|“The babe in Christ may come to erroneous conclusions as he begins his quest to know God and His Word, but in time he will come right. Such errors are self¬ correcting with maturity. You may remember convictions you held earlier in life that did not stand the scrutiny of Scripture; with maturity you changed.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” 2 Corinthians 3:6
If someone asked you the difference between a law and a request, you would probably answer to the effect that law is obligatory and request is not. You may also note that, for the most part, laws have the recipient’s best interest at heart, while requests have the requester’s best interest at heart. For example, if you tell your five-year-old that he cannot play in the street, you seek his interest. But if you ask your child to fetch your slippers, it may be a request, but you seek your interest.
Never make laws out of your endeavor to help people seek their best. For example, Paul says that celibacy is preferred for those with a heart for God. 414 When the church makes celibacy a law because it wants the people to seek the best, they err biblically. Parents can easily do this with their children. For example, the godly parent desires that the child’s heart seeks God and makes a law to the effect that the child must spend a minimum of thirty minutes with the Lord each day. He does this because he seeks what is best for his child. But the thirst for holiness comes from within the heart. Law is external, ignoring the desire of the heart. Making laws may be easier than influencing thinking, but laws will prove counter-productive to both the relationship and the desired objective.
414 cf. I Corinthians 7:32-34
Ezekiel 24-26 1 Peter 2 (New King James Version)
1 Peter 2
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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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