Day 9/6 – Your Last Will and Testament

Be a Reproducer  – II Timothy‬ ‭2:2‬ ‭NKJV  “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”  ‭‭II Timothy 2:2

“A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.”    James E. Faust

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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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Your Last Will and Testament

Day Two Hundred Forty-nine

“At my first defense no one took my part; all deserted me. May it not be charged against them!  But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength to proclaim the message fully, that all the Gentiles might hear it.”  II Timothy 4:16-17

Imagine yourself in a dark, musty cell, awaiting death.  You have time to sit at a poorly lit table and pen a few words to your friend.  What would you say?  What would be your chief concern?  In this letter we have a glimpse of what was uppermost in Paul’s mind; the prison is inconsequential while the message is all­ important.  He charges Timothy to be faithful in the sight of God.

Such a charge is quite predictable; you would expect Paul to admonish his son in the faith to finish the race of life well.  What is exceptional is the fact that Paul makes this charge against the backdrop of one disappointment after another. “You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, and among them

Phygelus and Hermogenes.”326   “Hymenaeus and Philetus have swerved from the truth by holding that the resurrection is past already. They are upsetting the faith of some.”327   “As Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of corrupt mind and counterfeit faith.” 328   “Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica.” 329 “Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm.”330   “At my first defense no one took my part; all deserted me.” 331   Can you imagine a missionary sending agency sending out a person with this kind of record?

Paul charged his friend with the need to remain faithful, for results do not constitute a legitimate basis for evaluation.  Rather, you must ask, “Has the Lord called me to this task and has He kept His hand on my life?”  That was the encouragement  Paul gave Timothy: “The Lord stood by me and gave me strength to proclaim the message fully, that all the Gentiles might hear it.”

326  Timothy 1:15

327  Timothy 2:17-18

328  Timothy 3:8

329  Timothy 4:10

330  Timothy 4:14

331  Timothy 4:16

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Psalm 148-150 1 Corinthians 15:29-58 (New King James Version)

Psalm 148-150

Praise to the Lord from Creation

148 

Praise[a] the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens;

Praise Him in the heights!

Praise Him, all His angels;

Praise Him, all His hosts!

Praise Him, sun and moon;

Praise Him, all you stars of light!

Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,

And you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,

For He commanded and they were created.

He also established them forever and ever;

He made a decree which shall not pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,

You great sea creatures and all the depths;

Fire and hail, snow and clouds;

Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;

Mountains and all hills;

Fruitful trees and all cedars;

10 

Beasts and all cattle;

Creeping things and flying fowl;

11 

Kings of the earth and all peoples;

Princes and all judges of the earth;

12 

Both young men and maidens;

Old men and children.

13 

Let them praise the name of the Lord,

For His name alone is exalted;

His glory isabove the earth and heaven.

14 

And He has exalted the [b]horn of His people,

The praise of all His saints—

Of the children of Israel,

A people near to Him.

[c]Praise the Lord!

Praise to God for His Salvation and Judgment

149 

Praise[d] the Lord!

Sing to the Lord a new song,

AndHis praise in the assembly of saints.

Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;

Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

Let them praise His name with the dance;

Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;

He will beautify the [e]humble with salvation.

Let the saints be joyful in glory;

Let them sing aloud on their beds.

Letthe high praises of God bein their mouth,

And a two-edged sword in their hand,

To execute vengeance on the nations,

And punishments on the peoples;

To bind their kings with chains,

And their nobles with fetters of iron;

To execute on them the written judgment—

This honor have all His saints.

[f]Praise the Lord!

Let All Things Praise the Lord

150 

Praise[g] the Lord!

Praise God in His sanctuary;

Praise Him in His mighty [h]firmament!

Praise Him for His mighty acts;

Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!

Praise Him with the sound of the [i]trumpet;

Praise Him with the lute and harp!

Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;

Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!

Praise Him with loud cymbals;

Praise Him with clashing cymbals!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

[j]Praise the Lord!

Footnotes:

  • Psalm 148:1 Heb. Hallelujah
  • Psalm 148:14 Strength or dominion
  • Psalm 148:14 Heb. Hallelujah
  • Psalm 149:1 Heb. Hallelujah
  • Psalm 149:4 meek
  • Psalm 149:9 Heb. Hallelujah
  • Psalm 150:1 Heb. Hallelujah
  • Psalm 150:1 expanseof heaven
  • Psalm 150:3 cornet
  • Psalm 150:6 Heb. Hallelujah

1 Corinthians 15:29-58

Effects of Denying the Resurrection

29 Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead? 30 And why do we stand in [a]jeopardy every hour? 31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32 If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is itto me? If thedead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”

33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” 34 Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak thisto your shame.

A Glorious Body

35 But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” 36 Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. 37 And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain.38 But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.

39 All flesh isnot the same flesh, but there isone kind[b]offlesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, andanother of birds.

40 There arealso [c]celestial bodies and [d]terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial isone, and the gloryof the terrestrial isanother. 41 There isone glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for onestar differs from anotherstar in glory.

42 So also isthe resurrection of the dead. The bodyis sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam becamea life-giving spirit.

46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 47 The first man wasof the earth, made[e] of dust; the second Man is[f]the Lord from heaven. 48 As wasthe [g]manof dust, so also arethose who are madeof dust; and as isthe heavenly Man,so also arethose who areheavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the manof dust, we[h] shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.

Our Final Victory

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a [i]mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal mustput on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

55 

“O[j] Death, where isyour sting?

O Hades, where isyour victory?”

56 The sting of death issin, and the strength of sin isthe law. 57 But thanks beto God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Footnotes:

  • 1 Corinthians 15:30 danger
  • 1 Corinthians 15:39 NU, M omit of flesh
  • 1 Corinthians 15:40 heavenly
  • 1 Corinthians 15:40 earthly
  • 1 Corinthians 15:47 earthy
  • 1 Corinthians 15:47 NU omits the Lord
  • 1 Corinthians 15:48 earthy
  • 1 Corinthians 15:49 M let us also bear
  • 1 Corinthians 15:51 hidden truth
  • 1 Corinthians 15:55 NU O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting?

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PRAYER REQUESTS 

Please Pray for those people caught in the path of the Hurricane Dorian. 

Please Pray for Brother Lance going through perilous times. Pray he would let God’s strength and peace show through Lance’s weakness and his testimony be a Blessing to many. 

Please Pray for our unSaved family members and those around us that we have relationships with.  Or, is that you? … Have questions &/or need Prayer?… If yes, please reply or call (702) 592-4098. 

Please Pray for family members and those relationships around you who say they are Saved, but their lives don’t show it. And, if that’s happens to be you, the Holy Spirit can change you into a New Creation, Christ in you… but, you must totally surrender everything to Him. (As long as you think you can do it on your own, He’ll let you; and, you will fail.) … Have questions &/or need Prayer?… If yes, please reply or call (702) 592-4098. 

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 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. Update: He hadhas a blood clot in his leg removed.  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.

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 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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