In the Word/Bible, we find our relationship with the Father verified through the confirmation of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus knew the scriptures and was filled with the Holy Spirit when tempted by Satan.
• Reveal Yourself to me, Father
• Satan tries to make the Word and a relationship with God impossible
• The children of Israel knew the acts of God, Moses knew His ways
• The Holy Spirit must bring the correct emphasis
John 12:49 NLT
I don ’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it.
John 1:1,2 NASB
1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2. He was in the beginning with God
Deuteronomy 19:15 NASB
A single witness shall not rise up against a man on account of any iniquity or any sin which he has committed; on the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed.
Matthew 4:6 NASB
and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God throw Yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will give His angels charge concerning You’; and ‘On their hands they will bear You up, Lest You strike Your foot against a stone.’”
Psalms 91:11, 12 NASB
11. For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways.
12. They will bear you up in their hands, Lest you strike your foot against a stone.
Psalms 103:7 ESV
He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the people of Israel.
Matthew 4:3, 4
3. and the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
4. But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, But on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”
• Father, gave us the Holy Spirit to teach us, to let us know the truth
• It is just opening that Bible up and reading it and knowing that God will speak to you
• It’s that second witness that gives it truth.
• It’s not just memorizing Scripture although there is nothing wrong with that.
In these last three podcasts, we are attempting to help understand that the Bible is the Word of God, it is a unfolding revelation of Jesus and who He is, not just talking about who Jesus was.
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How did Christ walk in His deep relationship with the Father? How did He know who He was and hear and see what the Father was speaking to Him each day? I’m Ron your host, and these questions have been mysteries to me. To be led by His spirit, to hear His voice speaking to me, and to know who I am in Him has been the cry and I feel it is the cry in most sincere Christian's hearts. Well, let’s listen in as the Holy Spirit begins to unfold to us some of these deep mysteries, so that we too can have this deep relationship with our Father as Christ did by a Living Word.
I use to think in my youth that having a relationship with God was this mystical thing that God would appear to me or God speak to me out of the air and give me revelation and lead my life. When all the time He had a provision, which is called the Bible and if I opened it up and I start reading it the Holy Spirit begins to speak to me and reveal to me the very things that I have wanted. A relationship with the Father, a relationship to be led. It talks about how Christ always did those things that He saw the Father doing. He only spoke the things that He heard the Father speaking. Well where did He hear that? Was that some mystical gift that He had that He could hear the Father’s voice that nobody else could hear. That wasn’t it, He knew the Torah, He knew the word of God. That word the Father spoke to Him through that word. That’s where He got His leading. That’s where He got His wisdom. That’s where He got everything, through the Word of God. I feel like the Satanic spirit realm deemphasizes the Word of God. And tries to make it, to make a walk with God and a relationship with the God so hard and so impossible. When the very provision that you’ve been crying out for your entire life is right in front of you. It is just opening that Bible up and reading it and knowing that God will speak to you. He will meet you, He will lead you through that Word.
I challenge people to try it. I challenge people to try and say Lord if you are real and if you are speaking through this then show me. Reveal Yourself to me. If your real let me know. I challenge people. A relationship with the Lord is so simple and yet so real and so easy to get to, cause the Scriptures are right there and they express His heart. Express His heart for you and for the earth and for the ages to come.
Dale: 3:47at you are Ron is Deuteronomy:
You know when Jesus was tempted by Satan. He knew the Scriptures and we know that Satan quoted Scripture to try and get Jesus to do something. If you fall from this precipice, He’ll call ten thousand angles to protect you. It’s knowing the scripture that much. We need to know the Scripture so much that only the Scriptures move us and then any other input cannot move us. That is what makes us immovable is because that wisdom and knowledge of the Scriptures that the Holy Spirit gives us. See that is where Eve was deceived is because she knew what God said but Satan twisted it and she was not prepared for that. Jesus on the other hand was very prepared. That was when His defeat over Satan took place is as He came back with the Word. It’s not only understanding what is written but it is that relationship that we talked about earlier with the Father, and knowing His heart. The children of Israel knew acts of the Lord but Moses knew His ways. And I think that’s where we need to understand is getting into this word to know the ways of the Lord so that we can have a correct response when circumstances present themselves similar to the testing Jesus went through.
