|“Unless the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of the spiritually blind they cannot see. Never become frustrated with the non-Christian’s inability to understand spiritual truth. Unless God touches him, he will remain spiritually dead.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, working death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.” Romans 7:13
Saul of Tarsus met Jesus on the road to Damascus. When the Savior said, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” 365 Saul was confused, for he thought that he was helping God by persecuting the church. He was forced to recognize a distinction between what he thought obeying the Law looked like, and how God perceived it. When he persecuted the church he applied the Law mixing his will with what he thought to be the will of God. Once he saw this he realized that sin is more than violating the Law, for in persecuting the church, he broke no Law. “It was sin working death in me through what is good.” The Law produced the opposite of what he, as a good Jew, thought. Instead of giving life, the Law brought death.
Once Paul saw sin as a product of depravity rather than an act of breaking the Law, he realized that the Law was powerless to help him. He could not please God by resolving to keep the Law. An evil power lurked deep within him that he was powerless to destroy. “I find then the principle that evil is present in me.” 366 Most of Scripture views sin as hostile acts against God. Paul saw it as much more: a personal power working in the defective nature of people.
When Jesus said, “Paul, why do you persecute Me?” he knew that this “evil presence” warped his ability to please God. Conversion gained him forgiveness, but not the removal of this “evil presence.” The power of sin, broken at the cross, will be removed when you are in the presence of the Lord.
Don’t allow sin’s continued presence in your life to discourage you. Your willingness to resist it both assures you that you are God’s child, and prepares you for your eternal home.
365 Acts 9:4
Isaiah 43-44 1 Thessalonians 2 (New King James Version)
1 Thessalonians 2
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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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