Revelation 2:29 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.
God is speaking. Are you listening?
6 ways to test an impression – Rick Warren @ Hillsong Conf 2015.
1. Is it consistent with the Bible?
2. Will it make me more like Christ?
Ephesians 5:2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
3. Does my church family confirm it?
You will always find someone to tell you what you want to hear. But church family will tell you what you need to hear. Trustworthy people have your best interests at heart.
4. Is it consistent with how God shaped me?
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Look at how God wired you.
5. Is it convicting rather than condemning?
Satan is the accuser.
Revelation 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens,“It has come at last—salvation and powerand the Kingdom of our God,and the authority of his Christ.For the accuser of our brothers and sistershas been thrown down to earth—the one who accuses thembefore our God day and night.
Conviction is because God loves you. Condemnation says you are worthless.
6. Do I sense God’s peace?
If you feel pressured, feel like running, it’s not God. Satan drives you.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peaceall who trust in you,all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
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