Tuesday, March 24, 2020

How to Know God is Speaking - Part 3


Discerning the voice of the enemy


Scriptures:
  • 1 Peter 5:8-10
  • Matthew 10:16
  • Genesis 3:1-5
  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
  • Genesis 3:6-7
  • Proverbs 14:12
  • Genesis 3:8-10
  • Proverbs 18:1
  • Luke 4:1-3
  • @ Matthew 16:21-23
  • 1 Chronicles 21:1
  • John 13:1-2
  • Act 16:16-18

Introduction:
  • Review
  • The Voice of the Enemy
  • Strongholds
  • Temptation
  • Fear
  • Isolation
  • Attacks When You’re Vulnerable
  • Condemnation
  • Deception
  • Distraction
  • The Enemy Can Influence Your Thoughts
  • He Uses Other People
  • Conclusion

Introduction

1 Peter 5:8-10
8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. 10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.

What is the devil’s  goal?
  • To kill, steal and destroy

Story:  duck hunter and the farmer:
  •  you can have the duck

The devil just wants to hurt us

Review

We are in the series Hearing From God

How to know God is speaking part three

The voices can originate from
  • God
  • Your Mind
  • The World
  • Your Flesh
  • Your Gut
  • The enemy

Your Mind

Your Own Voice

  • Your own plan

Inner Critic

  • Voice of Your Past Trauma
  • The inner critic is that voice inside our heads that constantly says negative self statements.
The basic message of the inner critic is “you are not good enough and you aren’t capable of becoming good enough “
  • “You’re ugly”
  • “You can’t do your job”
This usually starts from a childhood incident, but could also be from a traumatic incident of an adult.

Strongholds

  • Patterns of beliefs
  • An argument that goes against God or the bible
  • Allows you to ignore whichever parts of the Bible you deem as inappropriate
  • Example: The bible was based on a culture that doesn’t apply today

Voice of the World

  • Science
  • Media
  • Popular opinion
The systems that promote non-Christian perspectives

Voice of Your identity

  • Black
  • Woman
  • I am the bad things I’ve done in the past
  • Republican
  • Democrat

Your Flesh

  • Your physical desires
  • Your sinful tendencies
  • temptation

Lust of the Flesh

  • To want something because it feels good
  • The temptation to feel physical pleasure from some sinful activity
  • The desire to do something to make the flesh feel satisfied

Lust of the Eyes

  • Want something because it looks good
  • Desire to own or possess
  • Coveting
  • Desire for status

Pride of Life

  • Desiring to “look good” or be esteemed
  • Power, Significance, respect
  • Something that leads to boasting

Your Gut

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Fungus
  • Candida
They influence your fleshly desires
  • Cravings and addictions
  • Obesity
  • Alcoholism
  • Sex drive

Fasting

  • The Bible says that fasting fights demons
  • Fasting helps control the influence of bacteria
“ Although fasting diets have been criticized by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.

Scientists at the University of Southern California say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy.
It could also help the elderly whose immune system becomes less effective as they age, making it harder for them to fight off even common diseases.
The researchers say fasting "flips a regenerative switch" which prompts stem cells to create brand new white blood cells, essentially regenerating the entire immune system.”

Old Adige: “starve a fever feed a cold”

Story: prayed to God to help with fast
  • Stores were empty

The Voice of the Enemy

Wise as Serpents

Why Study This?

Matthew 10:16
Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.
  • We are supposed to be shrewd as serpents
  • We are supposed to learn the ways and tactics of serpents
  • We are supposed to learn the tactics of evil
  • Not to use them, but so that we don’t get ensnared by evil
We are not supposed to employ the tactics of the enemy

Get to know the characteristics of Satan

Genesis 3:1-5
 1Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” 2The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” 4The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! 5“For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Who Is The Enemy?

  • Satan / The Devil
  • Demons
  • People influenced by Satan / Demons

The Accuser

  • “The Satan” means the accuser
  • Revelation 12:10
  • In Job it is clear that there is a being who has the responsibility to or the freedom to accuse mankind of their wrongdoings.  

Beelzebub - Lord of the Flies

@ Matthew 12:26-28
26“If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand? 27“If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they will be your judges. 28“But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

In the gospel satan is referred to as Beelzebub which means lord of the flies. This references him as the fact that he was the leader of the demons.  

References in the Bible

We see more demonic activity in the gospels because that is where Jesus was announced as king.  When Jesus came and said this is the time that was when the opposition came.  

