Updated: Jun 2
1. God is calling all of humanity back to Him
2. God does not trick, deceive or toy with People. God is perfect, the enemy is the deceiver
3. What you do in this life is not who you are. Your job, career path, does not define your identity. If you repent and turn to Jesus Christ your identity is found in being a child of God.
4. Be careful not to compare yourselves to others. We are all on one journey with Jesus—we just may be on different parts of that journey.
So Last week we outlined the different calls in which God uses throughout the Old Testament,
God speaks through Visions, Dreams (Ezekiel), He uses an audible voice (Abraham), uses communities to speak to us (Ruth). God also speaks to us through our obedience to Him (Daniel, Jonah).
So we know that God is all powerful and calls out to us in different forms of revelation—but how do we hear Him? How do we know if what we are doing is the right thing to do or not?
1. In order to understand and hear God we must understand who the Holy Spirit is; The Spirit is a person of God. It is God in a different person (Three persons one substance).
--The Holy Spirit is a person. God is trinitarian which means He has received Himself to us in three persons, Father, Son, Holy Spirit. These are three persons of one complete substance which is at the very centre of all three persons. God—showing himself to us in three different persons as one substance (The One True God).
In the NT the Holy Spirit is promised to dwell within us as a gift given by God; this happens once we repent of our sins and put our Faith in the One True God (Jesus Christ)
“Peter replied, ‘repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” – Acts 2:38
The Spirit is not a new person in the NT as it is God Himself; the Spirit is found in the OT and dwells upon certain people. This is in direct contrast to the NT where the Holy Spirit has become in dwelled within His believers.
“But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin. “
“The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD.”
The main function of the Holy Spirit is to glorify God and do the work of the Lord as found in the gospel—The Spirit helps restore and reconcile the relationship that was broken between humanity and God.
“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—The Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you.”
--John 14: 15-17
So if the Holy Spirit is within us then how do we hear the God’s voice? How do we know what the Spirit is calling us to?
2. In order to hear God we must be spending time with Him, we must be pouring over our scriptures with Him and we must be centering our whole being around Him. We need to always be worshiping Him in everything that we do.
This is not a message meant to instill guilt or a “conjuring” up of God. We do not spur on God. We do not conjur up God. God can do whatever God wants to do—He is in complete control and supremely in charge above all of His creation. However, God is calling us back to Him. God is wanting us to participate in His ministry and share His good news around the world. The NT is very clear about the power of God dwelling in His people especially if they are gathered.
“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”
The Spirit is our teacher—in ordre to learn from a teacher we must be spending time learning from Him.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and remind you of all that I said to you. Peace I leave you, My peace I give you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled nor fearful.” – John 14:26-28
“I [Jesus] am the true vine, and M Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself but must remain in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me.” --John 15:1-4
We must be measuring our lives on Scripture—is what we are doing falling in line with God’s character? Is what we are doing imitating our Saviour? Paul reminds us in Ephesians that we must become imitators of Christ. In Galatians Paul also shows us what the fruits of the spirit are.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus crucified the flesh with its passion and desires”
Instead of always focusing on the result or outcome of the situation we must always be focusing on our journey—are we operating under the kingship of Jesus—or are we following our own flesh-like desires? Goals are good ot have since they cause motivation but we can quickly become discouraged if we are not hitting our goals based on our own timing or wants. Remember, the Lord is above all of us and all of these, we do not know His timing, yet there is a timing for everything in this Earth.
“God has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, without the possibility that mankind will find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.” –Ecclesiastes 3:11
Do not worry about what God wants you to do rather aim to spend more time with God regardless of what He has you currently doing. No matter what you are doing God can redeem it and He will use it to reconcile His creation back to Him.