Day 7/23 – Message and Messenger

Separate From the World  – 1 John 2:15-16 (ESV)  “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life —is not from the Father but is from the world.”  1 John 2:15-16

“The phrase “he is financially independent” means that he is insulated from the gyrations of an uncertain economy.  God does not want you “independent,” but rather dependent upon Him.  People perceive money as the key to freedom, and thus their goal is in conflict with God’s goal for them.  The servant of Christ understands this tension between his appetite and God’s will, and prays for the balance between poverty and riches.  He knows in his depravity that he can err in either direction of greed and pride; in his greed he steals and in his pride he renounces his need of God.”   Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)

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A history of these Daily Devotions along with other valuable Resources 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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Message and Messenger

Day Two Hundred Four

“And my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:4-5

Paul sought to make his life a reflection of the gospel; that is, make the messenger like the message.  Just as the gospel appears weak and foolish to the world, so does the preacher.  The foundation of your faith is not reason, but the wisdom of the cross.  Paul, in his preaching, makes no reference to the inferiority of heathen gods or the folly of idolatry.  Neither does he seek to give proofs for the existence of God.  The power is not in the argument of the messenger, but in the message.  “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”274

Conversion comes solely through the gospel in all of its simplicity, not because of craftily formed arguments and logic.  Proclaim the gospel from a posture of inadequacy and dependence.  Don’t try to impress people through technique. You will not bring people to conversion by satisfying the needs of reason.  They come because the Holy Spirit has transformed their hearts.

The gospel is eminently reasonable when you accept its presuppositions.  But logic and reason cannot bring a person to acceptance.  This marks the difference between the seeker and the skeptic.  Reason may help the seeker, because God has already touched his heart, but it can do nothing for the skeptic.  Human wisdom is not bad.  It just cannot bring a person to God.

274  I Corinthians 2:2

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Psalm 33-34 Acts 24 (New King James Version)

Psalm 33-34

The Sovereignty of the Lord in Creation and History

33 

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous!

Forpraise from the upright is beautiful.

Praise the Lord with the harp;

[a]Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.

Sing to Him a new song;

Play skillfully with a shout of joy.

For the word of the Lord isright,

And all His work is donein truth.

He loves righteousness and justice;

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,

And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.

He gathers the waters of the sea together [b]as a heap;

He lays up the deep in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;

Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.

For He spoke, and it was done;

He commanded, and it stood fast.

10 

The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;

He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.

11 

The counsel of the Lord stands forever,

The plans of His heart to all generations.

12 

Blessed isthe nation whose God isthe Lord,

The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

13 

The Lord looks from heaven;

He sees all the sons of men.

14 

From the place of His dwelling He looks

On all the inhabitants of the earth;

15 

He fashions their hearts individually;

He [c]considers all their works.

16 

No king issaved by the multitude of an army;

A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.

17 

A horse isa [d]vain hope for safety;

Neither shall it deliver anyby its great strength.

18 

Behold, the eye of the Lord ison those who fear Him,

On those who hope in His mercy,

19 

To deliver their soul from death,

And to keep them alive in famine.

20 

Our soul waits for the Lord;

He isour help and our shield.

21 

For our heart shall rejoice in Him,

Because we have trusted in His holy name.

22 

Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us,

Just as we hope in You.

The Happiness of Those Who Trust in God

A Psalmof David when he pretended madness before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed.

34 

I will bless the Lord at all times;

His praise shallcontinually bein my mouth.

My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;

The humble shall hear of itand be glad.

Oh, magnify the Lord with me,

And let us exalt His name together.

I sought the Lord, and He heard me,

And delivered me from all my fears.

They looked to Him and were radiant,

And their faces were not ashamed.

This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him,

And saved him out of all his troubles.

The [e]angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him,

And delivers them.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord isgood;

Blessed isthe man whotrusts in Him!

Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!

There isno [f]want to those who fear Him.

10 

The young lions lack and suffer hunger;

But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.

11 

Come, you children, listen to me;

I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12 

Who isthe man whodesires life,

And loves manydays, that he may see good?

13 

Keep your tongue from evil,

And your lips from speaking deceit.

14 

Depart from evil and do good;

Seek peace and pursue it.

