VIDEO Prayer For America In This Time Of National Crisis

Message # 806

Dear Father, there is much happening with our nation at the moment as we are facing a time of crises. The nation seems to be teetering on the edge of destruction at the hands of corrupt officials who have infiltrated our government in concert with certain parties outside our government.  Thankfully you have put in place our President who has shown the willingness and ability or will to reverse what is coming upon our land and its citizens. Lord, there is increasing unrest caused by the evil one and his minions. We ask that You guide the leaders you have put in place to guide this nation through this difficult period.

Lord, we pray for all Your authority over our land and ask that You lead and guide our leaders’ decisions that they are to make in this time of crises. We ask that those in leadership positions would be given the wisdom and ability to address all that is looming on the home-front, as well as abroad,  at this present time according to Your Will. Give them grace to govern according to Your will, and may they not be motivated by self-interest, greed or party politics, but rather may they be led to guide our nation onto the path of peace and safety that only comes from You.

Protect all those that are in any way at risk or are suffering or in fear of what is happening in this time of national crises. May we as a people unite together under Your banner of truth, to support and encourage each other, as we face this national crisis together, as one nation under God.

Amen.

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Needing His Leading

From the ends of the earth I call to you.  Psalm 61:2

 

Uncle Zaki was more than a friend to scholar Kenneth Bailey; he was his trusted guide on challenging excursions into the vast Sahara. By following Uncle Zaki, Bailey says that he and his team were demonstrating their complete trust in him. In essence, they were affirming, “We don’t know the way to where we are going, and if you get us lost we will all die. We have placed our total trust in your leadership.”

In a time of great weariness and heartache, David looked beyond any human guide, seeking direction from the God he served. In Psalm 61:2 we read, “From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” He longed for the safety and relief of being ushered afresh into God’s presence (vv. 3–4).

God’s guidance in life is desperately needed for people the Scriptures describe as sheep that have “gone astray” (Isaiah 53:6). Left to ourselves, we would be hopelessly lost in the desert of a broken world.

But we are not left to ourselves! We have a Shepherd who leads us “beside quiet waters,” refreshes our souls, and guides us (Psalm 23:2–3).

Where do you need His leading today? Call on Him. He will never leave you.

By:  Bill Crowder

Reflect & Pray

What was it like when you felt lost? How can you begin to trust God’s desire to guide you like a shepherd in those times of seeking?

Loving Father, thank You for being my Shepherd and Guide. Help me to trust You and rest in Your wisdom, allowing Your Spirit to guide me through the challenging moments of life.

Listen to Psalm 23: A Psalm of a Good Shepherd at discovertheword.org/series/a-psalm-of-a-good-shepherd.

The Family Influence

1 Kings 15:8-34

The environment in which children grow up influences the rest of their life. The family dynamic, particularly parental behavior, impacts their perspective about themselves, others, and the Lord. In today’s reading, for example, consider King Asa, a man in the royal line, who followed in David’s footsteps and pleased God. Now compare his story with that of Nadab, who provoked God’s anger by practicing the same evils as his father, King Jeroboam.

With those men in mind, we must consider what will become of our children if they follow in our ways. We are typically their first example of godly living, which means that they should see us praying, reading God’s Word, and communing with His people. Our families should see us turning to the Lord for strength and comfort whenever a problem or decision confronts us. Kids should see their mom and dad serving friends, neighbors, and enemies alike. And a child should always know by his parents’ actions and speech that Jesus Christ is valued above all else in their life.

If you want your family members to desire God, then you must live according to His will. Your modeling that priority can lead them directly to the ultimate example of true life—Jesus Christ.

Finished Works of Creation

“For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.” (Hebrews 4:3)

Here is a strong New Testament confirmation of the Genesis record of a creation completed in the past—thus not continuing in the present as theistic evolutionists have to assume. Whatever processes God may have used during the six days of creation, they are no longer in operation, for “the heavens and the earth were finished,…on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made.…And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made” (Genesis 2:1-3).

The record in Genesis could not be more clear and specific, but the fact that it is in Genesis tends to demean it in the minds of many scientists and theologians. So, they prefer to believe in a continuing evolution and long ages in the past. But the writer of Hebrews once again confirms the fact of a completed creation: “For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his” (Hebrews 4:10).

