Daily Archives: May 27, 2019

May 27 Answered Prayer

Scripture Reading: John 16:23–27

Key Verse: John 16:24

Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

We can be assured that God will answer our prayers in Jesus’ name because of our

  • Association: After salvation, we have a new relationship with God through His Son Jesus. Our association with Christ makes it possible to have intimacy with God the Father.
  • Access: We can come to God’s throne of grace with boldness and confidence. The reason is that Jesus’ death and resurrection blotted out our sin problem and cleared the way for us to have unhindered access to God the Father.
  • Authority: Because of the shed blood of Jesus, believers are coheirs with Him (Romans 8:17), identified eternally with God’s holy Son. As such, we are delegated His authority and have the right to pray in Christ’s name. Jesus, who sits at the right hand of the Father, gives us this privilege.
  • Agreement: To pray in Christ’s name, we not only must have His authority but also be in agreement with Him. If we ask for something outside of God’s will, we can be assured that it will not be granted. Our request must be in keeping with the character of God and the content of His Word. Essentially, when we ask something in Jesus’ name, we are saying that we believe Jesus Himself would make the same petition, were He in our situation.
  • Assurance: Asking “in Jesus’ name” means praying in confidence. Jesus meant it when He said He would give us what we ask—as long as we are in association and agreement with Him.

Lord, thank You for answered prayer! I claim the access, authority, agreement, and assurance that makes this knowledge a reality.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 154). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 27 Standing Strong in His Grace

Scripture Reading: Psalm 46

Key Verse: Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

What is grace?

Grace is help.

We all need God’s help. Apart from the gift of His Son, we couldn’t be saved from sin. Apart from the gift of the Holy Spirit, we couldn’t experience His divine provision.

Never be too proud to ask for God’s help. Refusing His aid is like a starving man rejecting a sumptuous feast. The psalmist wrote, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1).

Grace is acceptance. If you have received Jesus as your Savior, you never have to earn God’s approval. You already have it. While He does discipline His children, God never rejects us for performance. The love of God is abundantly yours through Christ. His acceptance of you as a member of His family is irrevocable.

Grace is compassion. Jesus sympathizes with us. He identifies with our weaknesses, our fears, our anxieties. God is not distant, cold, detached. When Christ became flesh, He took on all the infirmities of mankind. Though sinless, our God weeps with us in sorrow, is grieved by our sin, and is exhilarated by our obedience.

Stand strong in His grace. Receive His help. Relax in His acceptance. Bask in His compassion. The God of grace is with you.

Dear Lord, You are my refuge and strength, a present help in time of trouble. Thank You for unconditional acceptance and unlimited compassion. Help me stand strong in Your grace.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 154). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 27 Devotion to God

Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 11:22–28

Key verse: Psalm 26:3

Your lovingkindness is before my eyes,

And I have walked in Your truth.

Love for God is the foundation for true obedience. Likewise, your obedience to Christ demonstrates the reality of your love for Him. Both parts of the equation are true, but devotion to God not dread or duty, properly primes and fuels the disciple of Jesus Christ. When you heed God’s Word and keep His ways because you love Him, you declare your reverence and honor for who He is.

God is the almighty One, the Alpha and Omega, the Creator and Redeemer, the Lord and King of both heaven and earth. Who cannot love such a God whose lovingkindness and faithfulness are always perfectly expressed toward His people? He is worthy of your sincere adoration and explicit love.

When you obey God out of a heart of devotion, you affirm your allegiance to Him. He is the Master of all, but is He your Master? Your loving obedience demonstrates your joyful, voluntary servanthood to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Each act of obedience confirms your willing servitude to the gracious Lord. God sets you free to follow Him. The more you love and obey Him, the more exciting and rewarding your journey of discipleship and your worship experience will become.

You are worthy of my praise, O Lord. Thank You for Your lovingkindness and faithfulness to me. Give me a heart that obeys You out of love rather than dread or duty.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 154). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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EU election results show people are ‘fed up with fake democracy’ | RT

Anti-establishment forces had major gains in the EU elections because voters are tired of parties refusing to challenge Brussels, analysts told RT, saying the results also show that migration is still a top issue.

