|“When you sin the defilement of your deed touches many; it does not stop with you. God says to His people that the effects of pollution are greater than the effects of sanctification. Remember this when you are tempted to think that your sin will only affect you. Your sin will spread its tentacles in every direction and by it “many are defiled.” (See Hebrews 12:1) Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10
The word “save” is a beautiful word filled with emotion. A child trapped in a burning building fills the onlookers with fear and apprehension. The fireman, risking his life, rushes into the flames and returns with the child in his arms. People cheer as someone cries, “the child is saved!” A pleasure craft capsizes in the ocean and the Coast Guard comes to the rescue. The next day the headlines in the newspaper read, “The Coast Guard Saves All.” Few words thrill the soul like the word “saved.”
Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. In this context the word “save” becomes an affront to many people. They resent hearing it because it implies that they are in danger and need saving. Some people, like those floating in the ocean hoping for rescue, know that they need saving. Others live in danger and do not know it. For example, aviators talk about experiencing vertigo, a phenomenon in which you lose your sense of direction. The instruments on the aircraft may indicate that you are losing elevation while your instincts tell you the opposite. Such people need saving and do not know it.
Never lose your thrill when hearing the word “saved.” And never be shy about telling others the good news. When Jesus said He came “to seek and to save the lost,” he meant that there are two kinds of people in the world: those that know they need saving, and those that don’t. When people are offended by your telling them that Jesus saves, don’t become embarrassed. They are in spiritual vertigo.
1 Timothy 6
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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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