Day 5/25 – Used by God

Faith  – Romans 4:20-21 (ESV)  “No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised.”  Romans 4:20-21

Jesus “…tells us in Matthew 24: 35, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away.” He expects us therefore to obey His eternal words. In Luke 6: 46, He asks, “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” Jesus makes obedience to Himself a litmus test to having a relationship with Him. “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3: 36).” from “The Discipline of Delusion: How Secular Ideas Became the New Idolatry” by Jerry Bangert

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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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Used by God

Day One Hundred Forty-five

“Then lie upon your left side, and I will lay the punishment of the house of Israel upon you; for the number of the days that you lie upon it, you shall bear their punishment.  For I assign to you a number of days, three hundred and ninety days, equal to the number of the years of their punishment; so long shall you bear the punishment of the house of Israel.” Ezekiel 4:4-5

God anointed His priest Ezekiel in Babylon at the beginning of Israel’s captivity. He called Ezekiel to be a prophet, and then warned him not to emulate Israel in her rebellion.223   Ezekiel then became an object lesson for the nation, communicating God’s displeasure by lying on his left side for over a year.  In this you can see the utter disregard God has for the physical wellbeing of Ezekiel. God shows no pity on his discomfort or how he spends his life.  When Ezekiel protests that he doesn’t want to prepare food with human dung, God grants him cow dung!224

If you accept God’s call to be His servant, you must understand that in your eyes your life here on earth counts for nothing.  You must die to self, holding your life in utter disregard.  “He who seeks to save his life shall lose it; but he who loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s shall find it.”225   This runs counter to every instinct in life.  You cannot ascertain it naturally by reason, but only supernaturally by revelation.  You cannot expect family and friends to affirm you; you must return to the Lord on a daily bases for renewed commitment to self­ renunciation.

God may not call you to be an Ezekiel, but that is His decision, not yours.  He does, however, call you to a life of total commitment to Him, predicated on the assumption that He is a debtor to no man; your eternal gain will be proportional to your temporal commitment.   If you repudiate this, believing you must be motivated by altruism, you can force an occasional act of self-sacrifice, but you will be unable to sustain a life of perpetual self-destruction, as was the case with His servant Ezekiel.

223 cf. Ezekiel 2:8

224 cf. Ezekiel4:16

225 Matthew 16:25

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1 Chronicles 25-27 John 9:1-23 (New King James Version)

1 Chronicles 25-27

The Musicians

25 Moreover David and the captains of the army separated for the service someof the sons of Asaph, of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who shouldprophesy with harps, stringed instruments, and cymbals. And the number of the skilled men performing their service was: Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and [a]Asharelah; the sons of Asaph were[b]under the direction of Asaph, who prophesied according to the order of the king. Of Jeduthun, the sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, [c]Zeri, Jeshaiah, [d]Shimei, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, [e]six, under the direction of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp to give thanks and to praise the Lord. Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, [f]Uzziel, [g]Shebuel, [h]Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, Romamti-Ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, andMahazioth. All these werethe sons of Heman the king’s seer in the words of God, to [i]exalt his horn. For God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.

All these wereunder the direction of their father for the music inthe house of the Lord, with cymbals, stringed instruments, and harps, for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman wereunder the authority of the king. So the number of them, with their brethren who were instructed in the songs of the Lord, all who were skillful, wastwo hundred and eighty-eight.

And they cast lots for their duty, the small as well as the great, the teacher with the student.

