Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Fathering

Scripture:

“All these were descendants of Obed-Edom; they and their sons and their relatives were capable men with the strength to do the work—descendants of Obed-Edom, 62 in all.”  ‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭26:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Observation:

In I Chronicles 13 it tells us that the Ark of God rested in the home of Obed-Edom for three months and that the Lord blessed him and all that he had.  He hosted the presence of God well and he was blessed for it.  Other places the Ark came to rest, there were terrible results.  Obed-Edom must have been a man who walked with God.  The results: his descendants were capable men with strength to do the work.  Strong men raise strong men.  Good men raise good men.  Fathers who host the presence of God will produce descendants who are strong in the Lord.

Application:

I want to host the presence of God well.  I want to be a God-seeker, who values and honors the presence of God.  I also want to raise up spiritual sons and daughters all over the earth.  I want to be strong so they can be strong.  I want to be capable so they can be capable.  I want to lead well so those coming behind me can stand on my shoulders and go farther than I can and do more for God than I can.

Prayer:

Father, help me to lead well and to set an example to others of how a man of God should live his life.  Help me to live so that others can be blessed and do more than I ever could.  Let my life count for Your kingdom.  Enable me to produce spiritual sons and daughters who will change the world.  Let me live in Your presence and value and honor Your presence more than anything.

Your Son,

Jeff

Monday, June 21, 2021

Success

 Scripture:

“Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”  ‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭22:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Observation:

David was speaking to Solomon about building a Temple for the Lord.  David wanted to build it, but the Lord said he had too much blood on his hands from battles fought.  God said Solomon was to do it.  Knowing this, David made all the preparations, plans, designs, and bought the material Solomon would need because it was in his heart.  David told his son, “you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel.  He also told him to be strong and courageous and not to be afraid of discouraged.

Application:

David understood the qualities of success.  He knew that real success couldn’t be found by reading another management or leadership book, but by doing what God says and then watching Him deliver you from every enemy and fight your battles.  David knew that God’s blessing would make you successful and not anything else you can do.  Success comes from God.  When we do things His way, we get His results.

Prayer:

Father, I want to live a strong and courageous life that is doing what You are speaking at all times.  Help me to follow Your decrees and commands.  Enable me to be strong and very courageous in everything You call me to do.  Show me Your ways and teach me Your paths.  I don’t want the world’s success, but Your success.

Yours,

Jeff

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Always

 Scripture:

“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”  ‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭16:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Observation:

David was in the process of bringing the ark of God back into Jerusalem when he told the priests and Levites that they should worship in this manner.  He proceeded to sing a beautiful Psalm of the goodness of God.  He sang this song on the way into Jerusalem.  This simple couplet in the Psalm tells us two things we must do.  Number one is to look to the Lord, and then to seek His face always.

Application:

When we do these two simple things, God is honored and continues to work in our lives.  When we look to ourselves, our spouses, our money, our position, or anything else, we are not looking to the Lord.  We must look to God, not just when we need Him desperately, but every day of our lives.  We must seek His face always, and not only when we feel like it.  Seeking God and looking to Him needs to be our lifestyle and not our life raft.

Prayer:

Father, I want to live my life as a God seeker.  I want to always be in pursuit of You.  You are the source of my life and of everything good things in me.  You are my everything.  You are the one who takes great care of me and who deserves my praise.  I will worship You and honor You with my life.  I want to live in such a way that I ALWAYS seek and look to You.

Yours Always,

Jeff

Friday, June 18, 2021

Training for Battle

Scripture:

“they were armed with bows and were able to shoot arrows or to sling stones right-handed or left-handed; they were relatives of Saul from the tribe of Benjamin):”. ‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Observation:

King Saul had just died and David was being raised up to become the next king of Israel.  David’s mighty men and king Saul’s warriors began to come to him to make him king.  Here it talks about some of these warriors.  It says they were able to shoot arrows or to sling stones right-handed or left-handed.  This doesn’t come easily for anyone.  It takes an incredible amount of time and practice to be able to shoot both ways and to throw with both hands.

