A 5 Minute Quieting Break & Praying for My Quantum Leap Blessing! - Purity 952
Purity 952 01/27/2023 Purity 952 Podcast
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Today’s photo of an August sunset falling into the horizon from the shore of an undisclosed location comes to us from a friend who shared this scene on social media back on August 23, 2020. I’m cleaning out my phone’s photo archive “closet” so I don’t know the location or the friend who shared this back in the year of Covid-19, so if it you, let me know and I will update the blog to give credit where cred)it is due.
Well, it’s Friday again, so let’s all give credit where credit is due by thanking God for delivering us to what is, for most of us, the end of another work week. I of course had Wednesday off and have to work tomorrow but I am thankful all the same as it will only be one more day until I am reunited with my wife at our countryside home and I am looking forward to attending Deeper Walk International’s Free Resilience Conference later this evening (https://deeperwalkinternational.org/product/free-resilience-online-conference/ ) , The event will be featuring Christian Counselor and Author, John Eldredge who will be discussing practices to strengthen our emotional, mental, and spiritual resilience. It is also free! So if you’d like to attend just follow the link that I am sharing on the blog today.
The global pandemic has had far reaching effects and many people are still dealing with the effects of the trauma that happened when the world changed in 2020. Eldredge and the people at Deeper Walk International have recognized that we can benefit greatly from “taking a break” from time to time to recharge our batteries with practices that are proven to assist in building emotional resilience.
One such practice, highlighted in Marcus Warner & Stephanie Hinman’s book “Building Bounce” is the “five minute quieting break” which utilizes “box breathing” (https://www.webmd.com/balance/what-is-box-breathing) – or breathing in a square, and other practices designed to help us to “return to joy” – to relax.
I am currently enrolled in deeper walk International School of prayer ministry and the cohort that I am in meets on Thursday evenings. last night as part of our meeting we did the five minute quieting break. I found to be quite relaxing and so I'm including the instructions on the blog today. The instructions read:
“Take a 5 minute quieting break.
1. Breathe in a square. Inhale deeply as you count to four in your head. Hold your breath for a count of four. Slowly exhale as you count to four again. Hold your breath for a four count before going around “the square” two more times.
2. Bounce. Do jumping jacks, deep knee bends, or a little jig, whatever gets your body moving. Count to 10 while you do this, then pause and do it again.
3. Sing. “Joy to the world” or “happy birthday”. singing helps activate both sides of your brain, and happy or silly songs can make you smile.
4. Rub your arms while breathing deeply. Place your hands on your shoulders and run them down to your elbows 10 times while inhaling and exhaling deeply.
5. Breathe in a square. Repeat step one.
6. Sit quietly and think about something you enjoy. Think of a memory that makes you happy. Here are some questions that may help you in engage with the memory. Where were you? What was the weather like? What do you remember about the way you felt? What sensations did you feel in your body? Who else was there? What happened? How does it feel to go back and relive the experience?”
(Warner & Hinman, 2020 - Building Bounce Pages 41, 27)
In our modern lives, we don’t often take a moment to take a break as our lives are filled with activity of work and family life and even in our quiet moments we tend to busy ourselves with social media, email, or texting. So I invite you to give the “five minute quieting break a try” and to consider doing it regularly to help build your emotional resilience.
As much as I love to ask God, “What’s next?” as I try to abide in His presence and walk in the Spirit, that question can be a source of stress if we are asking the world to answer it. So seek to find some quiet in this noisy world and to take the Lord with you as you go through the day to day and into the weekend beyond.
Jesus said in
John 14:27 (NKJV)
27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
So it is my prayer that you will continue to seek the Lord and His peace and that you find it.
Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.
This morning’s meditation verse is:
7 “But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence.
Today’s Bible verse reminds us that we are blessed when we put our hope and confidence in the Lord.
I have a confession to make. Recently, I was inundated with some “quantum leap” wishful thinking that something good was coming my way that while possible was rather irrational and improbable. As I anticipated this “good thing” that “just might happen”, I prayed for it to magically come to pass with the hopes that the Lord would be working behind the scenes in the spirit realm to influence and change the hearts and minds of people who could bless me. Theoretically it was possible. God can “call us to do stuff” so why not call some people who are able to “bless me”?
I have to shamefully admit that I have been a “hoping and a praying” for “God to move” in the hearts of minds of other people in the past too! When I was single, I set my eyes and heart at a woman at my local church and thought, hoped, and prayed that we would come together and become a “Christian power” couple in our local church. I imagined getting married to her and doing ministry with her and obsessively hoped and prayed that it would happen. But my “aim” was off… I was to receive all I hoped for in my wife TammyLyn, but I had to wait for God to bring her into my life.
So I was hoping and a Praying, for the wrong woman! It’ wasn’tGod’s – or this woman’s – will that we would be a couple. So all those thoughts and prayers and dreams, while in the realm of possibility – turned out to be misplaced, and admittedly a little irrational and obsessive.
So you would think, I would understand about not putting my hopes in some other thing, person, or situation that while possible – was also irrational and improbable. You would think that I wouldn’t try to use my prayers to push God’s hand to “bless me”, but I did.
Because I could imagine a blessing – I took any and all signs that my “blessing” “could happen” as a sign that my blessing “would happen”. Needless to say, the very good possible unlikely thing, didn’t happen. In essence, the very good thing was the spiritual equivalent of “winning the lottery”.
For example, my YouTube Channel and podcast could go viral and I get rich as an international ministry just blossoms overnight! Or someone in ministry invites me to become a part of their lucrative and successful ministry providing me with a purpose and the funding to not only to do the Lord’s work but to consolidate my wife and I into one household almost overnight!
