Message: “Hearing God’s Voice Part 2” from Pastor Joe

Joe Summers - April 17, 2022

Hearing God's Voice Part 2

Hearing God's Voice Part 2

Hearing God’s Voice Part 2 Decisions Decisions Decisions General Lesson Objective: This series of lessons explains how God speaks to men today and how to find His general and specific plans for our lives.  A Christian model for decision making is presented, along with guidelines for overcoming wrong decisions, steps to take if you have missed the will of God, and methods for dealing with questionable practices . Specific Objectives · Define the word "prerequisite." · List prerequisites for knowing the voice of God. · Explain what it means to be born again. · Recognize the importance of the Holy Spirit in to knowing God's voice. · Demonstrate understanding of "spiritual maturity" and "transformation.": Scriptures: John 10:27  My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (Romans 12:1-2)I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.   Definition of prerequisites a thing that is required as a prior condition for something else to happen or exist required as a prior condition prerequisites can be deflating First Prerequisite – Born Again (Romans 12:1-2)I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. (I Peter 4:2) Desiring to understand the will of God in our lives Sin separates us but being born again closes the gap Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20) Steps in being born again Accept that we are a sinner For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) Recognize the penalty for sin For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23) Confess If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:8-9) Born again Therefore, if any man be in Christ He a new creature; old things have passed away; Behold, all things are become new. (II Corinthians 5:17) Second prerequisite-- Baptism of the Holy Spirit When He, the Spirit of truth is come (the Holy Spirit), He will guide you into all truth. . . and He will show you things to come and He shall receive of mine (God's will) and show it to you. (John 16:13-14) Spiritual Maturity For everyone that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: For he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:13-14) God’s Will Introduction A Three Wills Self will-- Wanting self satisfaction Jeremiah 17:9 " The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? Luke 22:42: "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." (NIV) Satan’s will The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. (II Timothy 2:26) God’s will ---  There are two Greek words for will The "boulema" will of God does not require the cooperation of man. In the "boulema" will of God, the outcome is predetermined. The "boulema" will of God is written in His Word and is quite clear. The other word "thelema" refers to God's desire for man to experience and live in His will. It refers to His individual plan or will for each man and woman. In order for God to fulfill His "thelema" will, it requires your cooperation. Summary We want to hear God’s voice so that we can understand his will for our lives. The closer that we get to developing a true relationship with God the closer we get to understanding his will in our lives and his will becomes our will. In the next lesson, we will gain more insight into how we can understand God’s will in our lives and the two basic methods God uses to speak to us.

Scripture References: John 10:27

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