Day 9/30 – Right in Your Own Eyes

Assurance of Salvation  – John 5:24 (ESV)  “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears My Word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”   John 5:24

“The disciple is called upon to do battle against the massed forces of Satan, to break down the gates of hell and set the prisoners free in Jesus’ name. Jesus promises that when we do battle like this, the gates of hell shall not prevail against us. But there is a cost involved in doing battle. “If you are unwilling to pay the cost,” says the Lord, “then send your ambassador and sue for peace.” As a Christian, you can go to the devil and say, “Look, Satan, I am already a Christian and I am on my way to heaven; but I want to make a deal with you. If you leave me alone, I will leave you alone. I will not be a true disciple of Jesus Christ. I will not threaten your hold over the lives of men or invade your kingdom. In return, don’t you bother me. Let me live in comfort and quiet.” And the devil will say, “Friend, you’ve got yourself a deal.” But remember, Satan is a liar and the father of lies. You have no guarantee that he will not double-cross you. The cost you will pay for not being a disciple is infinitely greater than the cost you will pay for being one.”    Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)

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Right in Your Own Eyes

Day Two Hundred Seventy-three

“In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25

God gives a series of cameos on life during the Theocracy.  God did not establish a police force or a judicial system to try and convict law-breakers.  He gave Israel a series of judges because they refused to be governed in the manner established by God in the Law.  The story in Israel during the days of the judges is tragically repetitive: The people sin, abandoning God for gods that are not gods; God judges in the form of oppressing nations; Israel, in terrible pain, repents and turns to God; God brings deliverance through a judge; the judge rules for a period of time and dies; Israel again sins.

The people did not do wrong in their own eyes.  They did what they thought to be right.  You can sin by doing what you know to be wrong, but also by doing what you think is right.  The latter is probably more deadly, for you do not have the help of your conscience to check you. To convince yourself that you are doing right, you need to bring your conscience into agreement.   It is not hard to do.  A man recently converted expressed shock that the Bible prohibits fornication. When asked if he always thought it was right, after reflection he said, ‘When  I first did it I knew it was wrong, but I overruled my conscience and in a short while it seemed right.”

Conscience  has the power to condemn, but not absolve.  A clear conscience gives confidence in the presence of God, but it does not absolve guilt.  The Holy Spirit will assist your conscience in these matters, but even He may be

grieved.353  Because you believe something to be right doesn’t mean that it is

right.  God may call it sin, as He did in the day of the judges.

353  Ephesians 4:30

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Isaiah 9-10 Ephesians 3 (New King James Version)

Isaiah 9-10

The Government of the Promised Son

Nevertheless the gloom willnot beupon her who isdistressed,

As when at first He lightly esteemed

The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,

And afterward more heavily oppressed her,

Bythe way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,

In Galilee of the Gentiles.

The people who walked in darkness

Have seen a great light;

Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,

Upon them a light has shined.

You have multiplied the nation

And[a]increased its joy;

They rejoice before You

According to the joy of harvest,

As menrejoice when they divide the spoil.

For You have broken the yoke of his burden

And the staff of his shoulder,

The rod of his oppressor,

As in the day of Midian.

For every warrior’s [b]sandal from the noisy battle,

And garments rolled in blood,

Will be used for burning andfuel [c]of fire.

For unto us a Child is born,

Unto us a Son is given;

And the government will be upon His shoulder.

And His name will be called

Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of Hisgovernment and peace

There will beno end,

Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,

To order it and establish it with judgment and justice

From that time forward, even forever.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

The Punishment of Samaria

The Lord sent a word against Jacob,

And it has fallen on Israel.

All the people will know—

Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria—

Who say in pride and arrogance of heart:

10 

“The bricks have fallen down,

But we will rebuild with hewn stones;

The sycamores are cut down,

But we will replace themwith cedars.”

11 

Therefore the Lord shall set up

The adversaries of Rezin against him,

And spur his enemies on,

12 

The Syrians before and the Philistines behind;

And they shall devour Israel with an open mouth.

