|“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” 2 Timothy 3-5
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.” II Chronicles 15:17.
Asa is an illustration of a man who had a perfect heart towards God, but did not take the Bible seriously. He obeyed God, at least for the most part: “And …Asa heard these words, and …took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin…”13 But God wanted the abolition of the high places, which were an occasion for Israel to fall into idolatry. Evidently Asa didn’t consider them all that important, for his obedience was incomplete.
Evangelical Christianity is replete with Asas. Their hearts are perfect toward God, but they don’t take seriously God’s commandments. For example, they don’t see the need to execute discipline against those who break the commandments of God and refuse to repent.14 It is also possible to have a perfect heart toward God while considering biblical commands as cultural or non¬ essential. By definition commands are essential. Asa had a good heart, but was only partially obedient.
You may feel that because your heart does not condemn you that God is well pleased with your life; your heart may not condemn you, but that does not mean you are acquitted. For example, the magistrate does not care how you feel about following the law, but rather whether or not you broke it. The standard of evaluation is not your feelings, but Scripture. Asa demonstrates that a perfect heart is not necessarily an obedient heart. In the day of judgment, God will call you to account, not on the basis of how you feel, but on the basis of your walking in obedience to His commandments.
13 II Chronicles 15:8
Genesis 20-22 Matthew 6:19-34 (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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