Daily Archives: June 8, 2018
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God First! | guest post
S~ Nathan replied to David, “Do whatever you have in mind, for God is with you.” 1 Chronicles 17:2 (NLT)
O~ David is king, his beautiful palace is finished, he has peace in his kingdom. When David looks out the window, he sees the tent where the ark is sitting. One day David and the prophet Nathan are talking and David says that he is lives in a palace while the Ark is in a tent. Nathan tells David to do whatever he wants.
I’m not sure if David talked with God before this conversation, I doubt it because God seems to be pretty vocal with David in past circumstances. And Nathan doesn’t seem to pray by what the scripture tells us. We do know that same night of this conversation, God tells Nathan to tell David to not build a place for the Ark.
A~ I love David! His words sit in my heart and I feel what he is saying. Let’s face it, I’m blessed! We too have a wonderful home, plenty of everything, really, I’m not in want of anything, just like David!
But if there is something I want, I usually go after it. Just like David wanting to build God a nicer house. But nobody prayed and asked God (who gave them everything) what He thought.
I do that too! I get an idea in my head, get laser focused on it and just go after it. Without praying or checking with God if this is His plan. Thankfully, God shuts down some of my plans before they get started, just like He did with David.
P~ Father, please teach me to come to You first! You are in control, not me! Thank You for David too! In Jesus’ Name I pray!
Be Free | Kelley Deases
S~ It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 (NIV)
O~ We can be enslaved by so many things: addiction, anxiety, our need for acceptance, the clock and the calendar, pleasing others, and materialism, just to mention a few. So why did Jesus come down from heaven, die a brutal death and overcome the grave? So we can enjoy freedom from all of this and throw off the ties that bind us. If we are truly living in the reality of the abundant life, that life should look different from the lives of those not walking in this freedom.
A~ What enslaves me? What is holding me back from fully experiencing God’s abundant life? At times, it is anxious thoughts. I allow the Enemy to whisper taunts of “what if” and regret and defeat. Sometimes it’s selfishness, being more concerned with my personal comfort than extending myself for my family, my neighbors and my world. I can become enslaved by my own desire to have my house, my schedule and even my people all in order or else I become agitated. Futile exercise, I am aware — when will my ducks all be in a row? Practically never!
P~ Father, I want to walk in the peace and grace and freedom You offer me. I want to be less impacted by the circumstance of the day than the reality of Your love and sacrifice. Amen.
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