|“The power is not in the argument of the messenger, but in the message.”
“For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” I Corinthians 2:2
“Conversion comes solely through the gospel in all of its simplicity, not because of craftily formed arguments and logic. Proclaim the gospel from a posture of inadequacy and dependence. Don’t try to impress people through technique.You will not bring people to conversion by satisfying the needs of reason. They come because the Holy Spirit has transformed their hearts.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts From The Diary of A Desperate Man” by Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“…all our fathers were under the cloud…” I Corinthians 10:1
Security resides in restriction. They are almost never separated. The security you feel riding on a train is related to the train staying on the tracks. Yet people demand autonomy and insist on security.
You can visualize the frustration among the Israelites during the Exodus. When the cloud moved, the people moved, and when the cloud stopped, the people stopped. God’s presence was in the cloud and the nation was secure as long as it remained under the cloud. The cloud stops and you unpack your belongings, setting up your tent. The next day the cloud moves and you quickly repack. Mid¬ day the cloud stops, and the next morning again moves. In frustration you say, “Next time it stops I am not going to unpack.” So it stops, you refuse to unpack and it doesn’t move for a month. So you unpack, finishing just as the cloud decides to again move.
Where the doud goes, you go. If the cloud travels in cirdes, so do you. Through it God may lead you in the opposite direction from the Promised Land. You don’t want to follow His leadership. So you face a decision: Do you want the freedom to do and go where you want, or do you want the security of God’s presence? You cannot have both. Jesus said, “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be.” 33 The servant of Jesus Christ follows Him, ministering with Him where He is. Only under the cloud is he secure.
33 John 12:26
Exodus 7-8 Matthew 15:1-20 (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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