“You learn to live and you live to learn. Unused muscles tend to become stiff and atrophy; exercise keeps them strong and limber. One of the ingredients ensuring a strong and limber spiritual life is a teachable heart.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:1-2
Faith is commitment without knowing whether the object of your faith will meet your expectations. You have faith in an antibiotic and take the drug without knowing before the fact if it will cure your illness. The object of your faith defines your hope. The object of your faith is the antibiotic and you ingest it in hopes of it making you well. You always take your risks in the direction of your hope.
In the language of the New Testament, faith is the same word as believe; faith is the noun and believe is the verb. If a man says that he no longer believes it means that he no longer hopes in the object of his faith. Why does this happen? His expectations failed to be met. He loses hope and no longer believes. A young man who earlier professed faith in Christ said he no longer followed the Savior, for he found that “it didn’t work for me.”
For this reason it is imperative that in your relationship with God you develop a biblical hope. That is, that you do not develop expectations of God not granted to you by Him in Scripture. If you do, you take the first step in calling into question the validity of your commitment to Christ, similar to the young man who said his walk with God didn’t work. Biblical faith can only be nourished by biblical hope.
2 Samuel 3-5 Luke 14:25-35 (New King James Version)
Joab Kills Abner
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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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