Night Knowledge, Day Knowledge (2)

August 11, 2012 at 9:48 AMTony

See previous post. Night knowledge is whatever you're feeling, whatever you think about your current situation. What others think and have told you, including professionals if you've got health or other concerns.

Day knowledge is what the Lord says.

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Night Knowledge, Day Knowledge

August 11, 2012 at 12:22 AMTony

The scriptural basis for the title is Jesus saying "Aren’t there twelve hours in each day? If you walk during the day, you will have light from the sun, and you won’t stumble", You can walk in the night but it is in the day that you don't stumble.

For example night knowledge says "You've done some really bad things" and for me that is true, I can't deny it. And someone else may say "I have just have taken a few things home from work." or whatever. "So, you deserve to be punished, whereas I could be let off because of all the good things I've done."

However day knowledge says "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God". We have all equally failed to meet the mark and it doesn't matter how much, we have all still failed. The great news is that because of the cross of Christ we are all equally forgiven. That's pretty good day knowledge.

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Overwhelming Victory

July 23, 2012 at 11:24 AMTony

Overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us (Romans 8:37 NLT). This phrase may be more familiar as 'We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (NIV). Yes, we are abundantly, excessively, ridiculously victorious through Him who loved us. The verse is stated in the past tense so it must be referring to the cross. It was there He won the great victory and because of that we too are overwhelmingly victorious. It is done and finished. He said so Himself. His victory stands for all eternity and because of that so does ours.

Let us not let Satan get us on the ground of thinking we have to fight to win a victory. No, it is already done. Overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us - whatever we're going through at the present.

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Forgiveness

July 19, 2012 at 3:16 PMTony

Forgiveness is tough isn't it? Or, is it? It's not so bad with those who repent and are unlikely to do it again. What about those who just carry on? Those who have no idea that they're hurting you. Or perhaps know that they are hurting you and just don't care. Those who have built towers of self-justification for what they do. Whole groups of people who have well rehearsed arguments for acting in ways that damage you and others and have their ears closed to the truth.

It's especially difficult to forgive someone who you once loved and trusted and has really hurt you. You don't really want to be thinking about them. For your own sake you need to think about, and surround yourself with, those who have care and compassion for you.

It's not made easier by sincere Christians who emphasise that it's an absolute imperative that we have to forgive in order to receive our own forgiveness and healing. That our sicknesses are caused by our unforgiveness. This may be true but the trouble (for me anyway) is they make this into an eleventh commandment. The whole purpose of the commandments in the first place is to show that we can't keep them and that we need a saviour. So we don't really need any more commandments.

I've struggled with this for a while. I have found part of the answer in Watchman Nee's "Sit, Walk, Stand" where he advises how to pray to a man who can't forgive. Pray like this: "Lord, I cannot love and I give up trying, but I count on Thy perfect love. I cannot forgive, but I trust Thee to forgive instead of me, and to do so henceforth in me."

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More Brennan Manning

July 17, 2012 at 9:54 AMTony

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Money or Goodness

July 16, 2012 at 8:46 AMTony

People love money. I've not been free of love of money myself. But money didn't provide the sun and rain or the seed that we plant for harvest. Jesus said we should be like our Father in heaven who provides sun and rain for the good and bad alike. You could argue that money provided the increase in productivity for the food industry but 'Goodness' might have done that anyway. Also there's much wrong with the food industry from the point of view of our being stewards of creation - don't you think?

Goodness would see us share - "Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same." Luke 3:11 NIV. Goodness would not see someone go hungry while others are well fed. Goodness would make use of everybody's God given talents and give adequate provision. Goodness would do all sorts of things differently.

Goodness is just one of the fruits of the Spirit.

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Brennan Manning

July 15, 2012 at 8:29 PMTony

I first heard about Brennan Manning from Mark Stibbe. This is worth a watch!

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New Development

July 15, 2012 at 7:49 PMTony

This is a new development. It will be added to in the days to come, Every blessing in Christ to anyone reading this.

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