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“God Answers” by Ezra Engle
When God says “Go” go humbly.
Verse: (Mary, Saul, Moses, Jonah)
Explain: “Slobedience” when we delay our obey, we stand in the way.
When God says “No” obey respectfully.
Verse: (Jesus in Gethsemane, David, Moses)
Explain: “being told no is a challenge, and always has been”
When God says “Woah” wait faithfully.
Verse: (Abraham and Sarai, David‘s Reign))
Explain: sometimes it seems like God isn’t saying anything, but ‘yes’ and ‘no’ are a little more noticeable than ‘wait’ seems to be. This answer often seems to be the most challenging one to cope with, because it isn’t often obvious how long a wait is going to be.
Because we don’t know exactly how God will direct us for our specific situation. We must practice being in a posture of listening readiness. This is hard for me, because I always have some next task I want to complete. I can become easily distracted by the urgent more than the most essential.
Bible Study 📖
Because some things God has already made clear in His word. We don’t know what we don’t know, so familiarize yourself with the Bible over and over again, and get a plan to read the parts you are less familiar with at a pace you can understand and prayerfully study it for application to your life.
Because some decisions are not moral decisions, they are developed through experiences and made through our discovery of preferences, giftedness, and through interpersonal relationships with each other. Some things God leaves up to us to decide, and we won’t know until we get there. (I took a golf class at DVC and changed my mind to take Tai Chi instead because I wanted to hang out with the people I saw there.)
God has made us (humankind) for a general purpose (to bring Him glory), but he has also made you (and me) for a specific purpose. Long term life purpose, and shorter missions at each season of our lives. Attentive listening to His prompting allows us to stay close to His will and maximize His purpose (and our purpose at the same time)
Ezekiel 33:30-32 NIV
 “As for you, son of man, your countrymen are talking together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, saying to each other, ‘Come and hear the message that has come from the Lord.’  My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain.  Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.
7/8/2017 discussion led by Ezra Engle
Do we need to strive for salvation? Should it require a great effort?
How does our pursuit for a right relationship with God and to honor His commandments differ from our salvation in the amount of energy we invest to maintain?
…”The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
-Romans 10:8b-13 NIV
How much confidence do you have in your salvation?
According to the passage in Romans we just read, how much confidence should you have?
It seems much simpler when you distill it to three things: confessing with your mouth that “Jesus is Lord” and believing in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. Simply trusting in Jesus will never put us to shame.
Sometimes we allow the world to interject our thoughts with fear of being shamed for putting our faith in Jesus, but we are not called to put anything or anyone but Jesus in place as our Lord.
Have you called on the name of the Lord Jesus to be saved?
Simply calling on Him reveals your belief that He can save you. Allowing Him to lift you up is surrendering to Him the authority to direct your life. Now all you need to do is declare that “Jesus is Lord” to make it public.
Here is a verse describing a man dying on a cross next to Jesus, and being saved by putting his faith and belief in Jesus:
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. ” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
-Luke 23:42-43 NIV
Have you had a challenging experience talking about your faith with someone? What made it hard to do? How did it turn out?
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”
-1 Peter 3:15 NIV
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