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May 13, 2022 8:00 am
Dr. Michael you and how the early church saw and heard the voice of the Holy Spirit. They heard the Holy Spirit. They prayed some more commission all and Barnabas ago. Please listen to me carefully, Virago this one.
The reason we were able to hear the voice so clearly is because I was certain the holders welcome to lead audio with Dr. Michael you sent. I'm sure that you've heard the phrase walking in the spirit topics like this can get quickly confusing and out of control.
That's why Dr. USF will take you to a biblical example to help guide you in your faith walk and minimize confusion.
So if you're not able to stay until the end of today's audio feature to remember that you can listen online through the leading the way. Podcast more about it. LTW.org, but since you're here now listen with me to Dr. Michael you set your growing up in the Middle East you soon become conscious of the difference between pigeons and the it's so easy to be able to know all the pension is almost a go but not quite. Now pigeons out of the same family as the sometimes pigeons look like dogs but all very different. They are very different. It is not the maximum.
Therefore, that God the Holy Spirit was symbolized not by a pigeon, but would love it is not an accident that when Jesus went down the valley into the river Jordan to be baptized and then God the Holy Spirit testified that this is God the father's beloved son. He appears in the symbol of a dove, not a pigeon keen observer of what's going on among Christians not just in this country, but around the world is a keen observer of what's going on in the churches and Christian activities around the world will be in the professing church of the confessing church.
I am personally convinced that there are many Christians who are practicing pigeon religion not of religion, pigeon religion is a counterfeit of the Holy Spirit what they practice might look like the Holy Spirit might sound like the Holy Spirit might even feel like the Holy Spirit, but in reality it is pigeon religion but may explain what I mean when somebody comes to Mrs. Michael God told me, and I listen to what they claim that God told and then on close analysis. Find out what God told him is consistent with the word of God that is offered by the Holy Spirit of God, I have to conclude by saying this is a pigeon religion when we give her some more examples you understand what I'm trying to tell you Christians will around carrying all sorts of bitterness and anger and resentment in their lives, no matter how natural they claim to be. There are practicing what pigeon religion.
Christians are involving malice and for lying and cheating and unethical business practices. Regardless of what minister they are and are practicing what pigeon religion. Christians who cannot get involved in anything unless they control it and manipulated and contrivance team. All of the time no matter what position they may occupy. There are practicing what pigeon religion. Christians who are covetous and greedy and discontented and give back to God. Next to nothing of what God has given them there practicing what pigeon religion. Christians who spend a few moments of a day in the presence of God.
Christians who do not spend time daily walking with God there practicing what pigeon religion.
Christians according to all sorts of sexual immorality, from adultery before the patient to the rest of it no matter what they claim there are practicing what pigeon religion. It is not surprising, my beloved friends. The apostle Paul stressed the fact that we must not grieve the Holy Spirit. Listen carefully. I wanted to explain the word grieve in such a way that everybody will understand if you imagine a precious toddler who got scared or somebody yelled that beautiful little problem and out of fear. What happened out of the grieving process is here that she can start shaking and tear start coming another runaway from the situation. That's what the word grieving of the Holy Spirit does and where a Christian habitually said when a Christian constantly living in sin. They are grieving the Holy Spirit and the dog will fly, fly, fly away doesn't mean that you lose your salvation but you have grieve the Holy Spirit sonic Christian activities are built pigeon religion and that is why we see a whole lot of activities going on in the Christian life in the Christian world song and activities very little genuine Holy Spirit awakening.
Why, because most of our activities are pigeon religion. Acts 13 gives us the patent for the true awakening of the Holy Spirit pigeon religion genuine Holy Spirit awakening here is the packing you want to know where it is, how it can happen here it is. Acts chapter 13. Three things I want to share with you from the text. The first thing is that has to be unconditional surrender to the leadership of the Holy Spirit verses 1 to 13 of acts 13. Secondly, there has to be unwillingness to sugarcoat biblical truth versus 14 to 42 of acts 13 and further, there has to be an uncompromising steadfastness in the face of opposition versus 4252 first unconditional surrender to the leadership of the Holy Spirit verses 1 to 13. The church in Antioch was a church that practiced dove religion not pigeon religion. The church in Antioch was a church that was fully dependent upon a church that was totally submissive to the authority of the Holy Spirit. There were not enslaved to worldly business practices that were not into manipulating people's emotions that were not trying to please their felt needs. There will not entertaining themselves on mesmerizing people. In fact, verse two of chapter 13 says that while they were ministering to the Lord and fasting now notices what a circle around those words ministering to the Lord, that will not even ministering to themselves. They were not ministering to one another. There were ministering to the Lord in praise and operation.
