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January 31, 2011

600th Devotional presented today-

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Romans 9.32

“Why hasn’t Israel obtained righteousness when they pursued a law of righteousness?
Because they pursued it not by faith but as it is were by works. They stumbled over the
‘stumbling stone.’”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

Will you confess to having that embarrassing moment when you tripped over a crack in the sidewalk or that loose carpet fiber or when you had the sun in your eyes? We laugh, of course, when we trip over our own feet and such excuses are ways to dismiss what others might say before they can say it. But, I want to draw the attention of God’s mighty men to the simple reality that Paul declared Israel has fallen short of the prize of their complete salvation and redemption because they tripped over a stone. It was not a rock or a boulder or a mountain that caused them to have less grasp on the prize than their non-Jewish kin. It was a grain of sand, a piece of gravel, a pebble, a stone that continues to cause them to stumble in their walk of “faith.” Their faith is based on works as they continue to reach for the law as if it were the end of a rope dangling over their heads. It is the misunderstanding of the purpose of the law that inhibits a person from possessing the joy of the Lord. So, as they continue to reach up and up grasping for what they cannot grasp they continue to trip over the things of earth upon which they have built their hope.

But, God’s mighty men have an understanding of their own fallenness which the law said was inevitable if it was not fully embraced. The full embrace of the law is to seek God first and keep Him in His rightful place in their lives. They cannot fulfill the requirements of the law without God being first. Putting self first means that God’s mighty men will continue to trip over their own feet and blame others for their fall. As I look at the illustration presented by Paul, man is the stumbling stone. Christ is the rock of our salvation. He is greater than man even though He took on the form and substance of man in order to effect our salvation. But, He was God first and first God. His priorities were not aligned with works but with faith first. Putting works first can never give life to faith. Works are stumbling stones if they are not the product of faith. As God’s mighty men confess their fallenness as they accept the blame for tripping over themselves then God will set them on the mighty rock of faith which is Jesus Christ. Then they will enjoy the blessings of righteousness which is given to all who have faith and believe that Jesus is the Christ.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For those who will be facing renewed frigid weather this week across the country
* For peace in Egypt and stability in government that serves the interests of the citizens well
* For those in Haiti still struggling to put their lives together and for those who are assisting
them now a year after the original event
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people
* For all our troops stationed here and abroad defending the right of people to be free; especially
throughout the Middle East where the conflict is political and military but the solution remains
spiritual
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan,
Afghanistan and in the Far East with North Korea and South Korea
* For the support and encouragement of those who are seeking employment and the peace of
mind that comes from trusting the process of God’s creation of a new opportunity with the
promise of vocational resurrection in its season
* For Mission Waco and the people of Anguilla

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* For a visit from my daughter for my birthday
* For a new week to do His Will

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

O Lord, with the cornerstone of Christ set firmly in place in these lives let the building of a new world for your people continue. Receive these works today which are the fruit of faith, hope and love and multiply them for the benefit of Your people everywhere. AMEN.

January 30, 2011

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Isaiah 29.24

“Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding; those who complain will accept
instruction.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

In order to gain an appreciation for this verse from HIS Word for today, you would have to remember that Isaiah is prophesying under the Spirit of God concerning the future frustration of Israel. The future frustration is already being born in their hearts and minds because the current generation has refused to follow God’s instructions for successful living. They have taken matters into their own hands believing survival was solely based on their efforts and not God’s providence. Each step they would take to compromise themselves with the enemy in hopes of keeping the enemy beyond their borders was a step away from believing completely and totally in God. Notice, mighty men of God, I do not say they are taking a step away from God for God was more certainly in their midst. But, they were take a step away from believing and trusting in God’s promise, purpose and providence. I remember the scene from the Indiana Jones’ movie concerning the search for the Holy Grail. His last step was to step out into the abyss trusting there was way. He could see the place where he wanted to go and had the word which confirmed there was a way. But, it was not until he exercised faith in the word even when he did not trust himself that he stepped onto the invisible bridge which spanned the gap.

