LISTEN: Whyte House Family Devotions: A Prayer for the Family, the Church, the Nation and the World #88 (08/17/17): “The Grace and Glory of God,” by Charles Spurgeon
My family and I have had morning devotions, or family altar as some people call it, every day ever since my wife, Meriqua, and I were married 30 years ago. We have prayed and read the Bible together as well as other devotional books as a family, and it is the only reason why this family has stayed together, and the only reason why God has blessed our family and used our family in ministry all of these years. We read Ephesians 5 and 6 every morning as it relates to the role of each member of the family and how that we need to put on the whole armor of God to fight against the devil who is seeking to destroy our family and all Christian families, churches, and Christians. So, now after 30 years of doing this in our home, we are opening this up to others who don’t have a family to pray with, who don’t have a spouse, or who are single by choice, and to encourage all families who are still intact to go back to the family altar and have devotions together every morning. In these devotions, you may hear me deal with a temptation I’m facing in my life, you may hear me rebuke my wife about not doing what she should be doing, or you may hear me get on one of my children’s cases about something they’re doing. Don’t be shocked; this is real life.
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow
Praise Him, all creatures here below
Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Grant McClung wrote, “The spiritual vitality and life success in the families of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were based in their experiences at the family altar. The founders of the Church of God recognized the central importance of the altar experience in the home and made a statement on the family altar one of their earliest measures in 1906. The General Assembly ‘urged that the families of all the churches engage in this very sacred and important service at least once a day, and at a time most convenient to the household. The pastor and deacons of each church were advised to use their influence and make special effort to encourage every family in the church to engage in this devotional exercise every day.”
RECITE: “THE APOSTLES CREED”
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Maker of Heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead;
He was seen alive by Mary Magdalene and the other women, the disciples and over 500 other brethren;
He ascended into Heaven,
and sitteth on the Right Hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy church;
the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.
DEVOTIONAL PASSAGE: PSALM 52:6-9
6 The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:
7 Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.
8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.
9 I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.
Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary, “Those who think to support themselves in power and wealth without God wretchedly deceive themselves. The wicked man trusted in the abundance of his riches; he thought his wickedness would help him to keep his wealth. But those who by faith and love dwell in the house of God shall be like green olive trees there. And that we may be as green olive-trees, we must live a life of faith and holy confidence in God and his grace. It adds much to the beauty of our profession, and to fruitfulness in every grace, to be much in praising God; and we never can want matter for praise. His name alone can be our refuge and strong tower.”
PRAYER FOR GOVERNMENT LEADERS
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
President Donald Trump
Vice President Mike Pence
First Lady Melania Trump
Second Lady Karen Pence
Presidential aides: Personal Aide to the President John McEntee
Leaders of federal agencies: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
State governors: Vermont Governor Phil Scott
City mayors: Fort Wayne, IN, Mayor Tom Henry
U.S. Senators: Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy
U.S. Representatives: California Representative Grace Napolitano
Police Chiefs: Lincoln, NE, Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister
Sheriffs: Bronx County, NY, Sheriff Joseph Fucito
Military Leaders: General Raymond A. Thomas III, Commander of U.S. Southern Command
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse and Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant
PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
Leaders of the Free Methodist Church: Superintendents Jason Garcia, Jim Jobes, and Jeff Johnson
PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
– Comfort the families of the over 300 people killed in Sierra Leone mudslide
– For the families of the 6 dead and 12 people wounded in a gang shooting at a hospital in Guatemala
– For the families of the 27 people killed and the 83 people wounded in a suicide bombing in Northeast Nigeria
– For the recovery of the 5 soldiers missing in a U.S. Army helicopter crash near Hawaii, and for the comfort of the families during this time
– For the families of the 1 person and 2 law enforcement officers killed amid violence between protesters in Charlottesville, VA; for the recovery of all people wounded; for peace and harmony to prevail
– For the peace of Jerusalem: Psalm 122:6 says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.”
– Persecuted Christians around the world
PRAYER FOR THE MEDIA
CNN correspondents Dana Bash,Pamela Brown, and Tom Foreman
bless the Christian motion picture he wants to make, have it to witness to many people
save his girlfriend, her father, and her siblings; give her strength to forgive them
bless her family, especially her husband Emmanuel Arellano Reyroso, with good health, happiness, and peace of mind; bless her mother and son with healthy lives always
help him to get away from God-hating people and make them cease from demonic activity; please save their souls
please bless the children she helps with sponsors
heal her of severe bone pain, strengthen her immune system, and cleanse her entire body; strengthen Dean’s immune system;
help them to continue winning souls and following Your instruction; bless them with Bibles in their language, sound equipment, and microphones; bless them with a church building
bless her and her husband with a good reply from the Canadian High Commission regarding their move from India to Canada
heal her of her tumor without having to get an operation and protect her unborn baby; give her and her baby complete healing and good health
bless him to do well in school and bless his graduation this year
PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
DEVOTIONAL READING: “The Grace and Glory of God,” from “Morning and Evening,” by Charles Spurgeon
Psalm 29:2 says, “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name.”
God’s glory is the result of his nature and acts. He is glorious in his character, for there is such a store of everything that is holy, and good, and lovely in God, that he must be glorious. The actions which flow from his character are also glorious; but while he intends that they should manifest to his creatures his goodness, and mercy, and justice, he is equally concerned that the glory associated with them should be given only to himself. Nor is there aught in ourselves in which we may glory; for who maketh us to differ from another? And what have we that we did not receive from the God of all grace? Then how careful ought we to be to walk humbly before the Lord!
The moment we glorify ourselves, since there is room for one glory only in the universe, we set ourselves up as rivals to the Most High. Shall the insect of an hour glorify itself against the sun which warmed it into life? Shall the potsherd exalt itself above the man who fashioned it upon the wheel? Shall the dust of the desert strive with the whirlwind?
Give unto the Lord, all ye righteous, give unto the Lord glory and strength; give unto him the honour that is due unto his name. Yet it is, perhaps, one of the hardest struggles of the Christian life to learn this sentence — “Not unto us, not unto us, but unto thy name be glory.” It is a lesson which God is ever teaching us, and teaching us sometimes by most painful discipline. Let a Christian begin to boast, “I can do all things,” without adding “through Christ which strengtheneth me,” and before long he will have to groan, “I can do nothing,” and bemoan himself in the dust. When we do anything for the Lord, and he is pleased to accept of our doings, let us lay our crown at his feet, and exclaim, “Not I, but the grace of God which was with me!”
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!