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October 6, 2019 8:00 am
In this message, Pastor Robert explains that we are born with an innate ability to hear God, but we must learn and mature in our ability to hearHim.
Worship in the word with pastor Rob, thank you so much for joining today. Pastor Robert is beginning a new series titled frequency. He explains how God is speaking all the time and that, like a radio frequency. We need to tune in and hear his voice.
Well, I'm your host Patrick and I'm here with my cohost Jenae hello everybody you know Jenae is widely disputed whether God still speaks to people today and in this series. Pastor Robert is a PE not only tackles the subject, but he also shares how we can hear from God ourselves. Now I think one of the most difficult things for a lot of Christians is just simply believing in figuring out how to hear God and how to know if what we're hearing is really from God exactly well that's why this series was so groundbreaking for me. As always, Pastor Robert lays out so much biblical truth. They also pairs it with very practical steps to hear from God and be confident in God, you heard well the first message of this frequency series is titled the beauty of being a sheep and Pastor Robert will talk about how hearing from God is innate. So let's get to.
We're going be talking about. Probably one the most important topics in the Bible and I was hearing God not been a believer for over 35 years, but in the ministry for about that same amount of time started just immediately sharing my testimony but the number one question I get asked everywhere in my own church when I travel, speak number one question is how can I hear God how can I hear God and how can I know that it's got, how can I know it's not like faults or how can I know it's not the devil speaking to me how come here got so I want to share with you a message today from a book that I wrote called frequency to me on here God and so today here's the first message were going to talk about the beauty of being sheep.
The beauty of being sheep now.
I don't know if you ever thought about this but your sheep failure. She talks about matters.
I want you if you're watching if you're sitting in the studio of my major watching. Almost someone else just turn to the person beside you find someone say I'm a sheep now you can say to you can say to that other person. So that's what I smell.
So if you have your Bible, someone else being jaunty in the day will be in some other scriptures well but will start in John chapter 10 and were going to talk about hearing God from the perspective that were sheep. He's our shepherd and were sheep and God speaks to sheep and is very clear in Scripture always think about something though as we talk about hearing God what what is the main difference between a believer and unbeliever, and think about that question. What's the main difference will obviously the main difference is a believer has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ right commit.
There are some theological thoughts that God doesn't speaking more for God said everything that he was going to say in the Bible and that he doesn't speak today. Well I have a problem with that. We tell people you can have a personal relationship with a communicative God, but he doesn't.
Speaking that's that's sad will not be sad I mean. Dallas Willard will it says the greatest disservice we can ever do to someone is to tell that person that he can have a personal relationship with God and then tell the person that God doesn't speak.
How personal is that so God really speaks to what we think about believer and unbeliever praying about a job well you gather facts you think about the company you think about the city where the company is located where you will eliminate the school shall do research on that. What's the difference in how you make a decision on how unbeliever make a decision live inference is incomplete about but not just talk to God. There's a second have a prayer right that's hearing God sensing his will sensing his direction. So that's what we'll talk about is that we can hear God so John chapter 10 verse one most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door. We know Jesus is the door, but climbs up some other way. The same is a thief and a robber. Obviously we know from First hand the thief is excitement, but he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. That's Jesus to him. The doorkeeper opens, and the sheep watch this here.
His voice now it doesn't say since his impressions.
I do believe God gives us impressions but that's just not the wording here Jesus said, here's his voice and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out and when he brings out his own sheep. This in verse four he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice felt really clear in Scripture and in verse 16 he says, and other sheep I have which are not of this fold millimeters playlist theologically speaking, the Jews and is talking about Gentiles and that's that's really good for most of us, we may have a Jewish person here. You might be just watching, but most of us are Gentiles, so he say employer.
Someone talk about can we hear his voice, because he's talking the Jewish people and Gentiles didn't come into the kingdom really the gospel and taking them until later in acts after the ascension. So Jesus quit speaking were in trouble, but he specifically talking about Gentiles watches and other sheep I have which are not of this fold are not Jewish them. Also I must bring watch and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock and one shepherd. And then verse 27 makes it really clear line sheep want to say hear my voice, my sheep hear my voice, and they follow me. So it's clear in Scripture, so let me tell you three things about hearing God's voice because were sheep. The beauty of being a sheet right. Here's number one. It's innate, it's innate.
In other words, were born with it were, it's hardwired into our system. It's it's built in its natural it's instinct for God's sheep to be able to hear the shepherd while I said a little bit at the beginning but why would God create us with the ability to communicate and then not communicate with us. Okay, again I don't not try to put someone down. That has that belief, but that's baloney blog not in the Greek contact me. What separates us from the animals you so well.
They say animals can communicate with Shirley can disintegrate, but they can communicate like we can. We were created in the image of of a speaking God gave you have a dog go home and talk your golf, but I will you do it this way. I want you to say something to him, but I will invoice to be different. I will you say that you knew you so stupid.
