|“Your greatness will not be a measure of how God uses you, but of how you respond to how God uses you.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” Philippians 3:13 “Of these things put them in remembrance.” II Timothy 2:14
Forgetting and remembering are opposite but important disciplines in the Christian life. The Bible charges you with the task of both. Those things requiring forgetting include all that pertain to pride and self-glorification as well as your defeats and failures. In Christ both have been put behind you. It is equally important to remember all the commandments of God and all the wonderful ways He has shown Himself strong on your behalf.
Such forgetting and remembering is not an easily acquired discipline for the dedicated follower of Christ. It requires an act of the will. When it comes to forgetting, however, your emotions oppose your will; sometimes emotionally it is difficult to forget.
The emotions are the obedient servant of the mind and the mind is the obedient servant of the will. You think about something and you laugh. You think about something else and you are sad. Your mind controls your emotion and your will determines what you think, i.e., 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.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”7 How are your thoughts, emotions and will serving God?
7 Philippians 4:8
Genesis 10-12 Matthew 4 (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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