|“If I see alright, the cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament. It is, rather, a new bright ornament upon the bosom of a self-assured and carnal Christianity. The old cross slew men, the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it.” A. W. Tozer, 1897-1963
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure.”‘ Isaiah 46:9-10
Let me ask you a series or rhetorical questions: Did you determine the date of your birth? Your parents? The color of your skin and eyes? Your sex? The height of your stature? The era of history in which you were born? Your gifts and abilities or the lack thereof? Your genetic defects? The socio-economic environment in which you were born? The circumstances that flow through your life? I used the word “rhetorical” for the answer to all of these is no. These areas are merely illustrative of a myriad of things you did not decide. That which you control is quite limited.
You may well ask why God created you and your world in such a manner. With so little control, note what a mess humans have made of things. Oppression, injustice, greed, avarice, war, all of these are the product of man’s will. God maintains control as an expression of His grace.
You will frequently find people resisting the gospel message for fear of losing control of their lives; they don’t want to submit to God. In truth, they are not in control now, and never will be. The good news is, the One who is in control loves them and desires their best.
Psalm 66-67 Romans 7 (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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