Day 4/9 – Lamentations III

Witnessing  – Matthew 4:19 (ESV)  “And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  Matthew 4:19

“You will never get life to conform to your expectations, no matter how hard you try.  God controls the affairs of life, and the intensity of your desires will not persuade Him to relinquish that control.”   Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)

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A history of these Daily Devotions can be found at: lylebrennan.com. 

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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Lamentations III

Day Ninety-nine

“And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord?” Numbers 16:3

Dathan, Korah, and Abiram complained to Moses that the priesthood belonged to the people, and for Moses to take it from the people and give it to his brother Aaron was wrong.  God intervened and destroyed the three men and all that joined them in their confrontation.  Thousands died because of it.  God has no patience for such lamentation.

If you complain to anyone other than God, you do not understand your God. Because God is in charge, there is no such thing as having a problem with another person.  Complain against God with the right attitude and all will be well, for He is not threatened by your lamentations.  But you will find that He doesn’t take kindly to your getting mad at one of His servants.

Many tend to believe the opposite: that you can get mad at others, but you had better not become angry with God.  The only kind of anger that God rebukes is when you challenge His authority in an act of rebellion.  Get mad at God, but never threaten him with statements like, “If He does this to me I will cease following Him.”  But if you get mad at God’s servants, it is difficult to predict what He will do to you.

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1 Samuel 13-14 Luke 10:1-24 (New King James Version)

1 Samuel 13-14

Saul’s Unlawful Sacrifice

13 Saul [a]reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years over Israel, Saul chose for himself three thousand menof Israel. Two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and in the mountains of Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin. The rest of the people he sent away, every man to his tent.

And Jonathan attacked the garrison of the Philistines that wasin Geba, and the Philistines heard of it.Then Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, “Let the Hebrews hear!” Now all Israel heard it said thatSaul had attacked a garrison of the Philistines, and thatIsrael had also become [b]an abomination to the Philistines. And the people were called together to Saul at Gilgal.

Then the Philistines gathered together to fight with Israel, [c]thirty thousand chariots and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which ison the seashore in multitude. And they came up and encamped in Michmash, to the east of Beth Aven. When the men of Israel saw that they were in danger (for the people were distressed), then the people hid in caves, in thickets, in rocks, in holes, and in pits. And some ofthe Hebrews crossed over the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead.

As for Saul, he wasstill in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling. Then he waited seven days, according to the time set by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. So Saul said, “Bring a burnt offering and peace offerings here to me.” And he offered the burnt offering. 10 Now it happened, as soon as he had finished presenting the burnt offering, that Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might [d]greet him.

11 And Samuel said, “What have you done?”

Saul said, “When I saw that the people were scattered from me, and thatyou did not come within the days appointed, and thatthe Philistines gathered together at Michmash, 12 then I said, ‘The Philistines will now come down on me at Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the Lord.’ Therefore I felt compelled, and offered a burnt offering.”

13 And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14 But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to becommander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”

15 Then Samuel arose and went up from Gilgal to Gibeah of [e]Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people present with him, about six hundred men.

No Weapons for the Army

16 Saul, Jonathan his son, and the people present with them remained in [f]Gibeah of Benjamin. But the Philistines encamped in Michmash. 17 Then raiders came out of the camp of the Philistines in three companies. One company turned onto the road to Ophrah, to the land of Shual, 18 another company turned to the road toBeth Horon, and another company turned tothe road of the border that overlooks the Valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness.

19 Now there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Lest the Hebrews make swords or spears.” 20 But all the Israelites would go down to the Philistines to sharpen each man’s plowshare, his mattock, his ax, and his sickle; 21 and the charge for a sharpening was a [g]pim for the plowshares, the mattocks, the forks, and the axes, and to set the points of the goads. 22 So it came about, on the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people who werewith Saul and Jonathan. But they were found with Saul and Jonathan his son.

23 And the garrison of the Philistines went out to the pass of Michmash.

Jonathan Defeats the Philistines

14 Now it happened one day that Jonathan the son of Saul said to the young man who [h]bore his armor, “Come, let us go over to the Philistines’ garrison that ison the other side.” But he did not tell his father. And Saul was sitting in the outskirts of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree which isin Migron. The people who werewith him wereabout six hundred men. Ahijah the son of Ahitub, Ichabod’s brother, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the Lord’s priest in Shiloh, was wearing an ephod. But the people did not know that Jonathan had gone.

Between the passes, by which Jonathan sought to go over to the Philistines’ garrison, there wasa sharp rock on one side and a sharp rock on the other side. And the name of one wasBozez, and the name of the other Seneh. The front of one faced northward opposite Michmash, and the other southward opposite Gibeah.

Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.”

So his armorbearer said to him, “Do all that is in your heart. Go then; here I am with you, according to your heart.”

Then Jonathan said, “Very well, let us cross over to thesemen, and we will show ourselves to them. If they say thus to us, ‘Wait until we come to you,’ then we will stand still in our place and not go up to them. 10 But if they say thus, ‘Come up to us,’ then we will go up. For the Lord has delivered them into our hand, and this will bea sign to us.”

11 So both of them showed themselves to the garrison of the Philistines. And the Philistines said, “Look, the Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they have hidden.” 12 Then the men of the garrison called to Jonathan and his armorbearer, and said, “Come up to us, and we will [i]show you something.”

Jonathan said to his armorbearer, “Come up after me, for the Lord has delivered them into the hand of Israel.” 13 And Jonathan climbed up on his hands and knees with his armorbearer after him; and they fell before Jonathan. And as he came after him, his armorbearer killed them. 14 That first slaughter which Jonathan and his armorbearer made was about twenty men within about [j]half an acre of land.

15 And there was [k]trembling in the camp, in the field, and among all the people. The garrison and the raiders also trembled; and the earth quaked, so that it was a very great trembling. 16 Now the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked, and therewas the multitude, melting away; and they went here and there. 17 Then Saul said to the people who werewith him, “Now call the roll and see who has gone from us.” And when they had called the roll, surprisingly, Jonathan and his armorbearer werenot there.18 And Saul said to Ahijah, “Bring the [l]ark of God here” (for at that time the ark of God was with the children of Israel). 19 Now it happened, while Saul talked to the priest, that the noise which wasin the camp of the Philistines continued to increase; so Saul said to the priest, “Withdraw your hand.” 20 Then Saul and all the people who werewith him assembled, and they went to the battle; and indeed every man’s sword was against his neighbor, and there wasvery great confusion. 21 Moreover the Hebrews whowere with the Philistines before that time, who went up with them into the camp from thesurrounding country,they also joined the Israelites who werewith Saul and Jonathan. 22 Likewise all the men of Israel who had hidden in the mountains of Ephraim, whenthey heard that the Philistines fled, they also followed hard after them in the battle. 23 So the Lord saved Israel that day, and the battle shifted to Beth Aven.

Saul’s Rash Oath

24 And the men of Israel were distressed that day, for Saul had placed the people under oath, saying, “Cursed isthe man who eats anyfood until evening, before I have taken vengeance on my enemies.” So none of the people tasted food. 25 Now all the peopleof the land came to a forest; and there was honey on the ground. 26 And when the people had come into the woods, there was the honey, dripping; but no one put his hand to his mouth, for the people feared the oath. 27 But Jonathan had not heard his father charge the people with the oath; therefore he stretched out the end of the rod that wasin his hand and dipped it in a honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his [m]countenance brightened. 28 Then one of the people said, “Your father strictly charged the people with an oath, saying, ‘Cursed isthe man who eats food this day.’ ” And the people were faint.

29 But Jonathan said, “My father has troubled the land. Look now, how my countenance has brightened because I tasted a little of this honey. 30 How much better if the people had eaten freely today of the spoil of their enemies which they found! For now would there not have been a much greater slaughter among the Philistines?”

31 Now they had [n]driven back the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon. So the people were very faint. 32 And the people rushed on the [o]spoil, and took sheep, oxen, and calves, and slaughtered themon the ground; and the people ate themwith the blood. 33 Then they told Saul, saying, “Look, the people are sinning against the Lord by eating with the blood!”