Now the first lot for Asaph came out for Joseph; the second for Gedaliah, him with his brethren and sons, twelve; 10 the third for Zaccur, his sons and his brethren, twelve; 11 the fourth for [j]Jizri, his sons and his brethren, twelve; 12 the fifth for Nethaniah, his sons and his brethren, twelve; 13 the sixth for Bukkiah, his sons and his brethren, twelve; 14 the seventh for [k]Jesharelah, his sons and his brethren, twelve; 15 the eighth for Jeshaiah, his sons and his brethren, twelve; 16 the ninth for Mattaniah, his sons and his brethren, twelve; 17 the tenth for Shimei, his sons and his brethren, twelve; 18 the eleventh for [l]Azarel, his sons and his brethren, twelve; 19 the twelfth for Hashabiah, his sons and his brethren, twelve; 20 the thirteenth for [m]Shubael, his sons and his brethren, twelve; 21 the fourteenth for Mattithiah, his sons and his brethren, twelve; 22 the fifteenth for [n]Jeremoth, his sons and his brethren, twelve; 23 the sixteenth for Hananiah, his sons and his brethren, twelve; 24 the seventeenth for Joshbekashah, his sons and his brethren, twelve; 25 the eighteenth for Hanani, his sons and his brethren, twelve; 26 the nineteenth for Mallothi, his sons and his brethren, twelve; 27 the twentieth for Eliathah, his sons and his brethren, twelve; 28 the twenty-first for Hothir, his sons and his brethren, twelve; 29 the twenty-second for Giddalti, his sons and his brethren, twelve; 30 the twenty-third for Mahazioth, his sons and his brethren, twelve; 31 the twenty-fourth for Romamti-Ezer, his sons and his brethren, twelve.

The Gatekeepers

26 Concerning the divisions of the gatekeepers: of the Korahites, [o]Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of [p]Asaph. And the sons of Meshelemiah wereZechariah the firstborn, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth, Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Eliehoenai the seventh.

Moreover the sons of Obed-Edom wereShemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, Sacar the fourth, Nethanel the fifth, Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peulthai the eighth; for God blessed him.

Also to Shemaiah his son were sons born who governed their fathers’ houses, because they weremen of great ability. The sons of Shemaiah wereOthni, Rephael, Obed, and Elzabad, whose brothers Elihu and Semachiah wereable men.

All these wereof the sons of Obed-Edom, they and their sons and their brethren, able men with strength for the work: sixty-two of Obed-Edom.

And Meshelemiah had sons and brethren, eighteen able men.

10 Also Hosah, of the children of Merari, had sons: Shimri the first (for thoughhe was not the firstborn, his father made him the first), 11 Hilkiah the second, Tebaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth; all the sons and brethren of Hosah werethirteen.

12 Among these werethe divisions of the gatekeepers, among the chief men, havingduties just like their brethren, to serve in the house of the Lord. 13 And they cast lots for each gate, the small as well as the great, according to their father’s house. 14 The lot for the East Gatefell to [q]Shelemiah. Then they cast lots forhis son Zechariah, a wise counselor, and his lot came out for the North Gate; 15 to Obed-Edom the South Gate, and to his sons the [r]storehouse. 16 To Shuppim and Hosah the lot came outfor the West Gate, with the Shallecheth Gate on the ascending highway—watchman opposite watchman. 17 On the east weresix Levites, on the north four each day, on the south four each day, and for the [s]storehouse two by two. 18 As for the [t]Parbar on the west, there werefour on the highway andtwo at the Parbar. 19 These were the divisions of the gatekeepers among the sons of Korah and among the sons of Merari.

The Treasuries and Other Duties

20 Of the Levites, Ahijah wasover the treasuries of the house of God and over the treasuries of the dedicated[u] things. 21 The sons of [v]Laadan, the descendants of the Gershonites of Laadan, heads of their fathers’ houses,of Laadan the Gershonite: [w]Jehieli. 22 The sons of Jehieli, Zetham and Joel his brother, wereover the treasuries of the house of the Lord. 23 Of the Amramites, the Izharites, the Hebronites, and the Uzzielites: 24 Shebuel the son of Gershom, the son of Moses, wasoverseer of the treasuries. 25 And his brethren by Eliezer wereRehabiah his son, Jeshaiah his son, Joram his son, Zichri his son, and Shelomith his son.

26 This Shelomith and his brethren wereover all the treasuries of the dedicated things which King David and the heads of fathers’ houses,the captains over thousands and hundreds, and the captains of the army, had dedicated. 27 Some of the [x]spoils won in battles they dedicated to maintain the house of the Lord. 28 And all that Samuel the seer, Saul the son of Kish, Abner the son of Ner, and Joab the son of Zeruiah had dedicated, every dedicated thing,was under the hand of Shelomith and his brethren.

29 Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons performedduties as officials and judges over Israel outside Jerusalem.

