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S1E7: How does God communicate?

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Welcome to S1E7 of Martha's Talk! 
In today's episode, we are going to speak about how God communicate to us. While some know me as Tasha, God changed my name to Martha. He also called me to be an Apostle. This simply means, that he commissioned me to go wherever he sends me to preach or teach the gospel, in truth and in love. Martha's Talk is a talk show in which I share the love of Christ for humanity, in Spirit and in Truth.

In today's episode we are going to go over:
  • What are we?
  • How does God communicate to believers? 
  • How do we know that it is God communicating?
  • How should believers communicate with God? 
  • What is Godly rest and Godly peace?
  • How do believers know God's will?
  • What should we do once we are back into God's will?
  • What causes a soul to die?
  • Does internal rest and peace, guarantee me external rest and peace in this age?
  • How does God communicate to sinners?
  • My Testimony: God's grace taught me how to choose God's will over self-will. 
Focus scriptures:
  • John 16:13-15 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, 
    • He will guide (teach) you into all the truth. 
    • He will not speak (lalew) on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
    • He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.  All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you
  • Romans 8:6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
  • Click here, to listen to John 14-21 for free!
Q&A: What are we?
By understanding what we are, it will better help us understand the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, which in-turn will give us better understanding of how God communicates with us and the reasons why. According to the Apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:22-24 we are a spirit, our spirit has a soul, and our spirit also has a body. It reads, "May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it." 
  • Our spirit and our soul are internal (cannot be seen by our natural eyes). 
  • Our spirit and soul can be governed by the Holy Spirit,
  • The flesh is external and is referenced in the bible to either mean the human body and or self-will. When we choose self-will, NOT WILL but self-will that is not God's will (the flesh), the enemy will try to influence the flesh, in order to get you to choose self-will, like he did with Adam & Eve in Genesis 3:1-11 (see S1E5 Lust & Pride). 
Q&A: How does God communication to born-again believers? 
1. As we read the word of God Hebrews 4:12, Romans 12:2
  • The word (logoj-logos) is active and alive
2. Circumstances James 1:2-4, Romans 5:3-5, 1 Peter 4:12-13, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
  • Trials & tribulations that God allows us to be in, help us become more Christ-like
3. Inward audible voice from God via word of knowledge & word of wisdom John 14:25-27,  Acts 8:28-30, 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 14:39, 1 John 4:1, Luke 12:11-12
  • A still, small voice, that is calm, direct, and relaxed
  • If we hear the audible voice of God, and it is an inward audible voice, we will automatically know that it is God because God's voice has so much authority that it comes with word of knowledge and wisdom. Thus, at that moment you will know for sure that it is God speaking. However, after the fact the enemy may try and get you to doubt, but you will know that it was God.
4. In dreams & visions Acts 16:9, Mathew 2:13, Acts 18:9, Acts 10:17
  • An angel or gift of interpretation of dreams & visions are needed in order to interpret dreams & visions from God, or we can supplicate/petition to God to ask him for the interpretation.
5. Outward audible voice (rare, but still possible) via word of knowledge & word of wisdom Matthew 3:15-20, Matthew 17:5,  Acts 9:3-6
  • Be careful of  listening to any voice. Demons speak too. 
  • If we hear the audible voice of God, and it is an outward audible voice, we will automatically know that it is God because God's voice has so much authority that it comes with word of knowledge and wisdom. Thus, at that moment you will know for sure that it is God speaking. However, after the fact the enemy may try and get you to doubt, but you will know that it was God.
  • Note: Outward audible voices from God would be heard by others around us.
6. The Holy Spirit gives us the utterance to speak in tongues - Acts 2:1-41 Corinthians 14:2
  • Advice: Do not speak in tongues unless the Holy Spirit gives us the utterance. The Holy Spirit is God, and we should not attempt to lead him. Relax, and let him lead us, even in speech.
  • When the Holy Spirit gives us the utterance to speak in tongues, we should give him full attention, and after we speak in tongues, wait a couple off minutes to see if we hear that still, small, voice speak or wait to see if we receive word of knowledge or word of wisdom. If we do not, do not worry. Sometimes the Holy Spirit will give us the utterance to speak in tongues so that he can help us pray for what he knows we need. Prayer helps us focus on God, instead of what is going on around us.
7. Angels speak when we are ministering to (serving) the Lord - Acts 8:26
  • Be careful: According to the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, the enemy is able to make demons appear to be angels of God. 
