Thursday, August 3, 2017

“PUT” and “LET”

Today’s¬†Reading: Colossians 3-4

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

 

The Garden Tomb in Jerusalem is believed by some to be the burial place of Jesus (but only temporarily). HALLELUJAH!!! At some point in history the door was enlarged and in so-doing they must have broken out the rock wall between the entrance and the window.  Also, notice the groove where a large circular stone could have been rolled back and forth. The rolling stone from this tomb is missing, but there is another tomb near Mt. Carmel that has a stone which would fit in this groove.

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

 

Key Verses: Colossians 3:14-15

But above all these things PUT on love, which is the bond of perfection [completion]. And LET the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

 

In today’s reading the word “PUT” is repeated four times, and the word “LET” three times. This daily blog is highlighting over two years those words or concepts that are repeated for extra emphasis. If we had heard Paul speak in person, he may have raised his voice or made dramatic body language gestures to reinforce his main points. In writing, repetition serves the same purpose. Paul is intent on getting our full attention!

(1)”PUT” to death fornication, etc. (2) “PUT” off … filthy language, etc. (3) “PUT” on the new man. (4) “PUT” on love…. (1) “LET” the peace of God rule in your hearts. (2) “LET” the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom… (3) “LET” your speech always be seasoned with grace.

The action word is “PUT.” The passive word is “LET.” The first, we deliberately make happen; the second, we relax and yield to the Spirit of Christ living in us. Compare Scripture with Scripture. For example, read James 4:7-8 for action, and read a statement about letting “the power that works in us” go to work. It’s not an effort. “LET” it happen as in Ephesians 3:20 (read Eph 3:14-20).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray for grace to do all I should do to live as Your follower, and grace to rest in the knowledge that Your power is working in me. I know with absolute certainty that You are “ABLE TO DO EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL THAT WE ASK OR THINK.” Thank You that Your power is working in me now and always!!! In and through the Person of Jesus I pray, AMEN!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

As part of today’s reading in Colossians 4:2-4, Paul asked for his readers to pray for him. I’m asking you to pray for me in the same way, “That God would open a door for the Word” (i.e. keep the blog going and give His favour in sharing it with others. Also pray for future opportunities to use new media, high definition web-casting online, etc.).

In reading Colossians several times over three days, I’ve thought often of a story from New York City. Norma-Jean and I visited the Teen Challenge Centre in Brooklyn, which is located in a very rough area. As we were leaving, Rev. Don Wilkerson (brother of David Wilkerson, Teen Challenge founder) said to us, “Jesus will take you safely to the subway station.” About a minute later, a Puerto Rican teenager approached us. He said, “Hi, I’m Jesus, just follow me to the subway.” We laughed with joy at the prospect of safely following Jesus. I had often heard baseball commentators talk about a great play made by “Jesus” (in Spanish, of course, it’s pronounced like “Heysoos”).

Yours for following Jesus, knowing when to “PUT” and when to “LET,”

David

P.S. Seeing that Colossians is “All about Jesus,” here’s another clip from the Matthew movie with actor Bruce Marchiano playing the part of Jesus (click here).

Inside The Garden Tomb, visitors can look through the barrier into the burial chamber. In our Israel tours Norma-Jean usually stands in the foreground shown in the picture, pointing out features of the tomb to the members of our family of travellers as they enter and marvel at the truth of the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord.

34 thoughts on “Thursday, August 3, 2017

  1. Dear Lord, thank you for this blog. I pray that You would continue to keep this door open for David to share the Word, and to open any new ones You wish him to use. Amen.

  2. Prayer request:
    Toby a 2 year old boy has had a traumatic head injury, his family is asking that we pray for his brain to heal, and for the spot behind his nose to seal. They are thankful that his ear has stopped draining as it is a good sign. Today is a critical day for Toby. Please pray for his three brothers, Tom, and Tina, as the boys witnessed the accident. They are asking for strength, comfort, peace, and wisdom. They said, ” We believe in miracles and know nothing is too big for God (which,) He has proven by Toby still holding on right now.”

