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GraceRenewal Today

1) We don't celebrate it, but we are willing to confess that, in this world, we are opposed by the adversity of aging, the fallenness of our human nature, and the flaming missiles of Satan. They are real. 

2) But so is our experience of the Heart of Christ to renew us day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16), especially to produce in us the 9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) - including meekness which supports us for being willing to admit to God, to ourself, and to anyone else that we are broken and in need of help. 

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1) Health gravitates to its support. 

2) Brokenness tends to run toward superficial pain relief and away from healing - until we hit bottom and the bottom falls through. 

3) Sinful man would rather earn his way to Heaven, also to work on himself in order to be holy, because of our need to be in control and also to boast.

4) We are barricaded from confessing our brokenness and need to experience Christ by 

  • addictions (to superficial pain relief, including codependency relationships),
  • arrogance (resistance to confessing our brokenness and need for God; also the need to be significant and the explanation for good outcomes in our life),
  • anger (the result of deep-seated disappointment with the failed leadership resources in our life, beginning in childhood),
  • appestat (the state of our appetite to prefer feel-good solutions), and
  • apathy (disinterest in holiness and eternal matters). 

5) We are drawn to God, not by our brokenness but by our experience of Christ, to taste that he is good (Psalm 34:8). 

6) "We love God because we have experienced his love for us" (1 John 4:19 paraphrased).

7) Wisdom (the Mind of God) is produced in us by our experience of Christ; it is not proud, does not assert itself.

8) The more we understand the Message of Grace, the more we hunger to understand it.

9) Our journey to grow in our understanding of the Message of Grace will continue throughout eternity.

10) The wisdom of man is foolishness to God. 

11) The Wisdom of God is foolishness to sinful man.

12) No one knows everything.

13) We know very little of the information that can be known.

14) Everyone is knowledgeable but only on different subjects.

15) Confession of ignorance is painful.

16) Confession of ignorance is the beginning of understanding Truth that sets us free.

17) We have need to know what the Bible says but more need to know what it means.

18) We can know about Truth only what God reveals to us.

19) Truth about God that is revealed in nature is confirmed to us through The Scripture by the Holy Spirit.

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1) I continue to welcome the opportunity to talk with you to provide some support. 

2) That support, of course, is mostly for learning how to read the Scripture in order to hear God 

  • communicate to you that he unconditionally values you and to also 
  • call you to open the door of your heart to experience him (which is the meaning of worship). 

3) Reading the Scripture at any time of day will have value.  

4) But because of our brokenness, and because Satan lies in wait to ambush / blindside us, we make a strategic error and put ourself at risk when we do not take quiet time in the morning to read the Scripture in order to be renewed by Christ.  

5) In our overconfidence and impulsiveness sometimes, we may tend to think we don't need God, and even if we humbly confess our need for him, we may still neglect to take the extended quiet time needed in order to be renewed by him. 

6) Reading the Bible in order to learn more about what it says has its benefits, but it is not the same as reading in order to hear and experience Christ. 

7) The more the Holy Spirit unfolds in our understanding the Message of Grace (in all of its meaning, as Paul wrote), the more we are supported for this "Growing in Grace" journey we are on. 

8) And the more we understand Truth, the more we will humbly confess how so very little of it we understand, and the more we will seek support to be increased in it - which means, the more we think we know, the more we may be in denial of how little we know. 

9) Praying without ceasing doesn't mean to continually be talking to God or pleading with him to help us, but means to remain quietly connected to him like the branch remains quietly connected to the Vine in order to receive from him, especially the flow of his Life into our heart. 

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GraceRenewal Today

Consider: 

1) If you are paying a counselor, you may be mostly a customer and the counselor mostly a charlatan. 

2) Our greatest need is to be renewed by the Resurrected Life of Christ each day. 

3) No one can support us for experiencing Christ who is not themself experiencing him. 

4) No one can support us for health and happiness who is not themself healthy and happy. 

5) Pastoral counseling provides support without charge, beginning with learning how to read the Scripture in order to experience Christ to a fuller measure each day. 

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