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“When you sin the defilement of your deed touches many; it does not stop with you. God says to His people that the effects of pollution are greater than the effects of sanctification. Remember this when you are tempted to think that your sin will only affect you. Your sin will spread its tentacles in every direction and by it “many are defiled.” Hebrews 12:15” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24
Most people living in the business and professional world do not believe these words of Jesus. No follower of Christ wants to be heard taking exception with Jesus, but if they were so bold they would say, “Jesus, in this matter you are mistaken. I know this because I am serving both You and mammon, and doing a reasonable job at it.”
Mammon is material wealth. In the section following this verse, Jesus says that you can know if you are serving God or mammon by asking whether you are anxious over the affairs of this life and your standard of living. A little child cries his heart out because he breaks his crayon. As a parent you know that the crayon is nothing. When you grieve over the loss of your temporal possessions, remember that your heavenly Father sees them as crayons.
Don’t allow your affections to wrap themselves around your possessions. When you strive for the wealth of the world you compete with God for your affections.457 Jesus says that in such a competition there can only be one winner. In truth, God is always the loser. Therefore don’t try to serve mammon. You can serve God and have mammon, but you cannot serve mammon and have God.
457 cf. I John 2:15-16
Zephaniah 1-3 Revelation 16 (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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