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December 11

Can you spot counterfeit?
Micah 1-3/Luke 9-12

Tutorial for first-timers


OT

3:5-7 This is what the LORD says to you false prophets: “You are leading my people astray! You promise peace for those who give you food, but you declare war on anyone who refuses to pay you. Now the night will close around you, cutting off all your visions. Darkness will cover you, making it impossible for you to predict the future. The sun will set for you prophets, and your day will come to an end. Then you seers will cover your faces in shame, and you diviners will be disgraced. And you will admit that your messages were not from God.”

NT

9:23-25 Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life. And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose or forfeit your own soul in the process?”

10:21 Then Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit and said, “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding the truth from those who think themselves so wise and clever, and for revealing it to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way.”  Jesus Words


OT Flash Points

False prophets
Falsity – delusion

NT Flash Points

Delusion of “religious” thinking
Thinking themselves righteous while being evil


Perspective

Individuality is independent and self-assertive
It separates and isolates
When the Holy Spirit brings me to the end of my individuality, I can either surrender and allow my personality to emerge or refuse to give up my right to myself and stay isolated
Definition of sin [also, mental illness]: isolation, separation from God and, therefore, any real connection with people

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