As Christ followers, we are called to walk by faith and not by sight. We have been given THE Word as a confirmation of the truth of God’s desire to provide for us when it seems the way is non-existent. Jesus taught His disciples that He was the Way and that by following Him which meant to exercise love abundantly to all who needed it they would certainly obtain the promise, fulfill the purpose and experience the providence of God. But, in the days of Isaiah the people had lost confidence in the Word which declared the fullness of God because they had lost confidence in their spiritual and political leaders. They decided to take matters into their own hands to provide for themselves. God’s Word said they would fail but He would not allow them to fail completely. He would save them because He loved them. And when they were kept from stepping into the brink of darkness the light of truth would open their eyes to see that some had believed, conceived and received the promise of God. There would be a generation of believers where they thought there were none. There would be a generation of leaders faithful to God where they had believed there could be none. When their eyes were opened to the presence of God and what trusting in that presence could do they would regain their footing, gain understanding and accept the instruction of the Word which would save them. For them and for us that Word which saves is the Messiah, Jesus Christ. He is the bridge between Heaven and Earth, Death and Life. Trust in Him and keep in step with His promise, purpose and providence and you shall be saved.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For those who will lead God’s people in worship, praise and service this weekend
* For peace in Egypt and stability in government that serves the interests of the citizens well
* For those in Haiti still struggling to put their lives together and for those who are assisting
them now a year after the original event
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people
* For all our troops stationed here and abroad defending the right of people to be free; especially
throughout the Middle East where the conflict is political and military but the solution remains
spiritual
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan,
Afghanistan and in the Far East with North Korea and South Korea
* For the support and encouragement of those who are seeking employment and the peace of
mind that comes from trusting the process of God’s creation of a new opportunity with the
promise of vocational resurrection in its season
* For Mission Waco and the people of Andorra

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* For the finding of a wonderful place to dine and the gift that allowed us to do so
* For the prosperity provided to family and friends

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

O Lord, when we close our eyes in prayer it is to see only You walking as the Good Shepherd leading Your flock into green pastures, to abide by still waters and to dwell in Your presence forever. Watch over these men as they walk today not by sight but by faith in Jesus Christ. Let them become a part of the life bridge of love that shall restore hope to those who are suffering and believe there is no good future for them anymore. AMEN.

January 28, 2011

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

2 Chronicles 34.18

“He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in the ways of his father David,
not turning aside to the right or to the left.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

Who was “he”? He was Josiah who began what was called the deuteronomic reform of the temple and temple practice. He became king when he was only eight years old but ruled for 31 years. Scripture would go on to say that he did not start seeking God until he was sixteen and four years later he began to purge Israel of false worship practices. This was a pretty extraordinary course of events for a mighty young man of God. How many sixteen year olds do we know who would accept such an undertaking? Most sixteen year olds have lots of other things on their minds. I would dare say what is on their mind is in great part cultivated by what is on the minds of the adults around them. For eight years, young Josiah’s kingship depended on advisors in the court. Apart from the grace of God, the boy king would not have been able to truly rule on his own. But, while the rest of the country was in spiritual shambles, the house of Josiah must have been full of God so that when he turned sixteen he sought God. I do not think this meant he decided to investigate who God was but that he sought to fulfill the call of God in his life to be a spiritual leader and reformer (I believe it was more likely to be a restorer.) Proverbs declares that we should raise our children in the midst of the word of God so that it becomes a part of their heart and mind and they will not wander far from it. What a tremendous challenge to all adults to live and work with children of any age. What is on your mind, mighty man of God, is on the mind of your children.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For those who will lead God’s people in worship, praise and service this weekend
* For those living on the East Coast of the United States and the continuing snowstorms
challenging residents there
* For the health of Nelson Mandela and the people he leads
* For those in Haiti still struggling to put their lives together and for those who are assisting
them now a year after the original event
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people
* For all our troops stationed here and abroad defending the right of people to be free; especially
throughout the Middle East where the conflict is political and military but the solution remains
spiritual
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan,
Afghanistan and in the Far East with North Korea and South Korea
* For the support and encouragement of those who are seeking employment and the peace of
mind that comes from trusting the process of God’s creation of a new opportunity with the
promise of vocational resurrection in its season
* For Mission Waco and the people of American Samoa

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* For birthday greetings from friends and family
* For the healing of depression and migraines among those I love whether I know them or not

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

O Lord, take this sobering thought of responsibility to our children and let it be a time of restoration to do what is right in Your Eyes laying the foundation of faith and growth for generations to come. AMEN.

