How to Quickly Get Farther than YOUR Formula Takes You

What formula do you use? RememberIf W is work, F the force and x the distance .then

W = Fx?” **

Formulas, they are found and used everywhere. Baseball pitchers and hockey players are prime examples, i.e. a pitcher’s quirky delivery, hockey players letting their beards grow during the playoffs. Some definitions that accurately describe this phenomena:

> any fixed or conventional method for doing something

a customary or set form or method allowing little room for originality

> a set form (of words) for use in a ceremony or ritual

Like the above equation for work, we usually relate formulas to science or math. However, the realm of faith, is chock full of them, too! The following definitions confirm the fact, if you don’t believe me.

> a formal statement of religious doctrine.

> for indicating procedure to be followed, or for prescribed use on some ceremonial occasion.

In practice, many religions recite certain phrases in prayer as a ritual. We find the Jewish custom of touching the mezuzah on the doorjamb while entering or exiting a building. Some churches take communion in a formalized way; Christians may habitually “put on the armor of God” or pray for forgiveness several times day. If not careful, approaching God can become a strict adherence to traditional forms and observances. Among day-to-day activities include diligently relating to God personally and reading the Bible in order to learn Who He really is! Difficult to organize and squeeze in as it can be, the rewards are life-changing.

Devotional guides are published in many forms to help our quiet time be fresh and inspiring. The Lord also uses them to challenge us to spiritual growth and exercise discipline, for example this excerpt from Day 1 of  21 Days Seeking the Lord .

In prayer, ask the Lord of the harvest to plow your heart, to remove the obstacles, and prepare you for His planting. Tell Him you are willing.Thank Him for His grace and mercy.

Let’s relate this definition of formula to a common expression.

> a set form of words, as for stating or declaringsomething definitely or authoritatively,

How does this apply to me?

Plead the blood, under the blood, covered by the blood…

Commonly declared fervently, there is meaning to these words, but the expression is not a talisman or good luck charm as some use it. If we want its effect in our lives we need to know the proper way to apply them.

AS F.B. Meyer said in The Secret of Guidance,(included in my Kindle volume of The F.B. Meyer Collection 11 Classic Works),

But our standing in Jesus changes not. It is like Himself the same yesterday, to-day, and forever. It did not originate in us, but in everlasting love, which,foreseeing all that we should be, loved us notwithstanding all. It has not been purchased by us, but by His precious blood, which pleads for us as mightlily and successfully when we can hardly claim it, as when our faith is most buoyant.

Jesus’ blood was poured out on the mercy seat in Heaven to cleanse me from sin and put me in right standing with God. We see a type of this in the first “passover” when the children of Israel put blood from the innocent, sacrificed lamb on their doorposts so that the death angel would pass over their homes. Every other household received judgment, the death of the firstborn.

And no doubt or depression can for a single moment affect or alter our acceptance with God through the blood of Jesus, which is an eternal fact.

wrote Meyer. Hence…I’m standing on the blood, when feeling condemned. So, our las definition is quite appropriate!

> a conventionalized statement intended to express some fundamental truth or principle especially as a basis for negotiation or action

Finally, according to Meyer,

Cease to consider how you feel, and build on the immovable rock or what Jesus is, and has done, and is doing, and will do for you, world without end.




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