Attitude to the Godhead PPT - St Alfred's

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Welcome to St Alfred’s


Prayer Ministry Seminar




Jim and Carole
Holbeck






May Your Kingdom Come”

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Structure of Day


1.30

Sessions 1 & 2


3.30

Afternoon Tea


4.00

Sessions 3 & 4


6.00

Dinner


7.15

Evening Session and Prayer Ministry


Announcements Cont’d


Handouts


end of Session #3


Questions for Jim


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-

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Series Title: “LEARNING TO RECOGNISE AND REMOVE BARRIERS TO
HEALING”

TOPIC 1


“The Barriers Coming From Wrong
Attitudes To God”


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Human observation throughout history would show
that 2 truths have to be held in tension

1.

God has the power to heal any sickness or disease.
He is Almighty

2.
Not all who receive prayer for healing, are healed
completely.


Thus there is
"The mystery of healing."

Eg., Kathryn
Kuhlmann was used to heal many people. Not all
were healed.


When asked to explain she replied that it was all
part of the “mystery of healing.”

The Need For Honesty Regarding God And Healing

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Everything to do with God will have some element of mystery.


The finite (humans) can never fully comprehend the Infinite
(Almighty God).


Job’s conclusion. Job 42:1
-
6
,
Then Job answered the LORD and said: 2
"I know that
you can do all things
, and that
no purpose of yours can be
thwarted
. 3 'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?' Therefore I
have uttered
what I did not understand
, things too wonderful for me,
which
I did not know
. 4 'Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make
it known to me.' 5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my
eye sees you; 6 therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes."


David’s conclusion. Ps 139:17
-
18
,
How precious to me are your
thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them
! 18 If I would count them,
they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.


God’s declaration through Isaiah. Is 55:8
-
9
.
For my thoughts are not
your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the
heavens are higher than the earth, so are
my ways higher than your ways

and
my thoughts than your thoughts
.

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However:
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Some negative factors have been observed
which militate against the reception of healing by
individuals.


Preparation for healing, means letting God show and
correct any negative factors that inhibit healing.


Some of these negative factors which create barriers
to healing, may be grouped under the following
categories.


Each of them is like a "brick barrier" to God's grace
and power.

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A). WRONG
MIND
-
SETS ABOUT GOD AND
HEALING

1.
Ignorance about the possibility

Many do not know God nor His power today.

2. Scepticism.
“When I see it I’ll believe it!”

Really?


3. Unbelief regarding the healing power
of God in today’s world

Jesus marvelled at the unbelief in His own generation.
We will face it today as well.

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B). WRONG BELIEF ABOUT THE PERSONS
IN THE GODHEAD
.



1.


About God As Father

2.


About The Pre
-
eminence Of Jesus

3.


About The Holy Spirit

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B1). Wrong Belief about God as Father


1. The Fatherhood of God
. Some find it hard to see
Him as Father.
But note the Father’s love in Eph.3:15.
Mat.6:25
-
34. Mat 7:11


Our experience as children of fatherhood or parenthood
may have influenced our understanding of God as a
father.



A learning method.


Going from the known to the unknown.


Moving from the concrete to the more abstract.

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God as Father

++++++
++++++
++++

----------
----------
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We can extrapolate upwards and outwards to try to
understand God as Father based on our human (more
concrete) experience of fatherhood or parenthood

Earthly father or parent


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We may rightly attribute to Him as our Heavenly
Father many of the positive qualities (++++) we
experienced in our earthly father (or parents)



Faithfulness and reliability


Self
-
giving Love and affection


Affirmation


Safety and security

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But we may unwittingly attribute to God some
of the negative things (
-

-

-

-

-
) we experienced
in our earthly fathers (or parents)



Unfaithfulness and unreliability


Lack of love and lack of affection


Criticism


Danger, not safety


Insecurity

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The right understanding of God as Father comes from


His revelation of His character in His word


The evidence of His love expressed through Jesus.


He is the Pattern of Perfect Fatherhood (parenthood)
and all fatherhood derives from Him. Eph 3:15


We are to look at His perfect pattern and gauge our
earthly fathers (parents) in the light of His perfect
pattern.

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God as THE TRUE Father

++++++
++++++
++++

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----------
-

Earthly father or parent

We start from God as the perfect pattern of fatherhood and
then examine our earthly father (parents) in the light of His
perfection

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In the light of that revelation we can look
at our earthly fathers (parents) and see
them as:
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A. A wonderful reflection of God


B. A terrible distortion


C. A mixture


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Our own healing and our appreciation of God as
Father may come as we:
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Thank God

for the
good

we experienced through our
parents and as we


Forgive them

for the
bad


There will be sins of commission and sins of
omission in every parent


Those sins may have affected our
understanding of fatherhood



He knows how to heal any damage from their
sin

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GOD’S ATTITUDE TO JESUS.


We can have no lesser attitude to Jesus than God the Father
has.


Twice He spoke from heaven about Jesus.


His baptism
“You are My Son…”


His transfiguration
“This is my Son…..”