While we can pray for things like these to happen, we can run into trouble when we trust in these dreams rather than trusting in the Lord, when we put our hope and confidence in these “quantum leap super blessing miracles” rather than having a living hope and confidence in God alone through our relationship with Him.
So when the “impossible dream” didn’t materialize earlier this week, I was humbled. I would say I was a little disappointed but the because “the dream” so irrational it’s hard to stay upset when it doesn’t come to pass. It’s like finding out you didn’t win the lottery. The odds were stacked against us. It wasn’t likely we would win and I shouldn’t have put my hope in “winning”. I should put my hope in God.
So just like today’s verse tells us, we are “blessed” when we trust in God and put our hope and confidence in Him alone.
In Christ, we have the hope and confidence of eternal life with God and we shouldn’t put our focus on material or situational blessings to the point we will become discontented with what the Lord has provided us with and to the point we forget about the abundant life we have with God.
So, pray for good things, but try to keep grounded in reality by remembering that you are already “blessed” because of who you are in Christ and that although God is moving all things together for the good of those that love Him, we don’t know what those things are. So keep walking and talking with God and put your hope and confidence in Him.
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.”
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THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
By ARTHUR W. PINK
THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD IN REPROBATION
“Behold therefore the goodness and the severity of God” (Rom. 11:22).
In the last chapter when treating of the Sovereignty of God the Father in Salvation, we examined seven passages which represent Him as making a choice from among the children of men, and predestinating certain ones to be conformed to the image of His Son. The thoughtful reader will naturally ask, And what of those who were not “ordained to eternal life?” The answer which is usually returned to this question, even by those who profess to believe what the Scriptures teach concerning God’s sovereignty, is, that God passes by the non-elect, leaves them alone to go their own way, and in the end casts them into the Lake of Fire because they refused His way, and rejected the Saviour of His providing. But this is only a part of the truth; the other part—that which is most offensive to the carnal mind—is either ignored or denied.
In view of the awful solemnity of the subject here before us, in view of the fact that today almost all—even those who profess to be Calvinists—reject and repudiate this doctrine, and in view of the fact that this is one of the points in our book which is likely to raise the most controversy, we feel that an extended inquiry into this aspect of God’s Truth is demanded. That this branch of the subject of God’s sovereignty is profoundly mysterious we freely allow, yet, that is no reason why we should reject it. The trouble is that, nowadays, there are so many who receive the testimony of God only so far as they can satisfactorily account for all the reasons and grounds of His conduct, which means they will accept nothing but that which can be measured in the petty scales of their own limited capacities.
Stating it in its baldest form the point now to be considered is, Has God foreordained certain ones to damnation? That many will be eternally damned is clear from Scripture, that each one will be judged according to his works and reap as he has sown, and that in consequence his “damnation is just” (Rom. 3:8), is equally sure, and that God decreed that the non-elect should choose the course they follow we now undertake to prove.
From what has been before us in the previous chapter concerning the election of some to salvation, it would unavoidably follow, even if Scripture had been silent upon it, that there must be a rejection of others. Every choice evidently and necessarily implies a refusal, for where there is no leaving out there can be no choice. If there be some whom God has elected unto salvation (2 Thess. 2:13), there must be others who are not elected unto salvation. If there are some that the Father gave to Christ (John 6:37), there must be others whom He did not give unto Christ. If there be some whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Rev. 21:27), there must be others whose names are not written there. That this is the case we shall fully prove below.
Now all will acknowledge that from the foundation of the world God certainly foreknew and foresaw who would and who would not receive Christ as their Saviour, therefore in giving being and birth to those He knew would reject Christ, He necessarily created them unto damnation. All that can be said in reply to this is, No, while God did foreknow these would reject Christ, yet He did not decree that they should. But this is a begging of the real question at issue. God had a definite reason why He created men, a specific purpose why He created this and that individual, and in view of the eternal destination of His creatures, He purposed either that this one should spend eternity in Heaven or that this one should spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. If then He foresaw that in creating a certain person that that person would despise and reject the Saviour, yet knowing this beforehand He, nevertheless, brought that person into existence, then it is clear He designed and ordained that that person should be eternally lost. Again; faith is God’s gift, and the purpose to give it only to some, involves the purpose not to give it to others. Without faith there is no salvation—“He that believeth not shall be damned”—hence if there were some of Adam’s descendants to whom He purposed not to give faith, it must be because He ordained that they should be damned.
Not only is there no escape from these conclusions, but history confirms them. Before the Divine Incarnation, for almost two thousand years, the vast majority of mankind were left destitute of even the external means of grace, being favored with no preaching of God’s Word and with no written revelation of His will. For many long centuries Israel was the only nation to whom the Deity vouchsafed any special discovery of Himself—“Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways” (Acts 14:16)—“You only (Israel) have I known of all the families of the earth” (Amos 3:2). Consequently, as all other nations were deprived of the preaching of God’s Word, they were strangers to the faith that cometh thereby (Rom. 10:17). These nations were not only ignorant of God Himself, but of the way to please Him, of the true manner of acceptance with Him, and the means of arriving at the everlasting enjoyment of Himself.
Now if God had willed their salvation, would He not have vouchsafed them the means of salvation? Would He not have given them all things necessary to that end? But it is an undeniable matter of fact that He did not. If, then, Deity can, consistently, with His justice, mercy, and benevolence, deny to some the means of grace, and shut them up in gross darkness and unbelief (because of the sins of their forefathers, generations before), why should it be deemed incompatible with His perfections to exclude some persons, many, from grace itself, and from that eternal life which is connected with it? seeing that He is Lord and sovereign Disposer both of the end to which the means lead, and the means which lead to that end?
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 Arthur W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God (Swengel, PA: Bible Truth Depot, 1949), 87–89.