  • How do I know if it is an angel? Angels of God are not forceful, although they are strong. Angels of God will never go against the word of God, and the Holy Spirit, nor, will they have casual conversations with you (e.g. how's your day? how's the weather?). They too are ministers (serve the Lord), and they are focused on doing what God told them to do, nothing more and nothing less.
Q&A: How do we know that it is really God communicating to us?
  • When God is communicating with us in order to get us to change something, he can use any of these 7 ways that he communicates to let us know the change that he wants us to make. 
  • By reading Philippians 4:6-8 Matthew 11:28-30 we know that when God communicates with us, we will have rest (a relaxed soul) and then God's peace will guard our heart and mind from conflict/noise caused by demons. We will talk about this in greater details later on in this episode. As God is communicating with us there will be rest and peace internally. 
Q&A: How do we know when we are outside of God's will? How do we know if we are about to make a decision that is outside of God's will?
  • We know that we are outside of God's will, or about to be outside of God's will when we:
    • #1. Have thoughts, feelings, and emotions clouding our mind and heart, at any point. God created our mind to be completely free from intruding, unwelcoming thoughts, feelings, and emotions. 
    • #2. Have to try to avoid thinking negative thoughts, or ungodly thoughts or have to try to replace negative thoughts by professing Godly thoughts. 
    • #3. If unclean thoughts just pop up, and we know that it is not from us, nor is it from God.
  • The way that we know God want our attention is when we do not have rest (biblical rest means to have a relaxed soul), and or when we do not have God's peace guarding our heart and guarding our mind. 
    • When God want sinners (unbelievers) to repent from sin and accept Jesus Christ as Lord, they will not have rest (see Matthew 11). The opposite of rest is unrest (worry, anxiety, fear, etc in their emotions, feelings, and thoughts). 
    • When God want believers to do something or not to do something and we hadn't sinned, we will not have God's peace guarding our mind and heart in the Lord,  until we are in his will or make the decision to get in his will (see 2 Corinthians 2:12-13).  Should we understand how to be led by the Holy Spirit, it is very possible that we will never sin again (Romans 6, 1 John 3:4-8). However, if we do sin, we should repent and believe that once we do repent that God does not remember our sins any more (Hebrews 8:10-13). 
    • The only time a born-again believer will not have rest in their soul (emotions, feelings, and thoughts) is when they have doubting faith. Thus, they will need to repent for having doubting faith and then the feelings, emotions, and thoughts of fear, worry, and anxiety will automatically leave them. Just because believers are suffering as a Christian, for Jesus Christ, does not mean that they are not in God's will. In James 1:2-8, the Apostle James wrote  "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do."  
  • Quote from the NKJV Color Study Bible:  "Doubting means to be divided in one's mind (soul) or "to debate." The term does not describe a momentary doubt but a divided allegiance and uncertainty. Double minded is literally "two souls." If one part of a person is set on God and the other is set on the world (see Matthew 6:24), there will be constant conflict within"
  • What is the cure to doubt? Repentance due to doubt, and then asking God for wisdom to know what was doubted and how not to doubt what you previously doubted.
  • What is the cure to unbelief?  God's grace, and hearing the word of God.
  • Recommended episode: Moments - What is faith? 

In order for the devil to flee internally, we have to submit to God, then resist the devil, and then he will flee. So, how do we resist the devil?
  • James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
  • I used to think that resisting the devil meant that we profess scriptures from the bible in order to resist the devil. However, what I learned recently is that we resist the devil by choosing God's will (submission) over self-will. 
  • When we need help submitting to God, the Holy Spirit will bring into remembrance what Jesus Christ said in the bible about what we need help in, at that moment, in order to help us to stay submitted to God (see John 14:25-27). 
  • Thus, biblical professions are not needed as it does not resist the devil.  If we are not professing the bible correctly, it can actually help the devil, as the devil, misquoted scripture to try get Jesus Christ to give in. Click here to read and listen to my testimony of how Jesus Christ helped me overcome my words (daily biblical professions). Click here to understand Matthew 4 and Luke 4 better.
  • In Matthew 4 and Luke 4, I believe that Jesus Christ used scriptures to stay submitted to God, not to resist the devil.  This is why it is important to read the word of God daily, it helps us to remain submitted to God. 
  • Again, the best resistance of the devil is submission to God (see 1 Peter 5:9). 
  • God taught me that my responsibility is to submit to God with the help of the truth (the word of God and the Holy Spirit), and the Holy Spirit will continue to resist the devil from my heart and mind by guarding it (being a shield), as I stay submitted to God's will. 
