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Thursday, January 19, 2023

A New Road – A Disciple of Prayer - Purity 945

 

A New Road – A Disciple of Prayer   - Purity 945

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of a dashboard view of a blazing sunrise on the horizon comes to us from a friend who shared this photo on social media Tuesday declaring: “Coming in hot Charleston! Ready to Rock this week!”   You just have to love the enthusiasm of our friend who presumably after recharging their batteries with an extended three day weekend was ready to “seize the day” and face and triumph over all the challenges the new work week had to bring.  

Well it’s Thursday again, and as is my habit I share my friend’s photo because I absolutely love his attitude and because his Charleston highway sunrise is a more than adequate visual representation of a pathway and can be utilized to not only encourage us in the upcoming week but can be used as an encouragement to get on or to stay on the path of Christian Discipleship, to live by faith in the power of the Holy Spirit, not just this week but from here to eternity!   

I’m especially excited this morning because this evening I begin yet another journey with the Lord as I will be attending the first meeting of the Deeper Walk International’s School of Prayer Ministry program that will occupy my Thursday evenings throughout the year.  This will be a switch for me as I am used to leading discipleship courses online for Freedom in Christ Ministries. So now I have to switch gears as I take on the role of a student, a disciple of prayer – I suppose, as I will be educated and trained with the goal of becoming a certified Deeper Walk Prayer Minister.  

I am somewhat familiar with a great deal of the material that will be covered, I think, and although that could lead you to believe that would put me at ease the opposite seems to be true as I am contemplating having to show that “I know what I know” with the course work. I am also reminding myself to take the courses as they come, to slow down and to remain humble and be open to hear what is being taught, to not fall into the trap of pride and believing that I “already know all this”.   

I am also mentally preparing myself to only “answer what is asked” with the upcoming assignments. Because I blog 6 days a week, writing comes naturally for me now but I have to be mindful to submit the appropriate amount of text – to answer the questions and share my thoughts adequately but not to be too verbose or write a doctoral dissertation for an essay assignment.

Education, knowledge, and wisdom is a funny thing.  There is a big difference between learning something mentally and knowing it experientially. And sometimes you can know something “like the back of your hand” but can struggle to express your knowledge verbally.   As a teacher or online course facilitator, I haven’t had to study and do assignments.

While I answer questions and make illustrations in every course session I host, I’m drawing from the material I already know and the experiences I have already had.   While I have already read the two books for the first course in their entirety, I’m not sure if I “know” the material.  As a student, you don’t know what will be asked of you before hand and even though I’ve read all the material, I don’t know what specifically will be asked and if I retained any of what I did read!

Since reading the two books for the first course, I have gone on to read a couple of other books and am not sure that I “know what I know”, you know?

I am currently facing the fact that I will have to read them again and do the reading assignments for each week because the assignments won’t be on the overall books – they will be geared to each week’s reading, as we slowly walk through the material over several weeks.  So much for prepping!   

The expectations of being a student are a lot different than for that of an instructor! As an instructor it is assumed that you know what you are talking about for the most part, whereas being a student it is assumed that you don’t know the material and have to prove you do.  Oh yes, it’s a performance based paradigm.   Show me what you know.

I’m used to grace! But although God has graced me with intelligence and the ability to learn new things, I will have to demonstrate my knowledge and proficiency in performing as a prayer minister in order to be certified. In fact, Deeper Walk has you sign a statement upon acceptance in the program stating that you understand that just because you are accepted into it, it doesn’t guarantee that you will be certified!  With that disclaimer, Deeper Walk International is saying:

“This is the ”real deal” guys!  Sure, you can read books and write essays, but do you have what it takes to be a prayer minister. Can you meet someone in their struggles and counsel and lead them through the various prayer practices in which they can receive the resolution of their personal and spiritual conflicts or lead them beyond the traumas of their past to receive healing?  Do you have the heart for this ministry? Do you have what it takes?”  

Obviously, I am taking this training quite seriously and even though I already have some education and experience in these areas through my degrees and work with Freedom in Christ ministries, I am not taking anything for granted.   This is service to the Lord Most High for the body of Christ and I will endeavor to be equipped for this as I feel it is a part of the Lord’s calling on my life.  In

2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV), Paul encouraged Timothy, and all of us, to
15  Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

So as much I look forward to making new friends, to learning new things, and to acquiring new skills, I am not resting on my laurels of what I have already done. I am a student, a disciple of prayer ministry, and I will be diligent to present myself approved to God, God willing, and to be used by God for His service in new ways.  I am excited to learn new things and to do new things for God and His kingdom    So I’m coming in hot, Deeper Walk International, and I’m ready to “rock” because I know The Rock and I know that finding our purpose in God’s kingdom and being used by God is best thing we could possibly hope for in life.  

