" We have adopted a convenient theory That the Bible is a book to be explained, whereas first and foremost it is a book to be believed... There is a world of difference between knowing the Word of God and knowing the God of the Word."
Dignity comes forth from the inside of the cup. I used to care about how the outside looked, which is why I used to get tattoos. But I don't even remember or even notice I still have them now. That is what is meant by not caring about the outside of the cup
Christopher. when I first got saved, there was nothing that could keep me from deep prayer. The only thing that hindered it was me. This is troubling to me because when I continue in "me", I end up traveling to a distant land away from my father after receiving my inheritance. But, the loving father peers out his window waiting for his son to come back home. What love!
Some people would call this prayer "mystical". But that is wrong.
As Leonard Ravenhill once said, "if you're going to get mature in Christ, all the spiritual dwarves around you are going to sneer at you and say, "you're trying to be holier than the rest of us, huh?""
But Christ said eternal life is knowing him and He who sent Him.
Sometimes are prayers seem to be a struggle, and repetitious. But He is faithful. We just need to long for truth in the inner most being in a relationship with Him.
"However, I do believe it is possible and wonderful, that we might begin to pray falteringly, not sure of what we ought to be praying for, and then at some point we get taken up in the Spirit and words flow easily, and we begin to tremble, maybe get a bit warmer as the Holy Ghost fills us, the affections and even the emotions being influenced, and suddenly it is like we have come within the veil by the blood of Jesus, by the terms of the new covenant, and we are truly interceding before the throne. Phew! What a privilege! Oh, deep joy!"
Oh, brother, it has been a while. What groaning, what trembling in reverential fear, weeping in comfort for a relationship with your Father. Vessels for the masters use. It has been a while.