For all this His anger is not turned away,

But His hand is[d]stretched out still.

13 

For the people do not turn to Him who strikes them,

Nor do they seek the Lord of hosts.

14 

Therefore the Lord will cut off head and tail from Israel,

Palm branch and bulrush in one day.

15 

The elder and honorable, he isthe head;

The prophet who teaches lies, he isthe tail.

16 

For the leaders of this people cause themto err,

And those who areled by them are destroyed.

17 

Therefore the Lord will have no joy in their young men,

Nor have mercy on their fatherless and widows;

For everyone isa hypocrite and an evildoer,

And every mouth speaks [e]folly.

For all this His anger is not turned away,

But His hand isstretched out still.

18 

For wickedness burns as the fire;

It shall devour the briers and thorns,

And kindle in the thickets of the forest;

They shall mount up likerising smoke.

19 

Through the wrath of the Lord of hosts

The land is burned up,

And the people shall be as fuel for the fire;

No man shall spare his brother.

20 

And he shall [f]snatch on the right hand

And be hungry;

He shall devour on the left hand

And not be satisfied;

Every man shall eat the flesh of his own arm.

21 

Manasseh shall devourEphraim, and Ephraim Manasseh;

Together they shall beagainst Judah.

For all this His anger is not turned away,

But His hand isstretched out still.

Assyria Shall Be Broken

10 

“Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees,

Who write misfortune,

Whichthey have prescribed

To rob the needy of justice,

And to take what is right from the poor of My people,

That widows may be their prey,

And thatthey may rob the fatherless.

What will you do in the day of punishment,

And in the desolation whichwill come from afar?

To whom will you flee for help?

And where will you leave your glory?

Without Me they shall bow down among the prisoners,

And they shall fall [g]among the slain.”

For all this His anger is not turned away,

But His hand isstretched out still.

Arrogant Assyria Also Judged

“Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger

And the staff in whose hand is My indignation.

I will send him against an ungodly nation,

And against the people of My wrath

I will give him charge,

To seize the spoil, to take the prey,

And to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

Yet he does not mean so,

Nor does his heart think so;

But it isin his heart to destroy,

And cut off not a few nations.

For he says,

Arenot my princes altogether kings?

Isnot Calno like Carchemish?

Isnot Hamath like Arpad?

Isnot Samaria like Damascus?

10 

As my hand has found the kingdoms of the idols,

Whose carved images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria,

11 

As I have done to Samaria and her idols,

Shall I not do also to Jerusalem and her idols?’ ”

12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Lord has [h]performed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, that He will say,“I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his haughty looks.”

13 For he says:

“By the strength of my hand I have done it,

And by my wisdom, for I am prudent;

Also I have removed the boundaries of the people,

And have robbed their treasuries;

So I have put down the inhabitants like a [i]valiant man.

14 

My hand has found like a nest the riches of the people,

And as one gathers eggs that areleft,

I have gathered all the earth;

And there was no one who moved hiswing,

Nor opened hismouth with even a peep.”

15 

Shall the ax boast itself against him who chops with it?

Orshall the saw exalt itself against him who saws with it?

As if a rod could wield itselfagainst those who lift it up,

Oras if a staff could lift up, as if it werenot wood!

16 

Therefore the Lord, the [j]Lord of hosts,

Will send leanness among his fat ones;

And under his glory

He will kindle a burning

Like the burning of a fire.

17 

So the Light of Israel will be for a fire,

And his Holy One for a flame;

It will burn and devour

His thorns and his briers in one day.

18 

And it will consume the glory of his forest and of his fruitful field,

Both soul and body;

And they will be as when a sick man wastes away.

19 

Then the rest of the trees of his forest

Will be so few in number

That a child may write them.

The Returning Remnant of Israel

20 

And it shall come to pass in that day

Thatthe remnant of Israel,

And such as have escaped of the house of Jacob,

Will never again depend on him who [k]defeated them,

But will depend on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.

21 

The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob,

To the Mighty God.

22 

For though your people, O Israel, be as the sand of the sea,

A remnant of them will return;

The destruction decreed shall overflow with righteousness.

23 

For the Lord God of hosts

Will make a determined end

In the midst of all the land.

24 Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: “O My people, who dwell in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrian. He shall strike you with a rod and lift up his staff against you, in the manner of Egypt. 25 For yet a very little while and the indignation will cease, as will My anger in their destruction.” 26 And the Lord of hosts will [l]stir up a scourge for him like the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb; asHis rod was on the sea, so will He lift it up in the manner of Egypt.

27 

It shall come to pass in that day

Thathis burden will be taken away from your shoulder,

And his yoke from your neck,

And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.

28 

He has come to Aiath,

He has passed Migron;

At Michmash he has attended to his equipment.

29 

They have gone [m]along the ridge,

They have taken up lodging at Geba.

Ramah is afraid,

Gibeah of Saul has fled.

30 

[n]Lift up your voice,

O daughter of Gallim!

Cause it to be heard as far as Laish—

[o]O poor Anathoth!

31 

Madmenah has fled,

The inhabitants of Gebim seek refuge.

32 

As yet he will remain at Nob that day;

He will shake his fist at the mount of the daughter of Zion,

The hill of Jerusalem.

33 

Behold, the Lord,

The Lord of hosts,

Will lop off the bough with terror;

Those of high stature will behewn down,

And the haughty will be humbled.

34 

He will cut down the thickets of the forest with iron,

And Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One.

Footnotes:

  • Isaiah 9:3 So with Qr., Tg.; Kt., Vg. not increased joy;LXX Most of the people You brought down in Your joy
  • Isaiah 9:5 boot
  • Isaiah 9:5 for the fire
  • Isaiah 9:12 In judgment
  • Isaiah 9:17 foolishness
  • Isaiah 9:20 slice offor tear
  • Isaiah 10:4 Lit. under
  • Isaiah 10:12 completed
  • Isaiah 10:13 mighty
  • Isaiah 10:16 So with Bg.; MT, DSS YHWH (the Lord)
  • Isaiah 10:20 Lit. struck
  • Isaiah 10:26 arouse
  • Isaiah 10:29 Or over the pass
  • Isaiah 10:30 Or Cry shrilly
  • Isaiah 10:30 So with MT, Tg., Vg.; LXX, Syr. Listen to her, O Anathoth

Ephesians 3

The Mystery Revealed

For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles— if indeed you have heard of the [a]dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.

Purpose of the Mystery

To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what isthe [b]fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things [c]through Jesus Christ; 10 to the intent that now the [d]manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the [e]principalities and powers in the heavenly places,11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. 13 Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

Appreciation of the Mystery

14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father [f]of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what isthe width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him beglory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Footnotes:

  • Ephesians 3:2 stewardship
  • Ephesians 3:9 NU, M stewardship(dispensation)
  • Ephesians 3:9 NU omits through Jesus Christ
  • Ephesians 3:10 variegatedor many-sided
  • Ephesians 3:10 rulers
  • Ephesians 3:14 NU omits of our Lord Jesus Christ

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PRAYER REQUESTS 

Please Pray for Jeff from Oregon that has cirrhosis of the liver and has been given only six months to live.  He is unsure of his faith and trying to fill in his remaining days traveling.  Please Pray God awakens Jeff’s spirit to His Salvation.  (Like Jeff, we are all terminal…“So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalms‬ ‭90:12‬)

Please Pray for Larry who has been diagnosed to have leukemia.  Pray God would bring Larry and his love ones closer to Him and His Blessed Hope of Glory.  

Please Pray for Sister Kay’s great grandchildren and Sister Diana’s grandchildren: Logan, the two-year-old is really sick with some kind of a bug he keeps throwing up and running a fever and coughing; and, the two month old has colic. Sister Kiara, the mother, is working in Joplin, MO and has over an hour drive each way which makes for a long day away from her children.  (Kay and Dianna are helping Kiara’s husband take care of the children.)

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 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 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 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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