Day 2/1 – A Contest of Wills

Must Receive Christ  – John 1:12 (ESV). “But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become Children of God,”  John 1:12

“The voice of the Spirit of God is as gentle as a summer breeze— so gentle that unless you are living in complete fellowship and oneness with God, you will never hear it. The sense of warning and restraint that the Spirit gives comes to us in the most amazingly gentle ways. And if you are not sensitive enough to detect His voice, you will quench it, and your spiritual life will be impaired. This sense of restraint will always come as a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12), so faint that no one except a saint of God will notice it.”   Oswald Chambers

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This email contains, sequentially: Memory Verse (above), Daily Devotion from “Thoughts From The Diary of A Desperate Man” by Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”), Scripture Reading  (read the entire Bible in 1 year), and Prayer Requests. 

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A Contest of Wills

Day Thirty-two

“The Lord hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.”  I Samuel 15:28

Highly opinionated people are often willful people.  They have a keen sense of what is right, but risk being unwilling to submit their standards to the Lordship of Christ.  Strong opinions can warp obedience, causing the holder to subordinate the commands of God.  You can easily find yourself in such a situation.  God clearly speaks; it proves contrary to your will; you are convinced that you are right, and you conclude you can resist Him and He will understand.  You know that God does not want you to cheat on your income tax, but your sense of right and wrong says the government is unfair, and your will prevails.  You know that The Lord does not want you to divorce your spouse, but you reason that He wants you to be happy.  God did not have your marriage in mind when He made the prohibition.

Saul, King of Israel, was a strong-willed, opinionated man.   Not only did he know what was best; he was willing to contend fiercely for it.  When Samuel was late in leading the army in sacrifice to God, Saul knew that he should take the initiative and offer it, arguing with Samuel when rebuked.  Likewise, when Saul was commanded to destroy the enemy of Israel, he decided what destruction looked like, even though it was contrary to the instructions God gave him.  For this reason God took the kingdom from Saul.  “Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him, Thou son of a perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion… as long as the son of Jesse liveth…thou shalt not be established, nor thy kingdom. 53    God told Saul that He had given the kingdom to the son of Jesse, and still Saul thought he could will it differently.  God took Saul’s kingdom from him because his will opposed the will of God.  Do you truly believe that your will can prevail against God?

53  I Samuel 20:30-31

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Exodus 27-28 Matthew 21:1-22 (New King James Version)

Exodus 27-28

The Altar of Burnt Offering

27 “You shall make an altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide—the altar shall be square—and its height shall bethree cubits. You shall make its horns on its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with it. And you shall overlay it with bronze. Also you shall make its pans to receive its ashes, and its shovels and its basins and its forks and its firepans; you shall make all its utensils of bronze. You shall make a grate for it, a network of bronze; and on the network you shall make four bronze rings at its four corners. You shall put it under the rim of the altar beneath, that the network may be midway up the altar. And you shall make poles for the altar, poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with bronze. The poles shall be put in the rings, and the poles shall be on the two sides of the altar to bear it. You shall make it hollow with boards; as it was shown you on the mountain, so shall they make it.

The Court of the Tabernacle

“You shall also make the court of the tabernacle. For the south side there shall behangings for the court made offine woven linen, one hundred cubits long for one side. 10 And its twenty pillars and their twenty sockets shall bebronze. The hooks of the pillars and their bands shall besilver. 11 Likewise along the length of the north side there shall behangings one hundred cubitslong, with its twenty pillars and their twenty sockets of bronze, and the hooks of the pillars and their bands of silver.

12 “And along the width of the court on the west side shall behangings of fifty cubits, with their ten pillars and their ten sockets. 13 The width of the court on the east side shall befifty cubits. 14 The hangings on oneside of the gate shall befifteen cubits, withtheir three pillars and their three sockets. 15 And on the other side shall behangings of fifteen cubits, withtheir three pillars and their three sockets.

16 “For the gate of the court there shall bea screen twenty cubits long, woven ofblue, purple, and scarlet thread,and fine woven linen, made by a weaver. It shall havefour pillars and four sockets. 17 All the pillars around the court shall have bands of silver; their hooks shall beof silver and their sockets of bronze. 18 The length of the court shall beone hundred cubits, the width fifty throughout, and the height five cubits, made offine woven linen, and its sockets of bronze. 19 All the utensils of the tabernacle for all its service, all its pegs, and all the pegs of the court, shall beof bronze.

The Care of the Lampstand

20 “And you shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to cause the lamp to [a]burn continually. 21 In the tabernacle of meeting, outside the veil which isbefore the Testimony, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening until morning before the Lord. It shall bea statute forever to their generations on behalf of the children of Israel.

