Day 10/2 – Developing Convictions

His Spirit  – 1 Corinthians 2:12 (ESV)  “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.”  1 Corinthians 2:12

“If you are unhappy with your vocation because God wants you elsewhere, you should change jobs and do the will of God.  If you are discontent with your vocation, but believe that is where God wants you, then you need to repent.”    Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)

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ATTENTION MEN:        UPDATE         UPDATE        UPDATE

Zion Bootcamp CANCELLEDthis year and will resume next year… God is Good and has a Perfect Plan.

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Developing Convictions

Day Two Hundred Seventy-five

“The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God; happy is he who has no reason to judge himself for what he approves.  But he who has doubts is condemned, if he eats, because he does not act from faith; for whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” Romans 14:22-23

Your preferences are without number.  You would have a hard time listing how you prefer each kind offood cooked, the clothes you wear, the places you would like to visit, etc.  By way of contrast, the commandments of God are few.   If you listed them, they would scarcely fill a page.  Between your preferences and God’s commandments rest your convictions regarding your behavior.  You develop these convictions to keep your preferences from violating God’s commands.

Because we all want to conform to cultural norms, we tend to shape our convictions by what culture and circumstances dictate.  For example, people tend to determine the length of their hair by circumstances (people who swim a great deal tend to like short hair) and culture, instead of letting Scripture make this determination.356  The natural flow will always be in the direction of preferences, culture and circumstances shaping your convictions rather than the Bible.

The purpose of behavioral convictions, however, is to keep you well within the parameters of God’s commandments.  For example, you know God doesn’t want you to be immoral, and therefore you develop convictions regarding the movies you watch, the books you read, and how you relate to the opposite sex. When you allow culture rather than God to form your convictions, you will find yourself believing that His commands are cultural and therefore a matter of personal preference.  This, of course, is but a short step from sin.

356  cf. 1 Corinthians 11:1-16

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Isaiah 14-16 Ephesians 5:1-16 (New King James Version)

Isaiah 14-16

Mercy on Jacob

14 For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will still choose Israel, and settle them in their own land. The strangers will be joined with them, and they will cling to the house of Jacob. Then people will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them for servants and maids in the land of the Lord; they will take them captive whose captives they were, and rule over their oppressors.

Fall of the King of Babylon

It shall come to pass in the day the Lord gives you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear and the hard bondage in which you were made to serve, that you will take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say:

“How the oppressor has ceased,

The golden[a] city ceased!

The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked,

The scepter of the rulers;

He who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke,

He who ruled the nations in anger,

Is persecuted andno one hinders.

The whole earth is at rest andquiet;

They break forth into singing.

Indeed the cypress trees rejoice over you,

Andthe cedars of Lebanon,

Saying,‘Since you [b]were cut down,

No woodsman has come up against us.’

“Hell[c] from beneath is excited about you,

To meet youat your coming;

It stirs up the dead for you,

All the chief ones of the earth;

It has raised up from their thrones

All the kings of the nations.

10 

They all shall speak and say to you:

‘Have you also become as weak as we?

Have you become like us?

11 

Your pomp is brought down to Sheol,

Andthe sound of your stringed instruments;

The maggot is spread under you,

And worms cover you.’

The Fall of Lucifer

12 

“How you are fallen from heaven,

O [d]Lucifer, son of the morning!

Howyou are cut down to the ground,

You who weakened the nations!

13 

For you have said in your heart:

‘I will ascend into heaven,

I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;

I will also sit on the mount of the congregation

On the farthest sides of the north;

14 

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,

I will be like the Most High.’

15 

Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,

To the [e]lowest depths of the Pit.

16 

“Those who see you will gaze at you,

Andconsider you, saying:

Isthis the man who made the earth tremble,

Who shook kingdoms,

17 

Who made the world as a wilderness

And destroyed its cities,

Who[f]did not open the house of his prisoners?’

18 

“All the kings of the nations,

All of them, sleep in glory,

Everyone in his own house;

19 

But you are cast out of your grave

Like an [g]abominable branch,

Likethe garment of those who are slain,

[h]Thrust through with a sword,

Who go down to the stones of the pit,

Like a corpse trodden underfoot.

20 

You will not be joined with them in burial,

Because you have destroyed your land

Andslain your people.

The brood of evildoers shall never be named.

21 

Prepare slaughter for his children

Because of the iniquity of their fathers,

Lest they rise up and possess the land,

And fill the face of the world with cities.”

Babylon Destroyed

22 

“For I will rise up against them,” says the Lord of hosts,

“And cut off from Babylon the name and remnant,

And offspring and posterity,” says the Lord.

23 

“I will also make it a possession for the porcupine,

And marshes of muddy water;

I will sweep it with the broom of destruction,” says the Lord of hosts.

Assyria Destroyed

24 

The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying,

“Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass,

And as I have purposed, soit shall stand:

25 

That I will break the Assyrian in My land,

And on My mountains tread him underfoot.

Then his yoke shall be removed from them,

And his burden removed from their shoulders.

26 

This isthe purpose that is purposed against the whole earth,

And this isthe hand that is stretched out over all the nations.

27 

For the Lord of hosts has purposed,

And who will annul it?

His hand isstretched out,

And who will turn it back?”

Philistia Destroyed

28 This is the [i]burden which came in the year that King Ahaz died.

29 

“Do not rejoice, all you of Philistia,

Because the rod that struck you is broken;

For out of the serpent’s roots will come forth a viper,

And its offspring will bea fiery flying serpent.

30 

The firstborn of the poor will feed,

And the needy will lie down in safety;

I will kill your roots with famine,

And it will slay your remnant.

31 

Wail, O gate! Cry, O city!

All you of Philistia aredissolved;

For smoke will come from the north,

And no one will bealone in his [j]appointed times.”

