|“You can never consider yourself in worship to God until you have first presented your life as a living sacrifice, humbled, broken, and available for whatever He desires. Without this, all outward show will be as odious to Him as was the sacrifice of Israel in the days of Isaiah.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.” Ephesians 4:26
Forgiveness and gratitude form two essentials in life; they are the twin pillars of all relationships between people. If you do not turn loose of your unresolved conflicts in a spirit of forgiveness, they will follow you wherever you go, causing emotional leaks, draining you emotionally and spiritually. A daughter feels angry with her aging parents because they drifted into senility and infantile behavior, causing her to spend time and energy in their care that she would rather be investing in her own family. When the parents die she feels a mixture of relief and guilt. She feels ashamed that she was so impatient with them and wishes she could take back things that were said. Because of ingratitude, children leave home angry with their parents, only to discover that the emotional conflict follows them, knowing no geographical boundaries.
When you find yourself ungrateful for the hurtful circumstances you must face, it indicates a lack of forgiveness towards others and anger towards God. Unlike a good wine, such feelings do not grow better with age. If you are unwilling to view unpleasant relationships as a gift of God, it will cause you to hemorrhage emotionally and do damage to your relationship with your Lord. Spiritual and emotional health can only be maintained by developing a spirit of forgiveness and gratitude.
Jeremiah 40-42 Hebrews 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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