Daily Archives: October 2, 2019

October 2 The Fullness of Blessing

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 12:1–5

Key Verse: Proverbs 12:2

A good man obtains favor from the Lord,

But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn.

While the phrase “walking with the Lord” may sound like a trite, overly-used phrase within the Christian world, its imagery is perfect in describing what a life with God should be like.

Our relationship with God should not wear us out; rather, it should be refreshing. That does not mean that we will not be challenged from time to time and stretched in our faith. However, God isn’t trying to leave us behind. A steady, thriving relationship with God is one in which we grow in our understanding of who He is and what He wants to do with our lives. And in the process of nurturing this relationship, we find His favorable hand resting upon us.

Proverbs 12:2 describes a good man. We become “good” men and women when we walk with God. Our desire for righteousness increases as we walk in the light of His glory. We recognize sin in our lives and long for Him to transform us completely.

In order to stay step-for-step with God, we must maintain our pace with Him, seeking to honor and glorify Him in all that we do. It is there that we find His favor and experience the fullness of His blessing upon our lives.

Lord, I want to walk in Your presence, side by side with You. Take my hand and keep me on pace when I am apt to wander or fall behind.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 289). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 2 Walking with God

Scripture Reading: Psalm 23

Key Verse: Psalm 23:3

He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Think of the times when you and a friend walked down a country road, strolled along a stretch of beach, or took a long walk in the neighborhood. Perhaps you shared some concerns. Maybe you just talked pleasantly. Or you didn’t say much at all. You simply enjoyed the company of a good friend.

This is the encouraging tenor that can describe your relationship with Jesus Christ. In several instances, the Bible talks about men walking with God (Gen. 5:22; 6:9). In the New Testament, believers are urged to walk in the Spirit, to keep in step with the Spirit’s leadership. The grand, sweeping idea in all instances is that you can enjoy the sweet friendship of the personal Christ.

Sure, God wants obedience and holiness. But when we walk with Him—talking, listening, sharing, confessing—such spiritual traits naturally mark us. God is your Friend. He made you for glad-hearted fellowship with Him. He delights in your good company, spending time revealing His character, love, and wisdom to you.

You can be completely honest with the Father. You can talk about anything with Him. He isn’t embarrassed, and you won’t ever be condemned.

Your life in Christ is a relationship, and it is with the best Friend you could ever want. Enjoy His company and come into His presence with a joyful heart.

Lord, You are my best Friend. I come into Your presence to talk, listen, confess, and share. Thank You for Your friendship.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 289). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 2 The Will of God

Scripture reading: Romans 12:1–2

Key verse: Micah 6:8

He has shown you, O man, what is good;

And what does the Lord require of you

But to do justly,

To love mercy,

And to walk humbly with your God?

What is God’s will for your life? Does it include some detailed, elaborate plan with twists and turns and heroic acts? Chances are, it doesn’t. The will of God is basically a reflection of the words written by the prophet Micah (Mic. 6:8).

The will of God is not that difficult to discover, though many fail to experience it. Their sights are set on what they believe God wants them to achieve. God’s will for you and me is simply a matter of loving Him. He may call you to a certain profession, but this is not His ultimate goal. His goal in the life of a believer is one of intimate fellowship.

It is true that God has a plan for your life that corresponds with His will. When God thinks of you, He thinks thoughts of love and mercy, hope and goodness. You can spend a lifetime trying to achieve recognition and a sense of accomplishment, but when you die, the only things that will matter are your love for and obedience to God’s Son.

When you surrender your will to God, He will make sure your life is in line with His perfect plan. The blessings that follow, and there are many, will only bring a sense of satisfaction to all that you do.

Lord, help me to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with You. I surrender my will to You. Bring my life into alignment with Your perfect plan.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 289). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 2, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

25 Yahweh is good to those who wait on him,
to the person that seeks him.
26 It is good to wait in silence
for the salvation of Yahweh.
27 It is good for a man who carries
the yoke of his childhood.

Harris, W. H., III, Ritzema, E., Brannan, R., Mangum, D., Dunham, J., Reimer, J. A., & Wierenga, M. (Eds.). (2012). The Lexham English Bible (La 3:25–27). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.


3:25–27 / Tet. All three verses not only begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet (tet), but the very same word tob, “good.” The poet presents three things that are good for those who are faithful to him.