Source: EU election results show people are ‘fed up with fake democracy’

U.S. investigates airports targeting Chick-fil-A | WND

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The U.S. government has launched a review of complaints that two American airports illegally discriminated against the very popular Chick-fil-A restaurants – even as LGBT lawmakers resort to tricks to try to protect their campaign against the company for its policy of donating to faith-based charitable groups.

The company has been in the crosshairs of the homosexual and transgender communities since its owner several years ago advocated for traditional marriage. Then the company’s critics were further infuriated when they discovered its contributions go to conservative charities.

Most recently, officials in San Antonio, who discriminated against the Christian-owned company in their airport contract, revealed they are trying to hide from the public their conversations on that issue.

The dispute is ramping up at least partly because, according to the Washington Examiner, the Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed it is investigating San Antonio’s actions, as well as those taken in New York’s Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

In both places, officials specifically excluded Chick-fil-A from their premises.

“The Department of Transportation has received complaints alleging discrimination by two airport operators against a private company due to the expression of the owner’s religious beliefs,” the agency said.

The corporate donations go to organizations such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army, and LGBT agenda players are enraged by that.

Federal law, according to the FAA, prohibits “airport operators from excluding persons on the basis of religious creed from participating in airport activities that receive or benefit from FAA grant funding.”

The company also has faced demands from students and faculty for the same discriminatory practices on the campuses of publicly funded schools such as Cal Polytechnic and others. Officials there, however, refused to cooperate with what they described as “censorship.”

It was in Texas, where the San Antonio investigation is being ramped up, that state Rep. Julie Johnson used a legislative trick known as a “point of order” to try to kill a proposed state law that would protect individuals and companies exercising their constitutionally protected First Amendment rights from being targeted with discrimination by LGBTQ groups.

It was revived, however, and Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign it into law after the legislature gave its approval.

The plan prevents “adverse action” by government entities against those companies and individuals exercising their rights.

The company has been in the bull’s-eye for leftists since 2012 when its president, Dan Cathy, said that God has defined marriage and “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than You as to what constitutes a marriage.’”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also has announced an investigation of the San Antonio action.

Keisha Russell, associate counsel with First Liberty, which has been raising concerns about the airport actions, told Fox, “We are pleased that the FAA responded to our request by opening an investigation into San Antonio for its blatant, illegal religious discrimination against Chick-fil-A.

“First Liberty also launched our own investigation into the city’s actions and we vow to get to the bottom of San Antonio’s decision. American business owners should not have to suffer because they want to operate their businesses in accordance with their religious beliefs. Few things are more un-American than government hostility against religion.”

Chick-fil-A said in a statement that it is happy to serve all people regardless of characteristics, and it is in the business of serving food and hospitality to all.

The company has been forecast to leap past Taco Bell, Burger King and Wendy’s on the ladder of restaurant chains.

It was First Liberty that requested under freedom of information laws access to the San Antonio City Council’s deliberations and comments on the issue.

In response, the city has asked the Texas attorney general for permission to conceal the information First Liberty is seeking.

A letter from Edward Guzman, deputy city attorney in San Antonio, asks the state for permission “to withhold documents from disclosure.”

He cites dozens of sections of the Texas Government Code.

“What do San Antonio officials have to hide?” asked Russell. “Transparency is essential to ensuring public trust in government. Tolerant and inclusive city officials should have no reason to deny the public an opportunity to review how and why they make important decisions.”

Source: U.S. investigates airports targeting Chick-fil-A

May 27, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

31:6 — “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Could anything feel more disconcerting or frightening than having to face a terrible trial all by yourself? God tells us that those who know Him never have to worry about that. He’s right there with us, in the easiest and most difficult of times.[1]