So he said, “You have dealt treacherously; roll a large stone to me this day.” 34 Then Saul said, “Disperse yourselves among the people, and say to them, ‘Bring me here every man’s ox and every man’s sheep, slaughter themhere, and eat; and do not sin against the Lord by eating with the blood.’ ” So every one of the people brought his ox with him that night, and slaughtered itthere. 35 Then Saul built an altar to the Lord. This was the first altar that he built to the Lord.

36 Now Saul said, “Let us go down after the Philistines by night, and plunder them until the morning light; and let us not leave a man of them.”

And they said, “Do whatever seems good to you.”

Then the priest said, “Let us draw near to God here.”

37 So Saul asked counsel of God, “Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will You deliver them into the hand of Israel?” But He did not answer him that day. 38 And Saul said, “Come over here, all you chiefs of the people, and know and see what this sin was today. 39 For asthe Lord lives, who saves Israel, though it be in Jonathan my son, he shall surely die.” But not a man among all the people answered him. 40 Then he said to all Israel, “You be on one side, and my son Jonathan and I will be on the other side.”

And the people said to Saul, “Do what seems good to you.”

41 Therefore Saul said to the Lord God of Israel, “Give[p] a perfect lot.” So Saul and Jonathan were taken, but the people escaped. 42 And Saul said, “Cast lotsbetween my son Jonathan and me.” So Jonathan was taken. 43 Then Saul said to Jonathan, “Tell me what you have done.”

And Jonathan told him, and said, “I only tasted a little honey with the end of the rod that wasin my hand. So now I must die!”

44 Saul answered, “God do so and more also; for you shall surely die, Jonathan.”

45 But the people said to Saul, “Shall Jonathan die, who has accomplished this great deliverance in Israel? Certainly not! Asthe Lord lives, not one hair of his head shall fall to the ground, for he has worked with God this day.” So the people rescued Jonathan, and he did not die.

46 Then Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, and the Philistines went to their own place.

Saul’s Continuing Wars

47 So Saul established his sovereignty over Israel, and fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, against the people of Ammon, against Edom, against the kings of Zobah, and against the Philistines. Wherever he turned, he [q]harassed them.48 And he gathered an army and attacked[r] the Amalekites, and delivered Israel from the hands of those who plundered them.

49 The sons of Saul were Jonathan, [s]Jishui, and Malchishua. And the names of his two daughters were these:the name of the firstborn Merab, and the name of the younger Michal. 50 The name of Saul’s wife wasAhinoam the daughter of Ahimaaz. And the name of the commander of his army wasAbner the son of Ner, Saul’s uncle. 51 Kish wasthe father of Saul, and Ner the father of Abner wasthe son of Abiel.

52 Now there was fierce war with the Philistines all the days of Saul. And when Saul saw any strong man or any valiant man, he took him for himself.

Footnotes:

  • 1 Samuel 13:1 Heb. is difficult; cf. 2 Sam. 5:42 Kin. 14:2; see also 2 Sam. 2:10Acts 13:21
  • 1 Samuel 13:4 odious
  • 1 Samuel 13:5 So with MT, LXX, Tg., Vg.; Syr. and some mss. of LXX three thousand
  • 1 Samuel 13:10 Lit. bless him
  • 1 Samuel 13:15 So with MT, Tg.; LXX, Vg. add And the rest of the people went up after Saul to meet the people who fought against them, going from Gilgal to Gibeah in the hill of Benjamin.
  • 1 Samuel 13:16 Heb. Geba
  • 1 Samuel 13:21 About two-thirds shekel weight
  • 1 Samuel 14:1 carried
  • 1 Samuel 14:12 teach
  • 1 Samuel 14:14 Lit. half the area plowed by a yokeof oxen in a day
  • 1 Samuel 14:15 terror
  • 1 Samuel 14:18 So with MT, Tg., Vg.; LXX ephod
  • 1 Samuel 14:27 Lit. eyes
  • 1 Samuel 14:31 Lit. struck
  • 1 Samuel 14:32 plunder
  • 1 Samuel 14:41 So with MT, Tg.; LXX, Vg. Why do You not answer Your servant today? If the injustice is with me or Jonathan my son, O Lord God of Israel, give proof; and if You say it is with Your people Israel, give holiness.
  • 1 Samuel 14:47 LXX, Vg. prospered
  • 1 Samuel 14:48 Lit. struck
  • 1 Samuel 14:49 Abinadab,1 Chr. 8:339:39

