Day 8/31 – The Importance of a Vow

Bear Fruit, a Qualification  – John 15:4 NKJV  “Abide in Me, and I (Jesus) in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” John 15:4

John 8:36  says: “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”  “This is the freedom known by Paul and the only true freedom  possible for anyone.”  Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)

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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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The Importance of a Vow

Day Two Hundred Forty-three

“Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven, and you upon earth; therefore let your words be few. When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it; for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.”  Ecclesiastes 5:3, 4, 5

Solomon talks about the folly of empty words.  You are better served being a listener rather than a speaker.  He warns, “be not rash with your mouth.” Reaction produces rashness.  Your supervisor asks you why you have not performed according to company expectation.  Not knowing what to say, you say the wrong thing and end up promising what you do not intend to fulfill.  A rash commitment can be troublesome in any circumstance, but especially in your relationship with God. God is not quick in calling people “fools,” but the person who vows something to God and does not fulfill the vow; God calls him a fool.

When you vow and do not pay you do damage to your character.  Guard against allowing promises to become a way of shirking responsibility or placating a tension or struggle with someone else. When you came to Christ, He asked only that you surrender, not that you make Him any promise.  When you rashly promise something, it is you, rather than Christ in you, speaking.  When you refrain from hasty speech you reverence Christ.  Listen rather than speak, and when you do speak, make your promises few.

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Psalm 132-134 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 (New King James Version)

Psalm 132-134

The Eternal Dwelling of God in Zion

A Song of Ascents.

132 

Lord, remember David

Andall his afflictions;

How he swore to the Lord,

Andvowed to the Mighty One of Jacob:

“Surely I will not go into the chamber of my house,

Or go up to the comfort of my bed;

I will not give sleep to my eyes

Orslumber to my eyelids,

Until I find a place for the Lord,

A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah;

We found it in the fields of [a]the woods.

Let us go into His tabernacle;

Let us worship at His footstool.

Arise, O Lord, to Your resting place,

You and the ark of Your strength.

Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness,

And let Your saints shout for joy.

10 

For Your servant David’s sake,

Do not turn away the face of Your [b]Anointed.

11 

The Lord has sworn intruth to David;

He will not turn from it:

“I will set upon your throne the [c]fruit of your body.

12 

If your sons will keep My covenant

And My testimony which I shall teach them,

Their sons also shall sit upon your throne forevermore.”

13 

For the Lord has chosen Zion;

He has desired itfor His [d]dwelling place:

14 

“This isMy resting place forever;

Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.

15 

I will abundantly bless her [e]provision;

I will satisfy her poor with bread.

16 

I will also clothe her priests with salvation,

And her saints shall shout aloud for joy.

17 

There I will make the [f]horn of David grow;

I will prepare a lamp for My [g]Anointed.

18 

His enemies I will clothe with shame,

But upon Himself His crown shall flourish.”

Blessed Unity of the People of God

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

133 

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is

For brethren to dwell together in unity!

It islike the precious oil upon the head,

Running down on the beard,

The beard of Aaron,

Running down on the edge of his garments.

It islike the dew of Hermon,

Descending upon the mountains of Zion;

For there the Lord commanded the blessing—

Life forevermore.

Praising the Lord in His House at Night

A Song of Ascents.

134 

Behold, bless the Lord,

All youservants of the Lord,

Who by night stand in the house of the Lord!

Lift up your hands inthe sanctuary,

And bless the Lord.

The Lord who made heaven and earth

Bless you from Zion!

Footnotes:

  • Psalm 132:6 Heb. Jaar,lit. Woods
  • Psalm 132:10 Commissioned One, Heb. Messiah
  • Psalm 132:11 offspring
  • Psalm 132:13 home
  • Psalm 132:15 supply of food
  • Psalm 132:17 Government
  • Psalm 132:17 Heb. Messiah

1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Conduct at the Lord’s Supper

17 Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you,since you come together not for the better but for the worse. 18 For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. 19 For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be [a]recognized among you. 20 Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. 21 For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others;and one is hungry and another is drunk. 22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame [b]those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.

Institution of the Lord’s Supper

23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the samenight in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke itand said, [c]“Take, eat; this is My body which is [d]broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner Healso tookthe cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it,in remembrance of Me.”

26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

Examine Yourself

27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks thiscup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and [e]blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks [f]in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the [g]Lord’s body. 30 For this reason many areweak and sick among you, and many [h]sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.

33 Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. 34 But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.

Footnotes:

  • 1 Corinthians 11:19 Lit. manifest, evident
  • 1 Corinthians 11:22 The poor
  • 1 Corinthians 11:24 NU omits Take, eat
  • 1 Corinthians 11:24 NU omits broken
  • 1 Corinthians 11:27 NU, M the blood
  • 1 Corinthians 11:29 NU omits in an unworthy manner
  • 1 Corinthians 11:29 NU omits Lord’s
  • 1 Corinthians 11:30 Are dead

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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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