Day 8/30 – Contentment

Belief in Action  – II John‬ ‭1:9-11‬ ‭NKJV  “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.”  II John‬ ‭1:9-11

“Either you will be enslaved by your inability to meet your own expectations and fulfill your hope, or you will become a slave of Christ.” 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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Contentment

Day Two Hundred Forty-two

“Behold, what I have seen to be good and to be fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life which God has given him, for this is his lot.”  Ecclesiastes 5:18

Eating, drinking, and laboring are your portion in life. But if you live for these, you will be frustrated, for you will be living no different from an animal.  When you are rightly related to God, living only for Him, then for the first time you can enjoy eating, drinking, and laboring, for you see them from a proper perspective, understanding how they fit into the program of God.  Contentment is the fruit of gratitude, gratitude for your understanding your purpose.  Then, and only then, can the mundane become significant.

Solomon warns that only with this perspective can you be assured of avoiding the misuse of your possessions.  Drudgery is the product of the Fall.  “In the sweat of your face will you eat bread, until you return to the ground.”319    God made you dust and deity, but only when you are in union with Christ can you understand the value of both.  Solomon says “riches were kept by their owner to his hurt,” resulting in his spending “all his days in darkness and grief, in much vexation and sickness and resentment.”320    The greater your possessions, the more they will tend to destroy trust and cause suspicion of others.  Rich people tend to feel comfortable only with rich people, for they cannot know the motives of others that want to be their friends.  “Are they interested in me or in my money?”

The only thing you can take with you when you die is what you are.  If you know this and believe Jesus, then you can become a prey to others and be content, for you understand that it is your calling.

319  Genesis 3:19

320  Ecclesiastes 5:13, 17

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Psalm 129-131 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 (New King James Version)

Psalm 129-131

Song of Victory over Zion’s Enemies

A Song of Ascents.

129 

“Many a time they have afflicted[a] me from my youth,”

Let Israel now say—

“Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth;

Yet they have not prevailed against me.

The plowers plowed on my back;

They made their furrows long.”

The Lord isrighteous;

He has cut in pieces the cords of the wicked.

Let all those who hate Zion

Be put to shame and turned back.

Let them be as the grass onthe housetops,

Which withers before it grows up,

With which the reaper does not fill his hand,

Nor he who binds sheaves, his [b]arms.

Neither let those who pass by them say,

“The blessing of the Lord beupon you;

We bless you in the name of the Lord!”

Waiting for the Redemption of the Lord

A Song of Ascents.

130 

Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord;

Lord, hear my voice!

Let Your ears be attentive

To the voice of my supplications.

If You, Lord, should [c]mark iniquities,

O Lord, who could stand?

But there isforgiveness with You,

That You may be feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,

And in His word I do hope.

My soul waitsfor the Lord

More than those who watch for the morning—

Yes, more thanthose who watch for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord;

For with the Lord there ismercy,

And with Him isabundant redemption.

And He shall redeem Israel

From all his iniquities.

Simple Trust in the Lord

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

131 

Lord, my heart is not [d]haughty,

Nor my eyes [e]lofty.

Neither do I [f]concern myself with great matters,

Nor with things too [g]profound for me.

Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,

Like a weaned child with his mother;

Like a weaned child ismy soul within me.

O Israel, hope in the Lord

From this time forth and forever.

Footnotes:

  • Psalm 129:1 persecuted
  • Psalm 129:7 armsful,lit. bosom
  • Psalm 130:3 take note of
  • Psalm 131:1 Proud
  • Psalm 131:1 Arrogant
  • Psalm 131:1 Lit. walk in
  • Psalm 131:1 difficult

1 Corinthians 11:1-16

Worship and the Lord’s Supper

11 Imitate me, just as I also imitateChrist.

Head Coverings

Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered themto you. But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman isman, and the head of Christ isGod. Every man praying or prophesying, having hishead covered, dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with herhead uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved. For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover hishead, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man is not from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man. 10 For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol ofauthority on herhead, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, neither isman independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord. 12 For as woman camefrom man, even so man also comesthrough woman; but all things are from God.

13 Judge among yourselves. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him? 15 But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for herhair is given [a]to her for a covering. 16 But if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor dothe churches of God.

Footnotes:

  • 1 Corinthians 11:15 M omits to her

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PRAYER REQUESTS 

Please continue to Pray for our granddaughter, Everleigh Hartt. She is having intermittent fevers. 

Please Pray for Brother Robert. Robert says He has a Calling to establish a Church. His Prayer request is “… that God puts together a really amazing ministry team. I see it in the Scriptures. There were ministers, elders, deacons. Those seem to be three different categories of the people serving the body. It seems like that was the simple order they had set up. But it was a spiritual thing that would function through the power of the Holy Spirit. My prayer request would be that the Lord puts together the ministry team in what I feel Him asking me to be a part of.”

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.  

Please continue to keep Sister Fabiola and her children in Mexico in our Prayers. This Sister and her family, in a short time period, have been hit with a more tragedies (persecutions) than most of us have in our entire life time…  the murder of her husband, x-husband and one of her children. And, 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. 

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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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.)

Please continue to Pray for Brother David Porter’s friend’s son, Giovanni (18yrs old). 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 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.  Please Pray Frank will be bold in his sharing Christ in 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  … 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 continue to assist in saving babies’ lives. 

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.

Praise a Report: Brother Alejandro’s aunt Josefina is doing well. Thank you for your Prayers. 

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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