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Turn Down Your Music
Scripture: Galatians 4:4-9; Job 1:6-8; Mark 1:33-37...
Running time: 54 minutes, 09 seconds.
So how do we stay off of this path and grow in confidence rather than fear It is the Holy Spirit who gives us confidence so we can enjoy intimacy with God. I dont believe the Holy Spirit is given to us solely for our personal benefit; however it is undeniable that one of the greatest aspects of being in relationship with the Holy Spirit is the intimacy, security and encouragement He brings us.

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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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Turn Down Your Music!

“When we are at our wits’ end for an answer, then the Holy Spirit can give us an answer. But how can he give us an answer when we are still well supplied with all sorts of answers of our own?” - Karl Barth

Have you ever met the person who came to you asking for help and advice but when you give it to them they try to convince you their solution is the best and refuse to listen to what you were asked to advise them on? It might have been one of your kids, a friend, a co-worker, maybe you are that person.

On a scale from 1-10, how would you rate yourself in taking advice from others?

Can someone explain to me what insecurity means? Fear, a lack of confidence. How would you describe an insecure person?

• They get defensive if anyone decides to challenge their position or performance.
• They refuse to divulge in transparency with those around them and continue to keep a safe distance from anyone trying to get close.
• They refuse to allow anyone else to come into the spotlight.
• They continually strive to maintain control of (and protect) their status and position.
• They neglect delicate situations and problems.
• They turn everything into a joke (I’ve been guilty many times for this one). Turning situations into a joke is a great coping mechanism to avoid allowing their mistakes to be recognized.
• They are constantly concerned about their personal appearance (not just women).

What do you think spiritual insecurity looks like?

Basically is love yielding to fear. It is called by one author, the Jezebel Spirit.

• A control freak
• Tries to avoid genuine religious authority
• Prideful and vain
• Denier of guilt and responsibility
• Jealous
• Claims undo credit, denies others credit
• Sower of confusion
• Information gatherer

I think Elvis had it correct when he wrote the song…

So how do we stay off of this path and grow in confidence rather than fear? It is the Holy Spirit who gives us confidence so we can enjoy intimacy with God. I don’t believe the Holy Spirit is given to us solely for our personal benefit; however it is undeniable that one of the greatest aspects of being in relationship with the Holy Spirit is the intimacy, security and encouragement He brings us.

The letter Paul wrote to the Galatians dealt a lot with spiritual insecurity.

Galatians 4:8-9 (NIV)
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God--or rather are known by God--how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

Have you ever thought about what it means to be “known” by God? Can someone tell me or explain what a “shout out” means? When these happen to you, how do they make you feel? What about when God does it?

Job 1:6-8 (NIV)
One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it." Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil."

What happens when Satan does it?

Galatians 4:6-7 (NIV)
Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.

It is hard to explain what Paul wrote but in a nutshell, God gives to us a precious gift, through the Holy Spirit, he assures us that we are in the right standing with and loved by God. Now in reality many might ask this question, how do I make this a real thing to me? How can I really experience this truth and experience for sure what Paul wrote about?

Have you ever tried to have a deep conversation with a person who has their earphone on listening to load music? What are the results?

Maybe the reason people have trouble experiencing the real relationship with the Holy Spirit is their volume is too loud. Maybe your volume is turned up too high and the only thing you hear is your own voice talking and not the voice of the Holy Spirit?

When we talk about our volume being too high, what do you think this means? How do we turn the volume down or off completely?

Mark 1:33-37 (NIV)
The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was. Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for you!"

Pam and I call it “cave time”. When was the last time you went off to your cave, away from all the noise and action to enjoy quietness calm your inner life? How much cave time do you have between you and God?

Here is the most awesome fact of all time, God Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth actually lives inside you. He speaks to your inner soul all the time and there are truths about yourself and the environment around you that he wants you to understand. There are others around you he wants to tell you about and the needs they have. He has his will for your life that he wants to talk with you about but if we have our own life’s music turned up to high, we drown out the inner voice from being heard.

Paul was very concerned that the Galatian church developed into a very insecure church. What he saw in their actions spoke volumes about where they were in their relationship with the Holy Spirit. He knew that what they were doing and the witness they displayed to their community was not of God and would hinder the Gospel of Christ. Paul tried to get them to look back and experience what it was like to experience Jesus and His compassion and forgiveness. They were a lot like the church in Laodicea.

Revelation 3:15-18 (NIV)
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

Let’s compare ourselves to the church at Laodicea; do we have any of these traits? When God looks at our deeds, does he see us as lukewarm or blazing hot for his Word and will in our lives?

True or False: I am rich and I don’t need a thing.

When it comes to the richness of God, are we too rich in our own thinking to accept anything God has for us?

So what is the solution? If we want to be rich according to God’s standards, what must we do? What advice does he have for us to follow?

Jeremiah 29:13-14 (NIV)
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back from captivity.

The first step in all of this is like the prodigal son, there came a point in his sinful life when he realized that he was far better off back with his father than out doing his own thing. We will not truly experience the confidence in God that the Holy Spirit brings until we turn off our own music, listen to what He says and return back to him. There is nothing that we have done that he hasn't already forgiven. We just need to come back and claim this awesome reality:

Romans 8:1 (NIV)
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.