Prayer Replaced by Assurance

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Prayer in my life has been replaced by assurance! I’m now in a place of relaxation as my ability to see His sovereignty in all things is coupled with His love and mercy for all.

Mike Owens
Author of The Fallacy of Post-Mortem Punishment in Light of a Successful Savior
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Prayer: An Awareness of God’s Sovereignty

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I see prayer not as asking God to provide things or change circumstances, but as a constant state of awareness of His sovereignty in ALL THINGS, which then results in an attitude of gratefulness and thanksgiving, which then leads to peace – i.e., gratefulness leads to great fullness.

André Sneidar
Executive Editor, Bible Student’s Notebook
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No One Has All the Answers

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I’ve met thousands of people in my life who have almost zero intellectual curiosity, people who get their information from the equivalent of tabloids. And when it comes time to share conversations with them, I’m always stunned by how dug-in they are on their beliefs and opinions. The one thing I’ve learned from thousands of books I’ve read is to keep an open mind. These books have contributed to two very important aspects of my personality: be humble and flexible because no one has all the answers.

Nicholas “Nick” Jacobs
(Past president of Windber Medical Center & Windber Research Institute)
“Discovering Knowledge on Bookcases”
Daily American; Somerset, PA, March 3, 2021
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Spiritual Position

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Our position is said to be in the heavenlies in Christ, and that is not just a mental spiritual realm in which we live, but we see that it represents our being utterly separated from, in spirit, the whole of this world system.

In work of the Lord, for instance, there must be no desire for some earthly thing as such, to see established on this Earth some great movement, institution or organization, something which man can take account of and recognize and call a success, something that we would like to see here on the Earth, prospering according to natural standards of prosperity, and feeling that the thing was really a success. And we must remember that a thing is effective today, from God’s standpoint, only in the measure in which it is spiritual.


T. Austin-Sparks (1888-1971)
In the Heavenlies
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The Conflicts of Worldly Systems

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When believers let themselves become affected by worldly systems, then they subject themselves to the influence of those spirits who operate them. All of these systems are currently under the headship of Satan.

It’s one thing to have an opinion about something, but when it affects our relationships, we need to take a step back and re-evaluate our own behavior and consider if we are allowing ourselves to be influenced by those spirits instead of God’s.

A lot of the problem is that believers falsely put their hope of security in the worldly systems, whether politics, or finances, or whatever else, and then when things take a turn for the worse (according to their thinking) their world seems to fall apart, or at least stands on “less secure” ground. We must remember that God is writing the script. This is all His show.

André Sneidar
Executive Editor, Bible Student’s Notebook
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The Walk of Faith

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The walk of faith is the walk of an intelligent response to a clear understanding of God’s revelation to us through His Word rightly divided. Nothing short of this qualifies as the walk of faith. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). Therefore, if we are to walk by faith, it must be faith in God’s Word to us.

C. Richard Jordan
The Grace Journal
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The Basis of the Distresses of the Believer’s Life

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To “hope to be better” is to fail to see yourself in Christ only.
To be disappointed with yourself is to have believed in yourself.
To be discouraged is unbelief as to God’s purpose and plan of blessing for you.
To be proud, is to be blind! For we have no standing before God in ourselves.

William R. Newell (1868-1956)
Professor, Moody Bible Institute
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Prayer and the Sovereignty of God

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Let us beware, in our prayer, that we do not set ourselves above the Supreme. Let us not inform Him Who knows all, or reform Him Who has made all. He is not an idol of putty, so that we may remold Him to conform to ourselves.

Those who know Him do not wish to change Him. They are satisfied and delighted to have Him as He is. Neither do they wish to change His purpose or His plan. His will, to them, is the only good. They wish to change themselves, not Him. They want Him to conform them to His will.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 40 (1949)
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Spending One’s Self in a Worthy Cause

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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

[Editor:] I am entreating you, then, I, the prisoner in the Lord, to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called – Paul, the Apostle, Ephesians 4:1, CV

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
Speech at the Sorbonne; Paris, France, April 23, 1910
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Prayer Likened to Breath

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The act of breathing is not our constant concern. We need not worry about what it is. We need not worry about what it ought to be. We need not worry about when it should be made. Just as breathing is the obtaining of pure air and making use of it, so prayer should be a natural occupation of the new nature. …. It does not need any artificial helps and props. It need not be put on. It should be a spontaneous function …

Oscar M. Baker (1898-1987)
Truth for Today, December 1956
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