Friday, April 22, 2016

SEEK THE LORD

Today’s Reading: Zephaniah 2

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

Today, 3,000 years after David fought Goliath in this valley of Elah, Israeli farmers plant crops here to feed their people. In ancient times Israel lived in the mountainous regions and the Philistines on the more productive farmland all the way to the sea coast. Today’s reading informs us of God’s future judgment on the Philistines and other nations which surrounded Israel.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: Zephaniah 2:3, 10

Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth,

Who have upheld His justice.

Seek righteousness, seek humility.

It may be that you will be hidden

In the day of the Lord’s anger.

…This shall they have for their pride,

Because they have reproached and made arrogant threats

Against the people of the Lord of Hosts.

 

“Righteousness,” “humility,” “pride,” and “arrogant threats” are contrasted in today’s reading! As people whose desire it is to be followers of Jesus, the One Who humbled Himself even to death on the cross, we must learn to be humble before God and people. Pride brings trouble! (Proverbs 13:10). Pride hardens hearts! (Daniel 5:20). Pride causes spiritual decay! (Hosea 7:9,10). Pride hinders our progress! (Proverbs 26:12). “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).

It seems that those who seek God and humble themselves before Him are in a perpetual minority. We must firmly resist cultural pressures to just go along with the crowd. For those who believe in the cross of Jesus, “the Lord’s fierce anger” (Zephaniah 2:2) has been born by Jesus as our Substitute. But what about those such as the nations around Israel and Judah who chose to remain in pride and arrogance rather than humbling themselves before God. It is a fact that the majority have it wrong. Jesus said that the “many” are headed for “destruction,” and the “few” for “life!” (Matthew 7:13-14).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray for grace to live humbly before You and before people. You have promised that as I do this, You will lift me up. I thank You Jesus that You humbled Yourself even to death on the cross. I pray this in Your Name Jesus. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

The “Standing Orders” from Jesus to His followers is printed on my T-shirt (pictures below). I must obey Him at all times. Sharing the News of Jesus with “All the world” is not optional for me!!! My wife and family feel the same way about their lives and time here on earth.

I am facing some major decisions regarding future ministry responsibilities. Please pray fervently for me over the next few days. I need a breakthrough from Heaven concerning any days, weeks, and months during which God may spare the life of this almost 80 year old man!!! Perhaps I will be able to report about this in about two weeks, God willing!!!

Yours to participate in reaching the world for Christ!!!

David

P.S.  (pictures below).

33 thoughts on “Friday, April 22, 2016

  1. Awesome photo and shirt, David!!! Thanks for sharing that with us, this morning!! You look great!! Praying for you at this time as you have requested and look forward to receiving your update. God will use you wisely, fine sir!! Yes, we humble ourselves before You! Blessings dearest saints, in the Lord!

    “Honor and majesty are [found] in His presence; strength and joy are [found] in His sanctuary.” 1 Chronicles 16:27, AMP

    My Hope is in You, Aaron Shust
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  2. Nice to see you looking so well. You are still SO missed on Huntley Street. I and many others would be delighted to see you back even if not on a daily basis. Ron and Ann are also missed and so is Moira! It would be so good to see someone as passionate as Norm McLaren back again too!! Praying with you about future undertakings. I want to see this outstanding program continue being a bright beacon of light in this very dark world.

  3. David M. great t-shirt! You sound and look like you have put on the whole armor of God. I will be praying for you as you desire to do God’s will. Thank you for bringing a message each morning with the daily bread of God’s word, it is such a blessing!

  4. Thank you LORD for caring , praying fellow believers! God bless you Irene and Sah and thank you for your prayers . Yes, this is a very special time together with my sister. We celebrated my 81st birthday together and my sister will soon be 86 years young. I am so glad that she also knows the Lord.
    God bless you all. Eraine

    • WHAT A BLESSING! ALL THE ANGELS IN HEAVEN ARE CELEBRATING AND GOD IS SIMILING AND VERY PLEASED TO SEE HIS CHILDREN ENJOYING EACH OTHER! WE HONOUR GOD WHEN WE CELEBRATE WITH OUR FAMILY AND EACH OTHER! WHAT AN UPLIFTING BLOG! IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY AMEN!

  5. Hey Grandpa! Praying Col. 1:9 for you. That you will “be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.”

    Love you!!!

  6. Dear David
    Eldon and I will be in prayer for God’s will to be done and His kingdom come on the breakthrough in your ministry that you desire.

  7. David I am praying for God’s wisdom in your decision’
    thank you for all you have done for His kingdom so far – you, your ministry and your family have been a blessing to me since 1977
    vivian

  8. I told you once but still you doubt.
    Must I before you shout?
    You served me well in all your heart;
    The time is not for you to depart.
    So go in peace,servant of mine
    To walk in my grace divine.

  9. Love your message this morning David. You look great! Praying for you for your breakthrough in ministry! Your message resonates with my thoughts as well. Blessings and prayers dear saints!

  10. Yes, I too am praying for you (almost 80 is still a young guy), I love the map of Haiti on your T-shirt…I started a Children’s Home there 25 years ago, its still going strong and from it came Haiti Arise, which Reynold has visited. May the Lord give you the answers you need and keep you healthy and strong.

  11. I lift you up in prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to grant you divine wisdom in your future endeavors. All of us, regardless of age, must come before Almighty God daily to seek guidance and direction in our service of Him.

  12. Agreeing in prayer for you Pastor David, for God’s leading as you seek His face.
    Your scriptures on “pride” and “humility” are a good reminder to “keep our eyes” on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith from Whom all Blessings flow. The only WAY to go!!

    Blessings and love to all, may your day be filled with “the Joy of the Lord: He is our strength.

  13. Pastor David , I am also praying for you that the Lord will direct your paths. He has been with you all these years and I know He will continue to show you his ways.
    Blessings to all dear friends. Eleanor M.

  14. Pastor David May The Lord Our God gather you under His wings and give you clear direction and vision as to where He wants you to serve.
    Praying for you and the whole Crossroads family at this time.

    We know that as we trust The Lord He will put us on the right path.

    We are truly blessed by your continued service to this blog. Thank you.

  15. another miracle happened! was doing some weeding and met a young guy, XYZ, who was top drug dealer and now is looking at going to College and gettng training as a counsellor to help others! XYZ is only 20 years old! Amazing story! Probably talked for 10 minutes and then he continued on his walk! Yep! He had a God experience, he has praying parents & grandparents! Amazing story!!
    And that is how the day went! Thank you Lord God for this meeting! You know XYZ; You will bless him and lead him and keep him safe and help prepare him for his career as a counsellor! In Jesus Name We Pray AMEN

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