Garments for the Priesthood

28 “Now take Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister to Me as priest, Aaron andAaron’s sons: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. And you shall make [b]holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. So you shall speak to all who aregifted artisans, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments, to consecrate him, that he may minister to Me as priest. And these arethe garments which they shall make: a breastplate, an [c]ephod, a robe, a skillfully woven tunic, a turban, and a sash. So they shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother and his sons, that he may minister to Me as priest.

The Ephod

“They shall take the gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread,and the fine linen, and they shall make the ephod of gold, blue, purple, andscarlet thread,and fine woven linen, artistically worked. It shall have two shoulder straps joined at its two edges, and soit shall be joined together. And the [d]intricately woven band of the ephod, which ison it, shall be of the same workmanship, made ofgold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread,and fine woven linen.

“Then you shall take two onyx stones and engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel: 10 six of their names on one stone and six names on the other stone, in order of their birth. 11 With the work of an engraver in stone, likethe engravings of a signet, you shall engrave the two stones with the names of the sons of Israel. You shall set them in settings of gold. 12 And you shall put the two stones on the shoulders of the ephod asmemorial stones for the sons of Israel. So Aaron shall bear their names before the Lord on his two shoulders as a memorial. 13 You shall also make settings of gold, 14 and you shall make two chains of pure gold like braided cords, and fasten the braided chains to the settings.

The Breastplate

15 “You shall make the breastplate of judgment. Artistically woven according to the workmanship of the ephod you shall make it: of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread,and fine woven linen, you shall make it. 16 It shall be doubled into a square: a span shall beits length, and a span shall beits width. 17 And you shall put settings of stones in it, four rows of stones: The firstrow shall bea [e]sardius, a topaz, and an emerald; this shall bethe first row; 18 the second row shall bea turquoise, a sapphire, and a diamond; 19 the third row, a [f]jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; 20 and the fourth row, a [g]beryl, an [h]onyx, and a jasper. They shall be set in gold settings. 21 And the stones shall have the names of the sons of Israel, twelve according to their names, likethe engravings of a signet, each one with its own name; they shall be according to the twelve tribes.

22 “You shall make chains for the breastplate at the end, like braided cords of pure gold. 23 And you shall make two rings of gold for the breastplate, and put the two rings on the two ends of the breastplate. 24 Then you shall put the two braided chainsof gold in the two rings which are on the ends of the breastplate; 25 and the othertwo ends of the two braided chainsyou shall fasten to the two settings, and put them on the shoulder straps of the ephod in the front.

26 “You shall make two rings of gold, and put them on the two ends of the breastplate, on the edge of it, which is on the inner side of the ephod. 27 And two otherrings of gold you shall make, and put them on the two shoulder straps, underneath the ephod toward its front, right at the seam above the [i]intricately woven band of the ephod. 28 They shall bind the breastplate by means of its rings to the rings of the ephod, using a blue cord, so that it is above the intricately woven band of the ephod, and so that the breastplate does not come loose from the ephod.

29 “So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel on the breastplate of judgment over his heart, when he goes into the holy place,as a memorial before the Lord continually. 30 And you shall put in the breastplate of judgment the [j]Urim and the Thummim, and they shall be over Aaron’s heart when he goes in before the Lord. So Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel over his heart before the Lord continually.

Other Priestly Garments

31 “You shall make the robe of the ephod all of blue. 32 There shall be an opening for his head in the middle of it; it shall have a woven binding all around its opening, like the opening in a coat of mail, so that it does not tear. 33 And upon its hem you shall make pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet, all around its hem, and bells of gold between them all around: 34 a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe all around. 35 And it shall be upon Aaron when he ministers, and its sound will be heard when he goes into the holy placebefore the Lord and when he comes out, that he may not die.

36 “You shall also make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, likethe engraving of a signet:

HOLINESS TO THE LORD.

37 And you shall put it on a blue cord, that it may be on the turban; it shall be on the front of the turban. 38 So it shall be on Aaron’s forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things which the children of Israel hallow in all their [k]holy gifts; and it shall always be on his forehead, that they may be accepted before the Lord.

39 “You shall skillfully weave the tunic of fine linen thread,you shall make the turban of fine linen, and you shall make the sash of woven work.

40 “For Aaron’s sons you shall make tunics, and you shall make sashes for them. And you shall make [l]hats for them, for glory and beauty. 41 So you shall put them on Aaron your brother and on his sons with him. You shall anoint them, consecrate them, and [m]sanctify them, that they may minister to Me as priests. 42 And you shall make for them linen trousers to cover their [n]nakedness; they shall [o]reach from the waist to the thighs. 43 They shall be on Aaron and on his sons when they come into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister in the holy place,that they do not incur [p]iniquity and die. It shall bea statute forever to him and his descendants after him.

