|“Jesus summarized the Law in two commands: love God and your neighbor. You will never be able to adequately do this if you look to any source other than God for the meeting of your needs.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples.”‘ John 8:31
Sprinkled through the Gospel of John you find conditions affixed to being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Jesus told Nicodemus that if he wanted heaven he needed to be “bam again,”380 a work that only God can do. But if you wish to be His disciple, there are certain conditions that you must meet. As you know, the word disciple comes from discipline; a disciple is a disciplined person.
I find it true in my life that what I enjoy does not satisfy and what satisfies I do not enjoy. I enjoy good food and drink, an ideal climate, the absence of opposition, having my own way, etc. Unfortunately such things do not satisfy. Conversely, I dislike the disciplines of protracted intercessory prayer, Scripture memory, physical exercise, curbing my appetites, etc. But when I am faithful in doing them, I find that they give me an inner sense of wellbeing and satisfaction.
Jesus wants you to know that it costs to be His disciple. Salvation, by grace, is a free gift, but discipleship entails cost. Although it is true that often in the gospels the writers use the word disciple to mean nothing more than a follower of Christ, in the sense that John uses it in passages such as these, there is a condition affixed not found in salvation. In this sense, you must decide if you are willing to pay the price of discipline in being His disciple.381
380 John 3:3
Jeremiah 12-14 2 Timothy 1 (New King James Version)
2 Timothy 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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