Devotional Thought for Today – 30/03/2021

Isaiah 55:8 - “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither...

Isaiah 55

Isaiah 55 can be divided into two sections:

Verses 1-7: God’s free gift of salvation is offered to all who will receive it. Those who are spiritually hungry and thirsty may come to eat and drink “without money” (or freely). He promises an “everlasting covenant” to the Gentiles like the one He established with Israel. His invitation to all men is clearly stated by the appeal, “Seek ye the Lord” and “call ye upon him.”

Verses 8-13: God’s sovereignty and omniscience are extolled by the statement that His “thoughts” (i.e., purposes and intentions), and “ways” (derakim, or “directions”), are “higher” than ours.  –https://bible-studys.org/index.html

Our text for today comes from the latter, v.8-9, For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LordFor as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

A few years ago an interesting press release hit my inbox, citing a recent survey by the Barna Research Group. It seems most folks do not know that some of their favorite biblical quotes aren’t actually from the Bible. See how much you know—which of these famous phrases is found nowhere in scripture:

“To thine own self be true.”

“God helps those who help themselves.”

“The truth will set you free.”

“God works in mysterious ways.”

The only phrase above that is in the Bible is “the truth will set you free,” in the Gospel of John. According to Barna’s poll, only 24% of adults knew that.

So what does that have to do with today’s devotional?  How many times have you heard folks say the last one? Hundreds, maybe more, so unbiblical.  Let us look at a few points:

God’s ways are different and better Proverbs 14:12

His knowledge is boundless and ours limited Psalm 147:5 

The mystery is to those outside the faith 1 Corinthians 2:6-16

The great mystery is revealed to the saints Colossians 1:26, 2 Timothy 2:15

When we say or agree with someone saying “God works in mysterious ways” we are acknowledging that God’s will can not be known for our lives.  That the God of the bible is unpersonable, unrelatable, and by proxy uncaring. I don’t know about y’all but that is definitely not the God I read about in my collection of Bible’s no matter the translation. 

TODAY’S PRAYER

Lord God, I come to you today denying that you are a God that can not be known, that all your works are mysteries and we are but puppets in this life.  You promise to instruct me (Ps 32:8) in your ways and watch over me to ensure my walk, I pray your Holy Spirit will guide my path daily.  Grant me the ability to serve in your will daily, with understanding and compassion. – AMEN


What is the mystery of God referred to in the Bible?

Personal Prerequisites for Bible Study

While reading this excellent article, two things came to mind Pharisees and Revelation 22:18-19. The only "first and foremost for a "Christian" is God and his unfeigned Word. 

Personal Prerequisites for Bible Study

All the talk today is about personal identity. A growing number of people are convinced that what qualifies or disqualifies a person to lead a corporation, to teach second graders, or to hold public office is not ability, achievement, or expertise but one’s ethnic, social, or sexual identity. This obsession was vividly illustrated by White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s answer to a question submitted to a February 16 online forum. Suffering from the government’s Covid-19 restrictions, a business owner asked, “What is President Biden doing for my small business?” Psaki responded, “First and foremost, he nominated a woman to lead the Small Business Administration.” While Psaki did attempt to provide other details in the rest of her answer, her “first and foremost” comment is indicative of the transformation taking place in our culture. The greatest causes of and solutions to society’s problems are believed to be located in ethnic, social, or sexual identities…

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Devotional Thought for Today – 03/02/2021

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Philippians 1

Chapter 1 includes a brief introduction (Philippians 1:1–2) followed by three key sections. First, Paul gives thanks and prayer on behalf of the Philippian Christians (Philippians 1:3–11). Second, he focuses on the expansion of the gospel (Philippians 1:12–18). Third, he emphasizes that, for the believer, to live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 1:19–30). Along the way, Paul explains that how the Christian life is a reflection of what they set their mind on. He stresses the importance of rejoicing and joy and connects the faith to concepts such as glory.¹

Our text for today comes from the last section. Prior paul speaks about suffering for Christ. In one of the most quoted verses, v.21, Paul says For to me, to live is Christ [He is my source of joy, my reason to live] and to die is gain [for I will be with Him in eternity].  Paul seems to be saying here I have much to do for the Kingdom on earth but yearn to leave this suffering behind. 

This leads to his emphasis on our text. The keywords are “STRIVE TOGETHER.”  Interestingly these words Greek, Sunathleo, soon-ath-leh’-o, are used only by Paul and only here and Philippians 4:3Both infer living a life worthy of Christ and the Gospel but even more, the meaning invokes a  fighting spirit of togetherness for the advancement of those goals. 

What are you doing to fight the fight today?