Footnotes:

  • Exodus 27:20 Lit. ascend
  • Exodus 28:2 sacred
  • Exodus 28:4 Ornamented vest
  • Exodus 28:8 ingenious work of
  • Exodus 28:17 Or ruby
  • Exodus 28:19 Or amber
  • Exodus 28:20 Or yellow jasper
  • Exodus 28:20 Or carnelian
  • Exodus 28:27 ingenious work of
  • Exodus 28:30 Lit. Lights and the Perfections
  • Exodus 28:38 sacred
  • Exodus 28:40 headpiecesor turbans
  • Exodus 28:41 set them apart
  • Exodus 28:42 bare flesh
  • Exodus 28:42 Lit. be
  • Exodus 28:43 guilt

Matthew 21:1-22

The Triumphal Entry

21 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to [a]Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose themand bring themto Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”

[b]All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

“Tell the daughter of Zion,

‘Behold, your King is coming to you,

Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,

A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”

So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, [c]and set Himon them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread themon the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna to the Son of David!

‘Blessed isHe who comes in the name of the Lord!’

Hosanna in the highest!”

10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”

11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

12 Then Jesus went into the temple [d]of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”

14 Then theblind and thelame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were [e]indignant 16 and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?”

And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read,

‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants

You have perfected praise’?”

17 Then He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and He lodged there.

The Fig Tree Withered

18 Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. 19 And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away.

The Lesson of the Withered Fig Tree

20 And when the disciples saw it,they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?”

21 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. 22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Footnotes:

  • Matthew 21:1 M Bethsphage
  • Matthew 21:4 NU omits All
  • Matthew 21:7 NU and He sat
  • Matthew 21:12 NU omits of God
  • Matthew 21:15 angry

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“You cannot know until after you believe and speak; that is the order: believe, speak, know.” Walt

PRAYER REQUESTS 

Please continue to Pray for Albert Chong, Lee Yih’s son in law; please Pray for Albert‘s wife Christy and their children. Albert had a massive heart attack and was put in an induced coma.

LATEST UPDATE & PRAISE REPORT: Late MONDAY evening, 1/29/2019, from Christy: 

“Albert aced all his therapy sessions today, tackling stairs, going on longer walks, self-showering, and recalling 5-7 different objects!  Thursday, the doctors will have a meeting to discuss whether to discharge Albert or keep him longer.  We are guessing that he will probably be cleared to go home Friday! ”   (For a detailed UPDATE on Albert and family, read below my signature line in this email.  I have attached the CaringBridgelink where Albert’s wife, Christie, is now placing all her updates.  You can click on the link, sign up and read all the journals and send a note if you wish.  https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/albertchong/journal/view/id/5c4672e7aed4c2be1ef7e7b2 )

Pease Pray for Brother Bob Summers that he have complete healing after his surgery for a blood clot in his brain.

Please Pray for Sister Lynn having excruciating back pain problems.  

Please Pray for Sister Courtney who is pregnant and due next month.  Please Pray for her and the baby. And, Courtney was recently diagnosed with a basil cell carcinoma very close to one of her eyes and has scheduled surgery later next month to remove it after newborn has arrived.

Please Pray for our nation that God would open all our eyes to the sin that is drowning us. Abortion, sex outside of marriage, hatred & divisiveness, greed, pride, only to name a few and only scratches the surface. One recent and heinous example on how this evil tide is moving is in the state of New York, where law makers declare a new law wherein every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry the pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to have an abortion up to term.  “Convicted criminals aren’t subjected to the death penalty in New York state, but now children up until the ninth month of pregnancy can be given lethal injections and poisoned to death,” said Live Action founder and president Lila Rose. “This is no different than infanticide.”  Please Pray and Fast for our nation to turn from this evil that is enveloping us all.  

‭‭II Chronicles‬ ‭7:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Please pray for our Brothers’ and Sisters’ struggling with various addictions. Pray that God would reveal Himself to them that all things are possible through Him… He can Cure any addiction … He is our Great Creator, He is our Savior, He is our Healer …He is our All and All!  

Brother Trevor McDowell requests Prayer: “… my mom entered into eternity last night. I am thankful that she is now home with the Lord. God is good and very merciful. Please pray for our family especially her 9 grandchildren that loved her dearly.”

PRAISE REPORT & PRAYER REQUEST: Sister Marisa went Home to the Lord.  Please continue to Pray for her husband and children.  They are having a Memorial for her Saturday.

Please Pray for Sister Diana who is witnessing to a young person with confused doctrine.  Pray God would speak through her and provide His Holy Clarity directly this young person to Him. 

