Daily Archives: July 18, 2018

July 18: When Kings Mourn

2 Samuel 1:1–2:32; 1 Peter 3:1–7; Psalm 133:1–134:3

No one can tell you how to mourn. You have to mourn as you see fit, making sure you don’t introduce sin into the grieving process.

Several people who were dear to my heart have died. Each time, I processed it differently—immersing myself in work, weeping, or getting angry. If you’ve lost someone close to you, your experience with death is likely similar. But you may have noticed something else in the process: When someone passes away, we become weak and vulnerable to temptation. Wanting to vent our emotions, we may fall prey to sin. But loss is no excuse for sin; there is no excuse.

King David, for all his strength, was always a very broken man when someone important to him died. Such brokenness is understandable, but a king must balance his behavior; he must be careful not to insult those who have loyally fought for him. David’s mourning over his best friend, Jonathan, was completely understandable (e.g., 1 Sam 18:1–4; 19:1–7; 20), but his sense of loss over King Saul was overwrought. We should never celebrate anyone’s death, but God had disowned Saul and anointed David (1 Sam 15:10–16:13). Saul had no right to his throne (see, e.g., 1 Sam 16:14–23). Furthermore, Saul had been trying to kill David and his men (1 Sam 19:8–24; 23:14–29). Yet while David’s overly dramatic mourning of Saul may have offended his supporters, he went well beyond offense and into sin: He killed the man who put Saul to death (2 Sam 1:14–16). In this time period, it was customary for warriors to kill fallen enemies who were dying a slow and painful death, thus making David’s reaction even more outlandish.

We can learn many great things from David, but in this passage, he teaches us what not to do. Don’t let emotions control you in a time of pain, for those emotions could overtake you in temptation to sin.

How can you rely on God during times of mourning? How can you ward off temptation?

John D. Barry[1]


[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Rand Paul Savages John Brennan as ‘Most Biased, Bigoted, Unhinged CIA Director Ever’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) savaged former CIA Director John Brennan Wednesday morning in a Fox News appearance.

The Kentucky Senator called John Brennan the most biased, bigoted, unhinged Director of the CIA we’ve ever had in response to Brennan’s latest attack on President Trump labeling the Putin summit performance “treasonous.”

“John Brennan started out his adulthood by voting for the Communist Party presidential candidate,” Rand Paul said. “He’s now ending his career by showing himself to be the most biased, bigoted, over-the-top, hyperbolic sort of unhinged director of the CIA we’ve ever had.”

VIDEO:

On Monday, former CIA Director, John Brennan claimed Trump’s presser with Putin exceeded the threshold of “high crimes and misdemeanors” then said it was “nothing short of treasonous.”

President Trump slammed the former CIA Director in an interview with Fox News Tucker Carlson, calling Brennan “a very bad guy.

“I think Brennan is a very bad guy and if you look at it a lot of things happened under his watch,” Trump told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. “I think he’s a very bad person.”

Brennan continued to attack President Trump on Tuesday after calling his Putin summit performance “treasonous.”

John Brennan, like every other hysterical leftist, is afraid of what President Trump may have discussed during his private meeting with Vladimir Putin.

In what sounded like a signal to Deep State operatives, Brennan warned the Intel community may begin to “withhold vital intelligence” from President Trump to protect information.

Brennan routinely attacks President Trump from Twitter; he previously warned Trump about Mueller’s investigation, telling the president to “Stay tuned.”

John Brennan is also the puppet master behind the Trump-Russia collusion narrative and he helped promote Hillary’s garbage Russia dossier.

via Rand Paul Savages John Brennan as ‘Most Biased, Bigoted, Unhinged CIA Director Ever’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Legalism Indulges the Sinful Nature (Bridges)

The Reformed Reader

 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free…. You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free” (Gal. 5:1; 13 NIV).  One awesome outcome of Christ’s death and resurrection is that we are free in Christ.  Now it is true that sometimes Christians flaunt their freedom by bragging about what kind of alcohol they drink or by using foul language.  People who flaunt their freedom actually lack love towards other Christians (Rom 14:15).

