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Exercise for Your Soul - Part A

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July 17, 2020 2:00 am

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July 17, 2020 2:00 am

In the body of Christ, many believers have become idle, preferring to sit around rather than exercise their spiritual gifts. In the message "Exercise for Your Soul," Nate shares why God gives you certain spiritual gifts.

This teaching is from the series Heart & Soul: A Study Through Romans.




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It is important to exercise a muscle for the good of the whole body. You want your entire body to work in unison and the only way to be physically fit is to make sure that your exercising each and every member of the same could be said of the body of Christ as a Christian we are exercise that gives that God has given us God's people with different talents and ability to impact the world for his kingdom and today on connect with Skip Heitzig Skip Sunday talks about the different gifts of the Holy Spirit and why they are vital to your spiritual walk. But before we begin want to let you know about a resource that will help you tap into a deeper faith with more passionate prayers ready to radically upgrade your prayer life still stuck in blessing mode, you have come to the right place you are ready for dangerous prayers really start playing three new players and I will warn you is not easy. Prayers does not say prayers are not benign prayer, recalling the dangerous prayers, whether dangerous, in a good way and that is just my opinion. Most people I know in this part of the world most people's prayers are way to say that Craig Rochelle was the dangerous prayers. And this is our summer resorts offer.

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Instead of saying God will do what I want to do you recycle items on your blank contract. Basically, whatever went over however.I'm available to whatever you want to do. My life is your son or you can call me hundred 9218 chapter 12 for today's somewhat disjointed height not covered that America is the up that exercise right on Instagram and see the countless people who record themselves exercising and millions of people father's accounts to watch them exercise. If you that there's a new gem opening up every single day and each one has some unique thing to get you to exercise. There's tons of exercise videos and routines from Jillian Michaels to CrossFit from running to literally there's one called Chante's hip-hop Avenue there's Boot Camp. The P90 X. The list goes on and on and on and I think in the past five years. My wife and my mother probably got about 30 of them, combine I mean, there's so many things out there under the exercise and fitness movie section on Amazon.

There are 9060 different titles ranging from pussycat dolls workout to literally tai chi for older adults. In case you're wondering, there's also David Carradine's kung fu workout and my favorite, I hate to exercise but I love to tap those are words I never thought I would hear in one sentence. If I'm honest I really like either. If you search fitness on Google you're ready at 1,130,000,000 results ranging from jams workout routines workout equipment and even a website called pet fitness that focuses on tools to manage your dog and cats wait so if you have a plump Rottweiler you know where to go and yet this is what's so funny despite all that is America are the most obese nation in the world. We love to watch people working out online without the by videos of people working out. We love to read about working out. But we don't actually like to exercise is not ironic that we loved up.

We all followed a personal look at how their exercising this video exercise over some new gem but we don't actually want to exercise when you go to the gym and you look at all the workout equipment the trainers will always tell you that the keyword is balance. That is to say you want to have a balanced workout you want to work out all aspects of your body for overall performance. You don't want to have giant biceps and little twigs for legs. You don't want to Skip like that you don't want to be this guy is not a good look in the even sometimes Superman forgets like day gosh man. He's fallen so far. It's important to exercise each muscle for the good of the whole body. You want your entire body to work in unison and the only way to be physically fit is to make sure that your exercising each and every member. The same could be said of the body of Christ as a Christian we are to exercise the gifts that God has given us, and there is a place for everyone and each person's contribution is significant and the key for a healthy spiritual body is the same as the physical one. Balance to talk about last week each and every one of us are at different parts of the body, but it's important that each part exercises the gifts that they've been given in proportion to the rest of the body. So the whole body and be fit for the goal for which God has intended us to fulfill each gift has to be exercised in unison by the corresponding member.

