Transformation Series, Part 4
God has been communicating with us from the very beginning and continues to do so throughout all time. This message considers how He communicates and how we can best “tune in” to what He is saying and apply that knowledge to our everyday world.
Transformation Series Part 4
Guidance from God
Dave Spooner – Mosaic Rockford – Oct. 25th, 2015
- We are giving ourselves over to training in the spirit so that the transformational power of God will be evident in our lives making us more and alive, more fruitful, and more like Jesus.
- Slowing and prayer and now guidance
- God’s purpose in guidance is not just to get us to perform the right actions. His purpose is to help us become the right kind of people.
- How God speaks, how we can listen and what we are to do with his words
When God speaks
- Why is it when we talk to God, we call it prayer, and when God talks to us we call it schizophrenia or mysticism? . . . I know we have to be carful . . .
- Christianity and Judaism for that manner, has a long and deep history of personal interaction with the divine.
- Scriptural if full of example of God interacting and communicating with people both Old and New Testament
- God speaks through his creation
Rom 1:19-20 NIV
What may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
Matt 2:2 HCSB
“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”
- God speaks audibly
Deut 5:24 NLV
They said, ‘Look, the Lord our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice from the heart of the fire. Today we have seen that God can speak to us humans, and yet we live!
Matt 3:17 HCSB
And there came a voice from heaven: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him!
Acts 9:3-7 HCSB
As he traveled and was nearing Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. 4 Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, . . . The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the sound but seeing no one
- He speaks through His written word
Ps 119:105 NIV
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Isa 8:20 NLV
Look to God’s instructions and teachings! People who contradict his word are completely in the dark.
1 Thess 2:13 NIV
When you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.
- God speaks through people
1 Kings 17:24 NLV
Then the woman told Elijah, “Now I know for sure that you are a man of God, and that the Lord truly speaks through you.”
2 Chron 20:3-4; 13-15 NLV
Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the Lord for guidance. He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting . . . 13 As all the men of Judah stood before the Lord with their little ones, wives, and children, 14 the Spirit of the Lord came upon one of the men standing there. His name was Jahaziel . . .15 He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says:
Matt 10:41 HCSB
If you receive a prophet as one who speaks for God, you will be given the same reward as a prophet.
Acts 11:27-28 HCSB
In those days some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine throughout the Roman world.
Acts 21:4-5 HCSB
So we found some disciples and stayed there seven days. They said to Paul through the Spirit not to go to Jerusalem.
1 Thess 5:12-13 NLV
Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance.
- God speaks through dreams and visions
Job 33:14-18 NLV
For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it. 15 He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds. 16 He whispers in their ears and terrifies them with warnings. 17 He makes them turn from doing wrong; he keeps them from pride. 18 He protects them from the grave, from crossing over the river of death.
Gen 31:11 NLV
Then in my dream, the angel of God said to me, ‘Jacob!’ And I replied, ‘Yes, here I am.’
- Joseph (OT) had dream (Gen 37:5), Cup-bearer and Baker had dreams (Gen. 40:5) Pharaoh had a dream (Gen 41:1)
1 Kings 3:5
That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”
But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and he has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in the future. Now I will tell you your dream and the visions you saw as you lay on your bed.
- Joseph (NT) had a dream, about Mary (Matt 1:20), about leaving (Matt 2:13), about returning (Matt. 2:19)
Acts 2:17-18 NLV
‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. 18 In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike— and they will prophesy.
Acts 9:10 HCSB
Now in Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. And the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Here I am, Lord!” he said.
Acts 10:10-11 HCSB
while they were preparing something he (Peter) went into a visionary state. 11 He saw heaven opened and an object coming down that resembled a large sheet being lowered to the earth by its four corners . .
Acts 16:9 HCSB
During the night a vision appeared to Paul: a Macedonian man was standing and pleading with him, . . .
Acts 18:9 HCSB
Then the Lord said to Paul in a night vision, “Don’t be afraid, but keep on speaking and don’t be silent . . .
- God speaks through Angles
Luke 1:28-29 NLV
Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you! 29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.
Acts 5:19-20 NLV
But an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail during the night, brought them out, and said, 20 “Go and stand in the temple complex, and tell the people all about this life.”
Acts 8:26 NLV
An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip: “Get up and go south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to desert Gaza.
Acts 12:7 HCSB
Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared, and a light shone in the cell. Striking Peter on the side, he woke him up and said, “Quick, get up!” . . .
Acts 27:23-25 HCSB
For this night an angel of the God I belong to and serve stood by me, 24 saying, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul. You must stand before Caesar. . . .
- God speaks through His Spirit
Matt 4:1 HCSB
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness
Acts 8:29 HCSB
The Spirit told Philip, “Go and join that chariot.”
Acts 10:19-20 HCSB
While Peter was thinking about the vision, the Spirit told him, “Three men are here looking for you. 20 Get up, go downstairs, and accompany them with no doubts at all, because I have sent them.”
Acts 13:2 HCSB
As they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work that I have called them to.
Acts 16:6-8 HCSB
They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia and were prevented by the Holy Spirit from speaking the message in the province of Asia. 7 When they came to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.
Acts 20:22-23 HCSB
And now I am on my way to Jerusalem, bound in my spirit, not knowing what I will encounter there, 23 except that in town after town the Holy Spirit testifies to me that chains and afflictions are waiting for me.
- Longing soul
Ps 42:1-2 NLV
As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. 2 I thirst for God, the living God.
When can I go and stand before him?
Ps 63:1-6 NLV
1 O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. 2 I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. 3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! 4 I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. 5 You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. 6 I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night.
Jer 29:13-14 NIV
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord
- Pure heart
Matt 5:8 NIV
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
- Open ears
Matt 13:11-16 NIV
“The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’
16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.
1 John 4:5-6 NIV
They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
Guidance and Application
- When we face important decisions, we must pray, listen, seek guidance, and exercise judgment, wisdom, initiative, choice and responsibility.
- Line it up with scripture . . .
Acts 17:11-12 HCSB
The people here were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, since they welcomed the message with eagerness and examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
- Weight what is said . . .
1 Cor 14:29-33 NIV
Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.
- Do what you know . . .
James 1:22-25 NIV
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
James 2:26 NIV
so faith without deeds is dead.
- When you pray also listen – God does speak . . . . open yourself up to this . . . weigh it and follow
- Next week – scripture and we will be gone . . .
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