The Agony of Prayer – from Experiencing God

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(Editor’s Note:  I post this as a reminder to me, not to preach to others.)

The Agony of Prayer

And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Lk 22:44

Prayer is not difficult to understand. It is difficult to do…

…Most Christians operate on the shallowest levels of prayer, but God wants to take us into the deep levels of intercessory prayer that only a few ever experience…

… How do we become mature in our prayer life? By praying. When we do not feel like praying is precisely the time we ought to pray. There are no shortcuts to prayer. There are no books to read, seminars to attend, or inspirational mottoes to memorize that will transform us into intercessors. This comes only by committing ourselves to pray and then doing so…

A Noticeable Difference (Exp God)

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…As you walk with Jesus daily, let the witness of the changes taking place in you come from others and not from you.  If you have to prove to someone that God has really changed you, He has not

Acts 4:13 (NLTse)  13 The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures.   They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.

I point this only at myself: God’s Measure for Forgiveness from Exp God

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[14] “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. [15] But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.  Mt 6:14-15 NLTse
… you need to revisit what you were like when God first forgave you. Ep 2 indicates you were a “foreigner” and a “child of wrath.” Yet God forgave your most grievous sin and rebellion against Him. While you were still rejecting God, Christ died for you ([8] But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.  Ro 5:8). This being so, how can you refuse to forgive …
… Forgiveness is a choice. Jesus looked down on those who had ruthlessly and mockingly nailed Him to a cross, yet …([34] Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. Lk 23:34).  How, then, can we refuse to forgive…
 …Jesus said that the measure in which we are forgiving is the same standard God will use in forgiving us. God’s ways are very different from ours. God’s forgiveness is not based on standards we determine, but on the standards He established in His Word. God allows for no exceptions when it comes to forgiveness…
 …([32] Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ep 4:32; [13] Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.  Col 3:13).

…Would you want God to forgive you in the same way you are presently forgiving others?

Ephesians Chapter 2 
Made Alive with Christ
 [2:1] Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins….
…[5] that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)
…8] God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. [9] Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. …
…[16] Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death….
… [20] Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. [21] We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord….

Your are the Light…(Exp God)

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…If, however, you notice the world around you becoming darker and darker, don’t blame the darkness! It is simply doing what darkness does. The only remedy for darkness is light. If the world is becoming darker, the problem is not with the darkness. The problem is with the light. Jesus said His disciples should be the “light of the world”…

(Mt 5:14 NLTse) [14] “You are the light of the world–like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.

Be Reconciled! (From Exp God)

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[24] leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.   (Mt 5:24 NLTse)

… The world seeks reconciliation on limited terms. Christians are to be reconciled, whatever it takes.  …

… Jesus did not include an exception clause for our reconciliation. If the person is an enemy, Jesus said to love him (Mt 5:44). If he persecutes you, you are to pray for him (v. 44). If she publicly humiliates you, you are not to retaliate (v. 39). If someone takes advantage of you, you are to give even more than he asks (v. 41). …

… Men spat upon Jesus and nailed Him to a cross. His response was our model: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Lk 23:34).  …

God’s Word does not say “Try to be reconciled,” but “Be reconciled.” …

[39] But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.  [40] If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too.  [41] If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles. [42] Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.  Teaching about Love for Enemies  [43] “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy.  [44] But I say, love your enemies!  Pray for those who persecute you!  (Mt 5:39-44 NLTse)

[34] Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.  (Lk 23:34 NLTse)

 

 

 

God’s Eternal Perspective (From Exp God)

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[2] I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 
(Ge 12:2 NLTse)

Big assignments require big characters. God will give you a responsibility in proportion to the size of your character

God sees your life from His eternal perspective…

…A small character will fail in a large responsibility every time…

…Character-building can be long and painful. It took twenty-five years before God entrusted Abraham with his first son…

…and thousands of years later people continue to be blessed by the account of Abraham’s life and by his descendant, Jesus…

 

 

Spiritual Warfare … or Discipline? (from Exp God)

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[6] For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”  (Heb 12:6 NLTse)

[11] My child, don’t reject the LORD’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you.  [12] For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.  ( Pr 3:11-12 NLTse)

There is a tendency among Christians to view anything unpleasant that happens to them as the result of “spiritual warfare.” …

…rather than admitting that we are merely reaping what we have sown and are being disciplined by our heavenly Father (Ga 6:7). What is often mistaken as Satan’s attack may actually be chastisement from our loving Father. …

… God’s discipline will not help you if you dismiss it as Satan’s doing or spiritual warfare. Not every hardship you face is the chastisement of God, but Scripture indicates that God will discipline you.  …

…warning you of the danger you face because of your sin. …

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[7] Don’t be misled–you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.  (Ga 6:7 NLTse)

Ritual or Relationship? (from Exp God)

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[6] They did not ask, ‘Where is the LORD who brought us safely out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness–a land of deserts and pits, a land of drought and death, where no one lives or even travels?’  [Je 2:6 NLTse]

Christianity … is not a set of doctrines to believe, habits to practice, or sins to avoid

… God designed worship for us to see Him in His glory and to respond appropriately; for many it has degenerated into “religion,” one more meeting to attend out of habit …

… God gave us prayer so we could have conversation with Him, but we often distort this by “saying prayers” and hurrying off without ever listening to what is on our Father’s heart. God instituted His commandments as a protection for those He loves, but the commandments can become a pathway to legalism rather than an avenue for a relationship with our Father in which He protects us from harm.  Religious activity apart from fellowship with God is empty ritual … Don’t settle for a religious life that lacks a vital relationship to Jesus Christ. When God is present, the difference will be obvious.

It’s Not Difficult! (Exp God – Oct 1)

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[11] This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand, and it is not beyond your reach.   (Dt 30:11 NLTse)

…Moses gathered the Israelites … God gave detailed instructions so there was no mistaking what was expected of them…

God’s Word comes to you in the same way. It is not too complex to understand. You don’t have to struggle to discern God’s will about adultery or forgiveness or honesty. God’s Word is perfectly clear

..God, through His Holy Spirit, will always give you sufficient revelation and strength to take the next step with Him

[20] My old self has been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.    (Ga 2:20 NLTse)

[13] When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.  (Jn 16:13 NLTse)

Exp God – The Judgment Seat

Posted by admin on August 29, 2014 in Bible, from Experiencing God Day-By-Day with Comments closed |
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Friday, August 29, 2014
5:45 AM

[10] For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.  (2Co 5:10 NLTse)

…Paul never carelessly assumed that, because of all he had done for God’s kingdom, God would overlook his sin. Instead, he understood that to whom much is given, much is required…

[9] So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please Him. [10] For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.  [11] Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too.  (2Co 5:9-11 NLTse)

…Christians have been pardoned by the sacrifice of Jesus. We are not condemned. But because God is absolutely just, we will be called on to give an account of our actions…

[48] But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.  (Lk 12:48 NLTse)

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