Last week we talked about the relevance we talk about the need for the gifts of the Holy Spirit today and remember we said that the gifts are not the goal. The gifts are the gateway. The gifts aren't toys to play with their weapons to fight with their tools to build with, and yet some people get so sidetracked with the gifts to the point of becoming even more obsessed with the gifts than the giver himself more obsessed with the gifts than with Jesus himself and a problem arises when believers begin to follow signs and wonders instead of signs and wonders following believers we read of the believers in the New Testament, acts, signs and wonders followed them wherever they went, they were on a search to try to supply more signs and wonders, and yet some Christians can get so dear. Can they see we should be following Jesus and as we follow Jesus the gifts the signs and wonders should follow us, and yet some believers are so mystic about everything on this quest for miracles and everything has to be spiritual like where we get to go to lunch today after church I don't know I need to wait to hear from your hold on to me the spirit. I smell something the spirit its Mexican food. He wants us to go to taco cabana after church today or the like. Where should I go, what should I do.

I don't know and they're sitting there staring at the window and the bird flies across the window from the north.

God wants us to go to the North.

The bird came and everything's weird used to want to be around bro you're just strange. Everything's hyper spiritual with you and you're just kinda weird want to be around. And yet we Artie discover. Lastly, Pastor Skipper. Last week the week before talk about the way to find God's will in your life is in some mystic search.

We are waiting for a sign for what to do, but her loving God with all your heart, soul and mind that you could just do what you want. Why, because if your heart, soul and mind are completely devoted to God the things that God wants you to do will be the things that you want to do in turn is not a mystic question search for signs and wonders were to follow Jesus and in turn is an elitist where he wants us to go. We Artie seen that God has given, or God wants to give a spiritual gift or gifts to you. Romans 12 six begins by saying, having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us. Let us use them and hear the verses follow-up. All that is out for us a list of seven different gifts that you might have read and examine those here in a second order to read through those gifts were to quickly explain what each one is our first point explaining the different gifts and there were to look at our second point exercising your distinct gifts as we help you discover what your gifts are and we talk about what it means to develop the gifts that God has already given useless diving or first point explaining the different gifts.

Let's read verses six through eight together. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them. If prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith or ministry, let us use it in our ministry. He who teaches, in teaching, he who exhorts an exhortation he who gives, with liberality.

He who leads, with diligence he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness again here in verses six through eight, Paul shares with us a list of seven gifts of the spirit of this is not a complete list exhaustive list and were to talk about that in a little bit, but it's a good start in the first Tiffany starts with is prophecy. Look at verse six he says if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith. Now what is prophecy will the Old Testament defines it as to bubble forth or to lift up to lift up to declare a message like a banner. The New Testament definition is to speak for one another.

First Corinthians 14 three defines it this way, he that prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to all men. When you think of prophecy. What comes to mind for me when I hear prophecy I think of a foretelling of the future, somebody was able to see the future and tell somebody hey this is going to happen and when they said it will come to pass correct. That's what we think of when we think of prophecy such as activist, the prophet who warned Paul of his imprisonment.

If you were to go to Jerusalem, he warned Paul hey if you go to Jerusalem to be captured or to be put in prison, and he used that gift of prophecy to edify, to exhort and to comfort Paul.

So Paul would know what might lay ahead. But as the definition says to speak for one another. I found prophecy most often comes into play in our day and age where you're the course of a normal conversation. Maybe your out to coffee or lunch with a friend. Maybe summaries come to you and ask for your advice on a situation they want counsel on a particular subject in the course of conversation you feel a burden, a tug on your spear. The God wants you to share something with that person. The Holy Spirit supernaturally reveals to you information about someone that you did not previously know. Have you ever been to coffee with a friend or lunch with a friend in all the conversations feel that burden on your holy I need to tell them something. I thought the Holy Spirit is leading me to tell them something and I don't know if he has anything to do with her situation.

