God’s Protection

Psalm 138:7-8

7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me. 8 The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

We will have times of trouble, this is guarantee.d  We will have good times and we will have hard times.  Do not be shocked when hard times come.  Instead, look to God, who will see you through until your time is up.  He will accomplish everything He has planned for your life.  Do not worry, but instead trust Him.

No matter what happened in David’s life, he knew God was with him.  He knew he can face any problems that came up.  He trusted in God in the good times and the bad.  We need to be like David and keep trusting in God.

Oh God, I thank you for Your protection in hard times.  I know I am not alone, for You are with me.  Thank you for that.  Amen.

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So Wrong

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

As I watch the local morning news, I feel so disgusted.  We have a nation who call evil good and good evil.  The news puts their spin on stories to make those who they choose to make look bad, bad and they spin for those who they choose to look good as good.  Nothing in the news is presented without a spin.  I find myself getting angry watching it, for they call evil things good and good things evil.

This is America today.  We celebrate sin and condemn those who point it out.  We celebrate a man, who calls himself a Reverend, yet serves no church.  We look to him as a man with moral authority, yet he himself has a child out-of-wedlock and sells his soul to make a dollar.  We celebrate “pride” month.  The news shows a parade happening today, yet they do purposely do not show the vile and evil that will be on display.

And will all of this, we miss those who do quietly.  We do not cover those who look out for their fellow-man.   We are told these stories are not interesting.  I saw a video today of fast food worker running after a car, because they drove away without all of their food.  These are the people, who should get covered, not a fake minister.

God help us.  God revive us.  Help us to know what is right and celebrate that.  Give us the grace to love others, as You love us.  May we fight for the truth and not cover it with a lie.  Revive us, Oh Lord.  May we as a nation return to You, who made us great.  Forgive us for our arrogance and our sinning ways.  We have a dumb nation, a nation that has not learned the lessons of history.  We are like a dog returning to it’s vomit.  Forgive us, God.  Help us to do what is right and stand firm on goodness.  Help us to return to calling what is good, good and what is evil, evil.  Amen.

Show Yourself As A Man

1 Kings 2:1-3

1 As David’s time to die drew near, he charged Solomon his son, saying, 2 “I am going the way of all the earth. Be strong, therefore, and show yourself a man. 3 “Keep the charge of the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies, according to what is written in the Law of Moses, that you may succeed in all that you do and wherever you turn

As King David was on his deathbed, he called his son to him and gave him a charge.  This charge was filled with David’s last instruction and encouragement for the new king.  He told Solomon to be strong and because he was being strong that he needed to show himself as a man.  Then he goes on in verse 3 to explain how to be not only a man, but a Godly man.  He told him to walk in God’s ways and do what God asks of him.  All that is written in His word.  Do the hard things in life, in the right way, in God’s way.  Then he would show himself as a man.

This charge, to “show yourself a man”, is a charge that is missing way too much in our culture today.  We have way too many fathers either totally absent physically in the home or even absent mentally.  We as fathers need to be there for our kids, especially our sons.  We need to teach them and show them how to be a man.  We need to show them how to be husband and love our wives.  We need to show them how to be a father and love them.  We need to show them an example of hard work, by getting up each day and going to work.  We need to show them how to love God and His word, by reading our Bible’s in front of them and to them and praying with and for them.   We need to show them how to tackle problems and tough times, that they may have the courage to do so as well.  We need to let them know when we make mistakes and how to ask for forgiveness.  We need to demonstrate a love for others and ways we can serve them.

We need to show ourselves as a man, so that our sons might know what one looks like and what to aim for.  We need to show ourselves as a man, so our daughters know what to look for in a husband one day.  Come on men, step up and let us show ourselves as a man for the good of our families!

Oh God, help me to show myself as a man, a Godly man.  Help me to be the man You want me to be.  Oh God, I need You for this.  For way too often I choose the wrong path.  Thank you for Your forgiveness and grace.  I thank you for Your example as a Heavenly Father.  Help me to be more like You.  Amen.

Choosing to Seek God

1 Chronicles 28:9 “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.

God is available.  He is not hard to find.  He is close by you, only a step away.  He is waiting for you to come find him.  He is there.  The hard thing is not to know how to find Him, but choosing to find Him.  That is the hang up.  You can find God, if you choose to seek Him.

That is the question we all must answer in our lives.  Do we want to seek God or hide from Him?  How we decide this for ourselves determines where we will spend eternity.  The choice is yours to make.  If you seek God with all of your heart, you will find Him and He will save you.  If you choose to reject Him, He will reject you.

Choose wisely!

Oh Father, I thank you that You are near and available for us to seek You.  I thank you for all that You have done to save me.  Help me to seek You with all of my heart.  May those who read this and have not chosen, help them to choose wisely.  Amen

A Promised Son

Psalm 132:11-12

11 The LORD has sworn to David A truth from which He will not turn back: “Of the fruit of your body I will set upon your throne. 12 “If your sons will keep My covenant And My testimony which I will teach them, Their sons also shall sit upon your throne forever.”

David was promised a son to sit on his throne forever.  While his son, Solomon, did sit on the throne, he was not the promised Son.  The promised was born centuries later, His name is Jesus.  Jesus was in the genealogical line of David.  He is the promised Messiah of Israel.  One day, Jesus will return and finally sit on the throne of David.

When He does, He will never relinquish the throne.  He will reign forever and ever.  There will be no end to His Kingdom.  No enemy will come close to overthrow it.  He will keep God’s law perfectly and never divert from it.  He is the ultimate fulfillment of God’s covenant with man.  Oh, what a glorious day that will be!

