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August 2, 2018

 

Last night we did a chorus before our prayer service called: The Glory and the Lifter of My Head

 

It comes from Psalm 3, it only contains 8 verses, and we encourage you to read it. The story surrounding it is a sad one. It involves the treachery of Absalom the son of David. Absalom and he cohorts had run David and his company out of Jerusalem and into the desert, Absalom's plan was to kill David. The Psalm begins:

 

A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. ~ verse 1

 

In verse 2 David writes:

 

Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.

 

Absalom and his followers thought that David was finished and that the kingdom would be ruled by Absalom. David recounts above what others were saying about him - that there was no help in God for David. But then in verse 3, David takes his stand:

 

But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. ~ verse 3

 

Then in the next verse he utters a prayer:

 

I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. ~ verse 4

 

God answers this prayer. You can see some of it in verses 5-8 that conclude the Psalm. You can also read the whole story of Absalom in II Samuel chapters 13-19.

 

The outcome for Absalom and those that followed him was tragic. It should be a sobering lesson for us. We can rejoice in God's deliverance for David and what it would mean for the nation, yet in the years that followed we see some that did not learn a lesson from this incident.

 

Tomorrow we will look a little further at David's declaration, his prayer, and God's answer.

 

May the Lord help us to always stay on His side.

 

8/3/2018

 

Yesterday we looked at the first half of Psalm 3 regarding David fleeing from Absalom. Remember from verse 2 that David said:

 

Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.

 

To see this plainly. Absalom and his company had a plan to "wear David out" in fleeing to the desert and then killing him. Note this part of the story:

 

Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night: And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and will make him afraid: and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will smite the king only: And I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace. ~ II Samuel 17:1-4

 

If you continue reading past verse 4, you will see another person counseling Absalom to pursue David and kill the whole company - wipe them all out.

 

But remember from yesterday that David took his stand in Psalm 3 verse 3 and then he prayed in verse 4.

 

I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.

 

We see some of the results of that prayer in the rest of the Psalm:

 

I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. ~ verse 5

 

David got used to the desert as a young man, but now he is fleeing into the desert with a large company that he is responsible for. In the natural, that is not too conducive to good sleep and rest, But the Lord provided it for him and sustained him. We remember that He gives his beloved sleep ~ Psalm 127:2

 

In the 6 verse of Psalm 3 we see God blessing David with courage:

 

I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.

 

Verse 7: Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

 

Verse 8: Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

 

God would bring salvation and blessing to both David and the nation.

 

It had to be a difficult time for David personally and you can read about what he went through staring in II Samuel 18:5

 

God was not going to let His nation and people be destroyed by Absalom. As we mentioned yesterday, it is a sobering story and we would be wise to take heed. We conclude in the same way we did yesterday:

 

May the Lord help us to always stay on His side.

 

 

8/4/2018

 

May the touch of God bless you abundantly today:

 

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8/6/2018

 

Yesterday we were blessed to take Communion which we usually do on the first Sunday of the month. It is good to look at the institution of it from the gospels from time to time - to refresh our memories and endeavor to learn more. We particularly note a verse from Luke where Jesus says:

 

And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: ~ Luke 22:15 (KJV)

 

Other versions read;

 

I have earnestly wanted to eat this Passover with you ... ~ Amplified

 

I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you ,,, ~ Revised Standard

 

This is obviously more than just a casual keeping of the Passover as a duty to fulfill the law of Moses. Of course we know this Passover meal will be special and we see Jesus is passionate about it.

 

Could it be that Jesus wanted a loving and intimate time with His disciples and set such an atmosphere? Perhaps this is why John easily felt he could just lay over and rest on Jesus - a loving gesture certainly.

 

It would help us to view Communion just like Jesus viewed this Last Supper - a longing to share it with those closest to us and not just do it because it is the first Sunday of the month. May we come to the Lord's table with love and reverence - that Jesus might have the preeminence.

 

May all our spiritual activities demonstrate as much - our praise and worship, our attention to the Word of God, our looking to the Holy Spirit as our guide, and certainly in our prayer life. We remember the scripture tells us:

 

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. ~ Philippians 2:13

 

As we would look to Jesus in the ways described above - we believe He can work more and more in us.

 

8/7/2018

 

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) ~ Hebrews 10:23

 

Notice we are to hold fast to the profession or confession of our faith - not the profession or confession of sin.  We are to confess sin when needed and He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us of all unrighteousness ~ I John 1:9

 

A profession or confession is what we say with our mouths. We are told to be faithful in our profession of faith as God will be faithful in what He promises.

 

8/9/2018

 

Isaiah 40:31 ~ But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength

 

In our society today, we often do not like to wait. We want things done quickly.

