a word on "expert" advice · abidinginthevine · abuse · abuse of power · advice christian · anger management · anguished hearts · be accountable when counselling · being a good counsellor · being real with God · christian counselling is not cut and dried · disciplesofchrist · ever had a bad counsellor? · foolishness vs wisdom · formulas · Free will · Good counselling is objective · Grace to the Rescue by laura grace · Grace to the rescue ministries speaking · graceofgod · gracetogrow · Gracetogrowrealstories · how to un-become being a know it all · Judging · Jumping to conclusions · marital advice · no more drama not even for your mama · relationships and everyday problems · the pitfalls of giving martial advice · Uncategorized

No Drama not even for your Mama! Relationships #2 Judging/Making snap-judgments

RElationship 13 judging.jpg

Relationships #1 Judging (and snap judgments).

Nothing is scarier than a person armed with Knowledge, (bold as brass), yet not having an entire handle (or view) of the truth. The truth actually contains “the whole picture” not just your view of it.

If we see a house next door to us, we cannot see the roof, the basement, or the interior of the house. We can only see our viewpont, unless we investigate and get a closer view. Right?

Yet at times, we all make “snap” judgments, better known as jumping to conclusions! And why did I say nothing is scarier than these types?

Because: People with real problems are vulnerable (more than any others) to this “mis-applied’ Information, and you can really “Mess them up.” 

I met a gal a few years ago, who had such problems in her marraige it was staggering.

After hearing her story, I jumped to the conclusion (based on my knowledge) she needed to get out of there and start over. THANK (YOU) God for a background in learning that prayer (and asking the Holy Spirit how to pray) was important (to God). if not for those Spiritual Teachings. I have no idea how much damage I might have done with my “I know the answer” type advice.

I did pray before I spoke, but I really didn’t take much time to really seek God about her situation, before opening my mouth! I was so gung ho about seeing women not abused, I failed to see God wanted to heal this relationship.

And so I learned. The hard way.

We can know things that are true, yet mis-apply that truth. That’s what the Pharisees did on more than one occasion, with Jesus. They knew the Sabbath was holy, but they mis-applied that truth and attacked him about his disciples picking some wheat, or his healing of someone on the Sabbath Day. They crossed from knowledge to Judging, and I suspect pride had come in- over their “great knowledge” about God’s Word.

When people say “God is Judging” (Over all this sin) i want to remind you of this passage: Matthew 7:2 “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” (KJV).

When God Does Judge, by his own standard- it’s to those who are measuring out Judgment toward others. This is the only type of judgment we need to be concerned with, as it’s not up to use WHO receives mercy or who doesn’t! That is between them (and God)- not between them and us.

When we are too concerned with Justice, or even protecting ourselves and others, we can find ourselves in the very deep water of mis-applying the truth, and making snap-judgements all too quickly. No wonder Jesus said “take my yoke, learn of me”

Let’s keep learning! (and deal withourselves first!) It is wise to do so. The best relationships start with YOU! And as we learn of Jesus, (relationship #1) all the others will get better.  -Laura Grace, author, Grace to Grow 

answerstoprayer · believingformiracles · discernment · disciplesofchrist · disciplesofjesus · elections · formulas · giantslayers · Godisrighteous · Godsgrace · Grace books · graceofgod · gracetogrow · gracetosoar · gracetotherescueseries · gracewalk · greaterthingswillwedoinHim · insulting grace · learningaboutGod · prayersforamerica · praying · revelationonprayer · thenationofGod · Uncategorized · victoriousinChrist · youdomake a difference

Formulas Part 2 “let not your heart be troubled” …how can we make this so?

a-new-covenant

When the disciples decided to follow Jesus, they were also accepting an invitation to enter into a Covenant with Him. As they walked with him, he was allowing them to see, hear, and learn about him, and then finally decide, whether they wanted to be “IN Covenant” (or not).

Judas chose not to do that, as he decided at the end, his answer was “No.” 

This morning as I was thinking about the elections, the condition of our nation, and all the things I am hearing about the subject, I thought wow are we really in this Much trouble Lord? It’s scary (I thought) Some of the things we have heard……

Immediately the passage “Let not your heart be troubled” came to heart and mind. I already knew what it said after that, but I looked it up anyway, thinking “teach me Lord” what you are wanting to say to my heart.” ……..

See, I’ve read this scripture numerous times. Today I saw “Oh, so right after You said let not our hearts be troubled,” You said “In my house are many mansions.” Sounds like “don’t worry, because you get to die, then come up here with me, and all will be well!” Great answer! “pray for death?” …….Oh come on, don’t tell me you haven’t thought that at least one time! Where do you think that statement came from, “two things you can count on, death and taxes!” ……(me looking all aghast here!) 

