like. First, they would be changed (baptized). Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It is a proclamation that Jesus is Lord. It is representative of divine boldness and works. It is not a means of salvation but a declaration of it. Secondly, they would "cast out demons, speak in tongues, pick up deadly serpents and drink poison and not be hurt, and heal the sick." These signs are to represent divine equipping, empowerment, and protection. It doesn't mean every true believer must do this verbatim. They are representative of the kind of things genuine believers would be gifted in.
Have you been truly saved? Has there been an inward change matched with an outward expression? Are you walking in divine power and protection? True believers can quench the Spirit and reduce His ability to work by how we live. Look at your works today and consider is this God? Am I divinely emboldened, equipped, empowered, and protected today? If not, go before the Lord and ask Him to show you why. If you are, then walk on in Jesus' name, giving Him all the glory, Amen?
Father, show us our works that demonstrate our faith. May we be workmen who are not ashamed, walking in the Spirit and making You famous in all the world we pray, in Jesus name, amen.