Devotional Thought for Today – 03/05/2021

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Ezra 9 

Chapter nine can be divided into two sections. In v.1-4  Ezra cries out for the sins of the Jews. In v.5-14 he confesses their sins against the most Holy God. This brings us to our text for today v.15, Ezra’s final plea is amazing in its simplicity and truth. It is also so appropriate for today.

I know some of you are thinking, how can the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the sinful remnant there applicable to those in the world (especially the U.S.) today.  What was Israel’s great sin?  It was their continual rebellion against God (to be expected in natural man)  and the failure of the chosen to act. 

Yesterday I had the privilege of praying outside a Waffle House in Peral, MS with my good friend Gary “Shepard” Burd.  We played God Bless America,  read 2 Chronicles 7:13-14, Prayed for America, and sang Amazing Grace there in the parking lot.

It was our way of acknowledging  (as Ezra) the sins of America, and as Ezra, our way of declaring the remnant is here Lord, we understand we are so unworthy because of the sins of our nation, but please hear our prayers.

We chose to act. How about you? 

TODAY’S PRAYER

Lord God, Sovereign ruler of all the heavens and earth, we declare that we have sinned so greatly against you that we are completely without excuse and undeserving of any mercy. Your remnant is here to serve you, Lord, to Act, on your behalf, send your Spirit to guide our path that we do what you have called us to do and may honor and glorify you in our duties. – Amen


 

Hawker’s Poor Man’s Commentary – Ezra 9:15

Devotional thought for Today – 03/04/2021

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1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

This portion of 1 Thessalonians 5 can be divided into two sections; v.12-22 and v.23-28. The first is a series of exhortations or final instructions on how to live as faithful believers pending the return of Christ.  The latter is Pauls’s final salutation and blessing to the church. 

The two are fully and indelibly connected. Paul’s benediction v.23-28 depending on your translation begins with either (most common) And the…, Now may…,  both of these signify that all that proceeded (v.12-22) is being wrapped up here. 

Our main text for today,  v.24, is Paul’s second sentence in the benediction, a reminder to all that our God is Able.  Some of the more common translations are: 

ESV: “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”

KJV: “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”

NASB: “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will do it.”

NLT: “God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.”

CSB: “He who calls you is faithful; he will do it.”

So the obvious is God is Able but able to do what? remember I said that v.12-22 were the key and that they were all about living as faithful believers? So it is God (and God alone) who is able to complete our holiness, make us mature believers, enable us to live faithfully for Christ.  I really like the AMP version of v.24

Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you [to Himself for your salvation], and He will do it [He will fulfill His call by making you holy, guarding you, watching over you, and protecting you as His own].

When God saved us, he called us to be sanctified set apart from the world for the kingdom and His glory.  Paul is reminding the Church at Thessalonica and us of this and that we can not go it alone. 

TODAY’S PRAYER

Thank You Father that You are the one that is going to bring me to spiritual maturity – not in my own strength, but as I yield to the chastening and refining work of Your Holy Spirit within my heart. Have Your way in my life I pray, until I reach a spiritual maturity that measures up to the full and complete standard of Christ – Christ in me the hope of glory – praise Your holy name, AMEN.

Source: https://prayer.knowing-jesus.com/1-Thessalonians/5

News from the PERSECUTED CHURCH

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:
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Court of Appeal Rules against Christian Public Servant

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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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Federal Judge issues TRO against Tennessee law requiring women to know about abortion pill reversal

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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

 

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)

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

 

The (UN)Equality Act; Messages from Perkins and Graham

Today as you read this the House of Representatives is likely to pass one of the most dangerous pieces of legislation in memory. From there it will go to the Senate, I strongly urge you to read the Franklin Graham article and contact your Senators and the White House showing your disapproval for this horrible bill. 

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Equality Act: ‘The Left’s New Woke Heresy Code’

The U.S. House tomorrow will vote on the Equality Act. It will almost certainly pass, without a single Republican cosponsor. Then its fate will be decided in the Senate. It’s hard to imagine just how damaging this bill would be. Essentially, it takes every issue the Left feels is a sacred cow and wraps it into one bill — a legislative right to abortion on demand, special privileges for sexual orientation and gender identity, and the abolition of religious freedom.

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Special Prayer Alert about the Equality Act

A Message from Franklin Graham

We Cannot Remain Silent!

The Equality Act is a dangerous threat to our nation.

I am writing to you about a very dangerous piece of legislation—the Equality Act. The Biden Administration has said they want to pass this within their first 100 days. I cannot say this more emphatically—for people, for businesses, and for ministries of faith, the Equality Act is a threat to life as we know it in our nation today. It’s a real game-changer.

The Equality Act will…

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Devotional Thought for Today – 02/24/2021

Are You “Struggling” With Sin?

Hebrews 12

Having just finished reading Chapter 11, often called the heroes of the faith chapter, in its simplest terms, Hebrews 12 is a strong admonition to be consistent and persistent in our Faith, like one of those heroes. 

There are five (5) areas that we can break Chapter 12 into:

v.1-3 – Trust in God and His purpose 

v.5-13 – Accept discipline

v.14-17 – Those who reject discipline

v.18-29 – Superiority of the New Covenant 

Yes, I said five areas, and I purposely left out v.4, because it is our main text for today: Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

At least monthly we post an article called News from the PERSECUTED CHURCHThis morning it reminded me that any complaints I could possibly have here in the US about “church restrictions” are a far cry less than those whose homes and lives are being actually threatened and destroyed around the world. 

That is what the writer of Hebrews point is, YES, Christian you will suffer for your Faith, if you do not you are a “Couch Potato Christian”, but that is another issue; yet have you suffered to the point of being asked to forfeit your life for Christ? 

The same applies to our struggles with Sin Some will try and claim 2 Corinthians 5:17out of context for sure, and saying that all true born-again believers never sin? Of course, that means that John had no reason to write 1 John 1:9 or that Paul was a liar or worse unconverted by Jesus himself when He says he still struggles with sin.

No the writer of Hebrews is asking a BIGGER question.  What have we done to change our habits, what have we forfeited? What are we willing to forfeit? 

TODAY’S PRAYER

Father God, I pray You will cleanse me so You can fill me to overflowing with more of Your Holy Spirit. I desire to be living out Your will. I also know that means You disciplining me. I will embrace Your discipline so I can grow from it. Help me to be an overcomer of all the sinfulness left in me. Help me to break the chains that bind me to my old ways. 

Lord, may more people embrace Your discipline so they can grow in a relationship with You.  Would You keep my focus on You so I can be a beacon of light throughout this day? Father, I pray You will prepare the hearts of whomever I may meet to be open to You. Thank You Jesus Amen.

Adapted From


The Struggle Against Sin

The Christian’s Struggle Against Sin (mp3 Download Set)

Your Fight Against Sin Is Normal