The scriptures say a lot about having patience yet we may not show it very much.

As we come before the throne of God, we should not have the attitude of zipping in and out.

 

We come to fellowship, to grow and develop, to mature in the things of God, to be refreshed and enjoy His presence, to ask for His touch, to minister unto Him with praise and worship.

 

This is waiting on Him and giving Him first place. The time we give is up to us - yet it should demonstrate the importance we place on our time with our heavenly Father.

 

8/10/101

 

There are always so many important things to pray about each day. We emphasize praying for and doing for others as Jesus taught, yet we must remember prayer for ourselves.

 

Dear Father, today I would purpose to successfully resist and overcome every temptation to do something wrong. I desire to walk worthy of the Lord each day; I thank You for the help I need, and reminders from Your Spirit as I go about my activities.

 

In the name of my Lord Jesus Christ and may He be glorified in me. Amen

 

8/11/2018

 

... choose you this day whom ye will serve; ... ~ Joshua 24:15

 

Many are familiar with this verse and a similar passage with Elijah on Mt. Carmel.

 

We want to emphasize the words "this day". Regardless of yesterday, whatever we did concerning God and our spiritual life; we will still determine what we do "this day"

 

May we recognize the importance of "this day" and what we will choose concerning God and our walk with Him.

 

As we look at these words again from Joshua 24, may we say and do as he concluded the verse: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

 

8/13/2018

 

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. ~ John 8:31-32

 

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 3:13-14

 

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. ~ John 15:9

 

Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. ~ Acts 13:43

 

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; ~ Colossians 4:2

 

Let brotherly love continue. ~ Hebrews 13:1

 

May we be those who are described above - people who continue in the things of God and press in (seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness). We should not be spiritual (or natural) couch potatoes, but people growing and developing in the things of God.

 

Let us encourage ourselves and others to pursue and seek the Lord with all of our hearts.

 

8/14/2018

 

Many are familiar with these verses:

 

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. ~ Numbers 6:24-26

 

If we read the verses before and after this section, we find that God specifically instructed that the children of Israel be blessed using these words that are given. This is what God wanted for His people.

 

Jesus was the manifestation of this blessing - as His words and conduct testify. The last verse of this chapter reads:

 

And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.

 

From a New Testament standpoint: The Name of Jesus has been put upon us as the children of God - and He will bless us. Hallelujah!

 

8/15/2018

 

One of the songs we do often has this line:

 

His grace has welcomed the sinner home, tender mercies lead us to the throne.

 

We thank God for His grace. The law and judgment would not let us in God's house nor into His presence.

 

But we remember from Hebrews 4 that God has a throne of grace for us where we can boldly come to receive mercy. We remember also that God welcomes us - it is His good pleasure to have us as His children ~ Ephesians 1:5

 

In all that God has done for us, He did it willingly. May we do the same for Him.

 

8/16/2018

 

Today we share some interesting verses from I Kings chapter 15:

 

Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam the son of Nebat reigned Abijam over Judah. Three years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom. And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father. Nevertheless for David's sake did the LORD his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem: Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. ~ verses 1-5

 

We continue further:

 

And in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel reigned Asa over Judah. And forty and one years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom. And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father. And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron. But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa's heart was perfect with the LORD all his days. ~ verses 9-14

 

In both instances above we see that God looks on the heart and sees the actions of the individuals. This should be an encouragement to us, yet we do not use this as an excuse to continue in wrong doing.

 

Take the time to read both of these portions of scripture carefully, and may we endeavor both to act right and keep our hearts right before the Lord.

 

8/17/2018

 

May we do our best to present a sweet spirit wherever we go. Thank you Father for your Spirit each day:

 

 

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8/18/2018

 

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. ~ John 14:26

 

We particularly note the "bring all things to your remembrance" in this verse. How often to we write ourselves notes to help us remember things. Indeed it is sometimes crucial at. When someone reminds us of important things, it is very helpful - especially when a timeframe or dead line is approaching.

 

How much more so regarding the things of the Lord - when we need to respond to things or deal with something. May the Spirit of God remind us of the word and the exactly way to do it in the situation at hand. What a great blessing these reminders will be.

 

8/20/2018

 

In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. ~ Proverbs 10:19

 

 

We know there are times to speak and times to be quiet. May we be skilled in doing both. Many of us know that still small voice that tells us to "refrain our lips" when something stirs us up or crosses us.

 

Lord help us to grow in this area of self control - control our speaking when we ought to speak, and restrain our lips when we should be silent.

 

8/21/2018

 

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. ~ I John 4:16

 

We pray this verse describes you today. We encourage you to read the verses that surround this one and be blessed to know the love of God to us more and more.

