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Jan. 3, 2016. John 15:1-11.
Beginning in the late '90s, once or twice a year, astronomers operating the telescope at the Parkes Observatory in New South Wales, Australia would pick up mysterious radio signals. The researchers believed these signals were linked to atmospheric activity such as lightning strikes, and they held this belief for around 17 years. However, this year, they discovered the signals were being created by staffers heating up their lunches in the staff kitchen. The interference only occurred when staffers opened the microwave door while it was still heating. Their entire model of micro-terrestrial signals was based on something they did not take into account: lunchtime.
We don’t have to go through life blindly. We don’t have to be confused about the right path to take. We can clearly hear the voice of God. The Holy Spirit who dwells in the heart of every believer, speaks to every one of His redeemed children every day, giving us all the information and guidance we need to keep walking in the path of life and blessing. So how can we hear His voice? How does God speak to us? To answer this we will look at the call of God in Samuel’s life, which is recorded in I Samuel 3.
In answer to the question, “Is God angry with believers when they sin?”, we answer yes and no. Yes, God is angry in a Fatherly manner. As a loving Father, He will discipline those whom He loves (Heb. 12:5-6). On the other hand, we have learned that the answer is no. God will never again bring down His vindictive wrath upon His adopted children because Christ has forever exhausted His wrath on their behalf (1 Jn. 4:10). God never punishes His children in the sense of avenging justice. But, He most certainly disciplines us for our good as a father does his child so that we may share His holiness (Heb. 12:10).