No Biting

From:  Gurnall, William. The Christian in Complete Armour: A Treatise of the Saints’ War against the Devil … London: Banner of Truth Trust, 1964.
 
“What folly it is for us to bite and devour one another to make sport for the devil.  We are prone to mistake our heat for zeal, whereas usually the strife between saints is a fire-ship sent by Satan to scatter our unity and order.  United we are an armada invincible, and Satan knows he has no other way but strife to sink us.

 

When reproached and persecuted by wicked men, look beyond them. Spend your wrath on Satan, who is your chief enemy. Men are only his puppets. They may be won to Christ’s side and so become your friends at last.  Anselm explains it in the following manner. ‘When the enemy comes riding up in battle, the Valiant soldier is not angry with the horse, but with the horseman. He works to kill the rider so that he may possess the horse for his own use. Let us pray fervently, as Christ did on the cross, that the devil will be dismounted and those miserable souls delivered from him.”
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Christ Within

From:  Meyer, F. B. The Secret of Guidance (Moody Classics). New ed. publication place: Moody Publishers, 2010.

“I am distinctly told in Scripture that Christ, though He is on the throne in His ascended glory, is also within me by the Holy Spirit. I confess I do not feel Him there. Often amidst the assault of temptation or the fury of the storm that sweeps over the surface of my nature, I cannot detect His form or hear Him say, “It is I.” But I dare to believe He is there; not without me, but within; not as a transient sojourner for a night, but as a perpetual inmate; not altered by my changes from earnestness to lethargy, from the summer of love to the winter of despondency, but always and unchangeably the same. And I say again and again, “Jesus, You are here. I am not worthy that You should abide under my roof; but You have come. Assert Yourself. Put down all rule, and authority, and power. Come out of Your secret chamber, and possess all that is within me, that it may bless Your holy name.”

 

On seeking God’s Guidance

From:  Meyer, F. B. The Secret of Guidance (Moody Classics). New ed. publication place:         Moody Publishers, 2010.

“We have no need or right to run hither and thither to ask our friends what we ought to
do; but there is no harm in our taking pains to gather all reliable information, on which
the flame of holy thought and consecrated purpose may feed and grow strong. It is for
us ultimately to decide as God shall teach us, but His voice may come to us through the
voice of sanctified common sense, acting on the materials we have collected. Of course
at times God may bid us act against our reason, but these times are very exceptional;
and then our duty will be so clear that there can be no mistake. But for the most part
God will speak in the results of deliberate consideration, weighing and balancing the
pros and cons.
When Peter was shut up in prison and could not possibly extricate himself, an angel
was sent to do for him what he could not do for himself; but when they had passed
through a street or two of the city, the angel left him to consider the matter for himself.
Thus God treats us still. He will dictate a miraculous course by miraculous methods. But
when the ordinary light of reason is adequate to the task, He will leave us to act as
occasion may serve.”

4 Directives For Victory – Priscilla Shirer – JRC

Opening Thoughts:

  • It’s amazing how your countenance changes when you discover what your enemy thinks about you.
  • When we understand where stand, who’s on our team, and how the enemy quakes when we come out in Christ.
  • Whether we believe it or not…Our enemy knows.
  • In the end we win.
  • Don’t live without the knowledge that we are victorious.

Ex. 14 – The people are released from Egypt and days into their journey.
Ex. 14:13-14 – But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” (‭Exodus‬ ‭14‬:‭13-14‬ NLT)

  • The Lord will do the fighting for you…if you just stay calm!!!
  • We have the promise of victory.
  • There is no manipulation.
  • Victory has already been given to you. – Just stay calm.

Moses gives 4 Directives for Victory (Assured by Yahweh “I Am”)

1. Be Fearless (Do not be afraid)
2. Be Still
3. Be Watchful
4. Be Quiet/calm

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JRC Life Groups Leaders Conference Session 4

Larry Osborne

Discipleships 6 Inconvenient Truths:

  • Disciple = Follower – Anyone following is a disciple
  • We often confuse leadership with discipleship.
  • Followers are not always leaders.

1. The ultimate mark of a disciple is obedience to what we know.

  • It doesn’t mean extrovert
  • It means faith to trust and follow.
  • There should not be a split between evangelism and discipleship.
  • A disciple learns to obey. Followers are those who keep “my” commandments.
  • Obedience doesn’t always equal passion, excitement, or extreme personality.
  • Don’t “ADD” to the definition of disciple.
  • Everything beyond obedience is frosting.

2. Spiritual Growth is seldom a linear process.

  • People don’t grow in an organized fashion.
  • Our spiritual growth is often more of a “meandering path” than a stair step.
  • People learn when life gets thrown at them more than when they should.
  • Create the environment for organic growth. Don’t force it.
  • Growth Moments:
    • When you Need to Know Moments
    • When you Need to Grow moments
  • Keep people with Christ/The Bible and Keep people with other Christians – So that they will have the tools they need when life strikes deep.

3. No two personal relationships are ever alike.

  • Relations deal with individual people.
  • Work with people within their uniqueness.
  • Don’t make people into who you are.
  • Religion is one size fits all. Just do it this way.

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