The writer is not trying to defend the completed creation as such but merely assuming it as a commonly acknowledged truth. In fact, God’s “rest” from His works of creation is taken as a prophetic type of the spiritual rest of a Christian believer when he ceases trusting his own works of legalism and relies fully on the finished work of Christ for his eternal salvation. On the cross, before the Lord had died for our sins, He had cried out, “It is finished” (John 19:30), and our debt for sin was fully paid. God’s great work of redemption was completed, just as was His work of creation, and now we also can rest from our “dead works to serve the living God” (Hebrews 9:14). HMM

God’s Own Awesomeness

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

—Romans 11:33

 

Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary lists 550,000 words. And it is a solemn and beautiful thought that in our worship of God there sometimes rush up from the depths of our souls feelings that all this wealth of words is not sufficient to express. To be articulate at certain times we are compelled to fall back upon “Oh!” or “O!”—a primitive exclamatory sound that is hardly a word at all and that scarcely admits of a definition.

Vocabularies are formed by many minds over long periods and are capable of expressing whatever the mind is capable of entertaining. But when the heart, on its knees, moves into the awesome Presence and hears with fear and wonder things not lawful to utter, then the mind falls flat, and words, previously its faithful servants, become weak and totally incapable of telling what the heart hears and sees. In that awful moment the worshiper can only cry “Oh!” And that simple exclamation becomes more eloquent than learned speech and, I have no doubt, is dearer to God than any oratory.   BAM084-085

Today I want to just quietly reflect in unspoken awe…. Amen.

 

My Attitude to the Cross

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

—Galatians 6:14

 

I find a deep, compelling message in the words of an old hymn no longer sung. And I am concerned for the spiritual desire now seemingly lost with the hymn:

 

Oh, for that flame of living fire

Which shone so bright in saints of old,

Which bade their souls to heaven aspire,

Calm in distress, in danger bold.

Where is that Spirit, Lord, which dwelt

In Abram’s breast and sealed him Thine,

Which made Paul’s heart with sorrow melt

And glow with energy divine?

That Spirit which from age to age

Proclaimed Thy love and taught Thy ways,

Brightened Isaiah’s vivid page

And breathed in David’s hallowed lays.

 

… “Where is that Spirit, Lord?” Why must we cry in pathetic and plaintive manner, “Where is Thy Spirit, Lord?” I think it is because we differ from the saints of old in our relation to the cross—our attitude toward the cross. JAF081-082

[T]he cross on the hill must become the cross in our hearts. JAF083

 

The Feast of Celebration

John 2:5

Jesus begins His earthly ministry in the company of two young lovers, and by His presence gives the pledge of God to marriage (John 2:1-11). It is His intention to be identified with people, and if with them in their sorrows, why not in their joys and legitimate pleasures?

But vexing problems can arise, even in the presence of Jesus. It is so on this occasion. The dilemma? There is no more wine. The celebration of life and love threatens to become the disaster of the empty cup. The cup is empty, and no human hand can fill it.

Is it not the same in the life of the soul. We allow the happiness of our first love for God to dribble away. The enthusiasm we once had for reading the Word of God vaporizes. The refreshment of prayer and meditation, which once seemed so necessary to growth in grace and in a deepening knowledge of the Savior, drains into dullness. The cup is empty.

The calamity of the empty cup brings a worried Mary to her son. After a brief exchange, Jesus leaves His mother and the celebrants. At the entrance are six stone pitchers. The instructions of Jesus are cryptic. “Fill the pitchers. Take a sample to the head of the house.” The directions are followed, and the miracle happens. When the water/wine is tasted by the governor of the feast he announces rather headily, according to The Living Bible, “This is wonderful stuff!”

The presence of Christ makes all the difference. He changes the lower into the higher, the poorer into richer, the sour into sweetness, the spiky Mosaic law into the congenial law of liberty, the baptism of John into the baptism in the Spirit. The new wine of God’s kingdom bursts the old wineskins of Judaism filled with the water of ritualism.

Perhaps Mary is our mentor. What she told the servants is the message we too should hear: “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5). If the poor water of our lives is to be transformed into the rich wine of love and service, and if the soul’s cup is to overflow with a divine infilling, then entire obedience to Christ’s will is required. “Whatever” means exactly what it says.

There must be not only entire obedience, but also exclusive obedience. It is “whatever He tells you.” Other influences will try to trespass in the holy places of our heart. But it is what God in Christ by the Spirit says that must be obeyed. And obedience must be not only entire and exclusive, but it must be specific.

“Do whatever He tells you.”

Arnold Brown, With Christ at the Table