|The Test of Knowing Him: 1 John 2:3-4
3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.” Song of Solomon 2:15
You will find in your life that generally “the little foxes spoil the vines,” not the major storms. People fall away from following Christ, not because of some cataclysmic circumstance, but rather a series of small events. The Christian worker, who leaves his family for a liaison with a young woman, finds, upon reflection, that the seeds of decay were sown much earlier; moments of compromise when he allowed his mind to wander into forbidden territory, when he mentally committed adultery. The “little foxes” ate and ate, and one day the vine was spoiled.
Guard carefully the inner sanctum of your mind. When you mentally embrace something, so that it finds acceptance in your thoughts, you will be unable to resist expressing it when the opportunity presents itself. Many are led captive, not because of some overpowering temptation impossible to resist, but because the temptation found acceptance in the mind long before the fall.
God made you in such a way that your will controls what you think. Thoughts seem friendly and innocent, but they are the paths to ruin. Force your will to discipline your mind, or “the little foxes will spoil the vines.”
2 Samuel 14-15 Luke 17:1-19 (New King James Version)
Absalom Returns to Jerusalem
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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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