|Psalm 100 – Thanksgiving
1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
“Your reactions reveal more about your holiness than your actions, for the latter can be motivated by a variety of things other than true holiness. You may want to conform out of fear of what other people may say or think. Thus purity, in the final analysis, is first and foremost an issue of the heart. God lives in you to help you become holy, but the process requires your cooperation.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you.” 1 Corinthians 11:23
As you read Scripture you discover that God instituted two kinds of law: that which reflects His immutable character, and that which does not. The latter He institutes for reasons that are not always clear, for a particular period of time. For example, God prohibits idolatry, taking His name in vain, and theft. Commandments such as these remain inviolable, irrespective of what God does throughout history. On the other hand, we find commandments in the Old Testament that do not appear in the New, such as, “Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.” 15 Again, you discover commands in the New Testament that do not appear in the Old, such as the ordinances regarding the care of widows,416 and the length and covering of hair.417
Generally, although not always, those laws reflecting God’s nature are affirmed by conscience. It is easier to violate God’s commandments when your conscience does not support the command. For example, when you don’t forgive our conscience doesn’t naturally condemn you; God doesn’t forgive some,415 and in the Old Testament Law they were not commanded to forgive. You must exercise care that you do not conclude that such commandments, because they aren’t part of God’s nature and thus not affirmed by conscience, are therefore non-essential or negotiable. Such logic can quickly alienate you from God.
415 Leviticus 19:19
Ezekiel 33-34 1 Peter 5 (New King James Version)
1 Peter 5
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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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