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Keep Your Eyes on the Lord (Micah 7:5-7)
"A chapter seven verses. Five through seven put no trust in the neighbor. Have no confidence in a friend. Guard the doors of your mouth from her. Who lies in your arms for the son treats the father with contempt. The daughter rises up against her mother. The daughter in law against her mother-in-law a man's enemies are the men of his own house. But as for me. I will look to the lord. I will wait for the god of my salvation. My god will hear me. On a powerful few verses as mica describes the conflict the division the lack of trust between people between him and neighbors him and friends even warning about a husband and a wife and potential conflict there and then with fathers and sons and and mothers dis summary statement at the end of her six. A man's enemies are the men of his own. The house like what do you do when people who are close to you let you down in some way people who are closest to you people you have looked to win leaned upon and trusted in mica chapter seven. As for me. I will look to the lord. What a powerful contrast. But as for me i will look to the lord and the pictures clear. I will look to the one who will never let me down. I will look to the one who i can always trust. I will look to the one who will always always always be faithful to me. Who will always care for me with wisdom who were always uphold me with his righteous right hand who will lead me and guide me in ways that he guarantees are ultimately for my good. I will look to the lord. I will wait for the god of my salvation even that at this picture of dependence on god waiting on god i am trusting in god. I'm leaning on god. He will come through for me. That's what he says. My god will hear me and not just hear me. The whole picture is gone will year and answer me when i call to him. God will help me when i call to him. Oh be encouraged today. I just think about all the divisiveness and the world around us the culture around us in my country. They've had the divisiveness. Even among god's people sometimes among professing followers of jesus among people that you want to look to lean on trust in and mica chapter seven verses five through seven is just reminding us to keep our eyes fixed on the lord. yes to be an fijian's four kind of way eager to maintain the unity the spirit in the bond of peace and the church eager to be peacemakers. As god's word calls too eager to honor everyone eager not to promote division to heal division like these are all thrust that we see in scripture ways. God calls us to cultivate peace and seeking unity particularly as his people. I mean she just prayed that for us so clearly in john chapter seventeen and such a clear theme we see all throughout the new testament at the same time and this is kind of the point. Right keep your eyes looking to the lord in the more you are looking to the lord trusting in him honoring him following him. The more i am doing that the more we will grow in unity together the more we will grow and fellowship with one another our unity revolves around jesus r-unity revolves around looking the lord waiting for depending on the god of our salvation knowing that he hears us. Oh god freshly encouraged reading these verses to know the right. Now i can every one of us can look to you and know that we can trust in you.
Filled with the Spirit (Micah 3:8)
"Mica chapter three verse eight. But as for me i am filled with power with the spirit of the lord and with justice and might to declare to jacob his transgression and israel his sin. What a beautiful verse in the middle of this chapter so mica at this point has been talking about false prophets as addressed in many different points already in this short book in the old testament but here in verse eight. He says but as for me. He begins talking about his role as a true prophet. He said i am filled with power with the spirit of the lord not with the spirit of this world with the adversary who wants to deceive with false prophecy. False teaching that which not from god. I'm filled with power with the spirit of the lord and with justice and might so are already in this book. Mike has been a mouthpiece for god's judgment upon his people for their injustice in their oppression of people yet here. Mike is saying. I'm filled with justice and might because i'm filled with the spirit of the lord. And then he says all of this filled with power the spirit lord with justice in my to do what to declare to jacob his transgression and to israel his sin to speak about the seriousness of aggression and sin against god and to call people to turn to him. So how does this verse lead us to pray while. I don't wanna make an exact parallel by any means between followers of jesus. Today you and me have trusted are trusting in jesus for salvation because there are some unique things that characterize mica here but when we turn the pages the new testament we see these realities applied to every follower of jesus his what regius told his disciples before he ascended into heaven. You will receive what you will receive power when who when the holy spirit comes upon you. My zen phil with power with the spirit of the lord like this is an awesome thought that which mica experienced as a prophet in the old testament. Every follower of jesus experiences in the new testament. You will receive power when the holy spirit comes upon you. Mica says with justice and might yes like we have the spirit of god in us. The word of god to us about what is just and right and good and we have the strength of god living in us his spirit dwells inside of us y when mike say i'm filled with power the spirit of lord with justice in mind to declare to jake transgression and to israel his sin to tell people about the series of sin and the salvation of god. So why do we have. The power of god's spirit living in us remember what jesus said to his disciples. You will receive power when the holy spirit comes upon you and you will be my what my witnesses you will witness to who i am what. I've come to do to save people from their sin. You will testify declare to others their transgression their sin in my salvation. Mica chapter three verse. Eight this is you and me as followers of jesus and so many ways so god. We prayed you'd help us to realize this today. Help us to live in this today. Help us to live accordingly today to realize that wherever we are whenever our job is are there were student we work in this capacity or that capacity wherever we are whatever we do god help us to live filled with your power with your spirit inside of us with justice and might gut help us to do justice to do that which is right and good strength of your mind. Fijian's six ten be strong in the lord and the strength of his mind. God help us to live in your strength today and with your spirit in us. Help us to declare to other people their transgression and sin and your salvation. God we pray for holy spirit. Empowered boldness today to be your witnesses. God we praise you for micheals faithfulness in his day. And we pray that you would help us each one of us to be faithful with your power your spirit your justice your mind to declare your word help us to be faithful today we pray in jesus name
Zealous and Compassionate Evangelism (Jonah 4:10-11)
"Jona chapter four versus ten eleven. And the lord said you pity the plant for which you did not labor nor did you make it grow which came into being a night and perished in a night and should not i pity niniveh that great city in which there are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left and also much cattle and thus ends the book of jona with the profit exceedingly displeased. An angry that god had brought salvation to niniveh. The god had saved benefit from the wrath. They deserved and the prophet. Jonah is upset goes out of the city. Sits down there under the shade and god appoints this plant to come up over jona to save him from discomfort in the sun and jonah was exceedingly. Glad about the plant. But then when god appointed a worm to attack the plants withered. Joan was so upset. And god's says in verses we just read you pity the plant a plant. Should i not pity. Niniveh people hundreds of thousands of people who have created a my image whom i love and i desire to save like. There's so much temptation at this point just to be very critical of jona and obviously jonah was in the wrong here but let's look at our own lives i. How often are you an. I consumed with passionate about things in this world that ultimately don't matter i we value plants and possessions and sports and entertainment and petty comforts in trivial concerns. And we can get so worked up over these things so passionate about these things even embroiled in these things that we miss individuals right around us people that we interact with on a daily basis. Who are on a road that leads to an eternal hell. Oh god we pray. Help us to realize to remember what matters most god reprieve. You'd forgive us for our focus on so many different comforts and cares and concerns in this world that we are not more passionate about seoul's being saved not just experience your life and your love in this world but in all of eternity god help us depite what you pity to have compassion like your compassion to love like you love god. We pray. You'd help us too long for what you long for you. Desire all people to know your grace your salvation. We think about seven plus billion people in the world all created in your image your likeness created to know you and created to enjoy you. Who turned from you all seven. Plus billion of us have turned from you and you love them so loved the world that you gave your one and only son that whoever among the seven billion believes in jesus will not perish paternal live gunnery. Praise you for your love for us. We praise you for somebody caring enough about us to share the gospel with us. We praise you for the eternal life we have in you. We praise you for your pity and your compassion and your love for us. So god reprinted helpless his show that for other people around us cowdery pray that ours eel to lead people to to faith in jesus to internal life and you would far outweigh our zeal for anything else. In this world. God that we would be emotional about passionate about not plans and possessions and sports and entertainment and petty comforts and trivial concerns but that we would be passionate about people and their souls for all of eternity. God we we pray that you would keep us from living like we see joan in this last chapter. God help us to be a clear reflection of your love for the people around us people who are desperately in need of your grace. We pray that you would help us to be more concerned about their salvation. Then we are about new business ventures new gadgets nicer things and sports teams and whatever else this world offers us help us we pray god in jesus name
The Day of the Lord is Near (Obadiah 1:15)
"Ovadai chapter one verse. Fifteen for the day of the lord is near upon all the nations. Just gonna stop there. The verse actually goes on. But i just want us to soak in what we just heard and pray. According to it for the day of the lord is near upon all the nations and the context here in ovid. Is this the shortest book. And the old testament just one chapter and it's addressing specifically got speaking through the prophet ovadai About the people of eithm the might who had helped capture fleeing israelites. And turn them over to the babylonians when they were being driven out from jerusalem and god makes clear in this chapter in this short bible. Bug that eat them. The nation the eat mites will be held accountable for what they have done and so we read this verse verse. Fifteen for the day of the lord is near upon all the nations and the verse goes on to say. As you've done it shall be done to you. Your deeds shall return on your own head in other words all people in all nations will one day give an account to god and in his holiness and his justice he will judge all the nations of the earth which means all people in all the nations of the world. Need the mercy of god. All people and all nations are senators. Who have rebelled against god and who deserve his just judgment yet. We know from new testament. God so loved the world all the peoples and all the nations of the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him will never perish but have everlasting life. The good news of the gospel. The great news of the bible is that salvation is available for all people in all nations that jesus revelation chapter five has died to purchase people for god from every nation tribe tongue language every nation every people group in the world. And that's what we need to think of when we hear nations for the day of the lord is near upon all the nations. Don't just think geopolitical entities countries like we think of two hundred or so united nations today think ethnic groups think people groups this is why we pray continually on this podcast for unreached people groups like today the karakolpak. People of us becca stan. Me tell you a little bit about the car. Call poc people so this people group is almost one hundred percent muslim. And i say almost because i we and our church family have been connected with believers among the karakolpak people who are meeting underground in secret who are gathering at great risk to worship god to study his word and to proclaim the gospel they are working to lead other karakolpak people to faith in jesus and we. We have stories of people being baptized. Among the caracol puck people so the gospel is going forward. The reality is though among the seven hundred and fifty thousand or so karakolpak. People and use becca stan. Most of them still have never even heard the good news. Of god's love in jesus and ovadai one fifteen makes clear that the day of the lord is near upon all the nations all the karakolpak people of us back. Stan will one. Day stand before. God as judge which means we give our lives praying and giving and going as god leads to people groups like the caracol people to make his mercy known among these people who've never even heard of love is not they've heard about jesus and rejected him. They've never even heard of the mercy of jesus. So i want to lead us to pray specifically for what god is doing among the caracol puck people for you and i right now in this podcast in the next two minutes to be involved with what god is doing and use becca stan and at the same time to step back and see the world through this lens when you look at world news among the nations and all kinds of different ways no every nation every tribe every people group in the world will one day stand before god as judged so as you look world news let it drive you to pray for the spread of the gospel and this nation among that people group in this language. Let's be world 'prayers. Let's pray with a world lens for the spread of god's mercy among all the nations knowing the day of the lord is near upon every single one of them so god we pray right now we intercede on behalf of the caracol but people and use becca stan.
