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How God Works: God's Modus Operandi by Dr. Freddy Cardoza

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How God Works: God's Modus Operandi by Dr. Freddy Cardoza

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How does God work? What is the Divine Modus Operandi? What's God's M.O.? This is a lesson given at Saddleback Church's Irvine South Campus to the Men's Ministry.

Check out the lesson on mp3 from my FREDTalks Podcast at http://fredtalks.libsyn.com/episode-028-how-god-works


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How does God work? What is the Divine Modus Operandi? What's God's M.O.? This is a lesson given at Saddleback Church's Irvine South Campus to the Men's Ministry.

Check out the lesson on mp3 from my FREDTalks Podcast at http://fredtalks.libsyn.com/episode-028-how-god-works


iTunes Subscription Link: http://cardoza.link/iTunesFREDTalksPodcast

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How God Works: God's Modus Operandi by Dr. Freddy Cardoza

  1. 1. How God Works WHAT IS GOD’S M.O.? (MODUS OPERANDI)
  2. 2. 1. There are Known Knowns Things we know we know 2. There are Known Unknowns Things we know we don’t know 3. There are Unknown Unknowns Things we don’t know we don’t know
  3. 3. Our Human Understanding
  4. 4. Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete (1 Cor. 13:9) 1 Cor. 2: 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God…10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. 14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
  5. 5. Paul’s Prayer/God’s Intent for Us And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ. Philippians 1:9-10
  6. 6. God’s Will for You NOW FUTURE Knowledge and Depth of Insight (Philippians 1:9) Ignorance
  7. 7. Jeremiah 29:11‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 12‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. God Has a Plan For You
  8. 8. Jeremiah 29:11‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 12‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. God Has a Plan For You 1. There is a Plan (Existential Meaning & Purpose) 2. God has that Plan (Divine Sovereignty) 3. The Plan is Good, Not Bad (Omnibenevolent) 4. The Plan Continues Into the Future (Not Past Tense) 5. You Will Find God & His Plan If You Seek (Condition)
  9. 9. If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear (Psalm 66:18) Sin Distorts Discernment of God’s Voice/Will
  10. 10. If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear (Psalm 66:18) Sin Distorts Discernment 1. Sin affects the mind/emotions (idolatry/mind off God) 2. Therefore, sin clouds the psyche (spiritual confusion) 3. This results in poor judgment and duplicity 4. Then we can’t establish a connection with God to hear His Voice and to Learn His Will 5. This leave us estranged from God (quenches, Eph 4:30)
  11. 11. All the forces of darkness cannot stop what God has ordained (Isa 14:27). cf., Rev. 2:5 Some of God’s Plans Are Ordained/Absolute, And Some are Conditional (Depend on What We Do)
  12. 12. Some of God’s Plans are Ordained/Absolute, And Some are Conditional (Depend on What We Do) 1. Some things are genuinely determined (ordained) 2. Not everything falls in that category– only those things that represent His ultimate will or that other important plans hinge on (an interconnected web) 3. God can accomplish His Will naturally (natural law) & supernaturally (above nature), with equal ease
  13. 13. I open a door that no man can shut (Rev. 3:8) God’s Preferred Will Is Not Always Done, But His Ultimate Will Always Is
  14. 14. God’s Preferred Will Is Not Always Done, But His Ultimate Will is Never Thwarted or Nullified By Our Human Actions or Willful Disobedience 1. God has an Ultimate Will (Things that are pre-ordained, determined in the heart of God, e.g., Jesus to cross, etc., & Eph 1) 2. Explain: It has been said that God has a Preferred and a Permissive Will (I suggest we don’t imply that He has a “perfect” will, because in a sinful world it doesn’t make much sense to use that language)– and God gives us freedom/agency to act– though we are affected by forces sometimes beyond our control
  15. 15. Story of Moses and Joshua (Ex. 3:8; Num. 20:9-12; Josh 1:1-3) If You Don’t Do What God Wants, Someone Else Will– And They Will Receive Blessings Originally Intended For You
  16. 16. If You Don’t Do What God Wants, Someone Else Will– And They Will Receive Blessings Originally Intended For You 1. Consider Moses and Joshua; Moses called to bring them out of Egypt (ordained), but Disobedience striking the rock led to not leading the people into Promised Land– Joshua got that, though Moses got to promised land at Transfigur 2. Parable of Talents: Matt 25 (he who has little, even what they have; he with much, even more)
  17. 17. Stories of Samson, David, Moses, Abraham, Paul God Can Use Us Greatly, In Spite Of and Even “After” Our Greatest Mistakes
  18. 18. God Can Use Us Greatly, In Spite Of and Even “After” Our Greatest Mistakes 1. God Can Use Us Greatly, In Spite of Mistakes On Our Part, If We Cooperate– 2. And May Do His Greater Works After Our Greatest Failures (sometimes not, likely depending on our repentance and receiving forgiveness and restoration from guilt/shame) 3. Think of Samson, David, Moses, Abraham
  19. 19. Eph 3:20 God Wants To Do More Through Each of Us Than We Can Possibly Imagine
  20. 20. Call to Action • Focus on Your Adventure with God (“Life”) • Deal with Past Baggage and Move On • Live with Spiritual Abandon. Go for Broke.

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