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How to Receive From God, Learning from Examples in Luke (Sermon)

How to Receive From God, Learning from Examples in Luke (Sermon)

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This sermon studies several examples in Luke and Acts that show the attitude needed to receive from God. We must have: 1) Desperation to receive, 2) Faith with corresponding actions, and 3) Expectation of a miracle. The sermon expounds on why Jesus was rejected in his hometown of Nazareth, as related in Luke 4.
This sermon studies several examples in Luke and Acts that show the attitude needed to receive from God. We must have: 1) Desperation to receive, 2) Faith with corresponding actions, and 3) Expectation of a miracle. The sermon expounds on why Jesus was rejected in his hometown of Nazareth, as related in Luke 4.

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Sunday SermonHow to Receive from GodLuke 4:14-27  Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
 Lukes history of the beginnings of Christianity provides an excellent view of the attitude thatenables people to receive from God. Repeatedly, Luke portrays people who have the right attitude andtherefore receive grace from God. There are four elements to this attitude:
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First,
we must be hungry for the things of God. We must have a holy ambition to have a closerrelationship with God. Nothing, including our pride and sense of propriety, can get in the way.
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Second 
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we must focus all our hope and desire on God alone. We must acknowledge ourneedfulness of Him. We cannot trust in anything other than God, nor desire anything aboveGod. He must be plan A, B, and C in our lives. He must be the apple of our eye so that ourdesires find perfect fulfillment in Him.
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 ,
we must act in faith. Real faith corresponds with actions. Faith is not just mental assent. If we have true faith in God, then we must speak and act accordingly.
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we must expect a miracle from God. We should live our lives in expectation of what Godis going to do. Whenever we gather together in the presence of God, we should expect God tomove.We can see this attitude in several places throughout Luke and Acts.
L
uke
18:35-43  
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e
Bli 
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B
egga
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The beggar was desperate to receive his sight
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He did not give up, despite the shushing of others
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He expected that Jesus would certainly heal him
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Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.
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[Greek
sozo
is spiritual and physical salvation. The same word is used in the nextchapter when Jesus is in Zacchaeus house and says, For the Son of Man came to seekand to save what was lost.
]
 
L
uke
8:40-48  
Th
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oman
wit 
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ncu
ab
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Bl 
eed 
ng
 
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The woman was desperate to be healed
o
 
She spent all her money on doctorsshe was broke
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She was like this for twelve years
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Her condition made her ritually unclean
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It may have been an obstetric fistula, which is still a common ailment in the developingworld that occurs without access to adequate medical care
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She expected she would be healed
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Mark 5:27-28, When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd andtouched his cloak, because she thought: If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.
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She had a unique faith, an expectation, that drew power from Jesus. Others pressedagainst Him, yet Jesus said that only she drew power from Him.
L
uke
6:17-19  
Th
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Cr 
o
s G
a
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M
ee
t J 
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s
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They were desperate
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They came from the entire region (all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastof Tyre and Sidon)
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They expected to be healed of diseases and demonic oppression
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 and the people all tried to touch Him, because power was coming from Him andhealing them all.
L
uke
5:17-20  
Th
e
a
a
lyz
ed 
M
an
 
and 
His Fri 
end 
s
 
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The man was desperate to be healed
o
 
His friends carried him all the way there on a mat
o
 
They took extreme measures to get the man in front of Jesus
y
 
They expected that Jesus would heal him
o
 
And the power of the Lord was present for Him to heal the sick.
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When Jesus saw their faith 
 A
ts 5:12-16  
Th
e
 
S
ck 
Br 
oug
h
t t 
o
e
e
 
y
 
They were desperate
y
 
They expected a miracle
 A
ts 14:8-10  
Th
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M
an
L
ame
fr 
om
Birt 
h
 
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He was desperate, with no hope in other forms of salvation as he had been lame from birth
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His faith and expectation was built up as he listened to Paul preach
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He obeyed Paul by jumping up and beginning to walk
Jesus rejected at Nazareth
 
