Day 9/15 – The Divine Dwelling Place

Fellowship– Matthew 18:20 (ESV)“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20

“The Scriptures unanimously declare the self-sufficiency of God. “If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.” {Psalms 50:12}   We, His creatures, can add nothing to Him or what He does.  God invites us to give our lives ministering to people, not because He needs us, but rather because He wants us to accrue eternal gain while on earth, and we do that by spending ourselves for others.”     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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The Divine Dwelling Place

Day Two Hundred Fifty-eight

“For thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:

‘I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite.'”   Isaiah 57:15

Isaiah’s words are a study in contrasts.  The transcendent God draws near to man. The High and Lofty One comes to those who are humble.  He who is holy dwells with the contrite sinner.  The One who inhabits eternity enters time to have a relationship with finite man.  The Sovereign of the universe reaches down to sinful people and draws them to Himself.

You must maintain an appreciation of this contrast in order to have a healthy relationship with God.  During the last two centuries the difference and distance between God and man was all but forgotten in Christian thought.  Human logic decreed that people are basically good.  Since people are like God, God is like people.  Jesus was emphasized as human rather than divine.  With this blurring of the difference and distance between the Creator and His creation, the Christian message was compromised.   If you are good and God is like you, then you not only lose your sense of depravity, you have little need for Him.  When you lose your fear of Judgment, you lose your need for salvation.

You worship a God who is holy, transcendent, and eternal.  The miracle is, He is willing to have a relationship with you, a sinner, bound by the limitations of being a creature, and incapable of initiating a relationship with your Creator.  Never lose your awe of it all.

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Proverbs 22-24 2 Corinthians 8 (New King James Version)

Proverbs 22-24

The Value of a Good Name

22 

goodname is to be chosen rather than great riches,

Loving favor rather than silver and gold.

The rich and the poor have this in common,

The Lord isthe maker of them all.

A prudent manforesees evil and hides himself,

But the simple pass on and are punished.

By humility andthe fear of the Lord

Areriches and honor and life.

Thorns andsnares arein the way of the perverse;

He who guards his soul will be far from them.

Train up a child in the way he should go,

[a]And when he is old he will not depart from it.

The rich rules over the poor,

And the borrower isservant to the lender.

He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow,[b]

And the rod of his anger will fail.

He who has a [c]generous eye will be blessed,

For he gives of his bread to the poor.

10 

Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave;

Yes, strife and reproach will cease.

11 

He who loves purity of heart

And hasgrace on his lips,

The king will behis friend.

12 

The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge,

But He overthrows the words of the faithless.

13 

The lazy mansays, “There isa lion outside!

I shall be slain in the streets!”

14 

The mouth of an immoral woman isa deep pit;

He who is abhorred by the Lord will fall there.

15 

Foolishness isbound up in the heart of a child;

The rod of correction will drive it far from him.

16 

He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches,

Andhe who gives to the rich, willsurely cometo poverty.

Sayings of the Wise

17 

Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,

And apply your heart to my knowledge;

18 

For it isa pleasant thing if you keep them within you;

Let them all be fixed upon your lips,

19 

So that your trust may be in the Lord;

I have instructed you today, even you.

20 

Have I not written to you excellent things

Of counsels and knowledge,

21 

That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth,

That you may answer words of truth

To those who [d]send to you?

22 

Do not rob the poor because he ispoor,

Nor oppress the afflicted at the gate;

23 

For the Lord will plead their cause,

And plunder the soul of those who plunder them.

24 

Make no friendship with an angry man,

And with a furious man do not go,

25 

Lest you learn his ways

And set a snare for your soul.

26 

Do not be one of those who [e]shakes hands in a pledge,

One of those who is [f]surety for debts;

27 

If you have nothing with whichto pay,

Why should he take away your bed from under you?

28 

Do not remove the ancient [g]landmark

Which your fathers have set.

29 

Do you see a man who[h]excels in his work?

He will stand before kings;

He will not stand before [i]unknown men.

Listen to Your Father

23 

When you sit down to eat with a ruler,

Consider carefully what isbefore you;

And put a knife to your throat

If you area man given to appetite.

Do not desire his delicacies,

For they aredeceptive food.

Do not overwork to be rich;

Because of your own understanding, cease!

[j]Will you set your eyes on that which is not?

For richescertainly make themselves wings;

They fly away like an eagle towardheaven.

Do not eat the bread of a[k] miser,

Nor desire his delicacies;

For as he thinks in his heart, so ishe.

“Eat and drink!” he says to you,

But his heart is not with you.

The morsel you have eaten, you will vomit up,

And waste your pleasant words.

Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,

For he will despise the wisdom of your words.