The first good stated comes from the Lord. The Lord is good to those who put their hope in him. The poet, speaking in the persona of the “man of affliction,” has already stated that he has hope (v. 21, though the previous verse had stated that his hope was gone). According to the second colon of this verse, the one who has hope actively pursues God. The natural tendency of one who suffers at the hand of God is to try to run away, but the better course, as spelled out by verse 25, is rather to seek God. To seek God means to communicate with him, to come into his presence, and to get his help. In the light of the sin that has brought on the punishment, it likely means that they confess and repent of wrongdoing (see vv. 40–42). The Lord will be good to such people. God’s goodness would begin by withdrawing from the punishment that he was presently directing at his people. He would restore them and bring them prosperity rather than pain.

The second and third lines in this stanza state what good things God’s people can do. The first involves quiet (patient?) waiting for the salvation of God. This statement needs to be read in the context of Lamentations, which are words directed toward God with the hope of eliciting relief from his punishment. The poet is not silent, but neither is the poet angry and fuming toward God. He raises challenges toward God’s continued affliction, but he does not question the fundamental justice of it. In other words, he acknowledges that it is punishment for their sin. However, he believes that enough is enough. He will go on to argue that the enemies that God used have overstepped their bounds and now deserve God’s punishment (see vv. 52–66).

The final good of the stanza states that it is good to bear the yoke when one is young. The yoke here is the yoke of God’s discipline. As a yoke channels the energies of animals, so God’s yoke of discipline curbs the wayward actions of his people. The implication of the statement seems to be that if one experiences God’s chastisement when young, then later in life the person will walk the straight and godly path. The mention of the yoke is reminiscent of Jeremiah 27 and 28. There the prophet is described as wearing a yoke and declaring God’s charge that his people submit themselves to Nebuchadnezzar’s rule. In other words, Nebuchadnezzar was God’s instrument of discipline and the people should accept that and learn. If they did, then they would be able to stay in the land. However, if they did not, then God would bring “sword, famine and plague” (Jer. 27:13) on them, which is exactly what happened. The people chose to listen to false prophets of peace like Hananiah rather than to Jeremiah. Accordingly, they suffered a fate worse than the wooden yoke of discipline that Jeremiah wore.[1]


3:26 good: Not only is God good to those who wait and hope on Him (v. 25), but it was also good for the people. hope and wait quietly: A quiet confidence in the salvation of the Lord is always in order. Verses 22–26 focus on the renewal of hope in the midst of terrible distress.[2]


3:26 wait quietly. In a posture of prayer and expectation. salvation. In this instance, deliverance from peril, not salvation from sin.[3]


3:26 In the midst of Jeremiah’s wailing dirge, the prophet is overwhelmed by thoughts of God’s promised salvation. Hope wells up within him and his spirit is quieted, leading him to the expression of those great truths of God’s providence. Jeremiah had “food to eat” that the average person did not know (cf. John 4:32).[4]


It is, indeed, an abrupt phrase when he says, Good and he will wait; for these words are without a subject; but as it is a general statement, there is no ambiguity. The Prophet means that it is good to hope and to be silent as to the salvation of God. Then the verbs in the future tense ought to be rendered as subjunctives, as though it was said, “It is good when any one hopes in the salvation of Jehovah, and is silent, that is, bears patiently all his troubles until God succours him.”

But the Prophet here reminds us, that we are by no means to require that God should always appear to us, and that his paternal favour should always shine forth on our life. This is, indeed, a condition sought for by all; for the flesh inclines us to this, and hence we shun adversities. We, then, naturally desire God’s favour to be manifested to us; how? in reality, so that all things may go on prosperously, that no trouble may touch us, that we may be tormented by no anxiety, that no danger may be suspended over us, that no calamity may threaten us: these things, as I have said, we all naturally seek and desire. But in such a case faith would be extinguished, as Paul tells us in his Epistle to the Romans, “For we hope not,” he says, “for what appears, but we hope for what is hidden.” (Rom. 8:24, 25.) It is necessary in this world that the faithful should, as to outward things, be miserable, at one time exposed to want, at another subject to various dangers—at one time exposed to reproaches and calumnies, at another harassed by losses: why so? because there would be no occasion for exercising hope, were our salvation complete. This is the very thing which the Prophet now teaches us, when he declares that it is good for us to learn in silence to wait for the salvation of God.