I think that is an important point that you’re making Allan because I feel like, it not just memorizing Scripture although there is nothing wrong with that. But it’s what Dale is saying also there is the double witness, it’s the witness of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit must meet you in those Scriptures and reveal those Scriptures to you. It’s the Holy Spirit that brings the correct and proper emphasis in every situation. What ever happens during your day. I’ve seen people they come up to a situation and they look through the Bible to find a Scripture and go oh here it is. That is the way I should think about it. They take an action on something that they found in the Scripture. And wasn’t the Holy Spirit bringing it to them its them looking for an answer and using Scriptures like that. There is a difference, the difference is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit must bring the correct emphasis that’s what happened when Christ was in the wilderness. Satan was quoting Scripture and it was true Scripture. And He is going well look this is what it says, so you can do this. Make the stones bread, right but it wasn’t the Holy Spirit bringing that emphasis. Reading the Scriptures to me, there has to be an attitude behind that. You are looking to the Lord. You’re looking to the Holy Spirit to show you; give you revelation, give you the correct emphasis that those Scriptures mean, impart to you. The Bible is not human. Yes, it was written by human beings filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the author and if you want to know what the bible means go to the author.
Father gave us the Holy Spirit to teach us, to instruct us, make things come alive to us, let us know the truth. If you do not have the Holy Spirit like you’re saying Ron the Word can become like brass. I mean just another book but with the Holy Spirit, life is ministered to us. The Holy Spirit gives you the ability to see and to know. He reveals it and teaches you about it.
Allan: 9:42 Exactly. You know that Scripture that says who knows the heart of a man but the spirit of the man. And that is what that is talking about is who knows the heart of the Father. The Spirit does because it is His Spirit. Well you read John:14 - 17, those chapters in there and you will see the whole purpose of the Holy Spirit is to reveal everything that God and Christ want us to know about.Dale::
I got to tell a quick story that I think will resonate with all of us and hope if there is somebody listening to this podcast that is asking for more, that this may help. I was around twenty-two years old and I had come to the end of my rope. I had everything I wanted and it was starting to fall apart. And that is awful young to be able to say that, that I had it but that’s the truth. I can remember as a small child eight, ten years old. You go to school and you fill out papers and they would ask you what religion are you? And I put Christian cause that is what they told me I was. I didn’t know so I put down Christian and for years that is what I put down. I went into the service and filled out my dog tags Christian. It is amazing how I sat in church, my parents made me go. And as soon as I graduated from whatever they called it was into the membership, I quit going. And I had gone off to school but I still thought of myself as a Christian. And then when I like I said I came to the end of my rope and I said OK, I want more. I want to be more than just a Christian because I tried to solve all my problems with the might say the limited relationship I had to the Lord. It was limited because I hadn’t even been filled with the Holy Spirit. I saw a lot of alter calls but never answered one to be saved. So, I decided it was time to answer and alter call. I didn’t know what to expect I just saw other people do it. But I had a meeting with the Lord and I didn’t even know what it was. Well when I walked outside of that church the sun shown brighter than I have ever saw it and there was a feeling that I had that was awesome. And I carried that feeling til I come to the point where I want more. I wanted more of that. Whatever what that was I wanted more of that, so I started asking around and people told me that part of Salvation is being filled with the Holy Spirit. I figured what the heck I might as well ask for that I have come this far. And then the door opened up I asked for the Holy Spirit and then I understood the meaning of being filled with the Holy Spirit and my Salvation. That they worked hand and hand. That I will constantly working out my Salvation by the Holy Spirit because He will lead me into all things. If you sat around and wondered about Salvation go for it. If you wondered about the Holy Spirit, go for it and hang on tight because when you put the two together it is and exceedingly abundantly beyond what you can ask or think.Lead out::