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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:05 pm    Post subject: "Questioning God" -- Quiet Time 1.1  Reply with quote

What is God's will for me?  I tend to think of this question and hope for a response from God with action tied to it.  If I ask, He will act.  If I ask, will He act?  

Is God's will for me to simply turn over my entire life, my fears, my joy, my pain, my focus to Him?  I can start off by turning my thoughts toward Him at all times, acting by His will (serving others by Jesus' example), and spending time with Him through prayer.  Why is it so difficult to turn my entire focus to my God?  I believe that it's expected for me to focus on our Creator, it's His will for me to lay all of my fear and my life's uncertainty on His shoulders.  

Why do I deserve to have God rescue me from myself and my situation?  I don't deserve this life God has created for me.  I don't deserve the love God has given me.  I don't deserve an eternal home in Heaven.  I haven't earned anything in this life, especially not God's love for me.  What have I ever done to give glory to God alone?  What have I ever done to deserve the many blessings that surround me?  

I have done nothing.  

God has given himself to me through his everlasting love and son Jesus.  I haven't earned it, but I receive it, this gift of salvation in God through Jesus' sacrifice.  One man took on the pain of the world, the sin of humanity.  The least I can do is die for him.  Die to myself and give up my life to the Creator.  

It comes as the most difficult battle I will ever face.  

Giving up myself and putting all, every ounce of faith, in God's will for me.  His will is perfect, His timing is always right, and His love is unending.  Now it's my turn to give what little I have to God.

Ecclesiastes 5:3-5
As a dream comes when there are many cares, so the speech of a fool when there are many words.  
When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it.  He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.  
It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve,

I really enjoyed this article.  Dying of self is conceptually simple, yet impossible to impose on our self.  It is as if we have to come to the end of our self before we are willing to invite God into our life.  
An interesting Old Testament parallel compares salvation to the Red Sea crossing.  Just as the Israelite was held in bondage to Egyptian servitude, we are held in bondage to sin prior to salvation.  To take this further, consider the 40 years of wilderness wandering.  I believe many of us spend a span of time between receiving Jesus as our Savior and receiving Him as our Lord.  We have been set free yet we have not faithfully immersed ourselves in His love.  Remember the Jordon crossing before the Israelites entered the promise land after the 40 years of wandering?  Do you know the Jordon parted just as the Red Sea did?  I believe when we cross the Jordon, we invite Jesus to be Lord of our life.  We desire what He wants for us more than what we want for ourselves.  Once the Israelites entered the promise land, battles still had to be fought to vanquish the enemy. Only when God went before them in the arc of the covenant were they successful.  This is where I believe true surrender and dying of self takes place.  We must allow God to go before us to conquer and vanquish not just our enemy, but our very selves.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick--
The points you make are right on.  Dying to ourself requires an abundance of faith.  It requires God to take the lead in our life, and it requires us to have enough faith to be lead.  When the Israelites were facing the adversity you mentioned, how difficult must it have been for them to really believe that God would provide for them?  Temptation to do things their own way would have been an easy road to travel, but they did put faith in God's plan.  

The Old Testament is an area of the Bible that I need to refresh my knowledge of.  It is critical that I  read and understand some of the commentaries I now own and study them diligently.  

More to follow as I gain credibility on this subject.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve,

Because God is eternal (not bound by time) foreshadows are possible and very interesting.  Old Testament stories while historically real can also foreshadow a more significant future event.  

An example is when Christ said "just a Jonah was in the belly of the fish 3 days and 3 nights so shall the Son of Man be in the grave for 3 days and 3 nights".

Again a recorded event (Jonah) foreshadows Christ's death and resurrection. This is what I believe the Red Sea and Jordon crossings are.

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