|“God will never do for you what you can do for yourself. What can be done by man will not be done by Christ; Jesus never worked needless miracles. The miraculous only begins where ordinary means can go no further.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Hebrews 9:14
The author of Hebrews talks about a clean conscience. How this happens and the process by which it takes place requires understanding the nature of sacrifice and the fact that you cannot shape the destiny of others.
In the Old Testament sacrifices were offered by man for man. The Levitical priests were human. They offered unwilling animals, using their blood to cover the sins of the people. God established this system until the coming of Christ. In the New Testament Christ’s sacrifice was offered by God for God. Jesus, the eternal Son of God, willingly offered Himself to satisfy the justice of God. At that time, all Old Testament sin was uncovered and placed on Christ. Christ’s death answered the question of how a just and holy God can allow the sinner into heaven without violating His justice and making heaven dirty.
Justice must be satisfied in order for your conscience to be clean. If you are forgiven in an unjust manner, your conscience tells you that it is wrong. You cannot have a clean conscience without satisfying justice, and this Christ did when He died on the cross. This does not mean that you are no longer conscious of sin. Just the opposite, for the Holy Spirit’s presence in your life gives you an increased sensitivity to sin. Rather, you no longer wait in terror for the wrath of God. Your conscience is clean.
Isaiah 23-25 Philippians 1 (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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