Beyond The Veil

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by SweetSurrender, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. Beyond The Veil

    I'm back into the book above. I just have to share the chapter on humility.

    - "Humility is bringing all of you under His control. It isn't instant. It's a result of maturity, which takes both time and experience."

    I have fallen from grace a lot in my Christian walk, but this really encouraged me that all is not lost:

    - "The road to maturity is dotted with potholes that are designed to keep us humble and teachable. And nothing is more effective in developing humility than failure."

    Heb. 5:14 "But strong meat (like the deeper things of God I think) belong to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."

    I think "by reason of use" means how much we pray and search scripture, so that we have excercised our senses, and can tell what is good and what is evil. So, if we just go back to where we left off after we have sinned and asked for forgiveness, we will still grow stronger. We shouldn't let satan convince us that we are now condemned and it is useless to try to live the Christian life because we have proven too weak. :eek: NO! We need to cry out to God and ask forgiveness and then go on with His strength, because we are maturing. He knows and understands and it will become clear to us as we enter back into his presence.

    It's also helpful to have more mature Christians surrounding us, who are understanding and will encourage us to continue on, like CFS.

    But, I digress.

    - "Disappointments are His appointments. They teach us how to trust. When you humble yourself with perfect peace of heart despite injustice, then death to self is complete."

    I recently went through an experience at work where I was unjustly reprimmanded and my co-worker could not believe I didn't stick up for myself or lash back. It's a long story, but I decided to swallow my hurt pride and accept that my supervisor was just encouraging me to be better at my job. The co-worker witnessed this and spoke to me privately. I told her I had to chose my battles and that this was not one I chose to fight. But, after reading this book, I would have a better answer for her if it came up again.

    I liked this comparison: "Death is the seed; humility is the ripened fruit."
  2. Awesome , S. S. Wonderful word. Thanks
  3. Another book, which has been of tremendous help to me is "Perilous Pursuits" by Joseph M. Stowell. It investigates our obsession with "significance". In Chapter 1 he says "All of us are driven by the compelling need to believe that we are significant". I wouldn't want to spoil anyone's reading of the book, but he points out that each one of us who knows Christ for ourselves is significant in God's eyes, even though we might be considered insignificant by the world, or even our Church.

    What a great thought! I am significant to God, the Creator and Sustainer of the world. I really matter to him........I could go on and on, but Praise the Lord!!

    God bless us as we learn together
  4. That sounds like a good read.
    You are significant indeed. You must be valuable look at the price He paid to reddem you. You are a daughter of the Most High God and the very righteousness of Christ.:)
  5. Wow how true! and thank goodness for the Forum and the friends we have here to learn together with!

  6. Jesus expressed it many times using parrables, to show us how valuable we are to God.

    Luke 16
    4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ 7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

    8 “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ 10 Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

    All Praise The Ancient Of Days

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