But to express more clearly his mind, he first says, He will wait, or hope. He teaches the need of patience, as also the Apostle does, in Heb. 10:36; for otherwise there can be no faith. It hence appears, that where there is no patience, there is not even a spark of faith in the heart of man; how so? because this is our happiness, to wait or to hope; and we hope for what is hidden. But in the second clause he explains himself still more clearly by saying, and will be silent. To be silent means often in Scripture to rest, to be still; and here it signifies no other thing than to bear the troubles allotted to us, with a calm and resigned mind. He is then said to be silent to God, who remains quiet even when afflictions supply occasion for clamouring; and hence this quietness is opposed to violent feelings; for when some trouble presses on us, we become turbulent, and are carried away by our fury, at one time we quarrel with God, at another we pour forth various complaints. The same thing also happens, when we see some danger, for we tremble, and then we seek remedies here and there, and that with great eagerness. But he who patiently bears his troubles, or who recumbs on God when dangers surround him, is said to be silent or to rest quietly; and hence the words of Isaiah, “In hope and silence;” for he there exhorts the faithful to patience, and shews where strength is, even when we trust in God, so as willingly to submit to his will, and to be ready to bear his chastisements, and then when we doubt not but that he will be ready to bring us help when we are in danger. (Isa. 30:15.)

We now perceive what the Prophet means when he says, that it is good if we wait and be silent as to the salvation of God; even because our happiness is hid, and we are also like the dead, as Paul says, and our life is hid in Christ. (Col. 3:3.) As then it is so, we must necessarily be silent as to God’s salvation, and cherish hope within, though surrounded with many miseries. [5]


26. quietly wait—literally, “be in silence.” Compare La 3:28 and Ps 39:2, 9, that is, to be patiently quiet under afflictions, resting in the will of God (Ps 37:7). So Aaron (Le 10:2, 3); and Job (Job 40:4, 5).[6]


Ver. 26.—Should both hope and quietly wait; rather, should wait in silence. “Silence” is an expression of the psalmist’s (the Lamentations are psalms) for resignation to the will of God; comp. Ps. 62:1 (Hebrew, 2), 65:1 (Hebrew, 2), and see Authorized Version, margin. The thought of the verse is that of Ps. 37:7.[7]


26 Though the phrase “it is good to wait silently” (טוב ויחיל ודומם) is a rare construction in the OT (see Note 26.a.), the concept of waiting silently for God’s deliverance certainly is not (see Pss 37:9; 62:2, 6 [ET 62:1, 5]). Lam 2:10 describes the elders of Zion sitting in stupefied silence. This silence, however, seems to be one of expectation. Renkema (396) argues that this silence in 3:26 “ought to be understood as more than simply sitting in a sort of paralyzed amazement. The present text speaks rather of a tenacious intensification of ‘being silent,’ of a conscious option for remaining silent.” In other words, this text transforms silence from a posture of the defeated to one of the soon-to-be delivered. Further, this silence does not preclude prayer, given 2:11–19 and 3:19–24. Thus, the silence heightens the waiting that will eventually be rewarded with “the salvation of the Lord” (לתשׁועת יהוה), though at this point the speaker does not specify what such salvation entails.[8]


[1] Longman, T., III. (2012). Jeremiah, Lamentations. (W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston, Eds.) (pp. 369–370). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[2] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 952). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1487). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., La 3:26). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[5] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Prophet Jeremiah and the Lamentations (Vol. 5, pp. 412–413). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[6] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 1, p. 563). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[7] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Lamentations (p. 33). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[8] Garrett, D. (2004). Song of Songs, Lamentations (Vol. 23B, p. 416). Dallas, TX: Word, Incorporated.

October 2 Building on a Firm Foundation

scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 3:5–15
key verse: 1 Corinthians 3:11

No other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

The fifty–five–story skyscraper began to sway and vibrate as the earth tremors grew more intense. The quake climbed to 7.0 on the Richter scale. Smaller buildings crumpled into unrecognizable heaps of rubble. When the shaking stopped and the thick dust cleared, the skyscraper was still standing.

Developers and contractors had planned for the worst, and their foresight paid off. Fortifying the structure with extra steel beams and a special shock–absorption coil system had cost thousands of additional dollars. But when the ultimate test came, their investment stood firm.

In His parable of the wise builder, Jesus made this very point: the foundation is everything. A life built on self–reliance and self–seeking motivations is destined for collapse. But a life based on the lordship of Christ and obedience to God’s principles is unshakable.

Are you a wise builder, or have you settled for the sinking sands of convenience? Sometimes, following the Lord’s direction may appear to be unprofitable, especially when you are criticized or ridiculed for doing so. But when the storms come, temporary rewards are blown away, and unwise builders are left with nothing.

