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"God's Way is Best"

BIBLE READING: 1 Samuel 28-31, Psalms 18 David had been severely persecuted by King Saul, who was eaten up with fear that David was out to capture his throne. David had come to the conclusion within his heart that he must go into hiding.He was in a terrible position. David knew he could eliminate his problem. After all, twice he had an easy opportunity to kill Saul but didn’t. David knew that Saul, even in his maddening jealous state, had been appointed by God and it wasn’t his place to remove him. David was very patient in dealing with his problem. He knew God would answer his prayers and resolve this problem in His way. So, when God resolved David’s fear for his life from Saul’s mad campaign by allowing Saul to fall on his own sword, David knew God had handled it His way. David had no illusion that he had somehow handled his problem. Only God had preserved his life. When you have difficult times in your life, what is your response? Do you turn to God for help? David knew he could res…

"Am I?"

BIBLE READING: Psalms 17, 35, 54, 63 David is continuously hounded by vicious opponents who really had no grounds for pursuing him. David always had to watch his back. David always puts his faith in the belief that God will take care of him (Psalms 35:9 ….. I will be happy when He saves me.) David talked to God for reassurance, comfort, praise and love. David pleads for Gods justice to save him from his enemies. David knew he was being attacked by enemies even though he had done no wrong.Convinced of his own integrity, David asked God for protection when he is surrounded by his arrogant enemies. Have you ever known someone who had a reputation for integrity, only to find out it was all a put on? Behind the scenes they were willing to compromise. As they say reputation is what you do when everyone is watching; character is what you do when no one is watching. David knew his character was good and God was constantly testing his heart. David was passing the test. We should ask ourselves “A…

"Earn Respect"

BIBLE READING: 1 Samuel 25-27 Probably one of the things people want more than anything else from those in authority is to be listened to and respected. Abigail got both from David. He listened to her and respected her. She pointed out to him that he could win that battle with her husband, Nabal, and lose the war because of the loss of many innocent lives in doing so. David thanked her and gave God the credit for sending her. God later took care of Nabal. The exchange between David and Abigail has important lessons for us today. If we want others to pay attention to us, we need to act and speak in a way that deserves respect. Also, as others approach us, we need to listen to what they have to say and be willing to heed their advice and act on it when it is wise. Prayer Requests:_______________________________________________________________

"Tongue Depressors"

BIBLE READING: Psalms 56, 120,140-142 Slander in Webster’s dictionary is- the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another's reputation. One common issue in the three different texts for today is the damage, the hurt, the wickedness that comes from an evil tongue. Most of us have been on the receiving end of some type of slanderous remark and know the feeling and threats in makes on you. Are you also on the giving end of that? Many of us work in environments where it seems the coffee pot area loosens tongues. Proverbs 20:19 says to not associate with gossip. Isn’t listening to gossip spreading it also? Social media has made it easy to reach numerous people with a single post. This can be very good but in can be disastrous. The results of gossip and unkind words can ruin a person. The slander from friends or enemies can cause stress, emotional and spiritual weakness. James tells us in chapter 3 that the tongue is a fire, a restless evil and full o…

Sunday

Bible Reading: Psalm 7, 27, 31, 34, 52

"Things are going downhill...FAST"

BIBLE READING: 1 Samuel 21-24 It can be clearly seen, for the daily reading, that Saul now has a huge problem with David.He has already attempted to kill him…twice; now he has begun his quest to hunt him down.David has fled on the advice of his friend Jonathan and is headed out of the city.He stops by Nob and that is where we meet the priest Ahimelech.While there, David deceives the priest by implying that he is on a mission for the King.He and his men are hungry and are in urgent need of food, so he petitioned the priest for food.With no common bread on hand, the priest gives David the consecrated bread for food.While there, he also gives David the only weapon that is on hand, the sword from Goliath the giant that David killed.Unbeknownst to David, an Edomite by the name of Doeg was there witnessing the whole thing.Doeg reports back to Saul all that had happened at Nob, causing Saul to summon Ahimelech the priest.In I Samuel 22.6, Saul does the unthinkable and orders the death of Ahim…

"The Sins of Saul Continue"

BIBLE READING: 1 Samuel 18-20, Psalm 11, 59
Now don’t get me wrong, I am sure that Saul had a list of accomplishments a mile long that were good and a blessing to the Lord.  Sadly though, as we continue our study, we seem to only focus on his shortcomings.  Even after the situation with Agag, the King of Amalek, Saul remained King of Israel even though the LORD had already selected David to be his replacement.  Saul knew his reign would end badly, yet he did not know that God had already ordained David.  Shortly after the selection of David, we see his Giant accomplishment of faith (pun intended) in his defeat of Goliath.  Of course, Saul celebrated David’s victory as well because it bought him more time as the King.  However, as time progressed, that would change.  David’s popularity had grown so much that it had surpassed that of the king.  Then the comparisons began; Saul had slain his thousands, and David his ten thousand (I Samuel 18.6).  This made Saul grow jealous and very angry…