Bible Study Lessons

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 Part 1The Incredible Good News of the Gospel 

Part 2

Experiencing the Power of the Gospel

 Part 3Biblical Doctrines in the Light of the Gospel 

Part 4―Last Day Events (Eschatology)

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Being Aware of the Holy Spirit (part 2)

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How could the martyrs during the reformation stand in peace, while dying at the stake, how could they endure the flames while singing hymns?

 

They had to know that God was with them, tell me how could they know for sure?   What are we actually saying here?...that we go by feeling and not by faith?  Certainly not!  But, we must be very careful not to just rely on an intellectual kind of faith either!

 

Acts 2  (v. 1) Now when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (v. 2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. (v. 3) Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. (v. 4) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost was the former rain [and was wonderful], but the latter rain will be even more abundant.[1] 

 

Hos 6  (v. 3) .…Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.  His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth.  

Psm 29  (v. 11) The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.
 

What does this mean?  Do we just believe by faith, when we are tired and can't go any further?  How do we know that we have this "strength" from the Lord to continue?

 
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How can you know when you are blessed with this peace?  Just believe when you are feeling anxious and somehow it just goes away?

 

John 14  (v. 16) ....I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; [ KJV ]

 

Why comfort us, if we are not supposed to sense it anyways?...remember we go by faith and not by feeling right, or are we missing something?

 

(verse 17) even the Spirit of truth,...but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (v. 18) I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.  [ KJV ]

 
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How can the Comforter, dwell with you and be in you, and you never sense it?  So, you just know Him by faith, is that right??

 

 Only the sense of God's presence can banish the fear that, for the timid child, would   make life a burden.  Let him fix in his memory the promise, "The angel of the Lord   encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them" (Ps. 34:7).[2]  

 

Phil 4  (v. 7) and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

Does the "peace of God" guard your heart & mind by faith, or do you actually sense the peace?

 

 ....a great change had taken place in my mind.  It seemed to me that I could hardly be the same person that left my   father's house the previous evening....My heart was full of happiness....Faith now took possession of my heart. I felt an inexpressible love for God,...[3]

 

 I felt the assurance of an indwelling Saviour,...My peace and happiness was in such marked contrast with my former   gloom and anguish that it seemed to me as if my soul had been rescued from hell and transported to heaven.[3] 

 

II Tim 1  (v. 6) Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. (v. 7) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

 

God has given us a spirit of power and of love, and we know it by just faith?

 

No, but rather, we can absolutely sense the presence of the Holy Spirit, when He is near us or when He is dwelling inside of us; that reality is definitely for sure!

 

When we say “yes” to the Lord, there is peace.  And there is peace when I say yes, for all who trust and obey.    video ref. [4]

 

References:

1. Dan Augsburger, (2009). The Branch and the Vine (sermons by Frank B. Phillips), p.69, Booklet.

2. E.G. White, Conflict and Courage, p.367, par.2

3. E.G. White, Life Sketches (1888 edition), p.160, par.1-3

4. Brian Courtney Wilson (Lyric video) “I’ll Just Say Yes” Online video. YouTube, 2 Dec 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZ_sMqDYWj8

Image #1: Politically Incorrect, (2016). Heretics burned at the stake. Retrieved from https://archive.4plebs.org/pol/thread/92293224/

Image #2: Harvest Ministry, (2012). Know God, know peace. Retrieved from http://harvestministry.org/april-fools-day

Image #3: Above Top Secret, (n.d.). Your guardian angel. Retrieved from http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread969645/pg1

 

 

 

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