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7/24/24

“When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.” 1 Samuel‬ ‭17:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬. “And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid. And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man…?” (24-25‬) In these verses before David’s fight with Goliath, we see the reaction of the men of Israel to the Philistine giant. It is very clear that they are entirely focused on him. They were listening to His words rather than remembering the Word of God. They were looking at his size and strength rather than looking to the Almighty power of their God. So of course, with their focus only on him, they became fearful and discouraged. For us today, we are faced with these same kind of choices. We can focus on what men of this world are saying. We can look at all the wicked things they are doing. But if that is all we do and fail to remember Who our God is and what He has spoken, then we will be fearful and discouraged as well. We need to be so in touch with God’s Word and Who He is, that everything we encounter in this world is brought into proper perspective. For all of the prideful deeds of wicked people, we should always keep in mind, they are only finite human beings. But our God is the Infinite God Who they are going to answer to. Let us keep our eyes on Him.

7/23/24

“When I cry unto Thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: This I know; for God is for me.”Psalm‬ ‭56‬:‭9‬ ‭KJV‬‬. Many times we have thought of the words, ‘If God be for us, who can be against us?” And certainly those words are intended to be a blessing to us. But the blessing of that truth only comes when we remove the ‘IF’ and we become certain of this knowledge in a personal way, as the writer is here when he said, “This I know; for God is for me.” So let us ask ourselves, “Do I truly know and believe that God is for me? Am I certain that God is for me, or do I wonder sometimes if He is against me?” The reality is, many believers struggle with this question. They know what their answer should be, but in their heart they can’t understand why so many things happen as they do, if God is for them. They question why so much sorrow and suffering has come into their lives, if God is for me. But let us determine that by faith we are going to believe what God has said. God is not for me because my emotions are in a good place. God is not for me because I am a perfect child of His. He is not for me because I do certain good things. Rather, God is for me because I am His child and I belong to Him. He is for me because He has won my heart by His love. By God’s grace, let us be confident of this: God is for me.

7/22/24

“For mine enemies speak against me; And they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together, saying, God hath forsaken him…” Psalm‬ ‭71‬:‭10‬-11 ‭KJV‬‬. One of the great lies that Satan wants us to believe is that God has forsaken us. As soon as we enter into some necessary process to prepare for a special mission, or we are reaping the consequences of having been disobedient to the voice of God, and things are not going as we expected, the tendency is to think: “God had forsaken me. He forgot about me.” In a moment we forget all the promises that God has given us through his Word: “Although my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.” (Psalm 27: 10) And our Saviour saying, “…and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matt.28: 20) This single promise from our Lord Jesus Christ should be enough to extinguish all the lying voices that are raised to make us believe that God has abandoned us. He who defeated death and freed us from the dominion of sin has promised. Who should we believe? Will we believe satan’s lies and his demons or what Jesus says? Let us sing along with the hymn writer: “Great, faithful, the promises that Jesus has given me. Great, faithful, I will trust in them forever.”

7/21/24

“that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us:” Acts‬ ‭17‬:‭27‬ ‭KJV‬‬‬‬. When we consider this truth of seeking and finding God, we must realize that none of us could find God on our own. Job 11:7 asks the question, “Can you find God by searching?” And certainly we cannot by our human abilities. But the wonderful thing about this is, God desires to be found! And because of His desire, He has made the way for us to find Him. All throughout history, sinful man had groped in darkness. But gradually, God began to reveal Himself through His Word. Yet, men were so blind and spiritually dull they could not truly find God. But thank God, the time came when Jesus, the Son of God, stepped down from Heaven to dwell among men. And now, because of Him coming to seek and save us, we can find Him. And the manner in which we find Him is like when we help a little child find something. We place it in a very obvious position in front of them. Then we take them by the hand and lead them to it. When Jesus came and died for our sins, He was placing Himself before us. Then, the Holy Spirit comes and leads us through our blindness right to Jesus. That is how we find God! There is nothing for us to glory in because it is all of His grace and mercy. What a blessing it is, that because of what Jesus Christ has done, we can seek and find Him.

7/20/24

“But I will hope (wait) continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.” Psalm‬ ‭71‬:‭14‬ ‭KJV‬‬. As children of God, we are always waiting on Him. In fact, if the Christian life had to be defined with one word, WAITING would be a good definition. Faith is nothing other than WAITING confident in the fulfillment of God’s promises for our lives. But there is a question whose answer defines the quality of that wait. How do we wait? This psalmist, who had already reached old age, illustrates how someone can wait. Maybe we are of the group that waits, complaining about everything, and opening wide the doors to depression. Or we can be like this old man who had suffered all kinds of setbacks, but his response is “…I will wait always, and I will praise You more and more”. We can decide to wait as victims of circumstances, or with a heart full of joy for things to come. Because if God has promised it, you should not doubt, it will come! Yes, it will come! We have every reason to wait with joy and praise. While we wait we do not need to be paralyzed. There are so many things we can do. So many souls around us are waiting for an extended hand, a word of encouragement, or godly advice. By His grace, let us wait with joy and share our joy with all those who wait on God.

