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Receiving and Acting on Instruction From God (BD#1)

Receiving and Acting on Instruction From God (BD#1)

Good morning. This is Brian Dundon and Bruce asked me to fill in for him and teach this morning since he is on the road giving another teaching, someplace in this wonderful country of ours.

[Here is a link to Bruce’s teaching: One Lord; Access to God (#979) ]

So I’ll be teaching this morning, and the subject I’m going to be covering is on receiving and acting on instruction from God. So, there are basically three steps for receiving and acting on information from God. Pretty obvious, and I had some training way back when in my military days that introduced us to two concepts; one was called the OODA loop and the other was the general description of communication.

So, first I’ll go over the OODA loop, which was developed during the Korean war shortly after the engagements with the North Korean and possibly the Chinese; or perhaps it was the Vietnam war, I’m not sure? I think it was the Korean war, but I don’t know who they were coming up against. But the American pilots seemed to be a slight disadvantage to the Russian provided MIGs in air-to-air combat, so a study was conducted and what they discovered was that the North Korean or North Vietnamese pilots, I don’t recall which it was, were better trained and equipped than the Americans and they came up with a concept called the OODA loop, which is O, O, D, A and they discovered if they could train the American pilots to get through the OODA loop faster than their opponents they would be more competitive and have a better survivability rate in the air and this was a great accomplishment because it was successful. And what it stands for is Observation, Orientation, Decision and Action. And that is the kind of process that we go through as we take in information in this world: we observe something, we may hear it, we may see it, we may feel it; we experience it in some way. We observe it, we orient it with our understanding and our learning; and for a fighter pilot, where they are spatially in space, coupled with their training. Then they make a decision, they decide how they are going to act on that information that came in, given their experiences and training. And then they act. So, Observation, Orientation, Decision, and Action.

And another concept that I mentioned earlier was the definition of communication. Communication has sender, there is a receiver, there is a medium, and there is a message. Those are the four basic concepts. So the sender is somebody that is sending the message; the message obviously is the content of the message trying to be delivered to the receiver and of course there may be more than one receiver; and the medium is how that message is being conveyed. It may be spoken, it may be written, it may be displayed in way. But those are the four basic components: you have a sender, a receiver, the message and medium. And then you can have some other things that come into play like interference: something may obstruct somebody’s vision; they may have a learning disability that hinders their ability to read or understand complex or even simple concepts, there is all sorts of things; there may be prejudices that come into play, preconceived connotations. We are experience this everyday; we have somebody that says something that may not mean any offense at all, but the receiver takes offense, because, based on their understanding its offensive.

So, with those two things in mind, I want to go through some of the scriptures and take a look at some examples where believers received information from God, how they understood it, how they gained more information and what they did with that information; how they acted upon it. So, if you would, please take your Bibles and turn to II Timothy chapter 3.

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Verse Listing and Notes

II Timothy 3:16,17         All scripture given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:…

Exodus 3:1-                    Moses and the burning bush, God’s instructions, Moses’ questions, and his actions

Exodus 14:1 –                 Moses at the Red Sea, additional instructions and actions

Numbers 13 – 14           Moses and the 12 Scouting the Promised Land, going beyond the instructions and into rebellion

I Samuel 15:1 -35           Saul’s anointing, God’s directions, and Saul’s disobedience

I Samuel 16:1, 13           David’s anointing

I Samuel 17                     David and Goliath, David pulling from his experience and knowing what to do

I Samuel 24:1-12            David and Saul in a cave.  David’s decision

Matthew 11:1, 10:1-ff    Jesus’ instructions to the 12

John 14:26                       The comforter

I Cor 11:1                          We are to be imitators of Christ and Paul

Summary                          For instruction we have the Scriptures, Holy Spirit, and the examples of Christ and Paul.   God will instruct us, if we don’t understand, we can and should ask questions.  Waiting is an action.

Additional verses not use during the teaching:

Proverbs 1:1-9               Instruction and the respect (fear) of the Lord being the beginning of knowledge

Psalm 25:5, 12               God’s instruction and waiting on it

Teaching

Receiving and Acting on Instruction From God (BD#1)

One Lord; Access to God (#979) [From a Northern IL Weekend in the Word Event]

One Lord; Access to God (#979) [From a Northern IL Weekend in the Word Event]

We’re going to talk about one Lord. And as we all know much about the Lord Jesus Christ and one could spend days, weeks, and months talking about all the great things that he, as our Lord, has done. The aspect that I’m going to focus on today is that Jesus Christ is our means of access to God. One of the many, many, many fine things his ministry accomplished is that he gave us access to God. As you know if you go back to the Old Testament, there are verses like “God made His ways known unto to Moses, but His acts unto the children of Israel. Moses is the only one that really got what was going on, which is why when he went up to the mountain to talk to God and came down, they’d made a golden calf. That they were worshiping. Because most of them really didn’t get it, but Moses did. He was the only one with the spirit of God. An it took his Father-in-Law, Jethro, the priest of Midian to tell him: ‘hey, you need some help’. And so he went to God and ordained about 70 other guys and the spirit of God got on them, and then there were about 70 people who could have the spirit of God. But it was still very rare.