Yes, you are either stupid dog.
I've everything dog will just jump up and down the flag as I think you paid him the greatest compliment in the world right they can communicate with.
We can communicate. We were created with the ability to communicate, not just to speak to God but for God to speak with us is Fox's think about dogs.
I just I got at this take the Offerman about this but have you ever had a dog barked all night on who wrote wrote wrote wrote wrote wrote wrote you wrote wrote just use what you know the workshop when you spike the dog to do a bad as it can't communicate so it's innate God created you with the ability to communicate not just other humans, but the him and him to you because my sheep hear my wife. The only requirement to hearing God's voice is diminishing.
If you just tuning in, and listening to worship and the word with pastor Rev. well we just started this frequency series and if you miss the beginning or want to check out another series, visit Pastor Robert.com or call 833933 word today. Pastor Robert is talking about how God still speaks and what great news. That is, it really is Patrick.
Amazing how often our experience trumps the wearing just because we don't hear God doesn't mean he doesn't speak. The Bible is so clear that my sheep hear my voice and the following to think of anything played and you're absolutely right. I've never really thought about how all of us are born with this ability to hear God and God didn't create us with this ability fret not really want this to tune in. I can't wait to hear.
So let's jump back in the past, here's here's number two it's it's learned it's it's learned you say will why one would we have to learn to hear God well we have to learn to pray with learn to talk to God.
The disciples said to Jesus, teach us to pray and then we have the Lord's prayer taught them to pray and let your shoes leave the natural example of communicate. No service. We have to learn to communicate with learn to talk right you didn't start out speaking the full sentences when you first started speaking, he started with mama or dad that are mine.
Let's not work, children learn pretty early in my my mind.
Okay, so we have to teach our children how to communicate. So why would we not have to learn how to pray, wait, we have to learn where your spiritual gift is you have to learn operator spiritual gift so were all learning were at work were all growing. Samuel was taught to hear God by Eli. He heard this voice he goes the line says that you colleagues at McCauley three times and then Eli says it's the a man in our church that is the general manager and the part owner of Texas motor Speedway's name is Eddie Gossage and I've asked Andy if I could use this example he and another man are owners of eight Mass. a Speedway surround the country that we have NASCAR and things like that. So Eddie comes our church and asked me to go to lunch with him and so we went to lunch one day and were talking and he said pastor I need you to help me with something I said okay. How how can I help you, and he said well you talk about that.
The Lord told me this and the Lord told me that he said I I don't know how to hear God if you could help me if you could teach me if I could learn to hear God that would be great.
And so I said to him well and I want will go into this and a lot of depth as I do other messages of this but I said to him, okay here some things only a week along with God should post some worship music so that your mind can focus and get off of everything else you have to do focus on God.
I want you to pray, talk to God about what's on your heart. Give him your burden for the dates hard to hear God when you're burned about something they have to give it to.
Prayer is an exchange of the board. If you pray and you're still burdened thing you didn't pray you just griped prayers when you give him the barn okay and then us. I said to him I want you to read somewhere in Scripture and then I want you to write down what you think God is saying to you through that Scripture and I know that the Scripture has a contextual meaning. I know it has a historical meaning that's that's where we afford exegetes come from a Greek word and it needs to draw out like you draw water out of the well. So there's a contextual exegesis a historical exegesis, a liberal exegesis.
There's even a revelation of exegesis Holy Spirit. Since God's word is alive, what are you saying to me, so that's what work that's on mass unit, so he began to do that and a few months later we got back together for lunch and he said I want take something and I remember there was this big smile on his face and he looked at me and said I'm here.I'm here got I'm doing what you said and I'm writing down what I believe God is saying to me and he said many many times what I wrote down is exactly what I needed for that and I think a lot of us about that experience for God's let us to Scripture and we needed that Scripture is God speaking to us here listening to worship in the word with pastor's now.
I love that story.
Pastor Robert told him how practical instructions he gave about how we can hear from God can get alone with God where she gave the Lord our burdens read Scripture and then write down what we think of anything absolutely no and I really like learning about the Greek meaning of the word exit which means to draw out like like drawing water out of such an amazing image to hold onto and reading you need that living water from the well, but it really does take some work to get it. It really – well, they still a few more minutes of this message, so let's continue with pastor Ali number three as it's matured. In other words, we mature in the gift. So let me go back to the illustration of children learning to speak, but they also have to mature in what they say you think about it, the child will say whatever comes up. This whatever comes is my like man that God is fat and I was on the wheel well safe that it will tell people are fat or here's one. How you grandma when we last grandma, how old she is. Nobody knows how grandma is we just know that she knew no but we don't know how so so we have to mature in in absolutely tell you of a few ways that I think few ways that people talk about hearing God that I think their immature okay one of those is a message a minute now. This is those are Dallas went Willard's word from a book he wrote called hearing God, but I like the way he said it a message a minute you you probably been around people like this. There always hearing God. God just told me not to put salt on my food we eat, and you could read Reader's Digest last month and figure that out. You know, so God told me this, God told me that okay will think about that even now when we talk about relationship. Do we want God speaking to us all the time. Yes, we know what relationship, but when we talk about instruction or even correction. You will God speaking to you all the time.
