Are you sure? Are you convinced? I am and know I am being developed, perfected, and will be brought to completion.

Philippians 1:6

6 And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

Do you sometimes feel as though you aren’t making progress in your spiritual life? When God starts a project, he completes it! As with the Philippians, God will help you grow in grace until he has completed his work in your life. When you are discouraged, remember that God won’t give up on you. He promises to finish the work he has begun. When you feel incomplete, unfinished, or distressed by your shortcomings, remember God’s promise and provision. Don’t let your present condition rob you of the joy of knowing Christ or keep you from growing closer to him.

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that is within it. I praise You for this new day of opportunities and for Your continued work in and through my life. I thank You Lord that You took me right where I was  and helped me to turn my life around in a way that would be in alignment with Your will and Your Word. As I read daily I hear You speaking right into my life, straight to my heart, with the right logic for my mind to accept. Lord, as I look at today’s Word, I have to agree with it that I am convinced and sure that You began a work in me, a good work, and that You will continue working, molding, building up, chipping off in order to make me more like Jesus up until the very end when upon His return, I will get to celebrate the King of Kings, the Prince of Peace, the one riding in on His white horse. I will get to spend eternity praising You who You are. I will get to learn and hear of the things untold or unanswered. Lord, You know all, the beginning and the end. And Lord as I step out today, I pray Lord that You will continue to develop the good work in me and my life, perfecting and bringing it to full completion in You. Lord I give You all the praise, the honor, and the glory today, trusting and believing in You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Verse of the Day

26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

Isaiah 40:26


Today – Day 125

  • Psalm 1
    • Walk and live in alignment with God’s will and plan for your life.
  • Psalm 2
    • Serve and worship the Lord, seek refuge and put your trust in Him.
  • Psalm 15
    • Work with integrity.
  • Psalm 22
    • God sees us right where we are at and loves us too much to leave us there. So let us keep our focus on Him, putting all of our hope and trust in Him. Praise God.
  • Psalm 23
    • Shepherd – to feed, guide, shield me
    • Out of His grace, not because I deserve it
    • He is with us through this walk of life
    • His rod to protect us
    • His staff to guide us
    • They comfort us
    • God’s love is unfailing all the days of our lives.
  • Psalm 24
    • All of the world is the Lord’s.
    • Will you open the gates, the doors of your heart that God, the King of glory may enter?
  • Psalm 47
    • Make a joyful noise unto the Lord
    • Come together in unity to worship the Lord
  • Psalm 68
    • Be in high spirits and glory before God
    • He is father of the fatherless, judge and protector of the widows
    • Sing praises to the Lord!

You are in my prayers. I share this blog so that you hear messages from the heart.

Philippians 1:4

4 In every prayer of mine I always make my entreaty and petition for you all with joy (delight).

This is the first of many times Paul used the word joy in his letter. The Philippians were remembered with joy and thanksgiving whenever Paul prayed. By helping Paul, they were helping Christ’s cause. The Philippians were willing to be used by God for whatever he wanted them to do. When others think about you, what comes to their minds? Are you remembered with joy by them? Do your acts of kindness lift up others?

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that is within it. I thank You Lord that back in 2005 You prompted me to not only to blog publically, but also gave me a message directing us all towards eternity. Lord, I still remember when Windows Live Spaces started up and I created my first blog postings and was going to make it about me and sharing pictures and stuff with my family and had set it up to be private. I remember one morning during my devotional time You told me to make my blog public. As I considered that for a moment Lord, I remember thinking about what would post if I had a public blog and what impact would making it public have? So Lord, I started sharing You heart and love through my reading of Your Word and deleted the old blog and started to go about creating a new one, but then the next challenge was how to name it. Because I was going through a “Read the Bible in a Year” program and it was in December I remember reading from the book of Revelation. Reading that and asking for Your help in naming the blog lead me to the name of “2005” because of the year and “to Eternity” because the book of Revelation was talking about the end times and spending eternity with You. Lord, this has been such an incredible journey as I was confronted by non-believers, I was confronted by people who were depressed, I was confronted by people from other religions, I was challenged by people who couldn’t understand or related to my faith. Lord, to get to speak with people around the world as they would post comments on my blog and then I would respond on theirs to make it a communication that would benefit them and their blog visitors was incredible. I praise You Lord for the people whose lives were saved physically as well as spiritually from a physical as well as an eternal death. Lord, getting to share my faith and my testimonies of how You have worked in and through my life has been incredible and has allowed my faith to grow and to encourage me to continue to blog until this day. Lord God, help me I pray to be bold and courageous as I share my hope, my faith, my love, and my testimonies with others through this new blog as I was able to migrate when the Windows Live team shutdown Spaces over to Word Press using the same tools as I was accustomed to and share my morning learning and Your Love letter with others. Help me Lord as I continue to blog to be a messenger for You and to draw those who need to hear from You to this site. As I look forward Lord, I give You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ Holy and glorious name. Amen.