Views on Satan

  1. Single Supernatural being
  2. Conglomeration of multiple evil entities in the bible
  3. Evil in the world
  4. Evil in ourselves (shadow self)
  5. Personality disorder (demons)

Strongholds

2 Corinthians 10:3-5
3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
  • Argument
  • Thought pattern
Makes You Think God’s Word Cannot Be Trusted

Secular Humanism

Secular humanism claims that human beings are capable of being ethical and moral without religion or belief in a deity. It does not, however, assume that humans are either inherently good or evil, nor does it present humans as being superior to nature.

Millennials

  • “Volunteering” is the millennials religion
  • Millennials need to have a job that make them feel they’re making an impact
Implication: The ultimate goal is to be a good person and I don’t need God to do that
Satan fell because he wanted to be like God
  • Satan caused Eve to fall because she wanted to be like God
You can discover your own truth

Temptation

Genesis 3:6-7
6When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate 7Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.
  • He increased her physical appetite
  • He increased her emotional appetite
  • He increased her intellectual appetite

The devil appeals to your flesh

Satan rarely tells you to do something you don’t want to do
  • The devil doesn’t tempt you with things that are not appealing to you
Example: If a voice is telling you to memorize scripture that’s probably God

If it feels good do it

He let her see the tree through his eyes

Proverbs 14:12
There is a way which seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.

Knowledge

The serpent tempted Eve with knowledge
  • Eve got that knowledge
  • Eve got deceived in the process
Problem with ungodly wisdom
  • Even if you get what you desire
  • It turns out to not be what you really need
  • There is often deception mixed in with the knowledge
Example: late night television
  • drug side effects
  • Class action suits
Sometimes worldly knowledge
  • Doesn’t do what it claims
  • Does what it claims but there are unobvious consequences 

Fear

Where is the first mention of fear in the Bible?
  • With Adam
What was he first afraid of?
  • God
Genesis 3:8-10
8 They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
9 Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”
10 He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.”

Satan introduced fear into the world

Story: old lions in the pack
  • Force them to run to the strength of the pack
Satan will force you to run to where he is strong

You need to learn to run into the direction of your fear

When you’re afraid
  • You turn to a bottle
  • You call people you shouldn’t
  • You become a hoarder
  • You turn to old habits

Isolation

Proverbs 18:1
He who isolates himself pursues selfish desires;
he rebels against all sound judgment.
  • You do stupid stuff
We get socialized in school
  • It keeps us from being pathological
  • You learn not to do things that aren’t socially acceptable

Attacks When You’re Vulnerable

Luke 4:1-3
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness
2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days, and when they had ended, He became hungry.
3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
The devil speaks to you when you are spiritually or physically weak

SHALT

  • Stressed
  • Hungry
  • Angry
  • Lonely
  • Tired



Just likes some viruses lay dormant until you’re stressed or tired
Never make a life altering decision when you are spiritually weak or physically weak

Why did Jesus fast for 40 days?
  • Because He was going to be tempted
  • To help Him resist temptation 

Condemnation

Conviction vs Condemnation

Condemnation

Condemned buildings are unfit for dwelling
  • The devil wants to make us think we’re unfit to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit

Conviction

  • Conviction always carries solution
  • The Holy Spirit always convicts specifically.
Carol in this situation you were rude to this person. you need to fix that relationship.  
God may say this is a specific  area you need to fix in your life.
Satan and self always speak in generalities.
  • You are a bad person. 

Deception

Story: boys in an art store
  • Satan switched the tags on us
Makes you strive for things that are of no value
You accept a promotion with more responsibility but no raise
Example: first job
  • Picker vs packer
Example: why you wear designer clothes

Distraction

The devil seeks to pull you away from God’s purposes and plans for your life

@ Matthew 16:21-23
21 From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day.
22 Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.”
23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”
The devil wants you to go on a path that’s not meant for you
That is why you’ll get five job offers when you couldn’t get one before.  That is why you can’t find a date but once you do everybody wants to date you.  Be careful of someone introducing something into your life that’s new and out of the ordinary. Be careful of someone coming and giving you a word.

The Enemy Can Influence Your Thoughts

  • He plants his thought into your mind until it becomes your thought
1 Chronicles 21:1
   1Then Satan stood up against Israel and moved David to number Israel.

