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June 20, 2024 – 1 Samuel 18:10-16

June 20, 2024 – 1 Samuel 18:10-16 This is another powerful passage. Saul clearly understands the relationship between David and God. He “stood in fearful awe of him.” (verse 15) God had blessed David in many ways. I sometimes watch God work in people’s lives in mighty ways and wonder, “Why not me, Lord?” I think the answer lies in my relationship with God. Do I seek Him daily? Do I act according to what His word is trying to teach me? Do I align myself with his truths? If you find yourself struggling in the same manner, commit your life to pursuing a closer relationship with God. 10  The next day a harmful spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and he raved within his house while David was playing the lyre, as he did day by day. Saul had his spear in his hand.   11  And Saul hurled the spear, for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.” But David evaded him twice. 12  Saul was afraid of David because the  Lord  was with him but had departed from Saul.   13  So Saul removed him from

June 19, 2024 – 1 Samuel 18:6-9

June 19, 2024 – 1 Samuel 18:6-9 Now we begin to see a bit of jealousy develop in Saul. Saul really struggles with the relationships David develops and the people’s affection for David. Jealousy is so dangerous. Examine your heart today, study the root of your jealousy and ask God to restore your heart and show you how to heal relationships damaged by jealousy. God will make a way. 6  As they were coming home, when David returned from striking down the Philistine, the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with songs of joy, and with musical instruments.   7  And the women sang to one another as they celebrated, “Saul has struck down his thousands,      and David his ten thousands.” 8  And Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him. He said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands, and what more can he have but the kingdom?”   9  And Saul eyed David from that day o

June 18, 2024 – 1 Samuel 18:1-5

June 18, 2024 – 1 Samuel 18:1-5 I love the friendship that David and Jonathan are destined to develop. David is loyal to his friend and Jonathan loves David so much that he protects David at all costs. Friendships such as this one are very hard to come by and yet God will bless us with strong friendships if we pray for Him to place people in our lives that will love Him and love us. I once had a job that I was not terribly pleased to have. Yet God gave me two of the strongest friendships a person could want during that difficult job. Never discount God and His plan. He clearly wants what is the very best for His children.   18  As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.   2  And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father's house.   3  Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul.   4  And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe t

June 17, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:53-58

June 17, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:53-58 Again this passage makes me smile. Here David once again has the opportunity to tell Saul he is the son of Jesse. This scripture allows us to know that mighty things will come from this young man as he part of the lineage of our savior, Jesus Christ. I love seeing how God’s plan unfolds as He leads us to follow his Son.   The linage of Christ is clearly laid out in the New Testament and we are seeing the development of God’s plan as we read through the Old Testament. Thank you, God, for providing glimpses of your plan unfold as we read your word daily. Thank you for guiding us daily and loving us unconditionally just as you did David. May we always seek your will for our lives and watch your beautiful plan for us unfold.   53  And the people of Israel came back from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their camp.   54  And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent. 55  As soon

June 16, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:50-52

June 16, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:50-52 David is victorious through the strength he received from God. The enemies flee even though they had initially said they would serve the Israelites if Goliath was killed by an Israelite. Not too surprising! My prayer today is one of thanksgiving for the protection God provides His children. I also pray that I will be bold in the face of my enemies and that I will call on God for His ceaseless provisions for me. May you desire to join me in a similar prayer.   50  So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David.   51  Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.   52  And the men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron, so

June 15, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:48-49

June 15, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:48-49 Again David amazes me with his confidence. He runs TOWARD the enemies! I can’t think of a time that I have every run toward my enemies. How different my life could be if I had the confidence of this young, ruddy faced youth as I face my enemies. I will continue to pray that God grows my confidence in Him. Join me today as we ask God to prepare us for the battles we will face with our enemies.   48  When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.   49  And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.  

What is Prayer?

