“When you carry the WEIGHT of yesterday, it will ruin the POWER of today and the PROGRESS of tomorrow.” Tony Evans
Thoughts From The Diary of A Desperate Man by Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.” 1 Samuel 15:23
Samuel charged King Saul with the crime of rebellion, and as a result took his kingdom from him. Saul, when given the task of annihilating the Amalekites, decided to save the best for sacrificing later. Nathan charged King David with the crime of murder and adultery without David losing either his kingdom or his life. Although the crime of David seems more serious than that of Saul, the difference lay in their attitude.
When Nathan confronted David, he said, “I sinned.” 148 David did not seek to excuse himself; he immediately confessed. Saul on the other hand argued with Samuel, seeking to excuse himself by blaming the people. David was disobedient. Saul was rebellious. If you liken God’s Law to a fence, when David broke the fence he freely admitted that he was wrong. When Saul broke the fence, he wanted to argue with God over the validity of the fence. “It was a bad command, an unreasonable expectation. You should have allowed me to modify it in light of my current circumstances.” God will not tolerate the attitude of Saul.
Because all are sinners, you find yourself frequently having to confess your wrongs. But that is different from ignoring God’s commands or refusing to recognize their authority over your life. When you find yourself moving in the direction of rebellion, quickly repent. It is not a safe place to be.
148 II Samuel12:13
Joshua 19-21 Luke 2:25-52 (New King James Version)
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Mark 11:24 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Colossians 4:2 2Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful.
James 5:16 16Therefore 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.
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