Monday, May 29, 2017

God Gives Wisdom

Scripture:

I Kings 4:29  "And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand of the seashore".

Observation:

It tells us here that the incredible wisdom and understanding that Solomon had came directly from the Lord.  It even says that the breadth of his mind was like the sand of the seashore.  God gave Solomon incredible wisdom and a mind that was nearly unlimited.  The beauty of it is that it was totally from God.

Application:

God will give us what we need to do His will in our lives.  He has all resources and nothing is beyond Him.  He gives His children all they need to do what He wants them to do.  We must go to God, who can not only provide for our needs, but develop our minds to do incredible things.  Inventions, ideas, creativity, and imagination all belong to the Lord.  If we will use it for Him, He will bless it and make our mind like the sand of the seashore.

Prayer:

Father, increase my wisdom and understanding.  Help me to use the faculties You have given me effectively and increase them for Your glory.  I want to bring You honor with my life, my mind, and everything I have.

Your Son,
Jeff

Friday, May 26, 2017

Way of Escape

Scripture:

I Corinthians 10:13  "No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.  God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it".

Observation:

Paul tells the Corinthians here that they don't have to give in to temptation.  He lets them know that all temptation is common to man, but that God is faithful and He won't tempt you beyond what you can handle, but will also give you a way of escape so that we can endure it.

Application:
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Temptation cannot overtake us.  May people fell like they are powerless when it comes to temptation and live defeated lives because they can't seem to get the victory over certain areas of their lives.  We must understand when we are tempted that there is a way of escape.  Our job is to stop looking at the temptation and start looking for the way of escape.  God promises us here that He will provide a way of escape.  We just need to go that direction.

Prayer:

Father, let me walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.  Help me to be led by the Spirit and to live an overcoming life in every area.  Cause me to always see the way of escape and take it.  I want to live a life that represents You well.

Your Son,
Jeff

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

I Will Not Be Dominated

Scripture:

I Corinthians 6:12  "All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful.  All things are lawful for me, but I will not be dominated by anything".

Observation:

Paul is telling the Corinthians that everything is lawful, but somethings are not wise or helpful.  Some choices we make are not necessarily unlawful, but they are not good for us.  Paul finishes by saying "I will not be dominated by anything".  He is saying that he won't allow anything to control him, but he will exhibit self-control.

Application:

We should take the word of Paul and not allow anything in this world to dominate us.  We were made in the image of God and we need to make a decision to not allow things into our lives that are destructive and that will end up dominating our lives.  We can't allow addictions, habits, or lifestyles that are going to kill us in the long run.  We must be determined that if we see anything in our lives that we are getting dependent on, we must eliminate it.  We are to be controlled by nothing but the Holy Spirit.

Prayer:

Lord God Almighty, help me to identify bad habits in my life that need corrected.  Help me to live a life that is not dominated by anything or anyone but You.  You are the center of my life and I want to please You first and foremost.  Empower me to live a life that bring You honor and praise.

Yours,
Jeff

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Heart Struck

Scripture:

II Samuel 24:10  "But David's heart truck him after he had numbered the people.  And David said to the Lord, 'I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, O Lord, please take away the iniquity of your servant, for I have done very foolishly'".

Observation:

David had numbered the people of Israel and Judah to see how many and how powerful they were.  This would allow David to have confidence in his army instead of in God, who he had leaned on his whole life.  He knew it was wrong before the Lord, but he did it anyway.  The bible records that David's heart struck him.  His heart punched him, grabbed him, got his attention.

Application:

Just like David, our heart should strike us when we do wrong before the Lord.  There should be extreme conviction when we sin or disobey God.  When you are walking with God, you will always be very sensitive to what pleases Him.  When our walk fades and we begin going through the motions, our heart no longer strikes us when we do wrong.  If our heart is not striking us once in a while, we need to check our relationship with God to make sure we are walking closely with Him.

Prayer:

Father God, grab my heart when I do wrong.  Grab my heart before I do wrong.  Let my heart be stricken with the things that displease You.  I want my life to bring you blessing and honor, when it doesn't, strike my heart and let me respond correctly.

Your Son,
Jeff

Monday, May 22, 2017

He Delights in Me

Scripture:

II Samuel 22:20  "He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me."

Observation:

In this song, David was telling how awesome God was and how many times God had delivered him, saved him, rescued him and fought his battles.  It is a song of worship and praise for all the Lord had done for him.  In the midst of a song full of praise, you see how David felt about his relationship with God.  he said, "He delighted in me".  David believed that God was delighted in him and was super-strong because of it.

Application:

Many of us love the Lord, believe in the Lord and cry out to the Lord, but we have a poor understanding of how the Lord feels about us.  Can we say like David that the Lord "delighted in me".  Do we really feel like God is delighted with us or do we feel like He simply puts up with us.  The fact is, He is delighted with His children.  he delights in us and we can walk in confidence because of it.

Prayer:

Father, help me to walk in the confidence in our relationship like David did.  I know in my head that You delight in me, but sometimes I don't feel it in my heart.  Thank you for reminding me this morning that You delight in me and giving me confidence to walk in that.

Yours,
Jeff

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Right Place and the Right Time

Scripture:

II Samuel 11:1  "In the Spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel.  And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah.  But David remained at Jerusalem".

Observation:

This verse opens the chapter where David sees Bathsheba and calls for her and sleeps with her.  She got pregnant by him and he had her husband killed.  From there, a curse was on David's family from that time forward.  David was not where he was suppose to be.  It was the time of the year when kings went out to war and David was resting in his palace.  He should have been fighting, but he sent his guys to take care of it.  He let his guard down and sin entered in, which destroyed his family.

Application:

We need to always be faithful the be where God wants us to be.  We must do the things that are before us.  When we have some success, it is not time to sit back and relax, but to continue doing what God has called us to do.  When we are doing what God wants us to do, we will not be tempted with sin and things that can destroy us.  We must remain vigilant at all times because we have an enemy who is always seeking whom he mat devour.

Prayer:

Father, help me to stay on focus, especially when things are going well.  Help me to be where You want me to be at all times.  Help me to walk with You, hear Your voice and stay on track throughout my life.  I want to finish well.  I want the next 20 years of my life to be the most productive for You and Your kingdom.

Yours,
Jeff

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Restoration

Scripture:

II Samuel 9:7  "And David said to him, 'Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathon, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always'",

Observation:

David went looking for a descendant of his covenant brother who had died.  He found out there was one son who was still living and David went to him and showed kindness to him.  He restored to him the land of his father and brought him to eat at the kings table.  David went overboard to make sure he blessed Jonathon's son because of all Jonathon had meant to David.

Application:

When you love someone, you bring restoration to them by whatever means possible.  We to be people who bring restoration to people who feel like they deserve to die.  We are called to be people who restore what is broken and heal what is hurt.  We need to seek out those who need restoration and give them what they don't even feel they deserve.

Prayer:

Father, let me be an instrument of restoration today.  Help me to restore what is broken in people's lives and let me be an instrument of blessing and generosity to those who feel they don't deserve it.  Give me opportunity today to be a blessing to those around me and to those who You place in my path.

Your Son,
Jeff