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General Discussion / Re: What is your Walk by the S...
Last post by flaglady - August 22, 2019, 07:45:33 am
My dear friends, you've bucked me up no-end today! Thank you for your words of wisdom.
Bless you, bless you, bless you!
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General Discussion / Re: What is your Walk by the S...
Last post by Bryan - August 20, 2019, 11:23:53 pm
Quote from: flaglady on August 20, 2019, 04:49:52 pmI haven't the foggiest idea. That's why I've always felt a failure when it comes to spreading the word.

You're not a failure :)

I didn't want to dampen your spirit any, I'm sure you have done what I asked many times without even realizing it.
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General Discussion / Re: What is your Walk by the S...
Last post by jiminpa - August 20, 2019, 05:40:02 pm
Quote from: flaglady on August 20, 2019, 04:49:52 pmI haven't the foggiest idea. That's why I've always felt a failure when it comes to spreading the word.
Nonsense, you be who God has you to be. To try to be something you're not detracts from what God called you to do. Imagine if Joyce Meyer had continued to try to force herself to hand out tracts. She and the people she was trying to reach were worse off for it, and she would have been less ready to walk her calling.

I say that like forcing myself into not my calling isn't the defining trait of my life.
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General Discussion / Re: What is your Walk by the S...
Last post by flaglady - August 20, 2019, 04:49:52 pm
I haven't the foggiest idea. That's why I've always felt a failure when it comes to spreading the word.
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General Discussion / Re: Shooting in El Paso, TX
Last post by flaglady - August 20, 2019, 04:44:15 pm
I so agree with what you've said, Pete.

A couple of days ago, PC Andrew Harper, a young policeman in the UK was sent with colleague to investigate an ongoing attempted robbery of a quad bike. It seems the officer, in an attempt to apprehend the perpetrator, he got caught in the car and was dragged along the road for several yards during which the car actually ran over him. He died on site from the injuries he sustained. This young officer was in his early 20s and had married only 4 weeks previously.

God rest his soul
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General Discussion / Re: What is your Walk by the S...
Last post by Bryan - August 19, 2019, 05:37:43 pm
Mine:

Walking by God's Spirit is about communion with God's Spirit. So you will want to be in a constant attitude of prayer. Until you learn to hear God's voice/leading accurately, read his written word as much as possible. Then you need to be obedient to his leading, which will never contradict his written word or nature.
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General Discussion / What is your Walk by the Spiri...
Last post by Bryan - August 19, 2019, 05:37:06 pm
So you get 30 seconds with a new beliwver who asks you how they can and should walk by the Spirit.  What do you tell them?
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General Discussion / Re: Condition of the Heart
Last post by jiminpa - August 13, 2019, 01:57:47 pm
Quote from: Bryan on August 13, 2019, 11:49:44 amYeah, I definitely feel the modern term of grace is a gigantic misinterpretation of what true grace is.  Part of "Capital Christianity" I feel.  This movement of people who believe attracting large numbers of followers and having scores of "salvation cards" to turn into Jesus as if that will be impressive.  Like bait on the end of a fishing line, it looks appealing, but it really can be deadly.

IMHO, grace is meant to draw us closer to righteousness, not enable us to live apart from it.

I mean this in a very broad and general sense, but what is typically the first response received if we tell someone to live more holy and righteous lives?

"I'm under grace, amen?"

Well yes, you are, but God doesn't give you grace so you can live fleshly, worldly lives Sunday afternoon through the following Sunday morning.

True grace draws individuals into the heart of God where no sin can reside and all evil is forsaken.
I agree, with one exception. The redefinition of grace was successfully accomplished in the 16th century, which is why it is so nearly impossible to convince religious people, especially "Christian" fatalists, that grace is what the bible describes.
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General Discussion / Re: Condition of the Heart
Last post by Bryan - August 13, 2019, 11:49:44 am
Yeah, I definitely feel the modern term of grace is a gigantic misinterpretation of what true grace is.  Part of "Capital Christianity" I feel.  This movement of people who believe attracting large numbers of followers and having scores of "salvation cards" to turn into Jesus as if that will be impressive.  Like bait on the end of a fishing line, it looks appealing, but it really can be deadly.

IMHO, grace is meant to draw us closer to righteousness, not enable us to live apart from it.

I mean this in a very broad and general sense, but what is typically the first response received if we tell someone to live more holy and righteous lives?

"I'm under grace, amen?"

Well yes, you are, but God doesn't give you grace so you can live fleshly, worldly lives Sunday afternoon through the following Sunday morning.

True grace draws individuals into the heart of God where no sin can reside and all evil is forsaken.
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General Discussion / Re: Condition of the Heart
Last post by jiminpa - August 11, 2019, 05:10:23 pm
Great topic Bryan. I want to say that I strongly disagree with the reformed theology redefining of "grace," reducing it to being a synonym for mercy or salvation. That's not what grace is. In 2 Corinthians 9:8 grace abounds resulting in good works abounding. That is amazing! So now if look at "where sin abounds, grace much more abounds," we can see that the end result, then, is that as we falter in our weakness, God more so gives us the grace to overcome sin, not just to be absolved, but to defeat it and manifest His righteousness. How is that done? by faith. We take hold of that empowerment by believing that God means His word.

What if we consider the empowerment of biblical grace in light of the scripture in Hebrews about boldly approaching the Throne of Grace. We can boldly go to God for help, strength, and power!

Knowing that, I am very much with you on habitual, legalistic thought patterns weighing me down, when I should know better. It causes me great and unnecessary struggles in my walk with God, and life here in the world.
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