|“If you are unhappy with your vocation because God wants you elsewhere, you should change jobs and do the will of God. If you are discontent with your vocation, but believe that is where God wants you, then you need to repent.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God; happy is he who has no reason to judge himself for what he approves. But he who has doubts is condemned, if he eats, because he does not act from faith; for whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” Romans 14:22-23
Your preferences are without number. You would have a hard time listing how you prefer each kind offood cooked, the clothes you wear, the places you would like to visit, etc. By way of contrast, the commandments of God are few. If you listed them, they would scarcely fill a page. Between your preferences and God’s commandments rest your convictions regarding your behavior. You develop these convictions to keep your preferences from violating God’s commands.
Because we all want to conform to cultural norms, we tend to shape our convictions by what culture and circumstances dictate. For example, people tend to determine the length of their hair by circumstances (people who swim a great deal tend to like short hair) and culture, instead of letting Scripture make this determination.356 The natural flow will always be in the direction of preferences, culture and circumstances shaping your convictions rather than the Bible.
The purpose of behavioral convictions, however, is to keep you well within the parameters of God’s commandments. For example, you know God doesn’t want you to be immoral, and therefore you develop convictions regarding the movies you watch, the books you read, and how you relate to the opposite sex. When you allow culture rather than God to form your convictions, you will find yourself believing that His commands are cultural and therefore a matter of personal preference. This, of course, is but a short step from sin.
356 cf. 1 Corinthians 11:1-16
Isaiah 14-16 Ephesians 5:1-16 (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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