Wednesday, February 21, 2024

FERVENT LOVE

Today’s┬áReading: 1 Peter 3-5

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A visit to Rome is a feast for the eyes. In the centre is the Trajan’s Column with a church on either side. The larger church in the photo is the Church of the Most Holy Name of Mary at the Trajan Forum. At the very end of today’s reading, “Babylon” is mentioned. In Roman times the persecuted Christians called the source of their persecution, Rome, by the name of the capitol city of the ancient persecutors of the Jewish people, “Babylon” (Revelation 17:1-6).

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Key Verse: 1 Peter 5:7

…casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

 

There are three points of emphasis here, all three mentioned more than once!

(1) PRAYER – 1 Peter 3:7 informs us that if we, as husbands, don’t honour our wives properly, our prayers may be hindered. Let’s not forget that elsewhere it says, “Let the wife see that she respects her husband” (Ephesians 5:33b). This is serious! Do we want God’s ears to be open to our prayers? Then pay attention to 1 Peter 3:9-12. Amen!!!

(2) A message from Jesus to those “spirits in prison” (3:19 & 20) and “those who are dead!” (4:6). This seems strange. Yet we understand that all who had died in faith prior to the Cross and the Resurrection were somehow incarcerated in a place where they could not enter Heaven above, because their sins were not removed until Jesus had paid the full price for their redemption by His blood sacrifice. It would be amazing to hear a replay of Jesus’ message to these people someday.

(3) “Love!” “Love!” and “Love!” (3:8 & 4:8). And this is to be “FERVENT LOVE!” We may think we know something about the meanings of the word “love.” But what about the word “fervent.” The dictionary says, “Displaying a passionate intensity – burning – glowing – boiling hot!”

O yes! Let’s read several times 1 Peter 5:5-9. “Be humble!” “Cast your cares on Him!” “Be sober!” “Be vigilant!” The result? The Devil may roar, but he can’t harm us!!! Let us be “steadfast in the faith.”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray for all You have for me. I now am wide open to receive Your provisions. Thank You! Praise Your holy Name! I worship You with a fervent heart full of love for You, and for others. Through the world’s greatest Lover, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS (or more)

I’ve just read all of First Peter again. As I read Chapter 1 verse 3, the word “begotten” stood out for me. The same thing happened as I read 1:23 which says, “Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the Word of God which lives and abides forever.” Recently someone sent me a picture of Billy Graham and Chuck Templeton (below). I remember when Billy and Chuck worked together as Evangelists in the Youth For Christ Movement. Billy was steadfast in his faith and commitment to the Gospel, but Chuck went to a very liberal theological seminary, and it seems he lost his faith in Christ. He returned to Toronto, wrote books, and became a broadcaster of note. On one occasion I was interviewed by Chuck on national CBC television. Chuck said, “David, you talk a lot about being born again. The Bible only refers to this one time.” I responded in a way that I later apologized for. I said, “Chuck, you’ve not been reading your Bible lately! Jesus said those words twice in John 3, and there are other places where the ‘born again’ experience is found. For example, Peter wrote those words, ‘born again.'” Then I referenced other synonymous expressions of this truth. e.g. “a new creation” and “born of the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 5:17 & John 3:8b). After the live show was over (I would only go on live shows because they had in the past edited me to make me say what I did not!), I prayed about it, and that still small Voice said to me, “David, you do not love Chuck.” I repented, and the next time when we were together (off camera), I asked his forgiveness for my lack of love, and he graciously forgave me. In the late 80’s, when the TV Evangelists scandals broke, Chuck was everywhere on Canadian TV, radio, and in the press defending me as an evangelist of integrity. Shortly before his death, he said to an interviewer, “I love Jesus very much, and I’ve missed Him for a long while.” I believe I’ll meet Chuck in Heaven!

Yours because, as the Scriptures say over and over, “His mercy endures forever!”

David

Young Evangelists, Chuck Templeton of Toronto and Billy Graham of Chicago at the time.

2 thoughts on “Wednesday, February 21, 2024

  1. I just watched the 100 Huntley Street program on YES tv re: euthanasia. A very important consideration during these times. There really is only One solution to the pain of hopelessness. Even with all the medications available, the greatest, miraculous, solution is to turn to Jesus and completely give Him everything (your pain, your thoughts, your life). I am a survivor. Post partum depression almost took my life so many years ago. Thank You Lord.

    • Amen,Doreen.I wrote 2 poems dealing with the aftermath of suicide before I even knew there were grieving sites online.I had no clue that that was where the Lord was leading me as a baby Christian.Here are those first 2 poems and the attached note explains :
      ” A beautiful Irish lady in a poetry site asked me to write
      a poem for her close friend whose adult son took his
      own life.She was having a hard time.I wrote the first
      one and she made a second request for a prayer.
      This was before I was led to or knew of any
      grieving sites.”

      # 1….. 09.10.2011, 4:27
      A Note To you

      I could not convey the pain inside
      For it is a fire we choose to hide
      And God knows that a sorrowful mind
      Is on a quest for what it can not find.

      We must carry the pain for others
      For we are stronger than our brothers,
      But sometimes Satan slips on through
      Past our defences no matter what we do.

      No one can prevent what can’t be seen;
      What is well hidden you could not glean,
      I was well loved and love you still,
      I am still here just over the hill.

      Be not of sorrow and do not cry long
      For I will be happy,you must be strong,
      Nothing you said or did was so wrong,
      So continue your journey singing a song.
      G W (Bill) Marshall

      # 2…..┬╗ 09.10.2011, 4:30

      Also a Friend

      Oh Lord,my God let Your love heal
      A shattered heart ,this is my appeal,
      For a life cut short by a tragic end,
      You are our God but also a friend.

      Human words fail me to convey
      Please Lord grant me words to say,
      For you know Lord that the blame
      Goes to Satan and his deadly game.

      Though darkness gathers all around,
      It’s your grace that is to be found,
      That allows your love without bound
      To come like thunder without sound.

      Let it be known in hearts that grieve
      That a loved one gone is just a leave
      For they await you can believe,
      And on His promise you can cleave.
      G W (Bill) Marshall

      Several months later she wrote back to say
      that the poems helped her friend …and they
      also helped her deal with her own brother’s
      suicide back in 79.I cried.

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