Wednesday, August 19, 2015

THE WITNESS/ADVOCATE

Today’s┬áReading: Job 16-17

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The sun sets over Jerusalem and the Golden Gate, also known as the Eastern Gate. Jesus will one day return to the Temple Mount through this gate, which is temporarily stoned-up in an attempt to prevent this majestic entrance.

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Key Verses: Job 16:19

Surely even now my witness is in heaven, and my evidence is on high.

 

There is a growing emphasis by Job’s friends and by Job himself that God is the Source of these calamities. Job does not know of the existence of Satan, the destroyer. In 16:9 Job says of God, “He tears me in His wrath…” Yet in the midst of all this, Job has a prophetic glimpse beyond his present anguish. He sees with eyes of faith and states that his “Witness is in Heaven.” The New American Standard version says, “My Advocate (evidence) is on high.” We long to say to Job, “Now you’ve got it! You’ve just seen into Heaven. You’ve seen your Lawyer for your defence. You’ve seen Your Intercessor!” Hebrews 7:25 had yet to be written, but it says, “Therefore, He (Jesus) is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He ever lives to make intercession for them.” Job, Jesus is there as you suffer. You can trust Him completely to bring you through these hard times. We may want to remind Job that he has three Persons on his side who are much more faithful and wise than Eliphaz, Bildad & Zophar. They are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, when I am called to minister to a hurting, grieving friend, may I allow God’s Comforter to minister through me. Holy Spirit, I pray that You will help me to join Jesus in His prayer meeting each day, participating in His prayer of intercession. Through Jesus Christ, my Saviour and Lord, Amen!!!

SOME PERSONAL WORDS:

I received this e-mail two years ago and shared it at the time. God has answered prayer. The churches of Assyut and El Minia, Egypt, are mentioned. My father and mother helped establish congregations in those areas. My sister, Willa Hodgins, was born in Minia in 1928. The Muslim Brotherhood government (2013) that was fomenting violence has been overthrown, and there is now some protection for the Christians. I asked our readers to pray for the Egyptian people. Thanks for responding with your prayers. My cousin, Rev. Roy C. Kenny, had forwarded this e-mail to me from Egyptian Henry Salah. It describes the situation in 2013.

I want to share this with you so you can pray for us. Today, the situation in Egypt has become very difficult. At 7 am, the police troops took over the square that the Muslim brotherhood supporters were camping at. As a result of that, all the Muslim fanatics all over the country got very angry and started attacking the police stations and the churches. Many churches were burnt down today in El Minia, Assyut, Suhag, Bani Suef, El Fayoum and Suez. Three of the churches are in my hometown and the villages surrounding us (especially Dalga, where our brother Fayez lives). They have also killed the father-in-law of brother Fadl, the church planter in Dalga. In Dirmawas, they have burnt and stolen 15 different shops owned by Christians. I can hear heavy gunfire in the streets right now, and it has been like that since the morning. I am imprisoned at my house and all the Christians in my hometown are the same way. We can’t go out into the streets because the Muslim fanatics are beating any Christian they see in the streets. I am not scared but I hope the situation will end soon, as it is getting worse every passing hour. They have burnt five different churches in El Minia city and a big Christian school until now. The riots are continuing. Our FM church in Assyut was attacked and they burnt its bus and bookstore as well as the Bible Society there. We need your prayers. Please, share this with everyone you know so we can all intercede for Egypt now.”

You prayed! I believe God has intervened to bring about a much greater measure of peace in Egypt. Please keep praying!

David

P.S. I’ve just discovered that my cousin, Rev. Roy Kenny, who served for many years in Brazil and Haiti posts a blog once a week. He is a great story teller. Check it out at rkennysite.wordpress.com.

23 thoughts on “Wednesday, August 19, 2015

  1. Great tarantula story telling–I am blessed to know the Kennys, here in Kingston. I love Job’s straight forward response to his friends as miserable comforters. He knows his hope lies only in God and it will eventually rekindle him. Here’s to everyone being rekindled, today, who has been down, in anyway. For the Lord is our strength and our rock, amen. Blessings, deaerest saints.

    “Should Sorrow lay her hand upon thy shoulder,
    And walk with thee in silence on life’s way,
    While Joy, thy bright companion once, grown colder,
    Becomes to thee more distant day by day?
    Shrink not from the companionship of Sorrow,
    She is the messenger of God to thee;
    And thou wilt thank Him in His great tomorrow
    For what thou knowest not now, thou then shalt see;
    She is God’s angel, clad in weeds of night,
    With ‘whom we walk by faith and not by sight.'”
    Streams in the Desert, August 19, Cowman.

