|“First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” 2 Peter 1:20-21
“God did not give us the Bible so that we can make it say what we want it to say. God communicated the truths of Scripture to men who wrote exactly what God wanted, not what they wanted. So too, we must interpret Scripture in that same spirit, seeking to understand what God wants, not what we want God to want.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? says the Lord.” Jeremiah 23:28
God contrasts His word with the word of a prophet by wheat and straw; the former gives life and the latter you burn. In an age where prophets and counselors abound, never forget how they compare to God’s Word. In this passage God goes on to indite His messengers: “Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, says the Lord, and who tell them and lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when I did not send them or charge them; so they do not profit this people at all, says the Lord.”411 From this let me suggest two applications:
First, never commit God to what He has not promised. You can easily do this by making a specific application from a general premise. For example, when the Psalmist says God “heals all thy diseases,”412 this does not mean He guarantees that He will heal your disease. God devotes two chapters in Jeremiah condemning those who commit Him without His permission.413
Second, never accept the word of others when it is in conflict with the Word of God. Beware of those who suggest that God does not mean what He says. For example, when a person says that God does not want you to be unhappy and therefore you may divorce and remarry, he is speaking “straw.”
411 Jeremiah 23:32
Ezekiel 18-19 James 4 (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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