|“Our Lord makes an audacious claim: If we will seek His interests He will assume responsibility for providing for our daily needs. The reason He promises to provide is found in His desire that we seek His kingdom and righteousness. As He noted in Mathew 6:24, you cannot serve two masters. If you perceive your vocation as the means whereby you earn your living, Jesus says you will not be able to adequately seek His kingdom.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, “Spare thy people, 0 Lord, and make not thy heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?”‘ Joel2:17
God encourages Judah to leverage Himself with the prayer, ‘Why should they say among the peoples, Where is their God?'” In essence Moses prayed the same thing: ‘Why should the Egyptians say, ‘with evil intent did he bring them forth, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.’438. Looking at it from the other direction, Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” 439 And Paul indited the Jews: “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”440 From both perspectives, the glory of God remains paramount.
From this you should note four things: First, God’s reputation is His first consideration; His people must be careful not to give His detractors occasion to blaspheme. Second, God wants you to understand that, although He is gracious and generous, His own glory motivates Him. Third, God can and will accrue glory from judging those who claim to be His people as easily as when He judges the reprobate. Fourth, You are best served guarding His reputation and giving Him all glory.
438 Exodus 32:12
Hosea 1-4 Revelation 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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