|“The day you choose to become proactively engaged in winning the lost and discipling the saved, the war with the Enemy heats up. Go ahead, attend church, sing in the choir; attend religious programs. No problem, because you are of little if any threat to the Enemy. He’s more than happy to keep you busy with religious activities. As an evangelist and discipler, you are entering a spiritual battle with the arch enemy of your soul. So brace yourself for his vicious attacks.” R Dwight Hill
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.” Ecclesiastes 2:17
Solomon, in Ecclesiastes, runs an experiment. Because he is richly endowed with wealth, power, and a keen intellect, he dedicates himself to the task of seeking purpose, meaning, and significance from them. This verse is the result of his experiment.
Affluence and success destroy hope and produce despair. When a person lacks that for which he hopes, he is driven by the motivation to obtain it. But what does a person do once his hope is fulfilled? Does the driving force of our ambition subside when success has been achieved? Do we ever have enough? These questions are clearly answered in our society: Never have we had so much and been so angry and ungrateful.
Most people that I know freely admit that they are materially better off than they ever dreamed they would be when beginning their careers. Yet if they do not hope in the eternal promises of God they will end as Solomon, hating life. By His grace, God has ordained that this life cannot satisfy. When we place our hope in it we enter the path of self -destruction.
You are never in greater danger than when all is well in your life. The satisfied life has no need of Jesus. You must experience the vanity and vexation of spirit Solomon experienced or you will drift from your God, no matter how intimate He seems to you or how secure you are in your relationship with Him.
Lamentations 1-2 Hebrews 10:1-18 (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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