|“Discipleship is our opportunity to tap the infinite resources of God. It is our chance to give our lives to significance rather than mediocrity. In discipleship, we are not doing God a favor; He is doing us a favor. It is vital that the disciple grasp this important concept. However, Jesus also warns us to weigh the cost and weigh it well, for discipleship will cost us something. It will cost us our lives. But the benefits are infinitely greater than the cost, so much greater that one would be foolish to turn down such an offer.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
”Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? Does it not seem to you like nothing in comparison?” Haggai 2:3
As the people began rebuilding the temple after the Babylonian captivity, they found that it compared unfavorably with Solomon’s Temple. Also, those who read Ezekiel could see that their structure would not compare favorably with his. And they wept. The people built the temple for the glory of God, but the people, not God wept. You would think that since the house belongs to God, He would be the One to weep. People take pride in what they do rather than the fact that they are God’s obedient servants.
Anytime you despair over what you fail to do for God, you are not thinking biblically. Conversely, anytime you take pride in what you have done for God, you err biblically. God gives no indication that He was disappointed with the size or workmanship in this new temple. A thousand years ago people spent their lives building great cathedrals to the glory of God. Today we admire their work and forget God. That is what happens when you look at the wrong thing.
Jeremiah said, “but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things, declares the Lord.431 Whenever you look at what you have done or failed to do for God, or any time you compare what you have done with what you could have done, know that you err. God does not need your production; He wants your commitment.
431 Jeremiah 9:24
Daniel 1-2 1 John 4 (New King James Version)
1 John 4
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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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