6. Be strong and of good courage. After he had shewn that God would be with them, for their help, he exhorts the people to firmness and magnanimity. And surely this is one means of confirming our courage, to be assured that the assistance which God promises will suffice for us: so far is it from being the case, that our zeal and energy in acting aright is impaired, by our ascribing to the grace of God what foolish men attribute to their own free will. For those who are aroused to strenuous action in reliance on their own strength, do no more than cast themselves headlong in their senseless temerity and pride. Let us understand, then, that all exhortations are fleeting and ineffective, which are founded on anything else but simple confidence in the grace of God. Thus Moses assumes, as his ground of exhortation, that God will fight for the Israelites. It must, however, be observed that the people were animated to the perseverance of hope, when God declares that He will be their helper even to the end, by which lesson that impious hallucination is refuted, whereby the Popish theologians have fascinated the world. They deny that believers can be certain of God’s grace, except as to their present state. Thus do they hold faith in suspense, so that we may only believe for a day, and even from moment to moment, whilst we are in uncertainty as to what God will do with us on the morrow. Whereas, if faith corresponds with God’s promises, and is, as it were, in harmony with them, it must needs extend itself to our whole life, nay, even beyond death itself; for God removes all doubt as to the future by these words, “I will not leave thee nor forsake thee.”[2]

6 In the language of Holy War, Joshua is commanded to “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear … for YHWH is your God; he is going with you” (cf. also v 7 below). See the discussion above for 1:21 and Excursus: “Holy War as Celebrated Event in Ancient Israel.” The promise that God will be with someone is a familiar one throughout the Bible, as witnessed by the meaning of the name Immanuel (“God is with us”) in Matt 1:23 (quoting Isa 7:14; cf. Gen 21:22; 26:3, 28; 28:15, 20; 39:2–3; Exod 3:12; Josh 1:5–9; Judg 6:12–13; Isa 8:10; Jer 1:19).[3]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Dt 31:6). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[2] Calvin, J., & Bingham, C. W. (2010). Commentaries on the Four Last Books of Moses Arranged in the Form of a Harmony (Vol. 4, p. 314). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] Christensen, D. L. (2002). Deuteronomy 21:10–34:12 (Vol. 6B, p. 760). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

Crop-tastrophe In The Midwest – Latest USDA Progress Report Signals Nightmare Scenario | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

The last 12 months have been the wettest in all of U.S. history, and this has created absolutely horrific conditions for U.S. farmers.  Thanks to endless rain and historic flooding that has stretched on for months, many farmers have not been able to plant crops at all, and a lot of the crops that have actually been planted are deeply struggling.  What this means is that U.S. agricultural production is going to be way, way down this year.  The numbers that I am about to share with you are deeply alarming, and they should serve as a wake up call for all of us.  The food that each one of us eats every day is produced by our farmers, and right now our farmers are truly facing a nightmare scenario.

You can view the latest USDA crop progress report right here.  According to that report, corn and soybean production is way behind expectations.

Last year, 78 percent of all corn acreage had been planted by now.  This year, that number is sitting at just 49 percent.

And the percentage of corn that has emerged from the ground is at a paltry 19 percent compared to 47 percent at this time last year.

We see similar numbers when we look at soybeans.

Last year, 53 percent of all soybean acreage had been planted by now.  This year, that number has fallen to 19 percent.

And the percentage of soybeans that have emerged from the ground is just 5 percent compared to 24 percent at this time last year.

In other words, we are going to have a whole lot less corn and soybeans this year.

Farmers in the middle of the country desperately need conditions to dry out for an extended period of time, but so far that has not happened.

In fact, last week the heartland was hit by yet another string of devastating storms.  The following comes from CNN

Ten people are dead and a 4 year-old boy remains missing after more than a week of severe weather across the central US that put tens of millions of people at risk.

The deadly spring storm system ravaged several states, unleashing more than 170 reported tornadoes, fierce winds, drenching rain, flash flooding and hail.

One of the tornadoes that was spawned absolutely devastated the capital city of Missouri.  It was reportedly a mile wide, and it stayed on the ground for almost 20 miles

A clearer picture emerged Friday of the size and scope of the powerful tornadoes that tore across Missouri on Wednesday night, leaving a trail of destruction in their paths. The state’s capital, Jefferson City, was among the hardest-hit places, struck overnight by a tornado with a peak wind speed of 160 mph that has been given preliminary rating of EF3.

