Daily Updates, Information & Encouragement

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Encouragement and Updates

UPDATE: Thursday, April 2, 2020

Psalms 143:8

“Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.”

 

Continuing Instant In Prayer. ​ – F. B. Meyer

“…continuing instant in prayer.” Romans 12:12

Stonewall Jackson was once asked what he meant when he used the expression “instant in prayer.” He replied, “I will give you my idea of an illustration, if you will allow it, and not think I am setting myself as a model for others” on being assured that there would be no misjudgment, he went on to say: “I have so fixed the habit in my own mind that I never raise a glass of water to my lips without a moment’s asking God’s blessing. I never seal a letter without putting a word of prayer under the seal. I never take a letter from the post without a brief sending of my thoughts heavenward. I never change my classes without a minute’s petition on the cadets who go out and those who come in.” “And don’t you sometimes forget this?” “I think I can say that I scarcely do; the habit has become almost as fixed as breathing.”

And if this was the habit of the servant, how much more of the Master? In the Gospels we are frequently told of His heavenward look: “…looking up to heaven, He blessed…” (Matthew 14:19). It was as though He were always looking up for His Father’s smile, direction, and benediction; so that He could be assured that what He was engaged in was in the line of His Father’s purpose, and that He might gain the needed power to act and wisdom to speak.

It is only thus that we shall be able to meet the hunger of our times. Our slender stores will not feed so great a multitude. But if we bring them to Him, and place them in His hands, and look up to heaven for His enablement, we shall break and break again until all be filled. But this habit can only be maintained by those who go into the mountain of prolonged fellowship.

— F.B. Meyer

COVID-19 Crisis Prayer – Pastor Mike


Today’s Prayer

Psalm 67

Today’s Subject: Agriculture

God’s Way: Pray the Lord would protect the workers on the farms and ranches from illness and injury. That all food processors would be able to provide a safe and efficient working environment that would produce a safe food supply. For the truck drivers to be kept healthy and well as they transport the food products to the processors as well as the distribution warehouses. May they be able work efficiently so to minimize their driving hours each day. That the grocers and restaurants be able to provide a clean and safe place to market and serve food. May their employees be able to work in a safe environment within hours that do not fatigue or encourage accidents. May they be able to serve customers with grace and peace. Pray for the store thefts will stop and that all needed products will be found on the shelves.

God’s Salvation:  Pray that the Lord would be called upon to provide all necessities for life. May all people look to Him and recognize His hand in the provision of food. Pray that everyone will realize Jesus is the bread of life. And, that whoever comes to Him will never hunger, and all who believe in Jesus will never thirst. Ask the Lord to reveal Himself in this time of trial. Pray that people will understand that God is our ultimate provider and sustainer. May all people look to the Lord for hope and peace.

God’s Praise:  Praise the Lord for His creation and provision for all. Thank Him for His desire to fill our needs and bless us with an abundance. Glorify Him for the great variety of ways He provides for us and blesses us. Honor Him for the wisdom and giftings that He gives to people that produce and provide for our needs.

“God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, that Your Way may be known on earth, Your Salvation among the nations.  Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You” Psalm 67: 1-3

UPDATE: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

2 Corinthians 4:17-18

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

 

Our Good Shepherd​ – Paul Lester

“Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.”
Psalm 37:25

David had learned from personal experience that in every walk and circumstance of life, God takes care of His own.  From the shepherd fields of Bethlehem to the battle fields of the Philistines; from a cave in En Gedi to the cedar paneled halls of his palace in Jerusalem; in bright seasons when God’s face shone upon Israel and during dark days when pestilence walked the land; in every place and in every way, David had found that his Good Shepherd was faithful to prepare a table from which he could eat.

So too, dear saints, can we be confident that our Good Shepherd will provide a table for us, His people, during these uncertain times.  God’s pantries are never bare and His power to provide for us is never limited by supply chains or grocery store chains.  Be confident then that the God we serve is the same One of whom David boasted…

“Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.”

