|Understanding “…the importance of a cost/results ratio… If it cost me $5.00 to make a product and I sold it for $4.50, I would soon be out of business. As I mused over this concept, I thought how much the benefits of being a Christian exceed the cost. In fact, discipleship has been designed by God, with our best interests at heart. It was not designed to help God out, but rather to help us out. God does not need our help; we need His. Discipleship was designed by God to give us the help we need.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“The Lord within her is righteous, he does no wrong; every morning he shows forth his justice, each dawn he does not fail; but the unjust knows no shame.” Zephaniah 3:5
“The unjust knows no shame.” There are three principle sources of shame in a person’s life: conscience, society, and God – probably in that order. We can liken these three to a series of safety nets designed to catch people before they become reprobate. Conscience can easily be influenced to obliterate a sense of personal shame. Take greed as an example. Greed knows no shame. People will lie, bear false witness, cheat, and sometimes go to any length to satisfy their greed.
With a little effort people can convince society to redefine shame, evidenced by observing that things shocking in one generation become passe in another. This leaves the final “net’ in the hands of God. Judas sold God for thirty pieces of silver and Essau sold his birthright for a bowl of porridge. The natural man willingly sells God to satisfy his appetites. For this cause God may be the weakest source of personal shame. However, when a person loses his ability to be shamed, he may be beyond redemption.
There probably are many ways you can dull your sense of shame, but when you do, you grieve the Holy Spirit. “The Spirit of the Lord will not always strive with men.”426 “He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck will suddenly be broken beyond healing.”427
426 Genesis 6:3
Ezekiel 42-44 1 John 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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