10 

Do not remove the ancient [l]landmark,

Nor enter the fields of the fatherless;

11 

For their Redeemer ismighty;

He will plead their cause against you.

12 

Apply your heart to instruction,

And your ears to words of knowledge.

13 

Do not withhold correction from a child,

For ifyou beat him with a rod, he will not die.

14 

You shall beat him with a rod,

And deliver his soul from [m]hell.

15 

My son, if your heart is wise,

My heart will rejoice—indeed, I myself;

16 

Yes, my [n]inmost being will rejoice

When your lips speak right things.

17 

Do not let your heart envy sinners,

But be zealousfor the fear of the Lord all the day;

18 

For surely there is a [o]hereafter,

And your hope will not be cut off.

19 

Hear, my son, and be wise;

And guide your heart in the way.

20 

Do not mix with winebibbers,

Orwith gluttonous eaters of meat;

21 

For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,

And drowsiness will clothe a manwith rags.

22 

Listen to your father who begot you,

And do not despise your mother when she is old.

23 

Buy the truth, and do not sell it,

Alsowisdom and instruction and understanding.

24 

The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice,

And he who begets a wise childwill delight in him.

25 

Let your father and your mother be glad,

And let her who bore you rejoice.

26 

My son, give me your heart,

And let your eyes observe my ways.

27 

For a harlot isa deep pit,

And a seductress isa narrow well.

28 

She also lies in wait as fora victim,

And increases the unfaithful among men.

29 

Who has woe?

Who has sorrow?

Who has contentions?

Who has complaints?

Who has wounds without cause?

Who has redness of eyes?

30 

Those who linger long at the wine,

Those who go in search of mixed wine.

31 

Do not look on the wine when it is red,

When it sparkles in the cup,

Whenit [p]swirls around smoothly;

32 

At the last it bites like a serpent,

And stings like a viper.

33 

Your eyes will see strange things,

And your heart will utter perverse things.

34 

Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the [q]midst of the sea,

Or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying:

35 

“They have struck me, butI was not hurt;

They have beaten me, but I did not feel it.

When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?

Do Not Envy Evil Men

24 

Do not be envious of evil men,

Nor desire to be with them;

For their heart devises violence,

And their lips talk of troublemaking.

Through wisdom a house is built,

And by understanding it is established;

By knowledge the rooms are filled

With all precious and pleasant riches.

A wise man isstrong,

Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength;

For by wise counsel you will wage your own war,

And in a multitude of counselors there issafety.

Wisdom istoo lofty for a fool;

He does not open his mouth in the gate.

He who plots to do evil

Will be called a [r]schemer.

The devising of foolishness issin,

And the scoffer isan abomination to men.

10 

Ifyou faint in the day of adversity,

Your strength issmall.

11 

Deliver those whoare drawn toward death,

And hold back thosestumbling to the slaughter.

12 

If you say, “Surely we did not know this,”

Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it?

He who keeps your soul, does He notknow it?

And will He notrender to eachman according to his deeds?

13 

My son, eat honey because it isgood,

And the honeycomb which issweet to your taste;

14 

So shallthe knowledge of wisdom beto your soul;

If you have found it,there is a [s]prospect,

And your hope will not be cut off.

15 

Do not lie in wait, O wicked man,against the dwelling of the righteous;

Do not plunder his resting place;

16 

For a righteous manmay fall seven times

And rise again,

But the wicked shall fall by calamity.

17 

Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,

And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;

18 

Lest the Lord see it,and [t]it displease Him,

And He turn away His wrath from him.

19 

Do not fret because of evildoers,

Nor be envious of the wicked;

20 

For there will be no prospect for the evil man;

The lamp of the wicked will be put out.

21 

My son, fear the Lord and the king;

Do not associate with those given to change;

22 

For their calamity will rise suddenly,

And who knows the ruin those two can bring?

Further Sayings of the Wise

23 These thingsalso belongto the wise:

It isnot good to [u]show partiality in judgment.

24 

He who says to the wicked, “You arerighteous,”

Him the people will curse;

Nations will abhor him.

25 

But those who rebuke the wickedwill have delight,

And a good blessing will come upon them.

26 

He who gives a right answer kisses the lips.

27 

Prepare your outside work,

Make it fit for yourself in the field;

And afterward build your house.

28 

Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause,

[v]For would you deceive with your lips?

29 

Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me;

I will render to the man according to his work.”

30 

I went by the field of the lazy man,

And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding;

31 

And there it was, all overgrown with thorns;

Its surface was covered with nettles;

Its stone wall was broken down.

32 

When I saw it,I considered itwell;

I looked on it andreceived instruction:

33 

A little sleep, a little slumber,

A little folding of the hands to rest;

34 

So shall your poverty come like[w]a prowler,

And your need like [x]an armed man.

