|…there are four spiritual disciplines we must employ: “study the Bible through; pray it in; live it out; pass it on. Prayer, the Word, obedience, and witnessing. Four simple, ordinary, everyday practices by which you and I can experience the gracious hand of the Lord our God on our lives. May God grant us the grace to pay the price in time and energy to see it happen.” Leighton Ford
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it lies heavy upon men: a man to whom God gives wealth, possessions, and honor, so that he lacks nothing of all that he desires, yet God does not give him power to enjoy them, but a stranger enjoys them; this is vanity; it is a sore affliction.” Ecclesiastes 6:1-2
If your ambition centers in this life, you will despair and give your life to folly. Life brings too many hurtful events for it to be otherwise. Hope does not come from understanding the circumstances that invade your life, or from your resolve to face the circumstances. Rather, you find hope in recognizing that what you perceive to be good and evil comes from the hand of a gracious God. To lie down and quit does not help. Anger and resentment don’t help. Neither does wishing that things were different do much to console. So also, looking for fairness will add to your despair.
A man spent his life acquiring for the day of retirement. Two weeks into his retirement he had a stroke and spent the last 15 years of his life watching others enjoy what he had accumulated. Such a person faces a practical question: Is his relationship with God of any use? Can God deal with you in the condition in which you find yourself? The heroes of life are not those born wealthy, living seemingly carefree existences, but those who face the disappointments of life in the power of God.
You prepare for calamity before God’s testing comes. Review, on a daily basis, the fact that “you are not your own; you have been bought with a price.”321 Your prosperity resides in your relationship with Christ, which is eternal, rather than the assets He gives you, which not only are temporal, but also may be spent by others.
321 I Corinthians 6:20
Psalm 135-136 1 Corinthians 12 (New King James Version)
1 Corinthians 12
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