|“I don’t want my life to be explainable without the Holy Spirit. I want people to look at my life and know I couldn’t be doing this by my own power. I want to live in such a way that I am desperate for Him to come through. That if He doesn’t come through, I am screwed.” Francis Chan
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Ephesians 5:25 “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26
From the Garden of Eden we see that the path from God is independence; the path to God is dependence. All that God does from the Fall on, He does to teach us our need to be dependent upon Him. Biblical application is designed with this in mind.
You feel your dependence upon God in the process of application, in part because much of what He says has the appearance of being inconsistent. Jesus commands that we hate our wives while Paul commands that we love them as Christ loved the church. Our Lord tells us to hate our father and mother. Paul commands that we honor them.299 In one place Paul says that we are predestined before the foundation of the world,300 and in another he says that everyone that calls on the name of the Lord will be saved,301 and that God is not willing that any should be lost.302 Then you must wrestle with the seeming inconsistency between God being One in Three, and Jesus Christ being both completely God and completely man.
If you allow reason to be your final court of appeal, you will end in disobedience and heresy. The Bible does not call you to resolution, but to application. For example, you must live in the tension of both hating and honoring your parents, and walk by faith as you seek to apply both.
299 Ephesians 6:2
Psalm 94-96 Romans 15:14-33 (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.
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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