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Today, the full benefit and use of the Rosary is considered.  It continues to be very challenging for those on the earth to accept that our own words and deeds are “weak and beggarly elements” that reek and make us appear as adorned wearing “filthy rags.”  Intercession, the prayers of the church, and offerings from saints (who include the mother of Jesus) become fragrant before the Father only as expressions by and with the Son or Holy Spirit.  Thus, believers may also say, “if God be for Mary, who can be against Mary?”  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “David” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since February 14, 2017) posted the following:

 

Do you have to use the rosary as a meditation tool? Can I just use it for prayer?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:  for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:  but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called:  and whom he called, them he also justified:  and whom he justified, them he also glorified.  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  (Romans 8:  26-31, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Salvation By Faith Alone? (01/19/2017); The Power in Prayer? (08/22/2014); The Rosary and Other Prayers? (08/23/2014); Faith, Language, and “Mystery”? (04/11/2013); GOD Knows Tomorrow? (04/12/2013); Outgrowing Childhood Prayers? (04/07/2013); Confessing Only to GOD? (04/08/2013)

 

“David”, we may not separate the wet from the water.  It is correct for the followers of Jesus Christ to seek every available benefit and blessing shared through the discipline of Rosary prayer.  As we start, answering the Rosary may seem to be merely a matter of memorization and recitation.  However, the believer truly is submitting to operations by the Holy Spirit that are to produce permanent changes in their consciousness and self-will.  We are to keep in mind, the sacred things we are receiving are to fit us as servants who will minister to others.  Our gaze must fix upon the image of GOD in Christ.  All the revelation from GOD is to make divinity clearly active and present within the life of believers.  Through the Savior, we enter into the divine process of change and transformation that provides atonement, new creation, and the beginnings of eternal life, now.  While the utterance of the Rosary prayers can be simply understood as saying “I love you,” the commitment, conviction, and separation of the Rosary proclaim the believer’s participation in multiple aspects of profound sacred practice.  Included are anointing, baptism, circumcision, forgiveness, Incarnation, oneness without sameness within the GODhead, rebirth, and resurrection.  The things of our salvation are provided as gifts on the basis of faith, grace, divine prerogative, and eternal purpose, rather than the extent of our intellect, knowledge (both sacred and secular), carnal reason, and finite wisdom.  We are correct to repeatedly examine the holy mysteries (events) from the lives of Christ and his mother, for they impart to us an abundance of spirit from the makeup of GOD.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Timothy 3:  16, King James Version (KJV):  16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:  God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

(2.)  Colossians 1:  26-28, KJV:  26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:  27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:  28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

(3.)  Numbers 21:  8-9, KJV:  8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole:  and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.  9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

(4.)  Isaiah 42:  1-3, KJV:  1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him:  he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.  2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.  3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench:  he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  2nd Corinthians 3:  17-18, KJV:  17 Now the Lord is that Spirit:  and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, I share more points regarding spiritual benefit and power through the Rosary devotions and other prayers.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Power in Prayer? (08/22/2014)—(5.)  The most common and recurring problems for our prayer life are exposed by the discipline of praying the Rosary.  For, too often, believers pray to get from GOD, and not to unselfishly acknowledge and give to GOD.  Believers are thinking of their own desires and needs, or those of our loved ones whom we regard as possessions and parts of ourselves; and we are not thinking of completing or finishing things begun by the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit.  Their true spirit is exposed for those who err by approaching prayer as a function of doctrine and intellect, rather than of faith and Spirit.  Such are repeatedly cast down and overthrown by simple observances such as the Jesus Prayer, the Prayer of Jabez, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Rosary prayers manifesting undeniable spirit power in the lives of those in humility to Christ.  Nonbelievers frequently confuse displaying and practicing faith imparted from GOD with holding to an idea out of fear, ignorance, or stubbornness.  Rightly understood, prayer is also a form of ministry wherein believers serve with Christ as advocates, mediators, and supporters in judgment before GOD.  More than simply that prayer is to further develop patience in believers by having them tarry and wait for answers from GOD, the process of prayer is intended to further develop patience and ability to wait in expectation of fulfillment for divine proclamations, promises, and prophecies.  See Psalms 34:  1-8, Proverbs 28:  9 and Luke 1:  45-47, KJV.

