|“The Bible teaches that God is a glorious, self-manifesting God. The whole purpose of the devotional life is to see His majesty and become absorbed with His glory. … God has removed every obstacle standing in the way of our fellowshipping with Him. We see, then, that the Lord is the initiator of the relationship. For us to know God is His idea, not ours. Christianity is unique among the religions of the world in that it consists not of men seeking God but of God seeking men.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17
Every relationship in life requires reciprocity. If I want a relationship with you and you don’t want one with me, we cannot be friends. The same is true with God. The blood of Christ forms the ground of your salvation, but faith is the condition people must meet in order to be saved. “Abraham believed God and it was imputed to him for righteousness.”374 You must believe the person if you want a relationship, and the same is true with God. You cannot tell Him you think Him a liar and be saved.
We see the righteousness and fairness of God in His establishing believing as the only condition for salvation. If you go to heaven because of your righteousness, it would not be fair and just. If you were raised in a morally depraved environment, having been taught that all manner of wickedness is permissible, you would be handicapped in your quest for heaven. If knowledge were the key, some are smarter and better educated than others are. If salvation required wealth, some are born wealthy and others have a gift for making money, while others do not. If you needed good works and died early you would miss the mark.
God judges all and saves all the same way; they both are expressions of His righteousness. Only by this righteousness can you hope to enter heaven, and the only requirement you must meet is faith.
374 Genesis 15:6
Isaiah 53-55 2 Thessalonians 1 (New King James Version)
2 Thessalonians 1
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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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