VIDEO “Thank You” Bible Style: Solomon – Spontaneous Worship At the White House

“Thank You” Bible Style: Solomon

Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise. 1 Kings 8:56

King Solomon prayed one of the Bible’s longest prayers when he dedicated the temple in Jerusalem in 1 Kings 8, and the occasion was a highwater mark in Jewish history. The glory of God descended and a cloud filled the temple. Solomon, overwhelmed, knelt before the Lord, raised his hands toward heaven, and led his people in a deeply meaningful prayer of dedication. Then, lifting himself to his feet, he addressed his people and praised God with thanksgiving. “There has not failed one word of all His good promise,” he said.

There were times when Solomon failed—and times when the Jewish people failed. The priests and prophets were subject to failure, and sometimes the entire nation failed. But God cannot fail, will not fail, and His promises will never falter. His faithfulness doesn’t depend on our perfection; it’s rooted in His perfect faithfulness, for there is no shadow of turning with Him.

If you’re worried about your faults and failures, confess them to God and turn your eyes back to Christ’s great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Let God’s promises shine on your problems. Corrie ten Boom


Spontaneous Worship at the White House!

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A Constant Helper

[The Holy Spirit] will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26

After a spinal injury left Marty paralyzed, he decided to go back to school to earn his MBA. Marty’s mother, Judy, helped make his goal a reality. She sat with him through every lecture and study group, jotting notes and handling technology issues. She even assisted him onto the platform when he received his diploma. What might have been unattainable became possible with the consistent, practical help Marty received.

Jesus knew His followers would need a similar kind of support after He left the earth. When He told them about His upcoming absence, He said they would gain a new kind of connection with God through the Holy Spirit. This Spirit would be a moment-by-moment helper—a teacher and guide who would not only live withthem but also be in them (John 14:17, 26).

The Spirit would provide Jesus’s disciples with internal help from God, which would enable them to endure what they couldn’t handle on their own as they fanned out to share the good news. In moments of struggle, the Spirit would remind them of everything Jesus said to them (v. 26): Do not let your hearts be troubled . . . Love one another . . . I am the resurrection and the life.

Are you facing something that exceeds your own strength and ability? You can depend on the Spirit’s constant help. God’s Spirit working in you will bring Him the glory He deserves.

Dear God, thank You for the ongoing support available through the Holy Spirit. Help me to rely on Your Spirit when I need help.

When it is a question of God’s almighty Spirit, never say, “I can’t.” —Oswald Chambers

By Jennifer Benson Schuldt 

INSIGHT

In John, Jesus teaches extensively about the Holy Spirit: The advocate or comforter will help us and never leave us (John 14:16). The world cannot accept this “Spirit of truth,” yet He lives with and inside believers (v. 17). He teaches us and reminds us of Jesus’s words (v. 26; 15:26); convinces us of sin and reveals God’s “righteousness,” or moral rightness (16:8); and guides us into “all the truth” about Christ and brings Him glory (vv. 13–14).

Alyson Kieda

Your Need Is God’s Opportunity

2 Kings 5:1-14

Every time we follow God’s leading, our obedience opens the door for Him to do great things in our life. Yet we often resist obeying, because His directions appear impractical or unreasonable—and so we doubt His intentions toward us.

Naaman couldn’t understand why the Lord would tell him to go wash seven times in the Jordan River. He thought he’d already exercised faith in coming to the prophet Elisha. He’d hoped for a spectacular supernatural healing of his disease—not irrational-sounding instructions to go on what seemed a fool’s mission. After all, the great Syrian commander didn’t see anyone else dipping in the muddy waters and being healed. But God’s instructions were specifically for him and no one else.

If you decide you’ll do what God says only on the basis of what you see others doing, you’ll miss out on His best for you. Suppose Naaman decided he just couldn’t do something that appeared so crazy. He would have died a leper. Likewise, when you hold out on obeying God completely, you’ll never know what He’d have done in your life if only you had trusted Him.

Needs are opportunities for God to transform the lives of His children. He knows that for us to become everything He created us to be, we must learn to believe in—and act on—His trustworthiness.

When facing a challenge, you have two choices. One is to focus on what you lack and how God doesn’t appear to be responding the way you want. The other option is to recognize that your need indicates His desire to teach you something. Then you can rejoice over all that He plans to accomplish.

What Began at Philippi Continues

“Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi . . . Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:1-2) 

The church at Philippi was birthed on one of Paul’s missionary journeys. He was summoned there in a vision by an unidentified man in Macedonia (now Greece) pleading for him to come and help them (Acts 16:9-10). Recognizing the call was from the Lord, he went immediately.