While there were ministering to the Lord and fasting spoke and said, set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work.
Look at verse three. Acts 13.
After they heard the Holy Spirit clearly spoke they fasted some more. They prayed some more bagel on the presence of God. Some more and then they commissioned Paul and Barnabas will Saul and Barnabas ago. Please listen to me carefully here on this one. The reason they were able to hear the Holy Spirit's voice so clearly is because I was surrendered to the Holy Spirit and because I was surrendered to the Holy Spirit. There were able told by the Holy Spirit because it was surrendered to the Holy Spirit, unable to pay the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit then sent them out to serve him and therefore they ministered in the power of the Holy Spirit know their clever ingenuity that did not minister all clever and not minister with brilliant strategies. They ministered according to the Holy Spirit's borders. How how do we know that when they got into Cyprus. They went there because it's always a good idea because it's what in eponymous you from Cyprus. Let's go. Then they went there on the authority of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit says go because the Holy Spirit wanted to be there because the Holy Spirit already wanted to be manifested among the people of Cyprus and that is why we are told that when they got into there was this Jewish sorcerer by the name of Lord Jesus who was mesmerizing people with his magic, including the governor of the province. Paul, who was surrendered to the authority of the Holy Spirit who was obeying the Holy Spirit who was sent by the Holy Spirit who was serving in the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul goes there and he was able to blind that man for the time. Listen to this one very carefully when you have unconditionally surrendered to the authority and the power and the leadership of the Holy Spirit you will be able to discern. You will discern deception you will discern the truth. This magician's name was the son of Jesus by Jesus, but in reality, Paul said your son of the devil. Meanwhile, the proconsul of the Roman governor of the area believed in the Lord Jesus Christ and he turned to the Lord because he saw that these men who surrendered to the Holy Spirit, killing obedient to the Holy Spirit serving in the part of the Holy Spirit exercising the power in front of him. So the first condition for genuine Holy Spirit awakening is an unconditional surrender to the Holy Spirit of God.
Secondly, unwillingness to sugarcoat biblical truth unwillingness to sugarcoat biblical truth versus 14 to 41, my beloved friends. I know and you know and I know that you know that today so many people want to downplay biblical truth. Today many people want to downplay biblical preaching today so many people are embarrassed about the biblical truth of the justice of God on the rock of God. There are so many Christians were embarrassed about the truth of hell, a place that is prepared for Satan and his demons and for those who have rejected the Lord Jesus Christ. They are embarrassed about it today. So many people are running around saying what we need to do is to make the gospel palatable to our society. What we need to do is to make the gospel to be acceptable. Talk culture. What we need to do is to make the gospel to be easy for people to believe they might draw a crowd.
But make no mistake about it, only willingness not to sugarcoat biblical truth will bring about the this but it's awakening.
If you read it carefully, you will see that Paul knew that is going to be very hard for the synagogue leaders in Antioch and elsewhere. He knew there's going to be hard for the synagogue leaders everywhere he went he knew was going to be hard for them to accept that the entire Old Testament, the entire old covenant is about Jesus that the entire old covenant found its fulfillment in Jesus. Paul knew that when he shows them from the word of God that Psalm 27 Isaiah 55, three, and Psalm 1610 and Habakkuk 15 are fulfilled in Jesus then I don't like it you that you that the ones who have rejected the crucified and resurrected Messiah. I'm not going to easily accept what he says but none the last. He refused to sugarcoat biblical truth. Paul knew that these Jewish leaders who had waited for so long for the Messiah to come.