TODAY’S PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word of truth and the Foundation upon Whom we stand – the gospel of Christ crucified. I pray that I may keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace and conduct myself in a manner that is worthy of the gospel of Christ. I pray for all my brothers and sisters in Christ and ask that together we may stand firm in one spirit, with one mind – striving together for the faith of the gospel. I pray I will always be in remembrance of those who fight the good fight of faith praying diligently for them and for those who oppose us.  – to Your praise and glory, in Jesus name, I pray, AMEN

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¹ https://www.bibleref.com/Philippians/1/Philippians-chapter-1.html

Pro-Life News Updates (Various Sources)

Abortions worldwide this year:

😥 7,034,395 😪

The number of abortions performed worldwide so far this year and counting.

This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions per day.

In the USA, where nearly half of pregnancies are unintended and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion [1], there are over 3,000 abortions per day. Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies in the USA (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion. [2]

Stats are from https://www.worldometers.info/abortions/


Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider and promoter of abortion.  In 2019, Planned Parenthood performed 345,672 abortions.  Only 4,279 patients were referred to outside agencies for adoptions; therefore, abortions outnumbered adoption referrals by nearly 81 to 1.  According to their 2019 annual report, Planned Parenthood received $616,800,000 from taxpayers and made a profit of $110,500,000.

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Devotional Thought for Today – 03/01/2021

25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Psalm 73:25-26

PSALM 73

 Curiously enough this Seventy-third Psalm corresponds in subject with the Thirty-seventh: it will help the memory of the young to notice the reversed figures. The theme is that ancient stumbling block of good men, which Job’s friends could not get over; viz. –the present prosperity of wicked men and the sorrows of the godly. Heathen philosophers have puzzled themselves about this, while to believers it has too often been a temptation. – C.H. Spurgeon

In studying our main text today v.26,  it is helpful to also read v.25; Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.

You will note that I emphasized the word “heart” if you follow this blog you will note that yesterday’s Sunday Sermon Series was entitled The Heart of the Matter.   Regardless of what society and all the self-help gurus would have us believe, it is every man’s heart that will always let him down.  Conversely, it is God and God alone that can and will always revive man’s heart. 

 Samuel Blackerby the Puritan preacher of the 17th Century comments are some of the best I have ever read on this verse: 

My flesh and my heart faileth; but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. In which words we may take notice of five things.

1. The order inverted. When he mentions his malady he begins with the failing of the flesh, and then of the heart, but when he reports the relief he begins with that of the heart. From hence observe that when God works a cure in man (out of love) he begins with the heart–he cures that first. And there may be these reasons for it.

a. Because the sin of the heart is often the procuring cause of the malady of body and soul.

b. The body ever fares the better for the soul, but not the soul for the body.

c. The cure of the soul is the principal cure.

2. The suitableness of the remedy to the malady. Strength of heart for failing of heart, and a blessed portion for the failing of the flesh. Observe, that there is a proportionate remedy and relief in God for all maladies and afflictions whatsoever, both within and without. If your hearts fail you, God is strength; if your flesh fails you, or comforts fail you, God is a portion.

3. The prophet’s interest; he calls God his portion. Observe, that true Israelites have an undoubted interest in God: –He is theirs.

4. The prophet’s experience in the worst time. He finds this to be true, that when communicated strength fails, there is a never-failing strength in God. Observe, that Christians’ experiences of God’s all-sufficiency are then fullest and highest when created comforts fail them.

5. There is the prophet’s improvement of his experience for support and comfort against future trials and temptations. Observe, that a saint’s consideration of his experience of God’s all-sufficiency in times of exigency, is enough to bear up and to fortify his spirit against all trials and temptations for the time to come.

Thus you may improve the text by way of observation, but there are two principal doctrines to be insisted on. First, that God is the rock of a saint’s heart, his strength, and his portion forever. Secondly, that divine influence and relief passeth from God to his people when they stand in most need thereof.

First. God is the rock of a saint’s heart, strength, and a portion forever. Here are two members or branches in this doctrine.

1. That God is the rock of a saint’s heart, strength.

2. That God is the portion of a saint. Branch 1. God is the rock of a saint’s heart, strength. He is not only strength and the strength of their hearts, but the rock of their strength; so Isa 17:10. Ps 62:7, rwu, the same word that is used in the text, from hence comes our English word “sure.” Explication. God is the rock of our strength, both in respect of our naturals and also of our spirituals: he is the strength of nature and of grace (Ps 27:1); the strength of my life natural and spiritual. God is the strength of thy natural faculties–of reason and understanding, of wisdom and prudence, of will and affections. He is the strength of all thy graces, faith, patience, meekness, temperance, hope, and charity; both as to their being and exercise. He is the strength of all thy comfort and courage, peace and happiness, salvation and glory. Ps 140:7. “O God, the rock of my salvation.” In three respects. First. He is the author and giver of all strength. Ps 18:32: “It is God that girdeth me with strength.” Ps 24:11: “He will give strength to his people.” Ps 138:3 68:35. Secondly. He is the increaser and perfecter of a saint’s strength; it is God that makes a saint strong and mighty both to do and suffer, to bear and forbear, to believe and to hope to the end; so Heb 11:34: “Out of weakness they were made strong; “so 1Jo 2:14. And therefore is that prayer of Peter, 1Pe 5:10. Thirdly. He is the preserver of your strength; your life is laid up in God. Col 3:3. Your strength is kept by the strength of God; so Ps 91:1. God doth overshadow the strength of saints, that no breach can be made upon it. Ps 63:7. “In the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.”

