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Every Christian is a soldier who is compelled to be on constant guard duty. We're faced with an enemy who never sleeps. The enemy is alert and ever prepared to take advantage of the fortunes of war. Watchfulness is a fondamental practice of Christ's warriors. We therefore cannot dare to be asleep at our post. Such an unfortunate laspe would not only bring us under the displeasure of the Captain of our salvation but expose us to serious dangers. Watchfulness is necessary for every soldier of the Lord.
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Matthew 24 & 25 is commonly known as the "Olivet Discourse."
Rather than take the "popular" position that this discourse was about two separate "comings" of Jesus, Rod presents the view that Jesus only had in mind His coming to pour out God's wrath upon Jerusalem and all the Jews in order to fulfill prophecy and bring their covenant with Him to an irreversible end in AD 70.
In today's discussion we'll note the urgency of that generation being alert for the great and awesome "day of the Lord." It also sets the stage for applying the two opening parables of chp. 25.
Consistency and continuity of prophecy and fulfillment are keys to grasping Jesus' intent in this discourse.
In the New Testament there are three diferent meanings for the word "watch." The first means "absence of sleep" and implies a wakeful frame of mind. The second meaning is to be "fully awake" so that one is not careless or lazy and allow something bad to happe. The third means "to be calm and collected in spirit," cautious againts all pitfall and distractions. Two of these are used in connection with prayer. Watchfulness must guard and cover the whole spiritual man and prepare him for prayer. Unpreparedness and lack of vigillance is death to prayer because there is no target for it.
Why Does it seem that God doesn't always keep His Promises? 2 Peter 3:3-18. The Point: God works in His time, according to His Plan. MEMORY VERSE: The Lord Is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us. not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
Righteous Living in a Wretched World: Peter writing to beleaguered Christians in an evil world where false teachers were aggressively spreading dangerous heresies, Peter urged, "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" 3:18.
Godly Living: Through Christ we have been given everything we need to live godly lives, that through His precious promises, we are partakers of the divine nature. We have been freed from the power of the old corrupt nature. 2 Peter 1:1-15
Watchfulness: By looking for the return of Christ, we can avoid the sinful traps of the world. We need to take care that we do not become lax in our thinking and actions. God's promise of judgement should prompt us to encourage others to repent and believe in Jesus Christ.
Why are we called to both watch and pray? And is watching apart of the Christians prayer practice too? In conjunction with today's internet devotional edition of The Morning Word topic, The Practical Demands for Prayer Watchfulness, Ron Parks highlights and seeks to discuss you the role of watchfulness in prayer to better understand and read answered prayer. Today's edition of The Morning Word can be accessed at: www.TMW.InJesus.com. The Morning Word is a free subscription.
Ivan Rados is a spiritual teacher, healer, artist and meditation master who was born in Former Yugoslavia. At the age of 42 he experience a profound inner awakening that changed his perception of himself and the reality. After that experience from that inner energy flow, Rados was devoted to integrate his knowing into his being, marking the beginning of a movement towards the inner point, which he calls The Middle Point. The wisdom he shares comes from his deep roots in the One-Self, the source of everything. Ivan has assisted thousands in reconnecting with their state of health, in personal, groups and long distance sessions. Author of 6 books, and his latest is :The Middle Point Watchfulness involves the present moment right now and right here. Whether you are at work, at home, shopping, or on vacation, you carry this moment with you. Whatever you are “doing,” it’s your mind that’s “doing” it, not you. Through watchfulness, you will automatically go beyond polarities and be in the state of witnessing. When your consciousness becomes all that is, and there are no more unconscious traces in your being, no more conscious witnessing of objects and subjects, so that two realities becomes one reality, you become pure light. Your old mind is no more, but is clear of all thoughts. All vibrations in the mind become only one conscious vibration, so that there’s nothing to witness anymore. Consciousness turns its total attention to itself, witnessing one vibration—that of the witness. The more you become conscious, the more you come to be a witness. So consciousness is a method to achieve witnessing, and witnessing is a method to achieve awareness.
"Sight is the sense function attributed by Qabalist to the letter Heh. Vision, inspection, watchfulness, care, vigilance, examination, calculation, analysis, induction, inquiry, investigation, and the like, are all associated in language. All depend largely on the sense of sight. Thus we may expect to find the mode of consciousness associated with this letter one which is active in this kind of mental operations." (The Tarot-Paul Foster Case)
"The illerate of the 21st Century will not be those who can not read or write, but those who can not learn, unlearn and relearn. " Alvin Toffer
"And The Most High is able to make all grace (every favor and Earthly blessing)come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self sufficient (possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation." 2 Corinthians 9:8 (Amplified Bible)
How to Exercise Your Faith and Grow Greater Faith in God, Part 15 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #
Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 Peter 4:7 which reads: "But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer."
Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:
We have here an awful position or doctrine, and an inference drawn from it. The position is that the end of all things is at hand. The miserable destruction of the Jewish church and nation foretold by our Saviour is now very near; consequently, the time of their persecution and your sufferings is but very short. Your own life and that of your enemies will soon come to their utmost period. Nay, the world itself will not continue very long. The conflagration will put an end to it; and all things must be swallowed up in an endless eternity. The inference from this comprises a series of exhortations. First, to sobriety and watchfulness: "Be you therefore sober." Let the frame and temper of your minds be grave, stayed, and solid; and observe strict temperance and sobriety in the use of all worldly enjoyments. Do not suffer yourselves to be caught with your former sins and temptations. Second, watch unto prayer. Take care that you be continually in a calm sober disposition, fit for prayer; and that you be frequent in prayers, lest this end come upon you unawares. We learn the consideration of our approaching end is a powerful argument to make us sober in all worldly matters, and earnest in religious affairs. Those who would pray to purpose must watch unto prayer. They must watch over their own spirits, watch all fit opportunities, and do their duty in the best manner they can.
Our prayer motivator quote today is from William Gurnall. He said: "Pray often rather than very long at a time. It is hard to be very long in prayer, and not slacken in our affections."
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