Will you be in His Kingdom?  Only those who have saved by His blood will be there.  We have all sinned and are in need of forgiveness.  Have you asked Him to save you?  If not do so today.  Tell Him you a sinner and in need of His grace.  Ask Him to forgive you.  Believe in Him as the Holy Son of God, who died to pay the penalty for your sins.  If you ask He will save you.

Oh Jesus, I thank you that You are the Son of God.  I so look forward to the day You will sit on David’s throne and will reign forever and ever.  What a glorious day that will be!  Amen.

Abundant Redemption

Psalm 130:7 O Israel, hope in the LORD; For with the LORD there is lovingkindness, And with Him is abundant redemption.

When you look through a sales flyer, under a lot of sales is says “While supplies last”.  That means the store has a limited amount and will eventually run out and when the run the store runs out the deal is off.  Thankfully this is not true of God’s grace and love.  There is no limit and it never runs out.  God is willing to forgive all people.  In fact the Bible says that He wishes all would be saved.  His love is big enough to love everyone and have love left over.

God is offering a good deal on redemption, it is free to us.  He paid the price for it and is offering it no cost.  This is a priceless offer, for we can never purchase it our own, it is way too expensive.  Jesus bought this redemption, when He sacrificed His Holy and perfect life for us.  Because of His purchase, we can be redeemed.  We can be forgiven, at no cost to us.  Take Jesus up on His offer.  While this offer is free and will never run out, it is only available for a limited time.  Jesus is coming back one day to rein and when He does the time for the offer will be up.  Also the offer is up when we die.

So make the choice today to choose His free offer of redemption.  And make today the day of your salvation!

Oh God, I thank you for Your give of salvation and redemption.  I thank you for paying the full price for this.  I could never pay it on my own.  Thank you that Your redemption is abundant and that it never runs out.  Amen.

Encourage Your Kids

1 Chronicles 22:13 “Then you will prosper, if you are careful to observe the statutes and the ordinances which the LORD commanded Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and courageous, do not fear nor be dismayed.

David’s life would soon be over.  His Solomon, was set to assume the throne after him.  David took the remaining days of his life to encourage his son, to fully follow after God.  He encouraged Him to fully follow God and to find his strength and courage in Him.  He knew the job ahead would be tough, so David shared the secret he had found as a young king.

We as parents also need to encourage our kids to follow God.  We need to teach them the lessons we have learned and teach them about our great God.  We need to make sure they know the source of their strength and courage.  They need to know how awesome and mighty God is.  They need to know His faithfulness.  It is our job as parents to teach them and guide them.  We need to spend our days leading them and setting an example for them  God gave us the responsibility and we need to follow through for them!

Oh God, thank you for Your faithfulness.  Thank you for Your strength and courage.  Thank you for always being there for me.  Help me to teach and guide my kids to fully follow You.  Give me wisdom to know what to say, when to say it, and how to say it.  Amen.

Who Am I?

1 Chronicles 17:16 Then David the king went in and sat before the LORD and said, “Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my house that You have brought me this far?

What is our attitude as we come before God?  The proud say “you know who I am”, but the humble ask “who am I?”.  This is David’s response to God’s promises and blessing.  He came before God humbly.  He realized who God was and who he was.  This is the attitude we need to have before God.

We deserve nothing from God.  We are vile sinners, whose sin offends a Holy God.  We deserve Hell.  But God, because of His great love made a way for us to be forgiven.  And because of that great love, He also chooses to bless His children.  When we see this in the correct light, the question of “Who Am I?” comes easier for us.

Our prayers should echo this.  God, You are so Holy and mighty and awesome.  I am a sinner, saved by grace.  Grace that I do not deserve.  Who am I, Oh God, that You choose to not only save me, but bless me.  I deserve eternal damnation and yet You have adopted into Your family.  I deserve eternal separation and yet You promise me that I will be with You forever.  Who am I, God?!

Emotion is OK in Worship

1 Chronicles 15:28-29

28 Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the horn, with trumpets, with loud-sounding cymbals, with harps and lyres. 29 It happened when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and celebrating; and she despised him in her heart.

I grew up in a church where the only time people clapped was after the kids Christmas program and even during those times it seemed awkward.  With that background, it easy to say that showing emotion during worship does not come easy for me.  But it is OK to do it.  God gave us our emotions and we are to use all that we have to worship Him.  David did not hold back.  He let the worship pour out of Him.  He did not care who saw him, even his wife.  He was concerned about how he looked before God.

After saying all that, I do think it is important to say that the emotion should be genuine.  We should fake emotion, for we cannot fake out God.  He knows what is in our hearts.  He does not want us to put on show, but to genuinely and authentically worship Him.

Oh God, help me to be genuine in my worship.  Help it to come from my heart.  May I not fake it.  You are so worthy of my worship.  Amen.

We Need God’s Grace

Psalm 123:3 Be gracious to us, O LORD, be gracious to us, For we are greatly filled with contempt.

We are vile, sinful creatures.  We all do and think evil things.  It is our nature.  We are born into sin and we sin until we die.  In our natural condition, we cannot stand before a Holy God.  Our only hope is the grace of a loving God.

His grace forgives us.  His grace justifies us.  His grace sanctifies us.  His grace grows us.  His grace embraces us.  His grace is amazing.  It transforms us from sinners to saints.  We have no hope, without the grace of God.  Every day, every moment we need it and our dependent on it.

Praise God for His amazing Grace!

Oh God, I praise You for Your amazing grace.  I thank you for Your love.  I need You, O god.  Every day I need You.  Every minute of every day, I need You.  Thank you for being faithful, Oh Lord.  Amen.