Teaching Discussion by Ron and Shana Wise
Throughout the bible, we see dreams, vision, signs, wonders, and miracles. Yet if we examine the context of the various wonders, we can see how God will use them to confirm the assignment in the person He is using to get His will accomplished in the earth.
We serve a God that is Supernatural, and we are His supernatural reflection in the earth. God wants to use us as He designed and purposed us to be. All of us were born for such a time as this, and we all have various assignments to accomplish.
Let us examine four men of the bible that encountered God and were used to bring forth signs and wonders according to their assignment.
Moses at the Burning Bush
Exodus 4:1-9 Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’ ” 2 So the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.”3 And He said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. 4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail” (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand), 5 “that they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”
6 Furthermore the Lord said to him, “Now put your hand in your bosom.” And he put his hand in his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, like snow. 7 And He said, “Put your hand in your bosom again.” So he put his hand in his bosom again, and drew it out of his bosom, and behold, it was restored like his other flesh. 8 “Then it will be, if they do not believe you, nor heed the message of the first sign, that they may believe the message of the latter sign. 9 And it shall be, if they do not believe even these two signs, or listen to your voice, that you shall take water from the river and pour it on the dry land. The water which you take from the river will become blood on the dry land.”
1. God used Moses despite his shortcomings. He instructed Moses to throw down his rod and put his hand inside his blossom (cloak) and a sign came forth. What do you think the significance of these signs had to do with his assignment?
2. We must remember that Moses was encountering God at the burning bush that was not consumed when God was showing him these signs (Exodus chapter 3). When we are in the presence of the supernatural God, supernatural things happen. When it comes to your assignment, why is it important to stay in the presence of God?
Joshua and the Sun Standing Still
Joshua 10:12-14 Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.”13 So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge Upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. 14 And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that the Lord heeded the voice of a man; for the Lord fought for Israel.
1. This is not the first sign and wonder that Joshua experienced from God. If you read up until this point of the text, God had displayed His power for the Israelites repeatedly (ex. Jericho, parting the Jorden River). Yet, this is the first time we see Joshua speaking to the atmosphere of the celestial and it happened according to his command. Joshua shows us that we have the power to invoke miracles, signs, and wonders according to our faith and the speaking to the atmosphere.
2. Joshua’s assignment was to lead the people into the promised land. He needed the supernatural to overcome the obstacles. When was the last time you spoke to the atmosphere of your situation, and it obeyed your command?
Isaiah’s Call to Be a Prophet
Isaiah 6:1-8 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” 4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.5 So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.”8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
1. Isaiah encountered God and received his calling to be a prophet in a vision. This type of holy encounter caused Isaiah to realize that he needed to confess and repent of his sins. This is what I call true worship because when we are in the presence of the Holy and Righteous God, we should not be comfortable with any sin residing in us.
2. God asked Isaiah a question and his response was, “Send Me”. When was the last time God sent you because you were willing and available? Many of us are not fully walking in our callings and assignments because God is still waiting on our response.
Paul and the Viper
Acts: 28:1-6 Now when they had escaped, they then found out that the island was called Malta. 2 And the nativesshowed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold. 3 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand. 4 So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.” 5 But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. 6 However, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.
1. Paul’s assignment was to spread the gospel to the Gentiles. Paul was bitten by a poisonous snake and was expected to die by the locals. Paul did not die because he was on assignment. Not even a poisonous snake could take them off the mission that God had sent him on. The very thing that was sent to kill Paul ended up being a testimony to the unbelievers on the island. They were able to see the miracle of Paul not dying when they have seen others die from the same type of snake. If you continue to read and the text, Paul was able to share the gospel on the island and many believed.
2. The lesson that we can learn is that when you are on your assignment signs follow to spread the gospel and there’s nothing on this planet that can stop the message of Jesus Christ. The message of Jesus Christ will sustain you and protect you for the assignment that God has called you to do.
3. When you look back over your life how has God saved you from the very thing that was supposed to kill you?
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