 

Thank you heavenly Father for demonstrating Your love to us and through us today.

 

8/22/2018

 

Yesterday we looked at a verse that started with these words:

 

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us... ~ I John 4:16

 

In considering this verse, it might help to ask: Do your children know and believe the love you have for them? This might not be an easy question to answer.

 

We know that we are human and do not love perfectly, yet parents are often willing to love much more than a child understands. Parents will constantly tell their children that they love them - even well past childhood age.

 

Know also that there are voices in the world that will try to convince your children that you do not love them - that you do not have their best interests at heart. We know there are family situations that vary tremendously and are difficult, but there is an evil element in society that seeks to tear families apart.

 

We know many parents do their best to covey and show their love for the children. How much more our heavenly Father throughout the New Testament and from the words of Jesus and His demonstration of that love. We pray further to experience and recognize the love of God daily.

 

For God is love ~ I John 4:8, 16

 

8/24/2018

 

Many of us have been singing in church for a number of years. We may have started as children singing songs in Sunday school and singing from the hymnal in the worship services, We memorized many of the hymns and can sing a lot of the stanzas without the book.

 

Now you might be in a church that has the words you sing on a screen. The same will happen as you memorize the songs, you know the tune, beat and tempo. You may not be on the stage or have ever sing a solo, but you enjoy lifting your voice to the Lord.

 

We are told to: ,,, come before his presence with singing. ~ Psalm 100:2 and be those who are ... singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; ~ Ephesians 5:19

 

May our singing unto the Lord further take us into praise, worship, adoration and pouring out our love to Him with: all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: ~ Mark 12:30

 

Singing and music are wonderful tools and blessings God has given us to enter into His presence. May we avail ourselves of opportunities (public and private) to develop and improve this aspect of our lives. Let us rejoice in the Lord today!

 

8/25/2018

 

One of our subjects this past week has been the love of God. We remember that when Jesus was asked which was the first or greatest commandment in the law, He replied:

 

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. ~ Matthew 22:27-28

 

We of course look at this from our side, but consider it from God's side - that this is the way He loves us. May God help us to realize this and comprehend this verse:

 

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us... ~ I John 4:16

 

Paul prayed that we:

 

May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that I might be filled with all the fulness of God. ~ Ephesians 3:18-19

 

Father help us to walk in, grow in, and gain greater understanding in Your great love wherewith You loved us ~ Ephesians 2:4

 

Receive God's love for you today!

 

8/27/2018

 

Lord help me to do my best for You today. A simple prayer yet powerful when we realize that each of us is in a unique position - a place in a family, in a work environment, in community positions, in service organizations, and/or in a church.

 

Let us take the positions we are in and function as God's people there. If we do so, there is not much in the world that will be unaffected.

 

Let your light so shine before men... ~ Mathew 5:16

 

In my life Lord, be glorified.

 

8/28/2018

 

Many of us read books regarding people of faith whose stories inspire us. We read about those who went from poverty to wealth, who persevered through hardship to gain happiness and prosperity, and of those who gave up everything yet their lives are so enriched.

 

We can look into biographies and autobiographies in an effort to see how others did it. We read the great stories of the faithful in the Bible and especially the hall of faith chapter - Hebrews 11.

 

Much of this is good and can be very helpful, but when all is said and done, the question for each one of us is: "What am I going to do"?

 

That is a bottom line question and one we can take to the Lord in prayer. As we study to show ourselves approved (II Timothy 2:15) and desire to walk worthy of the Lord and be fruitful (Colossians 1:10), we ask dear Lord to show us exactly what to do that we might fulfill those good plans You have for us ~ Jeremiah 29:11

 

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. ~ Proverbs 3:6

 

8/29/2018

 

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ~ John 14:17

 

There is nothing more comforting than the peace of God. We all deal with things and circumstances that are troubling and bad. We will not understand everything about any of them. But when you have the peace of God regarding matter, it will take care of the unanswered questions.

 

For anyone going through a difficult time, we encourage you to ask God for His peace - to show you the path of peace if you need it.

 

 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, ~ II Peter 1:2

 

8/30/2018

 

Do you recall these first lines of a hymn?

 

Take my life and let it be, consecrated Lord to Thee!

 

This could be our prayer each day. Though we may be saved and born again, we realize that our conduct and attitudes always need "tending to".

 

It is great when we are able to have victory over a temptation before it ever comes. This does not happen by accident, but comes with prayer, meditation in the Word, standing in the armor of God, and confessing our faith of what we have in Christ.

 

Lord help us to train ourselves to resist temptation. Show us the path to victory that we may overcome. May we not grow weary in well doing and may this demonstrate our consecration Lord to Thee.

 

 

 

 

 



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