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.
Welcome to the Whyte House Family Devotion #108
SING “GLORIA PATRI”
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
And to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be:
World without end. Amen.
Paul David Trip said, “In the family, life is brought not only to our doorstep, but into our kitchens, bedrooms, and dens. In the family, life is happening all around us, and it begs to be questioned, evaluated, interpreted, and discussed. There is no more consistent, pregnant, dynamic forum for instruction about life than the family, because that is exactly what God designed the family to be — a learning community.”
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 62:8-12
8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.
10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.
11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.
12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.
Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary regarding this passage, “Those who have found the comfort of the ways of God themselves, will invite others into those ways; we shall never have the less for others sharing with us. the good counsel given is, to trust wholly in God. We must so trust in him at all times, as not at any time to put that trust in ourselves, or in any creature, which is to be put in him only. Trust in him to guide us when in doubt, to protect us when in danger, to supply us when in want, to strengthen us for every good word and work. We must lay out wants and our wishes before him, and then patiently submit our wills to his: this is pouring out our hearts. God is a refuge for all, even for as many as will take shelter in him.”
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: Cabinet Secretary Bill McGinley
Leaders of federal agencies: Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Maureen K. Ohlhausen
State governors: Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb
City mayors: Scottsdale, AZ, Mayor Jim Lane
U.S. Senators: Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton
U.S. Representatives: California Representative Juan Vargas
Police Chiefs: Honolulu, HI, Police Chief Cary Okimoto
Sheriffs: Mecklenburg County, NC, Sheriff Irwin Carmichael
Military Leaders: Admiral Michelle J. Howard, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces in Europe and Africa
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon
PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
Leaders of the Presbyterian Church in America: Operations Manager Angela Nantz, Assistant to the Stated Clerk Bob Hornick, and Documents Manager Priscilla Lowrey
PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
– For an end to the violence in Myanmar; and for salvation, protection, comfort, and provision for the 120,000 people who have been displaced by that violence
– For the families of the two Kenyan police officers who were killed by terrorists while guarding a church
– For provision, protection, safety, and salvation for the 16 million children who have been affected by the flooding in South Asia
– For the comfort of the families of the over 1,300 people who have been killed in flooding in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh
– For the salvation, protection, and safety of all those affected by Hurricane Harvey; for the comfort of the families of the 50 people who have died
– 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
Fox News hosts Tom Shillue, Sandra Smith, and Katherine Timpf
Help her to succeed in her career; help her children to succeed in academics; strengthen her prayer life and help her husband to accept You into his heart; for peace in her country to prevail among the people and government leaders
Keep his marriage strong and help them to grow in You; please keep their son’s healthy and bless their careers; guide them so they won’t lose focus on You
Please give Jordan, Eleanor, Kyle, Kylen, Kayden spiritual, emotional, and physical healing
Heal Bertha and her son Marcus of mental problems; help Takondwa and Philip not to be confused or angry; Help her husband, Danford, to care for the family and not experience any setbacks
for her husband to stop cheating and for them to work things out and get back together
deliver her and her family from all who would seek to do them harm
Please be with his wife and family and work out issues on their government jobs
Help him to become a full-time evangelist for You and spread The Gospel to the unreached people in Jammu
Please provide his ministry, African Child In Need, with the support it needs and education and loving care for the children
Kristofer in Jamaica
Please heal him of all mental issues, depression, suicidal thoughts, and guilt; Make him to be the man You want him to be; help him to be successful in school and to make the right decisions
PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
DEVOTIONAL READING: “Seeing Life from God’s View (Part 2)” from “The Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren
The Bible offers three metaphors that teach us God’s view of life: Life is a test, life is a trust, and life is a temporary assignment. These ideas are the foundation of purpose-driven living.
The metaphor of life as a test is seen in stories throughout the Bible. God continually tests people’s character, faith, obedience, love, integrity, and loyalty. Words like trials, temptations, refining, and testing occur more than 200 times in the Bible. God tested Abraham by asking him to offer his son Isaac. God tested Jacob when he had to work extra years to earn Rachel as his wife.
Adam and Eve failed their test in the Garden of Eden, and David failed his tests from God on several occasions. But the Bible also gives us many examples of people who passed a great test, such as Joseph, Ruth, Esther, and Daniel.
Character is both developed and revealed by tests, and all of life is a test. You are always being tested. God constantly watches your response to people, problems, success, conflict, illness, disappointment, and even the weather! He even watches the simplest actions such as when you open a door for others, when you pick up a piece of trash, or when you’re polite toward a clerk or waitress.
We don’t know all the tests God will give you, but the best way to live is to live as though you are always being tested.
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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!