  2. This all illustrates the Power of Prayer! Please pray for my daughter, son in law and family of 4. They are camping at an assembly meeting for his denomination.He is a Pastor and the President of the association and does many other things and he got a bad migraine in the middle of speaking and had to leave and later got very sick. He is supposed to be talking at these meetings and my daughter wanted to go and is unable to because their little pup escaped from the kennel it was at and so she is in the tent with the dog and a lot of wet clothes and their vehicle had trouble etc. etc. Please pray that they will be helped by the Lord and his Angels. They have had many things happen this last year to dishearten them. Please pray for encouragement and strength and help for this journey they are on and especially right now. Thank You and God Bless you

    • I know this situation I just wrote about does not equal what the people you just told about are going through and I am thankful for that lack of persecution. I know though that you and your blog readers pray and I wanted to ask. I appreciate being able to do so. Love from Elizabeth

      • we understand Elizabeth BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY GOD ALSO UNDERSTANDS AND HE IS PROVIDING WAYS AND MEANS FOR YOUR FAMILY TO CONTINUE THEIR WORK! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING YOUR PRAYER, ALL PRAYERS ARE IMPORTANT TO GOD AND TO US ALL! WHEN WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER 9 AND I BELIEVE GOD SAYS TO DO THIS WE ARE STRENGTHING OTHERS AS WELL AS OURSELVES, I FIND WE NEEDING TESTING DONE; DO WE JUST TALK, OR DO WE DO THE WALK, THAT LITTLE PUP IS IMPORTANT TO GOD, AND HE PROVIDED HELP FOR ITS SITUATION, GOD WOULDN’T WANT IT ANY OTHER WAY.
        My family had migraines and I found that if I made myself throw up, it disappeared, so……my family was throwing up alot but it did help immensely! No doctor ever told us to do this, I just felt I wanted to do this, and like I said, it helped.
        Another item that helped was ginger tea, also settles upselt stomach problems, boil the water, one cup, a teaspoon of ginger, stir constantly and drink, very good, thanks for sharing and I just know that God has some great provisions for your family! AMEN

  3. This is a little difficult after surgery yesterday but praise God for electronics that you can enlarge while typing.
    Thank to everyone who prayed for me. All went well. A little sore and a lot of redness but Praising My Lord for seeing me through. Now have to be patient as I he also.

    Eleanor have prayed for your daughter and husband. No one thing is more urgent than another to The Lord and He delights in hearing from us.
    Thank you Beverlee for that lively reading.

    I just live the way Job stands up to his friends and although he thinks God is sending all of this on him, he is faithful. Always lessons for us to learn in our daily manna from you Pastor Savid. Blessings.

    • praise and thanks to God that the surgery was done and now the healing will take place! amen ALL GLORY TO OUR LORD GOD AND SAVIOUR!


  4. We could not be in a better book as I am identifying so much with Job.
    Please pray for me as I have had one illness after another and now have some personal problems I need guidance with.
    Thank you for your prayers and I am praying for those with needs.

    • Praise and Thank God you shared! I find when we do this,, the devil can’t survive,, because now everyone knows and all will pray for your total restoration in your health! The Angels are dancing with joy! The Choir of Angels are singing “glory be to God our Father, Our Redeemer, our Healer, our El Shaddi” PRAISE AND THANKS TO GOD! AMEN

  5. I’d like to share an amazingly encouraging and beautiful song by MercyMe-Flawless (Official Music Video). Blessings fellow bloggers!

  6. I pray for the needs of your family Elizabeth for God’s intervention in every area of their lives, and for peace of mind for you and for them…In the Mighty Name of Jesus I pray Amen!!!

  7. I am so thankful for my Christian heritage. David Mainse is my cousin, Roy Kenny and Lorne Kenny are my uncles. Many times I remember our family prayer time before went to bed, my Father Osborne Kenny would pray for his Uncle Roy Mainse, his son David and his Brothers Lorne and Roy Kenny and his sister Velma and his brother in-law Russell Clark. They served as missionaries in far off lands.They gave so much of themselves and I admire them and many others in my family for their efforts for the kingdom of God.

  8. Thank you so much for your prayers for my daughter and husband and family. I have not heard from her today but know that the prayers of Gods’ saints have to be helping them. I appreciate this so much and I am praying for the needs that have been expressed on this site for others’ needs also. The song by Mercy Me is beautiful! God Bless You all! … and… God Bless you David Mainse for making this fellowship and Wonderful Bible Study possible!

  9. I am praying that God will remove a comedy show that is booked for one night and is adult entertaiment only from our community! They did not need a license they only needed to rent the theatre. Thank you.

  10. Amen, we need to pray against the enemy’s work, in the Mighty Name of Jesus! Lord of hosts tear down the work of the enemy and may all involved come to the light!

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