Trials & Testing – James 1:2-4 NKJV “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4
“I don’t want my life to be explainable without the Holy Spirit. I want people to look at my life and know I couldn’t be doing this by my own power. I want to live in such a way that I am desperate for Him to come through. That if He doesn’t come through, I am screwed.” Francis Chan
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This daily devotion contains, sequentially: Memory Verse (#1 above), Daily Quote (#2 above): and, below: Daily Devotion from “Thoughts From The Diary of A Desperate Man” by Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”), Scripture Reading (read the entire Bible in 1 year), and Prayer Requests.
An Inconsistent Bible
Day Two Hundred Twenty-eight
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Ephesians 5:25 “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26
From the Garden of Eden we see that the path from God is independence; the path to God is dependence. All that God does from the Fall on, He does to teach us our need to be dependent upon Him. Biblical application is designed with this in mind.
You feel your dependence upon God in the process of application, in part because much of what He says has the appearance of being inconsistent. Jesus commands that we hate our wives while Paul commands that we love them as Christ loved the church. Our Lord tells us to hate our father and mother. Paul commands that we honor them.299 In one place Paul says that we are predestined before the foundation of the world,300 and in another he says that everyone that calls on the name of the Lord will be saved,301 and that God is not willing that any should be lost.302 Then you must wrestle with the seeming inconsistency between God being One in Three, and Jesus Christ being both completely God and completely man.
If you allow reason to be your final court of appeal, you will end in disobedience and heresy. The Bible does not call you to resolution, but to application. For example, you must live in the tension of both hating and honoring your parents, and walk by faith as you seek to apply both.
299 Ephesians 6:2
300 Ephesians 1:4
301 Romans 10:13
302 II Peter 3:9
Psalm 94-96 Romans 15:14-33 (New King James Version)
God the Refuge of the Righteous
O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongs—
O God, to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth!
Rise up, O Judge of the earth;
[a]Render punishment to the proud.
Lord, how long will the wicked,
How long will the wicked triumph?
They utter speech, andspeak insolent things;
All the workers of iniquity boast in themselves.
They break in pieces Your people, O Lord,
And afflict Your heritage.
They slay the widow and the stranger,
And murder the fatherless.
Yet they say, “The Lord does not see,
Nor does the God of Jacob [b]understand.”
Understand, you senseless among the people;
And youfools, when will you be wise?
He who planted the ear, shall He not hear?
He who formed the eye, shall He not see?
He who [c]instructs the [d]nations, shall He not correct,
He who teaches man knowledge?
The Lord knows the thoughts of man,
That they arefutile.
Blessed isthe man whom You instruct, O Lord,
And teach out of Your law,
That You may give him [e]rest from the days of adversity,
Until the pit is dug for the wicked.
For the Lord will not [f]cast off His people,
Nor will He forsake His inheritance.
But judgment will return to righteousness,
And all the upright in heart will follow it.
Who will rise up for me against the evildoers?
Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
Unless the Lord had beenmy help,
My soul would soon have settled in silence.
If I say, “My foot slips,”
Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up.
In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul.
Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law,
Have fellowship with You?
They gather together against the life of the righteous,
And condemn innocent blood.
But the Lord has been my defense,
And my God the rock of my refuge.
He has brought on them their own iniquity,
And shall [g]cut them off in their own wickedness;
The Lord our God shall cut them off.
A Call to Worship and Obedience
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord isthe great God,
And the great King above all gods.
[h]In His hand arethe deep places of the earth;
The heights of the hills areHis also.
The sea isHis, for He made it;
And His hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He isour God,
And we arethe people of His pasture,
And the sheep [i]of His hand.
Today, if you will hear His voice:
“Do not harden your hearts, as in the [j]rebellion,
As inthe day of [k]trial in the wilderness,
When your fathers tested Me;
They tried Me, though they saw My work.
For forty years I was [l]grieved with thatgeneration,
And said, ‘It isa people who go astray in their hearts,
And they do not know My ways.’
So I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ”
A Song of Praise to God Coming in Judgment
Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless His name;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the [m]nations,
His wonders among all peoples.
For the Lord isgreat and greatly to be praised;
He isto be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples areidols,
But the Lord made the heavens.
Honor and majesty arebefore Him;
Strength and beauty arein His sanctuary.
Give[n] to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Give to the Lord glory and strength.
[o]Give to the Lord the glory dueHis name;
Bring an offering, and come into His courts.
Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Tremble before Him, all the earth.
