Joy No Matter What

Pastor Bob shares a fabulous message of encouragement and practical help for us believers. Listen here. As we learn about our Supernatural God and how to walk in Him, Pastor Bob shows us what to watch for and what to believe. For the first three parts of “Joy No Matter What” check out https://www.trinitysandiego.org/podcast

Joy No Matter What Part 4
Philippians Chapter 4
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Joy Stealers vs Joy Givers

Joy Stealer #1 – ____________ – Philippians 4:1-5

Nothing steals joy quicker than __________– 1 Samuel 20:34

Nothing steals joy quicker than what has produced fighting – ________ – 1 Corinthians 1:10-13

_____ and Abel  – I John 3:12

Nothing steals joy quicker than allowing a fight to go on because it ________ to others Hebrews 12:15

 

Joy Giver #1Working for ______  Philippians 4:3 – Ephesians 4:1-3.

Ways of bringing unity

Help reduce stress by being a ________ – Matthew 5:9 – Proverbs 12:20

Reach out in love and _____________ someone

 

Joy Stealer #2 _________ – Philippians 4:6a

 

We ___ face anxiety

Life’s problems can be _______

Anxiety can steal our joy

King David once faced huge anxiety – 1 Samuel 30: 3-6

Anxiety like King David’s can go deep into our ________  – Proverbs 17:22

 

Joy Giver #2_______ – seek God when difficulties cause you anxiety  Philippians 4:6-7

 David sought the Lord – and he _______ his anxiety  – 1 Samuel 30:7-8 Psalm 42:3-5

Psalm 94:19

 

Joy Stealer #3  – ___________ – Philippians 4:10

 

Sources of discontent

 

_____________ – Proverbs 27:7 – 1 Timothy 6:5 b-8

 

_____________ – 2 Corinthians 10:12

 

Doubting God’s ____________  – Exodus 15:22-23

 

Joy Giver #3Contentedness through __________ strength Philippians 4:11-13

 

Bob’s Story

downloadIn the fall of 1964, after graduating high school the previous spring, I headed off to college in the San Francisco bay area. I soon found myself deeply immersed in the budding counter-culture that was emerging in that region. It wasn’t long before I was experimenting with drugs and the “hippie” lifestyle. This soon led to an increasing inquisitiveness about spiritual alternatives.  “Trips” on LSD and other hallucinogenic drugs caused me to encounter spiritual dimensions that I had never experienced before. I had attended various churches as I was growing up. But for the most part, I had remained unmoved by the typical “church-ianity” I came across.

One day in late December of 1966 I had an experience on LSD that shook my idealistic world. The supernatural suddenly became a very scary place. I stumbled upon what appeared to be the evil side of this drug-induced domain. You could say that I felt like I had a face to face with the demonic. One thing for sure, I came to believe that this realm was real, however, when I held up my “experience” in this dimension against what I’d found in church, the church came up sorely lacking.

Christians had been witnessing to me, but it all seemed like just words; kind and interesting words, but still, just words. By the fall of 1967, after an odyssey that had led me from Big Sur to the desert town of Joshua Tree California, I found myself back in my home town of Chico in a state of apathy. It felt like after all my “searching”, I’d come up empty. It was then that I was invited to attend a meeting in a home near the college campus. I was told that there was a 19-year-old preacher speaking that night. This in itself appeared as a complete anomaly to me. Most of the preachers I’d seen or heard had been old men that were for the most part completely irrelevant to me. I was fascinated and attended the meeting with more than the usual level of curiosity. This night my life was about to change forever.

I knew immediately that there was a God of power and knowledge that knew all about me, right down to the internal struggles that I was hiding from the world around me.

When I sat down with the other 25 college-age kids that night I was first stuck by the wonderful singing that filled the small apartment. Then something truly unusual happened. They all began to sing in another language. Later I was to learn that this was known as “singing in the Spirit”. Not knowing this language, I joined in, singing some made up chant of my own in English.  I was immediately overwhelmed by a tremendous peace. This didn’t last long. No sooner had I arrived at this new state of mind than I began to sense real nervous stress, almost, as if every nerve in my body was on fire. I sensed something very strange and new to me, something wanted me out of that room! The sense of discomfort was intense, and it took all my will power to remain seated. I was determined not to let on to those around me what I was going through. In the past, I’d practiced various forms of meditation. So, I fell back into the mode of peaceful contemplation, appearing to all around me to be in a state of “bliss.” I was confident that my real condition was going unnoticed.

Check out Chapter 3 to finish the story. If you haven’t purchased the book, fill out a comment below and we will send you the rest of Bob’s story.

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Twilight Trek

Have you wanted to see God use you in supernatural ministry? Have you wanted to see the power of God displayed in our current culture? Have you wanted to see the kind of working of the Holy Spirit that the church in the book of Acts experienced? Then you’ll need to take a journey into the “Twilight”, in other words, be willing to step out into the unknown and trust God to meet you there. In this video we look at the biblical account of how 4 men saw the power of God change their lives and the lives of a whole city by taking a walk in the “Twilight”.