    • Lord, I pray for little Toby. I ask for total healing for his brain and for the spot behind his nose to seal. Thank you for the faith of his parents Tom and Tina. Give them wisdom and insight for any decisions that need to be made today. Keep them calm and strong and let your supernatural peace surround them. Also bless Toby’s 3 brothers with health comfort and peace. In Jesus mighty name, Amen

    • Yes, agreeing with Anna and Helen for prayer for dear Toby. Lord, we KNOW You are the God of MIRACLES. Grant Your blessing and healing touch upon this little boy, that the swelling in his brain subsides, the tear behind his nose heals, and that there is no permanent brain damage. We BELIEVE he is a MIRACLE, Lord God. We pray for Your blessing on his three brothers to wipe out the memory they witnessed and for strength for his parents, Tom and Tina. Be with them and strengthen their faith. In Jesus’ mighty Name, we pray. Amen, amen, and amen.

      • YES we believe in miracles, I have prayed for Toby and his family and am in agreement with all on this blog who have prayed for him.

    • Lord You know this precious child Toby; You know what has happened to him and You Lord have a Plan to heal him completely from head to toe!
      Yes Lord we ask that You would forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us! AMEN
      Read Psalm 35 daily; also Psalm 90; read out loud to Toby! The Word of God penetrates the deepest depths of our souls!
      We rebuke the devil and all his evil ways! He has no stronghold in the life of Toby and in all our lives,he is nothing! WE DECLARE OUR LORD GOD ALMIGHTY REIGNS IN THE HEAVENS AND ON THE WHOLE EARTH!

  3. Praying also for little Toby and his family today, and believing for miracles that will show the mighty hand of the Lord. Also for the right doors to open for David in this very special ministry. We will “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Col. 4:2. Thanking Jesus for what He is doing right now in Toby’s body and in the faith building time for this precious family.

  4. Agreeing with all above prayers.

    Pleas pray for me…I am in much pain when I swallow ..and I have a dry cough which has persisted for about two months…I am on medication…I pray for a healing touch in Jesus Name. Amen!!

    • Irene have you had your throat checked with a scope! if not do so immediately! Lord this precious sister in the Lord needs Your Healing touch! Show what is the problem and then we pray Lord for You to heal her immediately In Jesus Name we Pray amen amen amen

      • Thanks Sah for your suggestions and prayer…a swab has been taken…and I’m going for a neck ultrasound tomorrow and a chest exray. God is good and I praise His Holy Name for His intervention in my life.

    • Lord, God, bring Your healing touch upon our dear sister-in-Christ, Irene. Heal her throat, Lord, give her rest, comfort and strength. Flow through her throat, Holy Spirit, that she may be free of pain and can swallow. In Jesus’ precious Name. Amen, amen, and amen.

  5. Father God, in Jesus Name, I pray that You will send out labourers into the Crossroads Ministry. You are Creator, Healer, – You are Everything. Please send creative, chosen, people to enhance the ministry in ways that You know will reach this generation and the future generations. Provide the necessary instruments, skills, and, technology that would be needed. Father, bless the Mainse family GREATLY and draw the family of Toby close as You bring them through this tragedy. I ask that You take over with Your Healing Spirit and minister to the family in an amazing way. Amen.

  6. Yes, agree with your prayers Doreen and with all the prayers for little Toby that he will be completely healed; peace and comfort for parents Tom and Tina and for the three little brothers who witnessed the accident in Jesus Name. Amen.

  7. I never saw a miracle, but believe they do happen. I agree in prayers for everyone.
    I want to ask for prayer as well my shoulders hurt. Last year I had Rotor Cuff Tendinitis
    in my right should now it is in both . I had xrays, and I have an appointment to see a new bone doctor who just came here from the states. My appointment is on Wednesday , and I going to see a councillor on Tuesday for the first time in twenty years . I just need some relief thank you everyone for your prayers .
    Lianne Hogg

  8. I never saw a miracle, but believe they do happen. I agree in prayers for everyone.
    I want to ask for prayer as well my shoulders hurt. Last year I had Rotor Cuff Tendinitis
    in my right should now it is in both . I had exrays, and I have an appointment to see a new bone doctor who just came here from the states. My appointment is on Wednesday , and I going to see a councillor on Tuesday for the first time in twenty years . I just need some relief thank you everyone for your prayers .
    Lianne Hogg

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