TODAY’S PRAYER

Oh Lord our God, we declare our weakness of the heart unto you oh God and understand that it is only through our weakness that we can be made strong in Christ.  We ask that your Holy Spirit who indwells all true believers will guide us and mold us daily to be our strength and portion that we may repent of our failings and walk worthy of your Amazing Grace. – Amen

 

Articles of Confederation

American Minute with Bill Federer

Articles of Confederation: The First U.S. Government & the Role of Religion in the States that Ratified It

What was the government in the United States before the U.S. Constitution was written? 
It was the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union.
The Articles of Confederation were introduced in the Continental Congress on July 12, 1776, a little over a week after Congress approved the Declaration of Independence.

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PRAYING FOR OUR NATIONAL LEADERS

America is in need of PRAYER for its Elected Representatives now more than ever!

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PRAYING FOR OUR NATIONAL LEADERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO SET THEMSELVES AGAINST GOD

By, Evangelist Dave Kistler, Co-host, Stand in the Gap Today Radio, Air Date: 1/25/21, 

Seven prayers to pray for our national leaders:

I would suggest these are good for all levels of government

  1. Pray for the conversion of our national leaders and that they live lives of sincere commitment to Christ. (I Timothy 2:4)
  2. Pray that our leaders facilitate our ability to live peaceable lives, not troubled ones. (I Timothy 2:1-2)
  3. Pray that our leaders recognize God’s ultimate authority and that they are subservient to Him. (Psalm 22:8)
  4. Pray that God will confound evil leaders’ plans and turn their evil devices into foolishness. (2 Samuel 15:31)
  5. Pray that the unified attempts of wicked leaders to thwart God’s ways will be broken up as were those at the Tower of Babel. (Genesis 11:7)
  6. Pray that evil leaders lose their platforms and avenues of dispersing an anti-God message and agenda. (Proverbs 21:30)
  7. Pray that evil leaders have their plans turned back on them, as did Haman in the book of Esther. (Esther 7 and Proverbs 28:10)

SUNDAY SERMON SERIES – The Heart of the Matter

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Mark 7

I have written extensively about the “heart” of the man and how messed up it can be, you can search in the box to the right to see the other posts. 

Mark Chapter 7 begins with most modern translations having a heading something similar to;  That which defiles, The Traditions of the Elders, Traditions and Commandments, or my two favorites; Jesus Teaches about Inner Purity (NLT) and Lo que contamina al hombre (What pollutes man) RVR 1960.

Today’s main text comes from Mark 7:14-23, depending on your translation you may have another heading the AMP for example begins the Chapter with Followers of Traditions and adds The Heart of Man.

The world would have us believe that man is essentially good yet the bible and mankind’s everyday actions throughout history would completely contradict that belief. 

Here is Pastor Alistair Begg explaining why:

SERMON

“The Heart of the Matter”

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Other Resources and Sermons:

Mark 7:20-23 – Hideous DiscoveryPDF Sermon by C H Spurgeon

Mark 7:14-23 – All These Evils Come From InsidePDF  Sermon by Kim Riddlebarger

Mark: Clean on the Inside Sermon Derek Thomas

Heart-Surgery Web Page by Samuel Bolton

On the Deceitfulness of the HeartWeb Page by John Newton

 

Devotional Thought for Today – 02/27/2021

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Isaiah 6

Isaiah 6 can be broken down into two simple parts, Isaiah’s vision (v.1-7), and his call to ministry (v.8-13).  Isaiah’s vision is of the Lord and His holy temple complete with all the majesty and glory that one could ever imagine.   Then God calls Isaiah to warn or maybe better put fortell of Irael’s destruction for their contunial disobediance. 

Our text begins Isaiah’s call and is similar in nature to that of Samuel when he says here I am in v.4 & 16 of Chapter 3.  God is calling and has a mission for Isaiah one that may not be pleasant, may require unknown sacrafices, may cause him to make enemies of powerful people yet how did Isaiah respond?  Isaiah had three (3) choices in his response, Here I am, No; Here I am, send someone else; or unconditional obediance Here am I; send me.

