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10/7 What does “Relinquish” mean for the new Believer in Hearing God?

January 4, 2015

women w glassesSo far we have seen that the first step toward in being a Jesus Follower is to be willing to ‘Relinquish’ our own ways of doing things, defence masks and be willing to step into a different mind-set.  “Maybe …. Just maybe I need to check out what this Jesus thing is all about…”  To do that means to lay aside the self-satisfied ways of doing things … and just maybe find a whole new world hidden behind that veil of doubt and ignorance.

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10/30 Learn to Renew your Spiritual walk in Hearing God

November 17, 2015

Sometimes, it is hard to remember that we live in a spiritual world that shows itself in the physical world. chains2This is very true when it come to this step in learning to be a mature Jesus follower.

Ephesians 4:24 puts it this way:

“…22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.…”

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10/14 Recognising Truth is part of Hearing God and Maturity

May 21, 2015participate

phoneSo far in our Hearing God blog, we have touched on the first point in our grown as Jesus Followers – to learn to Relinquish.   Sometimes it is important to tie the next word in our series on ‘the 10 steps to Freedom in Christ’ with …. Recognise.

Many people have pointed out the fact that we live in a very self-cantered society.  We are encouraged to be independent and learn to take care of your own needs.  Human nature enhances this with a “After me, everyone come next….”.  You can see it in the business and political world but also in the media, on the roads and in the jungle we call life.

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10/23 So what are we Resisting in Hearing God?

October 10, 2015

teen6We are continuing to look at the 10 essential steps in maturity as we follow Jesus!

 The main aim for this step in your growth as a Jesus Follower and haring God is to add your strength and will power to remove whatever is in your Heart that feeds the problem. This means being that partner with the Holy Spirit, to follow Him in the ‘ahaaa’ that comes with conviction – not condemnation!

Rather than just ‘grit your teeth and endure’, we need to see what is at the bottom of the issues we face. Sometimes this means a spiritual journey but sometimes it may mean seeing what is at the ‘heart’ of a physical problem.

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10/8 To ‘Relinquish’ is a process

January 24, 2015

toomuch2We spend another post on the first stage of waking with the true Lord Jesus.  Recently It’s Spring in my part of the world, in Australia.  For those of us who do any gardening.  Spring means what?  Ohhoooo – weeds….over grown patches where the winter cold has let its mark.  Patches where once flowers bloomed and bushes thrived.  Wind and cold keep us indoors but now … warm sunshine.

Our life is much like a garden, especially when we think about inner growth and new freedom in Christ.  Old ways of doing things, of handling problems in our own self-effort become clear in the light of a new Spring.  Tangled vines, dead mind-sets, crumpled paths … and sometimes broken tree branches block our view.  We could go on and on but I’m sure you get the picture by now, even if you’re not a gardener.

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10/31 Hear God to Renew your Thinking by seeing the Opposites

November 27, 2015

In our last post, we stressed the importance of choosing to fill those emnpty places in your thinking and behaviour with phonepositive truths, to see yourself the way He does.

Another way of doing this is to go back to your list and write out the opposite of the things you set before Him. Here are some examples:

Sin Area: Opposite Attitude:

Pride – Humility

Rejection – Self Acceptance

Lust – Purity

Anger – Gentleness

Go through your list and ask the Holy Spirit to give you =the inspiration to see what NEW is needed to replace the OLD.

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10/15 Determine to Recognise what stops your growth in Hearing God

June 2, 2015

FB Life StratiesOne of the factors in your growth in Hearing God, is the understanding of what stops you from growing, both personally and in God.  I have been reading an interesting book we could apply to our topic on hearing your Creator’s voice as well as I the secular world.  The following is a brief summary of the 9 ‘Life Laws’ or basic rules that govern our universe and human behaviour from the book by Dr. Philip C. McGraw called ‘Life Strategies’.

The person you most need to stand up to in this world is you.  In the war called “life”, most of the decisive battles are fought within you.   Once you learn ‘the rules of the game’, we can learn to get what we need and want.  Learn how to plan the game and you will be amazed at the difference in your own life.

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10/24 Forgiveness, an essential key in Hearing God

October 22, 2015

scroll and quillIn our last post, we encouraged you to spend some time with the Lord and write out a list of PEOPLE that have been a wrong influence in your life. This can often be the roots of the problem, or sin you are resisting.

To be free of the hurt, the wrong influence and the emotions attacked to these people, most often forgiveness is the ONLY weapon.

We covered some of this in our posts 10/18 & 10/19.

Forgiveness does not always come with a feeling. Forgiveness starts with a choice. Most Christians know a lot about the subject of forgiveness but often stumble at HOW to do it. Some people try doing it with their mind and will but the Lord said to forgive …. from the Heart.