January 27, 2011

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Deuteronomy 32. 52

“Therefore, you will see the land [I have promised to the Israelites] only from a distance;
you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

With mixed emotions is how I imagine Moses stood or sat at the top of Mount Nebo across from Jericho and watched God’s children of promise cross over into the promised land of Canaan. There had to be great joy in his heart as he saw the fulfillment of God’s challenge and promise to him. He had been called from his own exile to have a purpose as God’s mighty man. He confronted Pharoah and bore witness to him of the will and power of God and God’s intent to deliver his people out of exile. He confronted disgruntled and self-appointed leaders who dared to prophesy on their own which direction they should take instead of remaining obedient to God. He endured the hardships of doubts, fears and spiritual weakness by staying before the face of God. He made himself available to God so that the power of God would have an open door to the people. In all of that, he did lead God’s people out of Egypt to the promised land. In fact, that is all that was promised to him. How Moses must have yearned to join that mighty band of God’s people with whom he had become so attached to. Yet, in his sorrow he knew he had fallen short of spiritual expectation as he railed against God in front of the Israelites and struck the ground in anger. No matter how much he wanted to be different, he was not a part of that new generation of believers who receive the fruit of his labor. Of course, in the end, they were receiving the fruit of God’s labor and the benefit of their decision to remain faithful to God in all things. There on a mountain top similar to one where he first encountered God in a burning bush he remained with God burning in his heart. I can imagine burning hot tears of joy and sorrow flowed across his face and fell to the ground where he would also die and return to the dust from which he came.

Mighty men of God, remain faithful. Yours is a promise home in a land far away yet ever so near. Your failure to serve God wholly, holy and completely, will not keep you from it any more than Moses was kept from his place with God. We cannot fall into the worldly trap of measuring eternity by our place in the world here on earth. We each have been given a charge to complete as His mighty men. It is our duty to be faithful to it. Perhaps you have not found that “calling” place in your life where God reveals to you that which will burn passionately in your heart for His people. It will come; you do have a service, a purpose, a place in the plan of God’s will for completing the journey He calls His people to out of exile. There will be highs and lows, joys and sorrows, successes and failures along the way. There must also be humility of heart, mind and soul before God and God’s people in order to best complete the task. When we are doing God’s work as His mighty men we cannot get ahead of ourselves nor too full of ourselves as “a little knowledge can puff us up.” Remain humble and seek always to do His will. Seek His forgiveness when you fall short. Trust in the Lord at all times and in all things and your joy will be complete and God Himself will bring You in through Jesus Christ your Lord who is the door to Heaven.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For those living on the East Coast of the United States and the continuing snowstorms
challenging residents there
* For the health of Nelson Mandela and the people he leads
* For those in Haiti still struggling to put their lives together and for those who are assisting
them now a year after the original event
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people
* For all our troops stationed here and abroad defending the right of people to be free; especially
throughout the Middle East where the conflict is political and military but the solution remains
spiritual
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan,
Afghanistan and in the Far East with North Korea and South Korea
* For the support and encouragement of those who are seeking employment and the peace of
mind that comes from trusting the process of God’s creation of a new opportunity with the
promise of vocational resurrection in its season
* For Mission Waco and the people of Burkina Faso

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* For opportunities to share and affirm one another in service to students
* For the healing of depression and migraines among those I love whether I know them or not
* That God has allowed me to live to serve another year and opens the door to a new one as His
gift to me in celebration of my birth which He foreknew

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

O Lord, speak mightily to these mighty men of Yours and may the fire of Your spiritual passion fuel their service to Your people today. AMEN.

January 26, 2011

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Hebrews 11. 23

“By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born because they saw he was no ordinary child and they were not afraid of the king’s edict [they feared God more.]”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

I remember listening as a mother shared about the birth of her son. It was ten years later at a cub scout meeting and I just happened to be walking by as the mothers were watching their sons during a pack meeting. She said, “My baby was the ugliest thing I had ever seen. I couldn’t believe it.” I know I was shocked and appalled by the statement. From the looks of those mothers, we must have shared a similar thought of “how can you say that.” About that time the boy walked up with one of his earned patches. He was beaming with pride at his accomplishment. When his mother saw him she said, “See what I mean?” Now I know such a statement is more a reflection of the person sharing it than about the one being talked about. It wasn’t about her outward appearance but her perception of who she was inwardly. The rest of us congratulated the boy for his award and smiled as he ran back to his den satisfied that he had done something very good.

