Day 4/25 – Submit To Your Husbands

His Strength  – Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)  “…fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

“Paul says, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”114   To disobey government is to disobey God.” Reference: Romans 13:1-2. Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)

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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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Submit To Your Husbands

Day One Hundred Fifteen

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” Ephesians 5:22

People can force you to submit, whether you want to or not.  This does not mean, however, that in mind and heart you, in fact, submitted.  True submission can either be an act of the will or a product of your world-view.  For many it is an act of the will; they yield because they see the necessity for it, not because they want to. The follower of Christ freely submits because his world-view is shaped by Scripture and understands it serves his interest.  For example, to the degree that you understand your depravity and propensity to drift into trouble, you will eagerly submit to the authority of Christ in your life.

Paul commands the wife to submit to her husband.  Of the biblical obligations laid down by the Apostle in Ephesians 5, the woman has the greater challenge, that is, it requires greater faith.  For men do dumb things.  Not that women don’t do dumb things, but rather that women are obliged to submit to their husbands when they do dumb things.  The submissive wife must have confidence that God is greater than her husband and is willing to protect her from his mistakes.  The wife, of course, has an easier time submitting to her husband if he models submission, especially to God, but the Apostle Paul does not include this condition in his command to the wife.

You submit to authority, not because that authority is infallible, nor because you can clearly see the rationale behind your needing to submit.  Rather, you submit because the One who superintends the affairs of the universe says that you are best served submitting.  The wife who does not hold this as a deep-seated conviction, will find it difficult, if not impossible, to obey “wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.”

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2 Samuel 21-22 Luke 18:24-43 (New King James Version)

2 Samuel 21-22

David Avenges the Gibeonites

21 Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David inquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, “It isbecause of Saul and his[a]bloodthirsty house, because he killed the Gibeonites.” So the king called the Gibeonites and spoke to them. Now the Gibeonites werenot of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; the children of Israel had sworn protection to them, but Saul had sought to kill them in his zeal for the children of Israel and Judah.

Therefore David said to the Gibeonites, “What shall I do for you? And with what shall I make atonement, that you may bless the inheritance of the Lord?”

And the Gibeonites said to him, “We will have no silver or gold from Saul or from his house, nor shall you kill any man in Israel for us.”

So he said, “Whatever you say, I will do for you.”

Then they answered the king, “As for the man who consumed us and plotted against us, thatwe should be destroyed from remaining in any of the territories of Israel, let seven men of his descendants be delivered to us, and we will hang them before the Lord in Gibeah of Saul, whomthe Lord chose.”

And the king said, “I will give them.

But the king spared Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of the Lord’s oath that wasbetween them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul. So the king took Armoni and Mephibosheth, the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bore to Saul, and the five sons of [b]Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she [c]brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite; and he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them on the hill before the Lord. So they fell, allseven together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days,in the beginning of barley harvest.

10 Now Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it for herself on the rock, from the beginning of harvest until the late rains poured on them from heaven. And she did not allow the birds of the air to rest on them by day nor the beasts of the field by night.

11 And David was told what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done. 12 Then David went and took the bones of Saul, and the bones of Jonathan his son, from the men of Jabesh Gilead who had stolen them from the street of [d]Beth Shan, where the Philistines had hung them up, after the Philistines had struck down Saul in Gilboa. 13 So he brought up the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from there; and they gathered the bones of those who had been hanged. 14 They buried the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the tomb of Kish his father. So they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God heeded the prayer for the land.

Philistine Giants Destroyed

15 When the Philistines were at war again with Israel, David and his servants with him went down and fought against the Philistines; and David grew faint. 16 Then Ishbi-Benob, who wasone of the sons of [e]the giant, the weight of whose bronze spear wasthree hundred shekels,who was bearing a new sword,thought he could kill David. 17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah came to his aid, and struck the Philistine and killed him. Then the men of David swore to him, saying, “You shall go out no more with us to battle, lest you quench the lamp of Israel.”

18 Now it happened afterward that there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob. Then Sibbechai the Hushathite killed [f]Saph, who wasone of the sons of [g]the giant. 19 Again there was war at Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of [h]Jaare-Oregim the Bethlehemite killed the brother ofGoliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear waslike a weaver’s beam.

20 Yet again there was war at Gath, where there was a man of greatstature, who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number; and he also was born to [i]the giant. 21 So when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of [j]Shimea, David’s brother, killed him.

