A TRUE FRIEND
Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 19
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Key Verse: 1 Samuel 19:4
Thus Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father, and said to him, “Let not the king sin against his servant, against David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his works have been very good toward you.”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I give my whole life to You for this new day. I’m in Your Word daily. I’m in prayer daily. Please protect me by Your Word, Your Spirit, and by the solid Bible-based teaching of my local church. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I’ve given a great deal of thought to what is called “prophesying” in the New Testament Church. Philip, a deacon of the first church, had four daughters who were “prophetesses” (Acts 21:9). I believe that we need to let the Bible interpret the Bible. Revelation 19:10 tells us that, “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” I also believe that these Philip’s daughters were winning souls to Jesus on the streets of Samaria, where their Dad had a revival (Acts 8). The “Testimony of Jesus” happened on the streets of Jerusalem as recorded in Acts 2. Peter said on that occasion, quoting the prophet Joel, that “Your sons and daughters shall prophesy.” These girls were not foretelling the future. They were not lying naked on the ground like Saul in today’s reading (verse 24). They were telling everyone about Jesus! Witnessing for and about Jesus is the continuing evidence of keeping filled with the Holy Spirit. I don’t think that anyone should claim to be keeping filled with God’s Spirit if they fail to give the “Testimony of Jesus” consistently. Prophecy, one of the gifts of the Spirit, referred to in 1 Corinthians 12:10 and also in 1 Corinthians 14, is for the edification and comfort of believers. I need this gift. Prophesying, as it happened on the birthday of the Church, is something different which continues to happen every time we testify, in order to win a precious never-dying soul to Jesus.
Yours for New Testament prophecy,
Don’t we all need a friend? Hoping you are all staying safe and warm. Sure is a rainy day here in Kingston. His blessings upon you, felllow saints in the Lord. We are all friends to one another. And oh, how He loves us so. What a wonderful true and faithful friend we have in Jesus. No love could be better than that! Amen.
To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him. Daniel 9:9 ESV
How He Loves Us – David Crowder Band (Lyrics)
Yes we are all friends.
Pray that I open up to my friends.
Lord God, You are so worth seeking! You are the Pearl of Great Price. Help all Your people keep their eyes fixed on You. Sometimes we are such poor servants; please forgive us and help us get our priorities on the things You know are best. In Jesus’s great name, amen
“A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity” (Psalm 37:10-11).
Amen to your prayer Rob.
Today’s message reminded me of a hymn we often sang in my church growing up.
What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what Peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer!