Daily Archives: June 5, 2019

June 5 A Person of Faith

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1–5

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 2:5

… that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Today, let’s take a look at the characteristics of someone who is walking in faith. What will his or her life look like? God’s Word suggests that this person will generally be

  • Firmly rooted in Him. A person walking in faith knows and trusts God.
  • Built up in Him. This person will allow God to provide strength and inspiration for daily living.
  • Established in faith. Knowing what he or she believes—based on truth of God’s Word—will provide stability and security.
  • Open to instruction. Someone walking in faith will demonstrate a willingness both to be taught and to weed out false teaching or flawed ideas.
  • Overflowing with gratitude. One who walks in faith will consistently demonstrate an attitude of thankfulness and praise for what God has done and continues to do.

How does your life compare to this list of qualities? As you read each one, did the Holy Spirit allow a twinge of conviction to enter your heart?

Although the process of walking in faith is a continual journey, we should seek to become stronger with each step. If you felt conviction today, allow God to use it in a constructive way. When you humble yourself before Him, He will provide His wisdom to equip you to serve Him.

Lord, I want to walk in faith, rooted and built up in You. I am grateful for Your guidance. Instruct me and lead me.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 164). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 5 Anchor Your Roots

Scripture Reading: Acts 16:22–34

Key Verse: Acts 16:25

At midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

Mount Mitchell, located just north of Asheville, North Carolina, on the Blue Ridge Parkway, is a favorite spot for tourists. People come to experience the beauty of the terrain and the excitement of the volatile climate on the summit.

Storms often gather quickly. Temperatures can drop dramatically, even during the summer. By mid-November the Park Service usually closes all roads near the peak because of snow. The rugged spirit of the mountain draws many people. The untamed attitude seems to capture the imagination.

Yet the stamina of the fir trees gains the most attention. Tightly compacted, they have learned to weather the storms of life. Gnarled from the constant winds that sweep across the mountain, they anchor their roots around large rocks. Instead of resisting the gales of winter, they lean with the wind while releasing a sweet mountain fragrance.

When trials come, we can respond in one of four ways: (1) resist, (2) run, (3) retreat, or (4) reap the rewards of going through the difficulty.

How do you respond to the windy trials that suddenly overtake your life? Anchor your roots in Jesus, and He will be your joy and strength.

Father, I do not want to resist, run, or retreat. I want to reap the benefits of my adversities. I anchor my roots in You so that I can stand strong against the gales of life.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 164). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 5 The New You

Scripture reading: 1 Cor. 15:21–22, 45

Key verses: Romans 7:24–25

O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

Trying to live a victorious Christian life while fighting yourself is a losing proposition. But experiencing Christ’s triumph on a consistent basis against the power of sin makes the abundant life feasible.

The Bible speaks of it this way. Before you were saved, you were “in Adam.” That means you were totally apart from Christ, separated from His life, dead to His presence. You were an enemy of the Cross.

Once saved by a supernatural act of God, you were placed “in Christ.” That means you are now entirely pleasing to the heavenly Father. You are totally accepted in the Beloved because your old sin nature (what you were before Christ) has been crucified with Christ.

Even more, the triumph of Christ over sin is now available to each of His children. Since you are in Him, all of His divine resources—His Word, His Spirit, His power—are yours to conquer the power of sin that indwells you but is no longer your master or your identity.

For the Christian, it is Christ and you against the power of sin, not Christ and you against you and sin. Your victory over dominating habits, treacherous passions, and emotional strongholds is entirely possible, for Christ is in you and for you.

Christ is in me and for me! I have authority over all the power of sin. Thank You for this freedom, dear Lord.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 164). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

BORDER CRISIS EXPLODES: 144,278 Illegals Apprehended In May, Up 32% — The Gateway Pundit

The crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border has exploded.

Border agents apprehended 144,278 migrants in May, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Chief (CBP) Operating Officer John P. Sanders told reporters Wednesday. That’s a 32% increase over April, he said.

