Saturday’s Military Devotional – Instructed

20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand. Proverbs 19:20-21

AMP and RVR 1960


CONTEXT: 

If you can remember back to boot camp you have to remember getting off the bus and being SCREAMED at by some Drill Sergeant barking out instructions so fast you had no clue what they said or what to do. 

There was a method and reason to their madness that I did not understand until I had nearly finished Basic Training.  Basically we need to react under pressure under stress of combat and since shooting recruits would not be advisable (or legal 🙂 ) screaming like banshees is the next best thing. In order to insure a soldier does no harm to themselves or others one must learn to act in differing situations of stress. 

Here in our text the preceding v.19 has the same implication, an unwise man (here one who can not control his emotions) must learn the consequences of those actions otherwise he will repeat the mistake and cause himself and or others harm.  


BREAKDOWN:

20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. –  NO ONE, likes to be yelled at, told they are wrong, continually corrected.  Yet the bible is clear, God loves to “correct” that is “Instruct” his chosen and as Proverbs 12:1 says those who oppose God’s loving instruction are “Stupid.”

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the Bible comments on this Those that would be wise in their latter end, must be taught and ruled when young.

21 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand. –  What is it man longs for; wealth, fame, power?  All these things are the focus of a corrupt heart. Man can plan, scheme and conive all he wishes but to what end? God will always have the final say Psalm 33:10.  


APPLICATION: 

Just as recruits must be taught the ways of soldiering so too those who enter into God’s Army need learn His ways in order to fight the good fight. We cannot be afraid of being continual instruction, being rebuked and getting wise counsel. 

The Book of Psalms 1:1-6 begins with such an exhortation:

Blessed is the man[a]
    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law[b] of the Lord,
    and on his law he meditates day and night. 


Today’s Questions:

 

Say What?

Observation: What did I read? What struck you as most meaningful?

So What?

Interpretation: What does it mean? Overall and the most meaningful? Did it change your view on INSTRUCTION

Now What?

Application: How does it apply to me?

Then What?

Implementation: What do I do? How can I start living it out today?

Time to get Your RED On

Come on you know what time it is, it is RED Friday

WEAR RED, EVERY FRIDAY, UNTIL EVERYONE IS HOME AND ACCOUNTED FOR

RED – Remember Everyone Deployed

NEVER FORGET 

 

Devotional Thought for Today – 9/21/20

What Does 2 Corinthians 13:14 Mean?

RVR 1960

Paul concludes his second letter to the church at Corinth with these words. Praying for the GRACE of Lord Jesus Christ to be with them. Second he prays for the Love of God the Father for the church at Corinth. Lastly he prays for Fellowship of the Holy Spirit to indwell all believers at the church in Corinth.  

This Fellowship of the Holy Spirit, is the essential ingredient for unity in the church. Brother Jason Cook in his sermon this past Sunday said somedays you dislike your wife (anyone who claims never to disagree or argue in a marriage is usually living in fantasy land) but you ALWAYS LOVE her. It is that Holy Spirit in believers that allows us to overcome those days of discouragement and even disillusion to be fully renewed and restored to FELLOWSHIP and unity in our marriages and the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit is God’s Glue that binds the church together. 

 

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Here is one of the best training tools I have ever seen produced by the VA. It was done right here in my hometown of Jackson, MS and although the references are mainly for those on Active and Reserve duty; it can easily be applied to ALL VETERANS and those Chaplains Serving them. 

 

Mississippi Veterans Affairs has partnered with the Mississippi Air and Army National Guard, the United States Navy, and the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center to provide virtual training for local clergy along with awareness tips for the general public, in hopes of reducing the suicide rate of the heroes that have served our state and country.
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Saturday’s Military Devotional – Strongholds

Why Did Castles Have Moats? | Wonderopolis

 

Psalm 9:9

AMP and RVR 1960

 


CONTEXT:

Whenever I think of a stronghold, the image of a medieval castle seems to pop up. These fortresses were designed to withstand long sieges by an enemy while providing protection for King or Nobleman’s and troops, as well as refuge for the neighboring villagers. 

The structures were intentionally built with many features to be as defensible and impenetrable as possible. With thick walls, narrow windows and firing slits, tall towers and even moats they were designed to withstand months (3-6) long sieges. 

Of course as technology evolved the defensibly of these structures became less and less for their original intent. However one can never underestimate, even in the modern battlefield, the need for a good Stronghold that provides Refuge from incoming enemy attack.  


BREAKDOWN:  

The Lord also will be a refuge –  The Hebrew word translated by the KJV and many others as refuge is Misgab, mis-gawb’,  It has the sense of a secure (high) place, retreat, refuge, or Stronghold. 

