|“…what the mind chooses to think about or dwell on is controlled by the will. You can choose to meditate on the goodness of God or on your wounded spirit from past hurts; the choice is yours. The battle is won or lost in the mind through your will.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me…” Jeremiah 9:23-24
The world derives significance from three arenas: Wisdom. Bright people are great people. We are impressed with those who excel mentally. The kind of degree, where you earned it, your publications, these are the academic credentials that impress. If you covet the acclaim of the world, you will find it in the intellectual arena.
Might. Powerful people are either admired or feared. Either way, it is the path to greatness. In the United States, when you first meet a person and have exchanged names, “What do you do?” is the first thing asked. The amount of respect owed you is determined by the answer you give. If you are a private in the army, or the janitor of the corporation, you receive one kind of response. If you are a general in the army or the president of a large corporation, you receive an entirely different kind of response.
Riches. Rich people are successful people; they are powerful people. A number of years ago when a dirt farmer in the panhandle of Texas struck oil, it was amazing how significant he immediately became. Overnight he was invited to serve on the boards of universities and charitable institutions.
If you wish an airport to bear your name, or have your likeness in the rotunda of the capitol, you must excel in one or more of these arenas.
In the economy of God, you are not significant because of who you are, but whose you are. Jeremiah warns his readers that people are great for one reason only; the imputed righteousness of God. You are created in His image, washed in His blood, and adopted as His children. Knowing God, or more accurately, being known by God, is the mark of true significance. When you look to any source other than God for your significance, you invite that source to define significance for you. At that point you become his obedient servant, not God’s.
Genesis 39-40 Matthew 11 (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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