|“I have held many things in my hands, and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” Martin Luther
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
Two things take place simultaneously in almost every person’s life, irrespective of their sex, race, or religion: The older they become the more their capacity decreases while at the same time their responsibility increases. These two lines of increased responsibility and decreased capacity usually cross in a person’s forties.
Two things can take place simultaneously in the life of Christ’s followers: The older they become the closer to physical death they are and the more spiritually alive they become. Paul says this takes place because they look not to the seen, but to the unseen; not to the transient, but to the eternal.
You cannot experience the inner renewal that makes you increasingly more alive in Christ without setting your focus on the eternal. If you awaken in the morning thinking about transient matters, such as how you are going to survive in a hostile environment, you will not experience inner renewal. You must, when facing difficulties and hostilities, look to the unseen, hoping in what God has promised in the life to come, rather than “this slight momentary affliction” facing you. God promises that such afflictions prepare you for “an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” But you cannot have it both ways. Inner renewal is the product of an eternal gaze.
Isaiah 3-4 Galatians 6 (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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