Day 8/11 – Confrontation

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

“What is fruit? Galatians 5:22 defines it as love — love which is joy, love which is peace, love which is longsuffering, love which is gentle, good, faithful, meek, and temperate. If we truly love people, we will have authority to give direction to them because they will see the fruitfulness of the Lord’s love blossoming in us.”  Jon Courson

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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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Confrontation

Day Two Hundred Twenty-three

“I warned those who sinned before and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come again I will not spare them.” 2 Corinthians 13:2

For the most part men love competition and hate confrontation.  A man may love a hard game of tennis, but send a subordinate to fire a problem employee. Confrontation plays an important role in the Christian life.  Biblical confrontation seeks what is best for the one being confronted.  You do not confront others out of anger or a vindictive spirit, as though you seek revenge.  “Vengeance is mine,

I will repay, says the Lord.”291   You confront because you seek to help the one being confronted.  You confront others for the same reason the Lord confronts

you.

Confrontation is one of the highest expressions of love.  When done in love and compassion, confrontation is one the kindest things you can do for another person.  A refusal to confront when needed, is one of the most selfish things you can do.  The parent who says, “I love my child too much to discipline him,” says in reality, “I love myself too much to discipline, confrontation is too distasteful for me.”

When Jesus said, “Judge not, that ye be not judged,”292  He did not have this type of confrontation in mind.  Rather, He warned against the censorious spirit. Confrontation is not criticizing another; it is helping that person so that he will not be further hurt by his behavior.

291  Romans 12:19

292  Matthew 7:1

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Psalm 81-83 Romans 11:19-36 (New King James Version)

Psalm 81-83

An Appeal for Israel’s Repentance

To the Chief Musician. On[a] an instrument of Gath. A Psalmof Asaph.

81 

Sing aloud to God our strength;

Make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob.

Raise a song and strike the timbrel,

The pleasant harp with the lute.

Blow the trumpet at the time of the New Moon,

At the full moon, on our solemn feast day.

For this isa statute for Israel,

A law of the God of Jacob.

This He established in Joseph asa testimony,

When He went throughout the land of Egypt,

WhereI heard a language I did not understand.

“I removed his shoulder from the burden;

His hands were freed from the baskets.

You called in trouble, and I delivered you;

I answered you in the secret place of thunder;

I tested you at the waters of [b]Meribah. Selah

“Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you!

O Israel, if you will listen to Me!

There shall be no foreign god among you;

Nor shall you worship any foreign god.

10 

amthe Lord your God,

Who brought you out of the land of Egypt;

Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11 

“But My people would not heed My voice,

And Israel would havenone of Me.

12 

So I gave them over to [c]their own stubborn heart,

To walk in their own counsels.

13 

“Oh, that My people would listen to Me,

That Israel would walk in My ways!

14 

I would soon subdue their enemies,

And turn My hand against their adversaries.

15 

The haters of the Lord would pretend submission to Him,

But their [d]fate would endure forever.

16 

He would have fed them also with [e]the finest of wheat;

And with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.”

A Plea for Justice

A Psalm of Asaph.

82 

God stands in the congregation of [f]the mighty;

He judges among the [g]gods.

How long will you judge unjustly,

And show partiality to the wicked? Selah

[h]Defend the poor and fatherless;

Do justice to the afflicted and needy.

Deliver the poor and needy;

Free themfrom the hand of the wicked.

They do not know, nor do they understand;

They walk about in darkness;

All the foundations of the earth are [i]unstable.

I said, “You are[j]gods,

And all of you arechildren of the Most High.

But you shall die like men,

And fall like one of the princes.”

Arise, O God, judge the earth;

For You shall inherit all nations.

Prayer to Frustrate Conspiracy Against Israel

A Song. A Psalm of Asaph.

83 

Do not keep silent, O God!

Do not hold Your peace,

And do not be still, O God!

For behold, Your enemies make a [k]tumult;

And those who hate You have [l]lifted up their head.

They have taken crafty counsel against Your people,

And consulted together against Your sheltered ones.

They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from beinga nation,

That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”

For they have consulted together with one [m]consent;

They [n]form a confederacy against You:

The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;

Moab and the Hagrites;

Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;

Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;

Assyria also has joined with them;

They have helped the children of Lot. Selah

Deal with them as withMidian,

As withSisera,

As withJabin at the Brook Kishon,

10 

Who perished at En Dor,

Whobecame asrefuse on the earth.

11 

Make their nobles like Oreb and like Zeeb,

Yes, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,

12 

Who said, “Let us take for ourselves

The pastures of God for a possession.”

13 

O my God, make them like the whirling dust,

Like the chaff before the wind!

14 

As the fire burns the woods,

And as the flame sets the mountains on fire,

15 

So pursue them with Your tempest,

And frighten them with Your storm.

16 

Fill their faces with shame,

That they may seek Your name, O Lord.

