July 11, 2018

July 11

Oh, Lord God! You yourself made the heavens and earth by your great power and with your outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for you! Jeremiah 32:17 CSB

1 Samuel 24

David honored Saul above himself because God had placed Saul as king and he still was the anointed king until it was God’s timing to place David.  David’s heart so honored the Lord in doing this.  Just because I have an opportunity to deal even righteously with an enemy, it doesn’t mean I have to.  Trusting God goes beyond my own thinking and abilities.  Honoring God must come before anything else.  How humbling is this one?! 

Jeremiah 1

I know I say this often but if God be for me, who can ever be against me?  Without the Lord putting His Words in my mouth, I truly have nothing to preach or teach about. 

12 The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I watch over my word to accomplish it.”

Never is there a reason to hold back on what the Lord tells me to speak for His grace is certainly sufficient for me.

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July 10, 2018

July 10

I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 CSB

1 Samuel 23

Ask God and He will answer me!  Never stop!  I love Jonathan’s confidence and know that this confidence in the Lord comes from a life of faith.  Saul calls David cunning.  Here is the definition from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:

  1. Knowing; skillful; experienced; well-instructed. It is applied to all kinds of knowledge, but generally and appropriately, to the skill and dexterity of artificers, or the knowledge acquired by experience.

Esau was a cunning hunter. Genesis 23:1.

I will take away the cunning artificer. Isaiah 3:3.

A cunning workman. Exodus 38:23.

  1. Wrought with skill; curious; ingenious.

With cherubs of cunning work shalt thou make them. Exodus 26:1.

[The foregoing senses occur frequently in our version of the scriptures, but are nearly or quite obsolete.]

  1. Artful; shrewd; sly; crafty; astute; designing; as a cunning fellow.

They are resolved to be cunning; let others run the hazard of being sincere.

In this sense, the purpose or final end of the person may not be illaudalbe; but cunning implies the use of artifice to accomplish the purpose, rather than open, candid, or direct means. Hence,

  1. Deceitful; trickish; employing stratagems for a bad purpose.
  2. Assumed with subtilty; artful.

Accounting his integrity to be but a cunning face of falsehood.

CUNNING, noun

  1. Knowledge; art; skill; dexterity.

Let my right hand forget her cunning Psalms 137:5.

  1. Art; artifice; artfulness; craft; shrewdness; the faculty or act of using stratagem to accomplish a purpose. Hence in a bad sense, deceitfulness or deceit; fraudulent skill or dexterity.

Discourage cunning in a child; cunning is the ape of wisdom.

I put this in so you can see how awesome the 1828 Noah Webster’s Dictionary is to refer to and how our language was used in a much more stunning way!  Also, I didn't put the scriptures in, Noah Webster did!  Back to 1 Samuel 23:

The great reality is that God was for David and if God be for David or anyone else, who could possibly have victory over Him?  This promise covers me!  God anointed David to be king of Israel so nothing was going to come against this covenant.  En Gedi is one of the most beautiful places to me, in Israel.  It is truly an oasis in the desert. 

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July 9, 2018

July 9

Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us— to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  Ephesians 3:20-21 CSB

1 Samuel 21-22

Ever feel like this?  15 Do I have such a shortage of crazy people that you brought this one to act crazy around me? Is this one going to come into my house?”   LOL J!

How would you like to be the leader of these people? 

In addition, every man who was desperate, in debt, or discontented rallied around him, and he became their leader. About four hundred men were with him.

I have to say that there are great spiritual lessons in these passages yet I am just rather amused today! 

Well, not anymore amusement because of the killing of the priests, women, children and animals!  Saul was the one out of his mind!  This was such an evil act carried out by Doeg and very honorable of the servants who refused to kill any of the priests!  Many of us have had the experience of working for bosses that were not effective and wanted things done for their own glory and not for the good of the workplace.  It is no fun!  Several experiences I had definitely worked towards changing my work direction! 

Isaiah 65

My God is the God of Truth.  There is so much to look forward to with the new Heaven and Earth!

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July 8, 2018

July 8

 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!)

Isaiah 64

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)!

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July 7, 2018

July 7

With you I can run through a whole troop of men, with my God I can leap a wall.  Psalm 18:30 CJB           Amen, yes I can!

1 Samuel 19

The Lord saved David through his best friend Jonathan.  God will always have someone there for us as He sees fit if it not be the day we go home with Him.  Again, David’s wife was there by God’s doing with wisdom for David to escape Saul’s wrath.  Again, the Lord reinforces in my heart that until it is time for me to breathe my last, His protection covers me.  This must have been an amusing sight in Samuel’s eyes (those who came near prophesying and Saul's behavior).  Thrice, the enemy could do no harm. 

Isaiah 63

None were there to help our God so He has done it all Himself for us.  I should never feel offended if there are none to assist for God is with me and I can do all things through Messiah who strengthens me! 

I will make known the Lord’s faithful love and the Lord’s praiseworthy acts, because of all the Lord has done for us—
even the many good things he has done for the house of Israel, which he did for them based on his compassion and the abundance of his faithful love.

Acts 15

Whenever there is disagreement amongst the leaders, it must be settled by the Holy Spirit, from those who have the wisdom to do so and unity and peace must return!

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