Day 8/12 – Legalism

Good Works  – Galatians 6:9-10 (ESV)  “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”  Galatians 6:9-10

“God brings suffering into your life so that you will be able to minister to others that are suffering.”    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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Legalism

Day Two Hundred Twenty-four

“You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men.” Mark 7:8

You will not find the word “legalism” in Scripture.  People use this word to describe at least two types of people: First, those who believe that keeping the law is a requirement for salvation.  Second, those who add to the commandments of God.  Both manifestations of legalism are deadly, but our Lord seems to express a particular abhorrence for the second type.  He faulted the religious leaders for ignoring the commandments of God and adding in their place the traditions of man.  Usually the two go together.  If you feel competent to add to God’s commands, you will probably feel competent to delete some of them.  Adding to God’s commandments usually comes in an endeavor to give definition to the positive commands.  For example, God says, “Honor your parents.”  What does this look like?  This was the illustration Jesus used in Mark 7.

You can easily slip into this mindset if you are not careful, like the individual who believes it is wrong to gamble, but takes a brother to civil court for a supposed wrong.  Ask yourself, what would shock you more: seeing someone drinking a beer in the Sunday service or listening to a woman preacher?  I am not suggesting that gambling and drinking are good ideas; rather that God did not see fit to prohibit them.  You are safe only when you call sin what the Bible disallows and nothing more.

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Psalm 84-86 Romans 12 (New King James Version)

Psalm 84-86

The Blessedness of Dwelling in the House of God

To the Chief Musician. On[a] an instrument of Gath. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

84 

How lovely [b]isYour tabernacle,

O Lord of hosts!

My soul longs, yes, even faints

For the courts of the Lord;

My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Even the sparrow has found a home,

And the swallow a nest for herself,

Where she may lay her young—

EvenYour altars, O Lord of hosts,

My King and my God.

Blessed arethose who dwell in Your house;

They will still be praising You. Selah

Blessed isthe man whose strength isin You,

Whose heart isset on pilgrimage.

As theypass through the Valley of [c]Baca,

They make it a spring;

The rain also covers it with [d]pools.

They go from strength to strength;

[e]Each oneappears before God in Zion.

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;

Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah

O God, behold our shield,

And look upon the face of Your [f]anointed.

10 

For a day in Your courts isbetter than a thousand.

I would rather [g]be a doorkeeper in the house of my God

Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

11 

For the Lord God isa sun and shield;

The Lord will give grace and glory;

No good thingwill He withhold

From those who walk uprightly.

12 

O Lord of hosts,

Blessed isthe man who trusts in You!

Prayer that the Lord Will Restore Favor to the Land

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

85 

Lord, You have been favorable to Your land;

You have brought back the captivity of Jacob.

You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people;

You have covered all their sin. Selah

You have taken away all Your wrath;

You have turned from the fierceness of Your anger.

Restore us, O God of our salvation,

And cause Your anger toward us to cease.

Will You be angry with us forever?

Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?

Will You not revive us again,

That Your people may rejoice in You?

Show us Your mercy, Lord,

And grant us Your salvation.

I will hear what God the Lord will speak,

For He will speak peace

To His people and to His saints;

But let them not turn back to [h]folly.

Surely His salvation isnear to those who fear Him,

That glory may dwell in our land.

10 

Mercy and truth have met together;

Righteousness and peace have kissed.

11 

Truth shall spring out of the earth,

And righteousness shall look down from heaven.

12 

Yes, the Lord will give what isgood;

And our land will yield its increase.

13 

Righteousness will go before Him,

And shall make His footsteps ourpathway.

Prayer for Mercy, with Meditation on the Excellencies of the Lord

A Prayer of David.

86 

Bow down Your ear, O Lord, hear me;

For I ampoor and needy.

Preserve my [i]life, for I amholy;

You are my God;

Save Your servant who trusts in You!

Be merciful to me, O Lord,

For I cry to You all day long.

[j]Rejoice the soul of Your servant,

For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

For You, Lord, aregood, and ready to forgive,

And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.

Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;

And attend to the voice of my supplications.

In the day of my trouble I will call upon You,

For You will answer me.

Among the gods there isnone like You, O Lord;

Nor are there any workslike Your works.

All nations whom You have made

Shall come and worship before You, O Lord,

And shall glorify Your name.

10 

For You aregreat, and do wondrous things;

You alone areGod.

11 

Teach me Your way, O Lord;

I will walk in Your truth;

[k]Unite my heart to fear Your name.

12 

I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart,

And I will glorify Your name forevermore.

13 

For great isYour mercy toward me,

And You have delivered my soul from the depths of [l]Sheol.

14 

O God, the proud have risen against me,

And a mob of violent menhave sought my life,

And have not set You before them.

15 

But You, O Lord, area God full of compassion, and gracious,

Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.

16 

Oh, turn to me, and have mercy on me!

Give Your strength to Your servant,

And save the son of Your maidservant.

17 

Show me a sign for good,

That those who hate me may see itand be ashamed,

Because You, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

Footnotes:

  • Psalm 84:1 Heb. Al Gittith
  • Psalm 84:1 are Your dwellings
  • Psalm 84:6 Lit. Weeping
  • Psalm 84:6 Or blessings
  • Psalm 84:7 LXX, Syr., Vg. The God of gods shall be seen
  • Psalm 84:9 Commissioned one, Heb. messiah
  • Psalm 84:10 stand at the threshold
  • Psalm 85:8 foolishness
  • Psalm 86:2 Lit. soul
  • Psalm 86:4 Make glad
  • Psalm 86:11 Give me singleness of heart
  • Psalm 86:13 The abode of the dead

Romans 12

Living Sacrifices to God

12 I beseech[a] you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which isyour [b]reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what isthat good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Serve God with Spiritual Gifts

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himselfmore highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, beingmany, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them:if prophecy, let usprophesyin proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use itin ourministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Behave Like a Christian

Letlove bewithout hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Bekindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient[c] in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given[d] to hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have[e] regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rathergive place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance isMine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;

If he is thirsty, give him a drink;

For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Footnotes:

  • Romans 12:1 urge
  • Romans 12:1 rational
  • Romans 12:12 persevering
  • Romans 12:13 Lit. pursuing
  • Romans 12:17 Or Provide good

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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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