“We are in a full-blown emergency, and I cannot say this stronger: the system is broken,” Sanders said. The chief said that nearly 700,000 foreigners have been apprehended in the past eight months, which he noted is “more than the population of Miami.”

The May total was the highest in 13 years, border officials said, and included 11,391 “inadmissibles.” Last month’s total was also a 182% over May 2018.

Brian Hastings, Border Patrol Chief of Law Enforcement Operations, said of the number apprehended, more than 84,000 were “family” units, more than 11,000 were unaccompanied minors and some 36,000 were single adults, both male and female. The daily average of apprehensions was 4,286 per day in May.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in the 24 years I’ve been doing this job,” Hastings said.

May was the third month in a row that apprehensions of foreigners illegally entering America surpassed 100,000, with many coming from Guatemalan and Honduran through Mexico.

The flow of illegals into the U.S. has risen each month in 2019. Just last week, more than 1,0oo crossed through the Rio Grande near El Paso and surrendered to border agent — the largest single group of illegals has ever had to process.

“Border Patrol agents have encountered over 180 large groups (100+ individuals) along the Southwest border so far in Fiscal Year 2019, compared to 13 in FY18 and only 2 in FY17. During May alone, USBP apprehended 49 large groups, including a group of 1,045 last week in El Paso,” the CBP wrote on Ywitter.

There were 109,144 foreigners caught crossing the southern border in April. For comparison, there were 103,719 apprehensions in March and 76,534 in February. There were more than 60,000 arrests each of the three months prior to that, and the numbers before September 2018 all ranged from 30,000 to 50,000.

The 109,144 was a new record. Of those, 58,474 were recorded as members of family units, another all-time high, according to data released last month.

Border Patrol agents have been overwhelmed for months, and during a congressional hearing last month, Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost said she has been forced to reassign hundreds of agents to handle the influx.

“We cannot address this crisis by simply shifting more resources or building more facilities,” she said. “It’s like holding a bucket under a faucet: it doesn’t matter how many buckets you give me if we can’t turn off the flow.”

via BORDER CRISIS EXPLODES: 144,278 Illegals Apprehended In May, Up 32% — The Gateway Pundit

Christopher Steele ‘to testify FBI lied’ | WND

Christopher Steele, the author of the now-debunked anti-Trump dossier that spurred the Russia probe, will tell investigators that the FBI lied to a top-secret court and to Congress regarding the former British spy’s infamous document, says a former U.S. attorney.

Joseph diGenova was commenting Tuesday night on the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” on the Times of London report that Steele has agreed to be questioned in the coming weeks by U.S. officials about his relationship with the FBI.

DiGenova, who served as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1983 to 1988, said that “obviously been some sort of deal that’s been worked out,” calling it “great news.”

“I assume he’s going to tell the truth now, because this is the big casino now,” said diGenova of Steele.

“And what he’s going to prove is the FBI lied in the FISA warrants, and they lied to Congress and they lied to everybody about what they knew about Steele’s behavior.”

DiGenova was referring to the FBI’s use of the dossier as primary evidence to obtain warrants to spy on the Trump administration.

The then-Republican-led House Intelligence Committee produced evidence that the FBI and the Justice Department did not inform the FISA court that the dossier of salacious claims against Trump amounted to political opposition research commissioned and funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Robert Mueller’s special counsel report debunked major claims in the dossier and could not verify any of it. In fact, when put under oath in court, Steele testified that he could not verify its contents.

The Justice Department’s inspector general is investigating whether Obama administration officials abused their power in the process of obtaining the surveillance warrants.

Steele initially declined to be questioned as part of the Justice Department’s inquiry, the source told the Times. But he reconsidered learning the investigation ultimately could question his credibility.

Steele was a confidential source for the FBI while he compiled the dossier for the political research firm Fusion GPS.

The FBI terminated Steele for leaking to the media, he continued to feed the Obama administration information through Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.

Source: Christopher Steele ‘to testify FBI lied’