|“Every problem a person has is related to his concept of God. If you have a big God, you have small problems. If you have a small God, you have big problems. It is as simple as that. When your God is big, then every seeming problem becomes an opportunity. When your God is small, every problem becomes an obstacle.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30
The disciples of John felt that the ministry of baptism was their idea, and when the disciples of Jesus began to baptize, they resented it. To quell their concerns, John uses the illustration of marriage. The friend of the bridegroom exists to assist the groom at his marriage. The friend does not try to win the bride or call attention to himself. In this story Jesus is the bridegroom and John his best man. The bride is the church, or the people of God.
All that John did during his ministry, he did to call attention to the greatness of the Bridegroom. He had no other objective. And he certainly did not want to call attention to himself. So he told his disciples, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” To the degree that Jesus was exalted and worshipped, John was unnecessary.
The attitude of John reflects that of all of Christ’s followers. As you minister to others, investing yourself in their lives, your objective remains the same: “He must increase and I must decrease.” To the degree that you call attention to yourself you draw attention away from Jesus. As you minister to others let this be your job description, the gauge of your success: You and your opinions become less and less important while Jesus becomes more and more important.
Isaiah 45-46 1 Thessalonians 3 (New King James Version)
1 Thessalonians 3
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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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