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I Had Another Dream

September 3rd, 2010 by under My Salvation. No Comments.

I think when we dream about things we really have them grounded in our mind.

My mom has been feeling sad and grieving about my Grandma who died three years ago this month, so I think that may be part of what triggered this dream.

In my dream, I was sitting with a friend of mine (I’ll call her Sandra) who I haven’t visited with in many years. She is Jewish and not a believer in Jesus Christ.

I was telling her about another friend of mine who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.   Sandra believes in natural healing and replied to my comment saying if she got breast cancer she wouldn’t do the medical intervention, she would instead do natural things.

To which I replied, “I’ve thought about that too, and the thing is, since I know where I’m going when I die, I have my salvation because I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again [at this point I could see her eyes getting twitchy and trying to roll at the thought so I said, just hear me out], I don’t know if I’d want to prolong my life on this earth.  I would hope that natural healing would be the answer, but if it ended up being the wrong answer, I’m not afraid to die.”

And that was the end of the dream.

I am not one to proselytize in real life, but I sure do it a lot in my dreams.

Maybe I’m working up my nerve.

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I’ve Got My Salvation, Even In My Dreams

August 2nd, 2010 by under Living in Grace. No Comments.

I didn’t attend church camp this year, but it’s time for my yearly blog entry.

The other night I had a dream.  I guess you could probably call it a nightmare.

My husband, youngest son and I were in a bedroom, sitting on a couch.

We were being held hostage.

I don’t know why.

There was a man with a pistol.  He held the gun to my forehead, right between my eyes.

In my dream I told myself, “Don’t be afraid.  If he kills me, I’m going to heaven because my I’ve got my salvation and I can never lose it.

I was very scared due to the situation, but I willed myself to be calm.

It helped a lot to know that I know where I’m going when I die.

Then I woke up.

And I realized I’ve got this grace message into the core of my being.  After growing up in the superstitious Pentecostal religion, that’s saying a lot.

Thank you Jesus for the work you did on the cross to save me from my sins and guarantee my salvation.

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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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Fellowship With The Saints

August 24th, 2008 by under Living in Grace. 1 Comment.

When I was a younger person, I never looked forward to going to church. When I became an adult, I stopped going to church shortly after my first child was born, and never set foot into a church for more than 20 years.

But when I started learning about grace, and found a church to attend that taught the grace message, I found that I wanted to spend time with other people who understood the Bible rightly divided. It’s wonderful to be around your brothers and sisters in the body of Christ who care about you, want to know what’s going on in your life, and want to both comfort and edify you. Paul says:

(1 Thessalonians 5:11) Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

From Strong’s Greek Dictionary:
Comfort: to call near, that is, invite, invoke (by imploration, hortation or consolation): – beseech, call for, (be of good) comfort, desire, (give) exhort (-ation), intreat, pray.

Edify: to be a house builder, that is, construct or (figuratively) confirm: – (be in) build (-er, -ing, up), edify, embolden.

In Christ,
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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Back From Camp

August 13th, 2008 by under Living in Grace. No Comments.

My youngest son and I were fortunate enough to be able to attend church camp this year. We had a great time visiting with the other saints.

It is a comfort and a joy to be amongst grace believers. Folks who really get it, folks who rightly divide the Word of truth and know how God is working in this dispensation of grace.

I’ve invited some that we met at camp to visit my grace blog, so now I need to get busy and keep my commitment to share as I learn.

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In Christ,

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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