Saturday, September 15, 2012


Suggested Reading: Luke 8

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A path, bordered by wheat fields, leading down from the Mount of Beatitudes to the Sea of Galilee.

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Key Verse: Luke 8:8

“…But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

This reading begins with the deliverance of Mary Magdalene from seven demons. It also contains the deliverance of the man on the other side of the lake who had many demons. What are we to make of this? We hear little of deliverance from demons now. Why? Perhaps it is because of the lack of the Gift of the Spirit known as “discerning of spirits” (1 Cor. 12:10). 1 Cor. 12:31 tells us to “earnestly desire the best gifts.” The outward expression of these two tormented people varied. Jesus’ way of dealing with them varied, and the results varied. Mary of Magdala was the first at Jesus’ empty tomb, and the second was sent home by Jesus to minister to His family. May I suggest that the key to a ministry of deliverance is in our key verse…”a hundredfold.” Let us move from 30 and 60 on up to our full potential in Christ. Other spiritual gifts necessary in deliverance are most certainly, “The word of wisdom, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith” (1 Cor. 12:8). Please take note of the word “another” repeated over and over. We need to be in harmony with other believers, particularly our pastors and teachers in Christ. Pastors and teachers also need to be in harmony with the widest possible manifestation of believers in Christ.


Lord Jesus, You are my Deliverance! In You I trust! Hallelujah! Please send Your Holy Spirit to accelerate my growth towards that 100-fold goal. I desperately need that “more excellent way” spoken of by Paul (1 Cor. 12:31) and described in 1 Cor. 13, “the way of love.” Please fill me with Your love and grant me wisdom in all my ministry. Amen!


I’ve learned through 60 years since God called me to ministry that love is the essential ingredient. Love calls me to great care for others, to respecting each person as made in God’s image, to work with others closely, submitting one to another, and not allowing any one person to manipulate or lord it over others. “God is love” (1 John 4:8). In my devotions earlier, I read 1 John, chapters 2 to 4. Also, I read 1 Cor. 13. I’ve taken note that this “Love Chapter” is like the meat in the sandwich of chapters 12 and 14. These chapters are about the Gifts. Without a full growth of the Fruit of the Spirit, which is “Love,” the gifts can do more harm than good (Gal 5:22-23). I need to constantly remember that the “fruit” is the character of Jesus and the gifts were the means through which He ministered to human need. He functioned as a man, 100 % filled with the Holy Spirit. Oh, how I pray fervently for a greater measure of the fullness of God’s Spirit. I’ve taken the time this morning to read Romans 12:3-21. I’m seriously convicted of the fact that I’ve fallen “short of the glory (Jesus’ character) of God” (Rom. 3:23). I’m gazing into His face by faith now as the Holy Spirit fills me for this new day. As John wrote, “We beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). My heart is so full that I’ve typed well over my goal of 100 words. Please be patient with me.

Yours for 100-fold living in Christ,


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13 thoughts on “Saturday, September 15, 2012

  1. Ephesians 6:17 “Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Everyday we need a refreshing of the Spirit, just as the physical body needs bathing, our spiritual body needs refreshing as well. Constantly we need to ‘practice’ faith, we need to be into God’s word, not just reading it but meditating on what it says to us. In this way we are strengthened and encouraged and are able to have a closer discernment of what the Holy Spirit may have to say to us at a given moment. I’m not trying to sound, negative but this world is a dark place, Satan roams as an angel of light and sometimes even truth is sometimes difficult to discern. That is why we need the twofold helmet (faith) and the sword (word of God) to practice consistently in our lives in order to live a victorious Christian life. Practice faith so that one day you will be able to say as the scriptures state in 2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Amen!

  2. “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory, by Christ Jesus Phil. 4:19. The Spirit of God is everywhere present, all knowing, all loving, all powerful. God’s faithful Love abides forever! Everything the Father has for us has already been deeded to us with our name on it in the heavenly records, therefore we receive through eliminating the consciousness of need with focus on Christ in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Col. 2:3. In Him we live, move and have our being.

  3. Amen Richard….. 100 + as the Holy Spirit ( Keeps it going ) He has no limit the teaching He wants us to hear today…..
    To overflow….
    we will always fall short ….. because it is not about us……as we journey on …it is all about
    thank you Lord ….You are our Joy, our Strength, our All….
    We are a blessed people to have a relationship with the Living Lord….by choice…..what a wonderful day….as He leads us
    Blessings David…..
    Romans 12.12

  4. Your words are so gratefully received, this is like a personal bible study. I look forward to sharing this journey each day. My thanks, God bless you

  5. Dear David,
    Thank you for your daily blog. I so much appreciate your wisdom and patience in taking the time to shepherd us on through this two year journey through the WORD.
    Your words inspire and challenge us. Keep them coming! Much like King David you are “a man after God’s own heart”.
    Blessings to you and your family. Evelina

  6. Thankyou so much for this lesson. I did all the readings. It is just what I needed today. Many questions were answered for me.

    I do have a question & I hope you have time to answer it for me sometime.

    Could you shed some light on the part in 1 Corinthians 14:34 about women keeping silent in church? Does that still apply today or was it a cultural thing at the time? It seems there are many women pastors now.

    Sincerely Searching…Lorna

  7. Thank you David, for so humbly stating that you fall short, it gives me such encouragement. Thank you for these posts, I am learning so much. Thank you for your commitment to Jesus, it is so beautiful and it encourages me to continue to learn. Let the Holy Spirit guide you in your posts, whether it is 100 words or 200 words, we are all learning together. Praise GOD!

  8. Like one wrote already Mr Mainse, I like it when you go over it shows you have a heart for people, soo please keep up the Good Work! and Word.. and I did not recieve your blog today either… I read it online… God Bless!.

  9. I agree with Richard as well. Write what the Holy Spirit prompts you to write. Today’s comments have been a blessing to me.

  10. So good, these blogs. As a dear (departed) aged friend once remarked:
    his message (from God), was that “without the Holy Spirit” .
    that his sucess would be limited.
    Amazing…that we are so cared for. God bless.

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