Please continue to Pray for Kathy, Brother Walt’s dear friend’s wife. Kathy was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune condition known as dermatomyositischaracterized by skin rash and muscle weakness, and which had a rapid onset about six weeks ago. There is no known cure. Treatment is chemotherapy to kill the immune system, which is attacking her skin and muscle cells, and prednisone to reduce the inflammatory response.  Please Pray for her husband and their three children; that the entire family, and all looking on, will see the Mighty Hand of our Loving God and Savor on each of their lives.  

PRAISE REPORT:  Brother John LaPorte’s sister Cathy received results from the gallbladder tests after removal and they showed no signs of cancer. Thank you for all the Prayers. 

Please Pray for Jamie to accept the Lord into her life and the Peace only He can give her. Jamie recently lost her man that she had been with for over the 30 years to suicide. 

Please continue to Pray for the healing of baby Caden (Kevin Odor’s grandson) – born with Agenesis of the corpus callosum (rare neurological birth defect). 

Please continue to Pray for peace and healing for Marlene Webb – 84-year-old who recently received Christ as her Savior; Pray for her to truly embrace God’s Peace and Plan for her remaining time on earth. (She is very sick with congenital heart failure. )

Please continue to Pray for Brother Juan, David Frear’s father in law. He is recovering from a liver AND kidney transplant. 

Please continue to Pray for Sister Fabiola and her children in Mexico. And, please continue to Pray for her church caught up in the tragedies surrounding the murder of her husband, x-husband and one of her children.

Michelle continues to request Prayer for her husband and herself (Michelle and Jesus Arredondo) as they are wanting to start a family.

Please continue to Pray for Micheal Bolognini and his father, Louis Bolognini.  Louis was released from hospital and taken off cancer medication and went into hospice care. Pray they will experience God’s Presence and Hope in Jesus. 

Please continue to Pray for the Salvation of Hagen who is HIV positive and is deathly ill. 

We continue to ask for Prayers and Gods Grace and Mercy for Baby Grace and her parents, Lisa and Darren. 

Please continue to Pray for Alejandro Corral, his son Alejandro Jr., and his aunt Josefina. 

Please continue to Pray for Brother Steve Venable dealing with ALS. 

Please continue to Pray for our Persecuted Brothers and Sisters and their families that are suffering and giving their lives for our Faith.  10 WAYS TO PRAY FOR OUR PERSECUTED CHRISTIAN FAMILY.. Pray our brothers and sisters will:

1. Sense God’s presence (Heb. 13:5) 

2. Know we are praying for them (2 Tim. 1:3) 

3. Experience God’s comfort (2 Thess. 2:16–17) 

4. See God open doors to evangelism (Col. 4:3) 

5. Boldly share the gospel (Acts 4:29) 

6. Mature in their faith (Col. 1:28–29) 

7. Be granted wisdom in covert ministry work (Acts 9:23–25) 

8. Remain joyful amid suffering (Acts 5:41) 

9. Forgive and love their persecutors (Matt. 5:44) 

10. Be rooted in God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:16–17)

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Stand with your Brothers and Sisters in Prayer and Support. (See: The Voice of the Martyrs: https://www.persecution.com)

Please continue Pray for our President & government leaders that they will would seek God and Walk in His Ways.    

Please continue to pray for Biblical “headship” in families.

Please continue to Pray for all our children. 

Please continue to Pray that there would be a resurgence of Biblical “Fear of the Lord” in the church and in each of us… “to fear the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.”

Please continue to Pray for Brother Ron Brink’s son who had 3+ military tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and who is now suffering brain damage and PTSD.  Pray for God’s Healing Power to fall upon Johnathon. (Ron is a 20 plus year missionary in Mexico with Touch Baja… for info on Touch Baja and how to touch the Mexican people for Christ, see http://www.touchbaja.com.)

Please continue to Pray for the Sharon India Foundation (“SIF”) to assisting the poor of India.  Through SIF: Widows have received medical treatment and been given quality sewing machines and training on how to use them to make a living. Orphans have been given free education in their neighborhood slum areas.  After natural disasters relief has been provided in the nature of medical, food items, blankets, clothing and building materials.  Bore wells have been successfully dug to provide fresh water to affected areas.  Water purification systems have also been given out on a limited basis. Special shoes have been purchased for lepers with ulcerated feet.  Thousands of books have been translated to assist in the ever growing discipleship outreach of E-Squared (Evangelism and Edification/Disciples).  Sharon India Foundation has no administrative costs and 100% of all donations go directly to the Indian pastors and their ministries. (Let’s reach India and beyond for Christ…see how you can help: https://sharonindia.org.)

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