|“As a shepherd, David understood the meaning of broken bones. You see, when a lamb would stubbornly and rebelliously continue to wander away from the flock, the shepherd would break its legs and place the lamb on his shoulder where it would remain until its bones were healed. When the lamb could walk again, so bonded was he with the shepherd, he would never stray again. …Like sheep, we all go astray (Isaiah 53:6). Therefore, in His love, the Good Shepherd breaks a bone or two and carries me while I whine and cry and wonder what He’s doing. But as the days and weeks and months go by, I find myself closer to Him than I had ever been previously, and all I can say is, ‘Thank You, Lord.’” Jon Courson
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it.” Romans 7:18
As you contemplate your own propensity to sin, you must carefully walk between two extremes. You can benefit greatly by an awareness of your own depravity, for it creates in the heart a longing for the return of Christ, it reminds you of the greatness of God’s salvation, and it motivates you to live a holy life. If you believe that you are good, then what is there to drive you to Christ in dependence?
On the other hand, you can easily become discouraged by the realization that “you will what is right, but cannot do it.” You must be careful, for a preoccupation with your propensity to sin may be an expression of pride; you believe you ought to live as holy as you think you are. You come to the Savior saying, “I am so sinful in my thoughts and motives,” and Jesus responds by saying, “Of course your are depraved; why do you think I died for you?” Remember, you cannot surprise God.
Never evaluate yourself from the perspective of where you are in your walk with God, but rather in light of where you are going. People tend to be product oriented while God is process oriented; sanctification is a process. If you take inventory of your holiness you are apt to despair, for “the heart of man is deceitful and desperately wicked.”452. Your only reliable indicator in your walk with God is whether you are properly responding to the Holy Spirit as He leads you down the path of sanctification.
452 Jeremiah 17:9
Micah 1-3 Revelation 11 (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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