|“The disciple is called upon to do battle against the massed forces of Satan, to break down the gates of hell and set the prisoners free in Jesus’ name. Jesus promises that when we do battle like this, the gates of hell shall not prevail against us. But there is a cost involved in doing battle. “If you are unwilling to pay the cost,” says the Lord, “then send your ambassador and sue for peace.” As a Christian, you can go to the devil and say, “Look, Satan, I am already a Christian and I am on my way to heaven; but I want to make a deal with you. If you leave me alone, I will leave you alone. I will not be a true disciple of Jesus Christ. I will not threaten your hold over the lives of men or invade your kingdom. In return, don’t you bother me. Let me live in comfort and quiet.” And the devil will say, “Friend, you’ve got yourself a deal.” But remember, Satan is a liar and the father of lies. You have no guarantee that he will not double-cross you. The cost you will pay for not being a disciple is infinitely greater than the cost you will pay for being one.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25
God gives a series of cameos on life during the Theocracy. God did not establish a police force or a judicial system to try and convict law-breakers. He gave Israel a series of judges because they refused to be governed in the manner established by God in the Law. The story in Israel during the days of the judges is tragically repetitive: The people sin, abandoning God for gods that are not gods; God judges in the form of oppressing nations; Israel, in terrible pain, repents and turns to God; God brings deliverance through a judge; the judge rules for a period of time and dies; Israel again sins.
The people did not do wrong in their own eyes. They did what they thought to be right. You can sin by doing what you know to be wrong, but also by doing what you think is right. The latter is probably more deadly, for you do not have the help of your conscience to check you. To convince yourself that you are doing right, you need to bring your conscience into agreement. It is not hard to do. A man recently converted expressed shock that the Bible prohibits fornication. When asked if he always thought it was right, after reflection he said, ‘When I first did it I knew it was wrong, but I overruled my conscience and in a short while it seemed right.”
Conscience has the power to condemn, but not absolve. A clear conscience gives confidence in the presence of God, but it does not absolve guilt. The Holy Spirit will assist your conscience in these matters, but even He may be
353 Ephesians 4:30
Isaiah 9-10 Ephesians 3 (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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