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    • By lftc
      In another topic, I sought the wisdom of the community here.  I asked what technique people use to resolve difficult to understand scriptures.  I got many great answers.  Here is result:
      Primary Sources:
      - Rely on God - He is supreme and He will speak - Spirit is trustworthy
      - Scripture Alone is claimed as the sole source by some
      - Within the scriptures, determination must be made as to which passage(s) contain the primary message, there after using that passage to understand other passages.
      Secondary Sources:
      - Counselors, direct contact and remote, play a role, but you must have a rubric (logic structure) with which to evaulate them.  Their role is primarily to help with understanding the context of the whole of scripture.
      - Positional Authority (church government) has a high hurdle to jump to qualify as a source - if force is involved the hurdle is too high
      I am posting it again as the original post was so long that I think I lost readers.
      I just want to see if this makes sense to most people.  Click the reaction icon at the lower right to indicate what you think of this list of decision points.
    • By Behold
      Some born again believers have the idea that to please God you are to "carry your cross" and "endure to the end"..
      This is their idea of how to please God.
      Let me assure you, Saint.... that is not how you please God.   You do not please God by working out your salvation with fear and trembling.   You do not please God by confessing all your sins.  You do not please God by your behavior, tho you can displease Him by your lifestyle and your purpose in life.
      See and understand that doing what is right, (personal Holiness)..... all of this is defined in the New Testament as your "reasonable service".  Romans 12:1 
      This is sort like the idea of a professional Olympic athlete doing a serious workout every day.    IT's the idea of "well of course, what else would i and should I be doing".
      So, you are not "pleasing" God, by doing what you should be doing .....   You are just  doing the work that you are supposed to be doing, given the situation.
      This is "discipleship", and you are expected to do it.   And it actually has nothing to do with pleasing God.
      So, if doing what is expected of you, as a servant of the Most High is not what gives God pleasure, then what do you do to give Him Pleasure?
      Do you want to?
      Then here you go....
      Well, its like anything else that you learn to do.  You have to know, first, what to do, and then the rest follows....... if you are willing.
      So, what is it that you are created for, that gives God Pleasure. ???  And so... once you know this<> then you can do it.    And perhaps you are doing it, but there are many believers who don't know the answer, so how can they perform what Gives the Most High, pleasure, if they don't know how, or what to do?
      Here are some scriptures that will help you to see. ..
      Isaiah 43:21 :  "this people have i formed FOR MYSELF, = they, you, the born again, all.....shall show forth my PRAISE".
      John 4:23 : "true worshipers shall WORSHIP the Father in Spirit and in Truth"..
      I Peter 2:9 :  "But the BORN AGAIN are a chosen generation, a Royal Priesthood, that the SAVED should show forth their PRAISES to GOD who has has called you out of darkness and into His marvelous LIGHT". 
      Hebrews 13:15  : "let us offer the sacrifice of Worship & PRAISE = the FRUIT of our Lips"...as with such sacrifices GOD IS WELL = PLEASED.
      Now, do you see that?
      Let me give it to you again,  crystal clear, so that you can see it and see it more clearly.
      In this world of born again believers, you have types...    And one type is Martha...    And one type is Mary..
      Do you remember  Lazarus and his sisters?   Do you remember when Jesus Wept ?   Do you remember what he told Martha?  ?????   He told her " you are too busy doing nothing that pleases me". "you are working, working, busy, busy, busy, striving, self effort, and all THIS its not to me pleasure you are giving"..   But MARY........See her?   She was giving the Master "pleasure".  She wasn't working. SHE was in awe of being with Him,  and in a complete state of worshipful praise sitting at Jesus's FEET.
      Martha is the Legalist.  She is the one who is trying to work her way into the presence of Jesus and is failing to get there.  While Mary is in awe of the Grace of God's Son, who IS Grace, and she just wants to LOVE HIM WITH HER PRAISE and worship Him in His presence.
      = Answer.) This is how you Give God pleasure.  This is how you do it the way HE wants you to do it.
      So, are you a Mary?   or are you a Martha?
      The specific type you are determines if you are giving your Father and your Savior , pleasure............or not.
    • By Abby-Joy
      This song really ministers to me, especially when I'm going through a long fierce storm.  
    • By Abdicate
      Everywhere I turn I see a need for healing. Yet, when the word of God is presented, people get greatly offended, Matthew 11:6. There is a cause and effect for just about everything, Deuteronomy 28(!). When we sin and don’t repent of it, it will manifest itself physically over time, James 1:15. Hidden sin eats away at the person. For example hatred for another, cancer, bitterness, arthritis, anxiety (lack of peace) heart disease. This is the issue, dis-ease, i.e. not at peace. We’ve all been there. This is why James says to believe and confess, James 5:15-16. Believe what? All God’s promises are “Yes” and “Amen” (Greek and Hebrew), 2 Corinthians 1:20. Confess what? Our sins, 1 John 1:9. First, we MUST MUST MUST understand Who God is. He is love, 1 John 4:8. Evil doesn't befall us because of Him, but because of our actions and stupidity, Deuteronomy 28. We are under His protection when we obey Him, Psalms 91.
