July 3, 2018
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. Proverbs 14:34
1 Samuel 15
The bottom line with King Saul was his independent spirit that he valued over obedience to the Lord. This remains an issue in the Body of Messiah today. You can’t serve the Lord wholeheartedly with an independent spirit and the pride in it that leads to ruin. Really, a monument to self?
22 Then Samuel said: Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? Look: to obey is better than sacrifice, to pay attention is better than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and defiance is like wickedness and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.
There is absolutely nothing that could happen to me worse than being rejected by my God! There is a place of not returning to the place the Lord sets His people in, because of rebellion. How foolish to fear man instead of God yet is this not a common issue?
29 Furthermore, the Eternal One of Israel does not lie or change his mind, for he is not man who changes his mind.
Anyone who thinks they can make up their own rules when it comes to God lives a life of foolishness, fooling only themselves. I can really go for it here, but I think it best for me to stop!
Don’t think God made a mistake for He never makes a mistake. His plan was to get David onto the throne but because of the rebellion of the people who wanted a king, He gave them a king with warning of what would happen to them under his reign because it was a rejection of God Himself. (Go back and read the first few chapters as necessary to understand this.)
Sin is the separator between humankind and God. Faith in Lord Yeshua reconciles us to God because faith in the Lord can only come through repentance and remorse of sin. On the other hand, as I walk in the peace of the Lord, justly on His straight path, allowing Truth (the Lord) to lead me, His hand is strong to save me and His ear is close to hear me. My God looks for those of us who will intercede on behalf of those turned away from Him. This is the promise to us who fear the Lord in reality:
20 “The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those in Jacob who turn from transgression.” This is the Lord’s declaration. 21 “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord: “My Spirit who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of your children’s children, from now on and forever,” says the Lord.
Oh Hallelujah Lord Yeshua, return for us oh Lord, return!
What God makes clean is clean and cannot be called impure! Repentance to God is acceptable to ALL who truly believe and live for our Lord!
Because of persecution the church elders were sent out and thus began missions in the very early church. We are still living out the Book of Acts and will until the Lord Yeshua returns. For those who have ears to hear, let them hear!
Mediate & Apply: Obedience is the greatest gift I can ever give my God and not just when I “feel” like it but at all times. As PJ says, “Obedience without resistance”. Intercession is mandatory. Why Lord do so many not get this? All of us got into Your Kingdom through the intercession of another faithful person. Missions is mandatory when living a life serving the Lord.
THE PREAMBLE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Signed in convention September 17, 1787. Ratified June 21, 1788
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII
We, the people of Hawaii, grateful for Divine Guidance, and mindful of our Hawaiian heritage and uniqueness as an island State, dedicate our efforts to fulfill the philosophy decreed by the Hawaii State motto, "Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono."
We reserve the right to control our destiny, to nurture the integrity of our people and culture, and to preserve the quality of life that we desire.
We reaffirm our belief in a government of the people, by the people and for the people, and with an understanding and compassionate heart toward all the peoples of the earth, do hereby ordain and establish this constitution for the State of Hawaii. [Am Const Con 1978 and election Nov 7, 1978]
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