Tuesday, April 7, 2020

GO! PROPHESY!

Today’s Reading: Amos 7-8

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With a giant trunk and boughs towering 60 feet high, a gnarled sycamore near Jericho’s main square is believed to be over 2,000 years old, and could be the very tree that the hated tax collector Zacchaeus climbed to get a glimpse of Jesus (Luke 19:1-5). In today’s reading, Amos says that he was a tender of sycamore fruit (Amos 7:14).

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Key Verses: Amos 7:14b,15

I was no prophet, nor was I the son of a prophet, but I was a herdsman and a tender of sycamore fruit. Then the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said to me, “Go prophesy to my people Israel!”

 

Amaziah, a priest serving the northern kingdom of Israel, tried to shut Amos up. When he realized that Amos would not be quiet, he tried to send this prophet/preacher to the southern kingdom of Judah. With stubborn resolve Amos refused to leave, continuing to speak truth to power. Neither king nor priest could stop him! The call of God on his life was all consuming. As it was with Amos, so it is with those who hear the Word of the Lord today. God, through Jesus, says to us, “GO, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations!” (Matthew 28:18-20). Mark writes these Words of Jesus, “GO into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). Like Amos, true followers of Jesus feel compelled to “GO” and/or support those who “GO,” if we are obedient to God. The results of obedience are summed up in the last verse of Mark’s Gospel, “And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through accompanying signs. Amen!” (Mark 16:20). As Amos tells us, the worst famine ever is not the lack of food to eat physically, but the famine “of hearing the Words of the Lord!” (Amos 8:11b).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I’m listening to You! I hear You! Because I have called You my Lord and God, I must obey You or my decision to give my life to You is a lie! I pray for grace to “GO” and “Prophesy.” I remember that prophesy for Your followers, Jesus, is as John said in Revelation 19:10b, “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” It is in the Name of Jesus that I pray this prayer for world revolution, turning the whole world to Christ! Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Dr. Oswald J. Smith, the man I consider to be the greatest 20th century supporter of Christian world missions and sender of missionaries, said, “Why should anyone hear the Gospel twice, when millions have never heard it once!” During his years as pastor of The People’s Church in Toronto (1928-1959), huge banners with such statements would hang on the walls of his church. Hundreds of missionaries were sent all over the world, and at missions conventions, faith promises were made to give millions of dollars to send them. I recognize that the passion that consumed Amos is the same as I find in great Pastors/Evangelists and in visionary believers in Jesus everywhere. The Apostle Paul wrote, “How shall they preach unless they are sent!” (Romans 10:15).

Crossroads Christian Communications is a ministry with a worldwide mandate from God to proclaim “the testimony of Jesus” 24/7 over the entire world. Norma-Jean and I are praying daily for the Crossroads mission and giving monthly.

Yours for every one of us to rise to the challenge in obedience to those compelling words, “GO!” “PREACH!”

David

19 thoughts on “Tuesday, April 7, 2020

  1. Amos never gave up and neither should we, God wants us to tell others of the Saving Grace of Christ. We now have a greater opportunity to do this, especially at a time when people are searching for answers, also it is Easter week. We can tell them that Christ is the answer and point them to the cross, where He died to save us from our sins. Stay strong in Him dear friends.

  2. Good a.m. fellow saints. Would anyone know where a person can watch 100 Huntley St. on a television? My mother and I used to watch that program years ago and mother died in 1970…the show went on and now I’m having trouble finding it. Would like to watch it on a television but don’t want to pay for a “subscribed” channel as what small amount of channels we currently receive cost quite a bit as it is.
    Praying everyone is staying safe from The Virus and may God’s Word reach those who may never have heard/read it before. As Amos tells us, the worst famine ever is not the lack of food to eat physically, but the famine “of hearing the Words of the Lord!” (Amos 8:11b).
    Looks like Spring might be arriving in west central Alberta, sort of. Be blessed dear saints.

  3. Dear Father, please help all Your people everywhere to share the good news of salvation with others. Let there not be a famine of Your Word, we ask in Jesus’s name, amen

  4. We go out into the world for You Lord, to preach Your Kingdom and for Your glory! Amen! God bless you, fellow saints. May all your needs be met. In Jesus’ Name.

    The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29 ESV

    Lamb of God – The Maranatha! Singers [with lyrics]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oAFOQCTats

  5. We loved the years we spent @ Peoples Church & school. My son married one from a missionary group that came several times to the Missions convention (he drove the group in a bus from church to places designated to them)! They were married at World Vision Canada office & again in a church in El Salvador! Lovely family. Thanks for the “Lamb of God” hymn Beverlee

    • What a lovely memory for you, Doreen! That sounds wonderful! It is always special when something from David’s message sparks a happy memory for us. Amen.

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