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ASKING GOD FOR A SIGN:RIGHT OR WRONG.

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Jerry1023

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What does it mean to ask God for a sign after God made a promise to you or after you heard the voice of God,do you guys think it is biblical to ask God for a sign,i was reading a thread posted by someone,in one of the forums,the person said that he knew that asking God for a sign is a sin,i read all the replies no body proved his believe that; it is a sin to ask God for sign wrong,does that means that asking God for a sign is a sin,or does it meaning that the person is doubting God or questioning God's ability to perform His promise,if you hear God boldly and expresselly telling you that he will bless you with your heart desire before this month runs out,and you ask Him to show you a sign,does that meaning you are doubting Him or you are sinning against God.

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I don't need a sign.  I have the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit and I have the Word of God.  He speaks to me that way.

 

When you have a relationship with God, asking for a sign is like having a girlfriend but wanting a picture of her more than wanting her.



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i think it indicates a lack of faith when we ask God for a sign. but.... sometimes we DO lack a little faith! but is it biblical? well, yeah. but just because there is biblical text that says someone asked for a sign (and God gave the sign) doesn't mean that it's RIGHT... it just means that the guy who asked was as human as you and i are, struggled with his faith sometimes, and asked for a sign. whether that is right or wrong isn't my place to decide. but the first person that comes to mind is Gideon, who asked God one night for a specific sign.... that when the dew fell it would fall only on his sleeping fleece, but the ground would be dry. that still wasn't enough convincing for him and the next night he asked God to let the dew fall everywhere BUT the sleeping fleece. (i may have those two signs backwards.)

 

another example was abraham's servant, who was sent to go find a wife for isaac. when he neared his destination, he asked God for a very specific sign so that he would know what young woman he was to return with. just as with gideon, this servant's request for a sign was granted. 

 

in isaiah chapter 7, the Lord speaks to ahaz and TELLS him to ask for a sign. ahaz, however, declined, saying he would not test God in such a manner.



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Sometimes something is so important that I think it's ok to ask for a sign. For instance when you really want to do something and don't trust your own thinking.

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I think you're more likely to receive a sign when you don't ask for one. A bit like the people who dream of Jesus and then become saved. I believe God may send a sign to the really desperate, but if you ask him for one you're not always likely to get one.

God will send us a sign if it is his wish. You can't ask him to perform tricks for you.



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I don't believe it's wrong to ask God for a sign, such as a confirmation, direction, asking to show someone He's real, praying for a miracle. etc. That's biblical and the bible is filled with examples of those kind of signs. When you ask in pride and unbelief, that's a different story.

I know many take the Pharisees asking for a sign as proof that we should never ask God for a sign, but that is taking it completely out of context.

When the Pharisee's asked for a sign, they asked in unbelief and in anger.  Now, context. The Pharisee's were expecting the Messiah to overthrow the Roman empire and rule over Israel. They were under Roman oppression and if Jesus was their Messiah, He would be the one to deliver them from that oppression.

Matthew 12:39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.

What kind of sign? Not a miracle because Jesus just made them mad because He healed someone on Sabbath. He also had a habit of opening blind eyes, multiplying food, making the paralyzed walk as as sign He can forgive sins. The sign they wanted from Him was not a miracle. In Luke, he just finished sending out the 70 and they returned testifying of the miracles God has done. Now, lets look at this in Luke.

Luke 11:29 And while the crowds were thickly gathered together, He began to say, “This is an evil generation. It seeks a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. 30 For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation. 31 The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.

So, Instead of rising up overthrowing Rome, he died for three days and extended Salvation to Rome through repentance just as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites. Then, Jesus will go on to say, instead of overthrowing the Gentiles, the Gentiles will receive mercy and rise up in judgement against them.



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I can go straight to the Holy Spirit and speak with Him.  I have no need for signs of anything.  He has given us everything we need in the Scriptures and through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

 

In the Bible people asked for signs but they were not people indwelt by the Holy Spirit who needed external confirmation.  We don't live in that economy any longer.



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Asking for a sign sometimes is needed. before I was saved I was depressed and lonely I asked God to please show me he is real and that i am not alone in this world. I didnt expect an answer but he did I got to meet him that very night.

 

I dont know if its always lack of faith but maybe confirmation as we may be worried its really our own thoughts not him speaking.



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Asking for a sign sometimes is needed. before I was saved I was depressed and lonely I asked God to please show me he is real and that i am not alone in this world. I didnt expect an answer but he did I got to meet him that very night.

 

I dont know if its always lack of faith but maybe confirmation as we may be worried its really our own thoughts not him speaking.

 

I think signs are more for non-believers. A believer doesn't need them.