22 These four were born to [k]the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.

Praise for God’s Deliverance

22 Then David spoke to the Lord the words of this song, on the day when the Lord had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. And he said:

“The Lord ismy rock and my fortress and my deliverer;

The God of my strength, in whom I will trust;

My shield and the horn[l] of my salvation,

My stronghold and my refuge;

My Savior, You save me from violence.

I will call upon the Lord, who is worthyto be praised;

So shall I be saved from my enemies.

“When the waves of death surrounded me,

The floods of ungodliness [m]made me afraid.

The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me;

The snares of death confronted me.

In my distress I called upon the Lord,

And cried out to my God;

He heard my voice from His temple,

And my cry enteredHis ears.

“Then the earth shook and trembled;

The foundations of [n]heaven quaked and were shaken,

Because He was angry.

Smoke went up from His nostrils,

And devouring fire from His mouth;

Coals were kindled by it.

10 

He bowed the heavens also, and came down

With darkness under His feet.

11 

He rode upon a cherub, and flew;

And He [o]was seen upon the wings of the wind.

12 

He made darkness canopies around Him,

Dark waters andthick clouds of the skies.

13 

From the brightness before Him

Coals of fire were kindled.

14 

“The Lord thundered from heaven,

And the Most High uttered His voice.

15 

He sent out arrows and scattered them;

Lightning bolts, and He vanquished them.

16 

Then the channels of the sea were seen,

The foundations of the world were uncovered,

At the rebuke of the Lord,

At the blast of the breath of His nostrils.

17 

“He sent from above, He took me,

He drew me out of many waters.

18 

He delivered me from my strong enemy,

From those who hated me;

For they were too strong for me.

19 

They confronted me in the day of my calamity,

But the Lord was my support.

20 

He also brought me out into a broad place;

He delivered me because He delighted in me.

21 

“The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness;

According to the cleanness of my hands

He has recompensed me.

22 

For I have kept the ways of the Lord,

And have not wickedly departed from my God.

23 

For all His judgments werebefore me;

And as forHis statutes, I did not depart from them.

24 

I was also blameless before Him,

And I kept myself from my iniquity.

25 

Therefore the Lord has [p]recompensed me according to my righteousness,

According to [q]my cleanness in His eyes.

26 

“With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;

With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;

27 

With the pure You will show Yourself pure;

And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.

28 

You will save the humble[r] people;

But Your eyes areon the haughty, thatYou may bring themdown.

29 

“For You aremy lamp, O Lord;

The Lord shall enlighten my darkness.

30 

For by You I can run against a troop;

By my God I can leap over a wall.

31 

As forGod, His way isperfect;

The word of the Lord isproven;

He isa shield to all who trust in Him.

32 

“For who isGod, except the Lord?

And who isa rock, except our God?

33 

[s]God ismy strength andpower,

And He makes [t]my way perfect.

34 

He makes [u]my feet like the feetof deer,

And sets me on my high places.

35 

He teaches my hands [v]to make war,

So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

36 

“You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;

Your gentleness has made me great.

37 

You enlarged my path under me;

So my feet did not slip.

38 

“I have pursued my enemies and destroyed them;

Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed.

39 

And I have destroyed them and wounded them,

So that they could not rise;

They have fallen under my feet.

40 

For You have armed me with strength for the battle;

You have [w]subdued under me those who rose against me.

41 

You have also [x]given me the necks of my enemies,

So that I destroyed those who hated me.

42 

They looked, but there wasnone to save;

Evento the Lord, but He did not answer them.

43 

Then I beat them as fine as the dust of the earth;

I trod them like dirt in the streets,

AndI [y]spread them out.

44 

“You have also delivered me from the [z]strivings of my people;

You have kept me as the head of the nations.

A people I have not known shall serve me.

45 

The foreigners submit to me;

As soon as they hear, they obey me.

46 

The foreigners fade away,

And [aa]come frightened from their hideouts.

47 

“The Lord lives!

Blessed bemy Rock!

Let God be exalted,

The Rock of my salvation!

48 

It isGod who avenges me,

And subdues the peoples under me;

49 

He delivers me from my enemies.

You also lift me up above those who rise against me;

You have delivered me from the violent man.

50 

Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles,

And sing praises to Your name.

