July 10, 2018
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:
- 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.
- 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.]
- 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,
- Deceitful; trickish; employing stratagems for a bad purpose.
- Assumed with subtilty; artful.
Accounting his integrity to be but a cunning face of falsehood.
- Knowledge; art; skill; dexterity.
Let my right hand forget her cunning Psalms 137:5.
- 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.
The Lord looks for those who are humble, submissive (or broken) in spirit and one who trembles at His Word. Therefore, I must be this person in order to please my God. Lord, I desire to answer when You call on me, listen to what You have to say, not do evil, and follow all things that You would have me do.
8 Who has heard of such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day or a nation be delivered in an instant? Yet as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her sons.
By God’s Word and hand, Israel was reborn in one day (May 14, 1948, after 2500 years)! Peace is coming to you, Israel for the Word of the Lord never fails! Again, another fulfillment of prophecy in that in 2017, according to what I found on the internet, Israel had a record of 3.6 million tourists which was a 25% increase over 2016. This also is fulfilling the Word of God because of the increase of flow of finances into Israel.
ACTS 18 was inadvertently skipped on the web list for our daily reading.
Paul worked when he could to raise income for his ministry work. God had called Paul to take the gospel to the gentiles so here is when he moves forward with this call on his life. The Lord is no respecter of persons and desires all come to the knowledge and truth of Him! It is important to make private correction of the truth of the gospel as long as it is received. Otherwise, it would have to become in front of witnesses so that correction is made.
It should be expected that when we pray with people to receive the Lord that they be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Why wait? Missionary trips are sometimes short and here Paul spent over 2 years. Our goal when we go on missions trips is to encourage people into the local churches as we are there to support the ministry we are serving. No one can become a disciple in a week or two, as we all know!
The devil knows who the people serious with the Lord and can overtake those who are not. True trust in the Lord brings a major lifestyle change from current to brand new with repentance. Notice in reading here and other places that the encouragement of idol worship is simply about money?
Meditate & Apply: Ask God, wait for His answer and do whatever He says and all will go well for me! All Believers need encouragement so be an encourager! Having the availability to Christian authors from the 18th and 19th century is such an encouragement as to the roots of our nation! Thank You Lord for technology that we can use for Your Glory. There may be a dark web but anything of You brings us into Your Light! Be humble, submissive and a woman of the Word who listens and heeds it! If God can do these majorly incredible miracles for Israel, He can certainly fulfill every single promise to me! People should be told about the Holy Spirit as soon as they give their lives to the Lord. I need to be more effective in this when I pray with people to receive the Lord.
Constitution for the United States of America
All Debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation.
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
The “religious test” is a big argument right now though it is illegal but those on the left side of politics want non-Believers and of course those of us on the right side want true Believers! But Constitutionally, no one can have their religion work for or against them. When interviewed they are supposed to NEVER be asked any questions regarding their faith or lack thereof. Remember, the colonists came to America to get away from religious persecution!