Monday, 4 August 2014
Direct Revelation in the Christian Life
What can we conclude about the functions of direct and less direct revelation in the Christian life?
When God requires us to do something extraordinary to what we normally do; when He requires us to do something that we normally wouldn't do because we don't feel comfortable or able to handle the situation; the Holy Spirit will be provide direct guidance. Whatever we need to move, will be provided. On the other hand, sometimes He wants us to see what He has done and is doing and He wants us to understand. In these instances, we are given perception and understanding. Once this happens, we will acknowledge Him! This is truly significant. "In all your ways, acknowledge Him."
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ-to the glory and praise of God.
11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
2 Peter 3:18
18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
Posted on 08/04/2014 8:18 AM by Larry G
Sunday, 3 August 2014
Responding to God's Guidance
How can you grow more responsive to God's guidance, in whatever forms He chooses to give it? Think of some specific steps you can take.
I think the big thing is to make the conscious decision to pay attention to what is going on. Second, I must make the conscious effort to think about what I see. Third, I need to pray, to talk to my Lord about these things, events, people, feelings, etc, so I can understand things from His perspective.
Posted on 08/03/2014 8:13 AM by Larry G
Saturday, 2 August 2014
Discerning and Responding to the Holy Spirit
Describe at least one way in which you think your observations of Acts should affect the way you expect the Spirit to act in your life or the way you respond to Him when He does act or speak.
I was thinking of the times that people actually began to see how God was working. I was thinking about Peter being released from prison by the angel and then realizing what had actually happened. When the council met to consider whether or not the new Gentile believers should be required to undergo circumcision, they were brought to the realization that God had actually been working in the lives of Paul and Barnabas to bring salvation to the Gentiles. I think the biggest insight has been to open my eyes to the realization that I NEED TO OPEN MY EYES and see what God is doing; I NEED TO OPEN MY EYES and see that He is working in the world.
Posted on 08/02/2014 8:10 AM by Larry G
Friday, 1 August 2014
Patterns of the Holy Spirit
What patterns do you see in the way the Spirit works in Acts 1:1-16:10? (What does He do? How does He make God's will known? What are His goals?)
He witnesses about Jesus. He comes to all who call on the Name of Jesus. He guides and enables believers and His ultimate purpose is to build and unify the Church. He actually controls their lives. He provides peace in their lives.
In what sense is the Holy Spirit "the Spirit of Jesus" (16:7)? What does this phrase tell you about the nature of God?
6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. 8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. 9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." 10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
THE TRINITY-The Father, Son/Jesus and the Holy Spirit are all God. They are all of the same nature, but yet distinct.
THE SHEMA (Deuteronomy 6:4)
4 "Sh'ma, Yisra'el! ADONAI Eloheinu, ADONAI echad [Hear, Isra'el! ADONAI our God, ADONAI is one];
Deuteronomy 6:4 (NIV)
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
The doctrine of which is, that the Lord, who was the covenant God and Father of his people Israel, is but one Jehovah; he is Jehovah, the Being of beings, a self-existent Being, eternal and immutable; and he is but one in nature and essence; this appears from the perfection of his nature, his eternity, omnipotence, omnipresence, infinity, goodness, self-sufficiency, and perfection; for there can be but one eternal, one omnipotent, one omnipresent, one infinite, one that is originally and of himself good; one self, and all sufficient, and perfect Being; and which also may be concluded from his being the first cause of all things, which can be but one; and from his relations to his creatures, as their King, ruler, governor, and lawgiver. And for this purpose these words are cited in ( Mark 12:29 Mark 12:30 ) but then they no ways contradict the doctrine of a trinity of persons in the unity of the divine essence, the Father, Word, and Holy Spirit, which three are one; the one God, the one Jehovah, as here expressed; see ( 1 John 5:7 ) and so the ancient Jews understood this passage. In an ancient book of theirs it is said Jehovah, Elohenu, Jehovah (i.e. Jehovah, our God, Jehovah); these are the three degrees with respect to this sublime mystery; "in the beginning God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth"; and again, Jehovah, Elohenu, Jehovah, they are one; the three forms (modes or things) which are one; and elsewhere it is observed, there are two, and one is joined to them, and they are three; and when the three are one, he says to (or of) them, these are the two names which Israel heard, Jehovah, Jehovah, and Elohenu (our God) is joined unto them; and it is the seal of the ring of truth, and when they are joined they are one in one unity; which is illustrated by the three names the soul of man is called by, the soul, spirit, and breath; and elsewhere they say the holy blessed God, and his Shechinah, are called one; see ( John 10:30 ) . (Taken from Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Theological Terms)
Posted on 08/01/2014 8:04 AM by Larry G