|“Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us—a crucified God—must become our wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world.” –John Piper
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.” Proverbs 8:13
Fear and pride feed on one another; we fear in the areas where our pride can be bruised, and our pride causes us to fear. For example, I take pride in my work and fear that someone will find fault with it. Or a person may feel he is the best in his vocation, and inwardly fear that the day will come when another proves himself better.
We fear in the direction of pain, whether that pain is physical, mental, or emotional. The two arenas in which we fear are the eternal and temporal. To the degree that we hope in the eternal we will not fear the temporal. Thus Jesus admonishes, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell”. 399 Since only God can “destroy both soul and body in hell,” you should fear only Him.
Not all fear is the product of pride; you may fear that your child will die on the operating table as the doctor performs open-heart surgery. Knowing that God holds the destiny of your child in His hands, you fear that He may take her. Your pride, however, is due to your preoccupation with the temporal. If you fear God as you ought, your pride will diminish and you will check an unhealthy area of fear in your life.
399 Matthew 10:28
Jeremiah 50 Hebrews 8 (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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