Would we repsond the same way? What luxuries of life are we willing for forfeit for the kingdom? (Most churches today have trouble collecting tithes) Would we sacrafice all just to serve our Risen Savior? 

Last November we published a devotional, that had as it’s focus Tim Hughes song Here I am to Worship.  I concluded then with; we never know what God’s Will will be for our lives tomorrow. So the next time we are signing songs of praise to the Lord of Lords maybe we need to think about the consequences of what we sing.  Here I am Lord…

Are you ready to Unconditionally Serve God today?

Today’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, teach me more of Who You are and show me how flawed my understanding is of who I truly am and of all that Christ has done for me. Thank you for cleansing my lips and washing me clean in the blood of Jesus. Thank You for sending Your Holy Spirit to live in me and for building me up, into the living Temple, with all who are saved by grace, through faith in Christ. In a world that has lost its way, I pray in Jesus’ name, “Lord. Here am I, send me.” AMEN.

Source: https://prayer.knowing-jesus.com/Isaiah/6/8

 

 

 

Devotional Thought for Today – 02/26/2021

What do the following have in common?  Egypt, Great Britain, Greece,  Iraq, Italy, and the US? 

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PSALM 10

C.H. Spurgeon in his commentary  divides the Psalm as follows: 

The first verse, in an exclamation of surprise, explains the intent of the Psalm, viz., to invoke the interposition of God for the deliverance of his poor and persecuted people. From verses 2 to 11, the character of the oppressor is described in powerful language. In verse 12, the cry of the first verse bursts forth again, but with a clearer utterance. In the next place (verses 13-15), God’s eye is clearly beheld as regarding all the cruel deeds of the wicked; and as a consequence of divine omniscience, the ultimate judgment of the oppressed is joyously anticipated (verses 16-18). To the Church of God during times of persecution, and to individual saints who are smarting under the hand of the proud sinner, this Psalm furnishes suitable language both for prayer and praise.

It is this final section that our main text v.16, is taken from today. As I was contemplating it this morning I could not help but think back on world  history and those ‘nations that have perished from the land.’  I like the way the NLT puts it, The Lord is king forever and ever! The godless nations will vanish from the land. 

It infers that all nations who have turned their backs on the one true living God will perish. So back to my opening question, What do the following have in common?  Egypt, Great Britain, Greece, Iraq, Italy, and the US?  All are former GREAT empires (Iraq was home to Babylonian the rest should be obvious)  that turned their backs on God and their greatness perished. Some have completely vanished from the earth (which I believe will be the fate of all). 

Why include the USA,  you may ask, are we not still a great nation? I some ways, yes, but we have for the most part forsaken the biblical principles upon which this great country was founded and our Consitution was written. We have turned our backs on God and His response throughout History has been the same, destruction for that nation.  why because the land and all that occupy it belongs to the LORD. 

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible – Unabridged

The LORD is King forever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.

The third part and third strophe.

The Lord is King forever and ever. Sense had suggested the thought, that because of the prevailing might and impunity of oppressors, the Lord has ceased to reign on His high throne as righteous Governor, Judge, and King over the earth, especially in relation to His people (Deuteronomy 33:5Numbers 23:21). Faith now shows David how impotent are the rebels’ efforts to set up in opposition a kingdom of unrighteousness. Yahweh is, and ever will abide, “King” alone.

The pagan are perished – all who, whether nominally of the elect nation or not, are paganish in heart and life (Ezekiel 16:3Jeremiah 9:25Psalms 9:19). What was a prayer in Psalms 9:19“Let the pagan be judged,” is here taken as an accomplished fact in the confidence of faith, “the pagan have perished.”

Out of his land – implying why the pagan are perished out of the land (first, Canaan; then, ultimately, the whole earth) – namely, because the land is not theirs, but YAHWEH’S!

TODAY’ PRAYER

A Prayer For Our Country

Lord God and Heavenly King, You alone are the Lord of the earth and King of the universe, and You alone can revive and restore the United States Of America and bring us back under Your own Sovereign rule.

Give our President, together with his advisors and the whole of his administration, the wisdom, and grace to turn from the ungodly path that they are following, and may they set this nation back on the path of trusting in God.

Motivate all our congressmen to strive for integrity and wisdom in all the choices and decisions they make, and may those that are entrusted as judges and lawmakers, likewise act in righteousness, impartiality and integrity as they work for the benefit of all people, and to the honor of Your holy name.

Heavenly King, we place our nation at your feet and pray that we may once again serve You as a nation. May Your will be done in the once greatest nation of the world, the United States of America.

Amen.

Source: https://prayer.knowing-jesus.com/1-Timothy/2/2