Friday, December 16, 2005
Though many preach, "Once saved, always saved." I firmly have come to believe that the Saved can loose their Salvation.
I also believe that Eternal Security is available, that if you want to be Saved, you can be sure of your salvation, but we can always turn away if we want and loose our Salvation.
I was listening to Mike Bickle tonight at the IHOP-KC webcasts page. He commented on this subject and it was in agreement with what I felt as well so I wanted to write about it.
Below is a book that discusses the topic. I have not read it yet but hope to.
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Once Saved Always Saved?: A Study in Perseverance and Inheritance
By David Pawson
Release date: By November, 1996
I was listening to someone talk about this on KSLR. It seemed serious that the possibility of a nuclear exchange in the middle east could happen in the coming months. Iran's leadership is determined to get Israel out of the area. Iran is also in the process of developing nuclear weapons. Israel is preparing for this threat.
If anything like this goes down, life as we know it will quickly change as the US would be involved and many Muslim nations would also jump in quickly.
It stirs me to pray.
If you haven't become familiar with Zechariah 12-14, please do.
Like Mr. Beaver I say, "I can believe you don't know the prophecy!"
I've been writing on MySpace recently too. It's different than Blogger. It's definately more of a social thing. Blogger is more of a personal voice thing. I appreciate both.
We finished our Christmas shopping today. I still need to pray. I'm getting used to having free time again.
Friday, December 02, 2005
The Justice House of Prayer is following King David's model of the Tabernacle of David in which he paid 400 musicians and singers to take shifts and pray, sing, and make music to God 24/7. Others used this model as well. After the Babylonian Diaspora, the Jews rebuilt the temple and Nehemiah, Ezra and the Jewish community reinstituted the singers, musicians and pray-ers 24/7 again.
In more recent history we find Count Zinzendorf who held a hundred year prayer meeting in
All these go back in ideas to the original idea of King David's vision for 24/7 prayer and worship with music.
But going farther than just human institution, the book of Revelation gives us a vision of the activity of heaven around God's throne where angels and saints worship in song and prayer 24/7. This is our ultimate model for heaven on earth. Where God is, there is worship and prayer. This is where King David's inspiration came from.
About prayer, the Apostle Paul writes to pray without ceasing, Jesus says that God will give speedy justice to those who cry out to him day and night, the Prophet Daniel prayed and fasted for 21 days to get revelation from God and to ask that the Jewish exiles would be able to return to the holy land. This movement to return then began the next year or two by the initiative of others with the approval of King Darius the Persian King. Prayer can change the hearts of rulers whether they claim belief in God or not.
For those who are upset that all this prayer is focused on the Supreme Court and the "killing of the unborn/abortion" issue, another key focus is God's purpose for the Jewish people and the nation of Israel, that God's purpose and plan for Israel might come about quickly.
God desires human cooperation in his activity. This was his intention in creating the human race. Prayer is a dialog we have with the Creator, so that we can together build his kingdom. We do our part, and ask him to do his. More important than outcomes, is the fact that one builds intimacy and friendship with the Creator. This is the ultimate reward and is never a promise of an easy life nor a promise that we will get what we want. We are promised that all things will work together for our good even if we cannot understand it at the present. I will rest in that.