51 

Heisthe tower of salvation to His king,

And shows mercy to His anointed,

To David and his descendants forevermore.”

Footnotes:

  • 2 Samuel 21:1 Lit. house of bloodshed
  • 2 Samuel 21:8 Merab,1 Sam. 18:1925:442 Sam. 3:146:23
  • 2 Samuel 21:8 Lit. bore to Adriel
  • 2 Samuel 21:12 Beth Shean,Josh. 17:11
  • 2 Samuel 21:16 Or Rapha
  • 2 Samuel 21:18 Sippai,1 Chr. 20:4
  • 2 Samuel 21:18 Or Rapha
  • 2 Samuel 21:19 Jair,1 Chr. 20:5
  • 2 Samuel 21:20 Or Rapha
  • 2 Samuel 21:21 Shammah,1 Sam. 16:9and elsewhere
  • 2 Samuel 21:22 Or Rapha
  • 2 Samuel 22:3 Strength
  • 2 Samuel 22:5 Or overwhelmed
  • 2 Samuel 22:8 So with MT, LXX, Tg.; Syr., Vg. hills(cf. Ps. 18:7)
  • 2 Samuel 22:11 So with MT, LXX; many Heb. mss., Syr., Vg. flew(cf. Ps. 18:10); Tg. spoke with power
  • 2 Samuel 22:25 rewarded
  • 2 Samuel 22:25 LXX, Syr., Vg. the cleanness of my hands in His sight(cf. Ps. 18:24); Tg. my cleanness before His word
  • 2 Samuel 22:28 afflicted
  • 2 Samuel 22:33 DSS, LXX, Syr., Vg. It is God who arms me with strength(cf. Ps. 18:32); Tg. It is God who sustains me with strength
  • 2 Samuel 22:33 So with Qr., LXX, Syr., Tg., Vg. (cf. Ps. 18:32); Kt. His
  • 2 Samuel 22:34 So with Qr., LXX, Syr., Tg., Vg. (cf. Ps. 18:33); Kt. His
  • 2 Samuel 22:35 Lit. for the war
  • 2 Samuel 22:40 Lit. caused to bow down
  • 2 Samuel 22:41 given me victory over
  • 2 Samuel 22:43 scattered
  • 2 Samuel 22:44 contentions
  • 2 Samuel 22:46 So with LXX, Tg., Vg. (cf. Ps. 18:45); MT gird themselves

Luke 18:24-43

With God All Things Are Possible

24 And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

26 And those who heard it said, “Who then can be saved?”

27 But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”

28 Then Peter said, “See, we have left [a]all and followed You.”

29 So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.”

Jesus a Third Time Predicts His Death and Resurrection

31 Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be [b]accomplished. 32 For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon. 33 They will scourge Himand kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.”

34 But they understood none of these things; this saying was hidden from them, and they did not know the things which were spoken.

A Blind Man Receives His Sight

35 Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. 36 And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. 37 So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 38 And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

39 Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

40 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, 41 saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?”

He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.”

42 Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it,gave praise to God.

Footnotes:

  • Luke 18:28 NU our own
  • Luke 18:31 fulfilled

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

PRAYER REQUESTS 

Praise Report: Brother Rodel and His daughter, Everleigh are recovering from food poisoning. Please continue to Pray for Everleigh to get stronger as the illness has made her very weak.  

Praise Report: Sister Alyssa who had anticipated surgery was told by the surgeons that she would not have to undergo surgery and they thought they could treat her to alleviate her spondylilothesis. 

(Basically she has two small breaks in her back and one disc has slid forward which is impinging on the nerve. ) Please Pray God will continue to use her and her family to draw others to Him as they walk through this treatment. 

Please Pray for Brother K and his family as him 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 him and his wife. 

Praise Report: Brother Stephen Brock’s friend, Erik Adamek’s cousin who was in intensive care from Kidney stones resulting in Sepsis is doing well and has been discharged from the hospital.   Now, please Pray for God’s Saving Touch on her, Erik and their families.  

Please Pray for Brother David Frear‘s family as David’s father-in-law, Juan, seems near to the end of his life here. Pray for Juan to live-out his remaining life with the Blessed Hope all Believers share: and that his life would draw people to our Lord and Savior.  

Please pray for sister Alisa

Praise report: Sister Kay’s leg is doing much better and she is able to walk on it.

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 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 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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