Say among the [p]nations, “The Lord reigns;
The world also is firmly established,
It shall not be [q]moved;
He shall judge the peoples righteously.”
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
Let the sea roar, and [r]all its fullness;
Let the field be joyful, and all that isin it.
Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice
before the Lord.
For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth.
He shall judge the world with righteousness,
And the peoples with His truth.
- Psalm 94:2 Repay with
- Psalm 94:7 pay attention
- Psalm 94:10 disciplines
- Psalm 94:10 Gentiles
- Psalm 94:13 relief
- Psalm 94:14 abandon
- Psalm 94:23 destroy them
- Psalm 95:4 In His possession
- Psalm 95:7 Under His care
- Psalm 95:8 Or Meribah,lit. Strife, Contention
- Psalm 95:8 Or Massah,lit. Trial, Testing
- Psalm 95:10 disgusted
- Psalm 96:3 Gentiles
- Psalm 96:7 Ascribe
- Psalm 96:8 Ascribe
- Psalm 96:10 Gentiles
- Psalm 96:10 shaken
- Psalm 96:11 all that is in it
From Jerusalem to Illyricum
14 Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish [a]one another. 15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on somepoints, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God, 16 that I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering [b]of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17 Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus in the things which pertainto God. 18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the Gentiles obedient— 19 in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. 20 And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation, 21 but as it is written:
“To whom He was not announced, they shall see;
And those who have not heard shall understand.”
Plan to Visit Rome
22 For this reason I also have been much hindered from coming to you. 23 But now no longer having a place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come to you, 24 whenever I journey to Spain, [c]I shall come to you. For I hope to see you on my journey, and to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may enjoy your companyfor a while. 25 But now I am going to Jerusalem to [d]minister to the saints. 26 For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem. 27 It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things. 28 Therefore, when I have performed this and have sealed to them this fruit, I shall go by way of you to Spain. 29 But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing [e]of the gospel of Christ.
30 Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, 31 that I may be delivered from those in Judea who [f]do not believe, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you. 33 Now the God of peace bewith you all. Amen.
- Romans 15:14 M others
- Romans 15:16 Consisting of
- Romans 15:24 NU omits I shall come to youand joins Spainwith the next sentence.
- Romans 15:25 serve
- Romans 15:29 NU omits of the gospel
- Romans 15:31 are disobedient
Please Pray for Brother Robert. Robert says He has a Calling to establish a Church. His Prayer request is “… that God puts together a really amazing ministry team. I see it in the Scriptures. There were ministers, elders, deacons. Those seem to be three different categories of the people serving the body. It seems like that was the simple order they had set up. But it was a spiritual thing that would function through the power of the Holy Spirit. My prayer request would be that the Lord puts together the ministry team in what I feel Him asking me to be a part of.”
Please Pray for Mark H. He has a blood clot in his leg and is suffering terrible pain. Pray for God’s Healing and undeniable Touch on Mark’s life.
UPDATE: You can’t make this stuff up… Sounds like a script for a movie…
As you may know, we have kept Sister Fabiola and her children in Mexico on our Prayer Request list for quite a while now. This Sister and her family, in a short time period, has been hit with a more tragedies(persecution) than most of us in an entire life time… the murder of her husband, x-husband and one of her children. 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. Although we, His Children, are closely monitoring what assistance the Family of God might be able to provide the family through our Brother Ron Brink, in Mexico… our Prayers are essential. Please don’t relent!
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.
UPDATE: 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.)
Praise Report: Please continue to Pray for Brother David Porter’s friend’s son, Giovanni (18yrs old). He has checked out of inpatient behavioral health facility and is doing better. You will remember, he was sent to the facility and was on suicide watch. Please continue to 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. He recently preached the Gospel in his Taiwan company inviting his employees to accept salvation. He says that half of his Taiwan staff are now Christians. Please Pray Frank will continue to be bold in his sharing Christ in all 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. Brothers and Sisters, let’s take advantage of our God given opportunities, invest in the Eternal!
Please continue to Pray for Brother Walt and His Friday Bible Study.
Please continue to Pray for the Women’s Resources ministry in Las Vegas that they would lead women to the Lord and save babies.
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., and his aunt Josefina.
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.
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 our nation that God would open all our eyes to the sin that is drowning us. Abortion, sex outside of marriage, hatred & divisiveness, greed, pride, only to name a few. Please Pray and Fast for our nation to turn from this evil that is enveloping us.
II Chronicles 7:14 NKJV
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Please 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.)