SEVEN REALITIES OF EXPERIENCING GOD

Seven Realities Of Experiencing GodExperiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God

Experiencing God-Knowing and Doing the Will of God

Presenters: Nick Rhoads & John Brown

SEVEN REALITIES OF EXPERIENCING GOD

  1. God is always at work around you.
  2. God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal.
  3. God invites you to become involved with Him in His work.
  4. God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes and His ways.
  5. God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action.
  6. You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doing.
  7. You come to know God by experience as you obey Him, and He accomplishes His work through you.
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Minor Prophets – Message of Obadiah

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Minor Prophets – Message of Obadiah

History

  • Obadiah is condemning the actions of Edom

Who is Edom?

The descendents of Esau

Map of Psalm 83 & Obadiah

10 Because of the violence against your brother Jacob,
you will be covered with shame;
you will be destroyed forever.
11 On the day you stood aloof
while strangers carried off his wealth
and foreigners entered his gates
and cast lots for Jerusalem,
you were like one of them.
12 You should not gloat over your brother
in the day of his misfortune,
nor rejoice over the people of Judah
in the day of their destruction,

nor boast so much
in the day of their trouble.
13 You should not march through the gates of my people
in the day of their disaster,
nor gloat over them in their calamity
in the day of their disaster,
nor seize their wealth
in the day of their disaster.
14 You should not wait at the crossroads
to cut down their fugitives,
nor hand over their survivors
in the day of their trouble.

 

Here is the main point of anger for God

Their Pride

 “See, I will make you small among the nations;
you will be utterly despised.
The pride of your heart has deceived you,
you who live in the clefts of the rocks[
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and make your home on the heights,
you who say to yourself,
‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’
Though you soar like the eagle
and make your nest among the stars,
from there I will bring you down,”
declares the Lord.

 

MOST FIGHTS AND QUARRELS ARE ROOTED IN PRIDE

               

Proverbs 16:18

                Pride goes before destruction

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I THINK PRIDE IS THE ROOT OF NEARLY ALL OF OUR PROBLEMS

Realize this

  • You are valuable
  • Because of being a child of God

Why are we so consumed with being elevated above other people?

Why do we gloat over someone else’s demise?

Here is the thing:

  • Pride promotes self-sufficiency
  • Rather than God sufficiency

Genesis 12:3

I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”

Psalm 122:6-9

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.”
For the sake of my family and friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your prosperity

               

Isaiah 60:12

For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish;
it will be utterly ruined.

Pride likes to bring people down to our level

Romans 8:3-8

                        3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,

  5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Philippians 2:3-5

                Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Obadiah Verse 18

Jacob will be a fire
and Joseph a flame;
Esau will be stubble,
and they will set him on fire and destroy him.
There will be no survivors
from Esau.”
The Lord has spoken.

Pride will:

  • Damage every relationship you are in
  • End up making you look bad
  • Will ultimately lead to your fall

 

 

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Minor Prophets – Message of Amos

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Minor Prophets – Amos

  • Hosea – Called to marry a prostitute who represented God loving an unfaithful Israel
  • Joel – Future day of the Lord and the restoration to Israel through their repentance

 

Amos

  • Prophesied (767 – 753BC)
  • Grew up in the town of Tekoa – 10 miles south of Jerusalem
  • Amos was a shepherd and he grew sycamore figs
Map of Israel & Judah Map of Assyria about 890BC

First 2 Chapters

Oracles of calamities coming upon Damascus, Gaza, Tyre, Edom, Judah and Israel

Amos 2:6-7

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Israel,
even for four, I will not relent.
They sell the innocent for silver,
and the needy for a pair of sandals.
They trample on the heads of the poor
as on the dust of the ground
and deny justice to the oppressed.”

God gives Amos two Pictures:

  • Plumb Line
  • Basket of ripe fruit

First in Amos 7:7-8:

This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand. And the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Amos?”

                “A plumb line,” I replied.

Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.

Then next in Amos 8:1-2:

This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit. “What do you see, Amos?” he asked.

                “A basket of ripe fruit,” I answered.

Then the Lord said to me, “The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.”

Finally:

  • The last five verses talk about God’s restoration plans

 

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THE WORD OF GOD DOES NOT HAVE THE EFFECT YOU WANT?

Know this:

  • Not everyone will listen
  • Some will get angry at you
  • Always right to share the Word of God

Let’s look at what is making God so upset with the people of Israel

  • God’s anger at injustice

Amos 4:1

Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria,
you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy
and say to your husbands, “Bring us some drinks!”

Amos 5:10-12

 10 There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court
and detest the one who tells the truth.

11 You levy a straw tax on the poor
and impose a tax on their grain.
Therefore, though you have built stone mansions,
you will not live in them;
though you have planted lush vineyards,
you will not drink their wine.
12 For I know how many are your offenses
and how great your sins.

Amos 8:4-6

Hear this, you who trample the needy
and do away with the poor of the land,

saying,

  “When will the New Moon be over
that we may sell grain,
and the Sabbath be ended
that we may market wheat?”—

skimping on the measure,
boosting the price
and cheating with dishonest scales,
buying the poor with silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals,
selling even the sweepings with the wheat.

 

God plans on holding people accountable for their ill treatment of others

 

A constant message throughout the Bible is to help those in need

1 John 3:17

“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?”

Let’s look at what is making God so upset with the people of Israel:

  • God’s anger at injustice
  • God’s disdain for hypocritical lives

Amos 5:21-24

21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals;
your assemblies are a stench to me.
22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them.
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,

I will have no regard for them.
23 Away with the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream!

God originally created us to…

  • Love
  • Serve
  • Look after each other
  • Look out for one another’s needs
  • Lift up one another
  • Help each other

 

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