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10/9 Determination to face and ‘Relinquish’ in Hearing God

February 24, 2015

So we now continue to look at those who chose to let go their pride, denial and self-sufficient philosophies to girl at sunsetaccept this one called Jesus of Nazareth.   This is really the beginning of the journey as no one – accept Jesus Himself – fully relinquishes everything, all at once.  It’s taking one step at a time, in response to the Great Counsellor, the conviction of the Holy Spirit; that’s how healing happens.  Again it’s the Law of sowing and reaping.

So what sorts of things does the Lord God ask for? 

“Jackie sat fidgeting in her chair, obviously wishing she was anywhere but sitting in the counselling room with me.  She had reluctantly made the appointment and I knew there were deep and painful issues she needed to share.

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10/32 Life’s Strategies in Forgiveness and Hearing God

December 1, 2015

FB Life StratiesThe person you most need to stand up to in this world is you. In the war called “life”, most of the decisive battles are fought within you.   Once you learn ‘the rules of the game’, we can learn to get what we need and want. Learn how to plan the game and you will be amazed at the difference in your own life.  

The following are a brief summary of the 9 ‘Life Laws’ or basic rules that govern our universe and human behaviour from the book by Dr. Philip C. McGraw called Life Strategies.

Life Law #1 – “You must get real with yourself!”

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10/17 Accepting God’s Forgiveness is part of growth in Jesus

July 7, 2015rss

We spend one more post on the topic of receiving His forgiveness in learning to hear FeatherPenfrom God.  In counselling and mentoring, we have seen many people who just cannot accept that God can and will forgive them.  It’s like their Heart or their Conscience, or Mind believe their ‘sin’ is so bad, no one, especially God, can forgive them.

Sometimes the ‘sin’ is really is a big disaster, other times their ‘sin’ might seem rather small by other’s view.  However, we work with what the person believes – large or small.

When this belief stops a person receiving God’s forgiveness, it probably comes from one of many sources:

  1. They have judged themselves so harshly, nothing can remove their fatal ‘mistake’.
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10/24b Then comes Forgiving Yourself in Hearing God

October 22, 2015

phoneAccepting God’s forgiveness as a way of dealing with the past behaviour or any sin He convicts you about is one step closer to receiving Freedom.  However another pothole many people fall into is … forgiving themselves.

This step is connected to allowing God’s love and His grace into your Heart.  Of course your Head knows He forgives us but then, can we forgive the person who did the wrong -the person who was you.

Again, at the bottom of self-forgiveness is some of the same reasons why we have trouble accepting God’s forgiveness.  Self-judgement, feeling trapped into whatever behaviour led to the sin, not seeing a way out of the situation – all contribute to doing what we did.  However the biggest reason for not forgiving ourselves is pride.  That old song “I did it my way…” echoes through the human race again and again.

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10/33 Hearing God helps you Reclaim back the life He wanted for you

December 7, 2015

 We were designed to walk and talk with our Creator. Satan tricked Eve and then Adam chose to give away that right. man on phoneIt’s your place now to regain that right by accepting what Jesus has done for you. Sin and wrong thinking has robbed you of the relationships, minstry, maturity and health God wants for you.

Do you believe this enough to really aim to follow Him to Reclaim back what belongs to you now that you are in Christ Jesus? We can’t turn back the clock and relive your life the way it would have been best for you but now, in walking with Jesus we can Reclaim form this time onward what He wants for you.

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Our amazing Creator God!

July 29, 2015international

Some sent us an amazing email the other day.  Thought aus3I would share it here!

When GOD solves our problems, we have faith in HIS abilities.  When GOD doesn’t solve our problems HE has faith in our abilities.

God’s accuracy may be observed in the hatching of eggs. . . . .        

-those of the canary in 14 days; -those of the barnyard hen in 21 days; -eggs of ducks and geese in 28 days; -those of the mallard in 35 days;

-The eggs of the parrot and the ostrich hatch in 42 days. (Notice, they are all divisible by seven, the number of days in a week!)                                                      

God’s wisdom is seen in the making of an elephant. . . .

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10/25 Idols in your Heart may block growth in Hearing God

November 1, 2015faq

heart5However it is not just people who can influence us or block our ability to Resist the enemy of our Soul. Sometimes, we can look to ‘things’ to influence or avoid the issues we need to face. These can be called ‘IDOLS’.

Most Christians would say and idol is anything that replaces the hole in our Heart made for our Creator. It is something that we pay more attention to than we do to Jesus. Using that definition, we can see an Idol can be things, people, events or even what is called ‘Heart vows’. These are statements we make such as “I’ll never go near that horrible person again.” …or “I will never forgive that person.” …or “I’ll never trust him again!”

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