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Archive for July, 2012

Worthy to ask

Wrote this quite awhile ago. I w going to add to it, but don’t remember what. Perhaps a follow-up blog someday.
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Up to this time you have not asked a [single] thing in My Name [as presenting all that I AM]; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete. (John 16:24 AMP)

When reading this single verse last night, I could hear sadness–“you have not asked a single thing in My Name…”

Now, I know I’m to take the verses into context around them and it was probably more that the disciples hadn’t needed to ask since he was right there…however, I do feel a sadness directed to us here in the current time; directed to me.

“You have not asked a single thing in My Name…”

It’s almost like “Why haven’t you?” in the most loving, gentle, disappointedly sad way ever.

The verse was referenced in YouVersion’s “The Confident Woman’s Devotional” based on Joyce Myers’ book and devotional. In it, Joyce made an excellent point when she said: “If you feel unworthy, you probably won’t ask, and even if you do, you won’t receive by faith.”

Yes, we have to, quite simply, ask to receive. But how many of us just aren’t asking anymore?

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Building Pillars

I wrote this quite a few months ago and thought I’d add to it. But I think it’s pretty complete on its own. Who knows, maybe I’ll add something someday…
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I got into a discussion about building pillars of faith recently. It took a bit of discussion to figure out what he meant and what I understood. So here’s the breakdown from that discussion plus a few extra insights.

He described his term “pillars” as referencing those piles of rocks the Israelites were always collecting, like the ones from the middle of the Jordan to remember entering the Promised Land on dry ground. They’re used as memorials and testaments to what God has done in their lives. The same way, we should build those pillars when God intervenes in our lives so that in the hard times we have a memory of hope granted in the past to help pull us through the present.

I saw a pillar being something to cling to in hard times, something like an anchor and a support.

But thinking more on this, how many times are our pillars not rooted in God? How easy is it to build up memory pillars for when people have let us down and hurt us? How easy is it to build up anchoring pillars on things other than God?

Pillars of Faith, no matter how you describe them are necessary for growth in our Christian walk.

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