|“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. Most believers who do want to retire, want a little bit of heaven this side of the grave. Such may be possible for the Philistines, but definitely not for the serious follower of Christ.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“And I said: Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”‘ Isaiah 6:5
No one can live in a cesspool without being polluted, our Lord Jesus being excepted. The iniquity of Israel served to remind Isaiah of her own wickedness. Most people get use to living in the cesspool and it ceases to bother them; they compare favorably with those with whom they live. When God invades the life of a person, He makes him acutely aware of his depravity, and his environment exacerbates this sense of guilt and unworthiness. The sight of God brings an awareness of death. The initiative always begins with God who reveals Himself to His servant. The theologian calls this regeneration. The person responds with a sense of uncleanness and alienation. If this is not the response, regeneration probably has not taken place.
“Then flew one of the seraphim to me, having in his hand a burning coal, and he touched my mouth, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin forgiven.”447 God again takes the initiative by bestowing the cleansing of forgiveness and reconciliation. Isaiah responded by surrender to God’s will. Each time the anticipated response by the person is the same, brokenness followed by surrender.
The story or each person’s encounter with God differs with the variety of snowflakes or fingerprints. Nevertheless, all who encounter Christ have this two¬ pronged response of unworthiness and a willingness to follow His leadership. If either is lacking, your regeneration should be held in doubt.
447 Isaiah 6:6-7
Joel 1-3 Revelation 5 (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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