Enjoying God and His People (Amos 9:13-15)
"Amos checker nine versus thirteen through fifteen the whole the days are coming declares the lord when the plowman shall overtake and the tritter of grapes him who sows the seed the mountains shall drip sweet wine and all the hills shall flow with it i will restore the fortunes of my people israel and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit i will plant them on their land and they shall never again be uprooted out of the land that i have given them says the lord your god and thus the book of amos ends with this promise the days are coming declares the lord when i will restore you to your land i will bless you in your land i will plant you in this land and you will never again be uprooted out in the land that i've given you i want progress and this book where we see from the very beginning stark sober serious pictures of god's judgment upon his people for their sin and yet in the end we have promise of restoration of redemption of blessing of the goodness of god towards sinners who deserve his judgment and he leaves them with the promise of blessing and isn't this good news for all of god's people i step back see the overarching storyline of the bible a world full of centers including you in me when we trust in god specifically and replace our faith and trust in jesus as savior and lord of our lives in a world where there's so much evil and suffering we know that in the end blessing awaits like full and final and eternal blessing the imagery here is like imagery we see in revelation describing heaven eternity with god in his presence free from sorrow free from suffering free from sickness free from sin free to enjoy god to enjoy one another perfectly. This is the promise. God gives to all of his people who trust in him. So god we praise you for your promise. And we praise you anticipation of its fulfillment. We longed for the day when there be no more sent and no more sorrow and no more suffering when you will wipe away every tear from our eyes when everything will be perfect a relationship with you our relationships with each other our relationship with the world around us in a new creation new heaven and new earth. Oh god bringing about we pray. Come lord jesus come quickly. We pray and help us help us until that day as long as you terry to faithfully walk with you to trust in you to turn from sin today and every day to walk in holiness with you and god to lead other people to you that other people might enjoy you in this way forever. That other people might know your promise and have this hope. God please make us active. In sharing our faith sharing the gospel that people might be saved. Got to pray for this right around as we continue to pray for this all around the world for the northern who's bet people and kazakhstan half a million of them no followers of jesus. God we know you sent jesus to die on the cross for every nation including the uis bax kazakhstan so god cause your grace and your glory to spread and kazahstan among all the people groups are among the northern news. Bag people there they might gather with us around your throne in paradise in heaven. Enjoy you forever and ever ever caused the gospel to go to them god. 'cause disciples remained in churches be planted in multiplied among the northern news. Back in causing starring. Pray we we long for look forward to that day with every nation and every tribe in every time in every people group in the world who will gather around your throne and enjoy your presence live forever with you Come lord. Jesus come quickly. Our father in heaven hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come your will be done. We pray on earth as it is in heaven in jesus name we pray
The Worst Kind of Famine (Amos 8:11-12)
"Amos chapter eight verses eleven twelve behold the days are coming declares the lord. God when i will send a famine on the land not a famine of bread nor thirst for water but of hearing the word of the lord they shall from sea to sea and from north to east they run to and fro to seek the word of the lord but they shall not find it. Wow what a sobering to verses of scripture for god to say to his people i'm gonna send a famine that is worse than not having food that is worse than not having water. Not a fan of brad north thirst for water. I'm going to send a famine of hearing the words of the lord people will run to and fro from cdc from north to east seeking the word of the lord. But they shall not find. That is the ultimate picture of god's judgment for god to be silent for god to not speak his people like even just think about that. We're reading god's word this revelation of who he is that we have this gift. We have sixty six books in the bible. That are the revealed word of god. You and i have that. We get to hear from god that god speaks to us by his spirit through it were it. Not for god's word we would be totally lost. We would be totally in the dark. Especially as sinners deserving of god's wrath. We would be totally hopeless. If we didn't have the word of god. Just think about this world with all of its evil and wickedness and injustice and no word from god about who he is. How know him about hope that we have as we look to the future. We would be hopeless. Lost completely without god's word and yet even as i say that i can think about these unreached people that we pray for continuing on this podcast like the demari ramani in iran. One point four million of them and you know what they don't have to makes them unreached that don't have the word of god they don't have hope it's found and god's word they don't have the revelation of who he is and what he's done to save us from our sins so we can know him and walk with him and hear from an experienced relationship with and they don't have that because nobody's taking it tooth and they've had somebody go to the demari ramani people. Nobody's gone there and share the word of god with him. Oh god we raise you for your word. We praise you for the gift that it is to us. We love your word. We forgive us for any ways we might be in our lives as those reprint on this podcast neglecting. Your word right. Now gunnery pray that we would meditate on your word day and neither in memorize soaking in that we would read it and studied and digested and then do it. Obey it live. According to god thank you thank you. Thank you for not leaving us in a famine without your word. Thank you to run around seeking your word and not be able to find it. Thank you that we have access to it and we have your word in front of us anytime we can download or we can look at it anytime. We can read it anytime. Thank you for your word. In our language battery pray for the demari romani. People who don't have your word. Nobody's proclaimed it to them. Nobody's taken it to them. So many people among the romani who've never registered never heard your word god referring to you're gonna referring for the thousands of languages where your is either still being translated or is not even started being translated yet. God we pray he would change that cause your church rise up and give our resources to translate the bible into every language in the world so that every single person every single nation has your word got pray for the success of bible translation gallery. Pray that you would use our lives. Even even today you would move many of us to give toward bible translation to see your word spread among all the people of the world. We love your word. God we praise you for your word. We pray the uses to spread your word to people right around us people far from us to every person people group in the world and they would have access to your word knowing that we are totally lost without it in jesus name we pray amen.