  • The devil fleeing is 100% God's responsibility. We cannot get the devil to flee in our strength, whether spiritually or physically, but God can.
  • When the Holy Spirit is resisting the devil from our heart and mind by protecting it with his peace, as we are submitting to God, we have to make sure that we allow him to resist the devil. What I mean is that a believer can be so used to trying different methods to resist the devil, instead of simply submitting to God that we do not allow the Holy Spirit to resist the devil from our mind and heart. Instead we do things, like, professing biblical professions in order to erase thoughts and desires, which is a means to get to spiritual maturity, (S1E6 God's grace to help us overcome our words) but it is not God's desire for those who are spiritually mature. I am not saying that professing biblical professions is evil, if we know God's will. Rather, I am saying that it is not God's best once we are spiritually mature. 
  • When the Holy Spirit resist the devil from our hearts & mind via God's peace, we have to be sure not to be hasty to make decisions as soon as we realize that our hearts & minds are at peace. I will explain this further, later on in today's episode.
  • Note: God is graceful and merciful. I do not want to you to think that you have to understand everything that I am going over at this moment. God's is graceful in all circumstances, and his grace does cover us as we continue to believe, even if we make mistakes along the way. Spiritual maturity is gradual, not automatic. 
    Q&A: How should believers communicate with God, in order to know whether or not they are in God's will?
    Believers are to communicate to God using the instruction that are given and shown to us in the following scriptures: James 4:7Hebrews 4, Matthew 11:28-30Philippians 4:6-8Acts 16:16-20.
    • #1. Grace - Ephesians 2:8-9 
      • Believing that without God's free grace that we would never be able to be saved or even have faith. "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast."
    • #2. Rest - Hebrews 4, Matthew 11:28-30
      • Means to have a relaxed soul (emotions, feelings, and thoughts). Rest does not mean physical rest (chill and go to sleep). In order for a believer's soul to be rested despite circumstances we need God's grace, the Holy Spirit and to believe in God without doubt.
    • #3. Do not be anxious about anything - Philippians 4:6-8 
      • Note: It says do not be anxious about anything, not somethings.
      • Anxious is defined as 
        experiencing worry, unease, or nervousness, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
      • We can only be anxiety-free, when we are worried free. We can only be worried free with the grace of God, and when we know the truth and trust God gradually. Worry is defined as give way to anxiety or unease; allow one's mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.
      • How do we live a life without anxiety? We have to learn how to be anxious free, and it starts with the Holy Spirit teaching/training us, and growing gradually.
      • Recommended teaching: Got worries? Get this!.
    • #4. In every situation, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your request to God Philippians 4:6-8 
      • Note: It says in every situation, not in some situations
      • When we want to know something, we should first inquire by asking God whether or not it's God's will (prayer) and if it is, we should ask God for his will to be done and for instructions if applicable (supplication), and we conclude this by thanking God for who he is. We will go over how God communicates to us, shortly. 
      • Advice: We should wait before making haste decisions. What I mean is once we do what's written in Philippians 4:6-8 God's peace will guard our mind and heart again. We should not go by what we think is right or what we feel is right if the Holy Spirit does not govern our mind (we know this by reading Galatians 5:19-26), as it will allow assumptions/presumptions in. Rather, we should ask the Holy Spirit what should be done now that we are in God's will. Note: A mind governed fully by the Holy Spirit (with 0% of it being governed by the flesh, will always want to do what is written in Galatians 5:19-26).
      • For example: Let's say you did what Philippians 4:6-8 told you to do, and you asked God if it is will for you to accept the job offer. Within 2 days you had absolutely no peace about it due to what's written in #1-3 above, and now you now know that it's God's will for you not take the job. However, you do not know how God wants you to decline the offer. What if God want you to ask the recruiter for a different job. Perhaps, God wants you to work at the company, but just not in that position. But if you assume/presume that because you had no peace/rest regarding the job that was offered, that it means that he doesn't want you to work for the company in a different position. 
      • Note: Once we realized that we were outside of God's will, we should still repent (ask God for forgiveness). Once we repent and we mean it, God forgives us and forgets the sin. We should also forgive ourselves and forget the sin. God will never discipline us for sins that we've repented for, as he does not remember any of  sins that we've committed once we repent. -Hebrews 8:10-14
    • THE OUTCOME: The peace of God, which transcends all understanding will GUARD your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus Philippians 4:6-8 
      • Our hearts & mind will be guarded from the attack of the enemy, when we follow #1-#4. The word guard means to watch over in order to protect or control.