7/19/24

(Part 2)“And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity…” Jeremiah‬ ‭29‬:‭13‬-‭14‬ ‭KJV‬‬. As we continue with this truth about seeking God with our whole heart, we should also understand, we will not have true spiritual deliverance until our seeking is wholehearted. Most people in religion today have settled down with some form of bondage in their lives. They know their bondage is real and yet, they either don’t believe deliverance is possible or they are unwilling to do what is necessary in order to be fully delivered. Sadly, most of the ministry of this generation promotes a sin tolerating, false doctrine, which conditions people to tolerate sin in their lives. But this idea does not come from God’s Word. It came from religious men who would not seek God with their whole hearts. As a result, they have promoted this false idea that we cannot be free of sin’s bondage. But what a joy it is to discover, when we seek God with all of our heart, He will deliver us from the bondage of sin! By God’s grace, let us seek Him with all of our heart and experience the spiritual freedom He has for us.

7/18/24

(Part 1)“And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity…” Jeremiah‬ ‭29‬:‭13‬-‭14‬ ‭KJV‬‬. As God spoke these words to the Old Testament Jews, He was making clear a spiritual truth which abides for all ages. That truth is in 2 parts. First, we can only discover and experience God in the way we need as we seek Him with our whole heart. Secondly, we will not have true spiritual deliverance until our seeking is wholehearted. Many people come to Christ and begin religious lives, but they remain unsatisfied and unfulfilled. They know nothing of the experience of the saints who find Jesus to be their satisfying Portion. This is why most church people pursue worldly things in the same way society does. This is why they want church services to be filled with entertainment. But when we truly begin to seek Jesus Christ with all our hearts, then we find Him in a way that changes everything. We find that He becomes our reason for living. We find that His love is sweeter and more fulfilling than anything this world can offer. And we find that He satisfies our soul. If your heart is not satisfied today, be honest enough to ask, “Am I seeking Christ with all my heart?”

7/17/24

“But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” 1 Samuel‬ ‭16:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬. When God sent Samuel to find the next king of Israel, he began looking as people still look today. He looked at the outward man. He looked for size and strength and physical qualities that could be admired and appreciated by people. But God never looks on those things. Imagine if our world today understood this. What a difference it would make if God’s people would believe this, that God is looking on who we really are. He is looking at our heart and character. Understanding these things, we should see our need to take care of the inner man, which is eternal, more than the outward man that is perishing. And while some try to use this as an excuse, saying “God sees my heart”, the reality is that truth should humble us. Because He does see ALL that is in our hearts, He will judge us based on what comes from our heart. By His grace, let us strive to have a heart that is pure in His eyes.

7/16/24

“And Saul said, Let us go down after the Philistines by night, and spoil them until the morning light, and let us not leave a man of them. And they said, Do whatsoever seemeth good unto thee. Then said the priest, Let us draw near hither unto God.” ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭14:36‬ ‭KJV‬‬. This was another occasion in which King Saul was ready to do his own will without first seeking God. And then, as people are prone to do when they blindly follow someone in leadership, they encouraged him to ‘do what seems good to you’. But thank God there was a man of God there willing to speak up. He reminded Saul that they should first draw near to God. They should first find out what it is that God wants them to do. Today, the cry of our ungodly world is to ‘do whatever seems right to you’. Or, if it feels good do it. But there is great danger when we leave God out of our lives and ignore His divine will. More than ever, God’s people need to pause, before everything we do, and draw near to God. We need to seek His face and humbly ask Him to reveal His will to us. And once God’s will is known, may we learn to humble ourselves to accept and walk in His will.

7/15/24

“only fear the LORD, and serve Him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things He hath done for you.” 1 Samuel‬ ‭12:24‬ ‭KJV‬‬. Samuel mentions here what is one of the keys to a proper relationship with God. We know that we are supposed to fear God and serve Him with all of our heart. But do we understand why he wants our heart? Do we recognize that He has done great things for us? It is one thing to have a fear and reverence for God because of Who He is. Certainly anyone who recognizes God’s mighty power and authority would humble himself before Him. But what He desires most as a loving Father is, that we also see how He has demonstrated His great love for us. He wants us to respond to His great love. He gave the greatest sacrifice possible, when He gave His Son Jesus to be our Saviour. He did the greatest thing that could ever be done for us when He rescued us from our sins and made us His children. Let us take time to consider what great things our Lord has done for us. And then, we will respond as the songwriter expressed: “I will serve Thee, because I love Thee”.