|“The ability to be a disciple is ours through the resources of Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 1: 3); the only factor we need to add to the equation is that of our wills.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7
Again and again Paul reminds us of our precious Possession. Christ who dwells in us is in sharp contrast to the container. We are a vessel, made like a piece of pottery, destined to again return to dust. There is nothing about us that warrants the indwelling Christ. It matters not how great we may think we are, a drop of contaminated water or a breath of bad air can kill us. We are frail and easily destroyed. The earthen vessels are not just our frail bodies, but weak, suffering, perishing people.
Paul contrasts the visible means and the effects produced as proof that the sufficiency is not in us, but in God. Any propensity to pride is quickly dispelled by the reality of this contrast between the vessel and its Possession. God designed us in this fashion so that the power in spreading the gospel should be recognized as His. He chose humble instruments so that all could know that the power of the gospel could not have been produced by our own ability.
Life surrounds you with infirmity; Christ surrounds you with glory. The infirmity is yours; the glory is God’s. The simplicity of your vehicle calls attention to the glory of the Occupant.
Isaiah 1-2 Galatians 5 (New King James Version)
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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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