Message: “Hearing God’s Voice Part 4” from Pastor Joe

Joe Summers - May 1, 2022

Hearing God's Voice Part 4

Hearing God's Voice Part 4

Hearing God’s Voice Part 4 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 Personal Objectives: Understand how to resolve differences you may have with other believers Learn how to apply the biblical model of decision making Understand the six basic stages when hearing God’s words Scripture: Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (I Corinthians 10:31) A man's heart deviseth his way; but the Lord directeth his steps. (Proverbs 16:9) And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, this is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand and when ye turn to the left. (Isaiah 30:21   How to deal with questionable practices Definition- These are practices which are not specifically mentioned in Scripture as being either wrong or right for a follower of Jesus. Decision making process Does it glorify God 1 Corinthians 10: 31 What is your motivation James 4:3 Is it necessary 1 Corinthians 6:12 Will it promote spiritual growth Luke 8:14 Will it lead to temptation Does it give the appearance of evil Does it violate your conscience How will it affect others Romans 14:21 When Believers Disagree Distinguish between command and freedom Romans 14:14 Cultivate your own conviction Romans 14:5 Allow others to make their own choice Romans 14: 10 and 13 Resolve all offenses Decision Making Model     Do not be in a hurry Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. (Psalms 27:14) My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. (Psalms 62:5) Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him . . . (Psalms 37:7) But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)   Stages in hearing the voice of God STAGE ONE: VEXATION. Not understanding what you hear or feel (Luke 1:28-29) STAGE TWO: REVELATION Call upon me and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not. (Jeremiah 33:3) STAGE THREE: HESITATION Exodus 3:11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?” STAGE FOUR: RESIGNATION Jonah 2: 7 When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you,to your holy temple. STAGE FIVE: VERIFICATION Luke 2: 26-28 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss[a] your servant in peace STAGE SIX: EXALTATION Ephesians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.   Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, ye heav’nly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Text: Thomas Ken, 1637–1711 A FINAL WORD--LISTEN FOR HIS VOICE In this course you have received guidelines for knowing the voice of God. As you listen for this voice, remember His promise: . . .I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace, and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. (Jeremiah 29:11, The Amplified Version) God will continue to guide you until death: For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto (Psalms 48:14) His guidance will continue in the new heaven and earth: For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne, shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters; and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. (Revelation 7:17) God is not silent. If you listen, His voice can be heard above the noise and confusion of all the voices of earth. God speaks and you can know His voice: Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work TO DO HIS WILL, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21)          

Scripture References: 1 Corinthians 10:31

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