2017-The Year of Breakthrough -Releasing the Power of God Through Our Lives –
God is Speaking to You – Here’s How
Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
John 10: 14; 27
(Jesus says) “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me– just as the Father knows me and I know the Father–and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep. They too will listen to my voice, My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Our focus for 2017 :
Releasing the power of God through your life
We’re building on
We said The key to the next move of God is..
We need to believe in and for Miracles
How to Pray for Miracles
Quick Review from last week
For a more in-depth study see our website
Turn to someone and say “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SPIRITUAl”
TODAY (rebellion, riots, division our nation)
The next area that I want us to look at is essential subject in order to move in the power of the Holy Spirit and to seek breakthrough that the Lord is declaring for 2017.
It is the Christian advantage and the very basis of our connection with the Lord.
It’s an area that brings us confidence and security in the very daily issues of life.
And yet it is rarely appropriated in the full measure that the Lord has purpose for the Christian.
Last week I said
Let me make an important foundational statement
To be blessed and Effective for God
That’s why we pray
“Thy kingdom come Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven (where His will is)
God can only Bless what He can Bless
We began our series
How to Hear God
Knowing God’s Will
Our goal is To move from
“Can you hear me now?”
“You Can hear me Now”
Over the years the No. 1 area I deal with in counseling is requests about God’s will
- “Does God really speak to us”
- “What does the Lord want me to do?”
- “Is this of the Lord?”
- “Is God wanting me to do / not do this?”
- “Is this the Lord, me, or the devil?”
- “What is God saying?”
- “What is God’s highest for me?”
- “How do I hear God?”
90% of people regularly feel that it’s difficult to hear God
98% of people say sometimes it’s not clear whose voice their hearing
100% of the people have had difficulty determining His will at times
Some Reasons why people don’t hear God
- They don’t know how to listen
- Unfamiliar how God speaks
- They don’t know how God sounds
- Blockages (sin, disobedience, unforgiveness ,only want to hear their answer )
- They don’t give God an opportunity
- They do not know God desires to speak
- They don’t realize God speaks in many ways
Bottom Line in Receiving from the Lord
God Knows Best
Good is one too many 0
Ps 25:4-5 Show me your ways , O Lord, teach me your paths;
guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Prov 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him,
Isa 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,“ declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Hearing and Knowing
God’s Will is Essential
Each Day ( not just on Sunday)
- Hearing God is essential for
- Direction in life
- Knowing God’s will
- Receiving God’s “Favor”
- Answers to prayer
The enemy is at work to confound the process and to rob you
- Let me set the stage
- The enemy is at work to confound the process
- His purpose towards you is to:
- Distract (confusion, noise, business look at today)
- Distort ( manipulation of truth)
- Discourage (overwhelmed, timing)
which brings about…
Disconnection (question, doubt, fear, insecurity, timidity) (read)
That’s why DISCERNMENT AND HEARING GOD is very important for the days ahead
God’s Word on His Direction (to you-personally)
- The Word says His voice will be
- Personal (not just general) (logo and rhema)
- Clear (not confusing)
- Correct (not full of mistakes)
- Unfolding ( not the whole picture)
- Continual (will never stop)
The Lord wants to release His will daily and direct YOU in the details of your life.
John 10: 27-28
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can take them away from me.
Today we continue our series on….
John 10: 1,5-6
My sheep hear my voice they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me
- When you know someone you know what they sound like (husband wife, child, friend acquaintance) “Voice recognition”
- When you know someone you know how they act and respond(their mannerism)
- Even when they deliver a vocal or written message from someone else, You know that it’s them.
It’s a “learned process…
Same with God
Next we want to look at
Ways God speaks
most common way
Not the “conscience”
Heard with the spiritual ear
Still small voice from within
Followed by peace
- Audible Voice
Actual audible voice
Heard with the outer ear
- Ministries (teachers, pastors prophets, etc)
Sermons, classes, prophetic words, counseling
It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to direct God’s people
Heb 3:13 but teach and build up one another .
1 Cor 14:26 When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation.
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
But watch yourself, or you also may be distracted and tempted disobey.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best
- Circumstances in daily life
Opened and closed doors
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
- Nature (creation)
Deut 30:19 This day I call heaven and earth as my witness
Ps 50:1-3 The Mighty One, God, the LORD,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets. God shines forth. Our God comes and will not be silent
Ps 69:34 Heaven and earth praise him, and reveal His will
- Desires and burdens
Phil 2:13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose
. Ps 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
1 John 2:17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
2 Tim 2:22 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness
- The Bible
2 Tim 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Ps 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Ps 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;
Deut. 30: 19-20 (CIV)
Now choose life … and love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and follow His directions. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you the increase He has promised to you…