|“Excess information causes us to think about details other than our souls. To the degree you can get a man to think about something other than his soul is the degree to which you can nudge a man away from Christ. We have nudged thinking about our souls, thinking about death, thinking about Christ, off the screen. If a man will talk about his soul or death, then you have the chance to talk to him about something important.” from “The Discipline of Delusion: How Secular Ideas Became the New Idolatry” by Jerry Bangert
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.” Psalm 75:6-7
As a young man I worked in the Billy Graham office during a crusade. One day the office manager invited me out for lunch and quoted this verse to me, explaining that he sensed it was an area of weakness in my life. My conscience condemned me, for I knew he was correct. I was competing with others for an enhanced position in the crusade.
Peter exhorts, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you.”240 You must decide two things concerning this matter: First, do you believe that promotion comes from God rather than man? If you do, then you know that God puts those in authority to whom you are obligated to submit. To resist them is to resist God. Second, do you acknowledge that if promotion comes from God, then you can do nothing to manipulate, politic, or any other expression of self-promotion, to acquire the advancement you desire? If God wants you in the position, He will place you there. If He does not want you to have it, not only is there nothing you can do to obtain it, you are best served by not wanting to change His mind even if you could. As the apostle Peter counsels, the path to exaltation is humility. Know, however, that humbling yourself before God does not guarantee the promotion; He may even demote you. Don’t be tempted to try to manipulate God. He may wait until you are in heaven before fulfilling His promise.
240 I Peter 5:6
Nehemiah 1-3 Acts 2:1-21 (New King James Version)
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