The Victories of King David: And His Response To Them

The Victories of King David: And His Response To Them

You’ve likely heard that David was “a man after God’s heart”. Great verse, but not what we’re focusing on here. Instead, we are going to focus on 1 Chronicles 18. When you first start reading these verses, you may think, wow, this dude was on fire. Everywhere he went, he conquered. I don’t disagree with that. He did conquer everywhere he went.

Though he was the guy doing it, he was just an instrument in a greater plan. In the first six verses, we discover that David beat the Philistines, the Moabites, Zobah and the Arameans. He did this in a short time frame, but that isn’t really the point. The point, is what we learn at the end of verse six: “The Lord gave David victory wherever he went”.

Have you ever experienced victory before? What was your response to this victory? Did you say something like: “wow, I did that? Awesome!” How do you feel after a victory? You feel great right?

Well, what about God? How does HE feel when you have victory? Does he get any of the glory? Well, let’s use David as an example again. How did David respond to the victories over his enemies?

Listen: When Tou king of Hamath heard that David had defeated the entire army of Hadadezer king of Zobah, he sent his son Hadoram to King David to greet him and congratulate him on his victory in battle over Hadadezer, who had been at war with Tou. Hadoram brought all kinds of articles of gold, of silver and of bronze. King David dedicated these articles to the Lord, as he had done with the silver and gold he had taken from all these nations: Edom and Moab, the Ammonites and the Philistines, and Amalek. 1 Chronicles 18:9-11.

So what’s the answer? He gave the glory to God. God gave David the strength to do all that he had, and in return, David gave God the glory.

When was the last time you gave God the glory in a victory that you had?

 

A License to Sin: A quick look at Jude’s Epistle

A License to Sin: A quick look at Jude’s Epistle

Let’s take a step back here, and look at apostasy. What is it? How does it come about? Well, the shortest answer would be to say that apostasy is: defecting from the true Biblical faith-John MacArthur. To break it down even further, these people can come in all shapes and sizes. But, they all have one thing in common; that is, one way or another, they all try to pervert the Gospel message so that it says what he/she wants it to say.

A lot of the time, these people make Jesus to fit their image. When, in fact, we were made in his image. Jude’s Epistle gives us a warning in verse 4. But before we get to that warning, let’s take a look at why he was writing this letter to begin with. He was going to write to them about salvation. That’s what he wanted to do. But, he felt compelled (obviously in the Spirit) to write about the apostates. Thus, this letter is in our Bible for a reason. It was that important.

Verse 4 states: For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about  long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

So, what is the warning here? The people are already among us. They have secretly slipped in. They are ungodly, and they pervert the Gospel. What’s worse? They are among us, trying to pollute our godliness as well (verse 19).

But, in verse 16, Jude tells us what to look for. Listen: These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.

I urge you to read your Bible every day. That way, should you come into contact with someone like this, you can call upon the Lord for your help.

False Prophets are Condemned: Ezekiel 13

False Prophets are Condemned: Ezekiel 13

Have you ever seen one of those televangelists who say something like: “if you give generously, the Lord will give back to you 10 fold! He told me so!”. Right. There may be a few cases where that happens. But, as we see from how Jesus lived, we are going to have a hard time here on earth. Jesus himself, as our example, was homeless.

But, let’s get back to what the Lord says about people who say “the Lord says” when he doesn’t actually “say”.

Ezekiel 13: “Say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination: Hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!” Whoa, he said woe to them.

When the Lord says woe to anything, stuff is going to start being bad for them.

Have you ever said, “but the Lord says” when you are talking to someone? I know that I have. But, are  you always sure that the Lord actually said that? This is where it gets a bit tricky. A lot of the time, we like to sound like we know what we’re talking about, only to find out that it isn’t exactly what God said. I always try to preface it with “I’m not sure of the exact wording” or “Don’t quote me on this, but…”.

I urge you to be careful when you quote the Lord and his Word.

He later goes on to say: “Their visions are false and their divinations are a lie. Even though the Lord has not sent them, they say, ‘The Lord declares’, and expect him to fulfill their words.” This may seem like an Old Testament type of thing, but there are people out there who purposely do this all the time. They claim that the Lord spoke to them, when nobody knows if that is true, except the Lord.

