For the past few weeks, the Holy Spirit has challenged my heart to make Mark 16:20 my expectation for each and every time that I have the privilege to minister.

“And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them,
and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”

Mark 16:20

As I stand up to proclaim the Good News, I can know that I am working side-by-side with Jesus Christ and, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the message will be confirmed by attesting signs and wonders.  The signs that Jesus promised in March 16:17-18 should accompany or follow the preaching of the Word. Consider this thought taken from The Phenomena of Pentecost written back in 1931 by D.W. Kerr (an educator and the primary author of the Assemblies of God’s Statement of Fundamental Truths).

094_dw_kerr“The word “follow” is a peculiar word in Greek and means to follow
so closely as never to be absent. The five signs followed the disciples
in their ministry of the Word so closely that they were never absent.
They were always present when they preached the Gospel with the
power of the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven.” 
~ D.W. Kerr

That’s my expectation. Make it yours!