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,
I think we’ve all seen the bumper sticker right?
“Know Christ, Know Peace … No Christ, No Peace”
Never thought I’d be quoting a bumper sticker, but oh well, there’s a time and a place for everything I guess! haha!
“He is Lord, He is Lord
He has risen from the dead
And He is Lord
Every knee shall bow
Every tongue confess
That Jesus Christ is Lord
You are Lord, You are Lord
You have risen from the dead
And You are Lord
Every knee shall bow
Every tongue confess
That Jesus Christ is Lord”
Enjoy this day!
It is truly amazing the impact Crossroads has made in this world, especially in athiastic countries!
Dear David, when we were standing in the colosseum I observed a cross, placed in memory of all our brothers and sisters who gave their lives for the gospel. At that time I wept and prayed.
This morning looking at the picture, to the right you can see the cross.
Thank you so much for the daily “100words”.
I surround you in my prayers.
Thank you, David Mainse, for all YOU have done! Praise God for your faithfulness!
“God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: My strength is made perfect in weakness. 11 Cor 12:9
“My strength is made perfect in weakness. This is an eternal truth, and you must learn what it means. I am mindful of your weakness, and your life is in My keeping. The days of your life are numbered–known to Me alone. You have seen that I am the repairer of ruins, the builder up of waste places. You do not have to understand “why” nor “how” this happens. What I call you to do is to rejoice in My works, to see and greet them for what they are.
“Greater works are yet to unfold. My blessings are not running out, but they are for those who enter the secret place of My dwelling. Enter with Me every day. Guard the sacrifice as Abraham did of old. Be faithful to the end, and I will give you the crown of life.” Echoes of Eternity, Hal M. Helms, June 10, p. 123.
Blessings for a beautiful day, saints…
I once wrote a series of poems entitled Heart Psalms- this is one of them that seems to fit today’s subject.
Heart Psalm #29
When all is confusion; when doubt swirls
You are near me
Your touch holds my breath
Your Word caresses the depths
You surround me willingly
I am whole
Go home to find home
Embrace me until we are one
in heart, divine and sight
United- it will be alright
Thank you Donna…that is lovely.
I love the song When peace like a river.
Thank you David and Crossroads for the many years of faithful service, not only here, but throughout the world.
Blessings fellow saints.
Watching you, now, on 100 Huntley Street, David. Jesus is for all people. Amen!
Hi David, In todays reading David was surrounded by loyal follows. He was also surrounded by those the Lord had chosen as trusted advisers. l couldn’t help but think of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the difficult time he is having at the present time. Let’s remember him in our prayers that the Lord will help him through it,and grant wisdom,,after all we all benefit when there is Peace in our government and Integrity reigns. Have a great day everyone!
Many thanks to you, Pastor David, and Crossroads in faithfully extending God’s Kingdom in the communist countries. Yes, we can only experience lasting peace and joy if we let Jesus reign, starting in us. May our Lord Jesus find us faithful.
Yes, Christine, I pray with you for Canada that our government will let Jesus reign and honor God, so that we can receive His peace and bring peace to others.
Although it’s devastating to see so many stopped attending church in Canada and church buildings being sold or rented out for purposes other than worship, the Lord reminds me today of the following verses:
(1 Kings 8:56 -60)
” NOT ONE WORD HAS FAILED OF ALL THE GOOD PROMISES HE GAVE through his servant Moses. May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our fathers; may he never leave us nor forsake us. May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep the commands, decrees and regulations he gave our fathers. And may those words of mine, which I have prayed before the LORD, be near to the LORD our GOD day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day’s need, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is GOD and that there is no other. ”
“being confident of this, that HE who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
God bless you all, my fellow saints!
Dear David M . and precioua fellow bloggers
Tried two times yesterday to send you my reply . But after two lines it went blank on me and sadly I am pressed by a medical and internet problems so just wanted to say that we serve a Fantastic and Amazing God that constantly is watching over us .Hopefully in the next few days I will be settled with my new intrenet server and finally enjoy CTS channel here in Montreal.
Thank you thank you David for showing us what it is to trust Jesus in everything we do everything we say and everything we see guided by the Holy Spirit.
Have a blessed day everyone.
That is a beautiful poem Donna and the song
Catherine “When Peace like a river” we sang it in church
which I needed God bless you
I have been trying to locate the song “Peace” by Bruce Stacey from Expo 86. Our son was born in1986 I would like him to hear it. I loved The Pavillion of Promise. Bless you Rev Mainse. You are such a Godly example.
I praise the for you paster David. M. and all you fellow bloggers I’m so blessed
by your scripture versus and poems so timely thank you all God bless you..R..
Thank you David M. for your faithfulness and commitment in doing this blog. The poems, the book excert, the scriptures, the reminder to pray for our country and prime minister and each of you are truly God’s gift to me. I do not know how to post songs through Youtube but Robin Mark’s song “When it all been said and done” is a sobering question and a blessing at the same time. God Bless each one!!!!!!
The good works done in honour of the lord through cross roads is outstanding.
Truely amazing. David your unfailing unwaining passion and dedication is a gift
from God into its self. Thank you Jesus for such a man as this your servent David