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Seeking After Signs?

Posted by appolus on May 1, 2008

Yet, in many ways, Calvary is not enough for people. They want, no demand, victory over their circumstances, a change in circumstances, anything less is unacceptable. Yet the way of the cross is the same today as it was then. It signifies death and victory, not for changed circumstances, but in the very midst of them.

SEEKING AFTER SIGNS?

 

1st Corinthians 1:22-24 “For Jews require a sign and Greeks seek after wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block, to the Greeks , foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”

Madam Guyon writes…………….I am deeply grieved that so many in this day(she lived 300 years ago, people never change)even some good people, allow themselves to be led astray by the enemy. Has not God warned us against false prophets and lying wonders of the last days? All true prophets have spoken in the name of the Lord-“Thus says the Lord.” The enemy gains great advantage because people love extraordinary manifestations, signs and wonders. I believe the inordinate love of external signs is used of the enemy to draw people away from the Word of God and from the inward way of faith.The signs that come from God encourage you to die to yourself. (Intimacy with Christ..p21)

Madam Guyon spoke prophetically when she said that “the inordinate love of external signs is used of the enemy to draw people away from the word of God.” According to Barna , this generation is the most Biblically illiterate generation for almost 300 years.

You see, in 1st Corinthians, the Jews wanted a sign from Jesus that His power would establish power and dominion over all their enemies. The Greeks were looking for some brilliant philosophy that only the very rich and educated could understand, something that would conquer and better other philosophies of the day through the sheer power of intellect and man’s genius. What they both got, was Calvary. And by being focused on outward signs and philosophies, they missed the greatest event in the history of the planet.

You see, God Himself had stepped into time and space. Not as a rich man, not a highly educated man, but as a poor working man. The Lord Jesus was born amongst the filth and stench of a manger, not in a palace, not in a temple, but in the very lowest reaches of the earth. If you are a religious man, or a worldly man, Jesus is going to disappoint you every time. He will not perform at the whim of men, He came to die. To the Jews a stumbling block, to the Greeks, foolishness. Let no one doubt though, that Jesus had come to conquer, and conquer He did. He conquered doubts, He conquered fears, He conquered death He conquered pride and He conquered sin.

Yet, in many ways, Calvary is not enough for people. They want, no demand, victory over their circumstances, a change in circumstances, anything less is unacceptable. Yet the way of the cross is the same today as it was then. It signifies death and victory, not for changed circumstances, but in the very midst of them. We see in the cross, the perfect example of obedience, even although Gethsemane showed the struggle. When we accept the circumstances of our lives, no, embrace them, then we see the miracle. Yet, when we surrender to the Lord in the very midst of the most difficult circumstances, lay our lives down, then a whole other world opens up before us, this is the true road of faith.

Sometimes circumstances were overcome by the Apostles, just as many times they were not. Yet the Apostles discovered true faith in the very midst of their trials and tribulations. The Apostle Paul learned to be content in whatever circumstances he found himself in. It is worth remembering that all of the Apostles and a good many of the early church were eventually tortured and killed, were they abandoned by God? Of course not.

Regardless of your circumstances this day, know that Jesus is in the midst of the storm with you. He will take you all the way through if you keep your eyes upon Him and that He calls on us to give thanks in everything. Remember when the Apostles were scourged for Him? They rejoiced. The Holy Spirit tells us to count it all Joy when you fall into various trials for this tests your faith that produces patience. When we face something horrific and life threatening, then we discover why we serve God. Is He our “Genie in a lamp?” or is He our Lord and Master to whom we have sworn to follow, all the way to the cross and beyond.

One Response to “Seeking After Signs?”

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