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Hearing God’s Voice 5 Holy Spirit

Hearing God’s Voice 5 Holy Spirit

June 11, 2021

Can you hear from God when you make a mistake? Is there grace or condemnation?

Ezekiel 36:26,27 I will give you a new heart and a new spirit...I will put my spirit within you...

Col. 1: 27 ...Christ in you, the hope of glory. 

Eph. 1:13-14  ESV  ...were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit...

Freedom is not doing whatever you want. It is doing what you were designed to do. You get to decide to who or what you will be a slave. 

Will quenching the Holy Spirit make it more difficult to hear from God?

God moves toward those who are humble and repent. 

Do you experience God as being in you? 

Are you stuck in some relationships? Are there people in your life who bring you down? Setting boundaries is not easy. Which of your relationships are yielding negative fruit? Is it time to sow in another field?

Sabbath is a helpful tool to make time and space to hear from God. 

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Hearing God’s Voice 4

Hearing God’s Voice 4

June 1, 2021

Might life work better if we could hear from God? Jesus was confident you would be able to distinguish the voice of God from others. Humans are uniquely designed to hear from God. The Spirit-Soul-Body metaphor is one way to understand how we function spiritually and physically in this world. While not a perfect metaphor, I find it helpful.  When someone invites Jesus to live in them, what happens to the spirit, soul and body?  In Christ, we are a new creation.  (2 Cor. 5:17) Why don't all bad habits instantly disappear?  What is the difference between a spiritual person and a soulish person? Can your spirit become tarnished or dirty? What does it mean if God lives in you? 

How does the Holy Spirit come into a believer in Jesus? Should we ask for Holy Spirit?

Acts 2:38 ...Repent and be baptized...and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 11:13 ...How much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.

Acts 5:32 ...The Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.

How can we change our habits? On what do you meditate? Rumination on negativity affects how you think and feel. 

What is life supposed to be like when living as God intended? 

Where does fear come from? Satan is full of fear and tries to pass it on to you. 

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Drawings by Dr. David Levy. Photo by Kyle Smith on Unsplash

Hearing God’s Voice 3

Hearing God’s Voice 3

May 20, 2021

We are uniquely designed to hear from God. While not completely correct, this metaphoric illustration of the Spirit, Soul and Body, is a working model of the 3-part human. We usually cannot see or feel our soul or spirit and this illustration makes them visible. The spirit, soul and body are all connected to one another. When we believe in Jesus as Savior and Lord, our human spirit becomes one with the Spirit of Jesus (But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 1 Cor. 6:17 ESV). This shared Spirit with Jesus should affect our soul (mind, will, emotions) and body. The mind must engage (and open the valve) to bring the spiritual nourishment from our spirit to our soul. This illustration metaphor is also used as a meditation on my Dr. David Levy app under Imagination Journeys. The realization of the connections may change the questions we ask each other, allowing us to focus on the spirit (who we are) instead of the soul (how we feel). While simple in theory, we receive much input from our world through the senses. It requires effort to focus the mind on how God thinks about a situation vs. how you think about the situation. 

Some verses used in this section: 

2 Peter 1:3,4 NKJV His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature...

Phil. 4:13 NKJV I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Phil. 4:19 NKJV And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Illustration by David Levy.

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Hearing God’s Voice 2

Hearing God’s Voice 2

April 30, 2021

In the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, people hear from God. He walks and talks with Adam and Eve, shows up with two friends for lunch with Abraham,  tells Moses to part the sea so the people can walk through it, etc. Jesus assumes we will recognize his voice as different from the voice of a stranger. (John 10) This requires some effort on our part.  Beginning in Genesis, we look at Adam and Eve hearing––and sometimes not hearing––God.

Is. 30:21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left

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Hearing God’s Voice 1

Hearing God’s Voice 1

April 2, 2021

Are we supposed to hear from God?  Do we not hear because God is not speaking or we are not listening? There are radio waves all around you, but if you don't have a receiver tuned to the station, you will hear nothing intelligible. What are the benefits and dangers of trying to hear from God? Did Jesus expect us to hear? Bible characters from Genesis to Revelation listened to God and responded. 

Jesus assumes we will recognize his voice as different from the voice of a stranger in John 10. This requires some effort on our part. The first in a series of lessons in a workshop on learning to listen for the voice of God.

 1 Cor. 6:17 ESV But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him

Is. 30:21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left

Unanswered Prayers?

Unanswered Prayers?

February 21, 2021

How do you respond when your prayers are not answered? Perhaps there was something good you really wanted to happen for yourself or someone else. Perhaps there was something bad you didn't want to happen. You prayed but did not get what you wanted. Dr. Levy encounters unanswered prayers that cause pain and suffering and cause him to ask God, "Why?"

The Other Christmas Story

The Other Christmas Story

December 25, 2020

Zachariah and Elizabeth had a long-standing disappointment to overcome. In the process of waiting, Zachariah picked up a negative attitude. While understandable, the angel Gabriel was not amused. What can you do to keep from being negative when an angel comes with an answer to your prayers? Why was Zachariah the priest "muted" until the baby was born?

 

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Fear in Crisis - Part 2 (Help for Coronavirus COVID-19) Overcoming Anxiety

Fear in Crisis - Part 2 (Help for Coronavirus COVID-19) Overcoming Anxiety

March 23, 2020

Where is Jesus when you are in trouble? Peter sinks after a heroic walk on water. Why did he sink and where was Jesus while he was sinking? 

Had Peter been in a prior situation in a boat in a storm? Was Jesus expecting them to have learned from the experience? 

Have you been in a prior stressful situation not EXACTLY like the one you are in now?

Prov. 18:20-21

By the fruit of a man's mouth, his stomach is satisfied...

Death and life are in the power of the tongue...

How are your words about yourself and your situation. Are you exchanging the power of your words for sympathy or gossip?

Further resources on DrDLevy.com and Dr. David Levy App. 

Fear in Crisis - Part 1 (Help for Coronavirus COVID-19) Overcoming Anxiety

Fear in Crisis - Part 1 (Help for Coronavirus COVID-19) Overcoming Anxiety

March 19, 2020

Fear and Emotional Contagion are rampant with the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. People regularly share bad or distressing news with each other.  Anxiety, depression and fear-driven anger are easy to see. What does Jesus have to say about fear?

Psalm 91 personalized. 

Peter gets out of the boat and walks on water. Why does he begin to sink? What are the dynamics with those in the boat? Was Jesus standing in front of him as the famous painting shows? Or was Jesus behind him? 

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Giants 5: David’s Confidence

Giants 5: David’s Confidence

March 17, 2020

Does King Saul believe David can win against Goliath in 1 Samuel 17?

If you were trying to decide whether to send David against the giant, how would you decide? 

What strategy does David choose and where does he get his confidence? 

David is quoting from Deuteronomy 20 as he speaks with King Saul. He seems to have absolute confidence in The God of Israel. 

Are there other giants in the land? What happened to them?

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