I do not know what Moses’ parents saw when he was born but HIS Word declares “he was no ordinary child.” I would hope that each mighty man of God sees their children and all of God’s children as extraordinary. Children, regardless of how they came into the world, are blessing created by the ongoing plan of God. The choice comes in what shall we do with that extraordinary life when it comes into the world. I am not speaking of just when the child is birthed into the world but when it is conceived in the womb. There is a sanctity to all life which abides by grace and mercy. In the days of Moses, the edict of the king was to kill all newborn sons. However, the midwives feared God more than they feared the king and refused to follow the king’s order. There is an “allowance” for abortions in the world today and they are practiced regularly. Tragic circumstances of conception and careless ones as well should be weighed carefully with the fear of God and the responsibility which comes from being the birth parents beginning with being conception parents. I am not offering an edict myself, nor am I passing judgment as I share this thought. But, as God’s mighty men we have a responsibility to provide guidance and prayer support at all times when it comes to honoring life and practicing the fear of the Lord.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For those living on the East Coast of the United States and the continuing snowstorms
challenging residents there
* For those in Haiti still struggling to put their lives together and for those who are assisting
them now a year after the original event
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people
* For all our troops stationed here and abroad defending the right of people to be free; especially
throughout the Middle East where the conflict is political and military but the solution remains
spiritual
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan,
Afghanistan and in the Far East with North Korea and South Korea
* For the support and encouragement of those who are seeking employment and the peace of
mind that comes from trusting the process of God’s creation of a new opportunity with the
promise of vocational resurrection in its season
* For Mission Waco and the people of Bulgaria

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* For opportunities to pray for faithful servants
* For the healing of depression and migraines among those I love whether I know them or not

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

O Lord, You have declared knowledge of Your mighty men before, during and after their conception in the wombs of their mothers. You have made it possible for Your knowledge to become theirs as they, too, will bring life into the world. May that knowledge be shared from generation to generation so that all life can know it comes from You who loves us so much that You would lay down Your own life on our behalf. May we all see what You see when You look at us- extraordinary children worthy of receiving and thriving in God’s love. AMEN.

January 25, 2011

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Hebrews 9. 12

“He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but He entered the Most Holy
Place once and for all by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

At the moment of Jesus’ death, the sun faded, the earth rumbled and the temple curtain that separated the Holy of Holies from all men but the priest whose station it was at that time to serve was torn in two. For the first time since the conquest of Jerusalem nearly 600 years before, the Holy of Holies was exposed bringing desecration and the end of life as the Jews knew it. However, on the day of His crucifixion, the expose brought consecration as the Chief High Priest entered in by the Holy Spirit to fulfill the covenant once and for all. No longer was it necessary to bring sacrifices once a year to appease the wrath of God which was bound for sinners. Now because of the entrance of the King of Kings who laid down His own life as the supreme covenant sacrifice the mighty men of God could approach the throne of God and live. The vision of the torn curtain could be a symbol akin to the tearing of one’s robes in utter despair such as the high priest did when he confronted Jesus in court the morning of the day of crucifixion. But, it would be God who tore the veil and bare His heart to the world at the death of His own Son. Yet, with open arms He would welcome into His heart that same Son whom death could not hold. It is the same for each of God’s mighty men who confess their sin whose consequence is the death of one of God’s “sons” and who in Christ find themselves free to run into their Heavenly Father’s arms. Are you ready to run? Are you truly ready to be free from sin and its tyranny of death? If so, then you are a mighty man of God. If you are not ready yet, the way is open and the path is Christ. You are not alone. He is running with you all the way into your Father’s house.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For the families of the four ladies found dead on a New York beach that they may have
closure and the criminal faced with justice
* For a positive, truthful and help-filled State of the Union address
* For those in Haiti still struggling to put their lives together and for those who are assisting
them now a year after the original event
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people
* For all our troops stationed here and abroad defending the right of people to be free; especially
throughout the Middle East where the conflict is political and military but the solution remains
spiritual
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan,
Afghanistan and in the Far East with North Korea and South Korea
* For the support and encouragement of those who are seeking employment and the peace of
mind that comes from trusting the process of God’s creation of a new opportunity with the
promise of vocational resurrection in its season
* For Mission Waco and the people of Brunei

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* For a day of sharing knowledge to improve the lives of students
* For the healing of depression and migraines among those I love whether I know them or not
* For the unexpected blessing Sarah received to help meet a need she had financially

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

O Lord, hear Your sons running with peace, love and joy. Catch them up in Your holy arms and love them unashamedly as only You can; as You did when Jesus came home to You from earth. AMEN.

