|“You get to decide whether you wish to be judged by God’s standard or your own. But you must make the decision now. If you want to be judged by God’s standard, you cannot judge others by your own standard. If you choose your own standard, God says you must keep it perfectly yourself, and you don’t have available the forgiveness of Jesus Christ if you fail. His propitious death is only available to those who live by God’s standards.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“If I tell you, will you not be sure to put me to death? And if I give you counsel, you will not listen to me.” Jeremiah 38:15 If a man knew the future, would it make any difference regarding how he lived? Zedekiah the king asks the prophet Jeremiah, “Tell me the future and I promise that I won’t get angry,” but he did not commit to doing what God said. 8 Men are fascinated with the future, seeking to ascertain what lies ahead, but with no commitment to it making a difference in how they live.
If you knew that there are eternal consequences for temporal behavior, would it alter your value system? Paul the Apostle tells us that present investments make an eternal difference.9 You must believe that Scriptural predictions of the future are sure and that you will care in eternity what those eternal differences look like, else you will not allow the Bible to have its way in your life. If you really believe something, it will affect your choices. What reflects your heart toward God is not whether you seek the truth, but your response to it.
If you are not careful, you can easily violate God’s commands by neglect, thinking that because you do not willfully oppose God you are not sinning. Neglecting biblical imperatives such as investing in the eternal and participating in the Great Commission can have the same negative consequences at the judgment as cheating and stealing.
Jeremiah told Zedekiah what he could expect, but Zedekiah refused to listen to God’s prophet. As a result the Babylonian king killed Zedekiah’s sons before his eyes and then put out his eyes.10 Are you like Zedekiah, or do you take seriously the Word of God?
8 cf. Jeremiah 38:14-16
Genesis 13-15 Matthew 5:1-26 (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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