Boldness to Proclaim the Word (Amos 7:12-13)
"Chapter seven versus twelve and thirteen. An amazon said to amos. Ozier go flee away to the land of judah and eat bread dare and prophesy there but never again prophesied bethel for it is the kings sanctuary and it is a temple of the kingdom so basically what this is in the book of amos is a threat against amos an accusation against him in light of what he was prophesying. So here was amos saying things that the priest amazonia and the king in israel did not like and the whole picture before this. We're not able to bear your words what you're saying so go away from this land. I don't speak here. There's all kinds of different applications. We might consider as we see this picture of the prophet of god being rejected by the people of god. But i was reading. This verse is to versus just thought about the brothers and sisters. We have around the world right now. Who are speaking. The word of god and are experiencing major persecution for it for our brothers and sisters and north korea in somalia and yemen and saudi arabia in so many different places in the world in iran church is experiencing all kinds of persecution and threats and the bible calls us commands us to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters and to go to them to serve them and care for them to serve them as our own family. So i wanna lead us to pray specifically for the persecuted church allied of this picture of amos experiencing persecution in chapter seven verses twelve and thirteen. So oh god our father in heaven we pray right now on behalf of our brothers and sisters your sons and daughters who are in labor camps in north korea because they are followers of you are experiencing on imaginable suffering and pain. Because they're following you. God we pray for our brothers and sisters in malaya who who know an any moment friend or family member could kill them for their faith in you. Gotta we pray for brothers and sisters in iran really throughout the middle east in different places where they're facing various forms of persecution. Can i think about brothers and sisters in india that i know all over different parts of asia who mentioned specific names now but but people brothers sisters in our family who are right now experiencing threats against them who are being told to leave or to lose their land if they don't or to lose their job or to lose their life to be imprisoned or to be killed for trusting you for proclaiming your word. God we pray Acts chapter four. That you would give them boldness to proclaim your word. God please give them baldness to proclaim your word. Even in the midst of persecution would cause the gospel to spread through them. We pray just as you gave amos boldness to proclaiming your word. god reprieve. you'd give them boldness to continue proclaiming. Your word got even as a pray that god. I'm so thankful that. I can proclaim your word today and i'm not going to be thrown into prison for it and i don't. I don't even know how long that lasts in the country. I live in. But god. I pray that as long as i have this freedoms as we any of us listening. Have that freedom god. We would be bold proclaiming. Your word was reprinted for boldness for them. Go repair give us boldness that that which they're giving their lives for losing their lives for we would not neglect when we don't we don't lose our life for it. Hung god help them help us together to be bold proclamation of your word no matter what that means for our lives certainly our reputation or matter what that means for anything. God help us to be faithful to proclaim your word. We pray for your strength for your help for your mercy for your provision for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world for their families as mom or dad is in prison as a child is in prison now. Do we pray that he would strengthen their faith. You hold them with your righteous right hand and you would cause your gospel to spread in prisons and labor camps and all these places in the world where there's so much persecution against followers of jesus our brothers and sisters your sons daughters we pray for them in. Jesus name
Judgment Will Come (Joel 3:14)
"Joel chapter three verse fourteen multitudes multitudes in the valley of decision for the day of the lord is near in the valley of decision this is really a summary verse in a sense for the book of all throughout this book. You see mention of the day of the lord which had meaning certainly in giles. Day as god through joel was warning. His people that his judgment was coming that they would be sent into exile because of their sin. But there's a bigger picture here to in the book of joel because we are seeing a picture of the day when judgment from god ultimately comes for all people before him multitudes multitudes in the valley of decision for the day of the lord is near in the valley of decision. The picture is crystal clear here. All over the bible you and i will one day stand before god as our judge and his judgment will be final. That is a sobering thought. The joel chapter three verse. Fourteen is teaching. The bible teaches now for all who have trusted in. Jesus we look forward to that day not because we have done enough things in order to be judged by god worthy to come into heaven and spend eternity with him no the farthest thing from it. We are knowledge and for that day because of what we have done. We're looking for that day. Because of what. Jesus has done for us and through faith in him. We look forward to the day when we will stand before god as centers not deserving of entrance into eternal life with him yet by faith in jesus his death on a cross for us his resurrection from the grave his righteous life accredited to us we will be welcomed into eternal life with him so i would just ask you as you're listening to this like. Do you have that kind of confidence. That kind of anticipation when it comes to that day if not. I urge you to trust in jesus valley of decision. You're in it. Decide to trust in jesus and when you do and for all of us who would say yes. I look forward to that. They have trusted in jesus. Let's look around us and see multitudes of people where we work in our neighborhoods among the nations who are in the valley of decision. Who will one day stand before. God is you just think about picture every face you've seen today every person you've interacted with today or will interact with today. Every single one of them will one day stand before god is judge so god we pray you would give us an urgency today to share the gospel with them to call them to decision to urge people to trust in jesus to save them from their sins. Today might not fear the day of judgement. That is coming. The day might look forward to that day. God we pray for this people right around us for people in our families. Friends neighbors coworkers for people in our path that we come across we will. We didn't even know we were going to meet. Gotta repay you give a sensitivity and boldness to share the gospel with them to see them as part of the multitudes in the valley of decision in god is see people far from us like this gallery. Pray for the khorasani turks in iran. Almost a million of them zero point zero percent followers of jesus most never having even heard the gospel. God we pray they right now if they were to stand before you in judgement all of them all one million of them would be cast out of your presence in ever lasting judgment forever. God we pray for your mercy on the khorasani turks. 'cause your church to go to them send out laborers to the khorasani turks. We pray send us as your church to them. Got to help us known to keep this gospel to ourselves that was to spread this gospel among all the nations. Starting right where we live among our neighbors and co workers and friends and family members. God we pray that you'd help us to see the world the lens of joel three fourteen today to see multitudes multitudes of people in the valley of decision we know the day of the lord. The day of judgement is coming. So pray you'd give us baldness compassion. Your love to share the gospel with urgency. In jesus name we pray
Sin is Spiritual Adultery (Hosea 14:9)
"Hosea chapter fourteen verse. Nine whoever is wise led him understand these things whoever's discerning let him know them for the ways of the lord or right and the upright walk in them but transgressors stumble in them and thus ends the book of jose. This is the last verse in the book. Whoever is wise let him understand these things. Think about what is what are these things you've got all that god has said in the book of hosea about the seriousness of sin sin islamic spiritual adultery. I picture a husband who loves his wife and his wife deliberately turns from him and his love and goes running after many other men and he continues to love her still and to the point of purchasing to bring her back. It's this picture of sen as spiritual adultery and yet that is deserving of god's sin warrants the wrath the judgment the discipline of god's santa's end finitely serious before a holy god and yet god is loving god is merciful toward centers who will turn from their sin and trust in him. Whoever's wise let him understand these things whoever's discerning let him know them for the ways of the lord our right and the upright walk in them but transgressors stumble in them. So god we we pray straight based on jose chapter fourteen verse. Burstein help us to be wise and to understand these things gallery prayed. You'd help us to understand god. We prayed you'd help us to see san for the horror that it is god. Help us to hate sin. We pray just like the thought of being unfaithful to someone. We love god in supreme way. You are supremely loving toward us. We don't want to be unfaithful to you. Want to faithfully walk with you so help us to hate sin to run from it to cling to you. We praise you for your love for us your faithfulness to us even when we have been unfaithful to you and thank you for loving us when we don't deserve it. Jesus thank you for paying the price for our san on the cross. So how ourselves to walk with enjoy deep intimacy with you god. This is wisdom understanding that we're created for a relationship with you like a husband and a wife for a father and a child like to walk in love for you enjoying your love for us to help us to understand these things to be wise not to be foolish not to run up to the things of this world would decline to you. Knowing your ways are right so make us upright. Help us to walk in your way so to walk. According to your word help us to meditate on your word day and night in a do according to what is ended to walk in your ways and not to be counted among transgressors. Who stumble in your ways. God keep us from transgression. We pray pray. Jose fourteen nine over every single person listening right now. Give them wisdom guard. Them from foolishness helped them to understand your love. The sirius' them sand and the beauty of what we've been called to in relationship with you and help them to be upright to walk in your ways that are right and not to stumble in them through transgression. God i pray that over them. I pray that over my life that we might fully enjoy you and your ways you and your love and your ways. That are right and good best for us. We pre jose fourteen nine. Jesus name amen.
