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Sign of Good Faith

7.8.2021


Over the last several decades a movement has grown which stresses the overt actions of faith. Healings, gaining of wealth, and the sign gifts ( i.e. speaking in tongues) are at the center of this movement. Let me say loud and clear (in caps) that GOD IS CAPABLE OF DOING ANYTHING THROUGH ANYONE OR EVEN WITHOUT ANYONE! I believe that, not only, can God heal, bring wealth, and cause people to speak in tongues, but that He has done these things more often than we know. Having said that, I believe a warning needs to be heard.


It seems to me that many today believe true faith is being able to move God’s hand. They ‘work’ on growing the faith to heal or be healed. They ‘work’ on having the faith that leads to wealth. They ‘work’ on the faith to do signs. They will say;


‘If you just believe you will be healed.’

Or;

‘If you have enough faith you will speak in tongues.’


It is all about THEIR faith and what IT can cause God to do. Absent is the idea that faith in God is not about us but about Him!


Yesterday, we looked at the example of Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego who boldly said;


“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”” Daniel‬ ‭3:16-18‬


They didn’t measure their faith based on what they caused God to do. They didn’t tell the king that God would deliver them because they had faith, no they had faith no matter what God chose to do.


Those who live the Christian walk by striving to have enough faith to make God put out ‘fires’ have chosen to put their faith in the signs instead of the sign maker. This is dangerous and, humbly, I believe poor theology.


Let’s look at what Jesus said about putting faith in signs and wonders.


Right after He resurrected Jesus appeared to all the disciples except Thomas. This soon changed as we see here;


“Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”” John‬ ‭20:24-29‬


Did you catch it? Jesus was telling Thomas that we should believe WITHOUT a sign! Jesus was stressing that we should have faith in Him and not His signs.


He also gave a stern warning about looking for the signs;


“For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.” Matthew‬ ‭24:24


When we constantly seek signs and wonders we easily can become like Thomas or we can be led astray. We may miss seeing Christ all around us because we are looking for His signs instead of Him.


I wonder how many end up losing faith because they never see the signs. I wonder how many get frustrated because they constantly feel their faith is weak because they don’t experience healing or can’t speak in tongues. It is not their faith that is weak it’s the focus of their faith that is at issue.


I have personally heard of many miracles and incredible signs, but I’ve yet to see them myself. I don’t think it’s a lack of faith on my part- no, in fact, my faith continues to grow. Why? Because my faith seeks not to move the hand of God in search of signs, but instead seeks to allow the hand of God to move me in His work.


How about you? Where is the focus of your faith? I challenge you to read Hebrews 11 and tell me what kind of faith it speaks of as stated in the first verse;


“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬


Faith is not about seeing the signs, it’s about believing even if you never see a sign. Faith is not believing only if healed, faith is believing that even if not healed God can still be trusted. Faith isn’t needing to speak in tongues or getting rich, faith is knowing God will equip you for His work and provide just what you need- even if it is the loss of every possession you have or having no tongue.


Trust in the Sign Maker and not the signs and you will be right where God wants you! That is a sign of good faith.


Prayer focus: For our brother Krupa Raju as he prepares for marriage on July 15th.



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