|“When you live with unconfessed sin, refusing to make it right, not only do you carry the burden of guilt, you have no ability to determine if adversity is God’s discipline or not. …Sin confuses you, preventing you from properly evaluating Providence; proper evaluation can only come when you confess your sin and do all in your power to make it right.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“If any one teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching which accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit… imagining that godliness is a means of gain.” 1 Timothy 6:3-5
There are those who teach that if you are godly, God will bless you with temporal wealth, a prevalent, pernicious heresy present in every age. Reason can easily lead you to this conclusion: If you are good God will bless you with good things, and if you are bad God will punish you with bad things. It seems to agree with your sense of justice; it is the way things ought to be.
The Apostle speaks against this notion for at least two reasons: First, you would seek to be godly for temporal gain, and God wants you focusing on laboring for that which endures forever. Second, in such a theology there would be no room for suffering for righteousness; how would you apply the words of Jesus, “In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world?”464
Those who embrace such heresy set themselves up for great hurt, for when the tribulations of life come, they will conclude that it is because they are not godly or that God is out of control. Paul teaches the opposite: “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”465 Anytime you use religion as a motivation and means of worldly betterment you miss the mark with God.
464 John 16:33
Zechariah 5-8 Revelation 19 (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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