Miraculous Signs From God: What Can We Expect?

‘Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.’ (Acts 2:22)

Signs: What are they?

The New Testament Greek word for signs is semeion, meaning a ‘sign, mark or token.’ [1]

A God-given sign is an event that has the mark of God upon it. His Divine power and supernatural intervention is the only explanation for what is taking place.

A sign is like a flashing light proclaiming, ‘God is at work here!’

Many Different Signs from God

When you think of ‘signs’, what comes to mind? In the church today, we tend to use the term ‘sign’ to describe an unusual miracle or manifestation.

However in the New Testament the term is used for many different displays of God’s power, including: miracles (John 2:11), resurrection (John 11:43-47), deliverance (Mark 16:17), provision (John 6:12-14), healing (John 6:2), tongues and prophecy. (1 Cor 14:22-25) John in particular consistently refers to the miracles of Jesus as ‘signs.’ In his Gospel, John made a systematic report of signs that included turning water to wine, the feeding of the 5,000, and Lazarus’ resurrection. (John 2:11, 4:54)

‘…and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick.’ (John 6:2)

In addition to healing and deliverance, remarkable miracles that Jesus performed included:

  • Turning water into wine (John 2:11)
  • An overflow catch of fish (Luke 5:6)
  • Fish with a coin in its mouth (Matt 17:27)
  • Calming the storm with a word of command (Luke 8:24)
  • Walking on water (John 6:19)
  • Transfiguration (Matt 17:1-8)
  • Multiplication of bread and fish (John 6:1-15)
  • Cursing the fig tree (Matt 21:18-21)

Many of these revealed Jesus’ supremacy over the laws of nature.

Signs also accompanied Jesus’ birth (Matt 2:2, Luke 2:12) and death. (Matt 27:45, 51)

No Limit to the Signs God can do

Signs in scripture are diverse, and many miraculous things God did were not repeated. [2] This tells us that there is no limit to the many ways God will reveal Himself to people.

Jesus said that those who believed in Him would perform more and even greater works after His resurrection. (John 14:12-14)

Who can Perform Signs and Miracles?

Signs, wonders and miracles are a special mark of Apostolic ministry in the New Testament (2 Cor 12:12), but are not confined to the Apostles.

Stephen and Philip, who are deacons-turned-evangelists, do great signs and wonders in Jesus’ Name as they preach the Gospel. (Acts 6:8, 8:6) And prophets such as Agabus bring supernatural insights from God. (Acts 11:28)

However, miraculous ministry is not confined to those in the five-fold ministry office. (Eph 4:11-13)

When Paul lists the gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed amongst individual believers (1 Cor 12:7), he includes:

  • Faith (1 Cor 12:9)
  • Healing (1 Cor 12:9)
  • Miraculous powers (1 Cor 12:10)
  • Prophecy (1 Cor 12:10)

Through spiritual gifts, miraculous signs are distributed throughout the body as a part of the regular ministry of the church.

In the New Testament, individual believers, carrying authority as sons and daughters of God also have the ability to pray and see God’s power released in Jesus’ Name (Matt 28:19-20).

Partnering with God

Observing the way that Jesus performed miracles shows us how a supernatural life is sourced in our intimate relationship with God. (John 5:19)

In the miracles of Jesus we see perfect unity between the Father, who ordained them, Jesus who acted in obedience to perform them and the Holy Spirit, whose power produced the miracle.

Peter observed this Divine unity when he stated:

‘…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.’ (Acts 10:38)

Signs can be Public or Personal

Many signs and miracles of Jesus were performed in front of crowds.

However, most of the crowd attending the wedding of Cana was unaware that Jesus was the source of a miracle. Only Mary, the servants and Jesus’ disciples were privy to the truth. (John 2:9-10)

Why did Jesus direct Peter to throw out a line and catch a single fish from the Sea of Galilee to provide the coin that would pay for His and Peter’s temple tax? (Matt 17:24-26)

Healing and deliverance impacted individuals and their families.

The coin in the mouth of a single fish may have been a very personal sign from the heart of God, speaking to Peter of His ongoing provision. For in the future, Peter would gain a living, not as a fisherman, but through serving as a leader in the church. (1 Cor 9:4-6)

In upcoming posts I will be considering the questions, ‘What is the purpose of miraculous signs?’ and ‘How can we tell a sign is really from God—and be protected from the ‘deceiving signs’ Jesus talked about?’


Notes:

[1] Strongs Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. 1996.  Ref 4592, semeion, sign (also ‘miracle’)

[2] I have focused on the NT in the above study. Signs also have a prominence in the OT, for example signs of covenant, such as the rainbow (Gen 9) and circumcision, the miraculous signs God performed through Moses in Egypt, the miracles of the prophets Elijah and Elisha, and so on.


Related Posts:

6 Questions to ask About Supernatural Signs

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5 Purposes for Signs and Miracles

Awakening To The Dunamis Power Of God


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8 Keys to a Healthy Prophetic Lifestyle

 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5:19)

Receiving prophetic guidance about what God intends to do, and then acting upon what He shows us, is foundational to living a supernatural Christian life.

