August 10, 2018

August 10

God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.  Psalm 46:1 CSB

1 Kings 4-5

Of course God’s Word came to pass in Solomon’s life and made him the wisest of all with incredibly abundant wealth.

There are seasons for everything.  David had warfare surrounding him and couldn’t build the Temple but God surrounded Solomon with peace so his focus could be the building of the Temple.  God also gives differing gifts to different people.  The Sidonians were skilled in cutting timber. 

Jeremiah 31

When God loves it is everlasting for His people!  God is love and His love will never, ever fail me (us).  Though mourning last for a night, God’s joy comes in the morning with gladness and joy for all eternity!  One day is as 1000 years to the Lord.  Our time of difficulty will end and rejoicing will be unlimited for all eternity! 

33 “Instead, this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days”—the Lord’s declaration. “I will put my teaching within them and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will one teach his neighbor or his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know me, from the least to the greatest of them”—this is the Lord’s declaration. “For I will forgive their iniquity and never again remember their sin.”

Thank You Lord that Your covenant with me is eternal! 

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August 9, 2018

August 9

Happy BD, Ihi-Kapihi!

Aren’t five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. Indeed, the hairs of your head are all counted. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.  Luke 12:6-7 CSB

1 Kings 3

Solomon loved the Lord by walking in the statutes of his father David, but…Lord, keep me from the “buts”!  Solomon answered wisely understanding between good and evil is a sign of maturity and desiring the ability to deliver justice (righteously).  This pleased the Lord.  When You ask me questions Lord, do my answers please You? Seeking God always adds blessing as it did Solomon when he asked this of God.  My God loves to bless His children!  May Your wisdom be in me Lord to carry forth justice.              

Jeremiah 30

God saves me out of all of my troubles.  Sin requires discipline and receives consequences.  I have been thinking a lot about unintended consequences when we don’t ask God and live by His ways.  And the other side of the coin is that we receive great unintended blessing when we do live His way!  The Lord brings me health and heals the wounds!  I certainly don’t understand all of the Lord’s actions but He lets us know in time we will have that understanding.  This works for me!  Who am I to question God and His ways especially when I know His plans for me are always for good and never for evil?

This is the Lord’s declaration.  22 You will be my people, and I will be your God.

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August 8, 2018

August 8

For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.  Psalm 149:4 CSB

1 Kings 2

and keep your obligation to the Lord your God to walk in his ways and to keep his statutes, commands, ordinances, and decrees. This is written in the law of Moses, so that you will have success in everything you do and wherever you turn,

Several things have my attention in this chapter.  The first is that Solomon knew the promise of God about David’s kingdom being forever and repeated it several times.  This of course comes to pass with our Lord ruling and reigning forever through David’s lineage.  Second, Solomon carried out the promises to David as David asked.  Third, God’s expectation is that His leaders live righteously and not act out in evil when they think it suits them or if they think they are justified.  This just doesn’t make it with God.  It is so important I obey and not just when I “feel” like it or think it will be to my advantage.  My heart must be always in love with my God as the motivator for my actions.  This makes all the difference in producing good or bad fruit.

Jeremiah 29

11 For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 You will call to me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and places where I banished you”—this is the Lord’s declaration. “I will restore you to the place from which I deported you.”

This is one of the MANY GREAT passages in our Word from God and I certainly receive this as a personal promise!

It is interesting to me that so often in scripture sexual sin accompanies disobedience to the Lord. 

I worked as a waitress for a time in Colorado.  I remember making a suggestion to one of the owners (not a nice man in my opinion) and his response was, “I don’t pay you to think, I pay you to work”.  Well, my Lord is never ever crude but the reality is that if I belong to Him and He is truly my Lord then my priority is to obey His commands no matter what I think.  By the way, it was an unusual moment for me because I was speechless and that doesn’t happen very often! 

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August 7, 2018

August 7

For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King. He will save us.  Isaiah 33:22 CSB

1 Kings 1

Once again David did not deal with the shenanigans of his son.  It is so important that we get our affairs in order before it is our time to pass to the next life.  The Lord has and will continue to redeem my life from every difficulty.  I never “saw” this scripture: 40 All the people went up after him, playing flutes and rejoicing with such a great joy that the earth split open from the sound.  How loud to split the earth open from sound!

Jeremiah 28

You know if the prophecy is true if it comes to pass, otherwise it must be gone from my thoughts because it is not God if it doesn’t happen.  Only speak in the Name of the Lord what He speaks and never anything to appease others.  I am really bothered when people say what they think I want to hear.  What I want to hear is God’s truth and His truth only!  God deals with false prophets. 

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August 6, 2018

August 6

The entirety of your word is truth, each of your righteous judgments endures forever.  Psalm 119:160 CSB

2 Samuel 24

70,000 men died because of David’s ONE SIN!  Sin always affects many people, not just the sinner!  The reality is that David killed 70,000 innocent people!  David was a man after God’s own heart whom God loved and yet he chose sin over God.  This is sure something to think strongly about when the enemy comes knocking on the door of my mind or I even think about entertaining any thinking that is not from God.  Oh Lord, help me, help us, Holy Spirit!  Thank You for Your mercies!  Thank You Lord Yeshua that You paid the price!

24 The king answered Araunah, “No, I insist on buying it from you for a price, for I will not offer to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” 

Repentance has to cost or it’s not true repentance!  Saying, “I’m sorry” just doesn’t cut it! 

Jeremiah 27

“By my great strength and outstretched arm, I made the earth, and the people, and animals on the face of the earth. I give it to anyone I please.

The Lord can do what He wants, when He wants and how He wants.  How is it that man can think in his sin that he can change this?

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