Day 6/27 – The Desire to Retire

All Have Sinned  – Isaiah 53:6 (ESV). “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”  Isaiah 53:6

“People argue that some of the biblical commands are cultural; they apply to the culture of that day, but not to ours. If this is true, then you must answer two questions: 1) Who decides which commandments are cultural and which are not? Warning: your answer will always be subjective, and ultimately based on today’s culture rather than the culture of the Bible. 2) If the commandments are cultural, then are not the promises also cultural? Logically, you cannot conclude one group is cultural and the other not. And if the promises are cultural, you lose all hope of heaven.”    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 

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The Desire to Retire

Day One Hundred Seventy-eight

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

God did not give you your vocation for the purpose of making money.  Our Lord clearly teaches in His Sermon on the Mount that He will provide for your needs so that you can be profitably occupied doing His work.253  Your vocation is your pulpit.  For this reason, you have no biblical ground for wanting to retire.  Most believers who do want to retire, want a little bit of heaven this side of the grave. Such may be possible for the Philistines, but definitely not for the serious follower of Christ.

It may happen that one morning you awaken to find that you cannot get out of bed, forcing you into retirement, but that is different from desiring to retire.   In your service for Christ, He may lead you out of your current vocation into some other form of service, but in this case you are merely “changing pul its.”  I am not aware of any place in Scripture where God encourages retirement.  254

Those who say that they look forward to retirement testify that they have lost their purpose for living here on earth.  God did not give you your life to spend as you see fit.  Paul teaches that it is unthinkable that one for whom Christ died should live for himself.255  The desire to retire is an expression of despair.  It means that you have lost your rudder and do not know why you are here or where you are going.

253  cf. Matthew 6:25-34

254  Numbers 4 says that the various Houses of the tribe of Levi may serve in their respective capacities for twenty years, but does not speak of retirement either before or after their years of service.

255  II Corinthians 5:15

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Job 8-10 Acts 8:26-40 (New King James Version)

Job 8-10

Bildad: Job Should Repent

Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

“How long will you speak these things,

And the words of your mouth be likea strong wind?

Does God subvert judgment?

Or does the Almighty pervert justice?

If your sons have sinned against Him,

He has cast them away [a]for their transgression.

If you would earnestly seek God

And make your supplication to the Almighty,

If you werepure and upright,

Surely now He would [b]awake for you,

And prosper your rightful dwelling place.

Though your beginning was small,

Yet your latter end would increase abundantly.

“For inquire, please, of the former age,

And consider the things discovered by their fathers;

For we were bornyesterday, and know [c]nothing,

Because our days on earth area shadow.

10 

Will they not teach you and tell you,

And utter words from their heart?

11 

“Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh?

Can the reeds flourish without water?

12 

While it isyet green andnot cut down,

It withers before any otherplant.

13 

So arethe paths of all who forget God;

And the hope of the hypocrite shall perish,

14 

Whose confidence shall be cut off,

And whose trust is[d]a spider’s web.

15 

He leans on his house, but it does not stand.

He holds it fast, but it does not endure.

16 

He grows green in the sun,

And his branches spread out in his garden.

17 

His roots wrap around the rock heap,

Andlook for a place in the stones.

18 

If he is destroyed from his place,

Then itwill deny him, saying,‘I have not seen you.’

19 

“Behold, this is the joy of His way,

And out of the earth others will grow.

20 

Behold, God will not [e]cast away the blameless,

Nor will He uphold the evildoers.

21 

He will yet fill your mouth with laughing,

And your lips with [f]rejoicing.

22 

Those who hate you will be clothed with shame,

And the dwelling place of the wicked [g]will come to nothing.”

Job: There Is No Mediator

Then Job answered and said:

“Truly I know it isso,

But how can a man be righteous before God?

If one wished to [h]contend with Him,

He could not answer Him one time out of a thousand.

God iswise in heart and mighty in strength.

Who has hardened himselfagainst Him and prospered?

He removes the mountains, and they do not know

When He overturns them in His anger;

He shakes the earth out of its place,

And its pillars tremble;

He commands the sun, and it does not rise;

He seals off the stars;

He alone spreads out the heavens,

And [i]treads on the [j]waves of the sea;

He made [k]the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades,

And the chambers of the south;

10 

He does great things past finding out,

Yes, wonders without number.

11 

If He goes by me, I do not see Him;

If He moves past, I do not perceive Him;

12 

If He takes away, [l]who can hinder Him?

Who can say to Him, ‘What are You doing?’

13 

God will not withdraw His anger,

The allies of [m]the proud lie prostrate beneath Him.

14 

“How then can I answer Him,

Andchoose my words to reasonwith Him?

15 

For though I were righteous, I could not answer Him;

I would beg mercy of my Judge.

16 

If I called and He answered me,

I would not believe that He was listening to my voice.

17 

For He crushes me with a tempest,

And multiplies my wounds without cause.

18 

He will not allow me to catch my breath,

But fills me with bitterness.

19 

If it is a matterof strength, indeed He isstrong;

And if of justice, who will appoint my day in court?

20 

Though I were righteous, my own mouth would condemn me;

Though I wereblameless, it would prove me perverse.

21 

“I am blameless, yet I do not know myself;

I despise my life.

22 

It isall one thing;

Therefore I say, ‘He destroys the blameless and the wicked.’

23 

If the scourge slays suddenly,

He laughs at the plight of the innocent.

24 

The earth is given into the hand of the wicked.

He covers the faces of its judges.

If it is not He,who else could it be?

25 

“Now my days are swifter than a runner;

They flee away, they see no good.

26 

They pass by like [n]swift ships,

Like an eagle swooping on its prey.

27 

If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint,

I will put off my sad face and wear a smile,’

28 

I am afraid of all my sufferings;

I know that You will not hold me innocent.

29 

IfI am condemned,

Why then do I labor in vain?

30 

If I wash myself with snow water,

And cleanse my hands with [o]soap,

31 

Yet You will plunge me into the pit,

And my own clothes will [p]abhor me.

32 

“For He isnot a man, as I am,

ThatI may answer Him,

And thatwe should go to court together.

33 

Nor is there any mediator between us,

Whomay lay his hand on us both.

34 

Let Him take His rod away from me,

And do not let dread of Him terrify me.

35 

ThenI would speak and not fear Him,

But it is not so with me.

Job: I Would Plead with God

10 

“My soul loathes my life;

I will [q]give free course to my complaint,

I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

I will say to God, ‘Do not condemn me;

Show me why You contend with me.

Does itseem good to You that You should oppress,

That You should despise the work of Your hands,

And smile on the counsel of the wicked?

Do You have eyes of flesh?

Or do You see as man sees?

AreYour days like the days of a mortal man?

AreYour years like the days of a mighty man,

That You should seek for my iniquity

And search out my sin,

Although You know that I am not wicked,

And there isno one who can deliver from Your hand?

‘Your hands have made me and fashioned me,

An intricate unity;

Yet You would destroy me.

Remember, I pray, that You have made me like clay.

And will You turn me into dust again?

10 

Did You not pour me out like milk,

And curdle me like cheese,

11 

Clothe me with skin and flesh,

And knit me together with bones and sinews?

12 

You have granted me life and favor,

And Your care has preserved my spirit.

13 

‘And these thingsYou have hidden in Your heart;

I know that this waswith You:

14 

If I sin, then You mark me,

And will not acquit me of my iniquity.

15 

If I am wicked, woe to me;

Even ifI am righteous, I [r]cannot lift up my head.

I amfull of disgrace;

See my misery!

16 

If my headis exalted,

You hunt me like a fierce lion,

And again You show Yourself awesome against me.

17 

You renew Your witnesses against me,

And increase Your indignation toward me;

Changes and war are everwith me.

18 

‘Why then have You brought me out of the womb?

Oh, that I had perished and no eye had seen me!

19 

I would have been as though I had not been.

I would have been carried from the womb to the grave.

20 

Are not my days few?

Cease! Leave me alone, that I may take a little comfort,

21 

Before I go to the place from whichI shall not return,

To the land of darkness and the shadow of death,

22 

A land as dark as darkness itself,

As the shadow of death, without any order,

Whereeven the light islike darkness.’ ”

Footnotes:

  • Job 8:4 Lit. into the hand of their transgression
  • Job 8:6 arise
  • Job 8:9 Lit. not
  • Job 8:14 Lit. a spider’s house
  • Job 8:20 reject
  • Job 8:21 Lit. shouts of joy
  • Job 8:22 Lit. will not be
  • Job 9:3 argue
  • Job 9:8 walks
  • Job 9:8 Lit. heights
  • Job 9:9 Heb. Ash, Kesil,and Kimah
  • Job 9:12 Lit. who can turn Him back?
  • Job 9:13 Heb. rahab
  • Job 9:26 Lit. ships of reeds
  • Job 9:30 lye
  • Job 9:31 loathe
  • Job 10:1 Lit. leave on myself
  • Job 10:15 Lit. will not

Acts 8:26-40

Christ Is Preached to an Ethiopian

26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is [a]desert. 27 So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”

30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 The place in the Scripture which he read was this:

“He was led as a sheep to the slaughter;

And as a lamb before its shearer issilent,

So He opened not His mouth.

33 

In His humiliation His justice was taken away,

And who will declare His generation?

For His life is taken from the earth.”

34 So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here iswater. What hinders me from being baptized?”

37 [b]Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”

And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. 39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at [c]Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea.

Footnotes:

  • Acts 8:26 Or a deserted place
  • Acts 8:37 NU, M omit v. 37. It is found in Western texts, including the Latin tradition.
  • Acts 8:40 Same as Heb. Ashdod

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PRAYER REQUESTS 

Please continue to Pray for Sister Sonia’s x-husband, Raymond, he has prostrate cancer. His prognosis seems positive, but please Pray for him. 

Sister Diane’s grandson, Logan, is scheduled for eye surgery 7/15/2019. Please continue to Pray for Logan and his surgeon. 

Please continue to Pray for Brother David Frear’s father-law, Juan. His recovery from 2 transplants and added health issues since the transplants have him very sick. 

Please continue Pray for our President and all our government leaders of both parties. Pray they would submit their authority to His Authority and ask for His Wisdom in directing the affairs of our nation.  Please Pray that God would open their eyes and they would be obedient to His Will. 

Please continue to Pray for a group of well-known Southern Nevada commercial real estate brokers and associates recently in a one-car accident. The occupants had all been drinking alcohol.  One passenger died leaving 3 young daughters, one suffered serious head trauma, two had mild trauma, and the driver has been charged.  Please Pray for the driver and all those effected by this tragedy …that God would direct their eyes to Him, The King of Mercy, Grace and Salvation. 

Brother Rick Pavlat wife, Ollie, recently had a stroke. She is doing better but her left side has been affected. She is going to need rehabilitation and we would greatly appreciate Prayer. Additionally, as Rick and Ollie are semi-retired missionaries, they have no insurance and request your Prayers for cover the cost of care resulting from the stroke. 

Please  continue to Pray for Brother Frank Sun, a Taiwanese, that owns several businesses in China and Taiwan.  He recently preached the Gospel in his Taiwan company inviting his employees to accept salvation. He says that half of his Taiwan staff are now Christians. Please Pray Frank will continue to be bold in his sharing Christ in all his companies and that he will be faithful to disciple the new Believers. 

Please continue to 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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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