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Monday, June 12, 2006

Just read

"Isn't it time to stop asking the LORD to bless what we are doing, and start doing what HE has [blessed] and is blessing?" - Billy Wright, Jr. in "Another Way: House Churches, Part 4", Baptist Monitor, p. 11, June 2006

Thoughts - yes, no, doesn't matter, other??

4 comments:

Jim1927 said...

Quote: "Isn't it time to stop asking the LORD to bless what we are doing, and start doing what HE has [blessed] and is blessing?" - Billy Wright, Jr
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I think the statement is a redundancy. In simple terms, it means we ought not to say grace before meals because the meal is already a blessing of God.

I really think some preachers stretch their imaginations to come up with catchy phrases to catch attention and give the appearance of extra-spirituality. If I heard that one in the middle of a message, I would miss the rest of the message trying to figure out what was just said.

I like the old adage; Keep it simple, stupid!

Cheers,

Jim

amity said...

I was on the point of saying I was all for it, but Jim does have a good point about grace!

On the other hand, I think it says to examine our priorities and make sure that they are God's priorities for us. Are we doing what we should do, or just doing what we want to do and asking God to bless us in doing it? If the latter, we are perhaps just trying to use God as a lucky charm to achieve personal goals. This does not mean we should not be grateful for our blessings. It is just a question of what our lives are oriented toward. Are we using our blessings to serve God?

Jim1927 said...

Amity, you are quite right.

The psalmist said it best, I think: (Psalm 103) "Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits...." In the midst of all the Lord has blessed us with, we are to bless Him by our voice and by our every action. It is hard to lead with the wrong foot when we put Him first.

Cheers,

Jim

R. L. Vaughn said...

Thanks, Jim and Amity for the comments. I had the advantagement of the entire context of the statement, but was mainly interested in how the statement would "walk on all fours"; IOW, stand on its own.

In context it was what Amity pointed it out to be -- saying to examine our priorities and make sure that they are God's priorities for us. Jim, your thoughts well point up that it cannot be considered a "universal" statement, because there are applications where it won't fit.