— Paul Lester

COVID-19 Crisis Prayer – Pastor Mike


Today’s Prayer

Psalm 67

Today’s Subject: An End to the Virus

God’s Way: Lord God, Your way is to call upon You. And so we do.  We ask you to end this virus. We ask you that you would stop it in its tracks even now.  We ask you that not one more person would be infected or die from this virus. We look to you alone. We ask you that the leaders of our nation would operate in Your wisdom and not their own understanding to bring an end to the crisis. That the prince of the power of the air would no longer be allowed to wreak his destruction and havoc in our nation. We call to You. We are in trouble and ask You to rescue us. We cannot rescue ourselves.  We need Your help, for the help of man is futile. We ask that You would open our ears to show us what You would have us do. We ask You for Your mercy.  We acknowledge that as a nation we have turned from You and not listened to Your Word. We ask that in accordance with Your mercy and righteousness that this calamity would turn away from us. Please incline Your ear to us for we do not come to Your on our own merit, but because of Your great compassion through Jesus Christ our Lord. We ask you to take action and do not delay!

God’s Salvation:  We ask that the hearts in our nation would turn to You in humility to ask You for Your mercy and come to a saving knowledge of You through Jesus.  That those in Modesto, Stanislaus county, California and our nation would bend their knee to the risen Lord Jesus Christ as they are faced with their uncertain future. We ask that people would begin to read their Bibles, the Word of God, with great fervor. That You would reveal Yourself to them and that they would behold Your glory in Your Word and transform as You alone can.  That when this crisis does end that You alone would receive glory and honor and recognition for stopping it.  That you would open the eyes of the people in this nation to Your glory and saving power.  That people would come to see their finite ability and turn to You.

God’s Praise:  Oh God our Father, it is You and You alone who stills the roaring of seas and waves and You alone who stills the tumult of the peoples.  Thank you that You have chosen us to bring us near unto You that we can call upon you in this time.  Thank you and praise You that we are not alone and that we are not without recourse in this crisis, for we have access to You: Creator and Sustainer of all things.  To You belongs all might and wisdom and power and You can stop ANYTHING with just a word from Your mouth.  Thank you for Jesus, Your Son, the Living God, through whom You call us Your sons and daughters and through whom You indwell us.  Thank you that through Him You uphold ALL things by the Word of Your power.  You are awesome and mighty.  We praise You that there is nothing too difficult for You and yet, in Your greatness You condescend to us and hear us when we cry out to You. We praise You that You are the sovereign God who rules over the world and entire universe with constant, intimate, personal care and can stop this virus and the chaos of the nations at any time and will do so in Your benevolence and wisdom. We praise you that You are from everlasting to everlasting. We praise you that we can cast ourselves upon You and avail ourselves of Your mercy with complete confidence, assurance and peace through Jesus Christ our Lord.

“God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, that Your Way may be known on earth, Your Salvation among the nations.  Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You” Psalm 67: 1-3

UPDATE: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Psalms 67:1-2

“God be merciful to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us, Selah That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.”

 

Good News: He Cares for You​ – A.W. Tozer

Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7

I have noticed in recent years that many of the Lords’ people – not just ministers and missionaries – tend more and more to become a nervous and harried people.

I don’t claim to know everything about it. I only claim that there is hope and relief for the children of God in these terrible days, for Paul wrote to the Philippians and said, “Be anxious for nothing – the peace of God can keep your hearts and minds!”

How are we going to escape fear, when there are legitimate dangers that lie all around us?

Here’s what the man of God says: “Don’t be anxious- but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God and the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

So, Someone who is able is looking after us!

The Bible says, “He careth for you.” Jesus our Lord, says, “Your Father knows what you have need of before you ask Him.” And Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled.” And in all your afflictions, He was afflicted.

Remember that peace of heart does not come from denying that there is trouble, but comes from rolling your trouble on God. By faith you have the right to call on One who is your brother, the Son of Man, who is also the Son of God. And if He is going to look after you, why should you worry at all!

