Finding the “Real”

Introduction

  • One side of the story
  • A primary piece as to long term relationship with God

Jesus taught

  • John 7:16-17 – Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me.  Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.” (NIV)
  • John 17:6-8 – “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.  Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you.  For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them.  They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.” (NIV)

Vital to the growth of relationship with God is finding the “real”

  • The disciples hear the word of God from Jesus (teaching, preaching, instruction, etc.) (John 7:16 and John 17:6)
  • By faith, they choose to do what was said (John 7:17 and John 17:6)
    • Faith is believing without any guarantee of being able to see a result
    • James 2:17 – In the same way, faith by itself, if not accompanied by action, is dead. (NIV)
      • Faith is made complete by what we do
      • If no tangible evidence of what we believe is there, that is good evidence that we don’t believe it as much as we think that we do.
  • As a result of acting in faith, they find authority and truth, and that Jesus comes from God and is God’s expression toward us (John 7:17 and John 17:7)
    • Hebrews 1:3 – The son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. (NIV)
    • Our choice to do what he says creates an experience where we find who He is and how we fit with Him

Example

  • Matthew 16:13-17 – When Jesus came to the region of Cesarea Philippi, He asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others day Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”  But what about you?” he asked.  “Who do you say I am?”  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the son of the living God.”  Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.” (NIV)
    • This revelation came after Peter gave his life and followed Jesus by faith
      • The “Living” God shows a connection that Peter made with the father through this
    • John 16:30-31 – “Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”  “You believe at last!” Jesus answered.

Why?

  • John 17:25-26 – Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” (NIV)
    • Jesus paraphrased – I want for you and them to have what we have – real relationship

Practical Use

  • What things has the Lord spoken to you recently?
    • What things in life have you been given and what are your convictions in each?
  • Water bottle example
    • I did not create the things that made this scenario possible, but they were all provided
      • My qualities and values and convictions created the scenario that you see here
      • Promises of Provision – everything needed has been made available to us (doesn’t mean that they were dropped in our lap)
        • God could have done all of this without me, but invited me into an experience because He treasures doing things with me – He could be a Father and I could be a son
      • Parable of the Talents – Not about what they spent their money on, but what they created with what they were given through faith

Believe with God for anything

  • Bill Johnson – “Your victory begins the moment you stop being impressed by your problem.”
    • Set your hearts and minds on things above (Colossians 3:1-3)
    • God doesn’t just leave us with a desire for a hopeful existence
      • Find the Real

 

In what ways do you feel that God is inviting you into deeper intimacy with Him by asking you to do something outside of your current way of thinking?

Describe an experience where you felt that God spoke something to you, you responded in faith with action, and you discovered more about Him because of how He showed up in response back to you.  Journal this entry as a reminder of a time He showed himself to be real and have total authority that you can look back on in a time of challenge.