|“Certain things you believe you can do, God cautions you not to do. God does not want you to try to become rich.(I Timothy 6:9-10) But in those areas where God has not established prohibitions, and you are competent to act, He expects you to perform. Your dependence upon God cannot be an excuse for passivity. Certain things only He can do, and certain things He wants you to do. Your task, as His follower, is to know the difference.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“On the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness (for the law made nothing perfect); on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.” Hebrews 7:18-19
The New Testament writers had to show that the Old Testament was incomplete without the further revelation they had to offer. To accomplish this, they had to prove that the Old Testament taught its own inadequacy. Hebrews teaches that a perfect God perfectly created an imperfect system; the Mosaic Law was “weak and useless.” God created an imperfect system so that His people would develop a perfect hope. Paul says that God brings tribulation into your life to help you move toward a biblical hope.448
I don’t know about you, but I abhor disorder of every kind. I dislike dirt, things not working, and my body falling apart. So I constantly work at cleaning the dirt, fixing things when they break, and caring for my body. God follows creating dirt, causing things to break, and my body to disintegrate with old age. Still, I can’t stop stewarding the resources God has entrusted to me. I am ashamed to admit it, but I feel more dependent upon God when things aren’t going well than when they are.
Some friends have an autistic child. They said that the child is oblivious of their efforts to teach unless his world is disrupted and he is made to feel insecure. These moments in which he senses chaos are teachable moments. Most, if not all of us, are spiritually autistic.
448 cf. Romans 5:3-4
Amos 7-9 Revelation 8 (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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