Peaceful Living – Comes from Acting on Basic Biblical Truths – Structured Into A Program For Daily Life

GROWING IN PEACE

What i do when not told what to do is the final indicator of what and who i am.

Step 11 involves my need for spiritual disciplines of prayer and meditation.

This step is a reminder of what God spoke to me 7 years ago regarding these disciplines, so it has a bit of a sting to it. Graham Cook in his 17 minutes says, God is so consistent and we or i am so inconsistent. The twelve steps are helping me change that as they turn my attention to God, myself and others.

Through prayer (James 5:13 Anyone who is having troubles should pray. Anyone who is happy should sing praises) and meditation i am to improve my awareness and conscious connection with God. Psalm 1:1-2 Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is ed when he walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather. But ed’s delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) ed habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do has increased.” – Emerson

Discipline – spiritual activity, exercise or a regimen is not to be mistaken for form and function. It is not merely the result of human determination or will. It is my desire to change from “will worship” to “Hungering and Thirsting”.

“Will Worship” – Colossians 2:23 23 NKJV These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

“Hungering and Thirsting” – Psalm 42:1-2 As the heart pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God. My inner self thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God?

“Will Worship” – Galatians 5:23-24 Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.

“Hungering and Thirsting” – Philippians 2:13 Amp. [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.

i sense that the times are urgent, if not for all, at least for me. What has been will no longer suffice.

i have no idea where i got this but i ran across it in my files so i’ll use it to encourage myself as i close today.

Shun not the struggle, face it, it’s a gift. Be strong! Say not the days are evil – who’s to blame? And fold the hands and aquise – O shame. Stand up, speak out, and bravely, in God’s name, “Be” strong! It matters not how deep entrenched the wrong, how hard the battle goes, the day long. Faint not! Fight on! Tomorrow comes the song.

Step 11 involves reordering my priorities based on knowledge already acquired but not consistently held to when it comes to prayer and meditation.

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Comments
  1. gold price says:

    Will God find fault with the preacher who is: faithfully preaching the soul-saving gospel; speaking the truth in love; fervent and zealous in proclaiming his love for mankind; boldly defining what is sin and calling on sinners to repent; preaching his whole counsel; a diligent student of his word who delivers lessons that have been carefully thought out so the message is clear and true to the Book; preaching 40 to 45 minutes; etc.? The answer is an emphatic “No!” God will condemn the evangelist who is not doing “the work of an evangelist” (2 Tim. 4:5).

  2. click this says:

    I found something like this elsewhere and really loved. Some more of this please! Thanks

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