VIDEO Your Words Are Heard

Dust on Bible with Words “Read Me!”

Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. Daniel 10:12

During riots in Philadelphia last year, a Vietnamese church was set afire. Pastor Phillip Pham cried out, “God, please protect the hard drives.” The hard drives contained years of immigration paperwork, tax filings, and marriage documents. The church has a ministry of helping local residents with immigration matters. Arriving at the church, Pastor Pham saw the routers and modems destroyed, but the hard drives were untouched.[1]

Prayer is one of our greatest mysteries. We don’t fully understand its power, nor do we know why God values our prayers so deeply. We’re often unaware of the spiritual battles waged in the heavenly places because of our prayers, though we get a hint of the struggle in Daniel 10. But there’s no question about this—God hears our prayers and encourages us to pray to Him about everything. 

The majority of us have very strong faith in Christ, but a minority, a few new believers, they need their faith to grow. Pray for their faith to take deep root in the love of God so they can be steadfast in Him—not focus on the problem, but focus on Jesus. Phillip Pham


Chuck Missler Daniel Session 12 Ch 10 The Dark Side

 

   

Preserved

Deuteronomy 31:1–8

While I was clearing out the garden in preparation for spring planting, I pulled up a large clump of winter weeds . . . and leapt into the air! A venomous copperhead snake lay hidden in the undergrowth just below my hand—an inch lower and I would have grabbed it by mistake. I saw its colorful markings as soon as I lifted the clump; the rest of it was coiled in the weeds between my feet.

When my feet hit the ground a few feet away, I thanked God I hadn’t been bitten. And I wondered how many other times He had kept me from dangers I never knew were there.

God watches over His people. Moses told the Israelites as they prepared to enter the promised land, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 31:8). They couldn’t see God, but He was with them nonetheless.

Sometimes difficult things happen that we may not understand, but we can also reflect on the number of times God has preserved us without our ever being aware!

Scripture reminds us that His perfect, providential care remains over His people every day. He’s always with us (Matthew 28:20).

By:  James Banks

Reflect & Pray

How does the biblical truth that God watches over His people comfort you? Who can you tell about His faithfulness today?

Faithful Father, thank You for watching over me every day. Please give me grace to walk closely with You in everything I do today.

The Struggle With Jealousy

1 Samuel 18:5-16

Jealousy is an emotion of displeasure over someone else’s good fortune. Constantly comparing ourselves to others leads to discontent, resentment, and bitterness. If these negative emotions remain unchecked, they can poison our relationships. What’s more, they can eventually flare into suspicion, anger, and hostility.

This is what happened to King Saul. His jealousy caused him to distrust David, who had served him faithfully. Saul’s suspicious attitude led to hostility and irrational behavior—so much so that he hurled a spear at David while the young man was playing music (1 Samuel 18:10-12). Instead of being grateful for David’s loyalty and steadfast service, the king repaid him with animosity and death threats. As a result, David was eventually forced to flee and hide in the wilderness (1 Samuel 23:15-26).

Jealousy is not something to be excused or rationalized. Ask the Lord to examine your heart and show you if any of these symptoms of jealousy are present in your life.  If they are, confess them as sin and ask Him to uproot them from your heart. Then focus on God’s faithfulness instead of comparing yourself with others.

Living in the Real World

“For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.” (Isaiah 65:17)

People often think they are being practical when they place material values ahead of spiritual, emphasizing that we have to “live in the real world.” The fact is, however, that we are not living in the real world at all but in a world that is dying and will soon be gone. “The world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:17). This is not even the world that God created, for that world was “very good” (Genesis 1:31). Because “sin entered into the world, and death by sin” (Romans 5:12), therefore, “the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now” (Romans 8:22). In fact, this world is not even as it was soon after God’s curse, for “the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished” (2 Peter 3:6).

The present, post-Flood world is now under the dominion of Satan, who is “the prince of this world” (John 12:31) and of “all the kingdoms of the world” (Matthew 4:8). The Lord Jesus Christ came to “deliver us from this present evil world” (Galatians 1:4). As our text says, this world shall not even “be remembered, nor come into mind.” It “shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:21).

