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They Limited the Holy One

 

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In every one of our lives there are limits or boundaries we face. These may be external such as traffic signs given for the protection and safety of ourselves and others, or they may be internals such as strongholds of the mind that keep us bound. Of course, not every external limit is good nor is every internal limit harmful. Where would we be if men’s consciences put no restraints on them; where could the underground church of

China take the gospel if the governmental restrictions were removed?  


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Hearing God #20: Faith Comes by Hearing (C)

Hearing God #20: Faith Comes by Hearing (C)

We have looked at: 1) The Open Ear; 2) Hearing His Voice; 3) Your Will and His; 4) His Knock at Your Door; 5) The Spirit and the Word Agree; 6) Setting Your Mind; 7) Taking Thoughts Captive; 8) Test All Things; and in parts 9-13, we looked into the various means God uses to communicate.
 
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We saw external communications include: signs and wonders; putting out a fleece; dreams, vision and prophecy; circumstances; church “gifts” or governments; theophany; and angelic visitation. God’s internal means of guidance includes: the inner witness, the conscience, and the peace of God ruling over all as the final umpire in the heart.

In parts 14-17 we looked at achieving the fullness of the hope and future God has planned for you as you test everything and hold fast to that which is good, being careful to get objective confirmation for what you get subjectively. Now we are completing the last major theme of this series with focus on the walk of faith, for those who are doers of the Word. (e.g. obedient doers of what they hear).

We left off at James comments on faith requiring corresponding actions and also had looked at the faith heroes’ hall of fame in Hebrews 11. It ends with a notation that these all lived and died in faith and sets up the exhortation that opens chapter 12.

Heb. 12:1-3 1Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.  

Don’t do as Peter did while walking on water and look away. Keep on looking at Jesus.

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