Friday, June 23, 2017

ARISE

Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 6

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This is the High Priest at the life-sized replica of The Tabernacle of Moses that was on display at the Crossroads Centre in Burlington, Ontario, during the summer of 2012. In Solomon’s Temple, the altar was of larger dimensions (2 Chronicles 4:1) and was made wholly of brass, covering a structure of stone or earth. Because this altar was larger than the one used in the wilderness Tabernacle, it had a ramp leading up to it. A ramp was used because the use of steps to approach the altar was forbidden by the Torah: “Do not climb up to My altar with steps, so that your nakedness not be revealed on it” (Exodus 20:26).

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Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 6:10

So the Lord has fulfilled His word which He spoke, and I have filled the position of my father David, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised; and I have built the temple for the name of the Lord God of Israel.

 

“The Lord has fulfilled His Word!” God keeps His Promises! When He charges one or more of His people with a task, He provides the wisdom, the strength, and the means to proceed with the job right through to completion. We still have an unfinished task. Jesus said to His followers, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). For another version of Jesus’ commission to us read Matthew 28:16-20. Let’s keep at it every day. Soon the job will be complete. Imagine the celebration we’ll have at Christ’s return when the last living stone is placed in the building of His Church.

In today’s reading there is a warning of the dire consequences of sin against God. As a young man, Daniel experienced being taken captive to a faraway land. But while there, he prayed three times a day for God to restore Israel. Read again 2 Chronicles 6:36-42 to discover what may have been the content of Daniel’s prayer, and then check the book of Daniel 6:10-18. As we proceed, we’ll find that God answered the prayers of Solomon, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and many others for restoration. We can count on God! In the last book of the Old Testament, God says, “For I am the Lord, I do not change” (Malachi 3:6).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Dear Lord Jesus, grant me the grace I need to be an industrious and faithful worker in doing my part in the building of Your great Temple, Your Church, glorious and triumphant. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I read each morning from one of the later translations of the Bible from the Hebrew and Greek languages known as “The New King James Version.” As this translation was being completed, I would often have the scholars charged with the translation work as my guests on the 100 Huntley Street TV program to explain certain passages and why they were translating a particular portion as they did, making changes from the 19th century translation on which I was raised. There have been new translations roughly every 100-150 years since the original King James authorized version was completed in 1611, and the 20th century brought us many more English language versions. A spoken language is constantly changing the meanings of words, hence the need for new translations from the original languages which are no longer spoken…Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Greek, and the first complete Bible translation language, Latin. The New King James Version was done by scholars from various denominations looking over each other’s shoulders to make sure there was no particular denominational bias coming through. I’m confident that this translation is true to the original, divinely inspired Word of God.

Yours for consistently reading and meditating on the Scriptures, and then applying the Word to our lives,

David

17 thoughts on “Friday, June 23, 2017

  1. “For I am the Lord, I do not change.” Amen! Praying for you, this morning, dear David, and all saints. Asking for special prayer for my nephew, Christopher, that Christ comes into his heart and life. Please, Lord God, bring an end to this rain in Prince Edward County. Blessings fellow saints.

    Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deut 31:6 ESV

    Come to The River – Housefires Lyric Video (WOW!)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akOQqoiKVMQ

    • Lord we pray the Holy Spirit will call, gather and enlighten Christopher into the One True Christian life! Praise the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the Three in One! THANK YOU LORD; THANK FOR ALL WHO TURN TO YOU FOR FORGIVENESS AND A NEW LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST! AMEN AMEN AMEN

  2. Hi,

    Don’t ask a woman to be ProLife. Remember Eve didn’t go to the Tree of Life.

    Please could you and your sonnies help the ProLife movement.

    Thanks,

    Paul

  3. Hi,

    To reword.

    When being ProLife remember Eve didn’t go to the Tree of Life.
    The New Adam did.

    Please could you and your sons help the ProLife movement.

    Thanks,

    Paul

  4. Hi,

    About the new Adam or last Adam.

    So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.

    Thanks,

    Paul

  5. God knew us before we were conceived and, also, as we grew inside our mother’s womb. Life is sacred. A family member carried a baby that doctors said would not survive outside of the womb. Doctors wanted an abortion. The mom & dad declined, knowing that God is in control. The baby was stillborn at full term and she is buried in our family plot. We believe it was all in God’s Hand. The couple was asked to sing 2 weeks later at a baby dedication of friends. They did a beautiful presentation.

  6. Thank you Beverlee for the extensive blog explanation of “Falling Under the Power”. Very enlightening although, I have not understood (and it was not mentioned, as far as I could see), why sometimes people fall unexpectedly without catchers or others falling. It happened several times, prominently, without expectation over the years. Some question “why” but I don’t know why (and that’s okay). God is in control. Thanks very much though. I will try to print it off.

    • Doreen, I read a wikipedia article. It said some people fall on their own and gave a number of biblical references. Here are a few:

      Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking. Ezekiel 1:28 NIV

      So I arose and went out into the valley, and behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, like the glory that I had seen by the Chebar canal, and I fell on my face. Ezekiel 3:23 ESV

      And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance. Acts 10:10 ESV

      The twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. Rev 4:10 ESV

      Falling down in the Spirit is the same as these examples given in scripture. We fall down when overtaken by the Spirit that comes upon us. We can do this individually at anytime; it does not mean it has to be in succession with others who are being slain in the Spirit, whether they are caught by someone or not. It is a Holy Spirit moment of being overtaken and surrendering.

      • Amen Beverlee, well put!

        Agreeing in prayer for your nephew Christopher, his heart to melt and receive the truth into a new life with Jesus. Lord Jesus I prayer for Christoper’s salvation, Amen!!!

  7. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
    For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
    (Hebrews 12:1-3)

    Please, Lord God, help us with this. People disappoint us, and we disappoint others, but You are perfect. Thank You for being faithful and loving us no matter what. Please fill us with your Holy Spirit and lead and guide in the work You have for us. In Jesus’s great name, amen

    • what is so amazing is that God forgives us each and every day; our sins are as far as the east is from the west in His book! Each day we are a new creation! PRAISE THE LORD AND THANK YOU LORD
      Yesterday is completely forgotten by God! thank you Lord; thank you Lord amen amen amen

  8. What a powerful prayer Solomon prayed!! To think that through the years he strayed from his first Love!
    It is so evident that we need to obey what Jesus said; to “Watch and Pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41.
    In your “100 Personal Words” Pastor David you end with “Yours for consistently reading and meditating on the scriptures, and then applying the Word to our lives.” Thank you for your faithfulness in bringing this truth to us daily. And for being a true example of christian living!
    Jesus Christ being out Greatest example and teacher!! Thank you Jesus for showing us the Way, the Truth and the Life. For opening The Door to The Father in Heaven!!!

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