Verse of the Day

35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Matthew 24:35


Today – Day 124

  • 1 Chronicles 13

    • David considers bring back the Arc of the Covenant and all the assembly agreed
    • Be careful how you do things. You should consult with God’s Word, God’s people, to make sure you follow His directions – God’s ways may not be our ways or easy for us, but they will keep us from ending in a situation we wouldn’t have wanted to be in.

6 And David and all Israel went up to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath-jearim which belonged to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God the Lord, which is called by the name of Him Who sits [enthroned] above the cherubim.7 And they carried the ark of God on a new cart and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio [his brother] drove the cart.8 And David and all Israel merrily celebrated before God with all their might, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and cymbals and trumpets.9 And when they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzza put out his hand to steady the ark, for the oxen [that were drawing the cart] stumbled and were restive.10 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzza, and He smote him because he touched the ark; and there he died before God. 11 And David was offended because the Lord had broken forth upon Uzza; that place to this day is called Perez-uzza [the breaking forth upon Uzza].12 And David was afraid of God that day, and he said, How can I bring the ark of God home to me?13 So David did not bring the ark home to the City of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom the Gittite [a Levitical porter born in Gath-rimmon]. 14 And the ark of God remained with the family of Obed-edom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that he had.

  • 1 Chronicles 14

    • David found favor in the Lord and God provided for him.
    • Before you act, ask. Two “A” words, but if you do them in the wrong order the outcome can be very different. So ASK and then ACT based on the ANSWER.

9 Now the Philistines had come and made a raid in the Valley of Rephaim.10 David asked God, Shall I go up against the Philistines? And will You deliver them into my hand? And the Lord said, Go up, and I will deliver them into your hand.11 So [Israel] came up to Baal-perazim, and David smote [the Philistines] there. Then David said, God has broken my enemies by my hand, like the bursting forth of waters. Therefore they called the name of that place Baal-perazim [Lord of breaking through].12 [The Philistines] left their gods there; David commanded and they were burned.

    • ASK wait for the ANSWER and then ACT

13 And the Philistines again made a raid in the valley.14 And David inquired again of God, and God said to him, Do not go up after them; turn away from them and come [around] upon them over opposite the mulberry trees.15 And when you hear a sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry or balsam trees, then go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to smite the Philistine host.16 So David did as God commanded him, and they smote the army of the Philistines from Gibeon even to Gezer.17 And the fame of David went out into all lands, and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations.

    • The reason you wait for the ANSWER is that just because the situation is similar doesn’t mean that God will want the process and action to be the same, but if you wait and listen, the outcome will be the same, the Lord will have the victory.

  • 1 Chronicles 15

    • Are you prepared for what God is wanting to do in your life?
    • Are you looking for the right way, which may be different than the last time?
    • How doing things God’s way makes a huge difference in what the outcome will be.
    • There is a right way and a wrong way. Do you want to have to deal with the consequences of doing it the wrong way?

