July 6, 2019
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Matthew 24:35 ESV
1 Samuel 18
Jonathan giving David his robe, armor, sword, bow and belt was indicative that Jonathan the son of the reigning king would not be the next king as the culture assumed at this time, but that David would be the next King. Saul’s jealousy took over his life at this time toward David. It would be the motivator that would lead to Saul’s death and David’s reign as king. Jealousy as a motivator never brings what is good and causes poor decision making. David earned the right to marry Saul’s daughter because it was the deal made with whomever killed Goliath. Having God with me brings me victory!
Just like Israel not being forsaken or desolate, neither am I for God is with me and I am therefore God’s delight and am the bride of Messiah at the end of days. In the book of Revelation it speaks of this and each of us being given a new name. God has a wonderful plan for Israel no matter how many nations revolt against Her. He also has wonderful plans for His children.
Persecution caused the Gospel to spread to even more places. Faith matters and leads to the miraculous. The simplest definition of faith is completely trusting God. Only God gets the glory because the miracles are His doing and never mans! There are so many persecuted Believers that as Americans, we truly have no clue. It is in these places the Gospel continues to spread.
Meditate & Apply: I am only always victorious because God is with me. Jealousy is a horrible spirit to have. Therefore I am to always be content with who I am in the Lord! Nations who hate Israel are foolish and those who bless Israel are blessed (Genesis 12:3). God’s plans for me are for good and not evil (Jeremiah 29:11)! Trusting God brings the miraculous to otherwise impossible situations. Trials come but those who endure to the end will be saved (Matthew 24:13).
I experienced an actual spirit of jealousy one time. It was strong and ugly and broken only when I confronted the person it was against and found out that my feelings were totally unfounded. Since then, if that spirit rears its demonic head, I recognize it and know what to do! Praise God for revealing that to me!
It is surely a very ugly and powerful spirit and always leads to harm.