1. Victoria Nimmo Walters
    March 15, 2016 @ 3:09 PM

    I didn’t read anything that sounded flippant, at all.

    Your portion concerning “deliver us from evil” reminded me of Psalm 91. In that Psalm, the word “deliverance” is used three times; with three different meanings. If you look up each occurrence in your Strong’s Concordance, you’ll find the first usage means, “to deliver through snatching away from danger” (like we would intervene should we see a child reaching for a hot stove.) The second usage means, “to steer around pitfalls” (as though we are walking together with Him and He points out a danger and guides us around it.) The third means, “to equip for battle,” (He gives us what we need to walk through the danger.)

    To me, this speaks of spiritual growth: when we are baby-Christians He snatches us from harms way. As we mature, He points out the dangers so we can avoid them. Then when we have proven our discipleship, He expects us to use His Armor to meet the challenges of life. I think most of the time (now) I’m in the second stage of spiritual development: He generally shows me the pitfalls before I step into them. I can avoid them if I’m paying attention, but sometimes I fail to heed His warning and fall flat on my face. Yet there are occasions that He calls me to soldier up, secure my armor a little tighter, and engage the enemy in HIS strength and in HIS might. Gotta tell you–those times are exhilarating! But at the same time, those times are the ones that I find myself most in danger of ‘taking credit for the win’ instead of recognizing that even when He makes me strong, it is still HIS doing, not my own.

  2. avincent
    March 15, 2016 @ 5:11 PM

    When I was writing this piece I was prompted to include a piece about the armor but it got so long that I decided to leave it out. I’m glad you brought it up. Only through the use of His armor can we have any hope of standing up against the Devil and his schemes.

    I too find it too easy to take credit for the wins when we fight the battles together. It is so much easier to give Him glory when I get to sit back and watch Him work. Even this blog that I am working on now demonstrates that reality. The bible study part, I get to do together with Him. He shows me concepts and images that are inspiring and I HAVE to include them. Sometimes I’m tempted to take the glory for what eventually lands on the page, even though we created it together. For that I apologize to the readers and ask God to forgive me for AGAIN. I’m the scribe, He is the author or at least co-author. Father, please help me remember that every day.

    The financial part, I am trying to leave in His hands. I may post that it is available and what its purpose is, but I need Him to drive the traffic. I am NOT a sales person! I have not received much in the financial rewards, but I still trust Him to handle it. ALL glory for that part is easy to turn over. Thank You that I can trust You with my life. You know exactly what I need.

  3. Victoria Nimmo Walters
    March 16, 2016 @ 3:00 PM

    Interestingly, the email subscription arrives a day later than when you actually post the entry. IOW, I received this one via email today, whereas you posted it yesterday. (Good thing I had gone to your web page yesterday instead of relying on the email subscription, huh?)

    Anyway – I have a question: What translation of Study Bible are you using? I ask, because of your reference to ‘how the Gentiles’ pray. Every version I’ve looked at discusses ‘how the hypocrites’ pray. So, I’m a little concerned about the rendering in your version. Gentiles were anyone who was not a Jew. Whereas, hypocrites were Jews who practiced their religion by rote rather than relationship. It was all about who was watching rather than what was coming from their heart.

    Not knit-picking…just wondering.

    • avincent
      March 16, 2016 @ 4:27 PM

      My bible is the English Standard Version. I have noticed a few places where I went, Hmmm too. I have been trying to look up different versions renderings when I hit these places. This reference didn’t even make me stop. It should have because I have heard it with “hypocrites” before. I suppose either or both would fit here.