...thoughts expressed here are not necessarily final.
December 23, 2004 Wake Up Call
Yes, the packages are all delivered and the warm Cranberry Orange bread is in the hands of the neighbors. Look what came on the Veggie Pizza box we just finished up- it made me smile.
December 20, 2004 Obedience to God
This weeks' Bible Study Fellowship session was taken from Luke 1. Here is the text of the lesson.
I touched upon the following communication concepts as well:
Without this process of communication, there simply cannot be any real spiritual change in the life of a person.
Because of this, God is deeply concerned about how well we listen when we are listening. The ultimate outcome for the process is a change of CONDUCT in the believer. As with most practical apllication, learning the truth is not always a once for all deal.
Luke 8:18 and Luke 19:26 tell us that with the Kingdom, the one who has will be given more and the once who has not, what he has will be taken from Him. I believe this refers to life application of the truth, the light we are given and it is a wake up call for all who are exposed to the Word. (See the extra sheet on the word Believe).
We Need a Prepared Heart
Honestly, how often do you get your head in a place
where you actually tremble at the Word of the Lord?
The purpose for examination and self-revelation is honest
to God, deep seated confession in a spirit of repentance. This confession
seeks to go to the root causes of sin in our lives, especially our stubborn
determination to run our own lives and live by our own devices for peace,
security, and significance (Jer. 2:13; 17:5; Ps. 66:18; Prov. 28:13-14;
1 Jn. 1:9; Ps. 51:5f; Jam. 4:6-10). Both James 1:19-25 and 1 Peter 2:1-2
teach us that before there can be a proper response to the Word that leads
to true spiritual deliverance through an active faith, we must honestly
deal with sin. Then we will be free to listen to Gods Word and depend
on the Holy Spirit to give deliverance over sin.
What does this mean in terms of my listening to God?
When I read and study the Word, I must put everything else aside and concentrate
on what He is saying to me. I must give Him my undivided attention. I
should do this on a regular basis, for that is the only way I can develop
my listening skills. I should do this in a place where I have minimal
distractions. I should read and meditate out loud and take notes and ask
questions, for these are the kinds of things that make me an active participant.
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