|“If you accept God’s call to be His servant, you must understand that in your eyes your life here on earth counts for nothing. You must die to self, holding your life in utter disregard. “He who seeks to save his life shall lose it; but he who loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s shall find it.” Mathew 16:25 This runs counter to every instinct in life. You cannot ascertain it naturally by reason, but only supernaturally by revelation. You cannot expect family and friends to affirm you; you must return to the Lord on a daily bases for renewed commitment to self¬ renunciation.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
The Need for a Doctor
Day Three Hundred Nineteen
“And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”‘ Mark 2:17
Israel’s religious establishment could not understand why Jesus kept company with sinners. Our Lord reminded them that people don’t go to their doctor unless they have to. When you call for the assistance of a physician you admit that you have a need. You often hear people talking about the hypocrites and sinners in church. You should no more expect good people in church than you should expect well people in hospitals. Believers gather in the “office” of the Great Physician because they recognize that they are needy and desire His divine touch.
I hate pain. I am incredibly grateful for my physician, but I am even more grateful when I don’t have to go to him. The nature of man is such that this is how we all relate to the Great Physician: we want access to Him in case of need, but would rather live not having to visit Him. For this reason Jesus keeps our world in a state of chaos and tribulation, and our individual lives in a state of need. We spend a great deal of time and energy trying to avoid pain, but if we were perpetually “well” we would be eternally damned.
Ezekiel 1-2 Hebrews 11:1-19 (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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