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Asking for a sign sometimes is needed. before I was saved I was depressed and lonely I asked God to please show me he is real and that i am not alone in this world. I didnt expect an answer but he did I got to meet him that very night.

 

I dont know if its always lack of faith but maybe confirmation as we may be worried its really our own thoughts not him speaking.

 

I think signs are more for non-believers. A believer doesn't need them.

 

Perhaps a mature believer doesnt but I think one with a weaker less mature faith might.



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I think you're more likely to receive a sign when you don't ask for one. A bit like the people who dream of Jesus and then become saved. I believe God may send a sign to the really desperate, but if you ask him for one you're not always likely to get one.
God will send us a sign if it is his wish. You can't ask him to perform tricks for you.

bible told us expressly and boldly,that we should believe in the Lord our God,so shall we be establish,he told us also to believe the servant of God in other for us to prosper:2chronicles 20:20" i posted this thread because iam good in asking God for a sign,somebody said here that it is only unbelievers that ask God for a sign,God promise to give us pastors according to His own heart,that will feed us with knowledge and understanding,Jeremiah 3:15" I was in a deliverance service some few days ago,the leading pastor spoke a word of knowledge to the congregation,and still asked God for a sign to confirm what he told us,he mention 15 people that,this sign he ask from God will manifest in their body immediately,and he still ask the Holy Spirit to move into the congregation and locate those 15 persons,immediately what he said and the sign he demanded from God started to manifest,in the congregation,some said here it is lack of faith,like I myself alot of voice speaks to me,when ever iam not sure or a little bit confuse about the voice i always ask God for a sign,does that mean i lack faith or iam asking out of unbelief,i believe my question demand an answer,is it wrong to ask God for a sign,when ever God speaks to you,just to be sure,that the voice is from God.

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We always want a right or wrong answer but it is usually not that simple though many try to say it is.

I ask for signs when I feel it necessary but don't take that as if I am saying it is always OK.

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All believers have to do is look around in society and they can see many of the "signs" of the time all around them being fullfilled right before their eyes. 

 

Faith doesn't need a sign because faith is the substance of things hoped for and the "evidence" of things not seen.  Asking for a sign is doubting and is asking God for some kind of proof before you'll act on your own faith. 



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God will never allow Himself to be tempted beyond what He is willing to reveal of a thing. Gideon comes to mind. It then remains for the one asking to step out in faith in the direction he/she feels led. Van Til has it this way: Run the thing out in your thinking as far as you can and see where to winds up __ if Satan, stop.  If God, proceed..


Edited by Cross Reference, 13 June 2014 - 06:29 AM.


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Asking for a sign sometimes is needed.

 

before I was saved I was depressed and lonely

 

I asked God to please show me he is real and that i am not alone in this world.

 

I didn't expect an answer but he did

 

I got to meet him that very night....

 

:thumbsup:

 

yet ye have not, because ye ask not. James 1:2(f-g)



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There are a lot of good answers here. As mentioned above, when weak in the Spirit and faith, sometimes we do need a sign from God in another form than the Holy Spirit speaking to our hearts. There was a time when I was so back slidden that I didn't' know how to listen to God within my spirit anymore, so I asked for a sign that would determine a big spiritual change in my life, and God gave me one. And so it changed my life.

 

There was another time when I was spiritually close to God but needed confirmation to make an important decision in my life, because as "Otherone" mentioned, "sometimes we cannot trust our own thinking" as the flesh constantly battles with the spirit. So I asked God for a sign again and was given one, and so my life took a big turn for the better.



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Asking God for a sign may represent a lack of spiritual maturity or an instance of doubt under extreme pressure. 

 

PERSPECTIVE

Do you get upset with a child that does not believe you when you say you are going to do something for them?

Most often, the child asks numerous questions about the details on how and when. I don’t think you get upset, since you know it’s a child.

 

However, with an adult you can only assume that the person doesn't know you that well or know you at all.



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But when do you let go and step out in faith. If you have not that kind of faith no sign will be sufficent __ and the easy one will be your choice.


Edited by Cross Reference, 14 June 2014 - 02:00 PM.


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But when do you let go and step out in faith. If you have not that kind of faith no sign will be sufficent __ and the easy one will be your choice.

There's always some faith left in us as a Christian, even if it's as small as the size of a mustard seed.

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But when do you let go and step out in faith. If you have not that kind of faith no sign will be sufficent __ and the easy one will be your choice.

There's always some faith left in us as a Christian, even if it's as small as the size of a mustard seed.

 

The mustard seed faith IS of the Faith of Jesus Chrst. Could it be otherwise for Jesus to say what He declared, re the fig tree?






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