|“The world says, the more you have the more blessed you are. God says, the more you have the more accountable you are. You can understand why the world thinks this way; they don’t think of eternal accountability, measuring success only by what they can accrue in this life. If the Word of God is true, however, there will be a day of reckoning in which all will be judged, not on the basis of how much they accrued in this life, but on the basis of what they did with what they had and why they did it.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil. Who knows whether he will not turn and repent?” Joel 2:13-14
Grace assumes unconditional forgiveness, leading some believers to conclude that God has trapped Himself in His own commitment. Such logic is sheer foolishness. Grace also assumes that God elects those He wants saved, and you can never know for sure that you are one of the elect. You must walk by faith and faith means commitment without knowing. When you try to manipulate God by fancy logic instead of coming to Him as His broken, obedient servant, you have no biblical ground for believing you are saved.
Repentance does not guarantee forgiveness. You cannot manipulate God. Many believe that as long as they have breath to confess, God is obligated to forgive them. In a sense this is true; God does want to assure you of His willingness to forgive. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”437 Like so many truths in Scripture, however, there is another side to the issue. You cannot, with premeditation, violate His will, and then return to God for forgiveness, expecting to obtain it. A man said, “I know that God does not want me to divorce and remarry, but I am going to do it and then confess knowing that He will forgive me.” Maybe He will forgive, and maybe not.
437 I John 1:9
Daniel 11-12 Jude 1 (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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