SO, keep walking and talking and God and look to the horizon for what He is calling you to. When you walk with the Lord and seek to do His will with your life, you won’t be luke warm or cold.  When you follow Him your life takes on new meaning and purpose and you will be “on fire” for the Lord and the life He has for you. You will accept the challenges with enthusiasm and endeavor to do you best for Him, you’ll be “coming in hot” to show yourself approved and to walk into all the good things He has prepared for you.  

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Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verses are:

Psalm 18:31-32 (NLT2)
31  For who is God except the LORD? Who but our God is a solid rock?
32  God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect.

Today’s verses remind us that there is no one like our God and that He prepares us for His purposes. The Lord is God alone. God alone is THE solid Rock. He is omnipotent – all powerful and He arms us with His strength and makes our ways perfect.   

The PERFECT WAY is Jesus, Course, and so when we follow Him our ways, no matter how much we may stumble, is made perfect too.  

Our walk is about progress, not perfection. The only perfect One is Jesus so as much as we try we have to realize that in our own strength we will undoubtedly not be able to do everything perfectly.   

However, when we make Jesus our life, abide in Him, and allow Him to live through us we can do and accomplish things we otherwise would have thought to be impossible.  

It was only after coming to Christ and surrendering to His will that I was able to overcome my addictions.  It was only because of my desire to surrender to the Lord’s will did I volunteer to serve at my local church or to do any “ministry” work.  It was only through following Jesus and having a desire to share His love did I ever decide to evangelize, write this blog, do this podcast, or go into the mission field.  

While I didn’t do any of these things flawlessly, the Lord gave me the strength to follow His “perfect way”.  Things weren’t always easy following this “perfect way” and I have lost many things in its pursuit, but I can say it’s a perfect way because I was God’s lead to the best of my abilities and I have no regrets.  

So rest in the fact that there is no one like our God and go to Him to receive the strength you need to follow the “perfect way” that He has for you.  

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from A.W. Pink’s “The Sovereignty of God.”

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Bonhoeffer’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available on many websites for less than $20.00.

THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD

By  ARTHUR W. PINK

CHAPTER FOUR

THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD IN SALVATION, continues.

2. The Sovereignty of God the Son in Salvation - continues

(2) The very nature of the Atonement evidences that, in its application to sinners, it was limited in the purpose of God. The Atonement of Christ may be considered from two chief viewpoints—Godward and manward. Godward, the Cross-work of Christ was a propitiation, an appeasing of Divine wrath, a satisfaction rendered to Divine justice and holiness; manward, it was a substitution, the Innocent taking the place of the guilty, the Just dying for the unjust. But a strict substitution of a Person for persons, and the infliction upon Him of voluntary sufferings, involve the definite recognition on the part of the Substitute and of the One He is to propitiate of the persons for whom He acts, whose sins He bears, whose legal obligations He discharges. Furthermore, if the Lawgiver accepts the satisfaction which is made by the Substitute then those for whom the Substitute acts, whose place He takes, must necessarily be acquitted. If I am in debt and unable to discharge it and another comes forward and pays my creditor in full and receives a receipt in acknowledgment, then, in the sight of the law, my creditor no longer has any claim upon me. On the Cross the Lord Jesus gave Himself a ransom, and that it was accepted by God was attested by the open grave three days later; the question we would here raise is, For whom was this ransom offered? If it was offered for all mankind then the debt incurred by every man has been cancelled. If Christ bore in His own body on the tree the sins of all men without exception, then none will perish. If Christ was “made a curse” for all of Adam’s race then none are now “under condemnation.” “Payment God cannot twice demand, first at my bleeding Surety’s hand and then again at mine.” But Christ did not discharge the debts of all men without exception, for some there are who will be “cast into prison” (cf. 1 Peter 3:19 where the same Greek word for “prison” occurs), and they shall “by no means come out thence, till they have paid the uttermost farthing” (Matt. 5:26), which, of course, will never be. Christ did not bear the sins of all mankind, for some there are who “die in their sins” (John 8:21), and whose “sin remaineth” (John 9:41). Christ was not “made a curse” for all of Adam’s race, for some there are to whom He will yet say, “Depart from Me ye cursed” (Matt. 25:41). To say that Christ died for all alike, to say that He became the Substitute and Surety of the whole human race, to say that He suffered on behalf of and in the stead of all mankind, is to say that He “bore the curse for many who are now bearing the curse for themselves; that He suffered punishment for many who are now lifting up their own eyes in Hell, being in torments; that He paid the redemption price for many who shall yet pay in their own eternal anguish the wages of sin, which is death” (George S. Bishop). But, on the other hand, to say as Scripture says, that Christ was stricken for the transgressions of God’s people, to say that He gave His life “for the sheep,” to say that He gave His life a ransom “for many,” is to say that He made an atonement which fully atones; it is to say He paid a price which actually ransoms; it is to say He was set forth a propitiation which really propitiates; it is to say He is a Saviour who truly saves.