30 Of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brethren, one thousand seven hundred able men, had the oversight of Israel on the west side of the Jordan for all the business of the Lord, and in the service of the king. 31 Among the Hebronites, Jerijah washead of the Hebronites according to his genealogy of the fathers. In the fortieth year of the reign of David they were sought, and there were found among them capable men at Jazer of Gilead. 32 And his brethren weretwo thousand seven hundred able men, heads of fathers’ houses,whom King David made officials over the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, for every matter pertaining to God and the affairs of the king.

The Military Divisions

27 And the children of Israel, according to their number, the heads of fathers’ houses,the captains of thousands and hundreds and their officers, served the king in every matter of the militarydivisions. These divisionscame in and went out month by month throughout all the months of the year, each division havingtwenty-four thousand.

Over the first division for the first month wasJashobeam the son of Zabdiel, and in his division weretwenty-four thousand; he wasof the children of Perez, and the chief of all the captains of the army for the first month. Over the division of the second month was[y]Dodai an Ahohite, and of his division Mikloth also wasthe leader; in his division weretwenty-four thousand. The third captain of the army for the third month wasBenaiah, the son of Jehoiada the priest, who was chief; in his division weretwenty-four thousand. This was the Benaiah who wasmighty amongthe thirty, and was over the thirty; in his division wasAmmizabad his son. The fourth captainfor the fourth month wasAsahel the brother of Joab, and Zebadiah his son after him; in his division weretwenty-four thousand. The fifth captain for the fifth month was[z]Shamhuth the Izrahite; in his division were twenty-four thousand. The sixth captainfor the sixth month wasIra the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite; in his division weretwenty-four thousand. 10 The seventh captainfor the seventh month wasHelez the Pelonite, of the children of Ephraim; in his division weretwenty-four thousand. 11 The eighth captainfor the eighth month wasSibbechai the Hushathite, of the Zarhites; in his division weretwenty-four thousand. 12 The ninth captainfor the ninth month wasAbiezer the Anathothite, of the Benjamites; in his division weretwenty-four thousand. 13 The tenth captainfor the tenth month wasMaharai the Netophathite, of the Zarhites; in his division weretwenty-four thousand. 14 The eleventh captainfor the eleventh month wasBenaiah the Pirathonite, of the children of Ephraim; in his division weretwenty-four thousand. 15 The twelfth captainfor the twelfth month was[aa]Heldai the Netophathite, of Othniel; in his division weretwenty-four thousand.

Leaders of Tribes

16 Furthermore, over the tribes of Israel: the officer over the Reubenites wasEliezer the son of Zichri; over the Simeonites, Shephatiah the son of Maachah; 17 overthe Levites, Hashabiah the son of Kemuel; over the Aaronites, Zadok; 18 overJudah, Elihu, oneof David’s brothers; overIssachar, Omri the son of Michael; 19 overZebulun, Ishmaiah the son of Obadiah; overNaphtali, Jerimoth the son of Azriel; 20 overthe children of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Azaziah; overthe half-tribe of Manasseh, Joel the son of Pedaiah; 21 overthe half-tribeof Manasseh in Gilead, Iddo the son of Zechariah; overBenjamin, Jaasiel the son of Abner; 22 overDan, Azarel the son of Jeroham. These werethe leaders of the tribes of Israel.

23 But David did not take the number of those twenty years old and under, because the Lord had said He would multiply Israel like the stars of the heavens. 24 Joab the son of Zeruiah began a census, but he did not finish, for wrath came upon Israel because of this census; nor was the number recorded in the account of the chronicles of King David.

Other State Officials

25 And Azmaveth the son of Adiel wasover the king’s treasuries; and Jehonathan the son of Uzziah was over the storehouses in the field, in the cities, in the villages, and in the fortresses. 26 Ezri the son of Chelub was over those who did the work of the field for tilling the ground. 27 And Shimei the Ramathite wasover the vineyards, and Zabdi the Shiphmite was over the produce of the vineyards for the supply of wine. 28 Baal-Hanan the Gederite was over the olive trees and the sycamore trees that werein the lowlands, and Joash wasover the store of oil. 29 And Shitrai the Sharonite wasover the herds that fed in Sharon, and Shaphat the son of Adlai was over the herds that werein the valleys. 30 Obil the Ishmaelite wasover the camels, Jehdeiah the Meronothite wasover the donkeys, 31 and Jaziz the Hagrite wasover the flocks. All these werethe officials over King David’s property.