Heavenly Father, I don’t want to settle for the sinking sands of convenience. If I build on my self–reliance, I am destined for collapse. Let me build my life on the lordship of Your Son, Jesus Christ.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

2 october (1859) 365 Days with Spurgeon

The blood of the everlasting covenant

“The blood of the everlasting covenant.” Hebrews 13:20

suggested further reading: Hebrews 9:15–26

With regard to Christ, his precious blood shed in Gethsemane, in Gabbatha and Golgotha, is the fulfilment of the covenant. By this blood sin is cancelled; by Jesus’ agonies justice is satisfied; by his death the law is honoured; and by that precious blood in all its mediatorial efficacy, and in all its cleansing power, Christ fulfils all that he stipulated to do on behalf of his people towards God. Oh, believer, look to the blood of Christ, and remember that there is Christ’s part of the covenant carried out. And now, there remains nothing to be fulfilled but God’s part, there is nothing for thee to do; Jesus has done it all; there is nothing for free will to supply; Christ has done everything that God can demand. The blood is the fulfilment of the debtor’s side of the covenant, and now God becomes bound by his own solemn oath to show grace and mercy to all whom Christ has redeemed by his blood. With regard to the blood in another respect, it is to God the Father the bond of the covenant. When I see Christ dying on the cross, I see the everlasting God from that time, if I may use the term of him who ever must be free, bound by his own oath and covenant to carry out every stipulation. Does the covenant say, “A new heart will I give you, and a right spirit will I put within you?” It must be done, for Jesus died, and Jesus’ death is the seal of the covenant. Does it say, “I will sprinkle pure water upon you and you shall be clean; from all your iniquities will I cleanse you?” Then it must be done, for Christ has fulfilled his part.

for meditation: The very character of God doubles the reliability of his purposes and promises (Hebrews 6:13–18).

sermon no. 277[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 282). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

2 Oct 2019 – Rapture Ready News

Over 50% of young Americans think climate change means the world is about to end: 
More than half of young Americans fear the end of humanity is near because of climate change, according to a recent survey.

Hindu radicals livestream attack on Christians to ‘make area free of Christianity’
Indian authorities jailed church leaders and their families after Hindu extremists disrupted a worship service, beat individuals, and livestreamed the events on Facebook in efforts to make the area “free of Christianity.”

More than 1,600 die in India’s heaviest monsoon season for 25 years
The heaviest monsoon rains to lash India in 25 years have killed more than 1,600 people since June, government data showed on Tuesday, as authorities battled floods in two northern states and muddy waters swirled inside a major city.

Dozens of Extreme Leftist Congressional Democrats Are Members of the Communist Party In Pelosi Led Coup Against the USA
Trevor Loudon’s expert research skills are on display as dozens of modern Democrats are discovered to have close ties to the Democratic Socialists and the American Communist Party.

A Failed Schiff/CIA Led Coup Against Trump Will Bring Hillary Into the Presidential Race with Dire Consequences
On the way to writing an article, I received a call from an insider source that confirmed and expanded upon what I knew about the latest attempt to impeach President Trump and who is behind it.

Aviation Color Code Red, ash emissions intensifying at Etna volcano, Italy
Ash emissions at Italy’s Etna volcano are intensifying on October 1, 2019, INGV reports. The Aviation Color Code has been raised to Red.

Teen Experiences Serious Complications after School Inserts Birth Control Implant Without Parental Consent
…Nicole Lambert’s then-sixteen-year-old daughter was complaining of arm pain, so her mother took her to the pediatrician, who discovered that an improperly inserted Nexplanon birth control device was the culprit. It was the school nurse who inserted it.

Bill Gates wants to spray millions of tonnes of dust into the stratosphere to stop global warming
The plan sounds like science fiction — but could be fact within a decade; every day more than 800 giant aircraft would lift millions of tonnes of chalk dust to a height of 12 miles above the Earth’s surface and then sprinkle the lot high around the stratosphere.

EXPLOSIVE REPORT: Rep. Adam Schiff Linked to Prominent Ukrainian Arms Dealer!
Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff is connected to a Ukrainian arms dealer. Is this why he’s willing to lie in front of the nation when accusing President Trump of crimes?

Annual ‘Bring Your Bible to School Day’ Set for Oct. 3, Send Your Photos with Friends to CBN News
Students across the country are being invited to live their faith by bringing their Bibles to school on Thursday, Oct. 3.

Did The Democrats Bring Impeachment In Order To Remove Frontrunner Joe Biden And Allow Hillary Clinton To Steal The Nomination…Again?|
With each passing day, it becomes more and more apparent as to exactly why the Democrats chose to impeach Donald Trump over a scandal in Ukraine that has very little to do with him, but everything to do with Joe Biden.

