Discerning the Truth
Delivered By
Julie Petersen
Delivered On
December 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Discerning the Truth


Who is Jesus?

He’s the Way, the Truth and the Life.


Isaiah 9:1-7

But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles.

2 The people who walk in darkness
Will see a great light;
Those who live in a dark land,
The light will shine on them.
3 You shall multiply the nation,
You shall increase their gladness;
They will be glad in Your presence
As with the gladness of harvest,
As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
4 For You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders,
The rod of their oppressor, asat the battle of Midian.
5 For every boot of the booted warrior in the battle tumult,
And cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire.
6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.


*Can you think of someone if biblical history that stirred up trouble or controversy?


*So, just because controversy follows someone it doesn’t mean they’re wrong


David Wilkerson preached a message called, “We Need More Trouble Makers In The Church.”


Don’t feel like you are “off” just because controversy surrounds you.

There are demonic powers and principalities set up in high places (idolatry) that rule the minds of enslaved people. When light comes around them, they freak out and start manifesting.


The Father wants to expose the “lie” that is saying His representatives are wrong because they stir up conflict, controversy, confrontation, and what we modernly call, DRAMA.


Let’s look at an incident with Paul & Silas:

Acts 17:2-6 BBE 2 And Paul, as he generally did, went in to them, and on three Sabbath days had discussions with them from the holy Writings, 3 Saying to them clearly and openly that Christ had to be put to death and come back to life again; and that this Jesus, whom, he said, I am preaching to you, is the Christ. 4 And some of them had faith, and were joined to Paul and Silas; and a number of the God-fearing Greeks, and some of the chief women. 5 But the Jews, being moved with envy, took with them certain low persons from among the common people, and getting together a great number of people, made an outcry in the town, attacking the house of Jason with the purpose of taking them out to the people. 6 And when they were not able to get them, they took Jason and some of the brothers by force before the rulers of the town, crying, These men, who have made trouble all over the world have now come here.


Look at the life of these men of God:

·         Jesus - being loving & blunt at the same time.

·         Paul - being opinionated and sounding harsh.

·         David - loving God but falling into sin several times.

·         All of the prophets - i.e. Elijah confronting Jezebel (Ahab, the king of Israel who had married Jezebel out of disobedience against their covenant with God, accused Elijah of being a “troubler of Israel”. But in fact, it was Ahab who had caused the breach of covenant to bring the demonic trouble into Israel himself.) Elijah even mocked their gods.


Look at the trouble when religious beliefs are challenged:

Acts 19:23-29a NAS 23 About that time there occurred no small disturbance concerning the Way. 24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, was bringing no little business to the craftsmen; 25 these he gathered together with the workmen of similar trades, and said, "Men, you know that our prosperity depends upon this business. 26 "You see and hear that not only in Ephesus, but in almost all of Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable number of people, saying that gods made with hands are no gods at all.  27 "Not only is there danger that this trade of ours fall into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis be regarded as worthless and that she whom all of Asia and the world worship will even be dethroned from her magnificence." 28 When they heard this and were filled with rage, they began crying out, saying, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!" 29 The city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed with one accord into the theater.


Jesus said that He did not come to bring outward peace

Matthew 10:34-41 NKJV 34 "Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.


He added that this division would exist with the closest to us once we stood for and spoke the truth

  • 35 For I have come to 'set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law';  36 and 'a man's enemies will be those of his own household.'  37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.  38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.  39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.


Jesus finished His point by telling of the prophets that teach us the truth

·         40 "He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.  41 He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward.


He discloses Himself in seasons of waiting to prepare the heart to receive Him. There are always “set times” with God. He has operated this way with man since the beginning of earth time: appointed times. As He gives hints to us about what He looks like and how to adapt to Him. There comes a fullness of time in revealing Himself where He doesn’t hold anything back. That can come in stages, and then the time comes to show His whole intentions.


God uses imperfect men to deliver a perfect truth

  • It will take a pure word of truth to get us to truly free

  • This truth will come through modern prophets

    • I used to think, “Why does trouble follow us when we’re doing the right thing.”

    • We opposed the religious spirit in people and they threw a fit and called us troublers.


Differentiate a spirit of division and God dividing and separating between true and false


God will instruct you to do things that will bring outward turmoil and trouble that will bring inward peace and joy.


Was He the ultimate epitome of love? YES

Did Jesus reserve Himself in attempting to free anyone? NO


What are the accusations about those who represent freedom through Jesus?

“They’re taking our money?”

“They’re causing families to split up?”

“They’re breaking our traditions?”

“They’re being too harsh?”

“They’re making us uncomfortable because we aren’t popular now?”

“They don’t love us because they don’t give us what we want or tell us what we want?”


Examples of Jesus giving crazy instructions.

He told Peter to walk on the water to Him in the middle of a storming ocean.

He told a man to rub mud in his eyes before He healed him.

He called Peter “Satan” and to get behind Him.

He called the Pharisees venomous snakes and vipers.


*Don’t be surprised by the turmoil that can surround you sometimes.

*Don’t be afraid to continue forward with God’s call to lead even while He’s refining you in your character and alignment to His heart for His people.

*Stay humble while you’re leading people into freedom, and just stay real with them in transparency as you grow too. This will win their hearts more than anything as they see your love for the Father and for them.

1 Peter 4:12-16 12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.