Does God still give signs today?

Posted: March 20, 2015 in Ma-Papel (Paperworks), thought to ponder
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I encountered this question and got stuck with it. I mean, being a skeptical person, I am one of those who would raise his eyebrows when people say “God spoke to me” or “I dreamt something and God was impressing upon me”. Not that I don’t believe that God can use different ways in talking to people (If He can make a donkey talk, as in the case of Balaam, or talking directly to people like He did in the time of Moses), I believe that He has given us the Bible, His written word, and it is complete (meaning we don’t have to add or subtract to it) and it is relevant today. I’m not gonna open up the topic of tongues and prophecy, but rather talk about signs. So the question is…

Does God still give signs today? 

This question is almost clearly identical to finding God’s will. For those who are wanting to be in a relationship, everything can be a sign. Let’s look at closely at Scriptures to see what it has to say about God’s will, and in relation to that, signs.

Sign #1: The Bible

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Tim. 3:16-17, Emphasis Mine)

Go back to the basic. If you want to hear from God, read His word. It’s like being in a relationship with somebody. You don’t get to know the person just by asking everyone except that person you are interested with. You talk to the person, you ask, you create a conversation. In fact, you would write letters (for old school people) or chat through the social media, and read the letters. In the same manner with God, we go back to His word. It is still effective today. It is PROFITABLE for teaching, reproof, correction, training in righteousness. You’ll find more about God by reading His word. You discover His character, His likes and dislikes, His heart, through His word, The Bible.

Sign #2: Circumstances

And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.(Mark 16:20, Emphasis Mine)

Circumstances may force us to do something. Example: We are in need of tuition fee, work (that is God-honoring) is available. We take that job instead of waiting for a dole out. That is an example of a circumstance.

Notice what the disciples did. Action came first before the signs. They went out and preached (That’s the action), while (which means on going with the action) the Lord worked with them, then followed by the signs.

According to Grant Edwards, author of First Steps, he wrote…judging circumstances can be the most difficult aspect of discerning God’s will. Just because there is an open door doesn’t mean that you should enter it, and even when doors are closed, it still could be God’s will that you go through them. As the Spirit convicts, the Bible instructs, and other Christians encourage, you will be given faith to be cautious about an open door or to command a closed door to be open in Jesus name. (DA2LJ, Lesson 8: God’s Will, p108)

Another author puts it this way…

We need to learn to err on the side of action, because we tend to default to negligence. So many won’t do anything unless they hear a voice from heaven telling them precisely what to do. Why not default to action until you hear a voice from heaven telling you to wait? For example: Why not assume you should adopt kids unless you hear a voice telling you not to? Wouldn’t that seem more biblical since God has told us that true religion is to care for the widows and orphans (James 1:27) – Francis Chan (You and Me Forever, p16)

Sign #3: Others

By insolence comes nothing but strife,
but with those who take advice is wisdom.
(Prov. 13:10)

We seek advice by asking the right people. These may be in the form of our pastors, our mentors, or someone who we listen to. One advice I was given by a mentor is to surround yourself with a mentor. If you need help in your love life, ask someone who is married. If you need help in finances or business, ask someone who works or better yet, runs a business. If you need help in whatever area, look for someone who can mentor you. The ultimate mentor is God, but He has given wisdom to other people through their experiences and through their insights from other people as well.

Sign #4: Holy Spirit

Three things we can look for is Conscience, Intuition and Presence of the Holy Spirit.

Conscience – When we are in Christ, The Holy Spirit speaks through our conscience. Since we are indwelt by the Spirit, there would be times when our conscience speaks out.

I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit (Romans 9:1)

Intuition – the dictionary defines this as the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. When we are in Christ, we will be inclined to understand things and act to do what is right, for it is Christ who gives us that wisdom to do so.

that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him (Ephesians 1:17)

Presence – lastly, being indwelt with the Spirit meant that His presence is with us. We will then ask the question, “Can I honor God with this decision?” The idea that God is with us isn’t just an idea. It becomes a reality.

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Romans 8:16)

We also have to be careful of timing and methodology (but this is something we can discuss on another day). Hopefully, the four signs help us when we make a decision. Ultimately, we can always go back to one simple question…

Can I honor God with my decision making. If the answer is NO, then definitely that isn’t from God.

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