I write to release the pressure. It is not in response to outer pressures but to inner pressures. I love the word of God and I love to meditate on His truth. As I meditate and communicate with Him, the Spirit drops revelation of His truths into my spirit that build and build until I have to release them. They become like fire, shut up in my bones.
This issue about looking for signs is something I have been personally dealing with. I am going through a desert wilderness experience of trials and tribulations. If you asked me how I felt about this I would have to admit that I would love to have this part of the road I am traveling, far behind me. Every day I get up and say to myself that perhaps today will be the day things will begin to change. I am living day by day in meditation on the word of God, depending on Him for grace to get through the day. He is faithful.
Every time I come to a time like this in my life, I am so tempted to always ask God for signs to reassure me that it is really a part of His plan for my life. I also ask for miraculous signs of deliverance that will astonish all that see or here of it to bring Him the glory and give me a powerful testimony. I don't try and hid my pain from people when I am being tested but share my trials with others because I value my testimony. I realize my victory in the end can be an encouragement to others as they go through their own trials. God has always been faithful and I know that in His timing deliverance will come. It may be an extravagant miraculous delivery or a quiet maneuvering of circumstances in my favor. Anyone can serve God from a mountain top but He gets the most glory by our faithfulness in the valleys of life where the road is rough and filled with obstacles. He is glorified because how ever He does it, it is only by His grace that we get to our destination.
In my blog, "Looking for signs, again" I talked about the wilderness experience of the Jewish exodus from Egypt. They had continual signs before them but it didn't cure their rebellious state of unbelief. I said the more mature a believer, the more they beleive in signs but the less dependent they are on signs. God wants us to be dependent on the faithfulness of His promises contained in His word.
This morning in my devotional reading the Spirit took me to this account of the Exodus of the Jews in the desert of Zin, in Kadesh. Evidently, He had some additional truth to reveal to me about signs. That revelation is the reason for the topic of this blog, "Signs are evidences of God's power, handle with prayer"
Here is the scripture I read in Numbers 20:2-12(New King James Version)
2 Now there was no water for the congregation; so they gathered together against Moses and Aaron. 3 And the people contended with Moses and spoke, saying: “If only we had died when our brethren died before the Lord! 4 Why have you brought up the assembly of the Lord into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here? 5 And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink.” 6 So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and they fell on their faces. And the glory of the Lord appeared to them.
7 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 8 “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” 9 So Moses took the rod from before the Lord as He commanded him.
10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.
12 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”
Moses was chosen by God. He was mightily used by God as the deliverer for His people and God confirmed this by doing miraculous sign after miraculous sign through Him.
God was always very specific when giving Moses instructions and God was very gracious to His servant. Every time I read the account of how Moses came down from the mountain with the 1st tablets of the 10 commandments and got so angry at what the people were doing by worshiping the golden calf that he threw the tables down and broke them to pieces.
Think about it! These tablets were inscribed by the finger of God and he tossed them to the ground in anger at the people as if they were nothing. Now, the scripture doesn't say it but I can only imagine God gave Moses grace by not punishing him for doing that. Another man by the name of Uzzah in the time of David wasn't so fortunate. As they were carrying the ark of the covenant along the road, they hit a bump and he reached out and took hold of it to keep it from falling to the ground and was immediately struck dead!
Moses had a lot of the grace of God covering him after seeing so much of God's powerful signs and wonders, but he stepped over the line one time too many in Kadesh.
God told Him to take the rod in his hand and speak to the rock to make the water flow. Why didn't Moses do as God had instructed? Well the answer is easily recognized in Moses' comments before he acted. He assembled them all before the rock and said:"Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” Then he hit the rock. He didn't speak to it as he was instructed but hit it not once but twice! I'd guess once for himself and once for Aaron. I bet he hit really hard, too!
Hello! "Must WE"! Since when did he and Aaron bring anything about by their own power? Moses' anger and pride got the best of him. He made a huge mistake by not giving glory to the only One who has the power to do signs and wonder which is God, alone and instead tried to puff up himself and Aaron in the people's eyes! Moses had serious anger issues that continually brought about problems in his life and this time he had to pay the ultimate consequences. After all he had been through and sacrificed in his life to get to this point, so close to the end of his assignment, he was denied the privilege of completing it by bringing them into the land. He would be permitted to see it from a distance but could not enter in.
Moses made the mistake of taking the mighty signs and wonders of God for granted. His head swelled up with pride because of how God had used him and he thought the signs said something more about him than they ever did. It was only by the grace and sovereignty of God that he had been chosen and given this privilege. The signs and wonders throughout this whole journey were for one reason and that reason was for the people of Egypt and the Jews both to know that the Lord, He is God. He alone has all power over all gods. He alone is worthy of glory and is to be reverenced.
This is what the Spirit wanted me to grasp. So I am share this message with you. If you are being used by God in doing signs and wonders, if you want to be used by God in your ministry confirmed by signs and wonders or if you have been blessed to experienced a miracle, a wonder or seen a mighty sign of His power, never, ever take it for granted. Never assume it has anything to do with you or how anointed you may think you are. If God ever uses anyone to reveal His power it is because He is extending His grace to them not because they deserve it or could ever earn it. So all you mighty men and women of God who believe in God 's mighty signs and wonders, please never forget:
Signs are evidences of God's power, so handle with prayer.
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