— A.W. Tozer

COVID-19 Crisis Prayer – Pastor Mike


Today’s Prayer

Psalm 67

Today’s Subject: Community Concerns

God’s Way:  That the authorities would not release those incarcerated that still need to be in prison.  That the people of Modesto and Stanislaus county would have a sense of peace.  That God would help us in our jobs and how we will provide for our families, that God would supernaturally protect Stanislaus County and Modesto as with a shield and that it would be a shining bastion of His protection through the prayer of His saints, that the shut ins would be at peace and not become ill.  That the homeless population would decrease by finding a home and work

God’s Salvation:   That the Word of God would be proclaimed in Stanislaus county, California and Nationally because of the virus.  That people would come to see that salvation is in Jesus alone as we see our collective impotence to fight this battle. That those in prison/jails would come to salvation in Jesus.  That we all would repent of whatever rebellion against God that we may have committed and turn to Him in faith through Jesus Christ our Lord. That single parents would rely upon Jesus and the Word for wisdom during this time and be granted great provision and care from the Lord.

God’s Praise: That God would be praised for His sustaining power during this time.  That God would be praised for His Living Word through which we have an eternal anchor and hope in Jesus, the Savior of Mankind. That God would be praised that He IS the answer and continually extends His hand of mercy and deliverance to us if we will accept it. That God would be praised that we are not without an answer in Him and He calls to us through His Word

“God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, that Your Way may be known on earth, Your Salvation among the nations.  Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You” Psalm 67: 1-3

UPDATE: Monday, March 30, 2020

Lamentations 3:21-23

This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope.
Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

 

Thou Art Fairer Than The Children Of Men – C.H. Spurgeon

The entire person of Jesus is but as one gem, and His life is all along but one impression of the seal. He is altogether complete; not only in His several parts, but as a gracious all-glorious whole. His character is not a mass of fair colors mixed confusedly, nor a heap of precious stones laid carelessly one upon another; He is a picture of beauty and a breastplate of glory. In Him, all the “things of good repute” are in their proper places, and assist in adorning each other. Not one feature in His glorious person attracts attention at the expense of others; but He is perfectly and altogether lovely.

Oh, Jesus! Thy power, thy grace, thy justice, thy tenderness, thy truth, thy majesty, and thine immutability make up such a man, or rather such a God-man, as neither heaven nor earth hath seen elsewhere. Thy infancy, thy eternity, thy sufferings, thy triumphs, thy death, and thine immortality, are all woven in one gorgeous tapestry, without seam or rent. Thou art music without discord; thou art many, and yet not divided; thou art all things, and yet not diverse. As all the colors blend into one resplendent rainbow, so all the glories of heaven and earth meet in thee, and unite so wondrously, that there is none like thee in all things; nay, if all the virtues of the most excellent were bound in one bundle, they could not rival thee, thou mirror of all perfection. Thou hast been anointed with the holy oil of myrrh and cassia, which thy God hath reserved for thee alone; and as for thy fragrance, it is as the holy perfume, the like of which none other can ever mingle, even with the art of the apothecary; each spice is fragrant, but the compound is divine.

— C.H. Spurgeon

COVID-19 Crisis Prayer – Pastor Mike


Today’s Prayer

Psalm 67

Today’s Subject: Health Care Industry and Workers

God’s Way: Pray the Lord would supply the needed resources to bring healing and hope to patients.   Pray that God would supernaturally protect and keep our health professionals safe and sane, including their families.  Pray the presence of Christian professionals in hospitals and care facilities would bring extraordinary peace and comfort.  That the calm and peace of the Holy Spirit working in those who serve would be a testimony of Christ in them.  Pray for appropriate rest and time off in the midst of demanding shifts as the number of patients rises in each facility.  Pray for patience in our community and country as a vaccine is developed.  Pray a vaccine developed quickly and the spread of the virus would end.

God’s Salvation:   Pray we would be reminded that nothing is too hard for the Lord.  That His ways are above our ways and His thoughts are above our thoughts.  Pray that we would be confident in the strength and deliverance in the Lord.  That our faith would not be shaken.  Pray for heaven’s perspective for health workers and all of us in this crisis.  Pray that many would come to faith in Christ as the Lord uses what is intended for evil for His good and for salvation of many.  Pray for the reminder that God wishes none should perish but that all should come to the saving knowledge in Christ Jesus.  Pray that all believing health care workers and professionals would be the light of the Gospel of Christ in an otherwise dark time in our history.