January 24, 2011

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Psalm 46. 1,2

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not
fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

As you awake into each day and rehearse the plans for the things you know you will do and for those that you will inherit, do not forget that you are not alone. Just as God is an ever-present help in times of trouble so is He an ever-present encourager in times where trouble is not so near. It seems as if God is blamed by people when trouble comes their way. They fear the situation and presumed consequences instead of drawing nearer to God who provides for all that is needed to pass through the hard times. But, it seems as if God is ignored in times of peace and rest when the seasons of distress and grief have receded instead of giving thanks to Him for holding back trouble and laying it to rest for a time. The Apostle Paul reminded his congregation of readers that they must give thanks at all times and in all seasons. God’s mighty men may casually toss out “Whew, thank God.” But, even then there is at least the recognition that God is ever-present as a helper and One who empowers strength to remain steadfast. Fortunately, God’s mighty men will also be less casual in their praise and awareness of God’s grace, protection and provision. As they begin each day with prayer and the rehearsing of the commands in His Word, the path is made straight for the Holy Spirit which Jesus promised to deliver all that will be needed to meet the challenges of the day which can lead us toward or away from God. Draw near, mighty men, and remain thankful at all times for our God is an ever-present help in troublesome and troubleless times.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For the families and co-workers of the 4 police officers shot and killed in Detroit as well as for
the family of the one committing the crime
* For protection of endangered species; especially lions whose numbers are not estimated to be
about 20,000 left in the wild
* For those in Haiti still struggling to put their lives together and for those who are assisting
them now a year after the original event
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people
* For all our troops stationed here and abroad defending the right of people to be free; especially
throughout the Middle East where the conflict is political and military but the solution remains
spiritual
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan,
Afghanistan and in the Far East with North Korea and South Korea
* For the support and encouragement of those who are seeking employment and the peace of
mind that comes from trusting the process of God’s creation of a new opportunity with the
promise of vocational resurrection in its season
* For Mission Waco and the people of Brazil

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* For a day of calm
* For the healing of depression and migraines among those I love whether I know them or not

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

O Lord, may the knowledge of Your presence and provision fully supply these mighty men as they serve You in the world today by serving others whom You have called them to love. AMEN.

January 23, 2011

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Isaiah 66. 22

“As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me so will your name
and your descendents endure.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

The Apostle Paul taught that in Christ all things are made new. Everything that was created was created through Him. He is the Alpha and the Omega of life, the beginning and the end and the new beginning. In Him we have life and have it eternally and abundantly restored in perpetuity. What is required of us but to do justice, love mercy and walk with God all the days of our lives serving one another as He himself has served us. In these expressions of faithfulness, God’s people will certainly find an everlasting hope and a peace that will endure through all hardships, challenges and tribulations. In the times of calm there will be such a prosperity that its harvest cannot be measured. As the prophet Isaiah listened to the Word of God spoken concerning the end of time and the end of the end times he heard the supreme promise which every mighty man of God wants to here- you will endure with Me forever. Our hope is that we remain in God’s presence forever and enjoy the benefits of being His children. While we are here on earth, we can only imagine what it would be like to live in the harmony of Heaven and earth with God. What we know is that in our times of helping others and spending more time in worship we experience that harmony and blessing more and more. God’s promise is clear and without question. Our purpose should be the same and we can expect the same in return from the God who loves us and desires for us to be with Him all the days of His life.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For those who will lead God’s people this weekend in prayer, worship and service
* For protection of endangered species; especially lions whose numbers are not estimated to be
about 20,000 left in the wild
* For those in Haiti still struggling to put their lives together and for those who are assisting
them now a year after the original event
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people
* For all our troops stationed here and abroad defending the right of people to be free; especially
throughout the Middle East where the conflict is political and military but the solution remains
spiritual
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan,
Afghanistan and in the Far East with North Korea and South Korea
* For the support and encouragement of those who are seeking employment and the peace of
mind that comes from trusting the process of God’s creation of a new opportunity with the
promise of vocational resurrection in its season
* For Mission Waco and the people of Botswana

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* For beautiful music that soothes the soul
* For the healing of depression among those I love whether I know them or not

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

O Lord, as Your mercy endures forever may these mighty men of Yours prosper in the blessing which it offers to them to love one another as You have loved them. AMEN.