(6.)  Given that all our actions, praises, and prayers offered to divinity are expressions within a personal and private relationship, the privilege of judging their beauty, completeness, depth, sincerity, and whether they are acceptable or not belongs only to those to whom they have been sent forth.  Mary is alive and in heaven through the same resurrection power that lifted Jesus, her son.  She is therefore sanctified and consecrated.  Those who acknowledge that the mother of Jesus is now exalted through the combined love of the Father and the Son, also understand that her role petitioning on behalf of believers does not replace Jesus as the one and only savior given to mankind.  Rather than answer counsel from academic theology, believers use common sense reasoning to endorse their practice of the Rosary, and every other form of group and private prayer.  Included are family prayer, prayer circles, praying in tongues, and silent or unspoken prayer.  Through the Rosary and other prayers, believers may achieve new discipline, express their love, show respect, themselves make intercession, and request and receive comfort, intercession and support both from Mary and from her blessed son.  GOD has not granted authority to anyone in heaven or upon the earth to disapprove and mock a believers heartfelt expressions of devotion and love.

(7.)  As seen among Islamic believers, agreement to honor and worship one God, the same God, is not the same as agreement to worship one way, the same way.  In other words:  there is only one God Almighty, yet, there are many acceptable ways to praise, honor and reverence the one God.  Because belief is also a matter of individual conscience, maturity, and what one may grasp as the completeness and integrity of their own being and personness, diversity will always appear within the assemblies, congregations, and households of faith.  Public worship generates the shared vocabulary of experience needed for acknowledgment of commonly held emotions and otherwise hidden feelings, clear communication, the building of trust as well as genuine fellowship among believers.  Often, symbolic ceremonies, customs, rites, and rituals are used, traditions that have been conserved, repeated, and continued without changes.  By contrast, private devotions, such as the Rosary, call ones spirit content into greater creativity, and more open individual exploration and self-expression.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The lips of the wise disperse knowledge:  but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.  The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD:  but the prayer of the upright is his delight.  The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD:  but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.  (Proverbs 15:  7-9, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Mary (06/13/2014); The Estate of His Handmaiden (06/14/2014); A Kindness to Mary? (04/21/2013); When GOD Controls? (04/22/2013)

 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (8.)  In addition to confessing love, interceding for others, and petitioning to meet ones material needs, prayer is also that aspect of divine judgment wherein those accused of wrongdoing are granted opportunity to speak on their own behalf (we say, plead), and call into divine review peculiar points of consideration and understanding that have power and presence within the awareness of one who is finite.  In appearing before the Father, believers will not be covered with the blood of Jesus; rather, they will be covered in clean, white linen—the prayers of the saints.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, points are shared on the benefit in prayer when using the Rosary.   A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Suzy” (Level 7 wit 32,721 points, a member since June 09, 2007) posted the following:

 

So, why would people keep saying the rosary? 

Update : (Matthew 6:7) But when praying, do not say the same things over and over again, just as the people of the nations do, for they imagine they will get a hearing for their use of many words.

Update 2: FIREBALL, all I did was ask a question to try to understand why they would do this when Jesus said not to. Why did you put “NOT OUR BUSINESS…WE ARE NOT THE RELIG COPS”?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!  Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.  (John 19:  25-27, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  His Burden Is Light? (09/21/2013); Evil is not Sin? (09/22/2013); Utterance is Spirit (09/08/2013); A Start for the Idea of GOD? (09/09/2013);GOD Knows Tomorrow? (04/12/2013); Outgrowing Childhood Prayers? (04/07/2013); Confessing Only to GOD? (04/08/2013); When You Pray (09/12/2012); Unanswered Prayers? (09/11/2012)       

 

“Suzy”, here are some points to consider that may further improve and perfect your prayer life:

(1.)  The process of prayer using the Rosary is one of turning away from the harshness, treachery, and violence of the World to focus upon the beauty, and glory of Mary and her Son, our Savior.  Believers willingly direct their emotions and thoughts to events (some say, mysteries) in the lives of the holy mother and son.  For Christians, continuous and uninterrupted meditation upon the things given from GOD for eternal life and salvation establish spiritual discernment (the ability to recognize and respond to sacred content within life experiences such as events, motives, objects, other persons, purposes, sacred practices (we say, sacraments), and the holy writings. 

(2.)  The challenge against the Rosary because of repetition is a trick from the Adversary to distract ones attention away from divinity.  Common sense dictates that all divine standards and tools provided as gifts to created beings and living creatures must be employed and put to work on the basis of conditions and needs that may vary over time, yet, are themselves immutable and unchanging.  The recognition of Christ (and of his mother) is only by operations of the Holy Spirit.