Luke 10:1-24

The Seventy Sent Out

10 After these things the Lord appointed [a]seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, “The harvest truly isgreat, but the laborers arefew; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road. But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘The very dust of your city which clings to [b]us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’ 12 [c]But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city.

Woe to the Impenitent Cities

13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, [d]who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades. 16 He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”

The Seventy Return with Joy

17 Then the [e]seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”

18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but [f]rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

Jesus Rejoices in the Spirit

21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from thewise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. 22 All[g] things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the oneto whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

23 Then He turned to Hisdisciples and said privately, “Blessed arethe eyes which see the things you see; 24 for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it,and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.

Footnotes:

  • Luke 10:1 NU seventy-two others
  • Luke 10:11 NU our feet
  • Luke 10:12 NU, M omit But
  • Luke 10:15 NU will you be exalted to heaven? You will be thrust down to Hades!
  • Luke 10:17 NU seventy-two
  • Luke 10:20 NU, M omit rather
  • Luke 10:22 M And turning to the disciples He said, “All

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

PRAYER REQUESTS 

Please Pray for Sister Shauna who is ill.  

David Frear — Please Pray for father in law, Juan, who had fungal meningitis

Please Pray for Brother John LaPorte and Ryan Brennan for travel mercies to Orient. 

Please Pray for Sister Kay and Sister Diana health concerns and safe travels for Alyssa. 

Please Pray for Sister Anna’s mom who is in near end stages of life; and, Pray for Anna who is returning home to El Salvador to live.  

Please Pray for baby Adya Love Venable who is sick. 

Please Pray for Michelle and Jesus Arredondo for peace in their family and home. Pray God would Grant them His Heart in all circumstances and that they be a magnet to draw people unto Him.  Pray Michelle does well in school and finds a job that brings glory to the Lord.  

Please Pray for Brother John’s roommate, Brother Freddy. Over the past few years his wife separated from him over his conviction to Jesus and  now she seems more open to Jesus. Please Pray for Arlene to receive Jesus and that Freddy and her be reconciled. They have children… Please Pray for the entire family.  

Please Pray for Brother Walt in His Friday Bible Study.

Pray for the Women’s Resources ministry in Las Vegas that thy would lead women to the Lord and save babies. 

Please Pray for Shirley Davis’s family. Shirley passed away at 2 am Tuesday, 3/19/2019. Pray God  would use this loss to draw her son Bill and the rest of her family to Him, to give them Hope that can only be found in Him, The Creator, The King of Kings, The Merciful, full of Grace and The Author of Peace & Joy.

Please Pray for Sister Lynn who is experiencing excruciating lower back pain. 

Please Pray for Bill E.  who has been recently diagnosed with colon cancer. Pray for God’s healing hand in this matter and that Bill’s prescribed treatments and procedures go well. Above all, Pray that God reveals Himself to Bill and his family and that God would comfort them during this difficult time.

Please Pray for Jenny Nadeau who has multiple surgeries scheduled and is currently in a weakened state from a recent blockage removal surgery. Pray that she and those around her will witness first hand our Masters Love and Holy Touch. 

Pray for Simon, Sister Sonia’s friend, needs heart and kidney transplant; and, above all needs to receive Jesus.  

Please Pray for Dave Ubank and his family. They are ministering and rescuing children and families in Syria directly affected by  Isis – Pray for their protection and their ministry.  For a short 2 minute video about Ubanks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_htIgIvgDM[/embedyt

Please Pray for Jim Nelson and family ministering in China. 

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

Please continue to Pray for Sister Diana who is witnessing to young persons 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 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 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.  Please Pray and Fast for our nation to turn from this evil that is enveloping us.   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 continue to 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!  

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 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.

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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