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Anchor of Truth

There have always been many voices saying “This is the way to know God.” Today’s media explosion has created more voices and more confusion. Why then another? Personal connection with other believers cannot be replaced by the mass media. It is much more satisfying to have a deep spiritual relationship with ten believers than to be in a crowd of ten thousand. Every individual is important to God, and His plan involves each one in a very real way. There are things that are important to God that can only take place in close personal relationships. Our purpose is to share truth to help strengthen your relationship with God and with other believers in your locality. The goal of God is to build a family of His children together in love, walking in truth. Personal submission and obedience to Christ will bring conformity of each member to Christ, and a growing expression of the nature of God in a local gathering. The testimony going out to the world around will be as a “light set on a hill that cannot be hidden” and “the pillar and ground of the truth.”
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Sep 28, 2017

Episode 96 Spiritual sensitivity

We know that God is Spirit, and those who worship God must do so in spirit and truth. We are also are to be led by the Spirit. How can our spiritual sensitivity be increased so that we can be sure we are truly knowing God in the spirit? It seems at times that so much comes at us that brings confusion so we hardly know which way to turn. How do we know that we are really sensing God in the spirit? Are there some basic principles that can help us? This arises not only in our daily lives, but also in spiritual gifts, ministry, and host of related areas. I believe that there are some guidelines in scripture that can help us.

  • God is Spirit
  • Man is body, soul, and spirit (I Thes. 5:23)
  • Man connects with God in his spirit (I Cor. 2:10-12, 6:17)
  • Three possible sources of spiritual movement (God, Satan, man)
  • Significant areas to consider
    • Seeking God only by our mind (reasoning)
    • A defiled spirit (2 Cor. 7:1)
    • A motive to be somebody “special” in spirituals (Phil. 2:3)
    • A troubled heart, unrest (Isaiah 30:15)
    • Undisciplined desires (James 1:14,15)
    • Undisciplined emotions (2 Peter 1:5-9)
  • Consider the outcome of the leading
    • The Spirit leads in the purpose of God
    • The Spirit leads in unity (with God and one another)
    • The Spirit exalts Jesus Christ
    • The Spirit is the Spirit of truth
    • The Spirit is the Spirit of love
  • Praying in the Spirit (Jude 20)

 

Some good ministry concerning man as body, soul, and spirit

http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/what_is_man.html

 

 

Sep 21, 2017

Episode 95 Tested by God

Are you being tested? Does God test His children? If so, why does He test us and how? So often when we face trials and testing we lose sight of what God is doing, what He is after in our lives. God is working for eternity, and so often we are just looking at temporal things. But we are told that one day everything that we see around us will be burned up, and only what is of God will last. Today we review some accounts in the scriptures where men were being tested by God, asking God for light on our own pathway that we may see clearly what God wants to teach us in our own testing.

  • Christ is our example (Mat. 4:1-10, Heb. 2:17-18, 4:15-16, 5:8-9)
  • God is not afraid to test what He has built in us
  • Testing reveals who we are:
    • What we have learned
    • Weakness where we need to be strengthened
  • Tests reveal hidden things
    • Hidden motives (pride, independence)
    • Un-crucified flesh (self)
  • Consider Abraham, the father of faith
  • Consider Israel (Deut. 8:2, Ex. 16:4)
  • Tests reveal if we are living by the faith of God or not (Heb. 12:2)
  • God’s testing gives opportunity for Him to be glorified in and through our lives
  • We are told to welcome tests (James 1:3-8)
Sep 7, 2017

Episode 94 The Cross and the way of Life

What is the way of life? How do we experience the fullness of God’s life in our daily lives? God’s way is the Cross of Christ. But that is not just what happened 2000 years ago. That is the foundation, but we need to know the application in our lives today.  When we think about the Cross, I think most of us just try to think back to what happened 2000 years ago. We try to envision the suffering of Jesus for our sin and also how His suffering opened the way for our sin to be forgiven. But while all of that is good and right, the Cross and what God did there also has real application in our daily lives. Today we explore that subject further.

  • The Cross is the foundation of everything God is doing today
  • The Cross is the way we partake of the life of God
  • The principle of the Cross applies to every aspect of our life
  • God is the One who will apply the Cross in the circumstances of our life
  • The Cross is the way we experience the fullness of God’s life
  • Our place is to:
    • Agree with God in that which He has brought judgment
    • Believe Him to take us through situations that are beyond us
    • Obey when He sheds light on our pathway
  • The power of an endless (resurrection life) is our experience (life out of death)

 

Some excellent ministry on this subject:

http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/cross_and_the_way_of_life_the.html

 

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