Daily Devotional Materials
Sixth Sunday after Trinity
– Wednesday –
The Lord shall deliver me from every evil work,
and will preserve me unto His heavenly kingdom. – 1 Timothy 4:18.
Jesus Christ, the King of the Kingdom of Power and the King of the Kingdom of Grace, also has a heavenly kingdom, a kingdom prepared for us who here on earth are His own, a kingdom into which all those shall enter who here on earth have been in the Kingdom of Grace; when they leave the earth they shall enter this heavenly kingdom. This is called the Kingdom of Glory; for there is nothing but honor and glory. There we shall be wholly free of everything that here we call evil. There our prayer, “Deliver us from evil,” will in fullest measure be granted. There shall forever be fullness of honor and glory such as we cannot even conceive of now. There our souls shall ever be abundantly satisfied, rejoicing over all the gifts of heaven; and we shall never once grow weary of them, but shall ever desire them anew, and there shall be ever new abundance. And so it shall be in all eternity. That will he our true home, purchased for us by the Savior with His precious blood. There we shall enjoy real life graciously merited for us by Christ. There let your heart and mind be directed! Who would continue to bemoan the hardships of the journey since this is the goal? And the Savior has promised, the King has assured us that He will bring us there. Doubt not! Say: “The Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto His heavenly kingdom.” Ah, your Savior does not treat you parsimoniously. Here He showers upon you the fullness of His grace, and there He will give you the fullness of His glory. Abide with Him, remain His own!
PRAYER. – Ah yes, O great, rich, gracious, lavishly bountiful King, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, give me all, yea, all Thy grace and glory. I cannot comprehend it. But Thou hast promised it. Oh, therefore give it to me, O Lord, my dear Savior! Amen.
Jesus, hail! Whose glory brightens
All above, and makes it fair:
Lord of life,Thy smile enlightens,
Cheers and charms Thy people here.
When we think of love like Thine,
Lord, we own it love divine.
King of glory, reign forever,
Thine an everlasting crown;
Nothing from Thy love shall sever
Those whom Thou hast made Thine own,
Happy objects of Thy grace,
Destined to behold Thy face.
Hymn 238, 4. 5. (ELHB)
16:1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:2 That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.6 Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us.7 Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.8 Greet Amplias my beloved in the Lord.9 Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.10 Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus’ household. 11 Salute Herodion my kinsman. Greet them that be of the household of Narcissus, which are in the Lord. 12 Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord.13 Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.14 Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren which are with them.15 Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them.16 Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.19 For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. 20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.21 Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you.22 I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord.23 Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother.24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen
1 Samuel 31:1-13
31:1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa. 2 And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul’s sons.3 And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers. 4 Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. 5 And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him.6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.7 And when the men of Israel that were on the other side of the valley, and they that were on the other side Jordan, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities, and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.
8 And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen in mount Gilboa.9 And they cut off his head, and stripped off his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to publish it in the house of their idols, and among the people.10 And they put his armour in the house of Ashtaroth: and they fastened his body to the wall of Bethshan.11 And when the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul; 12 All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Bethshan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there.13 And they took their bones, and buried them
under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.
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