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In 1977 I was making, perhaps through momentum of earlier choices, decisions that truly changed life direction for me. And this was no small decision, even though it took a while for the weight of the decision to be felt.
I was in-between two summer school sessions, and the invited speaker,
had just returned from his first ever trip over-seas to a third-world country for a series of meetings. The world of missions became a reality instead of theological fact for him. He was making statements similar to this "Young people, if 10-15% of the professed believers of the world only are out trying to reach 95% of the lost sea of humanity -- THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG with this equation! You need to volunteer tonight to be a missionary whether or not God ever calls you to a foreign 3rd world country! Volunteer and leave the equipping and sending and enabling to HIM".
There was no escaping this very reasonable conclusion except neglect or outright rebellion was found in the heart.
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In reading through the Bible for devotions, I have been noticing how God responds to Cities and Nations and their respect of Law and government. And I was reminded of July, 1977 when God was greatly working in my Life that year. Ps 33:12 says that “the Nation whose God is the LORD” is blessed! So, in thinking of both America, and Missions, I would like to give you my devotions for a special day that year, when I studied this very psalm. That day changed the rest of my life, and it could do the same for you as well!
This outline is from July 21, 1977 in my Personal devotions Journal for 1977; reading for that day, Ps 33-34. On the previous day, Tuesday, in Chattanooga, TN, in an evening revival service, in between two summer school sessions of 30 days each, I responded to an invitation by the evangelist, Ron Comfort, that I would be willing to be a missionary, should God lead me in that direction. The very next morning I read:
"Psa 33:8 "Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. I had been focusing of missions verses in a Bible reading schedule that ran for 1 year.
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Psa 33:1 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful.
v.2 Praise the LORD with the harp; Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.
v.3 Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.
v.4 For the word of the LORD is right, And all His work is done in truth.
v.5 He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.
v.6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
v.7 He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses.
v.8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
v.9 For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.
v.10 The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
v.11 The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.
v.12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.
v.13 The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men.
v.14 From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth;
v.15 He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.
v.16 No king is saved by the multitude of an army; A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
v.17 A horse is a vain hope for safety; Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.
v.18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy,
v.19 To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine.
v.20 Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.
v.21 For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name.
v.22 Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, Just as we hope in You.
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"[Both] By Faith" [I was beginning the next Monday a second 4 week summer school session in which a week's worth of regular class assignments was to be done nightly and FMF meetings were 30-40 minutes nightly, thus ONLY 'by faith' would I be able to attend the meetings!]
Evening reading: Romans 8:1-11 [I was reading through the Bible in one year in both morning and evening sessions.]
Taken from APN page:
Principle 7A Section of Applications: God's Call to Missions