July 8, 2018
I will bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your constant love and truth. You have exalted your name and your promise above everything else. Psalm 138:2 CSB
1 Samuel 20
Covenant’s work both ways or they wouldn’t be covenants. Each party has a part to play to keep their end of the covenant deal. My part for what the Lord did for me, and He did everything, is simply faith (of course that means complete trust with obedience) in He who cut the covenant with me. The Lord is a witness of covenants. (This can be a pleasant or scary thought depending on if it's being kept or not!)
4 From ancient times no one has heard, no one has listened to, no eye has seen any God except you who acts on behalf of the one who waits for him.
God absolutely acts for those who wait on Him (today’s message)!
Timothy didn’t need to be circumcised but for the sake of the Jews so they could receive from him, the circumcision took place. Sometimes, though not required, we are to do things that will allow for the gospel to be preached (never a sinful thing!). Paul said as noted in 1 Corinthians 9:
19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.
23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
If I make it about others, keeping faith in my God, there is no room for offense just because there are cultural differences.
I must be led of the Spirit with His blessing to go share the Gospel. I sure don’t want to go without You Lord, ever, anywhere so if it’s not Your leading, hold me back! Because of the Macedonia call, the gospel went through Europe and came to the USA, thus Hawaii. The great Christian heritage of these Islands happened because Paul heeded the Macedonian call.
What a great question Lydia posed on Paul, “If you consider me a believer in the Lord”. Is there anyone who doesn’t consider me a believer in the Lord? If not, I sure must make that one right!
Paul and Silas could have whined about their imprisonment but their trust was in our Lord so they could praise and worship Him instead! Lord, bring the people to ask, “What must I do to be saved?” Yes Lord, as for me and my house, we will all serve You!
Meditate & Apply: I am so grateful for the Covenant the Lord has cut with me for all eternity! The very least I can do is trust Him. As I wait on my God, He takes care of everything! There is never a good enough reason not to wait! I am encouraged for this is a confirmation of what I am preaching today! Lord, You are so good to me! Having been on foreign soil multiple times, I somewhat get responding culturally, as long as it is never a sinful thing to do. People let their guard down when they feel completed accepted. I am not to be a “doormat” but it sure doesn’t hurt to do things differently as the Lord leads. Speaking of, as the Lord leads, I don’t want to be anywhere He has not led me to go. Thank You Lord for great miracles in Africa when we are there! Thank You for great miracles in Cambodia and India when Pastor Jason is there!
Constitution for the United States of America
Section. 1. Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.
Section. 2. The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.
A Person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, who shall flee from Justice, and be found in another State, shall on Demand of the executive Authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having Jurisdiction of the Crime.
No Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, but shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due [Modified by Amendment XIII].
Section. 3. New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress. (My note – Some Californians are trying to split their State into three States and even if it gets voted in, in California, it still has to go through Congress for this to be accepted.)
The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.
Section. 4. The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence.