Day 7/13 – Biblical Relationships

His Faithfullness  – Numbers 23:19 (ESV)  “God is not man, that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should change His mind. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not fulfill it?”  Numbers 23:19

“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.”  Billy Graham

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

This daily devotion contains, sequentially: Memory Verse (#1 above),  Daily Quote (#2 above): and, below: 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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Biblical Relationships

Day One Hundred Ninety-four

“Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to edify him.” Romans 15:2

The Bible deals with relationships.  All human relationships have as their goal the glory of God.  It seems to me that there are five possible relationships: First, a Christian with a Christian with Christ at the center.  Second, a Christian with a non-Christian with Christ as the center.  Third, a non-Christian with a non­ Christian.  Fourth, a Christian with a Christian where Christ isn’t central.  Fifth, a Christian with a non-Christian where Christ isn’t central.

The object in the first is edification, and in the second evangelism.  The Bible does not deal with relationships number three through five; it knows nothing of people relating to one another with no thought of God. The only valid relationships you have in life are those where Christ is the center, not business, and not sports.

You learn to glorify God by how you relate to others: with your wife by loving her, with you employer by obeying him, with your parents by honoring them, etc.  All relationships have as their goal either the person coming into a saving relationship with the Jesus, or the person growing in his love and commitment to the Savior.  If your relationship with others does not center on evangelism and edification, you are acting contrary to God’s intent for your life.

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Psalm 7-9 Acts 18 (New King James Version)

Psalm 7-9

Prayer and Praise for Deliverance from Enemies

A Meditation[a] of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjamite.

O Lord my God, in You I put my trust;

Save me from all those who persecute me;

And deliver me,

Lest they tear me like a lion,

Rending mein pieces, while there isnone to deliver.

O Lord my God, if I have done this:

If there is iniquity in my hands,

If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me,

Or have plundered my enemy without cause,

Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me;

Yes, let him trample my life to the earth,

And lay my honor in the dust. Selah

Arise, O Lord, in Your anger;

Lift Yourself up because of the rage of my enemies;

Rise up [b]for me tothe judgment You have commanded!

So the congregation of the peoples shall surround You;

For their sakes, therefore, return on high.

The Lord shall judge the peoples;

Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness,

And according to my integrity within me.

Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end,

But establish the just;

For the righteous God tests the hearts and [c]minds.

10 

[d]My defense isof God,

Who saves the upright in heart.

11 

God isa just judge,

And God is angry with the wickedevery day.

12 

If he does not turn back,

He will sharpen His sword;

He bends His bow and makes it ready.

13 

He also prepares for Himself instruments of death;

He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.

14 

Behold, the wickedbrings forth iniquity;

Yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood.

15 

He made a pit and dug it out,

And has fallen into the ditch whichhe made.

16 

His trouble shall return upon his own head,

And his violent dealing shall come down on [e]his own crown.

17 

I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness,

And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.

The Glory of the Lord in Creation

To the Chief Musician. [f]On the instrument of Gath. A Psalm of David.

O Lord, our Lord,

How excellent isYour name in all the earth,

Who have set Your glory above the heavens!

Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants

You have [g]ordained strength,

Because of Your enemies,

That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,

The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,

What is man that You are mindful of him,

And the son of man that You visit[h] him?

For You have made him a little lower than [i]the angels,

And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;

You have put all thingsunder his feet,

All sheep and oxen—

Even the beasts of the field,

The birds of the air,

And the fish of the sea

That pass through the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Lord,

How excellent isYour name in all the earth!

Prayer and Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Righteous Judgments

To the Chief Musician. To the tune of[j]“Death of the Son.” A Psalm of David.

I will praise You,O Lord, with my whole heart;

I will tell of all Your marvelous works.

I will be glad and rejoice in You;

I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

When my enemies turn back,

They shall fall and perish at Your presence.

For You have maintained my right and my cause;

You sat on the throne judging in righteousness.

You have rebuked the [k]nations,

You have destroyed the wicked;

You have blotted out their name forever and ever.

O enemy, destructions are finished forever!

And you have destroyed cities;

Even their memory has perished.

But the Lord shall endure forever;

He has prepared His throne for judgment.

He shall judge the world in righteousness,

And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness.

The Lord also will be a refuge[l] for the oppressed,

A refuge in times of trouble.

10 

And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;

For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

11 

Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion!

Declare His deeds among the people.

12 

When He avenges blood, He remembers them;

He does not forget the cry of the [m]humble.

13 

Have mercy on me, O Lord!

Consider my trouble from those who hate me,

You who lift me up from the gates of death,

14 

That I may tell of all Your praise

In the gates of [n]the daughter of Zion.

I will rejoice in Your salvation.

15 

The [o]nations have sunk down in the pit whichthey made;

In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.

16 

The Lord is known bythe judgment He executes;

The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.

Meditation.[p] Selah

17 

The wicked shall be turned into hell,

Andall the [q]nations that forget God.

18 

For the needy shall not always be forgotten;

The expectation of the poor shall notperish forever.

19 

Arise, O Lord,

Do not let man prevail;

Let the [r]nations be judged in Your sight.