(3) Closely connected with, and confirmatory of what we have said above, is the teaching of Scripture concerning our Lord’s priesthood. It is as the great High Priest that Christ now makes intercession. But for whom does He intercede? for the whole human race, or only for His own people? The answer furnished by the New Testament to this question is clear as a sunbeam. Our Saviour has entered into heaven itself “now to appear in the presence of God for us” (Heb. 9:24), that is, for those who are “partakers of the heavenly calling” (Heb. 3:1). And again it is written, “Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:25). This is in strict accord with the Old Testament type. After slaying the sacrificial animal, Aaron went into the holy of holies as the representative and on behalf of the people of God: it was the names of Israel’s tribes which were engraven on his breastplate, and it was in their interests he appeared before God. Agreeable to this are our Lord’s words in John 17:9—“I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine.” Another scripture which deserves careful attention in this connection is found in Romans 8. In verse 33 the question is asked, “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect?” and then follows the inspired answer—“It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” Note particularly that the death and intercession of Christ have one and the same objects! As it was in the type so it is with the antitype—expiation and supplication are co-extensive. If then Christ intercedes for the elect only, and “not for the world,” then He died for them only. And observe further, that the death, resurrection, exaltation and intercession of the Lord Jesus are here assigned as the reason why none can lay any “charge” against God’s elect. Let those who would still take issue with what we are advancing weigh carefully the following question—If the death of Christ extends equally to all, how does it become security against a “charge,” seeing that all who believe not are “under condemnation”? (John 3:18).

(4) The number of those who share the benefits of Christ’s death is determined not only by the nature of the Atonement and the priesthood of Christ but also by His power. Grant that the One who died upon the Cross was God manifest in the flesh and it follows inevitably that what Christ has purposed that will He perform; that what He has purchased that will He possess; that what He has set His heart upon that will He secure. If the Lord Jesus possesses all power in heaven and earth then none can successfully resist His will. But it may be said, This is true in the abstract, nevertheless, Christ refuses to exercise this power, inasmuch as He will never force anyone to receive Him as their Lord and Saviour. In one sense that is true, but in another sense it is positively untrue. The salvation of any sinner is a matter of Divine power. By nature the sinner is at enmity with God, and naught but Divine power operating within him can overcome this enmity; hence it is written, “No man can come unto Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him” (John 6:44). It is the Divine power overcoming the sinner’s innate enmity which makes him willing to come to Christ that he might have life. But this “enmity” is not overcome in all—why? Is it because the enmity is too strong to be overcome? Are there some hearts so steeled against Him that Christ is unable to gain entrance? To answer in the affirmative is to deny His omnipotence. In the final analysis it is not a question of the sinner’s willingness or unwillingness, for by nature all are unwilling. Willingness to come to Christ is the finished product of Divine power operating in the human heart and will in overcoming man’s inherent and chronic “enmity,” as it is written, “Thy people shall be willing in the day of Thy power” (Psa. 110:3). To say that Christ is unable to win to Himself those who are unwilling is to deny that all power in heaven and earth is His. To say that Christ cannot put forth His power without destroying man’s responsibility is a begging of the question here raised, for He has put forth His power and made willing those who have come to Him, and if He did this without destroying their responsibility, why “cannot” He do so with others? If He is able to win the heart of one sinner to Himself why not that of another? To say, as is usually said, the others will not let Him is to impeach His sufficiency. It is a question of His will. If the Lord Jesus has decreed, desired, purposed the salvation of all mankind, then the entire human race will be saved, or, otherwise, He lacks the power to make good His intentions; and in such a case it could never be said, “He shall see of the travail of His soul and be satisfied.” The issue raised involves the deity of the Saviour, for a defeated Saviour cannot be God.[1]

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[1] Arthur W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God (Swengel, PA: Bible Truth Depot, 1949), 68–71.


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