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This sermon looks at the reality, recipients and rendering of God's love.
Do you think that your praise and thanksgiving usher you into the Presence of God, like the many? If you are counting on your praise and thanksgiving to get you into God's Presence, then you are being self-righteous! Oh, praise and thanksgiving are of utmost importance. But those are supernatural fruit which spring forth out of you being in His Presence! May you flourish in the Presence of the LORD. This message will help you do exactly that - in Jesus' Name. 72 minutes.
Do you know for sure that you are saved?
We have spent the summer looking into the character and nature of God through His attributes. Americans in general and Christians in particular on the whole have a very anemic and shallow view of God partly because we have not spent time seriously reflecting on what the Scriptures teach us about God. This weak and shallow understanding comes to light especially as we look at the last two attributes. Love and wrath. I have saved two of the biggest attributes for last. I debated with myself about which I should do first. Should I do wrath first and get that out of the way and end on the high note of love? Or should I do love first so we have a context for understanding wrath as coming from a loving God? My choice is obvious, but one of my reasons will be clear next week.
Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) We need to .... 1. Own the fullness of the HOPE we have. 2. Own the RICHES OF OUR INHERITANCE. 3. Own the enormity of the POWER GOD MAKES AVAILABLE TO US. Wholeness flows out of an internal ownership of the magnitude of God's love for us.
As believers we have knowledge, not just faith. You know something when you are able to treat and represent something as it is on an appropriate basis of thought and experience.We believe a set of facts that are true about Jesus Christ and about the world. We have insight into worldviews, spiritual dynamics, spiritual principles, the spirit of the times. 1 John 2 states we have an anointing and that anointing is the indwelling Christ who teaches us. We have this is spiritual knowledge in knowing the mind of God as we have the mind of Christ. So our faith is in revealed knowledge. Of course we are not infallible, so we grow and must be humble and aware of our own internal bias. Basic spiritual disciplines of prayerfulness, reading the Scripture and being in relationship in a church body are the foundations to becoming sensitive to the voice of the Lord as well as discerning false prophecy against which Jesus warned us in Matthew 6 and Matthew 24. We can go to conferences but the foundational disciplines are essential. With prophecy we can think of 3 basic steps. Revelation, interpretation and presentation. Interpreting includes whether it is for me or for someone else. Do I pass it on or is it simply to pray for others? Presentation is how I do it. I can write a letter, or I can go the person / church. I must remain humble as a messenger. If I get to insistent using "thus says the Lord" rather than "I have the sense that" God is saying the following I can lose people who have been wounded. So let us seek to prophecy and also prove all things (1 Thessalonians 5)