1 Thessalonians 5:19-24
Faith in Focus – week 5
Mystical faith –includes an actual _______________________ with a spiritual being
1. Feel does not equal ____________________
President Ezra Taft Benson pointed out: “We do not have to prove the Book of Mormon is true. The book is its own proof. All we need to do is read it and declare it…We are not required to prove that the Book of Mormon is true or is an authentic record through external evidences – though there are many.”
“The test of its truth lies in reading it. It is a book of God. Reasonable individuals may sincerely question its origin, but those who read it prayerfully may come to know by a power beyond their natural senses that it is true.”
Elder Boyd K. Packer declared,…”Do not be ill at ease or uncomfortable because you can give little more than your conviction.”
The only way spiritual truths may be known is by the quiet whisperings of the Holy Ghost. Robert L. Miller; Getting at the Truth: Responding to Difficult Questions about LDS Beliefs.
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse! Galatians 1:8-9
2. Real does not equal __________________________
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. 2 Corinthians 11:14-15
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 1:1-3a
Paul - As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. Acts 9:3-5
Augustine – All at once I heard a young child’s voice from a nearby garden singing over and over, “Take it and read, take it and read. Confessions
Blaise Pascal – From about half past ten in the evening until about half past midnight: FIRE.
John Wesley -About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation.
Even what we feel from God should stand up to the testing and scrutiny of the Bible
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test. Matthew 4:7
Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. Isaiah 43:10b
“Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. Isaiah 45:22
“I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. Malachi 3:6
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is
a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Deut. 8:10-11