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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

"Doubtless Delivers" 2 Samuel 3-5, Luke 14:25-35

David inquired of the Lord. 
It's always my first privilege.
Or, do I go to man?
"Shall I go up?" 2 Samuel 5:19
Shall I have a commission from heaven to engage with this thing before me?
It's what kings are made for, right?
He didn't really need to ask about fighting battles of the Lord and of Israel?
Did he?
The first verse I ever heard as brand new Christian was Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust...with all your heart.
Lean...not on your own understanding.
In all your ways...acknowledge Him.
Some of these Philistines were David's friends.
He had to ask.
And God said:  they are Israel's enemies.  Doomed.
Go up.
Will you deliver them into my hand?
Here it is... David's dependence on God for victory. 
God will doubtless deliver.
Will I ask Him today?  Shall I go up?

Monday, April 16, 2018

"Strive To Enter the Narrow Gate" I Samuel 30-31; Luke 13:23-35

Strive to enter in at the straight gate. The word "strive" in the Greek is "agonizomai" which is a struggle or a fight. Strong. Effort. Agonizing. No Broad Gate. We are watchmen of the house of God. Therefore, give warning: "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’

“But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’
“Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’
“But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’ ...

Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.” Luke 13:24-27, 30.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

"Go To Peace" I Samuel 27-29; Luke 13:1-22

Is it a court compliment or a Divine word?
Saul slew his thousands; David slew tens of thousands.
So, who is proven?
Of men or God?
Did David "cave in" to Achish?
One thing David did right.
Always behave well to get the good out of all the people you deal with---speak well of them.  Then, let it go.  It will either go one way or the other.  That's not your control. For David, it went well.  His secret hope came true and he is more than relieved. And Achish says: "go to peace" and that's the best yet.

The Jews distinguished between wishing a person to "go in peace" or to "go to peace."  The former means it is not issued happily; the latter means it certainly is given with affection:  "Go to peace." 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

"Interpret The Face of Your Soul" 1 Samuel 25-26 Luke 12:32-59

How is it that you do not know how to interpret these present times? Luke 12:56.  May we be as wise in the concern of our very soul as we are wise in the concern of "outward affairs."  May we discern the face of our soul more than the face of the sky.  Abigail did. I Samuel 25. She was married to a jerk. She stood up for what was right.  And she let God fight her battles.  And she swept the very soul of David beyond his discernment.  When we are found doing what is right, fighting what is right, God is in your midst. So what is happening in my very soul, today?

Friday, April 13, 2018

"Working Servants and Waiting Servants" 1 Samuel 22-24 Luke 12:1-31

What do I give way to?
How people view me.
How many people follow me.
What others think of me.
What I have accomplished.
What I hold in my hand.

I wonder why the first things I thought about was not this>
What do I give way to?
Jesus, my best friend
What is the Word of God.
What is the Promises of God for me.
What is God doing in my life.
What does God think of me.
What is God's will.

Give caution to the winds of my sail.  Caution not to give way to the disquieting and perplexing cares of living life as an older adult.  Luke 12:31.  Take it as it is---don't pursue the necessary things of this world.  We are working servants but also waiting servants.  We wait for no man. Meanwhile. Take care of your very soul.  

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

"Love is the Effect of Being Pardoned Not The Cause of It" Judges 19-21, Luke 7:31-50

"For she loved much." It was a consciousness of God's forgiving love that drew her to this house. A soiled woman with a sin-stained soul set free.  Her love was the "effect" of being pardoned by This Man; her love was not the cause of it.  H.Macmillan wrote: "Therefore, as God was seen to Moses, so is grace to me, by its back parts; and as the wind, which no man can see in its proper essence, by the full sails of the ship is perceived which way it stands. Let this be a direction to us in our examination and trial of ourselves. Would I know if the sun shines? There is no climbing up to the sky to be resolved, nor examining what matter it is made of; I look upon the beams shining on the earth, I perceive it is up and shines by the light and heat it gives. Would I know if God hath elected me to life and to salvation? There is no climbing up into heaven to know His decrees and hidden counsel, but study well the marks of it from the effects. No surer way to the sea, than by taking a river by the hand. Our vocation and sanctification will carry us to election Romans 8:30; 2 Peter 1:5-10. These are the means whereby our election and salvation is made certain, not the efficient causes whereby it comes to be decreed. The sun, not the shadow, makes the day, yet we know not how the day goes by the sun, but by the shadow. In a word, as the planets are known by their influence, the diamond by his lustre, and the soul by her vital operations, so grace is more sensibly known to us by the effects thereof. And, we observe from hence, that a true and unfeigned love of Christ is a sure sign that our sins are remitted." It's not what we "do" in life.  It's who we are! All I can say is that I have seen amazing grace in my own life, despite what the world views of me. And the antithesis: Judges 21:25 "everyone did as they saw fit."

Monday, April 2, 2018

"Are You The One?" Judges 16-18, Luke 7:1-30

"Are you the One?" An odd question for one of the top ten prophets of all time to ask? It so shows the human side of all of us. John sits in prison pondering the scenario---why am I at this place in my story? Luke sets the stage: The story of the famous Gentile centurion over 100; the poor widow of Nain holding a lifeless child; and now John the Baptist's perplexing question as he sits in jail.  Luke nails it:  So what will be my response to Jesus, and why should we respond to him? At this point Luke zeroes in on the real question. This section's dominant theme is faith. It's all about the presence of faith or doubt in the Presence of God. And Jesus doesn't reply "yes."  He replies:  "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me."  Luke 7:20-23