Daily Archives: November 11, 2019

November 11 How to Walk with God

Scripture Reading: Psalm 12:1–8

Key Verse: Psalm 12:6

The words of the Lord are pure words,

Like silver tried in a furnace of earth,

Purified seven times.

To find a cause that we will stand behind, fight for, live for, and die for takes us being in complete agreement with the principles and the leadership. How willing would we be to defend something that does not stir us with passion? How eager would we be to risk anything for a cause that merely piqued our interest?

Living in agreement with God and His Word is something we must learn if we truly desire to walk with Him. Keeping in step with God proves more than challenging if our hearts are not unified with His. After we have reconciled our relationship with God by accepting His Son, Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior, we must learn to trust Him by living a life in agreement with His principles and precepts.

What God says about His Son, His church, His Word, and sin are all of utmost importance for us. If we think that some of these are flawed or untrue, how can we walk in step with what God desires for our lives?

Disunity results in any organization when there is a disagreement between leadership and the body of people. How can the cause be advanced by someone when he does not believe in the cause he is advancing? As we submit more of our lives to Him, our wills are broken to the point that our wills become what God wills for us.

Heavenly Father, I submit my life anew. Break my will so I can easily submit to Your will for me.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 330). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

November 11 He Speaks in Silence

Scripture Reading: Psalm 42

Key Verse: Psalm 44:1

We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, the deeds You did in their days, in days of old.

One of the most precious privileges we have as believers is the privilege of hearing God speak to us. In her book No Pat Answers, Eugenia Price wrote,

We rush at God with our questions and firmly believe that He welcomes them. Indeed, I imagine He expects them. After all, no one but God knows us as we really are inside. Still, when we get back only what we, in our sorrow, fear, or panic, recognize as silence, what of that?

It may be all we can expect by way of understanding the reason for our grief, shock, or fear. Could this be where we make our big mistake? Do we fall victim to time itself? Do we rush at God in our extremity, demanding an immediate answer in understandable words, not according to God’s time schedule, but because we want our question answered now with a pat answer?

How could we expect to be able to hear the voice of God in our distress when we have long ago forgotten, or never learned, to be quiet before Him?… There is no time element involved in divine mystery, but there is silence in it. And we can’t bear silence. We fear it. The radio or TV is turned on the minute most of us enter a room. Yet we are told that the voice of God is “a still, small voice.” He waits for our inner silence before He speaks on any subject. Possibly because He wants what He says to be heard.

Dear God, teach me to be quiet—to still the noise around me, to calm my soul and spirit, to wait in Your presence. I want to hear what You have to say.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 330). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

President Trump Delivers Remarks During New York Veterans Day Parade – Video and Transcript… — The Last Refuge

Earlier today President Trump and First Lady Melania attended the New York City Veterans Day parade to honor our nations service members. President Donald J. Trump has made it a priority to support American veterans. [Video and Transcript Below]

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November 11 A Higher Purpose

Scripture reading: Job 42:1–6

Key verses: Hebrews 4:14–16

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Mary Slessor was the daughter of a devout Christian mother and an alcoholic father. Her early years in the mid-1800s were devoted to survival in the slums of Dundee, Scotland. She was beaten frequently by her father and often thrown out of the house.

Yet in this cruel injustice, Mary gained a steadfast spirit, one that God used mightily in the years to come. She came to know Christ at the age of twenty–eight and soon after left for missionary training.

Chronic illness and loneliness brought her to the point of despair, but God gave her strength to answer His call. “Christ sent me to preach the Gospel,” she said, “He will look after the results.” In Africa, she chose to identify with the people to whom she witnessed by eating and sleeping on dirt floors of huts.

As a result of her earlier life, Mary was able to handle the most threatening situations. Her missionary efforts accounted for the rescue of countless twins, babies who were viewed as being children of the devil. She quickly earned the title “Ma Slessor” by the Okoyong tribe.

Adversity molded her for a higher service. Whatever you are facing, give it to Jesus, and allow Him to make something beautiful out of your life. Trust Him for the outcome and all the moments in between.

Lord, take the adversities of my life, and use them to mold me for a higher purpose. Take all that is ugly, and make something beautiful from it.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 330). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Is The ‘Mother of all Bubbles’ About to Pop? by Ron Paul

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Yet, last Wednesday, almost two months after the Fed’s initial intervention, the New York Federal Reserve pumped 62.5 billion dollars into the repo market.

The New York Fed continues these emergency interventions to ensure “cash shortages” among banks don’t ever again cause interest rates for overnight loans to rise to over 10 percent, well above the Fed’s target rate.

The Federal Reserve’s bailout operations have increased its balance sheet by over 21 trillion dollars since September. Investment advisor Michael Pento describes the Fed’s recent actions as Quantitative Easing (QE) “on steroids.”

One cause of the repo market’s sudden cash shortage was the large amount of debt instruments issued by the Treasury Department in late summer and early fall. Banks used resources they would normally devote to private sector lending and overnight loans to purchase these Treasury securities. This scenario will likely keep recurring as the Treasury Department will have to continue issuing new debt instruments to finance continuing increases in in government spending.

Even though the federal deficit is already over one trillion dollars (and growing), President Trump and Congress have no interest in cutting spending, especially in an election year. Should he win reelection, President Trump is unlikely to reverse course and champion fiscal restraint. Instead, he will likely take his victory as a sign that the people support big federal budgets and huge deficits. None of the leading Democratic candidates are even pretending to care about the deficit. Instead they are proposing increasing spending by trillions on new government programs.

Joseph Zidle, a strategist with the Blackstone investment firm, has called the government — or “sovereign” — debt bubble the “mother of all bubbles.” When the sovereign debt bubble inevitably busts, it will cause a meltdown bigger than the 2008 crash.

US consumer debt — which includes credit cards, student loans, auto loans, and mortgages — now totals over 14 trillion dollars. This massive government and private debts put tremendous pressure on the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates low or even to “experiment” with negative rates. But, the Fed can only keep interest rates, which are the price of money, artificially low for so long without serious economic consequences.