Not Every Sign is From God

"But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, ‘This man is the great power of God.’”

Acts 8:9-10

Ponder This

Don’t be deceived or dazzled by the power of false religion. It is real. Pharaoh’s magicians performed miracles when Moses performed miracles of God. As we think about counterfeit Christianity, it is important that we not be dazzled by it. If some magician, some soothsayer, some astrologer, some necromancer, or fortune-teller comes and does things that you cannot understand, don’t go trailing after him because you say, “Well, I know it’s real!” That is the point. It is real. That doesn’t mean to follow it; it means to flee from it. Just because there is a sign or a wonder, does not mean the thing is from God. We should always come back to the Scripture to see what it says about such signs and about how God reveals Himself. The things of God always point back to God.

  • What are some examples you know of signs or wonders that are not of God?
  • How can you seek to prepare yourself to know if things you see in the world are of God or not?

Practice This

Spend time reading through Acts 8:9-25 to see the difference between the signs Simon performed and those of the apostles. Consider how this might help you discern the truth about signs you witness in the world.