Archive for August, 2009

Prayer in the Grace Life

August 15th, 2009 by under Living in Grace, Prayer. No Comments.

Our pastor often says, one of the first things to go when you learn about grace is your prayer life. He says that before you know about grace, your prayers tended to be rote memorization repeated night after night when you manage to remember to fall to your knees before you fall into bed and might sound something like this:

God please forgive me for thinking badly of my coworker  today. God please forgive me for muttering curse words while driving to work.  Please forgive me for jaywalking. Please forgive me for being rude to the teller at the bank.  Please bless my mother, my sisters, my brother and their children; please bless my father and his family; please bless my boss and her family.

And so on.

A lot of us are taught to say prayers before we go to bed at night, kneeling before the Lord and asking forgiveness for our sins, and also to pray for all our loved ones.

What we learn from Paul is to pray without ceasing (without ceasing – all the time – not just before you go to sleep at night):

1 Thessalonians 5:17  Pray without ceasing.

And he does tell us to pray one for another.

In writing to the saints in Ephesas:

Eph 1:16  Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

The saints at Colossus:

Col 1:9  For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

To the church of the Thessalonians:

2 Thessalonians 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

Paul asks for prayer from the Thessolonicans:

1 Thessalonians 5:25 Brethren, pray for us.

2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

So even though our prayer life might “go” we are supposed to pray as grace believers. There are a few little changes though. First of all, we don’t have to ask for forgiveness of our sins (in effect keep a “short list”) because we are already forgiven for all our sins before we ever commit them. It is repetitious and redundant to ask God to forgive us of our sins, when he has already forgiven us through the work his Son did at Calvary. Next, we don’t need to limit our pray time to while we are on our knees, or in a pray closet.

Praying becomes our way of communicating with our heavenly Father.  Letting him know what’s going on in your life, letting him know all about everything. The other component to prayer is reading your King James Version bible, but I’ll go more into that on another post.

Praying for you always without ceasing,

pima

Are you saved? Would you like to know where you will spend eternity? I invite you to visit Do You Know Where You Will Spend Eternity? from Florida Grace Bible Berean Church. Please notify me if this link breaks!

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Who Opened That Door?

August 9th, 2009 by under Intervention. No Comments.

When I was growing up in the Pentecostal religion, I heard how I could know God’s will since He would “open” and “close” doors for me. Or we’d hear how if God closed a door, he would open a window.

Other times, I’d hear that Satan opened or closed the door.

Since one always wanted to be in God’s will, it would sometimes become much more complicated than doors and windows opening and closing. It became a literal guessing game. Whodunit?

A prime example would be if you were looking for a new job. There – there’s an open door!! Go through it!! Take the job of your dreams! Care not for tomorrow, simply go through the door! But then the door gets “slammed shut” because your car broke down and you can’t make it to the first interview. Now, is that God closing the door? Or was the enemy closing the door, keeping you from your dream job?

In the dispensation of Grace we learn from our Apostle Paul exactly what God’s will is for each of us.

1 Timothy 2:1-6 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; (2) For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. (3) For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; (4) Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (5) For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (6) Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

So now we know that God’s will is that every man (and woman) be saved and come to know the knowledge of the truth.

God expects you to be an adult with free will, and to make rational and logical decisions. He doesn’t expect you to view random occurrences (such as your car breaking down) to be signs of His will.

In Him,
pima

Are you saved? Would you like to know where you will spend eternity? I invite you to visit Do You Know Where You Will Spend Eternity? from Florida Grace Bible Berean Church. Please notify me if this link breaks!

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Paul Is My Apostle’s New Home

August 7th, 2009 by under Living in Grace. 2 Comments.

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since I’ve blogged here. I have learned a lot in the last year. I only wish I’d shared it here.

I have been suffering from intense fatigue which has gotten increasingly worse in 2009. I believe that my thyroid is not functioning properly, but so far I have not been able to work up the energy to find a doctor who will take me seriously and treat my symptoms.  My last blood test came back “normal” to which my primary care physician suggested that I was depressed. He offered a precription for anti-depressants which I refused.  I do not suffer from depression to the degree that I need medication (which often makes things worse).  I believe everyone suffers from depression on occasion, which is pretty much normal and par for the course since after all we do live in a sin-cursed world. Even our Apostle Paul suffered from depression.

When your thyroid is not functioning properly, your adrenals can often be at the root of the problem. Of course there’s no way the problem is that I’m working 32 hours a week at a very stressful job, which involves a 100 mile a day commute, have a disabled child to care for, and am working an additional 20+ hours a week doing the accounting and PR to help grow my husband’s business. No wonder my house isn’t fit for company. Thankfully the Mister’s business is doing well, and we hope one day that I can quit my job and work with him full time.

I used to be able to take one day each weekend off to just kick back and totally relax. This hasn’t been the case for many months. Things got much worse in March, when I was attempting to get our income taxes completed and was also experiencing a big learning curve for getting sales tax completed for my husband’s business.

I have had a difficult time attending church for several months as my energy level has been very, very low.  I have to be very careful to not get myself stressed out, or it saps my energy even more.  There is no way I can quit my job at this time, so I have to protect myself from stress as much as possible. It’s really hard to explain to people the degree of tiredness I experience, even my own husband doesn’t understand. It was such a revelation to me to read Adrenal Fatigue and discover that the way I was feeling wasn’t my imagination.  Every single stressful thing that happens is a drain on the adrenals. I used to be able to bounce back, but now it takes days, instead of minutes. Literally. I used to be able to get by with napping for two hours one day on the weekend, now I’m finding that I come in from milking at 5am, I’m so exhausted that I have to lay down again and sleep five hours. It really takes a lot of time out of the day to have to sleep so often.

One thing I try to keep in mind is, “Thank God I have my salvation.”

Thank God I don’t have to worry about performing and doing and working earning those brownie points so that I’ll be able to get into heaven.  If we were commanded to do “works” to get into heaven, I’d be devastated as I just don’t have the energy to do anything more than the bare minimum.

Rom 11:6  And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

Thank God I finally understand how to read the Bible – rightly divided – so that His precious word to us makes sense.

Saved by Grace,

pima

Are you saved? Would you like to know where you will spend eternity? I invite you to visit Do You Know Where You Will Spend Eternity? from Florida Grace Bible Berean Church. Please notify me if this link breaks!

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