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Seeing the Signs

Posted by BridgePoint Church

God sends us signs on the journey to guide us, direct us, and help us find our way. The problem is, we often miss them or avoid them altogether. We can be confident that God wants to lead us toward the life he has for us. He wants what’s best for us - to direct us in the way we should go (Isaiah 48:17).

A new life is possible for us - but we’ve got to be willing to follow these road signs along the way:

STOP Sign

Even though we treat this as more of a suggestion, God puts it in our lives for a reason. The Bible tells us a lot about what we need to stop doing. John 5:14 tells us to “stop sinning or something worse may happen to you”. We can often trace our negative circumstances back to decisions we’ve made and willful sin we’ve allowed in our lives. Jesus is saying “Stop it! You’re hurting yourself.” There are consequences to your sin, and it’s not just separation from God - it’s also separation from people, friends, and the life that’s possible for you.

Additionally, “stop grumbling among yourselves” (John 6:43). Just because we can, we tend to grumble about everything and anything. It’s undeniable that the world is messed up. It’s inevitable that leaders make mistakes. We can all testify that stuff just happens. Can we lead the way in getting over those things and putting our faith in God instead? Along these same lines, and perhaps most importantly, we should “stop doubting and believe” (John 20:27). We spend so much energy on our doubts that we forget to believe; if we spent just as much time focusing on Jesus as we did on our doubts, we might just believe in his promises. Take the step. You’re not supposed to have it all figured out yet.

YIELD Sign

We’ve stopped knowing what this even signifies in our world. In many ways, to yield is to submit to another - and even though we don’t like what that implies, Jesus helps us see it as something we GET to do. We’re reminded in scripture that we are to “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:21). This isn’t a suggestion, it’s a command. We should respect one another, honor one another, and be careful with one another. We’re all in this together - and because Christ submitted himself to God the Father for us, we’re doing what he says.

The trouble comes when we don’t want to submit to God because we want our own way. We struggle with verses like: “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).  That’s because we think we know better than God - and at our worst, we think we are God. What he wants us to know is that all the weight we’re carrying and all the mess we keep getting into can be removed from our lives if we submit to him. Once we let him redirect us, we’ll find the things we’re looking for.

NO U-TURN Sign

We weren’t designed to go backward. Instead of functioning in the way we were intended to, we continuously turn around out of fear to go sit in the same stuff we used to. but you’re sitting in the same stuff over and over. We weren’t created to live in this dysfunction. We were made to soar forward.

“And my righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away” (Hebrews 10:38). Living by faith means moving forward because faith is always forward. We can achieve real life when we’re willing to push toward it in thought, in direction, in action, in choice, and in attention. When we forget what is behind us and strain toward what’s ahead (Philippians 3:13), we commit to not turning back to our old ways.

SPEED LIMIT Sign

This sign applies at all times - not just if somebody’s looking or if there’s a cop around. Instead of trying to get out in front of God, we need to learn to follow him - and this often means limiting our speed in life. He understands that it takes courage to wait (Psalm 27:4), but he has set a perfect pace for us that it will do no good to outrun because his timing is perfect. 2 Peter 3:9 says: “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” When God doesn’t work on our timing, we think he’s slow - but he’s not. He is patient, and aren’t you glad? 


NO PARKING Sign

Spiritually, we’re often parked longer than we think. We might not mean to be, and we might not even realize we’ve stopped moving, but not doing anything with what God’s teaching us leads our gear to switch, whether we’re aware of it or not. Philippians 3:12 says: “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” 

You’re not going to find what you’re looking for in park; you have to be willing to get out there and drive for it.

Be more afraid of missing opportunities than you are afraid of failing because on the other side of the risk, there’s a prize. No parking.

ONE WAY Sign

We don’t like the thought that there’s only one way because we want to make our own way. Stop and consider, though, what happens when we try to make our own way on a one-way street: there’s an accident and people get hurt. In your spiritual journey, it’s much the same. There’s one way to a free and light life. In John 14:6, Jesus says: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The one-way sign we’re looking for is Jesus. This deeply offends people who want to go their own way; it seems to them a narrow-minded claim. Can you get to Miami from St. Pete going North, though? If you want the life you’re looking for, don’t get stuck going the wrong way. Jesus is the one way.

 

What sign is at the street corner in your life right now? Find it, read it, and do what he says.

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