Suggested Reading: 1 Chronicles 12-13
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Key Verse: 1 Chronicles 12:18
Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the captains, and he said: “We are yours, O David; We are on your side, O son of Jesse! Peace, peace to you, And peace to your helpers! For your God helps you.” So David received them, and made them captains of the troop.
“Peace through strength.” We heard this statement from President Ronald Reagan. We witnessed the end of the cold war and the collapse of atheistic communism. In today’s reading we learn of David’s strength. First of all, David himself was strong in God! We know this from reading the Psalms. Check out Psalm 105:1-15. In spite of some failures, David was strong in character for most of his life. His unselfishness, his humility, his faith, and his overall attitude made him someone God could work with to bring peace, internally ending a period of civil war in Israel and also bringing peace internationally. King Solomon, David’s son, reaped the rewards of David’s legacy. There was “great joy in Israel” (12:40b).
Just as great people rallied to David’s side, let us rally to the side of Jesus, another Son of David, and Son of God. Let us accept His cause as our own. What an honour to share in His triumph, His peace, not just for time but for eternity! There is “great joy” in the earth because of the reign of King Jesus!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, thank You that I share in the peace and triumph of Jesus! I come to Him, pledging loyalty and constant service. Grant me grace to be focused on Jesus’ cause. He said, “I will build My Church.” Keep me true to Him 24/7. Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
“Pax Romana,” the peace of Rome, was built on strength, but without the “peace of Christ” under-girding that strength. The communist world was also built on strength which, like Rome, eventually crumbled into the dust of history. But not the Kingdom over which Jesus is King. His Kingdom is forever! (Revelation 11:15-19).
As a result of writing my new book, “This Far By Faith,” I’ve recalled some happenings in which our Crossroads ministry was involved that may have had an impact for Christ’s Kingdom in the Soviet Union (Russia and 14 other republics), as well as eastern Europe.
(1) The release on state TV across the entire region of the “Crossroads Creation Series”… 13 half-hour episodes designed to create doubt in the minds of atheists. The Russian language was recorded over the English words. This was the first ever Christian-produced TV series carried by Soviet state TV in prime time. It happened as a result of smuggling in thousands of video tapes of the series during the 1980-85 years.
(2) Shortly thereafter, our “Kingdom Adventure” children’s TV series drew over 1,000,000 letters from Soviet children and their parents. They were asking for colouring books that not only presented the animated and puppet characters but also presented Jesus as Saviour and Lord.
(3) Crossroads graduated students from our Broadcasting Academy from the communist countries who, in turn, began producing thousands of hours of Christian TV in their own languages with huge responses from millions of people. A book should be written on these exciting international developments.
(4) Bruce Stacey’s “Peace” song, the closing theme for Expo ’86, Vancouver, produced by Crossroads, was sent around the world into every country by the United Nations to be played on every TV and radio station. This was an amazing miracle from God as a result of our “Pavilion of Promise” at the World Exposition in 1986.
All these things happened because of the loyalty, unity, prayers and support of God’s people here at home. As in our reading today, there is “joy” in much of Europe and Asia as a result of God’s blessing in these ways, as well as in the contributions of many other people. I believe that Crossroads did its part in the overall picture of “peace.” I’m involved in supporting Crossroads every month. Great things continue to impact our world. Check it out and join me in prayer and in giving (click here).
Yours for helping to bring the world to love and serve King Jesus,