Issue #618 ~ June 29, 2020

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The Fountain of Life
"May the foot of the proud not come against me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away."
Psalm 36:11

"See how the evildoers lie fallen - thrown down, not able to rise!"
Psalm 36:12

Verse 11: "May the foot of the proud not come against me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away."

David centers in his prayer upon 2 things: (1) "the foot of the proud" and (2) "the hand of the wicked."

Verse 11 reminds me of the prayer of Jabez: "And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, 'Oh, that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep from evil, that it may not grieve me!' And God granted him that which he requested" (1 Chronicles 4:10 KJV).

Ephesians 6:16: "in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one" (NASB)

Verse 12: "See how the evildoers lie fallen - thrown down, not able to rise!"

God's judgments may be denied but not avoided!

Randy Rowland says: "One very literary singer/songwriter portrayed rebellion as a marionette who, hoping to be free, cuts its own strings. We all know that such action doesn't result in freedom - rather it leaves just a pile on the floor." ( The Sins We Love, 15)

Tony Evans says: "When sin is finished, it produces death. Carrying through the Bible's analogy of birth, we might say that we now have a grandchild on our hands. The grand mother is called lust, which gives birth to a baby called sin. Then this baby called sin brings forth a child of its own called spiritual death. This is the genealogy of evil. Sin has the power of reproduction - and Satan is the father of this whole mess." ( The Perfect Christian, 27 ).

In 2 Kings 19:19 Hezekiah prays: "Now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that you alone, O Lord, are God" (NIV).

The response to that prayer is in 2 Kings 19:35, 36: "That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning - there were all the dead bodies! So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there" (NIV).

The certainty of future judgment is seen in Revelation 20:15: "And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire" (NASB).

John MacArthur says: "Having True Sorrow for Sin...Spiritual humility will be marked by a true sorrow over sin. Modern culture does everything possible to avoid pain, to put off thinking about unpleasant subjects, to maximize comfort, and to feel good about circumstances. That philosophy is the reflection of a proud and a self-centered attitude, not the humble and God-centered attitude..." ( Strength for Today, March 7 ).

Lancelot Andrewes in his private devotion says: "Excuseless, defenceless, self-condemned am I. My destruction, cometh of myself: O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto Thee, but unto me confusion of face."

How often I must confess I have prayed for protection for myself and for my family and friends. I have been challenged to turn over the protection project to our blessed Savior and to be faithful in fulfilling the mandate of His purpose for me.

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.   Pray:   Keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41 (NASB)

2.   Pray: Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For my soul takes refuge in Thee; And in the shadow of Thy wings I will take refuge, Until destruction passes by. Psalm 57:1 (NASB)

3.   Pray:  ...and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NASB)

4.   Praise:  He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." Psalm 91:1 (NIV)

5.   Pray: For the many prison inmates that are requesting Bibles; that God's Word will bring them the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Thank you for your gifts that allow BTR to send Bibles and devotionals to prisons.

I think it would be appropriate for us, as we worship the Lord, to sing the hymn "Ten Thousand Angels":
They bound the hands of Jesus in the garden when He prayed;
They led Him thro' the streets in shame.
They spat upon the Savior, so pure and free from sin.
They said, 'Crucify Him; He's to blame.'
To the howling mob He yielded; He did not for mercy cry.
The Cross of shame He took alone.
And He cried, 'It's finished,'
He gave himself to die; Salvation's wondrous plan was done.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)  

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