Paul knew that they are anticipating that he would be of the line of David, but that's about all that they knew that's all that he had in common with them because in their idea was that this Messiah was going have earthly power. Just like King David is going to be earthly king.
Just like King David, their preconceived idea of the Messiah that he is going to be a military hero and a miniature conqueror, just like David, like their counterparts in Jerusalem.
They have allowed their preconceived ideas of the Messiah to cause them to reject the real one when he came. They did not accept crucified resurrected Jesus as the Messiah, but that did not. The tear Paul one bed from proclaiming him as a fulfillment of all the old covenant that some of you know this is through the years like I have been with evangelical leaders, wonderful people will not talk about liberals who don't believe the Bible I'm talking about wonderful evangelical leaders who have said to me through the years.
Michael in your face gospel preaching will not when you friends, Michael, you must understand that in-your-face proclamation will close doors for your ministry Michael, you must understand that in your face. Jesus is the only way to heaven will kill your ministry. Thanks, said these things to me on numerous occasions. One of them said to me as a listen we don't disagree with you theologically, but this kind of in-your-face preaching is not going to work to tone it down. Well I'm still here. As long as God gives me a breath will not sugarcoat biblical truths first unconditional surrender to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Secondly, unwillingness to sugarcoat biblical truths verbally uncompromising steadfastness in the face of opposition whenever it isn't different from going to tell you whenever the Holy Spirit is all.
Whenever there is proclamation of biblical truth will always be two distinct responses now in America there's 1/3 one that says I don't care. But there's always those two distinct responses. In fact, most of the most troubling people. One guy said to me some time ago so well you could be telling the truth he could not doesn't matter. I don't care. I think he represents the spirit of the age but is always a two distinct responses. Those who believe and thus become saved and those who reject and five and thus signed their own eternal death in acts chapter 13. Here you see Gentiles and some Jews were delighted to hear the message but some of the Jewish leaders through Paul and Barnabas out of town first action.
Then in verse 48 and 49 of acts 13 when the Gentiles heard, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of God is a first reaction the second direction versus 50 and 51 but the Jews caused some devout women of prominence to rise against them and the leading men of the city. They incited persecution against Paul and Barnabas what it Paul do. He shook the dust off his feet, just like Jesus told the disciples to do a blog I want to tell you this is very ominous act.
This is not just a simple thing to do is very ominous because the Jews in Paul's day were very scrupulous of not bringing Gentiles dust into Israel and into the dwelling places and the shaking off the dust off their feet was a way of not bringing unholy things. The holy place when Paul and Barnabas shook the dust off their feet. Then I was saying to these Jewish leaders that we consider you to be worse than pagans. That's incredible when you think about. You could not get a stronger condemnation. I'm getting ready to close. I wanted to listen to what I'm going to tell you a lot of confusion about this this day and age we have this quirky idea that says that loving sinners mean that we never tell them that they are sinners and they desperately need Jesus.
We have this quirky idea that says that loving sinners means that we must not only accept them but we must also accept their sin as well and rejection. We have this quirky idea that says that loving sinners means that never to condemn the rejection of Jesus Christ as their own jeopardy for eternity, pray tell me what kind of love is that that is not biblical love.
It's a fallacy. Why, because according to verse 48 of acts chapter 13 only the preaching of biblical truth will bring those who been uploaded onto salvation through Jesus Christ. Now listen, I'm not recommending rudeness, far from it. I have a hard time being rude to anybody, even those who have blindly. I'm not recommending rudeness at all, far from it is a world of difference between rudeness and speaking the truth in love for true love compels us to warn people of the consequences of their sin. True love compels us to tell people the truth about the eternity that is awaiting them of torment in hell true love compels us not to sugarcoat the biblical message there may be a person here today. As you know, Mike. Love always been into a religion of always been a good person and always thought that I make it to heaven because I'm really a good man a good woman.
I've been a churchman church woman all my life but I've never come into a relationship with Jesus Christ have never come to the realization that I'm suitable person soon about practicing. I'm heading for hell without Jesus, my denomination, my church will not get to heaven today on repent of my sins and accept the forgiveness and salvation and eternal life that Jesus made possible when he hung on the cross. 2000 years ago. This is leading the way.
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