|“Everything you go through as a Christian is a training exercise behind which God has a divine purpose. He did not save you so that you could cruise into paradise on a luxury liner; He saved you to prepare you to be of use in His kingdom. The moment you were born again, He enrolled you in His school of suffering. And every affliction, every trial, is another lesson in the curriculum.” David Wilkerson———/://///
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” 1 Peter 3:15
Your self-denial does not attract a watching world. Many walk around in self¬ deprivation, scaring those who meet them. Nor do your ethics attract people; many fine people live outside the pale of God’s grace. Rather Peter says that it is the object of your hope that will attract. Your focus is on the eternal promises of Christ rather than the temporal inheritance promised by the world.
Satan pushes the pendulum. If your proclivity goes in the direction of asceticism, he will encourage you; if in the direction of greed, he happily helps you here also. In either case your focus is on the temporal, and that is all he cares about. If you focus on the eternal, you will be forced into moderation by virtue of your lacking the time and inclination to worry about temporal matters. Ethical questions take care of themselves in that you are not trying to protect yourself from the greed of the world.
Don’t focus on power, fame, or the accumulation of the world. You are a pilgrim and our Lord expects you to act like one. To the degree that you do, those who know you will “ask a reason of the hope that is in you.”
Psalm 13-15 Acts 19:21-41 (New King James Version)
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