Tuesday, July 31, 2018

UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES

Today’s Reading: Mark 8

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This is the traditional location where Jesus fed the 4,000, on the east side of the Galilee just below the Golan Heights. This was primarily a Gentile crowd. It is thought that the large crowd may have gathered as a result of the demoniac who was delivered and likely witnessed to his entire village, returning with thousands to meet Jesus. The rock pictured on the left has an inscription, “Here Gentiles gave glory to the God of Israel.” – Matthew 15:32

GOOGLE MAPS – See where Reynold took the photo Click HERE.

Key Verse: Mark 8:6

So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and they set them before the multitude.

 

Again the disciples faced circumstances over which they had no control. As Reynold pointed out in his photo caption above, the region where this miracle took place was a non-Jewish area. Jesus reached out to all people everywhere, including the mainly Gentile population. Notice that Jesus “gave thanks.” He thanked His Father even before any miracle had been performed. He knew that He could trust His Father, and His Father would never fail Him. There was no desperation with Jesus when He addressed the Father. I don’t read that He begged, cried loudly or took out the prayer book. We need not panic. Instead, in every circumstance, GIVE THANKS!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Dear Heavenly Father, please be honoured today by my trust in You. I “GIVE THANKS” now for Your grace given to me to trust You in all things. I want to live above the circumstances and not under them. I thank You that with Your presence, all things are possible. I pray this through the Person of Your Son and my Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

My brother-in-law, Ralph Rutledge, heard me say on one occasion, “under these circumstances,” and he said, “David, what are you doing under there?” I’ve never forgotten that question. Faith and obedience lift me up, and I see the challenges from a higher place. God’s Word changes my perspective completely. In the reading for today, the story is told of the blind man that Jesus took by the hand and led out of the village where He laid hands on him twice for healing. With Jesus, once would’ve been sufficient, I’m sure. I’ve had to pray for the same person three or more times, and eventually I’ve seen miracles of healing from time to time. Over this two-year daily journey through the Bible, I may share with you stories of miracles I’ve seen. I hesitate to do this because it may point to me instead of to Jesus. I want to be very careful that He alone is seen as the Source of the miracle. On the 100 Huntley Street telecast, there is a policy that no miracles are shared without ample documentation, medical records, etc.

Yours for living above the circumstances,

David

26 thoughts on “Tuesday, July 31, 2018

  1. Like David’s prayer that we are to trust the Lord in all things for with Him all things are possible. Amen! Would appreciate your prayers as I make two big decisions at this time. Thank you saints of God. Is Campmeeting time now and the topics are the reasons to believe in the Rapture of the Church before the Tribulation and be Pentecostal, unique but not weird. Blessings!

  2. Our God does wonders!!! Today, I depart on a day trip to a farm together with a group. The weather is brutally hot . I seek your prayers for a safe journey there and back and may everyone appreciate God’s craftsmanship as it unfolds.

    Blessings

  3. Praying that God will in that soft voice we hear at times give you the answers you need Ger.
    Nice sunny day here. Blessing for all the bloggers today and always.

  4. Incredible rock in the photo with calligraphy and inscription–so fitting for Mark 8. Oh ye of little faith comes to mind when reading/hearing this scripture from Jesus. Blessings upon all saints, today. May you be blessed by His unfailing love.

    Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.
    Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
    Psalm 62:1-2 NIV

    The Love of God – Mercy Me (with lyrics)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWnvmKoLWUU

  5. So good to join in with David”s prayer, and to read his comments, always uplifting! Thank you for posting them.

    Have a glorious day all you saints!

  6. Lord this prayer blog is SO GOOD FOR EVERYONE AND FOR EVERYONE’S FAITH!
    Lord You know Ger’s need! Bless her for asking for praying support, I believe Lord that always strengthens our prayer life also, thank you Lord for hearing us, for letting us make our own decisions and when we are wrong, we thank you for total forgiveness of all our sins.
    Lord we need RAIN, LOTS OF RAIN TO PUT OUT ALL THE FIRES IN CANADA AND UNITED STATES. thank you Lord for this rain which will extinguish the fires and renew the roots of new grass and give much needed rest to all those who are fighting the fires and providing medical care for all and for all the volunteers who are helping in every way they can to support each other
    Thank you Lord in Jesus Name I Pray amen

  7. Thank you Luisa, Beverlee, Irene, Doreen, Eleanor, Thelma and Sah for your prayers. Because of them I was able to make the two life decisions which were important but not life changing. Read on fb lately that praying friends are the best friends. Yes we need to pray for rain every where.

  8. I wish to thank everyone for their prayers for me and our group visit to a wonderful farm and THANK GOD FOR A WONDERFULLY SAFE TRIP AND ALL THE WONDERS HE PROVIDES. All apparently enjoyed the excursion immensely. We departed at 9:30 a.m. Drove two hours, spent two hours at the farm and were back home by 4:00 o.m.

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