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What is Prayer? How often do you tell someone you will pray for them and send off a quick prayer with few details because you know God already has the details, or maybe forget to pray for that situation altogether? Do you ever feel you don’t want to “burden” others with asking for them to pray for your needs because there are others who deserve prayer more or who are in a worse situation than you are?   I don’t know how others feel about prayer, but I believe it is a privilege to pray for others.   When someone shares a deep need or hurt they are experiencing, they are opening themselves up to you and counting on you to go to the Father on their behalf and spend time talking with Him about your need. Have we changed what prayer means in society today? In the dictionary prayer is defined as a devout petition to God or an object of worship; a spiritual communion with God or an object of worship as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration or confession. I want to look at what a

June 14, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:45-47

June 14, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:45-47 To David this is all about the Philistines’ defilement of David’s God. He is unwilling to tolerate such behavior. He knows that God has sent him and that the victory will belong to God. He also knows that his primary goal is to let all of the earth know that there is a God in Israel and that the Lord God saves not with sword and spear. God has every intention of handing over Goliath to the Israelites. Do you live every day with the same amount of confidence that David had in our God’s abilities to be victorious?   Stay in God’s word and ask Him to grow your confidence in Him. He will deliver in a mighty way.     45  Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the  Lord  of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.   46  This day the  Lord  will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give

June 13, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:41-44

June 13, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:41-44 Here is another priceless passage. David is but a lad and it is with great disdain that Goliath views this young lad. Goliath is insulted that this lad is the best that the Israelites have to offer. Yet God uses this young lad in a mighty spectacular way. I often think of how God uses the most unlikely of humans to bring about His perfect plan. Have you made yourself available to God lately? Remember that God does not call those who are equipped but He always equips those He calls. What a mighty God we serve.     41  And the Philistine moved forward and came near to David, with his shield-bearer in front of him.   42  And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance.   43  And the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.   44  The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to t

June 13, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:41-44

June 13, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:41-44 Here is another priceless passage. David is but a lad and it is with great disdain that Goliath views this young lad. Goliath is insulted that this lad is the best that the Israelites have to offer. Yet God uses this young lad in a mighty spectacular way. I often think of how God uses the most unlikely of humans to bring about His perfect plan. Have you made yourself available to God lately? Remember that God does not call those who are equipped but He always equips those He calls. What a mighty God we serve.     41  And the Philistine moved forward and came near to David, with his shield-bearer in front of him.   42  And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance.   43  And the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.   44  The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to t

June 12, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:38-40

June 12, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:38-40 This passage always makes me smile. Here is a young boy with wisdom far beyond his years. He knows that this offering from Saul is an effort to protect him. He also knows that since he is not used to this equipment, the equipment will be excess baggage. He knows that God has got this battle and that the victory will belong to the Lord. He prefers to use simple smooth stones and his shepherd’s staff to secure the victory for God. How willing are we to allow God to equip us for a battle that God has for us? Do we instead look to others around us for advice? Do we read many books about God and His provisions or do we simply seek His wisdom in the pages of His word? Think about your preparation the next time you are in a spiritual battle. Seek the advice and plan of the One who loves us the very best. He will never fail you when your preparation is made clear by reading His Holy Word.   38  Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of

June 11, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:28-37

June 11, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:28-37   David convinces Saul to let him stand against Goliath saying the same Lord that protected him against the paw of lions and bears when protecting his sheep will protect him against Goliath.     God began preparing David for this fight long before he encountered Goliath.   David had full confidence that the God who protected him before would not fail him now.   What has God prepared you for in your witness and service to him?   Seek his guidance as you pray to fulfill his will?   What has God delivered you from or through?   You have a testimony through your life.   Boldly share how God has delivered you from a Goliath as you faced your giant with Jesus Christ by your side.       28  Now Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke to the men. And Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption and the evil of your hea

June 10, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:19-27

June 10, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:19-27   While others saw the defeat of Goliath would lead to riches and the hand of Saul’s daughter, David saw things differently.   Being a man after God’s own heart, David cared about the things God cares about. He did not look upon the problem in earthly, material terms but in a Spiritual way. He saw the problem in spiritual terms, not in material or fleshly terms.   How often are we influenced by the views of the world rather than holding on to God’s Word and our Christian values?   The world bombards us with false promises, evil and lies.   How will you combat these fleshly ideas and not compromise your Christian values?   Don’t be caught off guard.   Steep yourself in the word, seek wisdom, and put on the full armor of God daily.          19  Now Saul and they and all the men of Israel were in the Valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.  20  And David rose early in the morning and left the sheep with a keeper and took the provisions

