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1-1/Wk1/Ch1: Simon the Leper 
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If we obey mindlessly, just because we are told to do so by God - I believe that's faith in its purest form! Examples in scripture of obeying God mindlessly:

- Abraham was told to leave his home without knowing where he was going. He didn't know the outcome, but he had faith in God.
- Abraham was told to sacrifice Isaac. He didn't know the outcome, but he had faith in God.
- Joshua was told to March around Jericho 7 times. He didn't know the outcome, but he had faith in God.

According to the above biblical examples God does confront our logic to test our obedience, and you are right when you pray for understanding, but after praying for understanding in my own life, the Lord has rarely given me more than a strong blessed assurance, an open door in the spirit, and a deep peace - and that's all I need to do what He wants me to do whether or not it makes sense to me or whether or not I'm fearful or whether or not I want to.

These examples illustrate the difficulties involved in discerning what to do about the leadership of the spirit. I would add the case of Gideon.

Gideon had the problem of knowing if the guidance was really from God, and so he put out a fleece. And then again. We are rarely given strong guidance that we know to be from God.

We can, prayerfully, get a sense of whether we are being tested for our willingness to act in a loving way, because such acts lead to more fruit. But some things we might interpret as tests of obedience are just difficult decisions.

Abraham's departure has gotten some attention over the years. Many commentators concluded that he was being led away from idolatry, and there is some indication of that in scripture. His sacrifice of Isaac is often taken as a dramatic statement by God that the commands of Moloch to kill children were not from the true God. I think those kinds of indications from context are often present when we think we might be undergoing testing for obedience.

I agree that obedience sometimes calls for taking actions whose specific purpose we cannot, or do not yet, understand. What I see too much of is people telling other people about what God is commanding them to do. That isn't present in any of the examples we have been looking at.



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marian wrote:
As Christians we will be ridiculed, banished, set apart from others, tortured for our faith.


Open Doors USA released its 2018 World Watch List, which details the 50 most dangerous countries for Christians. A sobering message at this link:

http://www.breakpoint.org/2018/01/break ... 48-6562689



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Really good start to this book.
Leprosy sounds awful!
I was surprised that Simon didn't run to Jesus then and
There when he saw him healing others.
It's a good thing Jesus came back!
I was also surprised that not ALL the lepers who saw the
Healing didn't run to him!! Only Simon.
Too bad for Simon when he returned home it wasn't
The life he thought he was goingxback to. No wife/kids
Shunned from the church. But even BETTER
he got to live in Bethany with Jesus' other awesome friends
(Mary/Martha/Lazarus!)
Loved the first chapter. Except for toes and fingers
Falling off. This is not my chapter. I can't wait to find
Out which friend I would most be like.



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