John 13:1-2
 1Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. 2During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him, 

He Uses Other People

Example: Matthew 16
  • Peter: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God
  • Jesus: Flesh and blood did not reveal that...my Father
  • ...
  • Peter: (about the cross) This shall never happen to You.
  • Jesus: Get behind me Satan
The Holy Spirit revealed a truth to Peter

Seconds later the devil influenced his thoughts

The enemy uses other people.
Peter thought he was helping Jesus but he was actually helping to derail Jesus from his purpose

Believing a Lie

You don’t have to be oppressed.  You can just believe a lie.
  • What we believe is what we speak
  • The enemy wants us to be willing uninformed/misinformed people
You can be tempted to say something

The enemy plants seeds

Words of others are watering those seeds

The enemy starts planting seeds with children even when they’re young

False Prophets

  • Sugary sweet
  • Cruel
Act 16:16-18
16 It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling.
17 Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.”
18 She continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out at that very moment.

Just because they give you a positive word doesn’t mean that it is from God.
  • Just because it’s accurate doesn’t mean it’s from God

Conclusion

What does it mean that Adam and Eve’s eyes were opened?  
  •  they could already physically see.
It means that their conscious was exposed to evil
  • It means that they became aware of the existence of evil.  
  • They became aware of the consequences of evil
Once they ate from the Apple the conscious became aware of something that it was never supposed to be aware of.  

They became self conscience 

Now they became overly concerned about what was wrong with themselves

They hid because they were naked
  • They became ashamed
They became afraid

They became mortal
  • They became conscious of their own mortality.  
  • They became afraid of death.
  • Fear of death is a consequence of the fall
  • This fear of death is now the background music that plays in the minds of humans
The enemy uses these tools against us
  • Fear
  • Self consciousness
  • Guilt / Shame
We were never supposed to experience these feelings

But Jesus came with a solution 

If we truly accept Jesus’s sacrifice and accept the grace of God then we can become free

We lose these concerns by
  • Fear of death
  • Accepting Eternal life
  • Self consciousness
  • Putting our identity in Jesus
  • Guilt and shame
  • And accepting God’s forgiveness of our sins
The goal is to get back to the state that we lost in the fall

We don’t have to be afraid anymore


Like the song says:

You unravel me, with a melody
You surround me with a song
Of deliverance, from my enemies
Till all my fears are gone
I'm no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
I'm no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
-- No Longer a Slave (Bethel Music)


Instructor:  Michael Leadon




References

Discern is the voice of God – Part 2

Satan’s Tricks and Traps - Tony Evans

Discerning God's Voice (^all sections)

FASTING FOR THREE DAYS CAN REGENERATE ENTIRE IMMUNE SYSTEM, STUDY FINDS

Satan And the evil powers – N T Wright (podcast)

The Strategy of Satan - Tony Evans




Tuesday, March 10, 2020

How to Know God is Speaking - Part 2

Those voices in your head that distract you from hearing God ... where do they come from?




Outline:
  • Introduction
  • Voices in Your Mind
  • The Voice of the World
  • Your Flesh
  • Don’t Trust Your Gut
  • Your Expectations of God
Scriptures:
  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
  • 2 Corinthians 10:4
  • Romans 7:18
  • Psalms 37:4
  • 1 John 2:16
  • Galatians 5:16-17

Introduction

Story: Husband with the hearing problem

2 Corinthians 10:3-5
3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 6and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.

The Source of Evil

Evil is whatever goes against God

We are looking at the source of  thoughts that go against God
  • Some will attribute them all to the person of Satan
  • Some will attribute them to demons
However you view them they are interfering with you hearing and obeying God

The voices can originate from
  1. Your Mind
  2. The World
  3. Your Flesh
  4. Your Gut
  5. God
  6. The enemy
We’re going to continue to talk about voices in your head that aren’t yours 

There may be overlap between the sources

Example: Satan can put a thought in your mind

Review

Respect God’s Name

  • If God says something today theoretically it should have the same authority as scripture.
  • The penalty for false prophets was death
  • Being led by the Holy Spirit is hearing from God

Deafened by Your Own Voice

  • Fear of other people’s opinion    
  • Fear of rejection    
  • Fear of embarrassment    
  • Fear of failure
Whatever voice is the loudest voice in your head is the voice that will drown out the voice of God

Your Own Plan

  • Make sure it’s God’s plan not yours

Inner Critic

The inner critic is that voice inside our heads that constantly says negative self statements. 