January 21, 2011

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Ezekiel 48.35b

“And the name of the city from that time on will be: The LORD is THERE.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

The greatest testimony a mighty man of God can have concerning his home and home life would be that of those spoken by the world which declares “The Lord is there.” Some will proclaim it because they are believers and others because they cannot believe it. There must have been a similar conversation between Moses and Pharoah at least at the end of the plagues when the Spirit of discernment covered over the whole of Egypt and selected the first born of the newest generation to be sacrificed by Pharoah’s command. The mark of the blood of the lamb on the doorpost declared to any who passed by “The Lord is there.” For those who did not have the blood of the lamb an innocent lamb was slain for the sin of disbelief of Pharoah. The hardness of his own heart against Moses and the God of Moses spoke clearly “The Lord is not in here nor shall He ever be.” There was room for only one god in the heart and mind of Pharoah and that was the god, or at least the extension of a god, that he believed himself to belief. It is no wonder that in the Wilderness of Sin at the foot of Mt. Sinai as the people began to worship an idol god in celebration of their deliverance by the hand of the God, Moses was receiving the command “You shall have no room for any other god but Me.” In other words, it should be said “No room in the heart, mind or spirit because the Lord is there. I have no need for anything else.”

Some of us, including myself, must continue to do some house cleaning and house establishing. We need to prepare the house of the Lord for His return just as He is preparing ours for us when He returns. There can only be room for God.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For those who will lead God’s people this weekend in prayer, worship and service
* For hope to be set free in those where it is held in bondage by depression, fear and an
unawareness of God’s purpose for their creation and existence
* For those in Haiti still struggling to put their lives together and for those who are assisting
them now a year after the original event
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people
* For all our troops stationed here and abroad defending the right of people to be free; especially
throughout the Middle East where the conflict is political and military but the solution remains
spiritual
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan,
Afghanistan and in the Far East with North Korea and South Korea
* For the support and encouragement of those who are seeking employment and the peace of
mind that comes from trusting the process of God’s creation of a new opportunity with the
promise of vocational resurrection in its season
* For Mission Waco and the people of Bosnia

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* For spiritual peace and prosperity in me and through me to others
* For the healing of depression among those I love whether I know them or not

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

O Lord, bless these houses we pray. May each tabernacle that is Your mighty man be blessed with Your presence and a blessed presence in the midst of their worlds. AMEN.

January 20, 2011

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Joshua 22. 34

“And the Reubenites and the Gadites gave the altar this name: ‘A Witness Between Us that
the Lord is God.’”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

Have you ever felt like an outsider? Have you believed that is appears it is “you versus the world”? I find it interesting to hear in sports, especially at the professional level, coaches and players speak of this mentality as a motivating idea to success. It is generally rooted in the notion that their particular team does not have the respect of anyone else so they must prove themselves. The tribes of Israel who chose to live beyond the Jordan were pushed into that corner of thought. To respond to it and prove their legitimacy they built an altar to offer sacrifices and conduct worship. To the other tribes who dwelt in Canaan this act seemed treasonous and against God. They feared that their brothers would fall into the practices of sacrificing to pagan gods and bring the wrath of God upon them all. But, the claim was to the contrary and for fear of being left out of the spiritual family of Israel at any time the altar was constructed to show their unity and not their separation.

Do we as mighty men of God have a place of worship in our homes which stands as a witness that the Lord is our God? Do we take the time to worship and consider the sacrifices which have been made so that we can freely and humbly proclaim God as our own and that we are His? We are far from the need to say God can only be worshipped in this place or that and only in this or that particular manner. We know that God is everywhere and available to His people by mercy and grace. I would think that the concern would be if the tribes had not built an altar to God and committed themselves to unity and harmony. Sadly, the northern tribes would break away from Judah and built their own altars and temple replacement. Its witness was not one of unity and harmony but of self-service. Its reality led to those tribes becoming lost and integrated as a people back into the world. What is our home witness as mighty men of God?

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For hope to be set free in those where it is held in bondage by depression, fear and an
unawareness of God’s purpose for their creation and existence
* For those in Haiti still struggling to put their lives together and for those who are assisting
them now a year after the original event
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people
* For all our troops stationed here and abroad defending the right of people to be free; especially
throughout the Middle East where the conflict is political and military but the solution remains
spiritual
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan,
Afghanistan and in the Far East with North Korea and South Korea
* For the support and encouragement of those who are seeking employment and the peace of
mind that comes from trusting the process of God’s creation of a new opportunity with the
promise of vocational resurrection in its season
* For Mission Waco and the people of Bolivia

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* For spiritual peace and prosperity
* For the healing of depression among those I love whether I know them or not

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

O Lord, as for us and our homes, we shall serve the Lord with gladness and worship Him with praise. Bless these homes and the altars of their hearts given to the unity and harmony of the body of Christ. AMEN.

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