Not long after (in John 14) Jesus adds “Ask what you will it shall be done that we might be Glorified” …(paraphrased) OH So .…It’s for his names sake! OH WOW a very big clue as to “how our prayers” should be shaped ……..

Yes yes, he’s the potter we are the clay. but you CAN KNOW what he is up to (if you care to know!). “I want to shape your prayers to think like me……” (more covenant stuff here) so we are in partnership with God himself! and He wants us to know HIS Desires so we can pray HE can be glorified! oh and Greater works will we do than HE (He said) WOW! 

Just be careful,  “greater things” Is still HIS Ideas not our own ideas! oooo because we still have to watch out for that enemy (satan) who says “I can be exalted and I have better ideas than God does” (OH DEAR LORD!) …….

Formulas: We want them because we are too lazy to pray (sometimes) or it’s just too much bother to “GET TO KNOW THE LORD” ……Oh how sad that is! 

Tell you what, Let’s get together and pray Father, what do you want in this situation? What would you like to see happen? This is YOUR earth YOUR PLANET and I am yours! 

ALL You have is mine, because All I have is yours Father God! Covenant (like marriage) and let me tell you something, Your MARRIAGE To God takes precedence over every other commitment or, it should………….right? ………..

So we have a lot to look forward to people of God “BEFORE” we go to heaven! “Greater things shall we do “(in HIM) And Amen.

Laura Grace minister of the Lord Jesus and, his servant 

blanketprayers · christians growing · disciplesofchrist · formulas · godsvictorystyle · gracetogrow · howtobgetthevictoryinchristjesus · jesusforever · lovingjesusforever · nomoreformulasinchrist · renewedgracetogrowdaily.com · spiritualformulas · spiritualwitchcraft · Uncategorized · victoriouswithChrist · victoryingod · witchcraft

Formulas and Spiritual concoctions, why they don’t work………

formula

We’d all like a formula, to solve all our problems! Wouldn’t we? Better yet, a magic genie, or some mystical experience with Aladdin’s lamp. I lost track of how many times, as a young mother, I thought “I wish” I could be like that woman on Bewitched, wiggle my nose “poof” the house is clean! That deep seated desire (in our soul realm) is the very reason many wind up mixing “mysticism” with a trace of God-stuff. 

Hey, I don’t blame you! We need to get out of this idea that God is angry, throwing things, having some giant temper tantrum in the sky, just because we insulted him with our “bad ideas.” We wonder why people are not drawn to the God we love so much. Why would they be? According to some, he is extremely temperamental! 

Back to the Formula Analogy, I want you to remember that no lie can stand, without a truth to hold it up. True, there will be a formula (of sorts) For each individual situation. 

Mud in your eyes, go dip in the river, a floating ax, march around Jerico……These are just a few examples of formulas, if you will, in the pages of the bible. OH and there is sowing, reaping, giving, prayers of petition, covenant meal, which many call communion, use of anointing oil…..and so on, and so forth. 

The thing is, we as humans, want to leave out the primary ingredient; RELATIONSHIP with God. Personal relationship! “Peter,” He said “Feed my Sheep,” John (he said) “take care of my Mother” (Paraphrased) and to Stephen: “stand there, behold my glory” (as he is stoned, to death!). “Paul,” GO wherever I tell you, even if chains and prison awaits you………” But the thing is, Paul declared “He would” be delivered from every single thing he encountered, until, it came his time to go to heaven. 

One thing we often forget, every person in the bible with a Testimony, was actually in Covenant with God Almighty! And, I might add, it was personal. Very Personal. 

This is why, just memorizing passages of scripture (or hearing them sometimes) does not give us the full picture of what is going on, in the Mind of God and Christ. WE need to see the whole story, the backdrop, and what was going on with each person (in our bible) that was in this covenant relationship with God Almighty. But see, we want formulas (I do too, sometimes).

Making scripture into Formulas (without relationship) is the reason so many atheists say “I tried that, It didn’t work for me” and bash God so angrily……..

Think about that for a minute. What are we teaching? And why? 

What I have learned is, each time I gain a victory, it has to do with God saying “You do this, now trust me for that” (Other thing I want to trust him for) and it’s never the same twice!  Why?

Well, just for one thing, he wants me to know him! (More and more) So therefore, in my personal relationship with Him, I will find things are always changing, or just a bit different! So much for Formula’s, and all the gainsaying that goes with it. If you’d like to know more about that one, look it up? I love you all “Blessings Peace and love (to you all) and may the God of all hope, spring eternal within you, and Let there be Light! 

A link to my newest book: Covenants. 🙂 

Laura Grace, Author, minister, and his Servant Forever……..Amen 

Stay Tuned for Part 2!