Daily Devotional – New Year

There are many things that folks will be praying (even non-believers will be praying they can actually follow through even if they deny the act) for the New Year starting tomorrow. It is the annual New Years resolution campaign to reform some part of their life, quite smoking, drinking gambling, etc. Unfortunately most will miss the mark on the most important thing to pray for; Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior .

We at FSM and FSMWO wish everyone a Happy and prosperous 2020 -Mike 

33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Estas cosas os he hablado para que en mí tengáis paz. En el mundo tendréis aflicción; pero confiad, yo he vencido al mundo. (RVR 1960)
CONTEXT JOHN 16 

This coming year I urge every believer to pray daily:

In general for the lost: 1 Timothy 2:1-6

Specifically for a friend or family member: Romans 10:1 

Pray that you will willingly yield to the Holy Spirit John 14:15-17

Pray that each day you may grow more acceptable to God Romans 12:1-2

I am sure you can think of others? 

Other Resources: 

QOTW – Special Edition: New Year’s Resolutions

 

No Obstacle Too Big for LeTourneau’s God

No Obstacle Too Big for LeTourneau’s God

No Obstacle Too Big for LeTourneau's God

R G. LeTourneau was a man who knew how to clear obstacles. When he met his wife Evelyn, she was but twelve, he was in his twenties. Almost at once she fell in love and began to pray, “Oh God, please have him wait for me.” Bob did wait for her. When she turned seventeen he asked for her hand. His father, Oscar Peterson, forbade marriage until Evelyn was twenty-one. So R. G. eloped with her to Tijuana.

Life was tough for the young couple. Often they did without necessities. For years they did not even have running water. The death of their first child forced them to realize they had neglected God in their marriage. They committed themselves fully to the Lord and began to tithe. By 1920 R. G. opened his first garage. The year of the stock market crash he formed his Peoria earth-moving business. Despite the times, LeTourneau succeeded.

R. G. became the greatest obstacle-mover in history, building huge earth-moving machines. During World War II he produced 70% of all the army’s earth-moving machinery. He spoke of God as the Chairman of his Board. A lay pastor in the Christian and Missionary Alliance, R. G. shared his faith with millions during his life. Additionally he started two agricultural missions in Liberia and established the LeTourneau foundation to channel 90% of his personal salary to Christian endeavors, especially the training of Christian workers in practical skills (such as house-building) which are needed on mission fields. He also gave of his time to Christian business associations and Christian colleges.

LeTourneau’s life is testimony to the big things God can do through men with big ideas. He learned to give unstintingly to God.

He also founded what is now LeTourneau University in Longview Texas

Today In Church History

Eric Liddell’s Olympic Victory

Dan Graves, MSL
Eric Liddell's Olympic Victory

“I need your help, Eric.” Evangelist D. P. Thompson was urgent. “Not many men come out to the meetings. I think they would come if they knew you were going to speak.”

Eric did not like to speak in public. He was shy. But he did not say anything to D. P. Thompson of this. He looked at his feet a couple moments then looked up and answered, “yes.”

That’s how he wound up on the platform, making his appeal to people to turn their lives over to God. He didn’t chew them out for doing wrong. Instead, he spoke of God’s love and support as he had personally experienced it.

Eric had needed that support. His parents were missionaries in far off China. For much of his life he had had to stay behind in Scotland without them. There he had shown great ability as a scholar and as an athlete. He and his brother Rob were noted rugby players and when Eric began to run and win races, his picture was frequently in the newspapers. People began to speak of him as an Olympic Games contender. He trained hard for the opportunity.

If you’ve seen the movie Chariots of Fire, you have thrilled at Eric Liddell’s stand for principle. It almost cost him his chance at Olympic gold, for the 100 meter was his best race. But he dropped out, rather than run in the qualifying heats on a Sunday.

Instead he preached in a Paris church that day while starting guns popped in the stadium. Nevertheless, Eric captured an unexpected bronze in the 200 meter and worked his way through the qualifying heats for the 400 meter. His trial times were not spectacular. It did not seem he could beat the other fine contenders.

Eric crouched ready to run. It was on this day, July 11, 1924.

Defeat or victory today, he would accept it. He had told the crowds who came to hear him speak that he did not ever question what God brought his way. “I don’t need explanations from God. I simply believe him and accept whatever comes my way.”

The gun cracked. Eric was out of his crouch and running, head tilted back, arms flailing. If this had been a sprint, he could not have flown faster. When the finish tape drew taut across his chest, he was five meters ahead of his nearest rival. Eric had won the gold in 47.6 seconds, a world record!

For Eric Liddell, however, this was not the ultimate race. His whole life was a race: a race for the kingdom of heaven. He sailed two years later to China as a missionary and was still running his race for God when he died on February 21, 1945 of a brain tumor and typhoid in a Japanese prison camp. (The Japanese had rounded up all foreigners at the beginning of World War II.) By then, everyone in the camp had come to know his courage, his love and his smile as he tried to make conditions in the camp the best they could be.

Source

Today In Church History

Eliza Edmunds Hewitt:
Songs from a Bed of Pain

Dan Graves, MSL

Eliza Edmunds Hewitt: Songs from a Bed of Pain

Can there be a purpose in a crippling ailment? Eliza Hewitt may have wondered that.

Eliza was born on this day, June 28, 1851 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Educated in the local school system, she graduated as valedictorian of the Girl’s Normal School that she attended. She became a teacher in the public schools of her city.

But then came misery. Her career screeched to a halt when she was forced to bed with a painful spinal problem. (One of her descendants has contacted us and said her debilitating condition was caused by an reckless student striking her with a piece of slate.) Lying in bed, she could have been bitter. Instead, she studied English literature and began to sing and write:

Sing the wondrous love of Jesus; sing his mercy and his grace.
In the mansions bright and blessed he’ll prepare for us a place.