And as Jesus went about doing what the Father showed Him, miracles broke out, healing took place, lives were changed, and people received God’s word and believed in Him.

Prophetic Revelation in Everyday Life

Ways in which we can ‘see what the Father is doing’ can include:

  • Hearing from God through our Bible reading and devotional life,
  • Walking and talking with the Father and receiving insights as to what His desires, plans and purposes are
  • Prophetic dreams
  • Being aware of the prompts and nudges of the Holy Spirit throughout the day
  • Other prophetic means such as visions, impressions, ideas, words, intercession, supernatural knowledge and insights
  • Recognising Divine appointments

The word ‘revelation’ in the NT Greek means ‘uncovering’ or ‘disclosure.’ When we receive a prophetic revelation through any of the above ways, the Holy Spirit is sharing with us something that we could not know by natural means.

You do not need to have a gift of prophecy to lead a supernatural lifestyle and hear God speaking to you. Hearing from God and living in relationship with Him is available to all of His children.

Staying on Track in a Prophetic Lifestyle

Having a close relationship with God in which we receive prophetic guidance (instruction from the Holy Spirit) and then act upon it—or to put it simply, ‘hear and obey’—is foundational to living a supernatural Christian life.

So how can we stay on track, having an effective prophetic lifestyle that is bringing glory to God and drawing people to Jesus? How can we foster an environment in which we continue to grow and develop in our walk with God?

Last week we looked at 3 vital ingredients of living a supernatural life:

  • Knowing and expressing the Father’s love,
  • Staying filled with the Holy Spirit and
  • Following Jesus

Following are 8 more keys to a healthy prophetic lifestyle:

1. Don’t make a Distinction between Spiritual and ‘Non-spiritual’ Times and Places

‘So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.’ (Rom 12:1 MSG)

When you realise that God is present constantly—and have an expectation that He wants to speak to you, and impact people through you wherever you go—it changes the way you live. [1 ]

2. Start in Your Personal Devotional Life

A prophetic lifestyle begins in our own intimate relationship with God. He wants to commune with us and share what is on His heart for our life. Further, if we cannot receive His personal encouragement to us, how can we expect to have it for others?

Journaling is one way to explore what God is speaking to us personally. [2]

3. Be Natural in Your Expression

Jesus related to all types of people and ordinary people loved Him and hung on His words. (Mark 12:37)

In the same way that Jesus shared truth from the Father in a way that people related to it, we also should be natural and culturally relevant (1 Cor 9:20) in our approach when we are sharing about our faith or passing on prophetic insights to people.

4. Look for Good Fruit

The outcome of living a prophetic lifestyle is not only that we draw closer to God, but also that others around us are impacted. We should be able to point to the good fruit—the outcome of what God is doing in others and us. (John 15:8) A true prophetic lifestyle will result in testimonies of God’s goodness.

5. Remember the Filters

Questions that can help us put any prophetic insights to the test are:

  • Does this agree with what the Bible says?
  • Do I have an inner witness that this is from God?
  • Does it line up with the nature of God? In particular, with the nature of the Father as expressed through Jesus?
  • Am I willing to submit this to spiritual oversight—and would my leadership be comfortable with this?
  • Will responding to this prophetic guidance bear good fruit?

6. Embrace Accountability

Accountability is vital; not only to staying on track in our prophetic gifts, but also to help us to grow in our  Christian life. This means having spiritual oversight that you relate to—an appropriate leader or mentor who:

  • Will encourage you in your prophetic journey
  • Has the ability to speak into your life, and
  • Can bring adjustment in a caring way when necessary.

7. Be Actively Engaged in a Church Community

God designed for us to live in Christian community and for our church life to be a place where we develop and grow in our gifts and maturity. (Eph 4:11-13, 1 Cor 12-14) The benefits of our church life spill over into our everyday life—and what God is doing in our personal lives can feed back into our church life too.

8. Keep it Simple

Living a prophetic lifestyle starts with believing that God is ordering your steps and taking opportunities to share His love along the way. This may be as simple as speaking a word of encouragement, or offering to pray for someone in need. Prophetic evangelism is one expression of this and can occur naturally as we go about our daily life. [3]


Notes:

[1] For more on this subject, read The Secret of Living An Undivided Christian Life

[2] Read more in the journaling category or learn about SOAP journaling here.

[3] See Enliven Blog’s podcast page for the MP3 workshop session ‘Prophecy in the Everyday,’ along with a downloadable PDF worksheet.


Related Posts:

You Don’t Need To Have A Special Gift To Be a Supernatural Christian

Give Yourself (And Your Spiritual Gifts) Permission To Shine

Jesus Is Lord: What Does This Mean In My Daily Life?

How To Share A Prophecy With Someone Who Is Not A Christian


Can you think of any more important keys to help live a prophetic lifestyle, or do you have some experiences to share? Leave a comment in the comments box. If it is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.


© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

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