The basic message of the inner critic is “you are not good enough and you aren’t capable of becoming good enough “

The source of your shame

We developed these voices during childhood to prevent us from repeating the negative consequences
  • Tells you abuse is your fault too prevent you from fighting back
  • Tell yourself that “you are good for nothing”
Your past impacts how you view yourself today

Discussed 2 methods to get rid of it or turn it into an inner coach

Renewed Mind will be in a future series

Voices in Your Mind


Your Mind
  • Inner Critic
  • Strongholds
  • Voice of the World
  • Voice of Your identity

Strongholds

2 Corinthians 10:4
4for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

The fortress/stronghold is a fortified  argument that has been in our heads so long that it is strong.  We fight against arguments.  We fight against beliefs.

A pattern has to do with
  1. What I see
  2. How I process what I see
  3. How I act upon what I see
The solution is to change our thought patterns.


Example: I’m tall
  • All the girls will like me
  • I’m tall and linky and will stand out
Example:  the Bible doesn’t apply to every area now because times have changed 

Voice of Your Identity

  • Black
  • Woman
  • I am the bad things I’ve done in the past
  • Republican
  • Democrat
There is a difference between identity and behavior.
  • Because I lie does not mean that I am a liar.  

The Voice of the World

  • Science
  • Media
  • Popular opinion
The systems that promote non-Christian perspectives

Science
  • Measurable
  • Repeatable
  • Peer reviewed
  • Theory is not real science (Evolution )
  • Surveys are not real science (Evolutionary psychology )

The messages may be subtle
  • Everyone should have the freedom to do what you want to do
  • Love is all that matters
  • Women’s rights are the most important thing
  • As long as you’re not hurting anyone you can do what you want

Example: you shouldn’t  do anything to offend anyone
  • Call them by their pronoun
  • They should be able to use whichever bathroom they choose

Example: people are offended by the name of Jesus
  • People are offended by the phrase “Merry Christmas”
  • You have to say holiday party
  • They say X-mas
  • We should be offended - that’s derogatory 

Your Flesh

Romans 7:18
18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.

Flesh
  • Your physical desires
  • a metaphor to describe sinful tendencies

Your Desires

Psalms 37:4
Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.
In looking at “the flesh” we are looking at “wrong desires”
Some people teach that any desire that you have in your heart must be from God
  • That is not true
  • Some people teach that every “good” desire in your heart came from God
  • That is not necessarily true
  • It depends on your definition of “good”

Example: you have a desire to match your socks with you shirt
  • It’s not a bad desire
  • But is it more a care of the world or a desire of God

Example:  A desire to make your bed every morning
  • Our culture says it’s good

Example: 6 pack

We’re going to look at some of the sources of your desires 


Lust of the Flesh, Lust of the Eyes, Pride of Life

1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
  • These are things of the world

Lust of the Flesh

  • To want something because it feels good
  • The temptation to feel physical pleasure from some sinful activity
  • The desire to do something to make the flesh feel satisfied 

 Examples of the “lust of the flesh” include the following:
  • Sexual sins
  • Physical violence
  • Drug use
  • Alcohol
  • Anger

Galatians 5:19-21
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;
  • Adultery,
  • fornication,
  • uncleanness,
  • lasciviousness,
  • idolatry,
  • witchcraft,
  • hatred,
  • variance,
  • emulations,
  • wrath,
  • strife,
  • seditions,
  • heresies,
  • envyings,
  • murders,
  • drunkenness,
  • revellings,
...

Some of your desires come from lust of your flesh

What is the Lust of the Eyes?

  • Want something because it looks good
  • Desire to own or possess
  • Coveting
  • Desire for status
The lust of the eyes is that temptation to look upon things we shouldn’t look upon, or to have things that we shouldn’t have. In other words, it is to cast our eyes upon something with desire or pleasure, even though God has told us not to look upon those things.

To covet means to have a yearning or a strong desire to have something that rightfully belongs to someone else.  

“That’s not fair that he has such a beautiful wife. I want her as my wife,”
“I wish I had a job like him”
“I wish I could sing like that”
“I want the new iPhone”

What is the Pride of Life

  • Desiring to “look good” or be esteemed
  • Power, Significance, respect
  • Something that leads to boasting
The pride of life is that sinful temptation for excess greatness or power that we feel the temptation to attain. 

Pride is one of the sins that God hates most.
  • It is the sin that made Lucifer fall
Some examples of this sin include the following:
  • Desiring to get credit or glory for things that others (or God) did
  • Desiring for others to worship us or hold us in excess esteem,
  • Desiring to feel valued or more important than others
  • Desiring to have positions of power over others
  • Desiring things for bragging rights

Looking at These Three Temptations in Action

Every sin we commit will involve at least one of these three temptations, but it may include all three

Jesus’ Temptation

  • Lust of the flesh
  • command that these stones be made bread
  • Pride of life
  • Command angels to save you
  • Lust of the eyes
  • Give you all the kingdoms of the world

The Flesh vs the Spirit

Galatians 5:16-17
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
17 For the flesh fnsets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

If we walk by the influence of the Holy Spirit we won’t walk by the voice of the flesh.

