|“Don’t focus on power, fame, or the accumulation of the world. You are a pilgrim and our Lord expects you to act like one. To the degree that you do, those who know you will “ask a reason of the hope that is in you.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“Therefore let us go forth to him outside the camp and bear the abuse he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city which is to come.” Hebrews 13:13-14
In the Old Testament, once each year the High Priest took the blood of an animal into the Holy of Holies to expiate sin, and then took the animal’s body outside the camp for destruction.458 The author of Hebrews says that Jesus blood was brought into the holy presence of God to propitiate our sin while His body was destroyed outside the gate of the city.459 Earlier the author said, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”460 Now he tells us that we must join Christ outside the camp.
If you wish to participate in the benefits of entering Jesus’ presence, you must join Him in His rejection “outside the camp.” They go together; you cannot have the first without the second. If you accept the blessed hope promised by God, you must reject the hope of the world. A lawyer said that after doing work for a client the client did not want to pay. When asked how he handled it, he said, “I didn’t fight him, for he knows he is wrong, and maybe his guilt will bring him to Christ. Besides, God does not need that fee to make me rich.”
Although you are not obligated to emulate this lawyer, if you do not believe that when you exchange the hope of this world for the hope of God you are trading up, you will not pay the price of participating in Jesus’ rejection. The “lasting city” is for them who join the Savior “outside the camp.”
458 cf. Leviticus 16
Haggai 1-2 Revelation 17 (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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