July 13, 2019

July 13
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11 ESV
1 Samuel 26-27 

Once again David shows His trust in God not taking matters into his own hands.  The Lord never instructed David to kill Saul for I am sure that would have been such an offense against him, he would have never been accepted as the next king by the people.  David was wiping out the people groups God had told Israel to do upon entry to the Promised Land but they never did.  The reason for the wipe out was they were worshipers of idols and haters of God and wouldn’t turn to God and the Lord did not want His people to intermarry the foreigners and turn to idolatry.  We are still told not to be unequally yoked by marrying non-Believers in the New Testament but we don’t kill people for their beliefs (2 Corinthians 6:14).  FYI, ­­1 Corinthians 7 is a chapter specifically given about marriage.  
Jeremiah 3 
This chapter begins with the Lord giving Jeremiah what to speak about adultery.  God considers idolatry as adultery against Him.  Yet, God is always calling His people back to Him, to repent and turn away from unfaithfulness to Him.  His mercy and love are stronger and more powerful than our sin against Him!  What an incredible God we serve!  There is no one or nothing of this world that can possible offer me the redemption the Lord has given me.  
Acts 21
Paul was not concerned, even unto death, about returning to Jerusalem.  He continued, led by the Spirit to go where the Lord was leading Him.  I think about some of the places the Lord has taken us where Believers are truly not “safe” yet how can we not obey the Lord?   In Malaysia it is illegal to preach the Gospel or proselytize because it is a Muslim country.  In India, the Hindus (and Muslims) burn churches down and violently attack Believers.  In the Philippines the Muslim terrorists rise up against Believers.  While in Nairobi in January, the Muslim terrorists bombed a hotel where Americans stay, the night before we ourselves were headed to Nairobi and this is a Christian country (60 % of the people!).  The security at the hotel we stayed at was greater than going through TSA and the staff asked us not to go out after dark.  But God!!!  If God be for me, who can be against me (Romans 8:31)?  What is the worst that can happen anyway, that I go to be with the Lord?  Is this not the goal anyway?  I have to love Paul!  Here he was beaten and chained, being carried into prison yet He still wanted to share the Good News (this is what Gospel means) with his persecutors!  
Meditation & Apply: God values faithfulness to Him above
all else (Hebrews 11:6).  He knows my humanness for He is my Creator and didn’t make me a robot but gave me free will.  My desire is to be faithful in all things toward Him.  I am so grateful for His mercy and forgiveness.  When in Kenya the younger women were very afraid for what had happened at the hotel in Nairobi almost to the point of hysteria.  I finally said that nothing was to happen because if it was, the Lord would have let me know just like He let Paul know.  This is not saying that I am anything but I have walked with the Lord long enough to know that He is good and good only and would prepare me should my death be imminent.  

1 Comment

Qbeanie - July 14th, 2019 at 11:28am

Yes, sharing the good news wherever we are is an honor and our right. We must be more diligent much like Paul was.





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