The enemy can’t be successful without the voice of the flesh.  

Don’t Trust Your Gut


Obesity

“It sounds like science fiction, but it seems that bacteria within us — which outnumber our own cells about 100-fold — may very well be affecting both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want, and often are driving us toward obesity”.  
  -- Study UCSF

Story: fat rats
if we take the bacteria out of someone who is obese and put it in a fit mouse the mouse will gain wait and get depression within 4 months

Story: Thin twins
Researchers say they took bacteria from human twins—one overweight and the other thin—and transferred it to mice. Mice with bacteria from a thin human stayed thin and mice with bacteria from an obese human gained weight

Bacteria are the source of
  • Cravings and addictions
  • Obesity
  • Alcoholism
  • Sex drive
In our gut we have
  • Bacteria
  • Fungus
  • Viruses
  • Candida

Virus Can Control Your Sex Drive

Horny Crickets

  • Virus -  IIV-6/CrIV
Sexually transmitted infection that makes crickets hornier

It eventually turns their insides blue and kills them the infected male lab crickets were much quicker to start singing the courtship song than the healthy males. In fact, it took the sick crickets only about three minutes to start singing their sexy tune, as opposed to the ten minutes it took the healthy guys to heat things up.

Once inside, the virus shuts down the immune system and the cricket-equivalent of white blood cells, offering no outside signs that anything’s wrong.

Sickness - Lose Desire for Food and Sex

It’s natural for animals, including us, to want to hunker down when we’re sick. Food and fun lose all appeal, but it’s not the sickness telling our bodies to be lame. It’s our immune system telling us to chill out and get some much-needed rest.

Stimuli from our five senses get processed by the brain. Stimuli from bacteria get processed  by the brain. 

The brain does not originate thoughts it is just a processor. 

Our five senses send external information to the process. Our bodies send internal messages to be processed. These internal messages can be influenced or compromised by bacteria.

You lose your appetite and sex appeal when you are sick is because your body shuts down sending signals from your stomach to the brain as it affects. It does this because it recognizes that foreign entities have taken over the internal ecosystem.

Suicidal Rats

  • Make people suicidal - bacteria in rats

Other Issues

Bacteria and viruses are the cause of
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • ability to think
  • breast cancer

Gut Bacteria Function

Having bacteria in your stomach is natural and is part of our normal physical makeup.
the ion channels in the bacteria are the exact same as those in the nerves

The brain listens to bacteria

Bacteria and viruses
  • Send signals to the brain of what we should eat
  • They try to influence the prominence of their species
  • Intestinal bacteria also synthesize necessary enzymes, biotin, vitamins, folic acid, and thiamine.
As science has discovered these things we now see the rise in the use of probiotics to promote the “good “ bacteria

Fasting

This is, I believe, the point of fasting.  
  • Fasting will quiet the “voices” coming from our stomachs.  
  • Fasting helps regulate the microbe ecosystem in our guts
Why did people fast in the bible?
  • Fasting in the bible was used to help you hear from God.  
  • Fasting was used to help God move
  • Fasting was used to get rid of demons
This would explain why Jesus fasted.  
  • Jesus lived in a flesh body.  
  • Jesus also wanted to quiet the voices coming from His flesh body.
  • Jesus fasted to help Him resist the temptation of the devil.

Your Expectations of God

  • How are you judging God
Your opinion of God can interfere with you hearing from God

What is it that you’re judging God by?
  • Determine if God exists
  • Determine if God loves you
  • Determine if God has/will bless you
What measure do you use to determine if God exists?
  • Evil in the world
  • Good people dying
  • Whether bad things happen to good people
  • His healing record with your loved ones
  • If you feel His presence
  • Whether or not He speaks to you
  • Accurate Words from prophets
  • It makes sense logically
  • You can prove it 

What do you use to determine if God has blessed you?
  • Your wealth
  • You’re in a relationship
  • If He answers your prayers

What do you use to determine if God loves you?
  • His healing record
  • Relationship drama
  • How you feel
  • I feel the love of God

What is it that makes you say “God doesn’t love me”?


Instructor: Michael Leadon





References


Discerning God's Voice

Pride of Life

How to Know If It's God

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