(3.)  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the lawgiver, and the Creation that relies upon sacred law for divine order.  The attack by sin is always through awareness and self-will.  The prayers of the Rosary are still a shield and weapon against sin.  The power in offering Rosary and other scriptural prayers include alertness, clarity, peace of mind, and a heightened consciousness of divine presence.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  For those in an intimate relationship, to repeatedly say “I love you,” is not regarded as boring, insulting, or offensive. Those who pray the Rosary confess their continuing joy, their need, and their respect.  Also, the Savior has taught that believers should importune (persist, repeat) in their prayers that make petitions and requests of GOD until they are answered (and, even, after they are answered) as acknowledgement of divine authority and sovereignty.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Focus, today, is upon divine foreknowledge, omniscience, and predetermination for events in the lives of created beings and living creatures. Also, there is more on faith, language, and “mystery.” A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Isis” (Level 1 with 37 points, a member since August 3, 2011) posted the following:

Does god know what will happen tomorrow?

THE BATTLE AXE: Faith, Language, and “Mystery”? (04/11/2013)—The understanding of “mystery” as special knowledge appears frequently within the holy writings. Even so, the meaning of “mystery” is fluid, and changes as we broaden or narrow focus. For example, consider again 1st Corinthians 4: 1, 1st Corinthians 13: 1-3, Ephesians 3: 2-12 and Ephesians 5: 31-32, KJV. Mystery is an aspect of spiritual relationship, a working of divine power, the dispensation of grace, eternal purpose, prophecy, the duties and works of priesthood, and a specific truth addressing divine acts to simultaneously separate and join (woman/man and Christ/the church). Here are some other awkward, yet repeatedly useful ideas and ways of regarding the “mysteries” of GOD. (1.) When reciting the prayers of the Rosary, a believer is to contemplate selected events from the life of Jesus and his mother Mary, that are spoken of as “mysteries.” (2.) The mystery of the kingdom of GOD is a shared reality and truth that unfolds within ones awareness through their continued being and existence. The kingdom is not a place in time or space, nor is the kingdom “all in ones mind.” Participation in the mysteries of the kingdom may be instructed and taught using parables, because as open-ended object lessons, parables grant believers latitude to assign meaning based on their own divine content of faith and hope. See Matthew 13: 10-12 and Luke 8: 9-11, King James Version.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. (Ephesians 1: 3-12, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Life Given By Knowledge? (04/03/2013); A Spirit Church? (04/04/2013); Did Jesus Know? (12/22/2012); The True Miracle (12/23/2012); Sin Unknown? (10/10/2012); When Prayer Works (10/11/2012); Blessings, Curses and Woes (10/03/2012); After We Die? (10/04/2012); Why Is GOD Blamed? (08/23/2012); Fire Baptism (08/24/2012); GOD Does Exist (03/20/2012); On Being Careful (02/13/2012); A New Earth (02/14/2012); The Afterlife? (12/30/2010); Diet and Food? (12/31/2010)

    
     Isis, here are a few points I may share as a mature Christian believer that speak to GOD “knowing” the future. They will probably make most sense to you after you again show respect to GOD in prayer:

(1.) It is most correct to say that GOD is omniscient when speaking of divine purpose, sacred process, and the fulfillment of prophecy. The idea that GOD is aware of and recalls every detail for every event from the life of every created being or living creature is less correct. GOD is a spirit, and we must worship him (i.e., acknowledge him and know him) in spirit and in truth (John 4: 24, KJV). There are statements found in Scripture suggesting the breadth and depth of divine commitment to Creation as well the connection of many hidden truths for valuing human life. However, in no way should believers understand that GOD goes about filled with a “superfluity of naughtiness” and trivia. See Matthew 10: 29-31 and Luke 12: 6-7, KJV.

