The Gospel of Self

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Why is combating the “gospel of self” so important?

Because focusing on our will, instead of God’s will, causes us to compromise Scripture, meaning we look at it for what we WANT it to say, not letting it speak for itself.

So how do we fall into this deception? What does “compromising Scripture” look like? I suggest that it is as simple as us “bending” Scripture to meet our preconceived notions of what it SHOULD say.

And then when someone disagrees with us we say, “Oh that’s just your interpretation.” But, these ARE NOT interpretation issues! These are context issues. HUGE difference!

I like what the AiG founder, Ken Ham says when he is talking about evolutionists and creationists looking at the same evidence but coming up with completely different conclusions. The difference, he says is, “Where we start impacts where we end-up.”

Let me draw what that looks like:

Proper Context         ++   Passage’s Interpretation      ==   Peace
IM-Proper Context    ++   Passage’s Interpretation      ==   NO-Peace

Here’s the sobering part of why we end up with NO-Peace:
Romans 8:6, For the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace.

  • Here’s the context of Romans 8:6: The Holy Spirit makes a difference in our life.
  • The interpretation is above.
  • So, when I do NOT have peace, it is for one reason, because I am NOT focusing on the things of the Spirit.

Now let me challenge your prayer life, and I will use just one example:

Giving Thanks

We all know 1 Thessalonians 5:18, that we are to give thanks “IN” everything, but do we realize that we are to give thanks “FOR” everything (Ephesians 5:20)?

  1. Example of when my checking account is low. In light of the above, my prayer becomes, “I thank You that You have another opportunity to strengthen my faith muscle, and I get to watch You do it!”
  2. Example of protection when I drive, or, traveling mercies. In light of the above, my prayer becomes, “I thank You that your angel is alongside me, guarding me along the way so that I arrive at the place that you have prepared for me (Exodus 23:20), WHEREVER that is.”
  3. Example of a child in the military. In light of the above, my prayer becomes, “I thank You that I can trust You with my child to do WHATEVER You want in his life, because You are sovereign and You know what is best (Psalm 103:19).”
  4. Example of poor personal health. In light of the above, my prayer becomes, “I thank You Lord that You have promised to comfort me IN this affliction, so that I can comfort others in the self-same way (2 Corinthians 1:4).”

We need to rethink the way we pray. And hear me, I’m not saying this is the ONLY way to pray about these issues. I’m merely showing how “giving thanks” can be done IN everything and FOR everything, just as Scripture says.

 

Blessings,

 

Mark S Mirza
Author/Speaker
www.ThePray-ers.com

PS: Giving Thanks (for everything) often leads to worry. Here is a 3 minute video I did on worry last year.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QufiGwdMjBc 

Praying James & Sermon/Mount (32 of 43)

As prayed during the Ranger Joe’s God and Country Show

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James 4:9 (NASB)
Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom.

Matthew 5:4 (NASB)
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Father, we have somehow been tricked into believing that unless we are happy and upbeat, all is not well. Father, we miss the beauty of Your comfort when we do not mourn. Father, forgive us as a nation and as Your church for running from mourning and weeping. Lord, cause us to accept it, be comforted by You, and then be able to comfort others in the self-same way You have just comforted us (2 Corinthians 1:4). In the Name of Your Son, the One who is our Comfort, amen.

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Praying 25 Days of Christmas (Day 14)

December 14

  • Background to today’s prayer
    • Do you remember the passage in scripture that says, “There was no room in the Inn.”?
    • Imagine if you were the Inn Keeper and woke up on the wrong side of the bed the day Mary and Joseph came to town
    • And you treated Mary and Joseph,
    • And therefore the creator of the universe,
    • Mean and nasty,
    • Because you were grumpy.
  • Today’s prayer

Heavenly Father, Luke 2:7 has the famous quote “there was no room in the inn.” And yet Lord I am reminded of the child in the school play who had such compassion he couldn’t turn the expecting parents away (much to the chagrin of the school officials). But Lord that child showed a compassion, in the play, that we as adults forget in our everyday world. Oh Lord teach us compassion. Allow us to comfort someone this Christmas season, with the self-same comfort that we have been comforted by You Lord (2 Corinthians 1:4).

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