|“You cannot know what you do not know unless God reveals it to you.” … “Never become frustrated with the non-Christian’s inability to understand spiritual truth. Unless God touches him, he will remain spiritually dead.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus reigned over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee.” Matthew 2:19, 20, 22
After the death of King Herod, God told Joseph to take Mary and the Christ-child back to Israel. Having received a clear word of instruction from the Lord, he still hesitated for fear of King Archelaus. God again appeared to Joseph and told him that all was well and that he could take his family and settle in the district of Galilee.
In the Old Testament God told His people that the land of Canaan was theirs. They hesitated, fearing the sons of Anak, and God made them wander in the wilderness for forty years because of their unbelief. Both Joseph and the Old Testament nation feared; God patiently worked with Joseph and lost His patience with the nation. The reason rests in the difference in attitude between the two.
You must maintain a balance between faith and presumption. No one can give you clear guidance on how to maintain this balance; it is an issue of attitude. Joseph, like the nation during the Exodus, was afraid, but not because he doubted God. Rather he exercised caution in his endeavor to be responsible. God honored his caution, reassuring him in another dream that all was well. God will honor your caution, but not your unbelief.
Jeremiah 34-36 Hebrews 2 (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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