 

Oracle

Have you ever wanted to see God speak through you to someone in need of a touch from God. Have you wondered how the early church was used by God to speak to their world. Do you long to see God release his prophetic gifts in your life. If so, then this video will encourage and inspire you to step out in the prophetic gifts.

In this video we investigate the world of the New Testament and see how God used the early believers to “speak for God” in a pagan world that so desired to hear from the “gods” that they would seek out strange oracles to hear from the “divine”. Let this video challenge you to be a voice (oracle) for God in the 21st century.

Teachable moment

This is the answer to the teachable moment mentioned in the last video from Mark and Bob – the one about the “sign” about being on the Sid Roth “Its Supernatural” TV show.

When we receive a potential prophetic sign or word, what is our part in its fulfillment?

“In the first year of Darius son of Xerxes (a Mede by descent), who was made ruler over the Babylonian kingdom—in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. So, I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.” Daniel 9:1–3

Here is the back story: Daniel, a Godly man, has discovered from reading God’s word that God has set the length of time that his city, Jerusalem, will remain in ruins. He discovers that the time is up. According to God’s unalterable word the city is soon to be liberated. God has prophetically proclaimed the exact end of the time of suffering. This should be great news! We would expect a celebration of thanks to God at the very least, but this is not what Daniel does. He puts on sack cloth and ashes and he begins to fast and pray, asking God to do the very thing that God has already promised that He would do. This is very strange; can we take God at His word or not? What is the correct response to a prophetic promise of God?

Here is another similar example:

“After many days, the word of the LORD came to Elijah, in the third year of the drought, saying, ‘Go, present yourself to Ahab; I will send rain on the earth.’” 1 Kings 18:1

Again, the back story: the nation is being ruled by a corrupt and ungodly leadership [King Ahab] and the country is suffering because of him. Sound familiar?

There has been a drought in the land for three years. God’s people are getting desperate. Soon they will be killing their flocks, because they have no water for the animals. Once they kill their flocks, their economy will be ruined and they will be destitute. God decides to rescue His people, not because they are good or are seeking Him [they are not], but because He is good. He sends Elijah to King Ahab to tell him that rain is coming.

Ahab is God’s leader over Israel. He should be God’s man as well, but he is not. Although he is one of the people of God he is in bed with the world. He has married a woman who is not one of God’s people and who is evil. She has been pulling him and Israel away from God. In many ways Ahab is like a portion of the church today; God’s in name, but not in heart or action.

God sends His word to Ahab to tell of what He is going to do to help His people:  God is going to send rain! God has sovereignly spoken, rain is coming! So, Elijah says to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of rushing rain” 1 Kings 18:41.

Elijah tells Ahab to celebrate because God is going to bring rain. This is what we would expect to do; celebrate because God has promised help. This is not what Daniel did and it is not what Elijah does.

“So, Ahab went up to eat and to drink. Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; there he bowed himself down upon the earth and put his face between his knees”. 1 Kings 18:42

Elijah responds the same way Daniel did. He hears the promise and then he begins to fast and pray fervently. What is the difference between Daniel and Elijah on the one hand and Ahab on the other? All three are Israelites, all three are leaders, and all three are faced with a crisis and a promise. Two pray; the other parties.

Here is the difference; the two who are in relationship with God and are in unity with Him share His heart and enter into His work. They begin to travail in prayer. Because they know God intimately, they know that His promise is an invitation to share His heart and His work and they respond with prayer. The one who did not know his God chose to say, “God has promised to save us, that’s wonderful, but I don’t have any part in the fulfillment of that promise so I’ll just continue to enjoy myself.”

Ahab has no real relationship with God and so God’s heart means nothing to him and neither does being with God in His work. We need to understand that a prophetic promise is not just a statement of what God is going to do; it is also an invitation to join Him in accomplishing the promise. It is as much an invitation as a future prediction. We need to remember that there is biblical precedent for God to change His mind. He does this when He speaks judgment and then hears a repentant people and gives mercy instead of judgment and vice versa.

At the very least a prophetic word is always a call to pray.

As we have said earlier, much prophecy is not given by God to be shared in church, but to be prayed in our prayer closets.

 

Hearing God’s Voice through Scripture

It is normal for people to turn to the Bible for guidance because the Bible is full of wise principles for successful living. But sometimes, God wants to use the Bible to speak directly to our hearts and minds to guide us supernaturally in the moment. Find out Bob finds direction for his ministry. God spoke supernaturally to Bob in a way that empowered the faith and perseverance he needed to walk into get God’s direction in his life. God can do the same for you. Enjoy this story.

God prophetically spoke to Bob through a significant vision

Does God speak through visions to guide us? Listen to Bob describe his experience with divine visions to guide him in God’s best for his life. As a young Christian, Bob had a difficult decision to make and this video will be very helpful to believers of of all ages. How do we recognize a vision is from God and not our own imagination. This video and our book, Reluctantly Supernatural; In an Age of Reason, will give you lots of tips. Enjoy now as Bob shares how he received a significant vision from God that gave him direction.