The author explore Horton’s (2009) article on spiritual discernment and what influences decision making amongst believers in Christ. The author believes praying for guidance, waiting for signs from God, praying for wisdom to make Godly decision, considering strengths, abilities, talents, and gifts, and using common sense influence daily decision-making. The author goes on to explore past family and experience factors, such as, guidance from pastors, a conflicting family systems, and a Christian college, that influenced the present approach to spiritual discernment. The author concludes with a practical application of the adopted approach to spiritual discernment. The author emphasizes checking in with the client, allowing the client to explore
Assessment Paper As an image bearer of God this assessment is an evaluation my faith and spiritual development while learning to function as a believer in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This personal assessment is essential in the strengthen and development of witnessing for Jesus and spreading the gospel through effective ministries to win souls for Christ. This course gives the essential strength of one’s faith that is paramount in creating a spiritual foundation of becoming an effective Christian. Psalms 95:6 states “Come let us bow down in worship, and let us kneel before our Lord our maker “(The Holy Bible, NIV 2010). A person’s faith starts with a single act based on personal beliefs and trust in the teaching and words of Jesus Christ.
Hope comes from having a purpose that you desire or long for. God gives us the purpose to live righteously through his vision and in hopes to be accepted by him when judgment day comes. Prayer is founded on faith and to find faith one must have the hope in God’s promises. When we hope for something we pray that God hears our struggles and our blessings. In this essay, I will deliver the theological definition, biblical foundation and practical application of hope and prayer.
One argument is that one does not have to speak in tongues to show evidence of the Holy Spirit. The other side of the argument is that speaking in tongues is a sign of the indwelling of Holy Spirit. Paul’s teachings about the gifts of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues will also be discussed. Most Christians know that when Jesus was here on earth he taught, preached and talked about the Holy Spirit. Also when Jesus was resurrected and went to see the disciples, he promised them of another power to come to comfort them and to help guide them through their everyday lives.
We need to look at prayer with deeper thoughts. Prayer isn’t just closing your eyes, folding your hands and speaking. Prayer is a much more meaningful part of religion. We all need to pray, God himself demands us to pray. Prayer is defined as an act of God, a god or another object of worship, such as in devotion, confession, praise, or thanksgiving.
I will be discussing about hope and prayer and the definitions, application of both to our lives, and how we need both hope and prayer in our lives. When we read scripture, it talks about how that hope itself is missing from that of a prayer life. God wants us to cling to the cross and to Him through prayer, but if we are praying fervently for something then trust follows with that of faith and hope. I know for some people praying isn’t a priority, they may be fearful, or not believe that God will answer their prayers. If we give up ourselves through giving our entire life to Him, we then develop a personal relationship with God Himself, while are learning to experience the joy and peace that comes with knowing Him.
Prayer as defined by Houghton Mifflin (2009) is a reverent petition made to God, a god, or another object of worship. However, when we make an appeal how do we capture His attention? It is through prayer that we are able to petition God and ultimately develop a consistent prayer life that pleases Him. Reading the word of God and prayer draws us closer to Christ. We begin to have His mind and His spirit living in us because of this Holy communication.
In the beginning of the book, Bounds expresses that we depend on God just as much as he depends on us. Our relationship with Christ is simple, but requires a lot of communication. He shows why it is so important to be in communication and prayer with Christ when preparing a sermon. Bounds says that, "Prayer is the mightiest weapon." (p. 46) What he means by this is that prayer gives life and force to all.
(Anderson and Reese) The characteristics to look for in a mentor are a Christ-like role model displaying holiness, spiritual maturity, biblical knowledge, wisdom, spiritual disciplines, prayer, a listener, gifted in recognizing potential, discerning, trustworthy, experienced life, and an attitude of grace. The primary task of the mentor is “to awaken the mentoree to his or her uniqueness as a loved child of God, created in the image of God for intimacy of relationship that empowers the individual for authentic acts of ministry” (Anderson and Reese 45). The Art of Beginning Well:
The definition of worship is, “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity. We were created to show reverence and adoration to the God who created us. We have this desire to honor with religious rites. For the most part, I believe one must have a priority of worship in their walk with Christ. True worship is a matter of the heart expressed through a lifestyle of