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Asking for a "word..."

Matthew 16:1-4

Then some P’rushim (Pharisees) and Tz’dukim (Sadducees) came to trap Yeshua by asking him to show them a miraculous sign from Heaven. 2 But his response was, “When it is evening, you say, ‘Fair weather ahead,’ because the sky is red; 3 and in the morning you say, ‘Storm today!’ because the sky is red and overcast. You know how to read the appearance of the sky, but you can’t read the signs of the times! 4 A wicked and adulterous generation is asking for a sign? It will certainly not be given a sign — except the sign of Yonah!” With that he left them and went off.

Growing up I heard the phrase, "Red at night, sailor's delight. Red in the morning, sailors take warning." I had no idea until later on in my life that these are actually Words of Jesus. Jesus used these words as an example to the religious leaders of the day.

How many times do we ask for a "sign from heaven?" That is the first thought that comes to my mind when I read this short passage. So often I hear of people saying that they are going to a prophetic conference because they want to "hear from God."

Friends - God is everywhere and speaks to everyone. I'm not saying that prophetic conferences don't have a place or purpose, but sometimes we rely too heavily on them and we miss the fact that God is trying to speak to us directly.

These religious leaders of the day wanted Jesus to "give them a sign." They were looking for a way to force Him to give Words that were not to be given (yet). I believe we do the same thing at some of the prophetic conferences and when we seek a prophet and ask them to "give us a Word."

Sometimes we should NOT be receiving a Word. Sometimes we are seeking something we do not need to know or understand (yet). Sometimes we should go to the Father directly and ask Him what He wants us to do.

God gave us all the sign of Jonah. Three days and three nights. His death and resurrection should be the most important miraculous sign we should need. At the time the Pharisees and Sadducees did not know what that "sign of Jonah" truly was. They had to wait to watch it fulfilled before their eyes. However, for us today, we know how it is connected and we can understand that it truly is a miracle.

Jesus wants us to be directly in touch with the Father. He desires for us to Trust and LIVE life according to our relationship with the Father. When we don't do that, we become a "wicked and adulterous generation." The religious leaders of the day had walked away from that relationship. Jesus knew that. He knew they were trusting man-made traditions and doctrines more than they were trusting God.

Take your relationship with the Father to a new level today. Don't ask someone else for a "sign" or "word." Ask the Father directly to make things clear for you. He might bring someone to you that clarifies the issues, but you did not seek it out yourself, He brought it to you.

Love and blessings,


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