Monday, June 10, 2019

PEACE, PEACE

Today’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 12-13

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Stone carving of two gladiators in battle found at the Colosseum in Rome. Wars fill the pages of our history books. King David was a man of war, and by God’s grace upon him, he ushered in a long period of peace in the entire region.

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Key Verse: 1 Chronicles 12:18

Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the captains, and he said: “We are yours, O David; We are on your side, O son of Jesse! Peace, peace to you, And peace to your helpers! For your God helps you.” So David received them, and made them captains of the troop.

 

“Peace through strength.” We heard this statement from President Ronald Reagan. We witnessed the end of the cold war and the collapse of atheistic communism. In today’s reading we learn of David’s strength. First of all, David himself was strong in God! We know this from reading the Psalms. Check out Psalm 105:1-15. In spite of obvious failures, David was strong in character for most of his life. His unselfishness, his humility, his faith, and his overall attitude made him someone God could work with to bring peace, internally ending a period of civil war in Israel and also bringing peace internationally. King Solomon, David’s son, reaped the rewards of David’s legacy. There was “great joy in Israel” (12:40b).

Just as great people rallied to David’s side, let us rally to the side of Jesus, another Son of David, and Son of God. Let us accept His cause as our own. What an honour to share in His triumph, His peace, not just for time but for eternity! There is “great joy” in the earth because of the reign of King Jesus!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, thank You that I share in the peace and triumph of Jesus! I come to Him, pledging loyalty and constant service. Grant me grace to be focused on Jesus’ cause. He said, “I will build My Church.” Keep me true to Him 24/7. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

“Pax Romana,” the peace of Rome, was built on strength, but without the “peace of Christ” under-girding that strength. The communist Soviet Union was also built on strength which, like Rome, eventually crumbled into the dust of history. But not the Kingdom over which Jesus is King. His Kingdom is forever! (Revelation 11:15-19).

As a result of writing my book, “This Far By Faith,” I’ve recalled some happenings in which our Crossroads ministry was involved in the 1980’s that had an impact for Christ’s Kingdom in the Soviet Union (Russia and 14 other republics), as well as eastern Europe.

(1) The release on state TV across the entire region of the “Crossroads Creation Series”… 13 half-hour episodes designed to create doubt in the minds of atheists. The Russian language was recorded over the English. This was the first ever Christian-produced TV series carried by Soviet state TV. It was in prime time. It happened as a result of having previously smuggled in thousands of video tapes of the series during the 1980-85 years.

(2) Shortly thereafter, our “Kingdom Adventure” children’s TV series drew over one million letters from Soviet children and their parents. They were asking for colouring books that not only presented the animated and puppet characters of the show but also presented Jesus as Saviour and Lord.

(3) Graduates of our Crossroads Broadcasting Academy from the communist countries began producing thousands of hours of Christian TV in their own languages with huge responses from millions of people. A book should be written on these exciting international developments!

(4) Bruce Stacey’s “Peace” song, the closing theme for Expo ’86, Vancouver, produced by Crossroads, was sent around the world into every country by the United Nations to be played on every TV and radio station. This was an amazing miracle from God as a result of our “Pavilion of Promise” at that World Exposition. We’ve now led people to Jesus iin four great World Expositions.

All these things happened because of the loyalty, unity, prayers and support of God’s people here at home. As in our reading today, there is “joy” in much of Europe and Asia as a result of God’s blessing in these ways, as well as in the contributions of many other people. I believe that Crossroads is doing its part in the overall picture of “peace.” Norma-Jean and I support Crossroads financially every month. Crossroads continues to impact our world. Check it out and please join us in prayer and in giving (click here). Many supporters of my generation have moved on to Heaven. It’s absolutely essential that new members join in consistent financial support. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Yours for helping to bring the world to love and serve King Jesus,

David

A modern floor is built where the Colosseum floor once was.

 

12 thoughts on “Monday, June 10, 2019

  1. Hello saints! What a perfect day to get the chance to sit in on the blog and enjoy such great scripture, message and prayer. Indeed, we find peace through strength and God’s continued blessings. We pray for all political leaders to follow God’s calling on their lives and decision making process. Let world peace come, Lord, let it come. Praying for all who are persecuted and unable to worship in praise of our Lord and Saviour, freely, and without retribution. May you be protected with heavenly angels and filled with the peace of His light. We give our hearts and praise in reverence to You Jesus! Wishing all the saints the glory of His blessings this day with love, beyond measure!

    Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
    Romans 15:13 BSB

    Hosanna – Hillsong with lyrics
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoM0AT8fBvs

  2. Friends, I have a coworker friend & her husband who are being so greatly tested. Mom was, & still is, a faithful prayer partner (27 years) @ 100 Huntley Street. There daughter was in a medically induced coma & on ventilator. Meds removed 12 days ago but she is still on ventilator. MRI being done today. If no brain activity, ventilator will be removed. I feel so sad. Can’t imagine facing something like that. So incredibly painful. Please pray for this family. I will call them “the Jones”. They lost another daughter a few years back @ age 45 with the same disease. Heart wrenching. Thank you.

    • Lord God we read this blog with very sad hearts! Lord there are so many unanswered questions about life! Only You know the answers; we are just to Trust in You; we know that You have the best intentions for each one of us; Lord we lift up the “Jones” You have them in Your hands and You are guiding each step this family takes; we pray that the family will look to You for comfort and maybe some answers; Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed by thy Name, Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven; in Jesus Name we Pray amen amen amen

      • Yes I pray for this family as well. May the presence of God be very real to them. May the power of our risen Lord bring peace and strength and may His will be done.

  3. Norma Jean, Just saw you on Huntley Street. I have been waiting for so long to see you. I have been wondering, thinking and praying for you ever since David passed over. So happy to see you full of the Lord. I wish you could of had the whole half hour of the program. It’s wonderful that you have an amazing family to keep you busy.
    I liked hearing of your late night time with the Lord. Maybe I will have to try that.

    God bless you and your family.

  4. please pray for me; my youngest daughter is celebrating her birthday on the 11th of June; I am going to try & phone where she might be working; I have not seen nor heard from my children for 20 some years, I pray the call will go through and if I speak to my daughter,Kathleen,that all will go well…..Thank You Lord amen

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