THE NEW TESTAMENT WRITERS

They saw Him as divine.

John. Jn 1:1
-
3. Pre
-
existing; Creator; Life; Light

Paul. Col 1:15
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20. God’s Image, Creator and sustainer.

Luke. Acts 1. Acts could correctly be named,

The Acts Of The Risen
Christ By His Spirit Through The Apostles And Others”.


He is alive in His body the Church and He can do things in
today’s world.

B2). The Pre
-
eminence of Jesus.


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We must not ignore God's supernatural dimension.


He can do things beyond the “normal”.


Many people healed through the Healing ministry have
been told by their doctors,



“There is just no medical explanation for your healing”.


“Your healing just can’t happen, but it obviously has.”


An example: 15 year old girl on a life support
system.

B3). The Present Ministry of the Holy Spirit


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3. The Present Ministry of the Holy Spirit

(Continued

Jesus Himself relied on the Holy Spirit for His ministry


The prophecy of the Messiah in Is 61:1
-
3
The
Spirit of the Lord is
upon me

because
He has anointed me

to bring good news to the poor; he has
sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound…

The fulfilment by Jesus in Lk 4:16
-
21 as He read the prophecy in
the synagogue.
Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing


His ministry as the Messiah would be conducted under the
anointing and empowering of the Holy Spirit


Peter said of Jesus’ ministry,

Act 10:38 God
anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and with power
. He went about doing good and healing
all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

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3. The Present Ministry of the Holy Spirit

(Continued

St Paul’s reliance on the Holy Spirit

Rom 15:18
-
19

For I will not venture to speak of anything except what
Christ
has accomplished through me

to bring the Gentiles to obedience
--
by word
and deed, 19 by the power of signs and wonders,
by the power of the Spirit
of God
-
-
so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have
fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ;


A leading Medical Specialist

relied on the Holy Spirit to give him
the wisdom and skills to practise medicine, but as he said “
God
alone heals”

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THE HOLY SPIRIT AND US

God has anointed believers with the
same

Holy Spirit



2Co 1:21 And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ,
and
has anointed

us, 22 and who has also put his seal on us
and
given us his Spirit

in our hearts as a guarantee.


1Jn 2:20 But you have been
anointed

by the Holy One, and you
all have knowledge. (OR “All of you know”)


1Jn 2:27 But the
anointing

that you received from him abides
in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But
as
his anointing

teaches you about everything
--
and is true and
is no lie, just as it has taught you
--
abide in him.

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THE HOLY SPIRIT AND US (continued)


God anointed us by His Holy Spirit that we might
BE

the people of God He wants us to be in Christian
character.
Fruit of the Spirit


He has anointed us with His Spirit so that we might
KNOW

what He wants us to know in Christian
knowledge.
True wisdom


He has anointed us with His Holy Spirit so that we
might
DO

what He wants us to do for Him in Christian
service.
God at work in us to will and to work for His good
pleasure. Phil 2:12
-
13.

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C).

REMOVING BARRIERS BY CORRECTING OUR
MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT GOD

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C). REMOVING BARRIERS BY CORRECTING OUR MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT GOD (continued)

C1). RELATING TO THE TRUE FATHER

He is a loving FATHER who loves us and wants the best for us. He
has shown His love in the gift of His Son for us


The Father
-
heart of God. The God of grace. The Waiting Father.
Lk 15:11
-
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God is for us.

Rom 8:31 What then shall we say to these
things? If God is for us, who can be against us?


God graciously gives us what we need.
Rom 8:32 He who did
not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he
not also with him graciously give us all things?


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C). REMOVING BARRIERS BY CORRECTING OUR MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT GOD (continued)

C2).

RELATING TO JESUS THE SON OF GOD


Jesus is God’s Son and God’s agent


in the Creation of the world. We are His creatures


In His Reconciliation of the world to Himself.
2Cor 5:19 that is, in Christ
God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses
against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.



In Saving us


In Indwelling us by His Spirit


In Praying for us


In Coming for us at the end of time at His Second Coming


Jesus is our Friend.
“What a Friend We Have In Jesus”.



Jn 15:15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know
what his master is doing; but
I have called you friends
, for all that I have
heard from my Father I have made known to you

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C). REMOVING BARRIERS BY CORRECTING OUR MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT GOD (continued
)

C3).

RELATING TO GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT


He will be with us for ever
Jn 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he
will give you
another Helper, to be with you forever
, 17 even the Spirit of
truth … You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.


We are “Sealed with the Spirit”.

2 Cor 1:22, Eph 1:13, 4:30


He helps us to pray as we should.
Rom 8:26


Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to
pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings
too deep for words.


He guides us,
Rom 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons
of God.



He fills us with God’s presence.

Eph 2:22

In him you also are being
built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.


We need to keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit!
Eph 5:18


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“Learning To Recognise And To Remove Barriers To Healing.”

THE END

TOPIC 1


“The Barriers Coming From Wrong Attitudes To God”