Science Catastrophe In South America Could Kill Millions
The releases of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) into the natural environment is having a catastrophic and irreversible impact on our planet. A company known as Oxitec, based out of the United Kingdom, which had announced plans to release genetically-engineered, or transgenic, mosquitoes into the wild.

Church Of Sweden Announced Greta Thunberg ‘Successor’ Of Jesus
The Church of Sweden, which has routinely promoted teen climate change alarmist Greta Thunberg, announced the young girl a “successor” to Jesus Christ last December.

Democratic Candidate Joe Biden Refers To 63,000,000 Donald Trump Supporters As The ‘Dregs Of Society’ In Speech At LGBTQ+P For Pedophile Event
Democrats want you to know two things right off the bat. First thing is pretty obvious, Donald Trump lives in their heads and they hate him for it. Second, the Democrats hate you if you voted for Donald Trump in 2016.

— Read on www.raptureready.com/2019/10/02/2-oct-2019/

Wednesday Briefing October 2, 2019 – AlbertMohler.com

PART I

 Why Has the Democratic Party Turned Against Big Tech? The Theology of the Church of Techno-Optimism

PART II

 The Separation of Cultural Christianity and American Patriotism: Have the Cultural Elites Received Exactly What They Demanded?

PART III

 The Elite Failure of the Transgender Revolution: Gender Confusion on the Rugby Field and in Celebrity Culture


DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING

PART I

NEW YORK TIMES

 The Church of Techno-Optimism, by Margaret O’Mara

PART II

PART III

WATCH: The Media Has Been Pushing For Trump’s Impeachment Since Before He Took Office (VIDEO) | The Gateway Pundit

The media and the Democrats have a lot in common.

Neither of them have ever accepted the outcome of the 2016 election, and both of them have been talking about impeaching Trump all along.

You may not remember how far back this goes. They were talking about it before Trump was even sworn in.

News Busters reports:

35 Straight Months: Even Before Trump Took Office, Media Began Impeachment Obsession

The liberal media have begun yet another round of frenzied impeachment speculation, this time in reaction to anonymously-sourced media reports about a supposed whistleblower complaint that has not been released. But media clucking about impeachment is nothing new — in fact, their obsession with evicting Donald Trump from the White House predates his actual Presidency.

By November 10, 2016 — just two days after the election! — television talking heads were already conjuring up theoretical scenarios in which Donald Trump could be removed from office.

Since then, TV journalists have amassed quite a repertoire of possible causes for a premature end to the Trump White House, including (but not limited to): his tax returns; his family’s business dealings, both home and abroad; his firing of various cabinet officials; and of course, his tweets.

This video starts in November of 2016 and comes right up to the present. Watch:

These people are so obsessed.

The media is so dishonest.

They think no one remembers how differently they treated Obama.

They’re wrong.

Cross posted from American Lookout.

— Read on www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/10/watch-the-media-has-been-pushing-for-trumps-impeachment-since-before-he-took-office-video/

2 OCTOBER 365 Days with Calvin

God’s Electing Choice

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. Ephesians 1:4

suggested further reading: Romans 9:6–21

We see how God’s goodness shines forth to us in the preaching of the gospel to us, for in it we have, as it were, a token that he pities us, loves us, calls us, and attracts us to him. But we also see how receiving the doctrine preached to us with heart and affection is a further and more special token by which we perceive that God intends to be our Father and has adopted us to be his children.

Not without reason, then, Paul says in this passage that we are blessed by God even before the foundation of the world, according to his election. For that does not happen because we have come to him or sought him. But to fulfill in every respect what the prophet Isaiah says (Isa. 65:1), God shows himself to those who did not seek him and were far off, yet saw him near at hand. He says to them, “Here I am, here I am. Although you have despised me, yet I condescend to come to you because I care for your salvation.” This is what Paul is aiming at in this passage.

How, then, do we come to God? How do we obey him? How do we have a quiet mind that yields itself to him in accordance with faith? As all these things come from him, so it follows that he must do everything himself. Wherefore let us observe that, in saying that God elected us before the creation of the world, Paul presupposes what is true, namely, that God could not see anything in us except the evil that was there, for there was not one drop of goodness for him to find. Seeing that he has elected us, we must regard this as a very clear token of his free grace.

for meditation: God did not need to tell us that he chose us before the foundation of the world, and yet he did reveal that. We should glory in this truth, not be ashamed of it. That he knew us and loved us before we existed is a wonder beyond description. Let us thank him for that, for there is no other way that we could have been saved except that he chose us.[1]

 

[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 294). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.