I don't know if it's crazy I don't know if it makes sense to them, but I'm so share it and you share with them and their mouth drops where's the hidden camera. Where's the where's the microphone if you been watching me all week long. How did you know that about my life. Maybe in weeping and sobbing, and there's a small with a safe, you have no idea what you just said is exactly what I've been going through and it's always as if God himself sent you to share this message with me will that could be the exact case God might've sent you to have that conversation with that person at that time to edify, exhort, and to comfort them and what they're going through. That is the gift of prophecy at work within your life in other been times when I've been teaching in the Holy Spirit has completely redirected me and I shared words that were in my message were written down and he use those words that were seemingly custom-made for somebody to speak to exactly what they were going through other people come up to me either. Right after service or weeks later. That was in the podcast and said Nate what you shared was exactly what I was going through. It was as if God was speaking directly to me and that's prophecy.

When God uses a human vessel to speak a message that God wants to share directly with that person through another person. So if you ever had somebody share with you a message that you feel like God specifically told you you can't say I've never heard God speak because you have maybe not a voice popping out of heaven, but you have heard God speak to you through the vessel of another person through the gift of prophecy that is prophecy, God speaking a message to us through a human vessel. Now let me tell you what prophecy isn't, because I think in our day and age we see more of what prophecy is not rather than what prophecy is. Paul tells us the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets was that mean to such a sound like a weird Star Wars same like a something Yoda would say spirit of the prophets that are something really weird like that. That's what that sounds like what what this means is simply that this or any other gifts of the spirit is working through your life and your personality, not in some weird spirit like trance. When God speaks through you. He uses your life and personality to do so.

It's not like whenever the Holy Spirit had talk all of a sudden your eyes roll up in your head and you start shaking that you have some weird deep voice goal go to talk about all is not some creepy weird things if that's what happens is not the Holy Spirit speaking through you. You're not out of control of your faculty, such as your volume and your voice inflections. Also, you don't suddenly develop a southern accent and the name of Jesus doesn't change to Jesus. I literally have friends who when they praise like an s. I just pray that in my pro you grew up in the South Valley. When did you get a southern accent. But that's not the Holy Spirit is just weird stopping weird that's not how the Holy Spirit works and unfortunately in our day and age because what we've seen, or even exposed to through televangelist or a lot of weird things we have a skewed view of what the gifts are. We have a skewed view of how the gifts should operate.

I said last week, there's a lot of controversy around the Holy Spirit, particularly around the miraculous gifts gift of healing the gift of tongues.

The gift of prophecy and what I've seen happen. It's sad to me is that these gifts are use the way that they're meant to.

These gifts aren't used in their proper order.

These gifts are used to do what they were meant to do and so what happens because of the way we been trained because of what we've seen because we've seen it. Use the wrong way.

There's people in our midst who have these gifts there's people who God is gifted with the gift of tongues gifted with the gift of prophecy gifted with the gift of healings. And yet there hesitance to use those gifts.

They're scared of using those gifts because they don't want to be perceived the wrong way by people who have seen the gifts use the wrong way and they're terrified that if they use those gifts that God has given them people to look at them the same way that they look at people abuse them the wrong way and so were put in this place were not using the gifts that God has given us because were scared of what it's gonna look like causing people who might genuinely have the gift to not use it to. In fact, many times those things that we see people use are the result of the spirit with her of the flesh, I would argue that a lot of people who use those gifts don't actually have those gifts is just to show it just an act to make them look more spiritual wanted to draw unnecessary attention to yourself and many of the bizarre antics and behavior that we see today is nothing more than learned behavior.

See, we have to be careful to not do anything for God to get the attention from people. Again, the purpose of the gifts to edify, to exhort and to comfort the purpose of the gifts is to draw attention to God to share his glory and to speak a message in the people's lives, which means that if you just get all willy-nilly with the gifts and use them and you're like oh God never spoken in tongues arms and start you know saying weird things and no one there to interpret those things give interpretation for the gift of tongues that gift is not been using his proper order is not being used, to edify, to exhort or to comfort and in that case you're actually doing more damage than you are good because you're not using the gift in order and it might be that someone in your midst actually has that gift out there to see you do that improperly there can choose not to use the gift properly out of fear for what it might look like. Because of the way that you use that gift is important that we don't do or say anything for God to get attention for ourselves, but that we use the gift for the purpose in which they were intended to edify, to exhort, to comfort, to shine a light in a message upon who God is, upon what he's done and to bring him glory. Verse six continues, it says, in proportion to our faith literally, but no words be spoken from the conviction that God gives him now.