20 

Put them in fear, O Lord,

Thatthe [s]nations may know themselves to be butmen. Selah

Footnotes:

  • Psalm 7:1 Heb. Shiggaion
  • Psalm 7:6 So with MT, Tg., Vg.; LXX O Lord my God
  • Psalm 7:9 Lit. kidneys,the most secret part of man
  • Psalm 7:10 Lit. My shield is upon God
  • Psalm 7:16 The crown of his own head
  • Psalm 8:1 Heb. Al Gittith
  • Psalm 8:2 established
  • Psalm 8:4 give attention toor care for
  • Psalm 8:5 Heb. Elohim, God;LXX, Syr., Tg., Jewish tradition angels
  • Psalm 9:1 Heb. Muth Labben
  • Psalm 9:5 Gentiles
  • Psalm 9:9 Lit. secure height
  • Psalm 9:12 afflicted
  • Psalm 9:14 Jerusalem
  • Psalm 9:15 Gentiles
  • Psalm 9:16 Heb. Higgaion
  • Psalm 9:17 Gentiles
  • Psalm 9:19 Gentiles
  • Psalm 9:20 Gentiles

Acts 18

Ministering at Corinth

18 After these things Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them. So, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and worked; for by occupation they were tentmakers. And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks.

When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled [a]by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews thatJesus isthe Christ. But when they opposed him and blasphemed, he shook hisgarments and said to them, “Your blood beupon your ownheads; I amclean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” And he departed from there and entered the house of a certain mannamed [b]Justus, onewho worshiped God, whose house was next door to the synagogue. Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized.

Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; 10 for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.” 11 And he continued therea year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

12 When Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him to the [c]judgment seat, 13 saying, “This fellowpersuades men to worship God contrary to the law.”

14 And when Paul was about to open hismouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of wrongdoing or wicked crimes, O Jews, there would be reason why I should bear with you. 15 But if it is a question of words and names and your own law, look to ityourselves; for I do not want to be a judge of such matters.” 16 And he drove them from the judgment seat. 17 Then [d]all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat himbefore the judgment seat. But Gallio took no notice of these things.

Paul Returns to Antioch

18 So Paul still remained [e]a good while. Then he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila werewith him. He had hishair cut off at Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow. 19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there; but he himself entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20 When they asked himto stay a longer time with them, he did not consent, 21 but took leave of them, saying, “I[f] must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, God willing.” And he sailed from Ephesus.

22 And when he had landed at Caesarea, and [g]gone up and greeted the church, he went down to Antioch. 23 After he had spent some time there,he departed and went over the region of Galatia and Phrygia [h]in order, strengthening all the disciples.

Ministry of Apollos

24 Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man andmighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. 27 And when he desired to cross to Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him; and when he arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace; 28 for he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.

Footnotes:

  • Acts 18:5 Or in his spiritor in the Spirit
  • Acts 18:7 NU Titius Justus
  • Acts 18:12 Gr. bema
  • Acts 18:17 NU they all
  • Acts 18:18 Lit. many days
  • Acts 18:21 NU omits I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem
  • Acts 18:22 To Jerusalem
  • Acts 18:23 successively

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PRAYER REQUESTS 

Please Pray for Lidia’s husband, Carlos, who needs heart surgery, but has been in the hospital for over a week now with pneumonia. 

Please Pray for Brother Walt’s son, Elijah, Emilia, Elijah’s girl friend, and their new baby. Pray that Walt be reunited with his son and family. 

Please Pray for Brother John LaPorte’s friend and Sister in the Lord, Rachael, who has received her counceling degree  and is looking for a job. Pray she uses the Bible as her only counceling Guide to lead her clients to the Lord. 

Please Pray for Gemma that she be delivered a from evil and receive to God. 

Please Pray for our Brother Jason Kuckler’s father, Dan Kuckler. Dan lives in MN with Jason’s mother, Nancy, and Dan is scheduled for triple-bypass surgery. Jason will be traveling to MN to be with his father and mother. Please Pray for a successful surgery and that God would Bless the entire family drawing each one of them closer to Him.  (In ALL circumstances, we must Trust in Him — Romans 8:28-29.)

Please continue to Pray for Brother Tom Rolfstad who is having a surgical aortic heart valve replacement on July 8th. Pray that Tom and those who surround him would be drawn closer to the Lord. 

Please continue to Pray for Brother Mark P, a missionary in the Philippines. He said they have an issue with a senior leader who was living another life unknown to them, in deep sin. This leader was second under Mark over the entire ministry.  Mark asks for Prayer, specifically, in 2 areas:

  1 – That Marks keeps his own heart and hands Holy; and 

  2 – … that this individual needs to Repent. 

I would like to add to Mark’s Prayer Request… we need to Pray

for Mark, Mark’s wife, this individual and for all that are touched by him. … And Note: We can only look to One Perfect Example in our lives… Jesus. (People will let us down, but He will never let us down.) And, from God’s Word, we read and need to mediate on:

  Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

  Romans 3:10 – As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

  James 4:11-12 – Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of [his] brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.   …

  Ephesians 4:32 – And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

  Colossians 3:12-14 – Put on therefore, as the elect of God, Holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;   …

  James 1:19-20 – Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:   …

  Luke 6:31 – And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

  Romans 2:1-4 – Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.   …

  Ephesians 4:26 – Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

  Romans 2:6-8 – Who will render to every man according to his deeds: …

  Mark 11:25 – And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Please continue to Pray for Brother John LaPorte’s roommate, Brother Freddy, whose commitment to Christ caused his wife to separate from him for 6 years. The couple have 2 daughters and stayed single all this time. Within the recent past, it appears his wife, Arlene, has been Saved and the couple are beginning the reconciliation process. They are planning to reunite the family again under one roof in the next few months.  Please Pray for their total reconciliation with God at their helm. 

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 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 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 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 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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