|“The voice of the Spirit of God is as gentle as a summer breeze— so gentle that unless you are living in complete fellowship and oneness with God, you will never hear it. The sense of warning and restraint that the Spirit gives comes to us in the most amazingly gentle ways. And if you are not sensitive enough to detect His voice, you will quench it, and your spiritual life will be impaired. This sense of restraint will always come as a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12), so faint that no one except a saint of God will notice it.” Oswald Chambers
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
A Contest of Wills
“The Lord hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.” I Samuel 15:28
Highly opinionated people are often willful people. They have a keen sense of what is right, but risk being unwilling to submit their standards to the Lordship of Christ. Strong opinions can warp obedience, causing the holder to subordinate the commands of God. You can easily find yourself in such a situation. God clearly speaks; it proves contrary to your will; you are convinced that you are right, and you conclude you can resist Him and He will understand. You know that God does not want you to cheat on your income tax, but your sense of right and wrong says the government is unfair, and your will prevails. You know that The Lord does not want you to divorce your spouse, but you reason that He wants you to be happy. God did not have your marriage in mind when He made the prohibition.
Saul, King of Israel, was a strong-willed, opinionated man. Not only did he know what was best; he was willing to contend fiercely for it. When Samuel was late in leading the army in sacrifice to God, Saul knew that he should take the initiative and offer it, arguing with Samuel when rebuked. Likewise, when Saul was commanded to destroy the enemy of Israel, he decided what destruction looked like, even though it was contrary to the instructions God gave him. For this reason God took the kingdom from Saul. “Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him, Thou son of a perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion… as long as the son of Jesse liveth…thou shalt not be established, nor thy kingdom. 53 God told Saul that He had given the kingdom to the son of Jesse, and still Saul thought he could will it differently. God took Saul’s kingdom from him because his will opposed the will of God. Do you truly believe that your will can revail against God?
53 I Samuel 20:30-31
Exodus 27-28 Matthew 21:1-22 (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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