Aldo let's again take children do you want to still be giving your children instruction every day when their 40 window children mature yet so yes Douglas communicate with us. But this is no you know God with which which which way to turn here. You know every street you know me turn your GPS out, you know, mature in it… That's what I'm saying so it we have to mature, so this message a minute thing. I just don't think that's the best way that's not mature way to hear about your here's another way is I call it the point and hope philosophy you've heard this bill say well I want word from God.
I just open the Bible, close my eyes and point that well that might work ever known that it might but I have a friend of mine that was his business was struggling and he heard someone say that so I thought okay I need a word about my business. So he closed his eyes, his Bible is figured. I looked down and said Chapter 11 is a toady about Dallas Willard, and because I read his book and one of the things he said in there, what's that he heard this preacher one time say that God has a life verse for every person in the way you find out what your life verse he is is the year you were born when there's a couple problems with that most people are born 19 something and when you go to the 19th chapter of every book of the Bible that has 19 chapter somebody have 19 chapters the highest verse is Joshua chapter 19 verse 51.
That's the highest verse so if you were born after 1951. No life verse for you can but but Dallas was born in 1935 Cesar one will suit my life versus he just went to verse with the Bible, Genesis 1935 says, so they got drunk and slept with his life. Verse okay so there are more mature way see her got here's the third immature way of thinking. On his lot called the case of Ross Sumrall philosophy case are also always written about American we don't nobody took it from Spanish or Italian.
It actually doesn't work in either one of which about what his translation is whatever will be will be know if you're my age or older your member doors today is to sing that song whatever will be will be will, there's a problem with that saying that that's God's voice because we make mistakes and whatever you choose is not always God speaking to you, there's the human element involved, there's the human will. So you have to come to the place where you learn to hear God.
But here's the great news you can because your sheep you were born with disability only tell you something happened to me recently. It was earlier this year I have three grown and married children and my son middle child son and his wife have two boys and they were praying about whether to try for another child for girl. The reason they were praying is because she had difficult pregnancies and they had had two miscarriages and so they were praying and we did a 21 day fast. At the first of the year, and fast. However, God leads you, you know, things like that so someday were doing vegetables only are summed it all the way to water but some just whatever will she prayed and said God if were supposed to have another child have someone give me a word whose close to us during this 21 days so we did our fast January 10 through January 31, so January 31.
It was a Sunday. I'm standing there about to speak and she's on the worship team and I look up her name is Bridget and the Lord said to me Bridget's pregnant dislike that.
And that night we were having like a hip family meal. You are one come together my house and so I said hey I'm announcement to make. And they were like that really you know.
So what you announcement and I said that Bridget's pregnant and that everyone can laugh. You know, and James, my son Bridget and I have a hat. A Sears essay on Sears bridges pregnant.
Boredom is Margaret's pregnant and I could see the look on her face because she had asked… For someone close to them to give them a word and this was the last day of the last and we were actually breaking the facet. This you know and so James, my son said while she's not part they sang Sarah and she is not right. It's impossible. She's just she's not pregnant and so well she is pregnant and peaceable.
She's not pregnant the ass. It was inspiring because I don't care which I got such as bread while it was so strong they made out with me later before they left the house this in how serious are you about this awesome versus God said she's pregnant and gently it was him should not bring associates.
And so, because it was so strong they say go the doctor now on the way home.
By the way, she told James, my son. She said about her purchase and I was praying that if I was wearing a child someone give us a word is close to us during the 21 days inch what did you pray that you know my dad and you know so what would you do that, so they go to the doctor. The doctor says well she's not pregnant. As matter fact she she could not get pregnant right now because her progesterone is so low she couldn't pregnant could be medically possible. Now that's the reason she had the two miscarriages is because her progesterone was so and so they decided suture that's got this word so strong we should start. He severely think about. You should start taking progesterone so they started taking progesterone in that day they went back about a month later tests check her levels and the doctor came in and said your pregnant and I said really and he said yeah and when he came to seem less time.
Apparently your pregnant and so they counted up as you know, you count the days there.
She had been she was pregnant that time for weeks and six days and I gave her the word for weeks and five days before she been tried when it now.
It's great that God spoke that word but here's what's amazing God spoke that word to say that lives life because she started taking the medicine that's an it's a natural hormone that your body should produce that her body was not produce understanding God speaks that final story is so powerful and what strikes me is that when we take the time to learn to listen to the Lord. Immature that skill we get to be part of beautiful lifesaving miracles. We encourage you to take a moment to think about the cost share today and really listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to you. I know he wants to speak to you today and every day.
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