|“Because He calls you to be the friend of sinners, and because you become like the people with whom you associate, it is imperative that you counter-balance your association with sinners by a band of godly brothers and sisters that will provoke you to godliness.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” John 20:29
You believe something either on the basis of personal experience or the testimony of others. When evaluating the testimony of others, there are various levels of reliability. For example, Jesus told the disciples before His crucifixion that He would die and be raised again. You believe because what He said happened. Second, you see evidence without actually witnessing the event. John looked in at the empty tomb and seeing the burial cloth, believed. Third, you believe the experience of someone else. This believing Jesus extols: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”
Your conversion confirms your belief in Christ, but biblically it is not the reason you believe. The object of your faith determines the validity of your faith. The object of your faith is God, but you cannot believe simply because you experienced His power in your life; you believe Scripture as well. Only in the Bible do you meet and get to know God. God will not accept belief in Himself apart from belief in His revelation.
Many people claim to have wonderful experiences with God, but not necessarily the God of our Lord Jesus Christ. Your experience, as important as it is, must be based on the Word of God. Otherwise you can easily end in idolatry, worshipping a god of your own creation.
Psalm 29-30 Acts 23:1-15 (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.
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