32 

What will they answer the messengers of the nation?

That the Lord has founded Zion,

And the poor of His people shall take refuge in it.

Proclamation Against Moab

15 The burden[k] against Moab.

Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste

Anddestroyed,

Because in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste

Anddestroyed,

He has gone up to the [l]temple and Dibon,

To the high places to weep.

Moab will wail over Nebo and over Medeba;

On all their heads will bebaldness,

Andevery beard cut off.

In their streets they will clothe themselves with sackcloth;

On the tops of their houses

And in their streets

Everyone will wail, weeping bitterly.

Heshbon and Elealeh will cry out,

Their voice shall be heard as far as Jahaz;

Therefore the [m]armed soldiers of Moab will cry out;

His life will be burdensome to him.

“My heart will cry out for Moab;

His fugitives shall fleeto Zoar,

Like[n]a three-year-old heifer.

For by the Ascent of Luhith

They will go up with weeping;

For in the way of Horonaim

They will raise up a cry of destruction,

For the waters of Nimrim will be desolate,

For the green grass has withered away;

The grass fails, there is nothing green.

Therefore the abundance they have gained,

And what they have laid up,

They will carry away to the Brook of the Willows.

For the cry has gone all around the borders of Moab,

Its wailing to Eglaim

And its wailing to Beer Elim.

For the waters of [o]Dimon will be full of blood;

Because I will bring more upon Dimon,

Lions upon him who escapes from Moab,

And on the remnant of the land.”

Moab Destroyed

16 

Send the lamb to the ruler of the land,

From [p]Sela to the wilderness,

To the mount of the daughter of Zion.

For it shall be as a wandering bird thrown out of the nest;

Soshall be the daughters of Moab at the fords of the Arnon.

“Take counsel, execute judgment;

Make your shadow like the night in the middle of the day;

Hide the outcasts,

Do not betray him who escapes.

Let My outcasts dwell with you, O Moab;

Be a shelter to them from the face of the [q]spoiler.

For the extortioner is at an end,

Devastation ceases,

The oppressors are consumed out of the land.

In mercy the throne will be established;

And One will sit on it in truth, in the tabernacle of David,

Judging and seeking justice and hastening righteousness.”

We have heard of the pride of Moab—

He isvery proud—

Of his haughtiness and his pride and his wrath;

Buthis [r]lies shallnot beso.

Therefore Moab shall wail for Moab;

Everyone shall wail.

For the foundations of Kir Hareseth you shall mourn;

Surely they arestricken.

For the fields of Heshbon languish,

Andthe vine of Sibmah;

The lords of the nations have broken down its choice plants,

Which have reached to Jazer

And wandered through the wilderness.

Her branches are stretched out,

They are gone over the sea.

Therefore I will bewail the vine of Sibmah,

With the weeping of Jazer;

I will drench you with my tears,

O Heshbon and Elealeh;

For [s]battle cries have fallen

Over your summer fruits and your harvest.

10 

Gladness is taken away,

And joy from the plentiful field;

In the vineyards there will be no singing,

Nor will there be shouting;

No treaders will tread out wine in the presses;

I have made their shouting cease.

11 

Therefore my [t]heart shall resound like a harp for Moab,

And my inner being for [u]Kir Heres.

12 

And it shall come to pass,

When it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place,

That he will come to his sanctuary to pray;

But he will not prevail.

13 This isthe word which the Lord has spoken concerning Moab since that time. 14 But now the Lord has spoken, saying, “Within three years, as the years of a hired man, the glory of Moab will be despised with all that great multitude, and the remnant will bevery small andfeeble.”

Footnotes:

  • Isaiah 14:4 Or insolent
  • Isaiah 14:8 have lain down
  • Isaiah 14:9 Or Sheol
  • Isaiah 14:12 Lit. Day Star
  • Isaiah 14:15 Lit. recesses
  • Isaiah 14:17 Would not release
  • Isaiah 14:19 despised
  • Isaiah 14:19 Pierced
  • Isaiah 14:28 oracle, prophecy
  • Isaiah 14:31 Or ranks
  • Isaiah 15:1 oracle, prophecy
  • Isaiah 15:2 Heb. bayith,lit. house
  • Isaiah 15:4 So with MT, Tg., Vg.; LXX, Syr. loins
  • Isaiah 15:5 Or The Third Eglath,an unknown city, Jer. 48:34
  • Isaiah 15:9 So with MT, Tg.; DSS, Vg. Dibon;LXX Rimon
  • Isaiah 16:1 Lit. Rock
  • Isaiah 16:4 devastator
  • Isaiah 16:6 Lit. vain talk
  • Isaiah 16:9 Or shouting has
  • Isaiah 16:11 Lit. belly
  • Isaiah 16:11 Kir Hareseth,v. 7

Ephesians 5:1-16

Walk in Love

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For [a]this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them.

Walk in Light

For you were once darkness, but now you arelight in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the [b]Spirit isin all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather [c]expose them.12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are [d]exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14 Therefore He says:

“Awake, you who sleep,

Arise from the dead,

And Christ will give you light.”

Walk in Wisdom

15 See then that you walk [e]circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Footnotes:

  • Ephesians 5:5 NU know this
  • Ephesians 5:9 NU light
  • Ephesians 5:11 reprove
  • Ephesians 5:13 reproved
  • Ephesians 5:15 carefully

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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.  

Brother David Porter requests: “My stepdaughter Brittany and her husband Jose are raising support to go on a Mission trip to Mumbai, India in early November. The focus will be to encourage church planters and share the gospel. They need $2800 each and are about 40% of the way there.” There link is: https://hopechurchonline.focusmissions.com/!/#/12416/south-asia-november-2019/participants/134351/donate

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.)

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