(2.) The foreknowledge of GOD seems to be made up of, and determined by the fixed decisions and set goals for Creation. In the same way a Washington Nationals fan may decide his son will be a baseball player (not a Capitol’s hockey star, or Wizard’s basketball great) long before the child is born or takes his first steps, may rush about buying bats, cleats, and gloves, and must then carefully maneuver his child to the sport as his own career goal; GOD has predetermined life, and eternal life for mankind. Believers are being moved through various preset sacraments, sacred experiences, and spiritual works to establish them in relationship with GOD and with one another. See Ephesians 2: 4-10 and 1st Peter 1: 13-21, KJV.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (3.) GOD knows that self-will in created beings and living creatures may be dominated by sin. The full nature of humanity is expressed through both animal and divine aspects. (There must be an outworking of divine truth, a blossoming of holy seed, so to speak.) GOD has no final knowledge of ones deeds until after they have been manifest; and (so to speak) GOD does not go about with a catalog of errors and sins on his mind. Thus, the device of the books of life further come into view as vital for judgment and reward of mankind. See 1st Corinthians 3: 8-15 and Revelation 20: 11-13, KJV.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to the measure of faith you now contain.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Whether we should continue to use childhood prayers in high school and thereafter is the topic, today. Also, there is more on children’s church. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Catroina” (Level 1 with 123 points, a member since March 20, 2013) posted the following:

Am I getting to old for these prayers?

(Before Bed)
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
If I shall die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen.
God bless everybody in my family and make me a good little girl.
(Before Dinner)
God is Grace and God is Good,
Lord we thank you for our food,
Bow our heads, we must be feed,
Give us Lord, our daily bread. Amen.
I’m a freshman in high school. Am I getting to old for these prayers, or can you keep saying them forever? Just wondering.


THE BATTLE AXE: Issues for Children’s Church (04/06/2013)—(6.) The birth mother is the first teacher (i.e., human agent and spokesperson for GOD) to her own child, and divine instruction within the home is to be under the headship of the father. In addition to guidance that socializes a child to acknowledge others as responsible members of the congregation, young believers must have demonstrations that affirm that what was begun and continued within the home is harmonized with, increased by, and reconciled to gifts and ministries in heaven and upon earth, during time past, present and yet to come, throughout the full congregation as well as for created beings, living creatures, and those unseen throughout the universe of GOD. (7.) All teaching in the church is by the operation of the Holy Spirit. The same truth must go forth to all despite differences in age, ethnicity, gender and social standing; the same divine law and Gospel of salvation are to be imparted to all. Just as at Sinai—where every full grown man, woman, expectant mother and yet unborn child along with minors, teenagers and young adults, shared the experience of feeling and hearing the voice of GOD proclaim the terms of covenant—the sacred process that fosters comfort, edification and prophecy continues as both verbal and visceral. Divine substance must be conveyed including faith, fear of the Lord (i.e., reverence, right respect), holiness, joy, longsuffering, wisdom and wrath against sin. See Deuteronomy 4: 32-40, Isaiah 54: 13-15 and John 6: 45, King James Version. 
 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. (Revelation 5: 1-8, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: A Spirit Church? (04/04/2013); My Brother’s Keeper (04/05/2013); Eat His Body, Drink His Blood (03/21, 2013); Foolish For Not Believing? (03/22/2013); Grandchildren? (03/23/2011); A To Do List (03/24/2011)

      Catroina, many mature Christian believers trust that every acceptable prayer they have ever offered to GOD continues to be useful as a sincere expression of their innermost feelings and personal understandings, and an eternal link binding us to the Holy. While our practice of prayer as children begins with simple rhymes, and may appear as vain repetition, we quickly grasp that our attitude, our tone, and many other subtle elements infuse our prayers with beauty, power and sacred substance pleasing to GOD. What others may mock because of its simplicity, in fact, is deep and profound; and is usually not said often enough, and can not be spoken too many times, like heartfelt “thank you,” and “I love you.” 
 
      As we grow emotionally, physically, psychologically, and spiritually, the concerns we should share with GOD through our prayer relationship also change. In addition to the embrace of our day-to-day, real-world challenges, crises and emergencies, we should begin to unselfishly address a broad range of life duties, family issues, fears, goals, growing pains, and our sacred work of spreading the Gospel. As a gift and tool from GOD, our prayers should share, and show to GOD, who we really are through our private feelings and thoughts. However, prayer should never be a matter of “me, myself and I;” self promotion, and the demand to “have our own way.”

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, repeating the Lord’s Prayer, or the Rosary should be continued as part of ones prayer life, however, these should not be relied upon as the only communication offered in ones prayer life. Like the sacraments of confession and the Lord’s Supper, the practice of memorized prayers, or even prayers that quote verses from the Bible, should be recognized as works of faith that, of themselves, do not bestow salvation. Believers must accept that their salvation is only through grace, by faith in the work of GOD in the person of Jesus Christ, and through the Holy Spirit.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC