|“Christianity is a religion of rescue. It is designed for the desperate. It is for people who have a craving for something more than they can eke out of life by themselves. They are candidates for what Jesus has to say. They are the ones who “hear Him”-who not only listen to what He says but act on it. One of the fundamental requisites for true discipleship is a spirit of desperation that burns deep within the soul.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.”‘ Matthew4:7
There are many ways to tempt God. Jesus, when tempted by the devil to jump from the Temple, said that to commit God to act on Jesus’ behalf without either the need or a promise, tempted God. One of the most insidious ways people tempt the Lord is when they marginalize His commandments. Many believe that if they love God with all their hearts, expressing devotion and commitment to Him, that they can compromise His commandments.
People school themselves into believing that this is possible by how they relate to human authority. You know that the speed limit can be broken as long as you don’t overdue it. Your employer has a policy that you cannot make personal phone calls on company time, but you also know that your supervisor won’t really mind if you do it, providing you do not abuse the practice. All of life seems to teach that if you are careful, you can compromise the law.
Having discovered the ease with which you can marginalize the law of man, you can easily conclude that you can do the same thing in your relationship with God. It is not that you don’t love the Lord. Rather, you think that if you don’t overdue it, you can ignore His commandments without any substantial downside. Nothing could be further from the truth. God calls the violation of His will sin, and no one will get to heaven and be glad they sinned.
Song of Solomon 4-5 Galatians 3 (New King James Version)
Song of Solomon 4-5
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore 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. James 5:16
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