This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #212. Where I read three chapters of the Holy Bible in the King James Version each day with my family as a part of our family devotions, to encourage you to read the Holy Bible in a year’s time. Today we are reading 1 Samuel 7, Proverbs 21 and John 2.
John R. Rice said, “No one can be a good Christian who does not with holy zeal set out to know, delight in, and live by the Word of God!”
Charles Fox Parham said, “The anointing of the Holy Spirit is given to illuminate His Word, to open the Scriptures, and to place the spiritual man in direct communication with the mind of God.”
1 Samuel 7
1 And the men of Kir’-jath-je’-a-rim came, and fetched up the ark of the Lord, and brought it into the house of A-bin’-a-dab in the hill, and sanctified El-e-a’-zar his son to keep the ark of the Lord.
2 And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kir’-jath-je’-a-rim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Is’-ra-el lamented after the Lord.
3 And Sam’-u-el spake unto all the house of Is’-ra-el, saying, If ye do return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ash’-ta-roth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Phil’-is-tines.
4 Then the children of Is’-ra-el did put away Ba’-a-lim and Ash’-ta-roth, and served the Lord only.
5 And Sam’-u-el said, Gather all Is’-ra-el to Miz’-peh, and I will pray for you unto the Lord.
6 And they gathered together to Miz’-peh, and drew water, and poured it out before the Lord, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the Lord. And Sam’-u-el judged the children of Is’-ra-el in Miz’-peh.
7 And when the Phil’-is-tines heard that the children of Is’-ra-el were gathered together to Miz’-peh, the lords of the Phil’-is-tines went up against Is’-ra-el. And when the children of Is’-ra-el heard it, they were afraid of the Phil’-is-tines.
8 And the children of Is’-ra-el said to Sam’-u-el, Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Phil’-is-tines.
9 And Sam’-u-el took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the Lord: and Sam’-u-el cried unto the Lord for Is’-ra-el; and the Lord heard him.
10 And as Sam’-u-el was offering up the burnt offering, the Phil’-is-tines drew near to battle against Is’-ra-el: but the Lord thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Phil’-is-tines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Is’-ra-el.
11 And the men of Is’-ra-el went out of Miz’-peh, and pursued the Phil’-is-tines, and smote them, until they came under Beth’-car.
12 Then Sam’-u-el took a stone, and set it between Miz’-peh and Shen, and called the name of it Eb’-en-e’-zer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.
13 So the Phil’-is-tines were subdued, and they came no more into the coast of Is’-ra-el: and the hand of the Lord was against the Phil’-is-tines all the days of Sam’-u-el.
14 And the cities which the Phil’-is-tines had taken from Is’-ra-el were restored to Is’-ra-el, from Ek’-ron even unto Gath; and the coasts thereof did Is’-ra-el deliver out of the hands of the Phil’-is-tines. And there was peace between Is’-ra-el and the Am’-o-rites.
15 And Sam’-u-el judged Is’-ra-el all the days of his life.
16 And he went from year to year in circuit to Beth’-el, and Gil’-gal, and Miz’-peh, and judged Is’-ra-el in all those places.
17 And his return was to Ra’-mah; for there was his house; and there he judged Is’-ra-el; and there he built an altar unto the Lord.
1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.
3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
8 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.
9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.
11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.
15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.
19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.
23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.
30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord.
31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.
1 And the third day there was a marriage in Ca’-na of Gal’-i-lee; and the mother of Je’-sus was there:
2 And both Je’-sus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Je’-sus saith unto him, They have no wine.
4 Je’-sus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
7 Je’-sus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
11 This beginning of miracles did Je’-sus in Ca’-na of Gal’-i-lee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
12 After this he went down to Ca-per’-na-um, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days.
13 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Je’-sus went up to Je-ru’-sa-lem.
14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;
16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.
17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?
19 Je’-sus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
21 But he spake of the temple of his body.
22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Je’-sus had said.
23 Now when he was in Je-ru’-sa-lem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.
24 But Je’-sus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,
25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.
When I was a teenager I wanted to get wisdom and knowledge, so I set out to read the big family Bible that many families had in those days. But I couldn’t get past Genesis 2 before I got bored with reading the Bible. I found out later in life that you have to believe on Christ and get saved before you can understand the Bible. So here is how I became a Christian and how you can too:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 18:8: “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “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 today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to 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 believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting 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.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at email@example.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.