      • The peace of the Holy Spirit (God) guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit guards our heart & mind, like a shield. Thus, it is God's pleasure and responsibility to use his peace to protect our hearts and minds in the Lord. The enemy wants to use our flesh to occupy our hearts and mind, so that he can take over via possession, oppression, and bondage!
    • AFTER THE OUTCOME: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:6-8 
      • How do we meditate on the things above?
        • Daily bible reading: By reading the word of God with the help of the Holy Spirit. Reading the word of God with the help of the Holy Spirit means that as we read the word of God, and we ask the Holy Spirit questions regarding what we've read, if we do not understand it
        • Daily prayer (communication to God)
        • Daily praise & worship to God
        • Receiving God's love (mercy, grace, kindness, forgiveness, discipline, etc) and then giving God's love to our neighbor - "how can I love them better despite what they've said or done, or whether or not they love me?"
    Q&A: Let's say we do not have God's peace guarding our heart and mind because we are out of God's will in an area of our life. What happens after we get back into God's will?
    • Repeat #1-6: As soon as we get back into God's will, then the peace of the Holy Spirit (God) will guard our heart and mind in the Lord.  
    Q&A: What causes a soul to die?
    The Apostle James tells us in James 5:19-20 "Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins." 
    • The cause of death of a soul: According to the Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 2:11, we are to stay away from fleshly lusts which war against the soul. Fleshly lust will eventually lead the soul of a born-again believer, being forfeited (death), if the believer disobeys the truth (the word of God and the Holy Spirit), and or reject God's grace. 
    • The cure to death of a soul: In 1 Peter 1:22 the Apostle Peter tells us the cure to death of a soul. It reads "Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart."
      • Obeying the truth (the word of God and the Holy Spirit)
      • God's grace is needed for obedience to the truth and to love through the Spirit
      • 1 Peter 1:9 "for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls"
      • Note: There is a difference between sinning and repenting, and then sinning and the Holy Spirit warning (conviction) you of that sin and then still choosing not to repent for sinning. A believer's soul will not die due to repentant sin and or as we are being led by the Holy Spirit, even if we make mistakes along the way. The soul's of sinners (unbelievers) are already dead.
    • The cure to death of a soul : Matthew 10:32-40, Matthew 16:22-28 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must 
      • deny themselves and 
      • take up their cross and 
      • follow me.  
      • For whoever wants to save their life (soul that has not been sanctified by the truth, see John 17:17) will lose it (eternal condemnation), 
      • but whoever loses their life (soul that has not been sanctified by the truth, see John 17:17) for me will find it (eternal life). 
      • What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit (lose) their soul? 
      • Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 
    Q&A: Does internal rest and peace, guarantee external rest and peace in this age?
    We should know and understand that as we continue to submit to God, and as the Holy Spirit resist the devil, that it will not eliminate external conflicts (trials & tribulations). However, as we have external conflicts, we should have liberty in our mind and heart; free from demonic influence in our spirit and in our soul.  
    • John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
    • 2 Corinthians 3:17 "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."
    Q&A: How Why does God communicate to sinners? 
    1. The Holy Spirit convicts the world (not saints) under three circumstances (the reason is so they can repent, and accept Jesus Christ as Lord): - John 16:7-15

    • Sin - because the world does not believe in Jesus Christ
    • Righteousness - because Jesus Christ is with the Father, and will no longer be seen by the world
    • Judgement - because the ruler of the world is judged
    My Testimony: God's grace taught me how to choose God's will over self-will. In Titus 2:11-14  the Apostle Paul told Titus, and I believe us as well, the follwing "For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,  who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good."

    I went from having part-time peace in my heart and mind, to full time peace in my heart and mind. However, back-then, there was one thing that was a hindrance to God's peace guarding my heart and mind, full-time, and it was doubting faith. Thus, I was restless because I allowed the enemy to use people to get me to doubt whether or not I was in God's will due to my circumstances. As soon as I believed without doubt, my immediate reaction was to praise and thank God for his will. Thus, I stop complaining and grumbling against God for allowing me to be in the situations I was in. Before my latest trial & tribulation, I used to go back and forth with my thankfulness to God, and then complaining and grumbling to God about the trial; double-minded, doubting faith. I have repented, and now I have rest and peace, full-time! 
    • 2 Corinthians 6:1-12 As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us.
    What must I do to have a relationship with Jesus Christ?
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        Correction: As born-again believers, we are justified by faith in Jesus Christ, which leads to obedience/repentance.

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