Spiritual Bucket List:
Convey my understanding of Grace.
2. Convey my understanding of the Promise.
3. Convey my understanding of the Law.
4. Convey my understanding of Faith.
5. Convey my understanding of the Son. [John 15:12, 15:17]
6. Convey my understanding of the Father.
7. Convey my understanding of the Spirit.
Limits: Express my understanding in no more than 5000 words.
There are several stories in the old testament that report kings making radical changes to the kingdom after finding the Word buried in the temple library. After hearing the Word, the king would start a campaign against false idols and worship. Many things and people were destroyed, exiled, or put to death. Fear of You overcomes us when we discover we have fallen out of Your grace. These radical actions by kings were not just a course correction, they are a 180° turn around in hope of finding grace. The grace that had not been delivered; was to come.
The new testament is akin to this concept displayed in the old testament with some minor course corrections. It is not my place to force grace on others. My Lord, You did not force Yourself on me, nor shall I force You on others. The grace extended to me shall be extended to all others. They will choose freely to be released from the guardian.
To expound on the destruction that is demonstrated in the old testament, it is a similar Way under grace. For I do not live under the law, rather I live under grace. Grace calls me to destroy, exile, and put to death these things found in the old testament. Destroying, exiling, and killing others is far easier under the law than whipping my own flesh and sinful desires under grace. My Lord and Savior wants me to crucify my own flesh and love others. All others, yes all others; will receive the same love that You extended to me. All others!
Your display of love, rather than guardianship, to all others is critical in following Your example set forth. My salvation is secure in You. My trust resides in You. All others will receive the love that You have fortified in my heart! You are the One Living God who snatched me from sin's grip, ushered me through the narrow gate, and rescued me from death.
Honoring and Glorifying the Father and Son!
Romans 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8
Galatians 3 & 4 | Faith, Law, & Promise
Hunting for "Promise" pertaining to the new covenant.
How to maintain His promise: 103:17-18
Hunting for "Law" under the new covenant.
Hunting for "Faith" that is pleasing to You.
Hunting for the "Father".
Hunting for the "Son".
Hunting for the "Spirit".
Mordecai the Jew continued to seek good for his people and to speak for the welfare of all his descendants.
Learn to do what is good. Seek justice. Correct the oppressor. Defend the rights of the fatherless. Plead the widow's cause.
Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor, and do not plot evil in your hearts against one another.
But if anyone does not provide for his own, that is his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
1. Absolutes are truths essential to the faith.
2. Truths that never change.
3. Convictions are nonessential truths over which orthodox Christians may differ.
Dobson, E., Gordon, W., & McBurney, L. (1994). Standing fast: Ministry in an unfriendly world. Mastering Ministry’s Pressure Points (33). Sisters, OR: Multnomah Books.