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Truth in Palmyra

By Wally Fry

Just a Thought

Obedience to God’s Word is never an accident. Satan’s attacks are intentional, and our preparation for the needs to be intentional also.


Daniel 1:8 

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Timing of These Events

by Wally Fry

Monday, March 18

The Timing of These Events

Nehemiah 1:1, 11; 2:1

“O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer,” Nehemiah 1:11.

At this point, there had been two waves of returns to Jerusalem from the Babylonian captivity. Some thirteen years had passed since Ezra headed home, and reports had come back to Nehemiah that were not good. The wall of the city was still torn down, and the possibility that the newly rebuilt Temple could be destroyed by enemies was very real. We can see by his reaction that Nehemiah was very distressed by this news.

First, Nehemiah prayed; he prayed as we all should pray—asking God to forgive his errors and that His will might be accomplished. He petitioned God openly and honestly for what he felt on his heart. In this case, it was that the wall of the city be restored and the Temple and people be safe. This was truly a great prayer.

Nehemiah did far more than just pray, however. Our devotional verse closes with this, “For I was the king’s cupbearer.” Nehemiah had a plan and was ready to leap into action. He understood the need, he prayed for the need, and he looked at how he might actually be the instrument God had selected to fill that need. Nehemiah brought something that we all can possess; he brought something that requires no training or knowledge at all. He brought his willingness and availability. If we bring that and offer it to God, He will take care of the little details like skill and ability. Are we available?

JUST A THOUGHT: God does not always call the equipped, but He always equips the called.

 

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Roger Copeland-Unsearchable Riches of Christ

Just a Thought

Before we teach, we ought to be studying God’s Word and living it in our own lives.


Ezra 7:10 

For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The People Return to the Land of Promise

by Wally Fry

Sunday, March 17

The People Return to the Land of Promise

Ezra 8:31-34

“And we came to Jerusalem, and abode there three days,” Ezra 8:32.

The second wave of Jewish returnees from the captivity had arrived in Jerusalem. After some months of travel from Persia to their homeland, they entered Jerusalem. God’s plan to restore His nation has taken another step forward.

Much more happened here than just a bunch of people hitting the road and moving out. I think we can see a good model for us here of how God’s work, even today, should be carried out.

Ezra, the man called by God, prayed, prepared and made himself ready to proclaim the truth to the people. He made an assessment of the spiritual condition of the assembly and exhorted them to take a look at themselves (Ezra 9; 10). The people were honestly convicted of their trespasses, repented and committed to turning in another spiritual direction (Ezra 9:15). Only then did the work begin and the trip to Jerusalem was made.

This could not have been an easy trip, being some months long through likely hostile territory, into what was also probably an unfriendly place; yet, it was done. Then, the people rested; they “abode there three days” (Ezra 8:32). On the fourth day, they began working again.

What a great example for us today! God still has a plan and purpose, and He still needs those among His called out assemblies to get it done.

JUST A THOUGHT: God has work to be done. Are we in the proper spiritual condition and willing to do it?

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Jesus intercedes for us

And, he is our ONLY intercessor, no matter what others might teach, that we need the intercession of saints, priests or any other to speak on our behalf. The veil is rent, and we may now approach the throne of grace ourselves through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Beholding Him Ministries

:Hebrews 7-25cContinuing to behold the greatness and compassion of our God!

Intercede = intervene on behalf of another
Hebrews 7:25, “
…because he [Jesus] always lives to intercede for them.”

How very comforting to know that Jesus is alive and lives to make intercession for those who come to God through him. The Lord desires that none will perish (2 Peter 3:9).

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Just a Thought

God is not off in some corner of the universe, just sitting and watching things unfold with disinterest. He is in it all.


Jeremiah 23:23 

Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?

Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Rejoicing in the God of Our Salvation

by Wally Fry

Saturday, March 16

Rejoicing in the God of Our Salvation

Habakkuk 3:1-19

“Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation,” Habakkuk 3:18.

Habakkuk had quite the interaction with God. He had seen the events that were unfolding. He had seen God clearly foretell Judah’s judgment, and even the judgment of the people God used to exercise judgment on His own! He had questioned God, and even somewhat challenged Him on the nature of His promise keeping to His people. By the time we get here, the prophet had been told a lot. Yet, in this prayer he keeps on asking for mercy from God. Has the prophet gone too far? Not at all!

God expects persistent prayer even when we understand what His plan is and even when it might not be the way we would have caused things to unfold. Sometimes, praying in the will of God is far more than simply hanging our heads and taking what He dishes out; we keep talking in order to learn and bring ourselves on board with His will. So, even knowing what God has planned, Habakkuk continues to plead for God’s mercy.

God knows and preserves His own. While we may face chastisement and rebuke for our bad choices, in the end, if we are His, we remain His. That is the ultimate mercy, is it not? I suspect Habakkuk, during the course of his very own prayer, came to this realization. The prophet wraps up by acknowledging that—despite what was coming—the people could always rejoice in the Lord and the salvation He offers. We can, too.

JUST A THOUGHT: Prayer never dictates God’s will or actions; it teaches us how to understand and love His will and desires.

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Little Treasures

I have said before: I like poetry, I just don’t write it! A good one here from the Big Sky Buckeye Blog. Blessings and enjoy!

Big Sky Buckeye

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My life matures with so very much to enjoy

Being with grandchildren brings love and joy

God blesses us with these matchless wonders

Hearing their playfulness louder than thunder

The Lord has blessed my role as a grandfather

Bringing love opportunities without any bother

Morning arrives with my coffee cup filled

Thinking of grandchildren spawns a thrill

Some live close, others reside farther away

Praying for each one helps to start my day

Their parents feel blessed with each child

Allowing me to call each one my grandchild

These children march through remarkable lives

Offering vivid moments that continue to thrive

Photographs authenticate each child’s life story

Filling my appetite with incredible love and glory

God has glorified me with these little tikes

Reminding of humble times, forever to like

 

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