17 

Let them be [o]confounded and dismayed forever;

Yes, let them be put to shame and perish,

18 

That they may know that You, whose name alone isthe Lord,

Arethe Most High over all the earth.

Footnotes:

  • Psalm 81:1 Heb. Al Gittith
  • Psalm 81:7 Lit. Strifeor Contention
  • Psalm 81:12 the dictates of their heart
  • Psalm 81:15 Lit. time
  • Psalm 81:16 Lit. fat of wheat
  • Psalm 82:1 Heb. El,lit. God
  • Psalm 82:1 Judges; Heb. elohim,lit. mighty onesor gods
  • Psalm 82:3 Vindicate
  • Psalm 82:5 moved
  • Psalm 82:6 Judges; Heb. elohim,lit. mighty onesor gods
  • Psalm 83:2 uproar
  • Psalm 83:2 Exalted themselves
  • Psalm 83:5 Lit. heart
  • Psalm 83:5 Lit. cut a covenant
  • Psalm 83:17 ashamed

Romans 11:19-36

19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” 20 Well said.Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. 22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, [a]goodness, if you continue in Hisgoodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. 23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who arenatural branches,be grafted into their own olive tree?

25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own [b]opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And so all Israel will be [c]saved, as it is written:

“The Deliverer will come out of Zion,

And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;

27 

For this isMy covenant with them,

When I take away their sins.”

28 Concerning the gospel they areenemies for your sake, but concerning the election they arebeloved for the sake of the fathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God areirrevocable. 30 For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, 31 even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. 32 For God has [d]committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.

33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable areHis judgments and His ways past finding out!

34 

“For who has known the mind of the Lord?

Or who has become His counselor?”

35 

“Or who has first given to Him

And it shall be repaid to him?”

36 For of Him and through Him and to Him areall things, to whom beglory forever. Amen.

Footnotes:

  • Romans 11:22 NU adds of God
  • Romans 11:25 estimation
  • Romans 11:26 Or delivered
  • Romans 11:32 shut them all up in

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PRAYER REQUESTS 

Please Pray for Mark H. He has a blood clot in his leg and is suffering terrible pain.  Pray for God’s Healing and undeniable Touch on Mark’s life.  

UPDATE: You can’t make this stuff up… Sounds like a script for a movie…

As you may know, we have kept Sister Fabiola and her children in Mexico on our Prayer Request list for quite a while now. This Sister and her family, in a short time period, has been hit with a more tragedies(persecution) than most of us in an entire life time…  the murder of her husband, x-husband and one of her children. RECENTLY, her modest home (a shack by any American standard) was burnt to the ground. …Her neighbor’s house caught fire and due to the closeness of her home, it caught fire, too.  Brothers & Sisters, please Pray for God’s Holy touch on Fabiola and her family.  Although we, His Children, are closely monitoring what assistance the Family of God might be able to provide the family through our Brother Ron Brink, in Mexico… our Prayers are essential. Please don’t relent!

Please continue to Pray for Geo, a banker, who was deployed by the military to the Mideast. Pray God would keep him safe and that God would bring Geo closer to Him; and, that Geo would share God with all his company and those who come in contact with him. 

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UPDATE: I’ve been told by one Geo’s co-workers, Lorraine Flores, who says she considers Geo a son, that the day Geo was deployed to the Mideast, his girlfriend delivered his new baby. Please Pray Geo would Walk in God’s Light and be a Godly husband and father. And, please Pray for Geo’s family. (Also, please Pray for both Lorraine Flores and her biological son that was deployed the same day as Geo, but to Africa.)

Praise Report: Please continue to Pray for Brother David Porter’s friend’s son, Giovanni (18yrs old). He has checked out of inpatient behavioral health facility and is doing better. You will remember, he was sent to the facility and was on suicide watch. Please continue to Pray for God’s Salvation, Strength, Healing, and Peace in Giovanni.

Please continue to Pray for Brother Mark Pedder, a missionary in the Philippines. Please Pray for Mark, Mark’s wife for strength in their trials, tribulations and persecution. 

Please Pray for Brother David Porter’s sponsoring “Refuge for Women” an upcoming “Refuge Uniting In Prayer” meeting scheduled for August 14th. Pray for the for those involved in assisting women, the women who are victims and those warring with the sex trafficking industry in Las Vegas. 

Please continue to Pray for Gemma that she be delivered from evil and receive Jesus as her Savior. 

Please continue to Pray for Brother Walt to be reconciled with his son and his son’s family. 

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. Both parents has stayed single all this time of separation… Within the recent past, it appears his wife, Arlene, has been Saved and the couple are beginning their 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 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 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 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.  

AND, let each of us use Frank’s example and share the Love and Salvation of Jesus to our coworkers, employees, family friends and acquaintances.  Brothers and Sisters, let’s take advantage of our God given opportunities, invest in the Eternal!

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 Jim Nelson and family ministering in China. 

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 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 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. 

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Please 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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