Friday, March 19, 2021

GREAT THINGS

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 11-12

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The Tomb of Samuel is located atop a steep hill at an elevation of 908 metres above sea level. It is situated to the north of the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ramot. The tomb is in an underground chamber where a small synagogue is located.

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Key Verse: 1 Samuel 12:23-24

Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way. Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.

 

Israel now has a king. Samuel is still very much present as the spiritual leader of the people. Prayer “without ceasing” is the most important leadership quality if we want God’s will to be done. David will be king over the united tribes in about 10 years. A Psalm of David indicates his daily preparation to lead as he writes, “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up” (Psalm 5:3). Psalm 55:17 tells us that David prayed at “evening, morning and at noon.” There is no record of Saul praying like Samuel and David did. Saul’s reign could’ve been so different.

As a New Testament meditation, let us consider 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18: “Pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks.” This praying continuously is not as difficult as it sounds. It’s based on the knowledge that I am in Christ and He is in me. We are never apart. Therefore, we are to be ever aware of His Presence.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, Your servant Paul wrote, “We do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26b). I pray that my Spirit will constantly pray within me when my conscious mind is occupied in other necessary matters. I believe this happens continuously as Your promise states. In Your Name I pray. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Finding the will of God through much prayer and being confident that the right decisions are being made has been my biggest challenge. In several World Expos with our Crossroads’ sponsored “Pavilions of Promise” we had to employ what is called “artistic license” in communicating the message on such a world stage. For example, we had male and female ballet dancers play the part of Adam and Eve in Theatre One. I could give other examples from our production that upset some people, but I was convinced that God was pleased. The entertainment values guaranteed that millions of precious souls heard the Gospel in a way they could understand for the first time. In the overall effort at four Expos, we recorded over 100,000 first-time decisions for Christ, with their names, addresses, and telephone numbers. They signed up for a Bible correspondence course and were followed up in their home countries with diligence. One evangelist was very judgmental toward me. He could not find it in his heart to celebrate with me the fact of thousands of people coming to know Christ. It has been my experience that Christians who are successful personal soul winners (not only pulpit evangelists) understand the creative Holy Spirit-inspired variety that it takes to lead people into a personal relationship with Jesus.

Yours for being personal soul winners,

David

Ruins surrounding the building that covers the tomb of Samuel.

14 thoughts on “Friday, March 19, 2021

  1. Grateful for today’s scripture and David’s prayer. To see the face of our Lord in glory–what a joy that will be. Holding all in prayer, this morning. May you have peace with Joseph, Luisa. Wishing all saints the love of our Saviour. Amen.

    In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
    Romans 8:26-27 ESV

    How He Loves Us – David Crowder Band (Lyrics)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDSE438XMaQ

  2. Thank You, Father, for calling us. Help all Your children to share Your Word with others, in Jesus’s great name, amen

    And, from Anne Graham Lotz’s Daily Light:

    “God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless
    you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. § Saved by His life.

    Our … Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. § As He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

    The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ … has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. § In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him. § Of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.

    He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”

    Acts 3:26; 1 Peter 1:3; Rom. 5:10; Titus 2:13–14;
    1 Peter 1:15–16; Eph. 1:3; Col. 2:9–10; John 1:16; Rom. 8:32

  3. So thankful for the Lord and what He has done & is doing for us. Beautiful day in S Ontario! Thank You Lord. Thank You for helping Jacob who is recovering well. I am grieving for my friend Edna in hospital. I cannot visit, of course. She had a massive stroke without any warning. I pray that the Lord is ministering to her in her hospital bed – and to her family. Amen

    • A friend called asking for prayer for Caitlin 32, who has had 8 chemo treatments and was scheduled for 10 more but her heart is giving doctors concerns now. Praying that the Lord will touch her mightily, in Jesus Name. Amen.

  4. Valuable lesson today to pray without ceasing. Prayers for Caitlin and her treatments and the difficult situation she is in. Spring is almost here and we are suppose to get some warm weather.

    • Dear Lord you know Caitlin and what is going on in her body. I pray you would heal her in the precious name of Jesus. May your name be Glorified Amen.🙏🙏

  5. Thank you Father that Jacob is recovering well. Please continue to touch him and minister your healing power to Caitlin, Edna, Joseph, Sheldon and everyone else who needs a a touch from you. In Jesus Great Name, Amen!

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