Salvation is Found in God Alone (Hosea 13:4)
"Hosea chapter thirteen verse. Four but i am the lord your god from the land of egypt you know no god but me and besides me. There is no savior when a clear picture of the supremacy of god of the fact that in the words of acts chapter. Four verse. twelve there is salvation No one else. There is no god but the one true god amidst all the idols of this world amidst all the false gods of the world things people ideas set up as god. There is no god but one the lord who is god no god but him and besides him there is no savior. Think about that important that is for each one of our lives to constantly remember. We do not look to anyone anything to save us but god this or that person whom we love no matter how wonderful they might be. Day cannot save us. They cannot fully satisfy us. They cannot meet our deepest needs as we look to leaders in rethink about leaders in the world. Even as we've prayed leading up to presidential election in the united states through this podcast. Clearly no leader can save us our salvation. Our hope our trust are not in leader of a country. The leader of a church the leader of an organization. Any man woman any person anything. There's there's no achievement. We can attain. There's no level we can get to know position. We can climb to know possession. We can own that if we just get there. Then we'll be satisfied then we'll be fulfilled. Its ally straight from the adversary that constantly surrounds us in this world. In god speaks crystal clear and hosea chapter. Thirteen verse for i and the larger god. There is no god but me and besides me. There is no savior so we pray. Oh god you alone are god. We confess that together right now. There are no other gods but you all the gods. The nations are idols. You alone are the lord and we say this from our hearts. Oh god may we not look to money as an idol two possessions as idols to sports sex success. Anything this world offers. None of it can fully satisfy us. None of these things can meet our deepest need. No person can meet our deepest. Needs you alone. Can you alone. God you alone. Are worthy of all of our worship. You alone are worthy of all of our praise. You alone are worthy of all of our. Trust your worthy of all of our allegiance. you're worthy of all of our hope. You alone are god and you alone our savior. Jesus you alone can save us from our sins we say based on your word there is salvation found in no one else. There is no other name under heaven whereby people can be saved. Jesus you alone can save people from sin. There's no other way to be saved from san. There's no other way to be satisfied and our souls but in you so with that reality god. Please give us urgency today to proclaim your salvation in jesus. God gives us urgency today to point people to jesus alone as the one who can save golden repay that we would not be silent with this reality. There is no savior. Besides jesus go to repay that. As the church we would make known to the ends of the earth. Cowdery pray for the southern us beck and afghanistan over four million of them for the few believers here there. We praise you for your salvation. Among southern who's back people in god. We pray for the spread of the gospel through them for the spread of jesus name as savior among the southern. Who's back of afghanistan gallery. Pray we it. Jesus name would be exalted in afghanistan as savior and lord and god. Oh god we believe. Jose chapter thirteen verse. Four you are the lord. Our god we know no god but you and besides you. There is no savior and as such we seek you. We worship you trust in you. We yield our lives to your lordship we ask you to lead us in. Guide us indirect us for your glory as the one and only true god in jesus name in the name of our savior. We pray
Fear God and Honor the Government (1 Peter 2:1317)
"Peter Chapter two versus thirteen through seventeen. Be Subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution. Whether, it be to the emperor as Supreme. Or two governors is sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God. The by doing good, you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people live as people who are free not using your freedom as a cover up for evil but living as servants of God. Honor everyone loves the Brotherhood. Fear. God Honour the emperor. There so much in these verses. As we think about what God is teaching us about our lives about government about how to live our lives in view of government around us. Even, government that is making it hard to follow Jesus, which was the case in first. Peter when this letter was being written. And yet we see God commanding. Followers of Jesus to be subject to human institutions. To. Be Submissive. Citizens of a government for the Lord's sake. This glorifies God. To submit to government around us. Obviously not as alternate. But as a good institution designed by God. While our supreme submission is still to. God. In the words of the Church in the book of Acts We obey God rather than men when faced with. An order from government that would involve disobeying God then yes we alternately choose God and obedience to God even when that could cost us lives I think about. Brothers and sisters around the world right now who live in countries where it's illegal for them to follow Jesus. Leo for them to proclaim Jesus. And they do so anyway. At the risk of their lives so so much. Pray, hairless let's just dive in. God we praise you. For Government. For institutions sent by you. Leaders sent by you to use your words from first Peter Chapter Two verse fourteen to punish those who do Yvonne praise those who do good. God We pray for our government in the United States and for followers of Jesus who are praying in different countries for their government Scotteri pray for governments. That punish those who do evil and praise those who do good. We pray for that simple significant. Description of your designed for government to be true around US repay that in the middle of the government where we live the countries where we live, you would help us to do good. To do good deeds as we read earlier in First Peter. Chapter. Two. To live as servants of yours and servants of others. To share the Gospel with others to love our neighbors as ourselves to honor everyone audrey pray. Especially during these days where we're so tempted. The ways of the world around us to dishonor. People. Our words. Their actions even if Just in our minds were no one else can see got to help us to honor everyone. To love the brother to love your church specifically God. We pray to help us to love one another well tearing these days that would be known by our love for each other. You help us to fear you. Above, all overall God help us to live with fear view. We prayed to honor the emperor. To use your words from verse Seventeen Oh God to honor the leaders over us God help us to honor. President trump. Vice President Pence. Speaker Pelosi. And other leaders. In our federal government state governments and local governments got help us to honor them in ways that glorify you. Again, with our words, their actions and even in our own minds. We pray that you would help us to be subject. And the ways you call us to for your sake to be subject to government around us. And at the same time God. To be submissive to you. To elect to you as Lord over all as leader overall is king overall as the one true most High God our lives are yours help us to obey you no matter what it costs and God that feels so easy to pray in the country where I live God, I pray. We pray together for brothers and sisters around the world who live in. Totalitarian regimes who live in. Governments where it is a legal. For people to follow you to proclaim you to be disciples and make disciples of the nations God, we pray that you would strengthen them and help them help them to. Be. Subject. For Your Sake to the government around them, but ultimately submissive to you and to glorify you. In the country where you have called them to glorify God, help us help us repay to obey I peter two thirteen through seventeen in every way in Jesus name. Amen.
The Unity of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:16)
"Fiji's chapter four verses one through six. I therefore a prisoner for the. Lord. Urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called. With, all humility and gentleness with patience. Bearing with one another in. Love. Eager to maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one spirit just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call. One Lord one faith one baptism one God and father of all who is overall through all and in all. What a beautiful powerful. Passage, of scripture. As. Paul. Exhorts. The Church at Ephesus to. With eagerness like bend over backward to maintain the unity, you have in the church around Jesus and his word. and. This is a word. I'm convinced we need to your we desperately need to hear and he'd. Amidst a toxic divisive political climates specifically in the United States right now where there's so much tension so much division over political candidates and parties to see the facts of that division in the Church and God is calling us to bend over backwards. To maintain the unity, the spirit in the bond of Peace Now, this isn't just like some ambiguous unity. This is a a strong unity around a strong center, strongest center of all the spirit of God, the son of God, usually around Jesus and his word so. Everyone in the church is gonNA believe the Bible. And embrace the Gospel, and as a result, we have sherrard common foundations when it comes to even political positions on all kinds of things that are clear in the Bible and in accord with the Gospel, like all Christians were united because we all love God's word. We believe what God's word says about marriage about sexuality about life about care for the poor and a myriad of other issues. At the same time. Christians. Who believe the word who loves you this or following us who are making disciples for? Jesus. Sometimes make political calculations. Based on those common foundations we all share in scripture but those political calculations or decisions or positions sometimes very on things that are not clear and direct in God's word. But this reminded that are usually in the church is not based on those kinds of political calculations and positions and even decisions we might make our unity is around Jesus and what is clear and direct in his word. And so when when you have a disagreement with another follower of about something that is not clear and direct in God's word maybe even something you're passionate about it's actually a sign of health in this fallen world to be able to disagree about those things dialogue about those things with honor and respect and love for one another. But in a way that does not compromise unity together around Jesus and his word I. Our unity is not built around political ideology or candidates or parties are unity is built around Jesus and his word, and we clean to Jesus and his word and we. Must. Pray for this kind of unity in a toxic political climate or were continually tempted to accuse belittle and cancel and distrust and disparage deride even divide from other followers of Jesus. Like we are swimming in toxic political waters that. Are, poisoning unity Jesus desires for his church died so that his church might experience. So God, we pray we pray that you would help us. With. Humility. And Gentleness and patience. Bearing with one another in love. To maintain the unity of spirit in the bond of peace as your church during these