Application:

When God asks you to do something, you have to work at it with all your might.  We have to train ourselves in godliness and practice hard at what we do.  We have to be like these men who wanted to be able to fight both right-handed and left-handed.  We must work at our skills in whatever God has given us to do until we are masters at doing our job.  We shouldn’t despise training, but get as much training as we can get.

Prayer:

Father, train my hands for battle in your kingdom.  Help me to work hard at the things You have given me to do.  Teach me to be diligent in everything You have laid before me.  Help me to get things done and not make excuses.  Let me accomplish much for Your kingdom in my lifetime.  I am fully Yours and want to serve You well in my generation.

Yours Forever,

Jeff

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Strong Spiritual Descendants

 Scripture:

“All these were descendants of Asher—heads of families, choice men, brave warriors and outstanding leaders. The number of men ready for battle, as listed in their genealogy, was 26,000.”  ‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭7:40‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Observation:

The descendants of Asher were described as “choice men, brave warriors and outstanding leaders.”  Asher must have done a really good job of training leaders for God’s kingdom.  They were set apart from other leaders of the other tribes because they were excellent men.  It says they were outstanding leaders.  Leadership doesn’t just happen, somebody trained them well.

Application:

I want to see my spiritual descendants become strong leaders who are choice people, brave warriors and outstanding leaders.  I want to leave a legacy behind of spiritual leaders who are making a difference in the world.  I long to see my spiritual sons and daughters impact the world.  In order for this to happen, I realize I must give myself to training sons and daughters.

Prayer:

Father, I want my spiritual descendants to be men and women of God who make a difference in the world.   Help me to live a life they can follow and help me to lead them well.  Teach me to be an impactful leader whose descendants turn the world upside down.  Empower me to lift others and pull the best out fo them.

Yours,

Jeff

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Cry Out to God in Battle

 Scripture:

“They were helped in fighting them, and God delivered the Hagrites and all their allies into their hands, because they cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him.”   ‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭5:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Observation:

This passage tells me that God loves it when we sry out to Him for help and deliverance.  It says that they cried out to Him during the battle and their prayers were answered because they trusted in Him.  Our job is to cry out and trust, God’s job is to fight our battles.

Application:

When it seems like the enemy of our souls is fighting hard against us, we don’t have to fight back.  Our job is to cry out to God and let God fight our battles.  Our trust in God activists the hand of God.  When we cry out to Him, things begin to change.  Many times we don’t like to get to the place where we cry out to God, but God loves to save and deliver those who cry out to Him.  We must learn to cry out more and more.

Prayer:

Father, I cry out to You.  Guide, guard and protect my life and my family.  I cry out to You for Your strength and to know Your voice.  Show me the way forward each day.  My life belongs to You.  I am yours.  Teach me to know You better each day.  Help me to cry out to You first, instead of trying to fight my own battles.  I want to see some victories in my life.

Your Son,

Jeff

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Taking What Belongs to God

 Scripture:

“The son of Karmi: Achar, who brought trouble on Israel by violating the ban on taking devoted things.”  ‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭2:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Observation:

Achar, also known as Achan, is only remembered for violating the ban on taking devoted things.  He took spoils from battle that were committed to be given to the Lord.  They had been devoted to the Lord, but he was found with them in his tent and his disobedience caused Israel loss.  He took what was devoted to God and brought punishment on all Israel.

Application:

It is important for us to understand that things devoted to God, must be reserved for God alone.  Also to remember that our actions don’t only affect us, they affect everyone around us.  God doesn’t share His glory with anyone and we should never take any glory that belongs to the Lord.  It will affect us, and also those who are around us.  When we take what belongs to God, we are in a very dangerous place.  We should seek to honor and glorify God always.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for blessing my life.  Thank You for working in and through me.  Help me to always remain humble before You and to realize as Jesus said that He could do nothing apart from the Father.  Help me to live in constant remembrance that I can’t do anything apart from You.  help me to live depending on You at all times and for all things.

Your Son,

Jeff