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1 After we hear a voice, we must discern that it is truly from God

2  Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 1 Corinthians 12:1-2 In Contrast to Paganism our God Speaks

3   Has spoken  Is Speaking  And will speak to men Our Confidence is that God:

4   Does God Speak to people today?  How can we recognize His Voice?  How Can I avoid being mistaken?  How often should I expect to hear from God?  Why don’t we hear more clearly? Topics we address:

5   Think Like God thinks  Value what He values  Love like He loves How can we hear more clearly

6   Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is… Romans 12:2 Re-Calibrate our Minds

7  And after the earthquake, a fire; but the Lord was not in (the earthquake or) the fire: and after the fire, a still small voice. The Lord’s Voice is not Overpowering

8  First and Foremost: By His Written Word “Still Small Voice” (Holy Spirit) Through Authorities Through Confirming Signs How God Speaks

9  #1 How can we recognize His Voice? and #2 How Can I avoid being mistaken? Today’s 2 Questions:

10   Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,  After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. God Directing without Words

11   And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, “Come over into Macedonia, and help us.”  And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called u s for to preach the gospel unto them. God Speaking

12   As we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:  The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, “These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation”. “Another “ Voice

13   And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, “I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out the same hour. Paul Knew it was not God’s Voice

14   And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas…,  And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city…  And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, Punished for doing God’s Will

15 “In the world there are many kinds of voices…” 1 Corinthians 14:10

16   And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness.  2 Corinthians 11:14 Satan will Masquerade

17 Jeff Dunham and Achmed the Dead Terrorist Popular Ventriloquist

18   Originally, ventriloquism was used for ritual or religious purposes; the Zulus, Eskimo, and Māori  “Gastromancy” Ventriloquism

19   A girl who had a "spirit of Python” and followed Paul and his companions around the city of Thyatrira, crying out after them. (Acts 16:16-18)

20   This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  James 3:15-16 2 Types of Wisdom

21   But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  James 3:17 2 Types of Wisdom

22  God’s Voice is Wisdom Satan’s Wisdom Earthly Sensual Devilish Envying and strife Confusion Every evil work God’s “Wisdom” Pure Peaceable Gentle Easy to be intreated Full of mercy Good fruits

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