Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised— look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water. Judges 6:36-38 NIV
After an evangelistic mission trip to Bogota, Colombia, Pam and I were invited back for a conference. There were Christians from all over the world who were in attendance of the nearly 12,000 people. Around 300 people were from China. A small group had traveled from the jungles of Amazon, by boat, foot, and bus which took 12 days to arrive to the meeting. They had no reservations, they only knew that they should come. The only English speaker was Jon Arnott from Toronto. We had headsets provided to us, which they used to translate for the Spanish speakers.
Worship was not a warm up for the speaker, it was part of the main event to honor Jesus and rest in His love. Each session would last 4-6 hours which included worship, speakers and ministry time. We were asked to leave to get rest for the next meeting. Most left reluctantly.
During the worship one night, I heard a plane, like a large jet, pass over the building. I thought the sound was odd because we were not even close to an airport. I noticed the roar started in the back right corner of the room and moved over the crowd toward the center of the stage. As soon as it reached that point, the sound dissipated and the speaker said this, “Shush, the Spirit is here with us.” He wanted us to be quiet and listen to anything the Spirit wanted to say.
At this point, I was over the top internally. Didn’t anybody else HEAR the sound of the mighty rushing wind? Pam had heard it also. I kept thinking, If I were the speaker, I would make a big deal about hearing that sound. I mean, Acts chapter 2 had occurred in our meeting. Shouldn’t he address the sign?
Then I realized, the focus was on the presence and honor of the Spirit and not the miraculous sign of His coming. Even in Acts 2, the disciples were gifted with speaking praises to God, not remaining focused on the miracle of His arrival. They knew they had received the promise of the person of the Holy Spirit who would remain with them always. My next thoughts,”Speak Lord, I am listening.”
Gideon asked God to perform a sign and a wonder with the dew upon the fleece. Over the next few weeks, I will try to address the following thoughts and questions regarding signs and wonders for believers for today.
- Does God still use signs and wonders?
- Should we seek signs for determining decisions which we need to make
- Authority and signs and wonders – silver and gold, what I do have rise and walk
- Jesus could not do many miracles because of their unbelief
- Adulterous generation ask for signs
- Signs, wonders and end times
Let me highlight one thought for today. If you are a follower of Jesus, you are a sign and a wonder to the lost and hopeless. The Bible clearly says that you have been born again, for no one comes into the kingdom of God who is not born again. Nicodemus understood that a miracle would have to occur for a person to be born again. Jesus said the Holy Spirit would be involved in making this miracle happen.
Being reborn is a miracle. The transformation which occurs in a new believer’s life all points to the working of the Holy spirit in a person’s life. It’s not by any works, giftings, or talents that we possess to make the new life happen. It is God’s grace shed upon us to bring us into life from the death of sin in which we were living.
Other than salvation, what is the most dramatic sign and wonder that you have personally experienced? Did it arouse thanksgiving, honor and worship of Jesus?
More to follow in the coming weeks as we dig deeper from our Lessons from Gideon.
Blessings Love y’all