The monstrous nighttime tornado that struck Jefferson City, a city with a population of about 42,000, was almost a mile wide and was on the ground for nearly 20 miles, toppling homes, ripping roofs off homes and business below.

What we are witnessing is definitely not “normal”, and I have had a number of readers write to me about this recently.  The other day one of my readers in Montana sent me a photograph of a freak May snowstorm that had just hit his area, and another one of my readers in Missouri explained that his boss is freaking out because they haven’t been able to get soybeans in the ground.  All over the country people want answers, and they are frustrated with the lack of information that they are getting from the mainstream media.

Unfortunately, the truth is that things are going to get worseGlobal weather patterns are dramatically shifting, and there is nothing that the authorities will be able to do to stop it from happening.

And it isn’t just in the United States where we are seeing widespread crop failures.  I would encourage you to check out my previous article entitled “Floods And Drought Devastate Crops All Over The Planet – Could A Global Food Crisis Be Coming?”  In that article I discussed the fact that Australia will actually be importing lots of wheat this year, but normally it is one of the largest exporters of wheat in the entire world.  As crops fail all over the globe, there will be a scramble for food, and the wealthy western nations have more money than anyone else.

Over in Asia, the biggest problem right now is African Swine Flu.  Earlier today, I came across a CNBC article which stated that “up to 200 million Chinese pigs” may have already been lost to this nightmarish disease…

A trade fight with the U.S. isn’t the only war China is fighting. African swine flu has decimated the pig population in China and sent pork prices soaring. As many as up to 200 million Chinese pigs have reportedly been lost due to the disease.

Now, Wall Street analysts are scrambling to assess the fallout from the fast spreading illness and how to invest around it.

The entire U.S. pork industry does not even produce 200 million pigs in an entire year.

So another way of looking at this is that the equivalent of what the entire U.S. pork industry produces in an entire year has just been wiped out.

And now African Swine Flu has spread to other countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia, and so this pandemic could soon become a true global cataclysm.

We have never seen so many massive threats hit the global food supply simultaneously, and if this article deeply alarms you that is a good thing.

A perfect storm is rapidly developing, and many expect global events to start accelerating dramatically.

Source: Crop-tastrophe In The Midwest – Latest USDA Progress Report Signals Nightmare Scenario

“Everything Is Under Scrutiny”: 38,000 Layoffs Across Auto Industry May Only Be The Beginning | Zero Hedge

Automakers can’t help but acknowledge the global recession in their industry after a decade of growth. As a result, they are slashing payroll across the board, according to Bloomberg. Countries like China, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and the United States have all seen at least 38,000 job cuts over the last six months in the automotive sector. And this could just be the beginning of larger cuts to come.

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said Wednesday that “sweeping cost reductions” are ahead to prepare for what he is calling “unprecedented” industry disruption.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst John Murphy said: “The industry is right now staring down the barrel of what we think is going to be a significant downturn. The pace of decline in China is a real surprise.”

Automakers are cutting shifts and closing factories across the world but the cost cutting goes beyond that. Salaried workers are also being cut, a surefire sign that slowing sales in both China and the US are taking their toll. Additionally, the slow down is coming at a time when automakers have deployed significant capital to invest in electric vehicles.

We reported about Ford’s plans on Monday to cut another 7000 jobs, representing 10% of its workforce worldwide. And the recession, which was likely due to happen regardless of market conditions, comes at the worst possible time. It could be exacerbated by the ongoing trade war, which foreign carmakers have warned could put 700,000 American jobs at risk.

This chart shows all of the job reductions announced and reported over the last six months.

Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas said Tuesday: “Auto companies globally are contemplating life where global production has greater downside risk than upside. The chopping may not be over for Ford,” he continued, estimating a 5% decline in revenue could result in 23,000 more layoffs in the future.

Meanwhile, global light vehicle sales were down 0.5% in 2018 to 94.8 million, which was the first annual drop in global sales since 2009. Zetsche concluded: “Everything is under scrutiny.”

Source: “Everything Is Under Scrutiny”: 38,000 Layoffs Across Auto Industry May Only Be The Beginn