Archive for April, 2013

Solitary

Posted: April 30, 2013 in Devotions
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A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation. God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
Psalms 68:5, 6 NKJV

Our God cares for the lowliest of society. He often reverses the situation that has wounded the soul. Those who are alone find themselves deeply connected to a group in mutual love. Those who are in debt find themselves with more than they need. Those who acknowledge Him are given strength to rise above their circumstances.

I am thankful for all that Jesus has done for me. But, I am especially thankful to have been placed in a family that loves Him so much. Together we are rescued from our history and given a new future in His holy habitation.

Nevertheless

Posted: April 29, 2013 in Devotions
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7Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of David). … 10So David went on and became great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him.
II Samuel 5:7, 10 NKJV

The Jebusite king and his men were very confident of their city’s defenses. They were sure their walls were impregnable plus they had a water supply that was nearly inexhaustible. They bragged that even sightless, crippled people could defend their fortress. Still, David found a way in through their water supply and conquered them.

Don’t let others tell you that things that God has planted are beyond your reach. Don’t believe you are shut out of places that you are called to inhabit. Like King David, go on to be great! And may God be with you!

Understanding

Posted: April 28, 2013 in Devotions
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23Now these were the numbers of the divisions that were equipped for war, and came to David at Hebron to turn over the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the Lord : …32of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command;
I Chronicles 12:23, 32 NKJV

In a long official list of those who came to join David after Saul had died we come to the sons of Issachar. They were noted for understanding the times they lived in. More impressively they knew what to do in their times. Most impressively they were unified under their leadership. These men came to David at a crucial time. The kingdom was in transition. Saul and most of his line had been killed in battle. There were leaders throughout the the military who could have seized control (at least partial control) of the country left in disarray by the destruction of its primary leaders. Instead they chose to join with a rival of their former leader to solidify the country and not give their enemies an chance to press them in battle and take their land and possessions from them.

I want to be like those sons of Issachar who realized what was significant about their times and acted appropriately to bring victory to their people. It is time for us see that we are truly it he last days. It is time for us to cleanse ourselves and shine like the stars in the night sky. Lord, grant me Your understanding.

Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.
Matthew 14:22-25 NKJV

After a long day of ministering to everyone, Jesus sent His disciples on ahead, sent the crowds home, and then He went up the mountain to be alone in prayer. As He prayed he could see the boat tossed in the by the waves and held back from their goal by the strong winds blowing against them. So Jesus went to them. He called Peter to walk with Him on the water and when He got in the boat the wind stopped.

Jesus never stopped caring for His disciples. He was praying for them until they were truly stuck then He went to them. Jesus is still praying for us as we cross life’s sea. We can still count on Him to come to us in the dark times of our life. We can still count on Him to call us to do the miraculous with Him.

Counting on Jesus seeing me even when I can’t see Him.

Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
I Samuel 30:6 NKJV

It was a terrible day! David’s city had been sacked. ALL of the civilians had been captured and taken away. His men were distraught. These mighty warriors wept until they were weak. Then they started blaming David – there was talk of stoning Him. Scripture puts it this way, “Now David was greatly distressed….”

Then David set an example for us all He turned to God for his strength. When everyone else gave up David turned to God. Next he got some counsel from God’s priest who answered David’s questions with affirmation. So David went after those who had taken his people and recovered ALL that had been lost. Not only did he get his family and belongings back but so did everyone else.

When they returned to camp they wanted to keep the wealthy of their comrades who were unable to pursue with them but David required them to share. When they gave up he didn’t leave them out. They made it a statute to count everyone who played a part a equals. There were no stars or heroes that day only people who God had delivered!

Soul Rest

Posted: April 24, 2013 in Devotions
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Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV

Is life getting you down? Are you working hard with little return? Are you struggling with life issues that are weighing you down? Jesus is the One who can help.

He has productive work for us that won’t overtax us. If we walk with Him in our distress it won’t over whelm us because He will be helping us. Jesus doesn’t want to wear us out, He wants our gifts to used to their fullest extent.

Come on His burden is light!!

Refuge

Posted: April 23, 2013 in Devotions
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But my eyes are upon You, O God the Lord; In You I take refuge; Do not leave my soul destitute.
Psalms 141:8 NKJV

In tough times it is important to remember to stay focused on Jesus as our Savior. Our safety/refuge is in Him, not our own clever schemes to avoid or leverage our situation to our advantage. Our security isn’t a matter of random chance either. We can shelter in Him in any kind of situation.

Eyes on the Prize