15 

The eyes of the Lord areon the righteous,

And His ears are opento their cry.

16 

The face of the Lord isagainst those who do evil,

To [g]cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 

The righteouscry out, and the Lord hears,

And delivers them out of all their troubles.

18 

The Lord isnear to those who have a broken heart,

And saves such as [h]have a contrite spirit.

19 

Many arethe afflictions of the righteous,

But the Lord delivers him out of them all.

20 

He guards all his bones;

Not one of them is broken.

21 

Evil shall slay the wicked,

And those who hate the righteous shall be [i]condemned.

22 

The Lord redeems the soul of His servants,

And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.

Footnotes:

  • Psalm 33:2 Lit. Sing to Him
  • Psalm 33:7 LXX, Tg., Vg. in a vessel
  • Psalm 33:15 understands
  • Psalm 33:17 false
  • Psalm 34:7 Or Angel
  • Psalm 34:9 lack
  • Psalm 34:16 destroy
  • Psalm 34:18 are crushed in spirit
  • Psalm 34:21 held guilty

Acts 24

Accused of Sedition

24 Now after five days Ananias the high priest came down with the elders and a certain orator namedTertullus. These gave evidence to the governor against Paul.

And when he was called upon, Tertullus began his accusation, saying: “Seeing that through you we enjoy great peace, and [a]prosperity is being brought to this nation by your foresight, we accept italways and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness. Nevertheless, not to be tedious to you any further, I beg you to hear, by your [b]courtesy, a few words from us. For we have found this man a plague, a creator of dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. He even tried to profane the temple, and we seized him, [c]and wanted to judge him according to our law. But the commander Lysias came by and with great violence took himout of our hands, commanding his accusers to come to you. By examining him yourself you may ascertain all these things of which we accuse him.” And the Jews also [d]assented, maintaining that these things were so.

The Defense Before Felix

10 Then Paul, after the governor had nodded to him to speak, answered: “Inasmuch as I know that you have been for many years a judge of this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself, 11 because you may ascertain that it is no more than twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship. 12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with anyone nor inciting the crowd, either in the synagogues or in the city. 13 Nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me. 14 But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets. 15 I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection [e]of thedead, both of thejust and theunjust. 16 This beingso, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.

17 “Now after many years I came to bring alms and offerings to my nation, 18 in the midst of which some Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with a mob nor with tumult. 19 They ought to have been here before you to object if they had anything against me. 20 Or else let those who are herethemselves say [f]if they found any wrongdoing in me while I stood before the council, 21 unless it isfor this one statement which I cried out, standing among them, ‘Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged by you this day.’ ”

Felix Procrastinates

22 But when Felix heard these things, having more accurate knowledge of theWay, he adjourned the proceedings and said, “When Lysias the commander comes down, I will make a decision on your case.” 23 So he commanded the centurion to keep Paul and to let himhave liberty, and told him not to forbid any of his friends to provide for or visit him.

24 And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. 25 Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.” 26 Meanwhile he also hoped that money would be given him by Paul, [g]that he might release him. Therefore he sent for him more often and conversed with him.

27 But after two years Porcius Festus succeeded Felix; and Felix, wanting to do the Jews a favor, left Paul bound.

Footnotes:

  • Acts 24:2 Or reforms are
  • Acts 24:4 graciousness
  • Acts 24:6 NU ends the sentence here and omits the rest of v. 6, all of v. 7, and the first clause of v. 8.
  • Acts 24:9 NU, M joined the attack
  • Acts 24:15 NU omits of the dead
  • Acts 24:20 NU, M what wrongdoing they found
  • Acts 24:26 NU omits that he might release him

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PRAYER REQUESTS 

Please Pray for my daughter, Jonna, and 6 of our grandchildren … We are spending the week them in SD, CA and doing a mini vacation Bible school and sharing Jesus with them. Please Pray The Holy Spirit would guide each one of them to His Loving Salvation.  

Praise Report: Sister Diane’s grandson, Logan, had eye surgery and is full of giggles and smiles. As they will not know the results from the surgery for some time, please continue to Pray for Logan. 

Please continue to 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 from evil and receive Jesus as her Savior. 

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 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. 

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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