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Issachar (Conclusion)

Making the weak strong

by David G. Rose

Recently, we started this series on the times and seasons of the Return of Christ. The study is based upon the Children of Issachar. 1 Chronicles 12:32 NKJV, “And the children of Issachar, who had understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do.”

We have discussed the Biblical character Issachar and why this obscure person is relevant today. Issachar was the ninth son of Jacob, and the fifth son of Leah. When Issachar was born, his father Jacob gave an unusual prophecy over him: “Issachar is a strong donkey, lying down between two burdens” (Genesis 49:14-15 NIV). Basically, Issachar was strong but lazy.

But the Children of Issachar shook off their spiritual lethargy, and became mighty men of God. And that is our prayer today. That the Church of our Lord will stand up today against attacks against Biblical truths and righteous living. 
What should the Church do to prepare for the Return of Christ?

1. Insist on a close relationship with Christ. Do not let the cares and issues of this world become more important than living in the presence of Jesus every minute of every day. James 4:8 ESV, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.
2. Clean up your personal lives. James 1:20-21 NLT, “Get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.”
3. Learn to grow during times of testing. James 2:2-4 NIV, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
4. Constrain yourself to be patient with others. James 2:8 NLT, “Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the scriptures: “love your neighbor as yourself.” 
5. Reject the ethics of this corrupt world, and be the hands of Christ in this broken world. James 2:16-17 NLT, “You say goodbye and have a good day, stay warm and eat well, but then you don't give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So, you see faith by itself isn't enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
6. Share the love and salvation of Christ at every opportunity. Matthew 28:18-19 NLT, “Jesus came and told His disciples, I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth; therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 NIV, “now brothers and sisters about times and dates we do not need to write to you for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying peace and safety destruction will come on them suddenly as labor pains on a pregnant woman and they will not escape.”

Be like the Children of Issachar. Christ is coming soon. Be ready!
 

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              Monday Devotional
                  May 27, 2024

               
                         Clay

                   SCRIPTURE
          & PRAYER


Jeremiah 18:1-6 NLT - The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, “Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.” So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over. Then the Lord gave me this message: “O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.
Prayer: Dear Lord - All praise to You my Savior and King. The scripture today reminds me that I am in Your hands. This is a far better place to be than being in the hands of any other. Please mold me into a vessel that will bring honor to You alone. Help me to submit in everything. In the name of Jesus I pray. 

 

BIBLE  PROPHECY

This column highlights various scriptures and observations regarding Bible Prophecy

              Key Words in Bible Prophecy

                            Eschatology

 by David G. Rose

In the study of Bible Prophecy, many questions have been raised about some of the terms used to explain future events. For the next few weeks, this column will define selected words and terms to help the reader better understand Bible prophecy. 

The first word to understand is ESCHATOLOGY: The doctrine of the last things, and includes the intermediate state, the second advent, the resurrection, the judgment, and the destinies of the evil and the good.  

It was originally a Western term, referring to Jewish, Christian, and Muslim beliefs about the end of history, the resurrection of the dead, the Last Judgment, the messianic era, and the problem of theodicy (the vindication of God's justice).

The Assemblies of God’s Statement of Fundamental Truths reflects the ongoing importance of eschatology to Pentecostals. Four of its 16 articles deal with end-time themes: “The Blessed Hope” (Article 13), “The Millennial Reign of Christ” (Article 14), “The Final Judgment” (Article 15), and “The New Heavens and the New Earth” (Article 16).

Next week we will study the definition and meaning of the word ETERNITY
 

Therefore, comfort each other and edify one another.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

 

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 GUEST ARTICLE

Guest columnist: Carol Milder and husband Ken moved from Richmond, Texas, to their ranch in Buffalo, Texas, in 2008.  In 2024, Carol retired after a 49 year career in the real estate industry, as a Realtor and a residential real estate appraiser.  Her retirement plans include ranching, ministry, and writing.

 

The Review Mirror
 

 by Carol Milder

Barney, the Wonder Dog has one job, one calling, one passion … to love me and protect me.   He is not a dog that enjoys car rides, his world begins and ends within the perimeter fence of our ranch.  I believe Barney remembers that he was dumped from a car or truck on our red dirt road many years ago, he also knows that cars or trucks take him to the veterinarian and nothing good ever happens at the vet’s office. 
When I leave the ranch, I see the concerned look on his face in the review mirror of my car, he can’t go with me and he can’t protect me where I am going.  That car is going to take me outside of the safety of the ranch fences, away from his protective and watchful eyes. 
When I return, the car and car tires are thoroughly inspected, and so am I.  He sniffs my shoes, my clothing and when I lean down to pet him, he sniffs my breath.   Where have I been? Were there other dogs?  What did I eat?  Did I bring him a doggie bag?  
Barney’s love is the love of a shepherd, protecting the sheep … but I am his only sheep.  This kind of love and devotion is a constant miracle to me.  God shows the depth of His love and constant protection, using this dog, a dog that was a gift from Him.  Because … Every good and perfect gift is from the Lord. James 1:17. 
God has used this dog to help me love and accept myself, to overcome heartaches as well as internal insecurities.  It is hard to be insecure, feel unloved or unlovely when a dog thinks the world begins, ends and revolves around you. I am God’s masterpiece. 
Ephesians 2:10  For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. 


 

Steps to

Finding

New Life

in Christ

If you desire to make Christ the Lord over your life, here are six important steps to take right now:

1. Admit that you have sinned against God- Romans 3:23

2. Understand that Jesus died for your sins and offers cleansing and salvation - Romans 5:8

3. Remember that if you continue to ignore the call of Christ, you will spend eternity separated from God - Romans 6:23

4. Place your faith in Christ. He will save you and provide a life of blessing - Romans 8:1

5. Confess your sins to Christ and repent for your works against God - Romans 10:9-10

6. Invite Jesus to be the Lord and Master of your life - Romans 10:13

Pray this prayerDear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. I believe that only you can forgive sins. I ask you to come into my heart, forgive my sins, and be the ruler of my life. Thank you for saving me from my sins. Thank you for the love that you show me everyday. I now know that eternal life is a gift given from you. I pray and ask that you be the Lord of my life, lead me, guide me and
direct my path that I may walk each and every day with you Lord. In your wonderful name I pray. Amen.

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Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

Romans 8:26 ESV

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