Day 9/24 – Tempting God

Christ Paid the Penalty  – 1 Peter 3:18 (ESV)  “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the Righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,”  1 Peter 3:18 

“Christianity is a religion of rescue. It is designed for the desperate. It is for people who have a craving for something more than they can eke out of life by themselves. They are candidates for what Jesus has to say. They are the ones who “hear Him”-who not only listen to what He says but act on it. One of the fundamental requisites for true discipleship is a spirit of desperation that burns deep within the soul.”     Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)

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Tempting God

Day Two Hundred Sixty-seven

Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.”‘ Matthew4:7

There are many ways to tempt God.  Jesus, when tempted by the devil to jump from the Temple, said that to commit God to act on Jesus’ behalf without either the need or a promise, tempted God.  One of the most insidious ways people tempt the Lord is when they marginalize His commandments.  Many believe that if they love God with all their hearts, expressing devotion and commitment to Him, that they can compromise His commandments.

People school themselves into believing that this is possible by how they relate to human authority.  You know that the speed limit can be broken as long as you don’t overdue it.  Your employer has a policy that you cannot make personal phone calls on company time, but you also know that your supervisor won’t really mind if you do it, providing you do not abuse the practice.  All of life seems to teach that if you are careful, you can compromise the law.

Having discovered the ease with which you can marginalize the law of man, you can easily conclude that you can do the same thing in your relationship with God. It is not that you don’t love the Lord.  Rather, you think that if you don’t overdue it, you can ignore His commandments without any substantial downside.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  God calls the violation of His will sin, and no one will get to heaven and be glad they sinned.

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Song of Solomon 4-5 Galatians 3 (New King James Version)

Song of Solomon 4-5

The Bridegroom Praises the Bride

The Beloved

Behold, you arefair, my love!

Behold, you arefair!

You havedove’s eyes behind your veil.

Your hair islike a flock of goats,

Going down from Mount Gilead.

Your teeth arelike a flock of shorn sheep

Which have come up from the washing,

Every one of which bears twins,

And none is[a]barren among them.

Your lips arelike a strand of scarlet,

And your mouth is lovely.

Your temples behind your veil

Arelike a piece of pomegranate.

Your neck islike the tower of David,

Built for an armory,

On which hang a thousand [b]bucklers,

All shields of mighty men.

Your two breasts arelike two fawns,

Twins of a gazelle,

Which feed among the lilies.

Until the day breaks

And the shadows flee away,

I will go my way to the mountain of myrrh

And to the hill of frankincense.

You areall fair, my love,

And there isno spot in you.

Come with me from Lebanon, myspouse,

With me from Lebanon.

Look from the top of Amana,

From the top of Senir and Hermon,

From the lions’ dens,

From the mountains of the leopards.

You have ravished my heart,

My sister, myspouse;

You have ravished my heart

With one lookof your eyes,

With one link of your necklace.

10 

How fair is your love,

My sister, myspouse!

How much better than wine is your love,

And the [c]scent of your perfumes

Than all spices!

11 

Your lips, O myspouse,

Drip as the honeycomb;

Honey and milk areunder your tongue;

And the fragrance of your garments

Islike the fragrance of Lebanon.

12 

A garden [d]enclosed

Ismy sister, myspouse,

A spring shut up,

A fountain sealed.

13 

Your plants arean orchard of pomegranates

With pleasant fruits,

Fragrant henna with spikenard,

14 

Spikenard and saffron,

Calamus and cinnamon,

With all trees of frankincense,

Myrrh and aloes,

With all the chief spices—

15 

A fountain of gardens,

A well of living waters,

And streams from Lebanon.

The Shulamite

16 

Awake, O north wind,

And come, O south!

Blow upon my garden,

Thatits spices may flow out.

Let my beloved come to his garden

And eat its pleasant fruits.

The Bride Praises the Bridegroom

The Beloved

I have come to my garden, my sister, myspouse;

I have gathered my myrrh with my spice;

I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey;

I have drunk my wine with my milk.

(To His Friends)

Eat, O friends!

Drink, yes, drink deeply,

O beloved ones!

The Shulamite’s Troubled Evening

The Shulamite

I sleep, but my heart is awake;

It isthe voice of my beloved!

He knocks, saying,

“Open for me, my sister, [e]my love,

My dove, my perfect one;

For my head is covered with dew,

My [f]locks with the drops of the night.”

I have taken off my robe;

How can I put it on again?

I have washed my feet;

How can I [g]defile them?

My beloved put his hand

By the [h]latch of the door,

And my heart yearned for him.

I arose to open for my beloved,

And my hands dripped withmyrrh,

My fingers with liquid myrrh,

On the handles of the lock.