This isn't technically a gift of title disbelieving and I made a sub point because I believe it's an important part whatever gifts he might or might not have given you see this simply means that God has given you a measure of faith God has given me a measure of faith God's given all of us a measure of faith. And it's not the same measure.

He's given some more and some less. But he is given each and every one of us a measure of faith.

And you shouldn't do or say anything that you really don't have the faith to do or say no. This completely flies in the face of the name and claimant theology that so many subscribe to today. That tells you that you can go beyond your existing faith to the point of presumption that if you say it out loud it has to happen God's bound to it that if you name it.

You can claim and it's yours.

There's far too many people today who put their faith, their trust in the words of prophets what someone has said on television. Some televangelist who says the Lord told me that he wants a miracle in your life and for just $100 all pray for that miracle.

People send their money and because the Lord said, I had a lady calling the shock therapy live show I used to do in 80.3 years ago and she called in solving. She said I've been sick for about 10 years and I have a procedure that needs to be done.

I don't have the money to do it because over the past 10 years.

I sent about $18,000 into televangelist on the TV who told me that if I gave the money I would be healed and then when I wasn't healed I called him again. This is because you have enough faith to give us more money will give you more faith will pray for more face and she called in desperation saying what's wrong with my face with let her know there's nothing wrong with your faith. There something wrong with those people or something sick in their heads or something wrong with the charlatans were telling you that there something wrong with their theology. There's nothing wrong with your face with help her rework her theology help her re-understand what she had been told Ezekiel 13 three says this is what the sovereign Lord says woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing there visions are false. There divinations alive, they say, the Lord declares when the Lord has not sent them yet they expect their words to be fulfilled.

We have to be extremely careful because Jesus warned us in the last day there again influx of false prophets will ask you this. Is it possible that God is giving you a gift, but because of what you've seen because of the way you've seen that gift mishandled because you seen people do this the wrong way that it's keeping you from doing it the right way that you're somewhat resistant to using this gift to God's given you within your life because you seen it operated falsely.

Have you been to lunch or to a coffee with a friend. If you had a friend talked about was going on in your life and you felt the burden your whole is in your heart from the Holy Spirit to say something to them and you held back because you didn't want to be seen as weird or you didn't want that person to laugh at you or think something weird of you has God given you a gift that you have been yet to use because of the way you seen it miss you.

We have to be careful because first Thessalonians 519 to 21 says do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things hold fast to what is good. The next gift we see is the gift of serving. Look at verse seven it says or ministry, let us use it in our ministering. The NIV translates ministry is service in our serving. Let us serve in other words, if you're a servant then do it now. The gifts of service often take place behind-the-scenes. But if these gifts aren't done.

Everyone notices. For instance, we have running the service people running lights, people running sound people running the video cameras making sure that we have a webcast of the people on the audience can see we have people who came in early this morning and cleaned up. If they didn't do what they did behind-the-scenes you would notice.

Likewise we had last night. Our heaters go out they all died we had people here until 11 o'clock.

Making sure those heaters got fixed. If they didn't fix those heaters behind-the-scenes you would notice this morning be like 45 in here you all hate life you be begging for the fire of the Holy Spirit. If we want to pass out communion, but no one brought the juice of the bread or fill the trays we are ready to pass out communion. There is nothing in it. We said we just have faith that there you like, but it's not notice faithful servants make these and many more things happen around this church every single week without it couldn't function as a valuable message from his series partnership juice gift to share how you can keep these messages going strong to connect to Jesus as believers were called to encourage, teach and share Christ with one another.

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