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What is the real purpose of Signs and Wonders? 
 Is it to convince UNBELIEVERS that God is real and that God loves them? 
Consider the below Scriptures from the bible regarding Signs and Wonders:
Luke 4
3 – And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
This one verse seems to show that the devil was egging Jesus on to perform signs and wonders just to prove that He was the Son of God.  And isn’t this the mentality heard among the Signs and Wonders crowds today?   They proclaim, “Since we are God’s children we should be doing even GREATER signs than what Jesus did” (from John 14:12), yet isn’t this the same demonic egging on that Jesus was tempted with, only this time the devil is challenging the Children of God to SHOW OFF with great Signs and Wonders just to PROVE that THEY are Children of God?
Compare the above mindset with the Bible which teaches that we should be focused on walking in the Spirit and bearing fruit to please God (Galatians 5) and compare the above mindset with the Bible which teaches that Signs and Wonders will follow the PREACHING of repentance (Mark 16)?
Romans 12
1 -Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
It is also proclaimed in the Signs and Wonders crowds that “God performs signs and wonders to show people that He is real” or  “to show the people that He loves them“,   but are these statements Biblical Truths?   Again, lets look to Scripture.
IF Jesus came to earth to perform Signs and Wonders to PROVE He was God or to PROVE that God was in love with people so much then why, oh why, did Jesus leave towns and people without performing signs at times?  Why?  Because Jesus said that Signs and Wonders are not sent to save people but that rather REPENTANCE is preached to save people:
Matthew 16
  1 – The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 – But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 – “And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?  4 – “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” And He left them and went away.
Now what exactly is “the sign of Jonah”?  Jonah preached REPENT, WITHOUT signs or wonders,  to the city of Nineveh and the entire city repented by the preaching alone. They simply believed the preaching of the man of God and did not “require” a sign to be convinced.
Jesus gives the same message of repentance to believers and unbelievers still today.  To the church Jesus states over and over in the first chapters of Revelation, “Repent” and we see all the Apostles and John the Baptist preaching “Repent and bring forth deeds worthy of repentance” to the unbelievers of their time:
Acts 26
19 – “So, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 – but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.  (see also Luke 3)
Signs and Wonders were NOT performed to show that God loves anybody or that God is real.  “Repent and turn from your sins” was preached first and signs followed the preaching to confirm that this word “Repent” was from God:
Mark 16
14 – Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15 – And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 – “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
17 –“These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;  18 -they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
19 -So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.
20And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.
The Bible really is very clear in detailing how the message “repent” changes peoples lives and converts a sinner, transforming them into a true saint who does not live the sinful life that they used to.
So in conclusion, let us remember the warning from the mouth of Jesus:
Matthew 7
21 – “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.  22 – “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many
miracles?’ 23 – “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
Please be warned and believe the Bible saints:  Signs and Wonders and Healings, in themselves, will NOT  save anybody or reveal to people how much God loves them so that they can be saved!   And Signs and Wonders should not be the focus of  any True Believer to make them feel that they are really God’s Child or to make them feel that they are really spiritual.  Rather, the bible is clear that you will show yourself to truly be God’s Child and God’s love will truly be revealed to you … and anybody who will believe … after you repent from sin!
Acts 3
19 – “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; 20 – and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you
REPENT first … this is the message that must be preached to the unsaved … THEN the refreshing love and peace of God will come to you from the Lord, and Signs and Wonders may even show up if you will preach this sound Message to the unsaved.   God’s order and God’s reasoning and God’s purpose for Signs and Wonders is clearly shown in the Word, if we all will just care to take some time to read the Word and believe it the way it is written in its context and entirety.
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