|“Your faith has to have a basis. When you commit either to the unseen or a future promise, you must have a good reason for doing so; otherwise it is nothing more than wishful thinking. Personal experience plays a strategic role in the Christian life. … You must have your own encounter with God that attests to the validity of the Scriptural promises upon which your faith is based. Evidence of Christ’s work in your life, therefore, is foundational to faith. If you don’t experience change, you will question the work of God in your life.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“0 Lord, who may abide in Thy tent? Who may dwell on Thy holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart. He swears to his own hurt, and does not change” Psalm 15:1, 2, 4
David analyzes those ingredients of godliness that qualify a person to fellowship with God. He says that one characteristic is, “He swears to his own hurt, and does not change.” Have you ever made a promise to someone and later regretted it? Maybe it was to take your child on an outing, only to learn that your boss wanted you to work that weekend. Or maybe you committed to sell an asset for a certain amount and then discovered that it was worth much more. Fulfilling your promise appeared to hurt your present condition.
These are moments of truth in people’s lives -a time of testing when they learn the value of their promises. God ensures that these moments of truth appear in each person’s life. Is your God big enough to make up whatever loss you incur as a result of your keeping your word? According to your value system, what is more important, temporal gain at the expense of your promise, or meeting the expectations of God?
Each generation muses over bygone days when ostensibly people honored their word, while lamenting the lack of integrity of people’s oaths in their own day. Whether such a day ever existed, or whether there exists a dearth of such people today begs the question. What the Lord wants to know is, are you willing to swear to your own hurt and not change?
Micah 6-7 Revelation 13 (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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