Note the object of the Stronghold is God Himself. All other strongholds will eventually crumble at the hands of technology or man’s own unregenerate heart. Only God Almighty can provide that impenetrable Stronghold

for the oppressed, – Whom does God provide this Stronghold for? The oppressed, that is the weak, the lowly, those without self and power.  The high and mighty, arrogant and egotistical need not apply. 

a refuge in times of trouble. – When evil surrounds God’s children, He is there to provide that Refuge from incoming enemy fire. Whether is be the fiery darts of Satan or the raging insults, injustices or persecutions from our neighbors; God provides the only true impenetrable Stronghold.


APPLICATION: 

Everyone builds Forts? Since I was a little kid my friends and I were always finding a way to build a “Fort” in the nearby woods, or empty lot. It was our Stronghold and we would defend it against any dragoon or girl that happened upon it. 

In the Army the strongholds were sometimes as simple as a foxhole and many times much more elaborate as FOB’s (Forward Operating Bases). The principle was the same, build something defensible and maintain the defense. 

For Christians the same applies. Sometimes life just plain sucks. Even for true Christians, we will go through periods of turmoil and turbulence that can be very unsettling. That is why God tells us we do not need to build our own StrongholdYou see He already prepared one for us. All we need to do is enter into that covenant that gains us entry into the only true impenetrable Stronghold. 

 


Today’s Questions:

Say What?

Observation: What did I read? What struck you as most meaningful?

So What?

Interpretation: What does it mean? Overall and the most meaningful? Did it change your view on Strongholds

Now What?

Application: How does it apply to me?

Then What?

Implementation: What do I do? How can I start living it out today?

Daily Devotional – Firm Foundations

8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Psalm 16:8

AMP and RVR 1960


CONTEXT:

Psalm 16 is an expression of Faith in God as put forth by David King of Israel. Like all men David was not perfect, yet He was chosen by God to be the seed by which Christ Jesus the redeemer of mankind would be born. 


BREAKDOWN: 

I have set the Lord always before me: – Note that David says always not occasionally, or when I am in trouble, or indiscriminately, but always. 

Thomas Brooks Comments on this: 

I have set the Lord always before me. David did not by fits and starts set the Lord before him; but he “always” set the Lord before him in his course; he had his eye upon the Lord, and so much the Hebrew word imports: I have equally set the Lord before me; that is the force of the original word, that is, I have set the Lord before me, at one time as well as another, without any irregular affections or passions, etc. In every place, in every condition, in every company, in every employment, and in every enjoyment, I have set the Lord equally before me; and this raised him, and this will raise any Christian, by degrees, to a very great height of holiness.

because he is at my right hand, – Two things about being at my right hand first being on the right signifies a guarded position, one most protected. Second it is the position of honor, in a Kings court the most trusted of advisors always sits to the right, here David says God is always there as his most trusted advisor and protector. 

I shall not be moved. –  David says I am grounded firmly in the precepts, the teachings, laws of God and will not be moved off of them. 

Robert Crawdray comments on this: 

Even as a column or pillar is sometimes on thy right hand, and sometimes on thy left hand, because thou dost change thy standing, sitting or walking, for it is unmovable and keepeth one place; so God is sometimes favourable and bountiful unto thee, and sometimes seemeth to be wroth and angry with thee, because thou dost fall from virtue to vice, from obedience and humility to pride and presumption; for in the Lord there is no change, no, not so much as any shadow of change. He is immutable, always one and everlasting. If thou wilt bend thyself to obedience, and to a virtuous and godly life, thou shalt ever have him a strong rock, whereupon you may boldly build a castle and tower of defence. He will be unto thee a mighty pillar, bearing up heaven and earth, whereto you may lean and not be deceived, wherein you may trust and not be disappointed. He will ever be at thy right hand, that thou shalt not fall. He will take thy part, and will mightily defend thee against all enemies of thy body and of thy soul; but if thou wilt shake hands with virtue, and bid it adieu and farewell, and, forsaking the ways of God, wilt live as thou list, and follow thy own corruption, and make no conscience of aught thou doest, defiling and blemishing thyself with all manner of sin and iniquity, then be sure the Lord will appear unto thee in his fury and indignation. From his justice and judgments none shall ever be able to deliver thee.


APPLICATION:

We have two ministries, this one FSM and FSMWO which deals primarily with Issues of Incarceration, Ex-Mates, Military/Veterans, and Right to Life issues. The Other Faith Builders Ministries we build churches and do disaster relief work wherever God calls us. 

