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The concept of God actually speaking to and leading his people has become so foreign to us that we have actually invented an alternate way of serving him. Rather than listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit and responding, we tend to merely look around and do what we think is best. Although this model is not necessarily wrong or sinful, it does have a major downside—it keeps us from experiencing the power of God. Acts 1:1-9, 14-26; 4:23-31; 5:12-25; 19:1-3; 21:10-14; John 3:8; 1John 5:14-15; 1Tim 2:1-4; 1Pet 5:8
No symphony is complete until it has been played, for that was the purpose of its composition. In a similar way, Jesus’ followers are called to perform the message they proclaim because performance is a vital part of its proclamation. And just as symphony musicians follow the lead of their conductor, the church follows the lead of Jesus, embodying the gospel in how it thinks and acts and lives. When that happens—when a church trusts Jesus and does what he says—everything changes. For the gospel is not about blind obedience to random rules but about who Jesus is and what he’s done. It ties up the loose ends, puts what remains into order, and renews the lives of all who follow him.
Balaam Funny story about a guy & his donkey. A donkey that was more aware of God than he was. Peter takes us to the story of Balaam as a reminder of the false prophets who he calls little more than root animals. These false prophets & teachers basically ran after 3 things - food, drink and sex. They saw life as little more than that. Anyway, back to Balaam. Here was a man who is known as a prophet of God, and so he is enticed with a offer to do some outside work. and the results of that request present us with some instructive help in how we live our lives as well, both personally and in the world around us.