In search of "Son Glasses"

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Seeking an "upgrade" in our perspective. Seeing God, the world, the future, and ourselves from Heaven's eyes. A talk given by Russ Fochler at Blazing Fire Church. Go to www.blazingfire.org for link to the audio.

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  • In search of "Son Glasses"

    1. 1. In Search of “Son” Glasses• Sadly, the audio recording was not usable for the first part of the talk.• To catch up with when the audio starts, go to slide 11 - “How I Perceive the World Around Me”
    2. 2. Russ FochlerSeptember 1st, 2012Blazing Fire Church
    3. 3. In Search of...“Son” Glasses Russ Fochler September 1st, 2012 Blazing Fire Church
    4. 4. Leif Hetland - Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyeshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15idW8vrZIw
    5. 5. The Importance of:
    6. 6. The Importance of:• How we see God
    7. 7. The Importance of:•How we see God• How we see the world around us
    8. 8. The Importance of:•How we see God• How we see the world around us• What we believe about the future
    9. 9. The Importance of:•How we see God• How we see the world around us• What we believe about the future• How we see ourselves
    10. 10. How I Perceive God• As children, we try to make sense of our experiences - and we draw conclusion about how life works.• Is God there? Is God loving? Is God really with us? Will God help us?• The conclusions we “get” from emotional experiences become part of our “background” operating system - and are hard to change.
    11. 11. This is why...• We need Jesus to meet us and help us replace our childish assumptions - with Himself and His life- giving truth.• We need to meet Jesus, see that He is safe - and release the pent-up griefs, sorrows, traumas, fears - to Him• There can be a big gap between what we know we’re supposed to believe - and what we really “feel” and act when under stress.
    12. 12. And this is why...• It can be so hard to emotionally trust God and therefore “let” Him be who He wants to be for us.• Do you remember Lonnie’s question?
    13. 13. "Do you want God to be the God you want Him to be in your life ! or !ARE YOU WILLING to let God be the God that He wants to be in your life?" Being WILLING means that we choose to quoted by: Lonnie Ellis! stay present with God even when we want to run or “change the channel”....
    14. 14. The Most Profound Question• For every heart, every soul:• “Is God truly good - for me?”• Taste & See!• Accept the Quest
    15. 15. How I Perceive the World Around Me?• Is the world generally a “good” place, a “bad” place, or even a “scary” place?• What do I assume about the people around me - “good”, “bad”, or “scary”?• If I experience the world as basically scary, then its likely that I look to “fear” to help keep me safe.
    16. 16. What We Believe About the FutureDo we believe that things will get worse andworse - and then Jesus will rescue theremnant of faithful believers who are left?OrDo we believe that the government andpeace of Jesus will continue to increase(Isaiah 9:7) and Jesus will return for a Bridewho is fit to be His eternal “help-meet”?
    17. 17. Wait...• Doesn’t the Bible teach that things will get really bad and then Jesus will return?• Isn’t the “The Late Great Planet Earth” and the “Left Behind” Series based on the Bible?
    18. 18. • A bit of my story
    19. 19. What We Believe About The Future... Will Shape How We View The World and Our Life
    20. 20. What Lenses Am I Seeing Through?• Ask the Holy Spirit: “Where do You want to give me an Upgrade in how I “see” ?• Help me see You Abba - more clearly, more fully.• Help me see the world, the future, and myself more the Way that You do
    21. 21. Kris Vallotton believes that God creates human history through our agreement• The way God creates history is by anointing people to see the future with His perspective, and call it into existence (see Romans 4:17) (from “Heavy Rain pg 203)• Romans 4:17 “(as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;
    22. 22. Showing Love forGenerations to Come.... • “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and our sons forever.” Deut 29:29 • “Prophetic revelation unlocks the hidden treasures that are to be handed down from generation to generation. But in order for us to prophesy and thus lay a foundation for a multigenerational inheritance, we must believe that there is supposed to be a future.” Kris Vallotton page 204-205
    23. 23. More from Kris:• “In the winter of 2007, the LORD spoke to me saying: “The spirit of fatalism and the spirit of martyrdom were holding back the apostolic age.”• The church is notorious for using fear as a primary motivation to get people to come into the Kingdom.• ...it is actually the kindness of God that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4). So it is very difficult to keep people in the Kingdom who have been driven there predominantly by a fatalist eschatology. (Kris Vallotton page 205)
    24. 24. Seeing with a father’s eyes“I know that I can’t stay in the end-timetheology that is stealing my children’sfuture, instilling fear as the primarymotivation for serving the Father andundermining the Great Commission tomake disciples of all nations.” (KrisVallotton “Heavy Rain” page 213)
    25. 25. I’m concerned about...• Christian friends who are “riveted” by • Various conspiracy stories on the internet.• A spirit of fatalism and the mistaken sense that the Bible teaches us to expect things will only get worse. This mindset makes people more susceptable to these stories.
    26. 26. We Can Easily Be “Hooked” by Fear• God created us with emotions - including fear. Fear of hot stoves, fear of a wild beast nearby, even the clean “fear of God” helps us respond swiftly to dangers.• But, unless we know (experientially) and trust the Trinity to keep us on the path of life, its easy to slip into looking to fear - and spirits of fear to “keep us safe”.
    27. 27. The Fear of Being Deceived• Some Believers take the warnings in the Bible to not be deceived - as their “prime directive”.• This results in looking for and focussing on evil conspiracies and deceptions.• It also can easily result in feeling “elite”
    28. 28. Keys to Life• Not all truth in the Scriptures has the same “weight”. And the Bible is clear about God’s priorities - if we have eyes to see.• What are the greatest commandments?• What is the greatest motivation?• What is Jesus asking His Father for?• How are we saved?• What mission has Jesus given us?
    29. 29. Keep the “main and plain” of scripture, the main and plain of your life....• True Relationship with Jesus, with Father God, with Holy Spirit.• Genuine love and kindness towards people.• A “bridal” perspective.
    30. 30. Ask Holy Spirt to Lead You Into All Truth• As loved sons and daughters, receive the “Son Glasses” to see the Word and the World with.• If a section of Scripture isn’t clear, ask Holy Spirit what He wants you to “take in” this time from that section. Look at the context and summarize what is clear to you.• Bible notes, commentaries, etc. can help
    31. 31. The Importance of:
    32. 32. The Importance of:• How we see God
    33. 33. The Importance of:•How we see God• How we see the world around us
    34. 34. The Importance of:•How we see God• How we see the world around us• What we believe about the future
    35. 35. The Importance of:•How we see God• How we see the world around us• What we believe about the future• How we see ourselves
    36. 36. Really Good Questions to Ask Regularly:• Father, how do You see me?• What do You want me to know about myself?• What upgrades to you want give me - so I can live more fully as a Daughter or Son?
    37. 37. Tips for Staying on the Path of Life
    38. 38. Consider the “Fruit” • Stop and consider the things that you are focussed on; where your heart is engaged. • What is the “fruit” or what will be the “fruit” as you continue on these paths? • Fear, elitism, obsession, general distrust, a “bunker” mentality (for example) aren’t fruits of the Holy Spirit.... • All Kingdom matters are matters of the heart!
    39. 39. Allow the Holy Spirit to Train your Brain• What we are looking for is what we notice. (Our reticular activating system).• Let what is true, noble, lovely, pure, etc. capture your attention (Phil 4:8)• Ask the Holy Spirit alert you to the dangers or evil that you need to see - and deal with it with His wisdom and power.• “For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Tim 1:7
    40. 40. • Ministry and Fellowship Time

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