“It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.”
2 Chronicles 5:13,14
Perhaps you have heard the saying “signs of life.” When someone appears dead people check for a pulse and look for other indications that the person may still be alive. In fact, when people lack signs of life they are usually pronounced dead. A regularly bouncing blip on a heart monitor is a good thing while a flat line is cause for alarm.
Some people view those who look for signs of life as somehow weak and not able to live by faith. To many being able to live without signs is considered a higher form of Christianity. They do not need to speak in tongues nor do they need a rapture to escape great tribulation. They do not need emotional experiences and consider them crutches for those who cannot stand on their own. In fact the less signs they experience the more they believe they are walking strong in God. Nothing, in my opinion, could be further from the truth.
While I do agree that we must walk with God even in the absence of “signs” I believe it is preferable to walk with God with signs. We should embrace instead of eschew manifestations of God’s presence because it is when God is with us in a demonstrative way that our very nature is renewed and changed for the better. It is written,
“And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.”
1 Samuel 10:6.7
“And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day. And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them. And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?”
1 Samuel 10:9-11
Here is a truth,
“It is in the presence of God that we find sustenance, shelter, and light.”
It is written,
“Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys:”
The children of Israel lived by following the presence of God and it was through signs that they were able to know where God was. It was not weakness to follow the pillar of cloud by day and camp around the pillar of fire by night but rather expedience. To be where God is meant shelter, food, and protection and is the only way the children of Israel could survive in the desert. For us to survive in the present day wilderness of this world we also need to be close to God and when we are there will be signs.
Just as a body without a spirit is dead so to churches without the Spirit are also lifeless. It is just that some churches have been deceased for so long that their leaders have made it into a virtue instead of admitting the tragedy. Rather than mourning their lack of the Spirit they are proud of it and look down upon others who earnestly seek after signs of life. Many are actually proud that they don’t need emotional experiences to walk with God. However, if one meets the creator of Heaven and Earth I don’t see how they cannot be emotionally impacted. Even a baby lept in his mothers womb at the presence of the unborn Christ. How much more should we react in ecstatic ways to the presence of our risen Savior?
The truth is that we are all mixed up about a great many things in Christianity. In our hearts we want to serve God but we just don’t know how to properly go about it. This is why we desperately need to live by revelation for only in that way can our Father teach us what we really need to know. Some of our doctrinal ruts are open ended graves and the only way out of these lifeless trenches is for God to say, “Lazarus, come forth” through His living word for today. We need clarity more than conformity. Only through obtaining His perspective can we possibly change our own.
We have entered into a time of strong delusion. The world is turning towards the spirit of antichrist in preparation for his revealing. As Christians it is ever more important that we become willing and able to live by every world that proceeds our of the mouth of our Father on a daily basis, trusting Him more than everything that is going on around us. We need to seek His presence and signs are what indicate where He is.
In conclusion, signs should be welcomed into our lives and into our churches. Jesus said that He came to bring us life and life more abundantly therefore when He is present there will be signs of life. Let no one intimidate us into thinking that we should not want to see and experience such signs for to be with God is the goal we all hope for and share.