Monday, May 21, 2018

Honor Your Enemies

Scripture:

II Samuel 19:27-28 "Ziba has slandered me by saying that I refused to come.  But I know that my lord the king is like an angel of God, so do what you think is best.  All my relatives and I could expect only death from you, my lord, but instead you have honored me by allowing me to eat at your own table!  What more can I ask?"

Observation:

David had taken care of Mephibosheth, Saul's grandson.  Normally the descendants of the old king would be killed to ensure that nobody could take the throne back.  David trusted God and honored his relationship with Jonathon by honoring Mephibosheth and letting him eat at the king's table for life.  He gave him property, wealth and honor, when most kings would have killed him.

Application:

Jesus said to bless our enemies and pray for those who despitefully use us.  We are called to live a different kind of life than the world.  We are called, like David, to honor our enemies and to see value in them.  We must trust our Lord to deal with those who hate and despise us, our job is to love, honor and bless them.

Prayer:

Lord, let me walk in the humility of David and fulfill the command of Jesus.  Help me to love those who hate me and bless those who persecute me.  Enable me to walk in a trust relationship with You that trust You to fight my battles while I love people.

Yours,
Jeff

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Trusting God

Scripture:

II Samuel 16:11-12 "The David said to Ahishai and to all his servants, 'My own son in trying to kill me.  Doesn't this relative of Saul have even more reason to do so?  Leave him alone and let him curse, for the Lord has told him to do it.  And perhaps the Lord will see that I am being wronged and will bless me because of these curses,'"

Observation:

David was being attacked and overthrown by his own son and a relative of King Saul was shouting curses at at him.  His reply was to let him curse and leave his son alone because his trust was in the Lord.  He could have easily had both of them killed, but David didn't take matters into his own hands, he let the Lord fight his battles.  He, he trusts the Lord and says that maybe God will see the wrongdoing and bless him for it.  That is trust.

Application:

When we really know God and have walked with him for a long time, we will begin to trust him more and more.  Trust is built by winning battles together.  When enough battles have been won by the Lord, you can trust and believe, He will bring me out of this again.  I want to walk with God is a true and strong trust relationship.  When people try to tear me down, I want to know deep within that God has my back and walk in that confidence like David.

Prayer:

Father, I trust you, but help me to trust You more.  Fight my battles and strengthen my faith.  I want to have that complete, unshakable confidence that David had that You will defend me in every situation.  Move in out church this morning Lord.  Heal, deliver and set free. 

Yours,
Jeff

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Would Have - Hard Words

Scripture:

II Samuel 12:8 "I gave you your master's house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah.  And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much, more."

Observation:

God was speaking to David through Nathan the prophet after David had Uriah killed and had taken Bathsheba to be his wife.  God told David that He had given him so much, and would have given him much, much more, but he sinned horribly by taking Bathsheba. 

Application:

I don't ever want to hear the Lord say, "I would have given you much, much more, but..."  I don't want to hear the Lord say He would have blessed me much much more if I had been obedient and done what He asked me.  I want to hear "well done"  not "I would have".  I want to live a life of obedience where God blesses with much much more.

Prayer:

Father, help me to follow You completely.  Teach me to walk with you and obey Your voice above every other voice in my life.  Give me a strong back to say "yes" to the right things" and "no" to the wrong things.  Guide me Holy Spirit.  I am Yours.

Yours Forever,
Jeff

Friday, May 18, 2018

Victorious

Scripture:

II Samuel 8:14 "He placed army garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became David's subjects.  In fact, the Lord made David victorious wherever he went."

Observation:

David had the favor of God on his life.  This verse tells us that the Lord made David victorious wherever he went.  It was totally a God thing when David won his victories.  It wasn't his incredible army though they were amazing.  It wasn't his leadership, though it was great.  It was the hand of the Lord working on David's behalf that made him successful in everything he did.

Application:

I want the favor of God to be on my life like it was on David's.  David sought the Lord diligently and the Lord favored him because of it.  Instead of fighting for victory, I want to seek the Lord and let the Lord bring the victory.  I want some unexplainable events in my life that have to be the hand of the Lord.

Prayer:

God, work in my life.  Lead me.  Guide me.  Show me what to do and when and how.  Make my life victorious because of Your hand and not my leadership expertise.  When great things happen, let me be able to say, "It was all God, because I am not able to do that in myself."

Yours Son,
Jeff

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Covenant and Anointing

Scripture:
II Samuel 5:3  "So there at Hebron, king David made a covenant before the Lord with all the elders of Israel, and they anointed him king of Israel."

Observation:

When David made a covenant before the Lord with all the elders of Israel, he was anointed king of Israel.  David wasn't anointed king over all Israel until a covenant was made with the elders.  Apparently the two were intertwined in that day so that when you made the covenant, you could be anointed.  We aren't told what the covenant was, but we know it happened before being anointed.

Application:

God anoints those who are in covenant to do his work.  I believe that when God sees you are serious about His work and are in covenant to see His will done in the earth, then you can walk in His anointing.  In others words, the Lord doesn't anoint those who are not serious about his business.  When you walk in covenant, you can also walk in anointing.

Prayer:

Lord, we made a covenant many years ago about my life.  It belongs to You and You alone.  I will go where you open the doors and do what You want me to do as long as I live on this earth.  I am yours!  Help me to walk in a greater level of anointing as I seek to do Your will and not my own in this earth.

Yours,
Jeff

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ask the Lord

Scripture:

II Samuel 2:1  "After this, David asked the Lord, 'Should I move back to one of the towns of Judah?'  'Yes', the Lord replied.  The David asked, 'Which town should I go to?'  'To Hebron', the Lord Answered".

Observation:

I love that David has this conversation with God.  He asks a simple question and gets a simple and clear answer.  He asks a second question and gets another very clear answer.  David was called a man after God's own heart.  We know he was a seeker of the Lord and relied completely on the Lord, but he also heard from the Lord very clearly.

Application:

My application today is really just my prayer request.  I want to hear the voice of the Lord more clearly every day.  I am going to pursue Him with all my heart until I get simple, clear answers like David did.  I want to know the Lord intimately and walk with Him according to His ways.

Prayer:

Father, open my ears to hear Your voice and open my eyes to see what You are doing in the earth.  I will seek You until I find You and hear Your voice clearly.  Help me to stay on this relentless pursuit and to continue to seek You.  You have promised that you would be found my me when I seek with all my heart.

Yours,
Jeff

Monday, May 14, 2018

Value Lives

Scripture:

I Samuel 26:24 "Now may the Lord value my life, even as I have valued yours today.  May he rescue me from all my troubles."

Observation:

David refused to kill Saul, who was chasing him down to kill him.  David refused because he didn't want to take things into his own hands.  He decided to trust God rather than take the king's life.  Since he had valued king Saul's life, he could ask the Lord to value his life.

Application:

Valuing people and trusting God to work in them is huge.  Our job is not to get revenge on everyone who does us wrong, but to love people and value them.  When we do that, our life becomes more valuable.  When we add value to people, our value increases.  We need to learn to add value to people.

Prayer:

Father, help me to add value to those around me.  Today, let me add value to someone.  Let my life become more valuable because I choose to value people.

Yours,
Jeff