One of the keys in any smart building project is a Good Foundation, something that can not be moved about in the slightest of storms. I live in Mid Mississippi right smack in Tornado Alley and Hurricane Corridor plus we have this stuff called Yazoo Clay. To the un-educated all that means build a poorly designed foundations and the first bad storm, the wind will tear off the roof and lift the build off the foundation. Or maybe it just rains 8 inches in a day or two with no winds so to speak and you think I am good, not so fast that bad foundation just lifted 12″ because the clay couldn’t absorb the water and now its running into your home from under your slab. 

So I hope you see the point, as David made that a firm foundation based upon the biblical teachings of God are necessary for our every day stability in life. In this life we are tossed about just as in a storm here in Mississippi, yet with a solid firm foundation in scripture we can be as Paul said in Romans more than conquerors

It is my prayer your foundation is as firm as any saint that has ever lived.  


OTHER RESOURCES:

Sunday’s Sermon Series – Crumbling Foundations 

Daily Devotional – Foundations

Christian Foundations for a New Believer

 

Saturday’s Military Devotional – Following Orders

 

John 15:3-14 KJV - Now ye are clean through the word which I have ...

John 15:12-17

AMP and RVR 1960


CONTEXT:

Military personnel on air, land or sea, worldwide since the inception of fighting forces are used to being given commands (orders). Commands are there to regulate the smooth operation of the overall and individual military units; from large armies down to the smallest squad.

The same holds true to God’s Soldiers. As exampled in our text Jesus made sure he left clear commands to His disciples concerning their relationship to one another. 


BREAKDOWN:

Ye are my friends, – “What a friend we have in Jesus…” , is often sung in church pews across the world but is it sung sincerely? Are we really friends with Jesus just because we said some short prayer, or walked down an isle?  Jesus says NO!!!!

if ye do – Jesus says His friendship, that is true sincere fellowship is based upon your actions. 

whatsoever I command you. – The action here that we have been commanded to take is simple v.12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.


APPLICATION:

First, I want to be clear this is not Works based anything. You will take action not because you must to gain something but because your entire being desire to do so. A true Christian is compelled to obedience because of His love for God and his desire to please God. This is not something natural man will do and is the mark of a true believer. 

Second, natural man HATES following orders/commands. When Adam the first man rejected God for all mankind it was put into mans seed this rebellion against authority. It is why recruit training is so difficult, they break us down to build us back up to be able to follow orders. The same is for those in Christ, we had to realize our brokenness in order to see our need for Christ and be ready to follow Him, to have Him as Lord (commander) of our lives. 

Lastly, God made it really simple when Jesus said all the commands of life can be boiled down into two Matthew 22:36-40, we are to love God and our neighbors. By this we can have true Joy in this world. 


Today’s Questions:

Say What?

Observation: What did I read? What struck you as most meaningful?

So What?

Interpretation: What does it mean? Overall and the most meaningful? Did it change your view on Following Orders? 

Now What?

Application: How does it apply to me?

Then What?

Implementation: What do I do? How can I start living it out today?

Sunday’s Sermon Series – Keep Watch

Yesterday our Devotional was entitled Saturday’s Military Devotional – Watchmen, today I continue that theme but from Christ Jesus’s own Words. 

 

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Matthew 25:1-13

AMP and RVR 1960

 


CONTEXT:

This is the Parable of the 10 Virgins or Bridesmaids as some modern versions have it. If your Bible is a Red Letter edition you will not the words are in Red denoting that Christ Jesus Himself is speaking. 

Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven to that of a Grand Wedding and the key participants (virgins or bridesmaids) need to be ready for the event (also see Revelation 19:7). Some are ready and on watch for the groom to arrive others are lazy and figure they have plenty of time to deal with things.

Of course the later are caught off Guard and try and rush at the last minute only to be shut out of the feast. 

 


SERMON:

Coming Events and Present Duties
J.C. Ryle, 1879

WATCH!

…The passage of Scripture before our eyes, is one that deserves the close attention of all professing Christians. We ought to read it again and again, until we are thoroughly familiar with every sentence that it contains. It is a passage that concerns us all, whether ministers or people, rich or poor, learned or unlearned, old or young. It is a passage that can never be known too well.

These thirteen verses make up one of the most solemn parables that our Lord Christ ever spoke; partly because of the time at which it was spoken, partly because of the matter which it contains.

As to the time — it was but a few days before our Lord’s crucifixion. It was spoken within view of Gethsemane and Calvary, of the cross and the grave.

As to the matter — it stands as a beacon to the Church of Christ in all ages. It is a witness against carelessness and slothfulness — against apathy and indifference about religion — and a witness of no uncertain sound. It cries to thoughtless sinners, “Awake!” It cries to true servants of Christ, “Watch!”…


OTHER RESOURCES

The Fate of the Unprepared by John MacArthur