The only way to be safe, is to read through your Bible each day. Learn what it says, and test the “prophets”of this generation. If what they say doesn’t line up with Scripture, it might not be true (1 John 4:1).

Do you have a demon that steals your speech? A quick look at Mark 9

Do you have a demon that steals your speech? A quick look at Mark 9

Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. But one thing that I can be sure of, is that I don’t always share the gospel when given a chance. Let’s look at the verse I want to focus on:

“Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.” Jesus replied “You unbelieving generation. How long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

The father says:…”But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

Jesus almost seems offended when he replies with one of the most famous verses in the Bible:”If you can? Everything is possible for one who believes.”

Everything is possible. Even the ability to talk to others about the Son of the Most High God. So I urge you to take up your cross and examine yourself daily. Are you thrown to the ground in defeat when given the chance to share a witness? Do you foam at the mouth, not knowing what to say? Do you become rigid with fear.

Or, do you let the strength of Jesus himself enter you to let his Holy Spirit guide your words? Believe what Jesus says is true, and trust in him.

Pray with me: Father God, please let me have the faith to believe what you say. Please give me the strength needed to be a good witness for you, God. Because I know that it is your desire for all to be saved. Please, Father, help me to be more like your Son Jesus when he lived here on earth. In Jesus Precious and Holy Name, Amen

A Conversation Between a Loving God, and a Prodigal son.

A Conversation Between a Loving God, and a Prodigal son.

And then I asked the Lord, “why, O God, must I have so many trials? Do I deserve this?

The Lord responded:

O little child, how you are loved! What is a trial to you, is a blessing to another. How many people would love to have the life you live? I have given you so much. Besides, shouldn’t you be expecting trials to come your way? That’s how it is! (1 Thessalonians 3:3). Trials cause you to persevere and have more faith (James 1).

Listen child, when you persevere under trial, YOU ARE BLESSED!!! Because when this life is all said and done, I will give you the crown of life. I promised it to you, did I not? (James 1:11).

Besides, worse days are coming. There is coming a time when your brothers and sisters will die for their faith in me. I love you, child. I took your punishment. So, stick with me, okay? (John 3).

Selah

Seems as if those worse days are already here in certain parts of the world. All over the world, various Christian peoples are suffering for their faith in the Living God. This truth should put your life into perspective for you. What have you done for God today? Have you actively shared your faith with someone? If your answer isn’t an instant “yes” than I urge you to think about how you can serve the Lord with all that he has given you.

A Quick Note About Freedom

A Quick Note About Freedom

I can walk in freedom because I have sought your precepts. I will speak of your statutes before everyone and not be put to shame (Psalm 119:45-46).

Contrasted with the New Testament:

Lord, I know that you were sent to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and give sight to the blind (Luke 4:18). Lord, I know that you left us your spirit. And wherever your spirit is, there is freedom. I reflect your glory as I am transformed into your likeness with the ever increasing glory that comes from you (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).

Even though I am free, I must not indulge in sinful nature (Galatians 5:13). Rather, I must look into the perfect law that gives freedom. I must not forget this law. I must practice it. If I do, I will be blessed (James 1:25)

Selah

Though the Bible is one seamless unit, it is sometimes a good idea to break different verses down and contrast them against each other. When you do this, you get clarity of Scripture. What did God mean when he said “I can walk in freedom because I have sought your precepts”? We know that we aren’t saved by what we do here on earth, but by the blood of Christ. And yet, because we are saved, we want to look at the law as something that we should do anyway. Why? Because it honors God.

How do you honor God with what you do and say while staying here on earth?

Welcome to the Daily Bible Devotions Blog

Welcome to the Daily Bible Devotions Blog

I just wanted to take a minute to say hello, and let you know that we will begin posting daily devotions soon. First, we need to finish setting up the blog so that it is completed by the time we actually kickoff. I am very excited about this, and I hope you are too. Keep in mind that these are very short devotions, and you are encouraged to comment on the posts and interact with each other.

I hope you find this newly founded blog helpful with your daily walk alongside the Lord.

 

P.S. If you find it helpful, I should have the newsletter up and running soon, that way, we will automatically send your devotion to your email address. If your phone is synced up with an email address, be sure to use that one so you can have it on the go. (just like a text message!)