Paul’s European ministry began with the conversion of Lydia, who worshipped God and readily followed Paul’s teachings (Acts 16:14). Paul soon traveled to Thessalonica, Berea, and Athens, where he encountered much hardship and persecution. But the work he had begun in Philippi continued, eventually spreading throughout the continent. The intensely personal letter he later wrote to the Philippian church contains some of the most important doctrinal truths concerning Christ and our victorious life in Christ in all of Scripture.

God’s sovereign plan included Europe. He saw to it that the governmental roadblocks and personal opposition were ultimately unsuccessful. Today, many individual Christians trace their ancestry back to Europe. Great evangelistic movements and worldwide missionary efforts over the centuries have European roots. The God-ensured preservation of the Scriptures primarily occurred there as well. Many of the important Bible study tools and preaching helps come through the Western church. Many seminaries and Bible colleges, as well as hospitals and humanitarian efforts, stem from the Western tradition.

Today, great numbers are thankfully turning to Christ around the world, but much of the Church’s work began in Philippi as a faithful witness fearlessly and sacrificially preached the Good News of Jesus Christ. JDM

Within the veil the forerunner is for us entered

Hebrews 6

Hebrews 6:1, 2

Children are to learn their letters in order that they may go on to higher brandies of education, and believers are to know the elements of the faith, but are then to advance to the higher attainments, and endeavour to understand the deeper mysteries.

Hebrews 6:3-6

If once the real work of grace fails it cannot be commenced again, the case is hopeless for ever. Hence the absolute necessity for persevering to the end. To draw back totally would be fatal.

Hebrews 6:7, 8

When all that is possible is done for a piece of land, and yet it bears no harvest it must be given up. If, after all, the Holy Spirit’s work in a man should prove fruitless, he must be given over to destruction, nothing else remains. Will any truly regenerated man ever come into this condition? The apostle answers this question in the next two verses.

Hebrews 6:9-10

But this perseverance demands earnestness on our part, hence he adds—

Hebrews 6:11, 12

Those promises we shall inherit most surely, for we shall by grace be enabled to remain faithful until death.

Hebrews 6:13-20

The most solemn warnings against apostasy, and the declaration that total apostasy would be fatal, are not inconsistent with the great truth of the safety of all true saints. Safe they are, for the covenant promise and oath guarantee their security, their hope is placed where it cannot fail, and in their name Jesus has gone to take possession of heaven. Has he gone as a forerunner of those who may after all perish on the road? God forbid. Where our Head is, there must the members be ere long.

 

Raise, raise, my soul, thy raptured sight

With sacred wonder and delight;

Jesus, thine own forerunner see

Enter’d beyond the veil for thee.

 

Loud let the howling tempest yell,

And foaming waves to mountains swell,

No shipwreck can my vessel fear,

Since hope hath fix’d her anchor here.

 

Let Us Aways Be Thankful

Giving thanks always… in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:20)

To be grateful to God’s servants is to be grateful to God; and it follows that in a very real sense we thank God when we thank His people!

We will always have spiritual leaders, and I think we make two mistakes in our attitudes toward them. One is not being sufficiently grateful to them. The other is in following them too slavishly.

The first is a sin of omission, and because it is something that is not there, it is not likely to be noticed as a sin that is plainly present.

We do make a serious mistake when we become so attached to the preaching or writing of a great Christian leader that we accept his teaching without daring to examine it. We should follow men only as they follow the Lord. We should keep an open mind lest we become blind followers of a man whose breath is in his nostrils.

Learn from every holy man and his ministry. Be grateful to every one of them and thankful for them—and then follow Christ!

 

Pardon And Forgiveness

“He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.” Ps. 103:9

He will chide sometimes, or He would not be a wise Father for such poor erring children as we are. His chiding is very painful to those who are true, because they feel how sadly they deserve it, and how wrong it is on their part to grieve Him. We know what this chiding means, and we bow before the Lord, mourning that we should cause Him to be angry with us.

But what a comfort we find in these lines! “Not always” will He chide. If we repent and turn to Him with hearts broken for sin and broken from sin, He will smile upon us at once. It is no pleasure to Him to turn a frowning face toward those whom He loves with all His heart: it is His joy that our joy should be full.

Come, let us seek His face. There is no reason for despair, nor even for despondency. Let us love a chiding God, and before long we shall sing: “Thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortest me.” Begone, ye dark forebodings, ye ravens of the soul! Come in, ye humble hopes and grateful memories, ye doves of the heart! He who pardoned us long ago as a judge, will again forgive us as a father, and we shall rejoice in His sweet, unchanging love.

 

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