|“God did not give you your vocation for the purpose of making money. Our Lord clearly teaches in His Sermon on the Mount that He will provide for your needs so that you can be profitably occupied doing His work. … Your vocation is your pulpit. For this reason, you have no biblical ground for wanting to retire.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then you also can do good who are accustomed to doing evil.” Jeremiah 13:23
You cannot live in Egypt and Canaan at the same time. Jeremiah warns God’s people, “Cursed be the man who does not heed the words of this covenant which I commanded your fathers when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as at this day.” 389 God said Israel could not live like Egypt and live in Canaan. If they wanted to live like pagans, they will live with pagans. Fellowship with God is for those who want to live under His authority.
One of the problems Israel had was getting Egypt out of her system. You would have thought that being slaves in Egypt would have kept them from craving “the fish we ate in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic.”390 But such was not the case. Even after wandering forty years in the wilderness, they brought with them into Canaan many of their evil practices.
You cannot practice sin and then decide to change any more than the leopard can change his spots. Good habits are hard to establish and easy to lose. Bad habits are easy to establish and hard to break. The reason has to do with our depravity; our natural inclination is to sin, not be righteous. When you establish bad habits so that they are firmly implanted in your life, by yourself you will have about as much chance of eradicating them as you do changing the color of your skin.
This is a hard truth softened by the good news that the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life can effect change. But most often the change does not come easily; like a brick wall, a bad habit comes down the same way it went up- a brick at a time. Be careful of the habits you establish in your life.
389 Jeremiah 11:3-5
Jeremiah 30-31 Philemon 1 (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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