'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
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Welcome my Friends to the Third Quarter, 2019. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Whether one calls it 'Self-Denial', 'Soul Friendship', or 'Spiritual Disciplines', now that we have elaborated and on 'Spiritual Disciplines', and discussed for a season with the topic of Stress; let's resume more of the 'Spiritual Disciplines'.
I sincerely hope and pray that all in this series of posts will be advantageous to you for the purpose of growing in the knowledge and grace of the Lord.
As always, before we get started. Remember, these are 'tools', so let us not get anxious. Amen. Amen.
Continuing today, with a 3-Part post, some further posts since we began our series for anyone desiring to draw into a more intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ, with our Introductory Post A, Wednesday, April 3, 2019; Post B, Friday, April 5, 2019 ; Post C. Sunday, April 7, 2019; Post D, Wednesday, April 10, 2019; and Post E, Friday, April 12, 2019. We then continued to post on a bi-monthly basis on Sunday/Wednesday/Friday, until we finished. See, all the following, therefore. Post 1, April 24, 2019; Post 2, April 26. 2019; Posts 3,4,5,6,7,8,9; May 5,8, 10, 19, 22, 24,2019, and so forth. Remember to see our posts on 'Stress'; 'Service' and 'Fasting' posted June 2-5-7; 16-19-21, 2019-during our Sunday/Wednesday/Friday, bi-monthly posts.
Continuing today, August 16, 2019, this will be a 3-part post in our post series from July 7, 10, 12,21, 24, 26; August 11, 14, 2019, therefore. Let us look at some other 'disciplines' or habits of 'the Christian Way of Life' or 'habits' we can practice endeavoring to walk closer and closer with Our Lord and Savior. On our last posts, we covered 'service', and 'fasting'. [June 19, 21, 2019] Remember, the purpose of 'disciplines' is - 'Christian discipleship' - 'getting a better understanding of God, His Purposes for us, ever learning to become - in thoughts, words, and actions - JUST LIKE JESUS'.
LET US NOT MISS THIS MOST IMPORTANT OBJECTIVE - ALL FOR THE GLORY AND PRAISE OF GOD!! Amen. Amen.
Continuing - The Spiritual Discipline of Simplicity - Simplicity as an External Spiritual Discipline Part AM
To counter from the 'external' the 'self-interest voice' crowding out the desire to be more focused on God, nuns, priests, and monks have given up all their physical possessions. But, we must remember, 'the heart' and it's 'longings'. Jesus made it clear that the path to Heaven was far more difficult for the rich than the poor. [Mark 10:25] Things can cloud our judgment. This is not to say that everyone has to give up everything they have right now to be righteous. Yet it is to say that we must keep things in a proper perspective. They are, after all, just things. And yet, more is required than just an 'outward' showing! Oh, the 'deceitfulness of the heart', as well as 'riches'. Who can know the heart affected by it! [Jeremiah 17:9; Mark 4:19; 1 John 2:16]
A bold but truthful 'caution'! Status on earth, whether poverty or riches - is not status in Heaven. This is why developing a strong sense of simplicity can help keep us from getting so caught up in the "next new thing" on one hand or "shedding all" on the other and more caught up in Jesus, being His servant. [John 15]
Wisdom in the Proverbs audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
If we were able to make two requests that would help to improve our lives here on the earth, what would those requests be? audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Agur, the wise man to whom Proverbs 30 is attributed, told us what his two requests were:
“Two things I asked of You, do not refuse me before I die: Keep deception and lies far from me, give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is my portion, that I not be full and deny You and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or that I not be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God” (Proverbs 30:7-9).
As we continue on our afternoon post 2, today, the second request – the desire for “neither poverty nor riches” – is what we will focus on as we consider practicing and learning the 'habit' of 'simplicity'.
Thank you for returning this afternoon to glean with Our Mutual Teacher, lessons from Proverbs 30. [John 14:26] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html Amen. Amen.
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