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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Billboard/Poster/Sign (any or all) (12/02/10)

TITLE: Signs From God
By Randall Shepard
12/07/10


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“Signs, signs, everywhere you look there’s a sign.” That song by Tesla was one of my favorites when I was growing up. However, I really never understood the truth behind that song until I became a Christian. In John 17:16 Jesus prayed to the Father saying “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” He then went on to pray that we would be protected from the evil one while we were in the world. In 1 John 2:15 John, or one of John’s followers, wrote “do not love the world or anything in the world.” From these two verses we get the popular Christian saying “be in the world, not of the world.” However, this task is not easy. The world has all kinds of tools to distract us from our walk with Jesus in order to lure us to becoming a part of the world, but signs are probably are the most widely used tool to distract us from being the people God created us to be.

The second definition of a sign according to dictionary.com is “any object, action, event, pattern, etc., that conveys a meaning.” When most people think of signs, they think of billboards or posters, but a sign can be everywhere, and made of everything. The signs we see most are those 30 second videos called commercials. Let’s face it; commercials are just signs telling us what the world says we need in order to be happy. We also see billboards and posters everywhere we go. We cannot get away from the signs of the world that tell us what the world considers the secrets to happiness. These signs make it very easy for Christians to get sucked into being a part of the world, but we must remember that once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we are not of this world. We must do our best to ignore the signs of this world, and look for the signs that God gives us in order to live the life that God wants us to live.

I am not talking about signs that tell us about the second coming of Christ or the end of the world. We should already be living as if Christ is going to come back at any moment. I am talking about the signs that God gives us that show us glimpse of who He is, and how we are suppose to live. If you are lucky you might actually see a sign, poster, or billboard with Scripture on it, but those are few and far between. We often have to look a bit harder to see the signs that God gives us. It could be a person in your life that constantly laughs whom God is using to remind you that you are to live with a joyful heart every day. A sign from God could also come in the form of somebody helping another person to remind you that we are to be encouraging each other and building each other up (see 1 Thessalonians 5:11) . Watching a father play with his child could also be a sign from God to remind you how much you heavenly Father loves you. Signs from God confirming and reminding us of His Word are everywhere. We just need to slow down enough to recognize them. So, the next time you feel as if this world is crashing in on you, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around you; you might just be surprised at what you see.


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Verna Mull 12/10/10
So many great takes on the topic this week, and this is another very good one. Thank-you.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/11/10
This is a great devotion. You did a good job in picking relevant scriptures and applying them to today. When you quote from the Bible remember to include which translation you are using. Good job on writing a thought provoking essay.