      The issue is the belief, not so much confession, but that’s equally as important. To believe something is to have a strong conviction about the subject. If I say “The sun will NOT rise tomorrow.” How many would have a strong conviction that my statement is true? No one. Yet, the word of God says someday it won’t, Isaiah 24:19-20. We live in a fallen world and all the information we gather is based on that fact. The truth is in the word of God which says we live in the shadow of the real, Hebrews 8:4; Colossians 2:7; 1 Corinthians 13:12. What is the real? The things not seen, the invisible, not the unknown, Hebrews 11:1
      So, to quote Pilot, “What is truth?” John 18:38. Jesus and the word of God with the help of the Holy Spirit, John 16:13; 1 John 2:27. This question is linked to “What is faith?” Faith isn’t blind, Isaiah 1:18-20. The word faith doesn’t show up in the Hebrew Scriptures because it means actually “trust,” Habakkuk 2:4. In the Greek, it means to have a “strong conviction.”
      Immovable Faith is:
                     • Faith is NOT blind
                     • Faith is NOT taking a leap into the unknown
                     • Faith has to do with the invisible not the unknown
                                    ○ Faith is seeing you pay your bills on time
                                    ○ Faith is seeing yourself healthy
                                    ○ Faith is seeing yourself full of energy at the end of the day
      Faith is a strong conviction that the things we do not see (health and peace) are there, we just need to take it, Matthew 11:12; Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24. Faith is built up like anything else, Romans 10:17. If we are to be good a mathematics, we must work out the problems. The more we do the better we get. To run a marathon, we must build up our stamina, Romans 1:17. The issue with Christians is they want microwave Christianity. We find out we're sick and we want instant healing. If we have the faith, it’ll happen, if not, we need to build up that faith. To build up our faith is by hearing the word of God, Romans 10:17.
      Every coach and motivational speaker has the proper understanding – see in our mind’s eye of being healthy. This isn’t easy believism, it’s changing our mind to execute what we believe based on the promises of God, Philippians 4:8-10. Imaging it helps us solidify the truth, Proverbs 23:7; Genesis 6:5. While the world says “Seeing is believing” in the scriptures is “believing is seeing.” If this were not so, the placebo effect would not be real. If you believe, you can change. This is based on the scriptures I’ve already posted above. But it’s also a choice. If we cannot get over the world view, we’ll never take by force the spiritual.
      Miracles are not for the perfect, but for the believing, Matthew 9:29. Hope is confident expectation of good. If we maintain hope of being healed, we create the capacity to see the evidence that it's possible, Romans 5:2-5. If we confidently expect to prosper, our mind will begin to work in such a way that we will begin to see the evidence that it is indeed possible. But if we think we're going to fail, then we'll see all the evidence pointing to failing. The evidence is there that we're going to succeed, and the evidence is there that we're going to fail. Literally, the tongue holds life or death for the path we choose, Proverbs 18:21; 1 Peter 3:10. It is just that simple. Believe the evidence based on the word of God and the finished work of Jesus or not. Our choice is whichever evidence we recognize for the outcome we expect. It's not that the "other" evidence isn't there. If we're not alive to the evidence for sickness, then sickness withers up and dies. If we're not alive to destructive things they eventually become unrecognizable in our environment. It's not that they don't go away if just that they're not going to have an effect on us.
      Remember something else about faith. Doubt is not the absence of faith. Doubt is the persuasion and deep belief in the evidence that is contrary to faith. Our problem isn't we don't have enough faith, our problem is our attention is on the evidence that proves it's not going to happen. When we have our attention on the evidence that says "I'm never going to get out of this," that's what doubt is. Faith is when we have our eyes on the evidence that says "I'm coming out of this!" This is how one becomes fully persuaded like Abraham, Romans 4:20-22.
      Finally, faith is not blind. We need to gather evidence of things. The greatest misconception is "Just take it by faith - blindly". Isaiah says "Come let us reason together" which is what God wants to do and why we have 66 books in the scriptures written by 40 penmen over thousands of years. It's to prove God's work through His promises. When people say "take it by faith" they're saying "just take it without evidence." If God says we can reason (to prove, decide, judge, rebuke, reprove, correct, be right) about our salvation, we can reason about everything else - get the evidence.  Faith is not blind. Faith is based on very specific evidence.
      At Creation, God knew what He wanted and decided the outcome before He spoke anything. The process is understanding the desired outcome in your mind's eye, believing it in your heart and then speaking it into existence. We're made in God's image, and whatever we imagine, all things, if we believe, and ask for, it shall be given.
      Matthew 21:22
      And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
      Romans 8:31-32
      What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
      The choice is ours to believe or not. Period. Any ifs, thans, or buts, are just us not believing the plainly written word of God, Galatians 3:7; 3:26; Hebrews 11.
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