32 Also Jehonathan, David’s uncle, wasa counselor, a wise man, and a [ab]scribe; and Jehiel the [ac]son of Hachmoni waswith the king’s sons. 33 Ahithophel wasthe king’s counselor, and Hushai the Archite wasthe king’s companion. 34 After Ahithophel wasJehoiada the son of Benaiah, then Abiathar. And the general of the king’s army wasJoab.

Footnotes:

  • 1 Chronicles 25:2 Jesharelah,v. 14
  • 1 Chronicles 25:2 Lit. at the hands of
  • 1 Chronicles 25:3 Jizri,v. 11
  • 1 Chronicles 25:3 So with one Heb. ms., LXX mss.
  • 1 Chronicles 25:3 Shimei is the sixth, v. 17
  • 1 Chronicles 25:4 Azarel,v. 18
  • 1 Chronicles 25:4 Shubael,v. 20
  • 1 Chronicles 25:4 Jeremoth,v. 22
  • 1 Chronicles 25:5 Increase his power or influence
  • 1 Chronicles 25:11 Zeri,v. 3
  • 1 Chronicles 25:14 Asharelah,v. 2
  • 1 Chronicles 25:18 Uzziel,v. 4
  • 1 Chronicles 25:20 Shebuel,v. 4
  • 1 Chronicles 25:22 Jerimoth,v. 4
  • 1 Chronicles 26:1 Shelemiah,v. 14
  • 1 Chronicles 26:1 Ebiasaph,1 Chr. 6:379:19
  • 1 Chronicles 26:14 Meshelemiah,v. 1
  • 1 Chronicles 26:15 Heb. asuppim
  • 1 Chronicles 26:17 Heb. asuppim
  • 1 Chronicles 26:18 Probably a court or colonnade extending west of the temple
  • 1 Chronicles 26:20 holy things
  • 1 Chronicles 26:21 Libni,1 Chr. 6:17
  • 1 Chronicles 26:21 Jehiel,1 Chr. 23:829:8
  • 1 Chronicles 26:27 plunder
  • 1 Chronicles 27:4 Heb. Dodai,usually spelled Dodo,2 Sam. 23:9
  • 1 Chronicles 27:8 Shammah,2 Sam. 23:11, or Shammoth,1 Chr. 11:27
  • 1 Chronicles 27:15 Heleb,2 Sam. 23:29, or Heled,1 Chr. 11:30
  • 1 Chronicles 27:32 secretary
  • 1 Chronicles 27:32 Or Hachmonite

John 9:1-23

A Man Born Blind Receives Sight

Now as Jesuspassed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I[a] must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; thenight is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.

Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was [b]blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?”

Some said, “This is he.” Others said,[c]“He is like him.”

He said, “I am he.

10 Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?”

11 He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to [d]the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.”

12 Then they said to him, “Where is He?”

He said, “I do not know.”

The Pharisees Excommunicate the Healed Man

13 They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. 14 Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. 15 Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”

16 Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not [e]keep the Sabbath.”

Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them.

17 They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?”

He said, “He is a prophet.”

18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. 19 And they asked them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”

20 His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21 but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said these thingsbecause they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed thatHe wasChrist, he would be put out of the synagogue. 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

Footnotes:

  • John 9:4 NU We
  • John 9:8 NU a beggar
  • John 9:9 NU “No, but he is like him.”
  • John 9:11 NU omits the pool of
  • John 9:16 observe

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PRAYER REQUESTS 

Please Pray for Joy who is in her early stages of pregnancy.  At 8 weeks, doctors have not been able to detect the baby’s heart beat. Please lift her and her baby up to the Lord.  

Please pray for Brother Kevin Parkinson’s daughter, Amber Lee, who had been a meth addict for many years…She recently had a massive stroke.   Please Pray she receives Jesus. 

Please continue to Pray for Brother K and his family. The enemy is working overtime on this Brother and his family.  He and his wife have children from two different marriages including their own. The children are manipulating each other and the parents; and, trying to put a wedge between the Brother and his wife. 

Please Pray for Sister Anna who is now home in El Salvador taking care of her mother.  

Please Pray for Brother Walt and His Friday Bible Study.

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

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

Please continue to 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 continue to Pray for Jim Nelson and family ministering in China. 

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 these young people. 

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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