Who Am I? taught by Pastor Don Moore

Who am I?  taught by Pastor Don Moore

Bible study notes from November 2, 2012

John 1:19-27  Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah? He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?”  He said: “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the Lord,”’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees. And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”  John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know. It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.”

Who are we? In the early History of the book of Acts there was a movement of Jesus throughout the land. We won’t be able to meet the devil in strength and power unless we can answer this question. The end times are upon us and people are going to be asking who we are and whose (Jesus) we are.

Deuteronomy 18:15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear,

This is Moses speaking to the people of Israel. The muslims say this prophet is mohammed, but that is taking this passage out of context. The references are all Jewish. The god of islam is NOT the same God we know. This Prophet can only be a Jew that rises up in their midst. They will not have to look for Him.

Deuteronomy 18:16 according to all you desired of the Lord your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, nor let me see this great fire anymore, lest I die.’

We then looked at what happened at Mount Horeb.

Deuteronomy 5:1-2 And Moses called all Israel, and said to them: “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your hearing today, that you may learn them and be careful to observe them. The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.

God made a covenant with the Israelites at Mt. Horeb.

Deuteronomy 5:3-5 The Lord did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, those who are here today, all of us who are alive. The Lord talked with you face to face on the mountain from the midst of the fire. I stood between the Lord and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the Lord; for you were afraid because of the fire, and you did not go up the mountain. He said:

God gave Moses the Ten Commandments to present to the people. The people were afraid when they heard God’s voice which sounded like thunder, terrible, frightening, and awesome.

Deuteronomy 18:18-19 I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.

If you hear the prophet of God and you don’t obey, you are under a curse by God and you will be punished. He will exact punishment and you will pay a punishment fee. There is no difference in this for Jews or Gentiles.

Deuteronomy 18:20-22 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’  And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’— when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.

Two things. First, if a prophet speaks something God has not told him to speak, or speaks the name of other gods, that prophet will die. The way to test if a prophecy is true is that what God has spoken will come to pass. If a prophet has spoken presumptuously we don’t need to fear him.

People who hear prophecy should discern, watch to see if the prophecy is fulfilled. Some prophecies take a long time to fulfill; some are short term.  Sometimes a prophecy is fulfilled in 24 hours; others can take a season or even hundreds or thousands of years.

All prophecy is conditional. For example, the prophet told Hezekiah to prepare himself for Hezekiah was going to die soon. The prophet leaves, Hezekiah turns his head toward the wall and prays.  God send the prophet back and grants Hezekiah fifteen more years.

Judging from what happened after that, Hezekiah should have died when God initially said he would because the son born to Hezekiah during those fifteen years caused hell for the nation of Israel.

When you feel led to do something by God, one test to make sure it is not pride speaking, but that it is really God speaking, is to ask yourself if you are willing to do this even if no one is going to know you did it. Do it unto the Lord. Are you doing it out of need or out of overflow? Who gets the glory?  God should get the glory.

Hoping you have a great day.

Heater

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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