Remember that time when Jehoshaphat was out there and they were attacked by three armies and they prayed and didn’t know what to do? God put the spirit of God on one fellow in the audience, in the crowd, in the congregation and he’s the one God talked because he had the spirit of God and he told them what to do. And of course they went out the next day and they didn’t even have to fight in the battle because all the enemy soldiers had killed each other. But it is different today, we all have access to God. Its not just Moses. Which is why it wonderful, as Charlie was saying that as you guys are set up here as an organization, that everybody has input. There is safety in a multitude of counselors. Now a lot of Christian groups, and we’ve been involved in some of them, not all of them, set themselves up like they have an Old Testament prophet, who is the only guy with the spirit of God. So the only thing that matters is what that one guy or woman says. But, that is not the case today. We all have the spirit of God. Now it is true that there are ministries in the body and God may put somebody in charge and that person may have a little bit of a stronger voice. But to say one person, and there is only one person who can talk to God, is just not true. And the reason is, we all have access to God. Because we have one Lord Jesus Christ, who because of him, we received the spirit of God and through him we have access to God. So as Brian was saying earlier today, no one of us has more spirit than the others. And in the same way, no one of us has more access to God than somebody else.

And you got to realize I worked in downtown D.C. for 30 years and access is what is all about. That is much of the fights going on in D.C. today that we don’t need to get into, argue over access to people with power and what ways to obtain that access are legal and ethical and what ways are not legal and ethical. And that is the basis of the fights you hear in the news today. I’m not going to get into what side of the argument you want to be on, but the point is access is very important. If you can call somebody up and have them help you do something that helps whatever cause your doing and you can do it legally, you get stuff down in Washington. If you haven’t done your homework and you don’t know who to call and you don’t know how to legally approach them, nothing will happen. And that is just in Washington. The same is true; I was sitting on the airplane coming here yesterday and talking to a guy who sells IT systems. Well, if he can’t get his customers to answer the phone and buy stuff, he’s going to have a bad month in sales. It is true in any field, you have to know how to get access to the people you want to deal with. And that is important, and in certain parts of government, in business, and in personal relationships having access to people is hugely important.

How much greater having access to the one true God? And knowing that He’ll listen when you call, He’ll pick up the phone. There are many verses in the Old Testament that say: ‘If you seek the Lord, you will find him.’ He’s not hiding. And that was even before Jesus Christ gave us access to God. So, God’s always been available, He’s just a lot more available to a lot more people now that the Lord Jesus Christ has provided that access. So let’s read about it, John 16…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20191019 at a N. IL Weekend Event.  All Rights Reserved.

Verse Listing and Note

John 16:23-24           In that day ye shall ask me nothing…Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

Romans 5:1,2            Peace with God, justified by believing (cf. Rom. 14:20-25). Righteousness – being right with God, so that you can stand before him with no consciousness of shortcoming. Justification – freedom from guilt, “just as if…”

I Corinthians 8:6        One God…and One Lord Jesus Christ

Ephesians 2:18-19     Through Jesus Christ, we have access to God

Ephesians 3:12           In whom we have boldness and access with confidence (confident access) by the faith of him. Or: we may approach God with freedom and confidence (NIV).

Colossians 3                Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and (even)* the Father by him (vs. 17)

Hebrews 4:16              Come boldly to the throne of grace (cf. vss. 14-15)

Hebrews 7:24-25        He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him – vs. 25

I Peter 3:18                  That he (JC) might bring us to God

I Timothy 2:5               For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men

Teaching

One Lord; Access to God (#979)

Always Rejoicing (#978)

Always Rejoicing (#978)

Good morning! We’re going to talk today about the importance of rejoicing in the Lord. Because whether the circumstances in our life are perfect, sort of good, or terrible; and we all have days with one of the other of those — we have much to rejoice about because of God’s faithfulness and love towards us.  And, we’re going to start by reading about Jethro, Moses’ Father-in-Law.  After the children of Israel had escaped from Egypt, they stopped and saw Jethro, Moses’ Father-in-Law. So, starting here in Exodus 18…

Verse Listing and Notes

Exodus 18:1-12                  Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the Lord had done to Israel
(vs 9)

Psalms 146                         Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help (vs. 5)

Proverbs 16:20                  Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he

Deuteronomy 16:13-17    The Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase…therefore thou shalt surely rejoice (vs. 15)

Deuteronomy 26:1-11      Thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given
unto thee (vs. 11)

I Chronicles 16:7-36          Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord (vs. 10)

II Chronicles 20:27            The Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies

Psalms 5:11-12                  Let those that trust thee rejoice, let them ever shout for joy

Psalms 16:11                      In thy presence is fullness of joy

Psalms 43:4                        God my exceeding joy (NLT: the source of all my joy; NIV: my joy and my delight; lit: gladness of my joy)

Proverbs 15:13-15             A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance (vs. 13)
He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast (vs. 15)

Romans 5:1-8                     Rejoice in hope of the glory of God (vs. 2)

Romans 12:9-21                 Rejoicing in hope (vs. 12)

Philippians 3:3                    Rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh

Philippians 4:4-9                 Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say, Rejoice (vs. 4)

I Timothy 6:17                      Trust in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy

Never give up on God – He has certainly not given up on you!

Teaching

Always Rejoicing (#978)