God’s Praise: Praise the Lord for His creating men and women to serve in the health care field.  Praise Him for the gifting He has given them to navigate this very difficult time in our human history.  Praise God for His perfect and powerful healing.  Praise Him, for there is no healing outside of Him.  Praise God as the Great Physician.

“God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, that Your Way may be known on earth, Your Salvation among the nations.  Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You” Psalm 67: 1-3

UPDATE: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Galatians 6:9-10

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

 

The Faith to Persevere – Oswald Chambers

Because you have kept My command to persevere… —Revelation 3:10
Perseverance means more than endurance— more than simply holding on until the end. A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, but our Lord continues to stretch and strain, and every once in a while the saint says, “I can’t take any more.” Yet God pays no attention; He goes on stretching until His purpose is in sight, and then He lets the arrow fly. Entrust yourself to God’s hands. Is there something in your life for which you need perseverance right now? Maintain your intimate relationship with Jesus Christ through the perseverance of faith. Proclaim as Job did, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15).

Faith is not some weak and pitiful emotion, but is strong and vigorous confidence built on the fact that God is holy love. And even though you cannot see Him right now and cannot understand what He is doing, you know Him. Disaster occurs in your life when you lack the mental composure that comes from establishing yourself on the eternal truth that God is holy love. Faith is the supreme effort of your life— throwing yourself with abandon and total confidence upon God.

God ventured His all in Jesus Christ to save us, and now He wants us to venture our all with total abandoned confidence in Him. There are areas in our lives where that faith has not worked in us as yet— places still untouched by the life of God. There were none of those places in Jesus Christ’s life, and there are to be none in ours. Jesus prayed, “This is eternal life, that they may know You…” (John 17:3). The real meaning of eternal life is a life that can face anything it has to face without wavering. If we will take this view, life will become one great romance— a glorious opportunity of seeing wonderful things all the time. God is disciplining us to get us into this central place of power.

— Oswald Chamers

COVID-19 Crisis Prayer – Pastor Mike


Today’s Prayer

Psalm 67

Today’s Subject: Community Concerns

God’s Way: Pray the needs of our senior citizen will be continually met during the crisis. That they would not completely isolate and become lacking in resources and encouragement.  Pray that our senior care facilities and rehab centers would remain free of contamination.  Pray for our widows and orphans as they navigate this crisis in an already precarious life position.  Pray that single moms and single dads would have an extra measure and strength from the Lord in parenting their children during this crisis.  That our church and our community would take extra care and concern for our single parents and their families.  Pray for our homeless population that they would take great care to not propagate this virus and be extra careful in their hygiene.  That the needs of our homeless would not be neglected because of the crisis.  That as believers in Jesus and in community, we would take great pains with ingenuity to meet the challenging needs of all community.

God’s Salvation:   Pray that through the efforts of the church and believers to meet the needs of our community that Jesus would be glorified.  That any and all who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus would come to do so through the demonstration of love and care of others in this time of crisis.  Pray that conversations about need for our target groups of prayer today, our seniors, single parents, and homeless, that those conversations would lead to the goodness of God.  That the recipients of love and concern would draw near to God for their hope.  Pray for those believers among our seniors, single parents, and homeless that their faith would be strengthened and built up in this time and they would know and feel the full weight of the love of God through His Spirit and His people.

God’s Praise: Praise the Lord for His heart for those in need.  Praise God for His clear instruction in His Word to His children to care for one another, with particular concern for the widows and the orphans, our elderly, and our poor and homeless.  Praise the Lord the believers concern can be a product of genuine care and compassion from the Spirit of God who indwells each believer.  That there in no false sense of misguided compassion, but it is all for the glory of God and the good of those in need.

“God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, that Your Way may be known on earth, Your Salvation among the nations.  Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You” Psalm 67: 1-3