|“You cannot know until after you believe and speak; that is the order: believe, speak, know. You cannot alter it. You can spend your life seeking to save it while you live for self, or you can recognize that because death awaits you, you will believe the promises of God, live a life of death as you spend yourself for others, and be content to know after you slip into eternity that you have gained life. The depth of your faith that you will live eternally determines the degree to which you willingly die temporally.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come unto you with the brethren: but his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time.” 1 Corinthians 16:12
Apollos ministered with Paul in Corinth, went to Ephesus and was with Paul when he wrote this letter. Paul wanted him to return to Corinth because of the needs in that church. You can tell from his wording that he felt strongly about it: “I greatly desired him to come to you.” Assessing the needs in the two cities and the availability of Apollos, Paul obviously felt he should go.
Nothing frustrates quite like seeing a need that someone can easily meet, but refuses to because it is not convenient. In such situations you can easily impugn their motives, considering them selfish and unfaithful. Not so with Paul; he didn’t expressed any rancor or ill feeling toward Apollos, simply noting that “he will
Two attitudes stand out in Paul’s handling this disappointment. First, he beautifully blended the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man. Paul felt responsible for the church at Corinth, but was willing to allow God to lead Apollos. You find no hint in this narrative of Paul threatening Apollos or trying to leverage him with the relationship. Second, you sense no proprietorship over Corinth on the part of Paul. He eagerly welcomed all that ministered the gospel of our Lord unselfishly. You do well to emulate these two attitudes.
Isaiah 5-6 Ephesians 1 (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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