Thursday, January 31, 2019

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE

Today’s Reading: Joshua 19-20

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These are the ancient walls of the main city of the tribe of Dan (Joshua 19:40-48), located in northern Israel near the base of Mount Hermon and the source of the Jordan River. When Lot had been taken captive, Abraham and 318 of his servants pursued him as far as the city of Dan (Gen. 14:14). The Canaanite city of Laish had existed on this site over 5,000 years ago. Joshua had led his troops through this area, and sometime after Israel captured this city, the name was changed to Dan. It became the northernmost city in the nation of Israel.

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Key Verses: Joshua 19:49 & 20:4

When they had made an end of dividing the land as an inheritance according to their borders, the children of Israel gave an inheritance among them to Joshua the son of Nun…When he flees to one of those cities…and declares his case…they shall take him into the city as one of them, and give him a place…

 

Two facts stand out to me from our reading. First, Joshua put others first and did not ask anything for himself. The general agreement of the people resulted in Joshua’s inheritance. Our Joshua, Yeshua (Jesus), has put us first. We could ask ourselves the question, What is His portion? Imagine the joy Joshua felt when the people came together after the distribution of land was settled, and the people honoured him. We read of our Yeshua, “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” (Hebrews 12:2). He put us first. How can we do less than put Him first?

Second, when the avenger was chasing the one who accidentally had killed someone, the one being chased could flee to a safe city. When the accuser (Satan) or anyone else is out to deliberately do us harm, we flee into the refuge of the strong arms of Jesus and we are safe. Read Hebrews 6:17-20 and flee for refuge.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, You’ve provided for my life now and, in the age to come, eternal life. You put me first before Your own rights as God’s Son. I can do no less than determine to put You first at all times and places. You’ve also given Yourself to me as a refuge into which I run in times of trouble. I ask for grace to give myself to You 24/7, holding nothing back. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Back in 1992, when we were about to open our new state-of-the-art, 143,000 square foot television production centre, a reporter interviewed me and wrote in his prominent magazine approximately the following: “David Mainse is hanging on to his sanity by his fingernails” (not true – I was standing on “The Rock of Ages” and He was holding me. At least this secular reporter admitted that I had sanity! Ha!). The costs had gone far above original estimates, and then there were commitments to our pavilion at World Expo ’92 in Spain, where we had built and were operating a Christian pavilion which was bringing thousands to Christ. We were in trouble, humanly speaking. Many, many prayed for Crossroads and for me, and thousands gave sacrificially, but I want to single out two that come to mind just now. Dave Toycen, President of World Vision Canada, came to see me and prayed personally and fervently for me. Brian Stiller, at that time President of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, also came to my aid. They helped me flee into the refuge of God’s love and grace. Brian declared with certainty, “The people of Canada won’t let you down!” He then offered to travel with me across Canada to meet hundreds of Pastors in various cities. Many Pastors, as a result, voiced their conviction that Crossroads/100 Huntley Street was essential to our country and prayed for us in their church services. Offerings flowed in. The crisis was resolved. Needs were met. God and His people are my City of Refuge. Thank You to all who opened the gates of a City of Refuge, caring for Crossroads and for me at a time of crisis.

Yours for opening the gates of our hearts to those who are running our way for refuge,

David

15 thoughts on “Thursday, January 31, 2019

  1. Amen to today’s scripture and message. We stand on the rock of ages in the storm, fellow saints in the Lord, just as David did. Prayer gives us strength to fight and overcome. Our God is with us and shall never forsake us. Amen? Angels with everyone as we wait out more snow to come. Thank You Jesus, for loving us so!!

    What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
    Romans 8:31 ESV

    Chris Tomlin, Good Good Father
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBmwwwiHrOk

  2. Amen to David’s testimony of the testing of his faith and how God answered his prayer. Appreciate your beautiful photos Reynold and really like your poems posted yesterday William. Thanks for your song Beverlee. Storm is over but still wind making drifts. Am waiting for the big farm tractor and snowblower to blow me out. God is faithful and true, amen?

    • Thanks Joy–that is wonderful “hope” scripture, indeed!

      So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

  3. Always trust Him:

    Trust Me

    Trust Me,I know what I am doing,
    It’s not just your heart I am wooing
    But your soul is so dear to Me,
    I want you with Me for eternity.

    Even when your days are very bad,
    I share the load that makes you sad,
    So do not be angry with Me,
    You must trust in Me eternally.

    I love all my children most dearly,
    And in life I see you clearly,
    That is why you are on the Earth,
    It is a school and the grave is your birth.

    ‘I knew you before you were born’,
    I would never leave you forlorn,
    I know every hair on your head,
    Death is not for you to dread.

    Life is through my precious Son,
    A reward for when your day is done,
    So know that this is my gift to you
    And trust in Him your life through.
    G W (Bill) Marshall/.2011
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLePg4hJrWg

  4. What a great comment by David as he ended his 100personal words
    “Yours for opening the gates of our hearts to those who are running our way for refuge”!
    Thanks Reynold for today’s photo; it complements today’s scriptures!

    Lord Jesus You opened the gates to our Father in Heaven, where we can come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb. 4:16)

    Its a beautiful sunny day here in Alberta; but the promise for the next few days is not so good. Bless your day Ron, Ann and Reynold!
    I pray for Kathy’s complete healing, and for strength and joy of the Lord to flood her whole being in Jesus Name I pray, Amen!!

  5. Thanks William! I have the book by David that you mentioned and other books he has written through the years. Thanks for the poem and song and all postings today. Blessings saints. Got snow cleaned out well today.

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