Alternatively, sometimes Christians go to the other extreme by living as if they are not free in Christ.  I appreciate how Jerry Bridges addresses this problem:

Despite God’s call to be free and his earnest admonition to resist all efforts to curtail it, there is very little emphasis in Christian circles today on the importance of Christian freedom.  Instead of promoting freedom, we stress our rules of conformity.  Instead of preaching living…

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July 18 Illuminated by the Spirit

“… that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).

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God has granted you the ability to understand the truth and live accordingly.

In the natural realm, darkness can be a debilitating and frightening thing. The story is told of a missionary who was on board ship one dark night when suddenly he was awakened by the frantic cry of “Man overboard!” Immediately he arose from his bunk, grabbed the portable lamp from its bracket, and held it at the window of his cabin.

He couldn’t see anything, but the next morning he was told that the flash of his lamp through the porthole emitted just enough light to enable those on deck to see the missing man clinging to a rope. They rescued him seconds before his strength would have given out. The light had shone just in time to save the man’s life.

In the spiritual realm, darkness is even more devastating because it represents sin with all its disastrous consequences. First John 1:5–6 says, “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”

Unbelievers are characterized as children of darkness. They are enslaved to Satan, the prince of darkness, who blinds their minds so they don’t see the light of Christ’s glorious gospel (2 Cor. 4:4). They love darkness and reject light because they don’t want their evil deeds to be exposed (John 3:19–20).

Christians, however, have been called “out of darkness into [God’s] marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). That refers to God’s taking the initiative to save us. As an unredeemed sinner, you could never have turned from darkness on your own because you had neither the ability nor the desire to do so. God had to grant you saving grace and the illumination of His Spirit so you could recognize truth and respond accordingly.

That blessed privilege is known only to Christians. What a joy it is to not only recognize God’s truth but also to walk in it daily!

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for illuminating your mind and enabling you to see spiritual truth. Pray diligently for others to be so illuminated.

For Further Study: Read 1 John 1:5–2:11. Contrast the children of darkness with the children of light.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 212). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

OUT OF THE CLOSET: James Comey Begins Campaigning For Progressives Tells ‘All Who Care’ To Vote Democrat In November — Now The End Begins

Former head of the FBI James Comey, a self-declared ‘longtime Republican’, did us a favor today, he showed us definitively what side of the fence he’s on. Comey took to Twitter and urged all of America to ‘vote Democrat’ this November to ‘overthrow Donald Trump’.

FROM HUFF POST: Former FBI director and longtime Republican James Comey has urged Americans to vote for Democrats in November. “This Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design that ‘Ambition must … counteract ambition,’” Comey tweeted on Tuesday, quoting The Federalist Papers. “All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall. History has its eyes on us,” he concluded. Comey’s tweet comes as tensions continue to boil over in Washington following President Donald Trump’s recent remarks in Helsinki, where he met Monday with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. During an extraordinary press briefing after the meeting, the president repeatedly rejected the conclusions of U.S. intelligence agencies, refusing to condemn Russia for interfering in the 2016 American election. READ MORE

When James Comey investigated Hillary Clinton over her illegal email server and illegal use of private email address for government business, Comey concluded that Hillary’s actions were ‘extremely careless’ and ‘especially concerning’. Not only that, Comey concluded that her illegal email server gave access to ‘hostile actors’ from foreign countries. Yet, in spite of overwhelming evidence to indict her, James Comey astonishingly concludes with  ‘no reasonable prosecutor would bring a case against Hillary Clinton for emails‘.

Even though Hillary and company destroyed evidence and refused to turn over their illegal email server, Comey still found overwhelming evidence of her guilt, and despite all that, he let her walk free. That’s because he was ‘overwhelmingly convinced‘ that Hillary Clinton would be the next president of the United States. So convinced, in fact, that he reopened the investigation so that when she became president it would look like he had done everything to seek out the truth.

But what he never and the entire fake news media expected was a massive Trump victory, which completely derailed the detailed plans for a Clinton coronation. What has followed has been a complete and total breakdown of Liberals across the board.

James Comey came out of the closet today and decided to stop pretending and living a double life. James Comey, Democrat, out and proud.

via OUT OF THE CLOSET: James Comey Begins Campaigning For Progressives Tells ‘All Who Care’ To Vote Democrat In November — Now The End Begins