Praying for Wise Leaders (Proverbs 2:915)
"Chapter two versus nine through fifteen. then. You will understand righteousness and justice and equity every good path. For, wisdom will come into your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your sole. Discretion will watch over you understanding will guard you. Delivering you from the way of evil for men of perverted speech who forsake the path of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil. Men whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways. What a contrast. In these verses. Between someone who understands righteousness and justice and equity good paths. Wisdom in their hearts knowledge pleasant to their souls. Discretion watching over them, understanding, guarding them, delivering them from the way of evil. Then that introduces in verse. Twelve, a contrast with. Those who have perverted speech who forsake upright paths who walk in ways of darkness enter Joyce in doing evil delighting in the perverseness of evil. People, whose paths or crooked and her devious in their ways. So as we pray in these days leading up to. An election in the United States as followers of Jesus who live here. And hopefully in ways that apply to our brothers and sisters in other countries, proverbs to nine through fifteen, drive us to pray. For wise leaders that's what proverbs all about particularly this part of proverbs for wise leaders who fear God and who discern between Good Evil who walk in upright pads who lead with justice and equity. whose. PADS. Are Not crooked who are not devious in their ways God. We ask for this. In Your mercy. Oh God. When you raise up leaders. In give us wisdom. As we play our part in voting in using our voice. God for the sake of leaders who walk in righteousness, injustice and equity. Who understand goodness who discern between good and evil and who first Sake Evil God we pray for leaders who delight in good according to your definition of Good Oh, God according to. Your goodness according to Your Word God. Re pray for leaders with wisdom. God We pray for leaders with wisdom we asked for leaders with knowledge with. Discretion an understanding God. We pray for all these things in our own lives gone reprieve. You'd help us to understand righteousness and justice and equity. We pray for wisdom would come into our hearts. Our souls discretion would watch over each of us at understanding would guard US deliver us from the way of evil. You would keep us from being. People have perverted speech who forsake the passive uprightness and walk in the ways of darkness who rejoice in doing evil gunnery pray that we would find no pleasure in evil. And that you to keep us walking on a good path that you have called us to in Gary pray for leaders who walk in the Good Path that you've created us to walk in. God We pray for wise leaders who've fear you and have understanding and discernment and discretion and whose lives whose leadership whose policies and practices in private and in public would be marked by righteousness and justice and equity. Every good path God reprints for our lives. We pray this for our leaders in Jesus name. Amen
He is the Lord of All (Psalm 82:18)
"In the last, pray the word episode, we prayed SOM- chapter seventy, two verses one through seven over leaders and our government and four leaders in our government. Based on a prayer for the King of God's people blowing the Old Testament. Psalms Chapter Eighty two. So we're GONNA pray in this episode the next couple of moments, and it's a picture of God. In his rule and his reign and his Justice and asking God to judge asking God to show his Justice in the world. So I wanna read it and then let it lead us directly into praying according to what God by his spirit has inspired. And these words that are a prayer for God to assert his rule and reign to manifest his justice in the world. So I'm chapter eighty, two verse one. God has taken his place in the Divine Council. In the midst of the Gods, he holds judgment. How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Give justice to the week and the fatherless. Maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the week and the needy. Deliver them from the hand of the wicked. They have neither knowledge nor understanding they walk about in darkness. Foundations of the Earth are shaken. I said, you are gods, sons of the most high, all of you. Nevertheless like men you shall die. And Fall like any Prince. Arise O God judge the Earth for usual inherit all the nations. Oh. God We. Praise you. As the judge of the Earth. As the king. Overall. Kings. The Lord Overall Lords the God over all. Little G lower. Case G God's. You are sovereign. Ruler of all and we are so glad you are we exalt you In a world where princes. Kings. Queens. dictators. Prime Ministers. Presidents come and go they rise and the fall and you remain over them all. You, rule over them all and so we are asking today for you to do exactly what Jesus taught us to pray for for your kingdom to come for your will be done on earth as it is in heaven hallowed, be your name all the earth we pray. Show Your Justice Show Your Mercy Show Your Love Show your righteousness and near three pray that you would give justice to the week. You would give justice to the fatherless Scotteri pray for. Orphans. Don't have mom and Dad Cuffy pray for your justice for them. We pray that you would maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute guttering pray for your provision for the afflicted and the destitute. He you and bring rescue for the week and rescue for the needy that you would deliver them from the hand of the wicked. God We pray that you would do these things as we pray for the Scott We. Pray that you would help. Any and all of us. Who have any part, to play. In, seeing this prayer answered got to know how you are calling US each of us individually together as your church. To. Give justice to the week and the fatherless. To. Defend the right of the afflicted and the destitute. To. Rescue the week in the needy and deliver them from the hand of the wicked God we. Offer our lives to you our families to you our. Resources to you, we pray that you would help us to be a reflection. Of Your Justice in your mercy in this world until Jesus returns. Fundamentally, by proclaiming Jesus. Coming King. God, please use today to share the gospel with somebody else to introduce them to Jesus. And then God help us to live. Lives that a chord with the Gospel that are worthy of the Gospel that are a reflection of your love and your grace and your truth. Even as we pray Psalm Eighty, two, eight, Arise O. God. judged the earth usual inherit all the nations. Bring about your justice we pray with the saints who are before you in heaven as we see in revelation, how long will bring about your justice replay come Lord Jesus come quickly. Until you come help us to be faithful reflection. Of Your Justice and mercy and a world in need around us in a country in need around us, we pray Psalm Eighty, two in Jesus name. Amen.
Just and Righteous Leaders (Psalm 72:1)
"Chapter Seventy two is a powerful prayer. Four, the King of Israel, and the Old Testament, and there's there's definitely specific things in this psalm that relate to God's people in the Old Testament and the ruler over God's people in the Old Testament. But the picture of adjust and good king. Is something we certainly are compelled to pray for in the leaders of our government of any government. So what I WANNA do instead of just reading this Psalm, the first seven verses of Psalm Chapter Seventy two, and then don about it and praying according to it i WanNa pray through it and so I just want to read and as I read through it, lead us to pray right now for just good righteous leaders that. God would provide those kinds of leaders as were in the middle of a presidential election as we're thinking about how to steward our vote is followers of Jesus in the United, states in an election. But regardless of where we live to pray for good wise just leaders for God's grace and current leaders, they might be good wise unjust and for God's grace in future leader. So let's let's let's pray. SOM- chapter seventy, two verse one. Give the king your justice. God. And your righteousness to the Royal Sun. God even from the very beginning we praise you Jesus you're the ultimate Royal Sun. That you are the ultimate king and you are completely just completely righteous. So we pray God for these attributes, these characteristics and those who lead. And our government in the United States specifically and current leaders and future leaders. As other brothers and sisters from around the world join in the countries where they live God we pray that you would give our leaders, justice and righteousness. May they verse to judge? People with righteousness and the poor with justice? God We pray for that. We pray that you would raise up give us grant us by your grace leaders who judged with righteousness. And who? Care for the poor with justice in ways that bring prosperity. Good righteousness for the people they lead. Verse Four May. He defend the cause of the poor of the people give deliverance to the children of the needy and crush the oppressor God reprieve for leaders who defend the cause of the poor. We pray for leaders who give deliverance to the children of the needy and crush the oppressor. who lead governments in your good design? To care for the poor, the needy children of the needy. And to. Care for those who are oppressed to lift them up. May they fear you while the sun endures and as long as the moon throughout all generations God reprieve for leaders? Who? Point people to the fear of you. Off before you reverence for you as the ultimate leader in King. Overall. Verse Six may be like The rain that falls on the mown grass like ours that water the Earth God, reprieve for leaders like that replay for leaders that are blessing to people in these ways verse seven in his days may the righteous flourish and peace abound God we pray for that re pray is exactly what you tell us in your word first Timothy Chapter to pray for kings leaders who are in high positions. That the righteous may flourish that those who do good and right may flourish and peace may abound God we pray. For Peace to abound more and more in God. Even as we asked for these things, we know we know live a fallen world we know that. Peace will abound as we desire until the day you return until you're justice fully and finally as manifest on the earth. So we pray our father in heaven hallowed be your name your kingdom come your kingdom come your will be done as we walk this election season are longing for your kingdom to come is growing it increases every single day God we praise you as our King Jesus we praise you as The just and righteous king overall and we ask we plead right now for by your grace, God, save us save us from ourselves grant. We pray by your grace leaders who were good and wise and righteous, and just who defend the cause of the poor give deliverance the children in needy crush, the oppressor, and lead to good for those they lead and promote good among those they lead good according to your goodness. We pray this coordinate ord some seventy two in Jesus name. Amen.
The Sovereignty of God in Elections (Proverbs 21:1)
"Proverbs chapter. Twenty one verse one. The. King's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord. He turns it wherever he will. What verse I listened then I'm Gonna I'm GonNa read that one more time. The King's heart the heart of the king heart of a ruler in country leader in a country. The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord. He turns it. Wherever, he will. Like is there any clear statement? Of the sovereignty of God, the Authority of God, the reign and rule of God as King over all kings, all leaders, all rulers in the world you'd think about any leader in the world picture their heart, and it's in the hands of the Lord is this nut confidence giving? To know that ultimately. Alternately, every leader is under the sovereignty of God, the rule and the reign of God even leaders who defy God he holds their hearts in his hands and just think about how this leads us to pray. For our current leaders. In different countries and future leaders. This proverbs leads us to praise God for his sovereignty and to pray that God would turn their hearts and their lives for the good of many people in ultimately for the glory of his name. This proverb drives us to intercession for those who lead us to pray and bleed for the hearts of those who lead us. We're talking to the God who holds their hearts in his hands and God has called us to pray according to his words. So let's do this God, we come to here we come straight to you the blood of Jesus. Christ. We pray for this privilege of prayer. You've given us for access to you the fact that right now we're not saying words. Are, just kind of going up into the air that you the Lord King sovereign over all the universe are listening to us right now and we're praying for our leaders. God We pray for current leaders for future leaders in our countries? And specifically here in the United. States the middle of a presidential election we pray for our current leaders in any new future leaders God we pray that you turn their hearts and lives. For the good of people in our country for the glory of your name. God We pray that you would save them God re pray for the salvation a leaders gallery pray that you would direct them and ways that lead to good to your good purposes for government for your protection of people for the promotion of good in every way in our country's. God We pray for that and for protection against evil in our countries that are countries would do what is right in your eyes as we've seen judges God, we pray for our leaders got a replay in the United States for president trump and vice president pence and speaker. Pelosi, and other other leaders all throughout our national federal government we pray for different governors. State leaders local leaders in government God re pray that you would turn their hearts and lives for the good of people in the glory of your name. Please God we pray that you would do that and we pray for future leaders whoever will lead us in the future and repair to help us to vote according to your leadership at Gallery pray guttering pray. You turn the hearts of future leaders. For the good of our country and the people in it glory your name not according to what is right in our eyes but according to what is right in your eyes and God we pray for leaders around the world like this GonNa replay knowing that the Thai king his heart is in your hand. So we pray that you would move turn his heart for the glory of your name and the good of the people of Thailand gotta we. We pray for leaders in Turkey and Russia and Syria reprieve for leaders in. Azerbaijan. Amidst conflict there got reprieve for leaders in Azerbaijan and Armenia. Amidst the conflict there go through got turn the hearts of leaders re pray that peace might reign that people might be saved like their lives saved physically people might turn to you for the spread of the Gospel in these countries we pray for leaders in Yemen amidst conflict there. God. Repay for peace in Yemen God turn the arts of leaders toe that peace might reign and people might be protected in Yemen God we pray for a new president coming into power in Kirghistan their president stepped down amidst political unrest cowdery for leaders in all over Europe and unique challenges that we're seeing. Countries in Europe facing God. We we pray for world leaders. A. Replay for. Kim Jong UN, and North Korea. please. Please turn as heart we pray for the good of the North Korean people. Repression for the privilege you've given us of. Intercession coming to you the sovereign. Lord and King holds these leaders in the palm of your hand turn their arts for the good of many in the glory of your name we pray. And we pray we pray for this leaders around the world and in leaders in our own country. Even as we pray that, you would turn our hearts daily toward you in to live according to your word. To, love you all our heart and the love our neighbors as ourselves. God. We were so thankful that you are the sovereign king overall and we say together today all of our trust and all of our hope is in you we praise you as our king. Jesus you are our king and repair all of this in your name.
Leaders Marked by Humility (1 Kings 3:514)
"Kings chapter three. Versus five through fourteen. Listen. To these verses that describe a pivotal moment. At the beginning of Solomon's leadership as king. Add. Given the Lord appeared to Solomon in Dream by night and God said, ask what I shall give you. And Solomon said you've shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father because he walked before you in faithfulness and righteousness in an uprightness of heart toward you. And you've kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. and. Now Oh Lord my God you've made your servant King in place of David my father although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in and your is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen a great people too many to be numbered accounted for multitude. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to governor people. That I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to govern this? You're a great people. Please the Lord that Solomon had asked this. In. God. said to him because you've asked this. and. Have not asked for yourself long-life riches or the life of your enemies. But of asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right Behold I now do according to. Your. Word. Behold I give you a is an discerning mind so that none like you has been before you unlike you shall arise after you. I give you also have not asked both riches and honour so that no other kingshill compare with you all your days. And if you walk in my ways keeping my statutes in my commandments. Father David walked then I will link then your days. What a picture? Of Humility in a king and a leader of a people. Saying to God, I'm only a child. I don't know how to go out or come in. I'm in the middle of this great people that you've called me to. To realize as king that he could not lead govern this people. Based on his own wisdom, his own abilities he needed help from God and so we asked for one thing an understanding mind. To discern between good and evil as governance. and. Here we see. One of the greatest needs for any political leader. If not in a sense de greatest need. Wisdom. Wisdom that flows from humility before God. Wisdom that flows from. All of God fear of God. Wisdom that knows the most important thing in governing is discerning between good and evil is what we see in the purpose of govern Romans Chapter Thirteen got his instituted government for the promotion of good among the people who are governed for protection against evil. Among, people who are governed and so for wisdom. To govern in a way that promotes good and protects against evil. This is what we must pray for in our leaders in our leaders now. And our leaders in the future. So God we pray. For current political leaders at all levels. In the United States from the White House to. Governors across states to. People, two men and women. Senate and House of Representatives and different chambers of government in states and local levels in. Courts God we pray for wisdom in all of these leaders we pray for discernment God we pray for. Many many of them. To a humbly come before you and ask for wisdom God we pray for humility and our leaders. We pray for the fear of you in our leaders, God replay for that bring more and more and more of our leaders to fear you. We prayed on bleak come before you to seek you for help when it comes to discerning. What is right? And good, and to not lead according to their own ideas definitions about what is right and good God. Prayer that we pray that you would work in their hearts to bring him to humbly fear you seek wisdom from you find in. You. In God, we pray even for. God less leaders. Who are rebelling against you? Pray replay replay, change their hearts Scotteri pray that you would bring them to humility before you see their need for you. And God, we pray that until that day you would grant common grace that even though they are not seeking you God, you would give them wisdom to discern between what is good and what is evil. God We pray for your common grace in leaders who are not following you right now that our governments might be lead in good ways according to your sovereign hand. And God is we pray for? Wisdom in our leaders we pray for wisdom in our lives. Got Every pray that is we vote. Is. We use our voice particularly citizens in the United States and selection Gary Radio would give us wisdom. Gives for his done to discern between good and evil, and in the part you've given us to govern with the voice and vote. You've given US help us to know how to use it. Best for your glory and this fallen world we need your wisdom we humble ourselves before you we seek you in rephrase you with praise you for your promise in every area of our lives that when we ask for wisdom, you give it to us. So he asked for wisdom today in all that we do. Even as we pray and plead for that kind of wisdom in our political leaders in Jesus name we pray.
