|I Pray this New Year brings you joy and peace that can only be found by and in the King of Kings. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!+++
“Repentance is not just for conversion; all that sin need to repent. It doesn’t matter where you are in your walk with God, you never grow out of the need to repent. As long as you sin you need to repent. Never deceive yourself into believing that because you are a child of God you no longer need to repent.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.” Colossians 3:16
Christians use the Bible in three legitimate ways: First, as a book of devotions. Scripture affords an ideal environment in which to commune with Christ. Through reading and meditating on the Word they feed their souls and experience the presence of the Lord.
Second, to provide guidance and direction in difficulties. In this the Bible is invaluable. The believer has a problem and turns to Scripture for help. How does God want me to respond to my problem? How do I live in a godly manner submerged in the complexities of life? The Word of God affords the Christian significant help. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” 1
Third, as a means of knowing the mind of Christ. In Exodus 33:13 Moses prayed, “show me Thy ways.” Psalm 103:7 tells us that God answered his prayer: “He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.” During the Exodus, Israel was able to see the acts of God; Moses understood His ways. Using the Bible to gain the mind of Christ is a process whereby His followers learn to think biblically, to “be transformed by the renewing of the mind.”2
Of the three, the last is by far the most difficult to attain and thus the least pursued. Total mastery is impossible, and it requires years and years of disciplined study and meditation to even make progress. For this reason the believer often neglects this third use. However, to the degree that he does make progress, gaining the mind of Christ, he moves away from using Scripture to solve problems because he is able to respond to difficulties with Christ’s mind. Thus, as a serious disciple, you should be undaunted in this pursuit; it is a key component in your reason for being on earth. To have the mind of Christ, to see the world from His point of view, this is the essence of godliness, the heart of your devotion to Christ.
1 Psalm 119:105
Genesis 1-3 Matthew 1 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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