June 9, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:12-18

June 9, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:12-18   Day after day Goliath paraded about the mountainside taunting and insulting the Israelites while David insignificantly went back and forth from Saul’s camp and his father’s flock of sheep in Bethlehem.     What we see as insignificant, God sees as significant.   David role at this point was by all standards, small and insignificant.   Are you thinking your ability to serve God, share his Word, or surrender to his will is insignificant?   Remember, God is a God of intentionality, timing, and purpose.   He does not think “insignificant” when it comes to his children.   When you accept Jesus as your personal Savior you can be assured that you are significant.   What is God calling you to do that will make a difference in his Kingdom?   You matter!     12  Now David was the son of an Ephrathite of Bethlehem in Judah, named Jesse, who had eight sons. In the days of Saul the man was already old and advanced in years.  13  The three oldest sons

June 8, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:1-11

June 8, 2024 – 1 Samuel 17:1-11   Saul was right to be dismayed and afraid of Goliath.   This was the exact intention of Goliath to strike fear in the Israelites.   There was a time when Saul would have stood tall and fearless as a military leader, but that was before the Spirit of the Lord fell from him.     Are there giants and enemies that strike fear in you?   It is only through the Spirit of God that we can conquer these fears.   Surrender yourself to God’s will and ask him for guidance, wisdom and strength to fight the giants and fears you may be dealing with.   Be encouraged by his Word “And low I am with you always.”   17 Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle. And they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim.  2  And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered, and encamped in the Valley of Elah, and drew up in line of battle against the Philistines.  3  And the Philistines stood on the mount

June 6, 2024 – 1 Samuel 16:6-13

June 6, 2024 – 1 Samuel 16:6-13   What a beautiful passage of God choosing the most unlikely for great things.     The scripture clearly says that God does not look at the outward appearance, but the heart.   Praise God that we do not have to be perfect to be seen and used by God.   Do you find yourself feeling unfit, unworthy, unprepared, un-everything to be used by God?   Remember, it’s a matter of the heart.   Think of how Mary must have felt when she learned she’d be the mother of Jesus.   Who could ever prepare themselves to be the mother of the Son of God?   Yet God saw a willing, teachable, and pure heart in Mary.   What is God calling you to do for his kingdom?     Are you trusting God to equip you to serve as he has called you?   Will you surrender and trust him today to use you as his instrument?   6  When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD's anointed is before him.”  7  But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appe

June 7, 2024 – 1 Samuel 16:14-23

June 7, 2024 – 1 Samuel 16:14-23   Here we see Saul is tormented and trouble by harmful spirits from God.   He requested someone to help him by playing music.   David was recognized as a young, vibrant musician, full of valor and prepared for war and also a man of God.   Saul sent for David and the evil spirit is quieted by the music provided by David.   Saul came to love David and ask that he remain with him and David served as his armor-bearer. We often look to exercise, music, and other resources to relax and calm ourselves.   Nothing can really provide a real cure but Jesus through his blood and applied in faith to sanctify and redeem us.   Remember the old song,”Lookin’ for Love in All the Wrong Places”?   Are you looking for calm, peace, freedom from torment, fear and anger?   Only Jesus can provide the answer to these struggles.   Seek peace and comfort through our Lord Jesus Christ and ask the Holy Spirit works to resolve conflict in your life.       14  Now the Spi

June 5, 2024 – 1 Samuel 16:1-5

June 5, 2024 – 1 Samuel 16:1-5   Here we see God tell Samuel that his time of mourning for Saul was over.   Samuel was to get up and go forth to Bethlehem for God had decided a new king would come from the house of Jesse.     I love the direct intentionality of God as he shares there is a time for mourning and a time to move forward.   Let us remember that God’s plan will never end with us as it goes beyond us and we do not have to fear for the future.   Are there matters in your life that cause you to be frightened and fearful?   Pray today that you can trust God with the future.   It is already written that God will overcome the world. He will have the final say.   Don’t let the devil steal your hope, cause you to doubt, rob you of your peace and cause worry to keep you in a frozen, doubting state.   Surrender your fears and doubts today and begin experiencing the peace and joy God intends for you.       16 The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, s