Justice Ordained by God (Exodus 18:2123)
"Chapter Eighteen versus twenty, one, twenty, three. Moreover, look for able men from all the people men who fear God who are trustworthy in Haiti bribe. And play such men over the people as chiefs of thousands of hundreds of fifties and tens. And let them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you but any small matter they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you and they will bear the burden with you. If you do this God will direct you. You will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace. So these verses describe very early on in the Bible, how God set up. A structure for justice to be carried out among his people for people to be judged and all these different cases that were all coming to Moses, and through JETHRO. Moses's father in law. We see these instructions to appoint many different leaders as chiefs over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tins to judge the people and their qualifications. Scott said look for able men from all the people who fear God. And who are trustworthy and hate a bribe. What a what a picture out of all the things that could have been listed right there. Look for leaders who fear God. And who are trust worthy? And hate a bribe who are not gonNA put. Their advantage over someone else being judged rightly. Not, GONNA seek selfish gain in that way, and if you do this God says, you will be directed by me. You'll be able to endure. This is for Moses good as leader have other leaders, and all those people also will go to their place and peace. Don't. We want that we want justice and he's To be, evident. In. Whatever country we live in? So we pray. God, we we know that this was a unique picture in the Old Testament as you set up. This structure among your people but as we read this today, particularly as followers of Jesus in the United States. As well as other countries but. The United States were going to this election God weep pray. Ask for leaders. Who Fear You. Re Ask for leaders who are trustworthy. Who Don't seek selfish gain. God, we ask for that Jerry we ask for this for our current leaders. And Our future leaders. God we we pray for leaders who are in positions of power and influence right now who know you? Who've trusted in you? And your salvation who are walking with you gotTa repay that you would shrink them and help them to lead. The fear of you. Help them to continue to be trustworthy in a way that reflects the character of Christ not to seek selfish gain. God We, pray for other leaders who don't know you right now who are not walking with you if not placed their faith in Jesus who are not followers of Jesus God, we pray that you would bring them to fear you. He are reprinted by your grace. They would be trustworthy leaders that they would not seek selfish gain but seek the good of others in good according to you. Good according to your word in your character in your wisdom. Not according to our foolishness according to what is right in our own is God. We pray for leaders like this and for Justice and peace that flows from leadership like this we is for this country God, save us from ourselves, save us from leaders who don't fear you God save us from leaders who are not trustworthy and who do seek selfish gain, God we pray for good leaders in our country. According to this picture of goodness that we see in exodus chapter eighteen. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
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"Pre the word with David Platt is a resource from radical Dot Second Corinthians Chapter Seven verse ten you just name We pray
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"Pre the word with david. Platt is resource from radical dot proverbs chapter twenty seven verse six faithful or the wounds of a friend. Profuse are the kisses of an enemy masculine question based on proverbs twenty seven six. Do you have friends who will wounds you. You have people in your life who will speak truth in your life even when it's really hard to hear. Do you have friends who loves you enough. Who care for you enough to point out things in your life that are not healthy. They're not good good which we all have. We all are prone to sin. We all have weaknesses. Struggles will have areas where we need to grow in the character of christ in our lives which means we need every single one of us. We need faithful friends <music> who will wound us who will say hard things to us because they love us because they care for us. We don't need to be surrounded by people who are always to use language from proverbs twenty seven six kissing us always telling us all the good things about us. Profuse are the kisses of an enemy. An enemy only says kind kind things. According to proverbs twenty seven six an enemy only says flattering things according to proverbs twenty seven six. We don't need flattery flattery in our lives. We need honesty in our lives. Yes honest encouragement but also honest constructive. The criticism that which is four are good that which helps us see things. We can't see so the main courage you. If you don't have friends in your life who wounds you in really helpful ways to seek those out and to speak week to your friends and say please wound me when needed for my good for others good around me. Ultimately for the glory have god in me and then be that kind of friend wound not in a way that you enjoy wounding someone of course that's not what a faithful friend and does but a faithful friend carefully humbly compassionately lovingly and a posture posture of service wounds a friend for their good so let's be that kind of friend being relationships ships with people where we are encouraging them in all the right ways and we are also helping them grow in all the right ways god. I pray in my own life.
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"Pre the word with david. Platt is resource from radical dot mark chapter ten verse twenty one this verse describes a conversation between cheeses and a rich young man verse twenty one says jesus looking at him loved him and said to him you lack one thing go sell all that you have and give to the poor and you you will have treasure in heaven and come follow me. Wow there is so much in this first we could talk about. I could pray according to own opponent. Just two things one don't miss the love of jesus for this rich young man like we read this and we think what a call to sacrifice sell everything you have and give to the poor but notice what it says right before that just looking.
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"Pre the word with david. Platt is a resource from radical dot matthew chapter six verses nine through thirteen gray then like this jesus said our father in heaven hallowed. Be your name your kingdom come your.
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"Free the word with david platt is a resource from radical darden isaiah fifty two seven how beautiful upon the mountains or the feet of him who brings good news who publishes peace who brings good news of happiness who publishes salvation her says design your god reigns think about this verse in the imagery in it the feet of those who bring a news you think about people who've brought you good news you're waiting to hear what happened in this for that circumstance semi comes out and brings good news i think about being in a hospital win my wife is having a baby in coming out in the waiting room and saying to fairly members and friends like it's a boy like come and see this baby like those are beautiful feet people in the way they were like waiting for that person to come out and bring that news so then think about that on a much grander level because this this first on about publishing peace bringing good news of happiness publishing salvation like to sinners who are on a road that leads to an eternal l somebody comes out and says there's a way for you go to heaven a huge can be safe from all your sins forgiven of all your sins you can have peace with god you can have a happiness for all of eternity you can be safer near your that is great news and those who bring it have beautiful feet sown now apply that picture to your life today my life today there are people all around us today in need of that good news there dead in seven right now on a road that leads to an eternal l and you and i have peace to publish we have a happiness to bring we have salvation to make known so may god give us feet the go and make this good news known whether it's in a conversation with a coworker in the office beside us a neighbor who lives next to us or maybe it's people on the other side of the world the god may call you either short term or longerterm to go and make this good news known to there's so many.
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"Free the word with david platt is a resource from radical darning isaiah chapter two verse eight i am the lord that is my name my glory i give to no other norm i praise to carved idols while the meaning of isaiah fortytwo eight is obviously clear god alone deserves glory there are no other little g god's in the world he alone is the one true god that's why he deserves all glory and all i dollar tree is wrong yet when we here nor nor do i give my praise to carved idols oftentimes we can just start to think okay wooden idols were kind of pictures that we might have idolatry in the old testament people bowing down on worshiping different images even pictures of that around the world which is obviously idolatry and so we want to pray for god's gourd you a known over and above carved idols in the world but we've also got to think about idolatry just in our own hearts there's a sense in which all sin is rooted in idolatry like immorality flows from idolatry there but we sin any sinn think about the anatomy of sinn when you are eyes sin were basically saying uh i know what is better than you oh god what is best for my life i'm smarter than you i am wiser than you and in that way were elevating ourselves above god that's idolatry of ourselves even remotely ovation so many times we are concerned with our appearance what people are going to think about us how people are going to perceive us that's idolatry of ourselves because what we should be concerned about is the appearance the perception of god he alone as supreme nod us and so there's so many subtle ways in which i daventry works in our own hearts in all around the world so we've got two.
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"Free the word with david platt is a resource from radical darden isaiah chapter three first to listen to this prayer oh lord be gracious to us we wait for u b our arm every morning our salvation in the time of trouble what does that mean think about a b r arm every morning or basically that the picture here is the armed with a symbol of strength and so i zia amongst god's people is saying god be gracious to us were waiting for you be our strength every morning we need you to be our strength our salvation specifically in the time of trouble so he's coming from a a place of weakness where he's surrounded by trouble and need around him and he looks up to the lord in the morning and says be my arm i think about my life today um ono obviously what's going on it in your life but i feel weak it's so many levels i need strengthened so many different ways like physically weak i feel uh in a sense emotionally week some days maybe many days uh relational early wake just the relational challenges were words were girth family or her this or that in the church i think about even spiritual weakness i think about my temptations to sinn edge and to see my weakness on so many levels and yet i have the opportunity to wake up in the morning from sleep to look up to the lord on high the god of the universe and pray be my arm every morning be my strength every morning surrounded by all.
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"Free the word with david platt is a resource from radical darden isaiah chapter seven team verse seven in that day man will look to his maker and his eyes will look on the holy one of israel the whole picture here and isaiah chapter seventeen is god denouncing idolatry denouncing all these foreign gods that are being worshipped crafted by human hands and god is saying there's coming a day when man will look not to the work of his own hands but will look to the maker the one who makes all things the one who is the creator of the world and one who forms and fashions our lives by his hands our eyes will look to him he is the holy one of israel and we will realise there is noone like him so this is a a day of eid dollar tree and isaiah chapter seventeen verse seven and we would be foolish to think that we are not surrounded by such idolatry an hour day right now as well the fact is we are tempted on a continual basis to worship other things to worship people to worship pursuits possessions position so many so many good things even that we are tempted to trust in give our affectionate in our attention to in a way that polls us away from looking to god giving our attention and affection to god supremely above all things and the reality is a day's coming when we're all gonna look at god is our maker and we're going to realize how feudal these things in the world were that we sought after and we pursued and we loved and even gave our lives two so we're just gonna root out to continually in all of our lives any every bit of idolatry any thing there were tempted to worship to trust and to look to to lean on instead of god so god help us replay god help us not just on that day in the future but this day right now.
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"Free the word with david platt is a resource from radical darden isaiah chapter fourteen verse 24 the lord of hosts as sworn as i have planned social had be and as i have purpose so shall its stand and this is a of verse that comes in the middle of isaiah prophesying god is speaking through isaiah about judgment concerning a syria and it's in the middle of passages about judgment of upon many different nations the whole point though is that we know what isaiah's prophesying would god is speaking through isaiah will happen so this isn't just a guess about the future this is a promise about the future and the reason we know it's a promise is because god whatever he plans and whenever he purposes he accomplishes gone has all power all authority this part of what it means for god to be sovereign it means that he in his providence plans and purposes certain things and he brings those things to past as i have planned social at be and as i have purpose so it stand now here's why that is so encouraging to us today because we look all over god's word and we see his plans and his purposes a he purposes we've seen in different parts of isaiah god's purpose to save people from among the nations and we know that that's his purpose and it will happen we know the god plans two preserve his people to the end to bring them into full and final redemption into communion with him forever in heaven and that's not just a maybe this will happen in the future that said definite this will happen in the future because god has planned at he has purpose did and it shall be it shall stand you apply that to all of god's promises in the bible he promises so many different things in weaken trust in those promises because he is sovereign what he says happens period.
