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If God always speaks and He wants me to Hear Him, How can I hear Him?

 Position your heart in the center of …



__________________, ________________, & _____________________

And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” (Lk 4:4.)


God’s Word is ______________________.



Everything He says _________________ with what He’s said.


17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” ( Lk 4:17–21, ESV)


Jesus chooses to_________________________ in community.


15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector…20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Mt 18:51-17,20, ESV)


Prayer is our side of the _______________________.


35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” 39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons. (Mk 1:35–39, ESV)


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Can God Speak? Does God Speak? How can I hear Him?


God __________________________.

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Heb 1:1–3, ESV)

See also Genesis, 1 John 1, and 2 Tim 3:16


God wants us to __________________________.


4 And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8 And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Lk 8:4–8, ESV)


11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. 14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15 As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. (Lk 8:11–15.)

We ________ Him with our ________.


Jesus speaks of His Word falling on 4 Types of Hearts


The _______________________ Heart


The _______________________ Heart


The _______________________ Heart


The _______________________ Heart


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How can we experience God's love?

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1.) Is there anything I can do that Jesus won't forgive?




8 “And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, 9 but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God. 10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 11 And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” (Lk 12:8–12 ESV). Also found in Mark 3:22-30 & Mt 12:31–32


If you're asking that question, then YOU PROBABLY HAVEN'T DONE IT.


2.) How can God still love me after all of the horrible things I have done?

4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Tt 3:4–7, ESV)




Examples of people he’s forgiven: Paul a blasphemer and a murder (1 Tim 1:12). The thief on the cross (Luke 12:39-43). The woman caught in adultery. (John 8:1-11) Sinful woman rejected by the religious elite. (Luke 12:36-50)


3.) Why can some people who love God overcome addiction while others can't shake it?

it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, (Heb 6:18–20 ESV)




We live in a broken world that will not be fully restored until CHRIST RETURNS

We have the privilege of receiving TASTES of powers to the age to come.


Freedom from addiction. 

Repent: Turn from sin to God.

Believe: Believe that God is good and He loves you.

Confess: Admit your sin to God and others.

Community: Find others to love you and pray with/for you.

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