Therefore, we must “be not conformed to this world” (Romans 12:2). We must “live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:12-13). In the meantime, our true citizenship, if we have been born again in Christ, is in the real world to come, and we are His ambassadors to an alien land (2 Corinthians 5:20). HMM

Acquaintance, Not Hearsay

And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

—Luke 24:32

“It is one thing,” said Henry Suso, “to hear for oneself a sweet lute, sweetly played, and quite another thing merely to hear about it.”

And it is one thing, we may add, to hear truth inwardly for one’s very self, and quite another thing merely to hear about it….

We are turning out from the Bible schools of this country year after year young men and women who know the theory of the Spirit-filled life but do not enjoy the experience. These go out into the churches to create in turn a generation of Christians who have never felt the power of the Spirit and who know nothing personally about the inner fire. The next generation will drop even the theory. That is actually the course some groups have taken over the past years.

One word from the lips of the man who has actually heard the lute play will have more effect than a score of sermons by the man who has only heard that it was played. Acquaintance is always better than hearsay.   ROR087-088

Lord, as I wait upon You I want to hear afresh the real sound of the lute. Fill me with a firsthand knowledge of You, so that my message might always be that of an alert eyewitness. Amen.

Silence—an Unutterable Beatitude

While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them….And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. —Luke 9:34-35

Not all silence is spiritual. Some Christians are silent because they have nothing to say; others are silent because what they have to say cannot be uttered by mortal tongues. We…will confine our remarks to the latter.

Where the Holy Spirit is permitted to exercise His full sway in a redeemed heart, the progression is likely to be as follows: First, voluble praise, in speech or prayer or witness. Then, when the crescendo rises beyond the ability of studied speech to express, comes song. When song breaks down under the weight of glory, then comes silence where the soul, held in deep fascination, feels itself blessed with an unutterable beatitude.

At the risk of being written off as an extremist or a borderline fanatic, we offer it as our mature opinion that more spiritual progress can be made in one short moment of speechless silence in the awesome Presence of God than in years of mere study….The exposure may be brief, but the results are permanent. TWP041-042

Very few of us know the secret of bathing our souls in silence. It was a secret our Lord Jesus Christ knew very well….We never really come to know ourselves because we cannot keep quiet long enough. unknown

Temptation

James 1:12

We live in a world of temptation. Turn which way we will, we shall find something or someone ready and waiting to pounce down upon us with some kind of effort ingeniously calculated to lead us astray.

There is the world with its charms. The hermits of olden times fled into the desert to escape its attractions, but it followed them to their hidden caves and comfortless cells.

There is the devil with his heartless devices. We shall have little chance of getting very far away from him until we cross the Jordan.

But even if we could hide ourselves from the world and get out of the reach of Satan, we should still have our own selves to fight, and self is the worst enemy of the three.

Temptation is the common lot. Untried grace is said to be no grace at all. We have all to go through the furnace. No man has ever ascended the golden ladder and entered the pearly gates who has not passed through the ordeal of temptation, our blessed Lord being no exception, for we read that He was tempted in all points as we poor mortals are, although He was without sin.

Temptation is not sin. If a man offers you a bribe to tell a lie, that is a temptation. But if you refuse compliance, you have not sinned. Before temptation becomes sin the soul must consent to it. That consent refused, the temptation vanishes, leaving the soul as pure as though it had not been tested.

We must resist temptation with all our might. We cannot prevent the devil knocking at the door or looking in at the window, but we need not invite him to enter, offer him a chair, or engage him in friendly conversation! We should inform him plainly that he has got to the wrong house and bid him depart without delay.

If you will resist the devil and all his allurements boldly and perseveringly, victory is certain. Christ has purchased it with His blood. If you only fight on and keep believing, it is bound to be yours.

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been proved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12 NKJV).

William Booth, The Warrior’s Daily Portion