Footnotes:

  • Proverbs 22:6 Even
  • Proverbs 22:8 trouble
  • Proverbs 22:9 Lit. good
  • Proverbs 22:21 Or send you
  • Proverbs 22:26 Lit. strikes
  • Proverbs 22:26 guaranty
  • Proverbs 22:28 boundary
  • Proverbs 22:29 is prompt in his business
  • Proverbs 22:29 obscure
  • Proverbs 23:5 Lit. Will you cause your eyes to fly upon it and it is not?
  • Proverbs 23:6 Lit. one who has an evil eye
  • Proverbs 23:10 boundary
  • Proverbs 23:14 Or Sheol
  • Proverbs 23:16 Lit. kidneys
  • Proverbs 23:18 Future, lit. latter end
  • Proverbs 23:31 goes around
  • Proverbs 23:34 Lit. heart
  • Proverbs 24:8 Lit. master of evil plots
  • Proverbs 24:14 Lit. latter end
  • Proverbs 24:18 Lit. it be evil in His eyes
  • Proverbs 24:23 Lit. recognize faces
  • Proverbs 24:28 LXX, Vg. Do not deceive
  • Proverbs 24:34 Lit. one who walks about
  • Proverbs 24:34 Lit. a man with a shield

2 Corinthians 8

Excel in Giving

Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. For I bear witness that according to theirability, yes, and beyond theirability, they werefreely willing, imploring us with much urgency [a]that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And not onlyas we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and thento us by the will of God. So we urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also complete this grace in you as well. But as you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—seethat you abound in this grace also.

Christ Our Pattern

I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

10 And in this I give advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago; 11 but now you also must complete the doing of it;that as there wasa readiness to desire it,so therealso may bea completion out of what youhave. 12 For if there is first a willing mind, it isaccepted according to what one has, andnot according to what he does not have.

13 For I donot meanthat others should be eased and you burdened; 14 but by an equality, thatnow at this time your abundance may supplytheir lack, that their abundance also may supplyyour lack—that there may be equality. 15 As it is written, “He who gatheredmuch had nothing left over, and he who gatheredlittle had no lack.”

Collection for the Judean Saints

16 But thanks beto God who [b]puts the same earnest care for you into the heart of Titus. 17 For he not only accepted the exhortation, but being more diligent, he went to you of his own accord. 18 And we have sent with him the brother whose praise isin the gospel throughout all the churches, 19 and not only that,but who was also chosen by the churches to travel with us with this gift, which is administered by us to the glory of the Lord Himself and to showyour ready mind, 20 avoiding this: that anyone should blame us in this lavish gift which is administered by us— 21 providing honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

22 And we have sent with them our brother whom we have often proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, because of the great confidence which we havein you. 23 If anyone inquiresabout Titus, he ismy partner and fellow worker concerning you. Or if our brethren are inquired about, they aremessengers[c] of the churches, the glory of Christ. 24 Therefore show to them, [d]and before the churches, the proof of your love and of our boasting on your behalf.

Footnotes:

  • 2 Corinthians 8:4 NU, M omit that we would receive,thus changing text to urgency for the favor and fellowship
  • 2 Corinthians 8:16 NU has put
  • 2 Corinthians 8:23 Lit. apostles,“sent ones”
  • 2 Corinthians 8:24 NU, M omit and

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PRAYER REQUESTS 

Please continue to Pray for John LaPorte cousin who is very ill and says he is close to giving his heart to Lord. 

Please continue to Pray for Darrell Blalock who has Parkinson’s disease.  Pray for Darrell to become closer to the Lord. 

Please continue to Pray for John LaPorte whose doing ministry at UNLV … a student named Tyler is propaganda machine for the enemy… he continuously interrupts their ministry.  Pray God will intervene and radically save Tyler and that our God will use Tyler to bring many to Christ.  (Please continue to Pray for God’s supernatural strength of the witnessing group members as several are weakening.)

Please continue to Pray for Lisa Long and her family …  Her brother Randy said this morning that she is totally blind now and has another “hail mary” corneal transplant on the 18th. 

In 2 Corinthians 12:10, Paul understood that God can work when we acknowledge our weakness and hardship and need for His help. “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  

Please pray for Lisa Greene who is having both her hips replaced… Pray for her surgeon and her quickly for coverage and that God will be seen in her.  

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

Please continue to  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 continue to  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 sins that are drowning us. Lukewarmness, abortion, sex outside of marriage, homosexuality, hatred & divisiveness, greed, pride, rebellion, covetousness, etc.  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.”

… AND YET, God is Sovereign and has called us to live in such a time as this and to be His Light in the darkness… to give Hope to some. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Please Pray for Brother Robert traveling to CA to preach in several churches.  

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 Pro-Life ministries 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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