The previous verses show us the attitude of 
desperation, faith, and expectation
that we need toreceive from God. However, Luke also includes a cautionary example of how the wrong type of attitudecan block us from receiving from God.
Read Luke 4:16-30.
L
uke
4:16-17 
16 He went t 
o
Na
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areth, where he had been br 
oug
ht 
up
 , and 
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n the Sabbath day he went int 
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read, 17 and the
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 p
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het I
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oll 
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nd the
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ace where it i 
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written:
Here, we find Jesus in His hometown of Nazareth. He attends the worship at the synagogue onthe Sabbath, as is His custom, and He reads from the prophet Isaiah in front of the congregation.
L
uke
4:18-21
 
18 The S
 p
irit 
of 
the L
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rd i 
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m
e,beca
us
e he ha
s
an
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.
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ent 
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e t 
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ai 
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om
 
 fo
r the
 p
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ner 
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 and rec
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ind,
 
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et the
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 f 
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 p
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ai 
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the year 
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the L
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 f 
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 20 Then he r 
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up
the
s
cr 
oll 
 ,
g
a
e it back t 
o
the attendant and 
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at d 
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wn
.
The eye
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of 
e
ery 
o
ne in the
s
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e were
 f 
a
s
tened 
o
n hi 
m.
21 He be
g
an by 
s
ayin
g
o
the
m
 , T 
o
day thi 
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s
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 p
u
re i 
s
 
 fulf 
ll 
ed in y 
ou
hearin
g. 
 
Jesus proclaims the favor of God upon these people. He has come to them with Gods promiseof free grace and favor. He has come to set them free from bondage to sin, to save them from sins illeffects, to restore everything that the devil has stolen from their lives. He says, Today, this scripture isfulfilled in your hearing. In other words: Now is the time of salvationeverything youve waited for,everything that you could not accomplish for yourself, that is what Ive come to give you
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ht n
o
.Notice that Jesus appealed to those who were desperate: the poor, the oppressed, and thosewho realized they were slaves to sin. He came to bring liberty and freedom from all bondage, bothphysical and spiritual. He came to bring [Greek
sozo
], which is spiritual and physical salvation,wholeness, and restoration. In the next chapter, at Matthew the tax collectors house, Jesus says,
It i 
s
 n
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t the hea
thy wh
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need a d 
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ct 
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r, b
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s
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.
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t c
om
e
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the ri 
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hte
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 , b
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e the
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e
lv 
e
s
o
be]
s
inner 
s
o
re
 p
entance
. 
 
L
uke
4:22-23
22 A
ll 
 
spo
ke we
ll 
 
of 
hi 
m
and were a
m
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ed at the
g
raci 
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that ca
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  J
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they a
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.
 23 Je
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 , S
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wi 
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q
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 p
ov 
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m
e: Phy 
s
ician, hea
ou
s
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lf!
 And y 
ou
wi 
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 te
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m
e, D
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r h
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wn what we ha
e heard that y 
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did in Ca
 p
erna
um.
 
 
 
The people are amazed, then incredulous. They cant believe that this man, who may haveinstalled a door in their house just the previous year, now is going to bring the salvation of God. Theydemand Jesus perform a miracle to prove His anointingthey will believe it when they see it.Its helpful to think about the issue of trust here. Many words in the English language derivetheir meaning from the Latin word
credere
, which means to believe, trust. These words include credit,creed, credence, credible (or
in
credible), and credulous. Very often, we have good reason to doubt thethings we read and hear about. But, when it comes to what God promises in His word, we must believeand trust.Abraham is called the father of our faith, and we are his offspring when we share the same faiththat he demonstrated. Abraham was not blind to the way things naturally work. He fully acknowledgedthat it was humanly impossible for he and Sarah to have a child in their old age, but he believed thatGods power trumped natural impossibilities.
Romans 4:19-21
reads,
A
g
ain
s
t a
ll 
h
op
e, Abraha
m
in h
op
e be
ie
ed and 
so
beca
m
e the
 f 
ather 
of 
 
m
any nati 
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n
s
 ,
us
t a
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it had been
s
aid t 
o
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m
 , S
o
 
s
ha
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ou
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 f 
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.
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er thr 
oug
h
u
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 f 
re
g
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the
 p
om
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