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"Free the word with david platt is a resource from radical darden in matthew chapter seventeen jesus his disciples are unable to cast a demon out of a boy jesus comes in a cast the demon out and the disciples in verse night team came to jesus privately and said why could we not cast out jesus said to them matthew seventeen verse twenty because of your little faith for truly i say to you if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed you will say that this mountain move from here too there it will move and nothing will be impossible for you what a promise to these disciples who i'm guessing had begun to almost look it ministry casting out demons healing the sick as of mechanical dependent on our own ability our own strength so what are we need to do what what do we need a change up in order to be able to cast this demon out and jesus looks at them and says much like we saw jesus state of peter back in matthew fourteen on the waters peter is falling he said put your focus on me as the object of your faith trust not in yourself but in me trust not in your ability but in my ability trust not in your power trust in mine power and he uses this figured of picture of saint amount you move there and it will move the reality that jesus was communicating your to his disciples is that nothing is impossible for the man or woman who trusts in the power.
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"Free the word with david platt is a resource from radical darning matthew chapter thirteen verse fortyfour jesus says the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which a man found in covered up then in his joy he goes in cells all that he has and buys that field what a great first what a great picture so imagine this man walking into a field he discovers a treasure their that nobody else noses there and so what does he do he buries it covers it up and it goes away and he starts selling everything he has everything yes that's what the text says all that he asked and you can imagine people coming up to him saying you're crazy why are you selling all that you have and he says i'm going to buy that field over there of course they don't know what's in the field and so they see your crazy resell all you out to buy that failed any smiles as he looks for them and he says i've got a hunch he's smiles because inside he knows that he is found something that's worth losing everything four and thus the point of this little story in christ in the kingdom of christ we have found some one something that's worth losing everything for it just makes sense now not to the world a doesn't make sense to forsake pleasures in pursuits and possessions in this world to follow christ it makes no sense the role that looks crazy to the world but we know weakens smile because inside we know that in christ we have found someone who is worth losing everything for so i encourage you based on this text don't hold tightly to the fleeting pleasures and possessions and pursuits of this world hold tightly to the treasure of christ even though it.
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"Free the word with david platt is resource from radical not new matthew chapter nine verse thirty seven 38 then jesus said to his disciples the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few therefore pray earnestly to the lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest this picture that jesus gives us of a plentiful harvest he's talking about people who are apart from god in their sin the verses right before us talking about the compassion he has for them the long he has for them to be loved and shepherded to turn to himself he says its plentiful the harvest of people's plentiful the problem is not that the harvest is not ready to hear the problem is the laborers are few there are few people who are going into the harvests field to proclaim the good news of the king and his kingdom so jesus says pray earnestly the lord of the harvest a send out labour's into his harvest i think about the world right now i think about the reality that there are about two point eight billion people in the world right now two point eight billion i don't even know how to imagine that number but two point eight billion people in the world right now who have little to no knowledge of the gospel they have most of the never even heard of the good news of god's love in christ many of them don't have access to that they don't have a christian who knows the gospel they don't have a church near than that preaches the gospel they don't have access to the good news of god's love and christ that is a blend of old harvest.
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"Free the word with david platt is a resource from radical not new matthew chapter eight verse eighteen says that when jesus saw a crowd around him he gave orders to go over to the other side and ascribe came up and said to him teacher i will follow you wherever you go and jesus said to him foxes have holes and birds of the heir have nests but the son of man has nowhere to lay as head another the disciples said him lord let me first go and bury my father and jesus said to him follow me and leave the dead to bury their own dead this interaction with these two guys is humbling to say the least it almost seems like a jesus is trying to talk these guys out of following him there eager san will follow you wherever you go but jesus looks back at both of them and challenges them to count the cost before following the first guy says you follow me you're not even guaranteed a roof over your head if you follow mijas essay i i'm all you've god jesus making clear here he israel worthy of unconditional trust like you may lose everything in this world you may not be guaranteed a roof over your head in that moment will jesus be enough for you does he have all your trust and then the second guy does jesus have all of your affection this picture of undivided affection this disciple says anita go back and bury my father and there's a lot of discussion about this meaning in the tax does this mean the man just wants to give his father proper funeral irs they're more here some think this involved getting inheritance from his father first before following juice but regardless jesus says leave him behind and follow me more important than honoring your father or receiving inheritance from your father you follow jesus to follow him means to give him undivided affection so obviously we know from the whole of scripture that jesus doesn't call every one of his followers to not have a home and a dozen call every one of his followers to leave family behind.
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"Free the word with david platt is a resource from radical not new matthew chapter six verse seven right before jesus gives us the lord's prayer says when you pray do not heap up empty phrases as the gentiles do for they think they will be heard for their many words do not be like them for your father knows what you need before you ask him those two verses are astounding to think about so jesus say don't heap up empty phrases like the gentiles do they think they're gonna be heard because they're they're just use and all kinds of words he says don't be like them because why your father in heaven knows what need before you even ask him so apparently god is not a thin heaven when were praying with like a stent pad like riding down wherever we say in said all thank you for mentioning that i i didn't realize that ought to know that was going on like he already knows what we need before we even ask him which if we really think about that causes us to then asked the question well if he already knows what i need then why am i am asking him in the first place fairly knows what i need what's the point of prayer and as soon as we asked that question were on the verge of a major breakthrough in prayer because were starting to realize that the primary purpose of prayer is not to get some thing but the knows some one.
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"Free the word with david platt is a resource from radical not named proverbs chapter thirty verse five says every word of god proves true and he is a shield to those who take refuge in him wide a promise in this proverb every word of god proves true when we look at the bible the inspired word of god we can have confidence that it is true it is in air it without error that it is totally truthful in all of its teachings it's an awesome thought when you open your bible ucs sixty six books and you know every single word here is true every single word every word of god proves true it's flawless some translations say and just think of the security that brings in our lives i we can bank our lives on the bible we can bank our lives on every word from god so it makes sense for the second part of this verse to say he is a shield for him who takes refuge in him to find refuge in god the god who is true the got who has spoken and his every word is true bring security to our lives you think about so many things in this world that are not reliable the don't prove true in the end to know that the bible is true and weaken trust it completely god we thank you for your word even as we read it this particular proverb this particular chapter in proverbs we thank you for this dift you've given us the true word the you've entrusted to us for all sixty six books in the bible we praise you that.
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"Free the word with david platt is a resource from radical proverbs chapter twenty nine verse 18 is maybe one of the more well known proverbs but it's often times misunderstood so the verse says win there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint but as for who guards instruction happiness is his it's the first part of verse that's really well known when there is no prophesied the people cast offers straight now the reason it's often misunderstood so other translations say where there is no vision the people perish and so oftentimes people think okay we just need vision we need a vision for where we're going in the future if we don't have vision for where we go in the future that will will we will perish when yeah there's there's some truth to that but that's really out what this versus teaching what this versus teaching as much closer to what the translation i i just uses sang when there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint even when we see translations the talk about visions talking about revelation from god and what's necessary according to providence twenty nine eighteen is not some vision that we come up with for the future what's necessary is revelation from god the word of god prophecy from god we need god to speak to us we need to hear what he says to us and it's that that keeps us from perishing from casting off restraint swai goes on in the last part of the verse to say as for who guards instruction happiness is his as for he who he guards instruction in god's word learning from god's revelation when we guard this then we will be happy.
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"Pre the word with david platt is a resource from radical action upper two verse forty two and the diverted themselves to the apostles teaching emma fellowship the breaking of bread and the purse this is this is a simple summary of what the earliest church so the gospels just been preached and hachette for two at pentecost and thousands of people just come to christ have been baptized and so for the very beginning what are they do voting themselves to their devoted themselves to the apostles teaching so the teaching of god's word through these apostles who represented christ in his authority that or what we see in the page the new testament that is being taught they devoted themselves to that teaching they devoted themselves to the fellowship this community with one another day these were people who were separate in a sense from one other up until this point other united together in christ reconciled to god and they're devoted to community with one another to the breaking of bread likely a reference to the lord supper and uh this this memorial meal the christ had given so that from the very beginning his people would always look back and remember his body in his blood and and feast on now mercy him grace that are found at the cross the devoted themselves to that end the prayers they were devoted to praying to seeking god together and i i read that images think as such a simple picture so in my life than.