I opened for my beloved,

But my beloved had turned away andwas gone.

My [i]heart leaped up when he spoke.

I sought him, but I could not find him;

I called him, but he gave me no answer.

The watchmen who went about the city found me.

They struck me, they wounded me;

The keepers of the walls

Took my veil away from me.

I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,

If you find my beloved,

That you tell him I amlovesick!

The Daughters of Jerusalem

What isyour beloved

More than anotherbeloved,

O fairest among women?

What isyour beloved

More than anotherbeloved,

That you so [j]charge us?

The Shulamite

10 

My beloved iswhite and ruddy,

[k]Chief among ten thousand.

11 

His head is likethe finest gold;

His locks arewavy,

Andblack as a raven.

12 

His eyes arelike doves

By the rivers of waters,

Washed with milk,

And[l]fitly set.

13 

His cheeks arelike a bed of spices,

Banks of scented herbs.

His lips arelilies,

Dripping liquid myrrh.

14 

His hands arerods of gold

Set with beryl.

His body iscarved ivory

Inlaid withsapphires.

15 

His legs arepillars of marble

Set on bases of fine gold.

His countenance islike Lebanon,

Excellent as the cedars.

16 

His mouth ismost sweet,

Yes, he isaltogether lovely.

This ismy beloved,

And this ismy friend,

O daughters of Jerusalem!

Footnotes:

  • Song of Solomon 4:2 bereaved
  • Song of Solomon 4:4 Small shields
  • Song of Solomon 4:10 fragrance
  • Song of Solomon 4:12 lockedor barred
  • Song of Solomon 5:2 my companion, friend
  • Song of Solomon 5:2 curlsor hair
  • Song of Solomon 5:3 dirty
  • Song of Solomon 5:4 opening
  • Song of Solomon 5:6 Lit. soul
  • Song of Solomon 5:9 adjure
  • Song of Solomon 5:10 Distinguished
  • Song of Solomon 5:12 sitting in a setting

Galatians 3

Justification by Faith

O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you [a]that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed [b]among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so [c]many things in vain—if indeed it wasin vain?

Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do itby the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?— just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Therefore know that onlythose who are of faith are sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying,“In you all the nations shall be blessed.” So then those who areof faith are blessed with believing Abraham.

The Law Brings a Curse

10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed iseveryone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” 11 But that no one is [d]justified by the law in the sight of God isevident, for “the just shall live by faith.” 12 Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.”

13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed iseveryone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

The Changeless Promise

15 Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it isonly a man’s covenant, yet if it isconfirmed, no one annuls or adds to it. 16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ. 17 And this I say, thatthe law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God [e]in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect. 18 For if the inheritance isof the law, it isno longer of promise; but God gave itto Abraham by promise.

Purpose of the Law

19 What purpose then doesthe law serve?It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it wasappointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator does not mediatefor one only,but God is one.

21 Isthe law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. 22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, [f]kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. 24 Therefore the law was our [g]tutor to bring usto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

Sons and Heirs

26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you areChrist’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Footnotes:

  • Galatians 3:1 NU omits that you should not obey the truth
  • Galatians 3:1 NU omits among you
  • Galatians 3:4 Or great
  • Galatians 3:11 declared righteous
  • Galatians 3:17 NU omits in Christ
  • Galatians 3:23 Lit. confined
  • Galatians 3:24 In a household, the guardian responsible for the care and discipline of the children

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PRAYER REQUESTS 

Please continue to Pray for Lisa Long and her family …  UPDATE: as you know, Lisa was scheduled to have surgery Wednesday, September 18, on her eyes… awaiting an update as to the results of that surgery, we just found out she did not have the surgery. Prior to the scheduled surgery, she fell out of bed resulting in dislocating her shoulder, and because of the bleeding and swelling, the doctor postponed the surgery. We continue to Pray for His Miraculous Holy Touch on Lisa and those surrounding her. 

Please continue to Pray for John LaPorte cousin who was very ill, but now better and was released from the hospital… please continue to Pray for his Salvation. 

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.)

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Brother JohnLaPorte reports… Bryce, a UNLV student who recently received the Lord and came from occult background is engaging Tyler and defending the Faith. Please Pray for God to Grow Bryce and use him in a Holy Mighty Way.    

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Remington, another UNLV student, says he is a new catholic… not a Believer, yet, but says he is a seeker. Pray God reveals His Truth, His Salvation to Remington. 

Please Pray that our families and Brothers and Sisters in Christ will gather together to Pray… Jesus says in Matthew 18:20 (NKJV) “… For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

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 preach in several churches in several states. 

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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