Some of her lines came into the hands of Professor John R. Sweney. He wrote her asking for more, and set a few of her songs to music, including one of the better known: “Will there be any Stars in My Crown?” He and William J. Kirkpatrick published her first hymns.

We remember Eliza Hewitt today because of those hymns. Had she never been bed-ridden, she might not have written them. Among the best known are, “Give Me Thy Heart, Says the Father Above,” “When We All Get to Heaven,” “Sunshine in My Soul,” “Will there be any Stars in My Crown?” and “More About Jesus Would I Know.”

Later Eliza’s well-being improved, although she suffered re-occurrences for the rest of her life. Despite her health problems, she was deeply interested in Sunday school work, and superintended a Sunday school for the Northern Home for Friendless Children. This was followed by similar work in the Calvin Presbyterian Church. At one point, she had a class of 200!

Eliza died in 1920.

Source

Ms. Hewitt could have chosen to let her ailments, her personal misery dictate and define her life instead she rose up and praised God writing songs for the Kingdom of God and His Glory. Here is one of her works performed by a traditional choir.  – Mike

New Apostolic Church Choir & Orchestra – Port Elizabeth Area

1 “Give Me thy heart,” says the Father above,
No gift so precious to Him as our love;
Softly He whispers, wherever thou art,
“Gratefully trust Me, and give Me thy heart.”

Chorus:
“Give Me thy heart, give Me thy heart,”
Hear the soft whisper, wherever thou art:
From this dark world He would draw thee apart;
Speaking so tenderly, “Give Me thy heart.”

2 “Give Me thy heart,” says the Savior of men,
Calling in mercy again and again;
“Turn now from sin, and from evil depart,
Have I not died for thee? Give Me thy heart.” (Chorus)

3 “Give Me thy heart,” says the Spirit divine,
“All that thou hast, to My keeping resign;
Grace more abounding is Mine to impart,
Make full surrender and give Me thy heart.” (Chorus)

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 15 May

APOSTATES

Demas hath forsaken me – 2 Timothy 4:10

Them that are turned back from the Lord – Zephaniah 1:6

They went out from us, but they were not of us – 1 John 2:9

It is far easier to write a book of apostates in this age than a book of martyrs. – John Trapp

None can be termed apostates, but such as have previously made a profession of Christ – John Calvin

None sink so far into hell as those that come nearest to heaven, because they fall from the greatest height. – William Gurnall

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

Check out our Faithful Steward Ministry Facebook page and Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones excellent, “Walking with God”, daily devotional. Today topic
WHY JESUS CAME

Slighted, disobeyed, and dishonored by His creatures on earth!

(Edward Payson, 1783-1827)

I look up to Heaven and there see the blessed and only Potentate, the Creator and Upholder of all things, the infinite and eternal Sovereign of the universe–governing His vast kingdom with uncontrollable power, in a manner perfectly wise and holy and just and good. In this Being, I see my Creator, my Preserver, my unwearied Benefactor–to whom I am indebted for everything which I possess.

Continued at Source: Slighted, disobeyed, and dishonored by His creatures on earth!

8 Ways God Works Suffering for Our Good – Tim Challies

It is a conviction meant to quiet our minds and encourage our hearts: In some way God has a hand in our suffering. Whatever circumstances we experience can no more arise without the hand of God than a saw can cut without the hand of the carpenter. Job in his suffering did not say, “The Lord gave and the devil took away,” but, “The Lord gave and the Lord took away.” Suffering never comes our way apart from the purpose …

Continued at Source: 8 Ways God Works Suffering for Our Good – Tim Challies

FORGIVING—is Not Forgetting

Original posted on March 20, 2017 by https://secretangelps911.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/forgiving-is-not-forgetting/comment-page-1/#comment-22931

As victims of abuse…

many make this mistake…

trying to stay friends with abusers…

but continued abuses we take.

For we associate the need to forgive…

with the belief that we need to forget.

But when we pretend it didn’t happen…

more abuses occur that we will regret.

For forgiveness does not mean forgetting…

it just means releasing the hurts of the past…

for God is our Righteous Judge…

and vindication is part of His tasks.

But to extend forgiveness…

without necessitating a  change of heart…

allows the evil to continue…

and that cycle that many just can’t depart.

Matthew 18:21-22

“Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”

Source: FORGIVING—is Not Forgetting (Matthew 18:21-22)

© Secret Angel and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel, 2017.

The bible does command us to forgive those who have sinned against us, I too have search and do not find where God commands us to forget. That is not to say God in His loving-kindness can not and does not graciously erase the bad memories of many believers; but not all.
The typical question I get at this point is “why not me”, and my response can only be truthfully I do not know, I am not God. What I do know, what trust in, and hope you do too, is His sovereignty. He controls all things, has a plan for all things to His glory even this. I know that a day with God is better than any day without no matter the circumstances.
Mike

Our Trials and Tribulations… Become Stepping-Stones

Our trials and tribulations… that many have had to endure… become the stepping-stones… to receive so much more….

Continued at Source: Our Trials and Tribulations… Become Stepping-Stones

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 05 February

p-day-byFAITH

 According to your faith be it unto you – Matthew 9:29

 The measure of faith – Romans 12:3

 Here it is no matter how much milk or holy broth there is; but how big is thy bowl, thy faith. Our mess {food} must be according to our measure. – John Bunyan

 Thou canst not see Christ with another’s eyes, nor walk to heaven with another’s feet. – Thomas Adams

 Let faith have the hindermost word. – David Dickson

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

** Note for a daily devotional this year check out our Faithful Steward Ministry Facebook page and Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones excellent “Walking with God”