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Being a child king is dangerous...

>"God has a cure for this, if you just follow it: read the Bible complete, in a humble, dedicated way. Actually read it complete. Once, three times, seven times."

Does this qualify as laying the foundation over and over? You say it every post.

Absolutely not. You have to get the living Word of God into your heart, and you can only do this via dedicated, humble, complete readings. It's very much in the realm of 'building the house'. The foundation is regeneration by the Word and the Spirit (it's assumed a person has read or heard the Word of God enough to be effectually called) and then seeking and finding basic, on-the-mark biblical doctrine. The foundation is also delineated in Hebrews 6:1,2. Reading of the Bible though is part of the active role in sanctification. Yes, you want to put it into the parameters of a goal, but that is just needed so that you actually do it. John 17:17.

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

I use the fundamental metaphors of mining, fishing, and planting for the practice part of the Faith, and having a goal and carrying it out to read the Bible once, three times, seven times is 'mining'. Getting the Bible into your heart, engaging it, absorbing it, understanding it, is mining. This happens by degree, unlike justification (justification being more the foundation). Getting the Word of God into your heart and understanding is very much part of the practice of the faith, part of the 'building the house' on the foundation of the Faith.

The fishing and planting metaphors are more difficult to see regarding the practice of the faith, but suffice to say they correspond to the two great commandments of Jesus to love God and love your neighbor as yourself. The first is conscious labor, the second is intentional suffering. Conscious labor to be filled with the Holy Spirit (this is 'fishing' using the three metaphors above). Intentional suffering to not indulge resentment or self-absorbed depression when that Spirit wars with your carnal nature. Resentment always gets directed, one way or another, at other human beings, so the command is to love your neighbor as yourself. You have to sacrifice your pleasure in feeling 'wronged' and in indulging all-purpose, ever-present resentment (this is 'planting'; basically you absorb friction like planting it within you and you let it grow; what it manifests as in time you can only know by doing it; and remember the friction is not common 'stress' or common sexual energy being used in emotions or physical violence; the friction in question has to be the result of labor to be filled with the Holy Spirit; if it isn't you won't be doing anything but being a pressure cooker waiting to eventually explode). The great formula of sanctification is this: gratitude in place of resentment when the Spirit wars with the carnal nature. However you have to get there. It requires new thinking in the moment. Active reasoning.

The two great commandments also correspond to prayer and fasting. (Fasting as defined by God in Isaiah 58:6

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

Think: fearing God only and not fearing man.

All of this can be described and explained in more practically-instructive language, but a person has to find that on his own. It means nothing if you don't connect by your own motivation and need.

The practical goal is stated well and directly in Ephesians 6:13...

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

The 'evil day' is either the end of this current era of the history of redemption or it's your physical death (or both of course). Building yourself up in the faith, developing real inner command, becoming a king by real, maturing and developing and growth rather than merely by being born again as a king and heir of the Living God. Growing from a child to a man in the faith. A child king to a complete, mature king in God's Creation. This is how you 'stand' in that evil day. If you say: "But even as a child king I will be able to stand!" then you don't understand God's plan and how God awakens and develops His own...


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