1 DAVID MADE for himself houses in the City of David, and he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it.2 Then David said, None should carry the ark of God but the Levites, for the Lord chose them to carry the ark of God and to minister to Him forever.3 And David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the Lord to its place, which he had prepared for it.4 And David gathered together the sons of Aaron and the Levites:5 Of the sons of Kohath, Uriel the chief, with 120 kinsmen;6 Of the sons of Merari, Asaiah the chief, with 220 kinsmen;7 Of the sons of Gershom, Joel the chief, with 130 kinsmen;8 Of the sons of Elizaphan, Shemaiah the chief, with 200 kinsmen;9 Of the sons of Hebron, Eliel the chief, with 80 kinsmen;10 Of the sons of Uzziel, Amminadab the chief, with 112 kinsmen.11 And David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites–Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab,12 And said to them, You are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites; sanctify yourselves, both you and your brethren, that you may bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel, to the place that I have prepared for it.13 For because you bore it not [as God directed] at the first, the Lord our God broke forth upon us–because we did not seek Him in the way He ordained. 14 So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel.15 The Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses commanded by the word of the Lord.16 David told the chief Levites to appoint their brethren the singers with instruments of music–harps, lyres, and cymbals–to play loudly and lift up their voices with joy.17 So the Levites appointed Heman son of Joel; and of his brethren, Asaph son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari their brethren, Ethan son of Kushaiah;18 And with them their brethren of the second class: Zechariah, Ben, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, and Mikneiah, and also the gatekeepers, Obed-edom and Jeiel.19 So the singers Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were appointed to sound bronze cymbals;20 Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah were to play harps [resembling guitars] set to Alamoth [probably the treble voice];21 Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah were to lead with lyres set to Sheminith [the bass voice].22 Chenaniah, leader of the Levites in singing, was put in charge of carrying the ark and lifting up song. He instructed about these matters because he was skilled and able.23 Berechiah and Elkanah were gatekeepers for the ark.24 Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer the priests were to blow the trumpets before the ark of God. And Obed-edom and Jehiah (Jeiel) were also gatekeepers for the ark.25 So David, the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the house of Obed-edom with joy.26 And when God helped the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord [with a safe start], they offered seven bulls and seven rams.27 David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as were the Levites who bore the ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah, director of the music of the singers. David also wore an ephod [a priestly upper garment] of linen.28 Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting, sound of the cornet, trumpets, and cymbals, sounding aloud with harps and lyres.

    • Be careful what you allow into your heart, purify your thoughts and your heart. Keep it in alignment with God’s will.

29 As the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the City of David, Michal [David’s wife] daughter of Saul, looking from a window, saw King David leaping as in sport, and she despised him in her heart.

  • 1 Chronicles 16
    • How are you celebrating what God has given you? what God has allowed you to do?

1 SO THEY brought the ark of God and set it in the midst of the tent which David had pitched for it, and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God.2 And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord.3 And he distributed to everyone of Israel, both man and woman, to everyone a loaf of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins.4 He appointed Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord and to celebrate [by calling to mind], thanking and praising the Lord, the God of Israel:5 Asaph was the chief, next to him Zechariah, Jeiel (Jaaziel), Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, and Benaiah, Obed-edom and Jeiel, who were to play harps and lyres; Asaph was to sound the cymbals;6 Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow trumpets continually before the ark of the covenant of God.7 Then on that day David first entrusted to Asaph and his brethren the singing of thanks to the Lord [as their chief task]:8 O give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known His doings among the peoples!9 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; meditate on and talk of all His wondrous works and devoutly praise them!10 Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!11 Seek the Lord and His strength; yearn for and seek His face and to be in His presence continually!12 [Earnestly] remember the marvelous deeds which He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He uttered [as in Egypt],13 O you offspring of [Abraham and] of Israel His servants, you children of Jacob, His chosen ones!14 He is the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth.15 Be mindful of His covenant forever, the promise which He commanded and established to a thousand generations,16 The covenant which He made with Abraham, and His sworn promise to Isaac.17 He confirmed it as a statute to Jacob, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant, 18 Saying, To you I will give the land of Canaan, the measured portion of your possession and inheritance.19 When they were but few, even a very few, and only temporary residents and strangers in it,20 When they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people,21 He allowed no man to do them wrong; yes, He reproved kings for their sakes, 22 Saying, Touch not My anointed, and do My prophets no harm. 23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth; show forth from day to day His salvation.24 Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all peoples.25 For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; He also is to be [reverently] feared above all so-called gods.26 For all the gods of the people are [lifeless] idols, but the Lord made the heavens.27 Honor and majesty are [found] in His presence; strength and joy are [found] in His sanctuary.28 Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength,29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name. Bring an offering and come before Him; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness and in holy array.30 Tremble and reverently fear before Him, all the earth’s peoples; the world also shall be established, so it cannot be moved.31 Let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice; and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigns!

    • The Lord reigns and the people shout.

32 Let the sea roar, and all the things that fill it; let the fields rejoice, and all that is in them.33 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out for joy before the Lord, for He comes to judge and govern the earth.34 O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!35 And say, Save us, O God of our salvation; gather us together and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to Your holy name and glory in Your praise.36 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, forever and ever! And all the people said Amen! and praised the Lord.

    • It is incredible what will happen when we do it God’s way.

37 So David left Asaph and his brethren before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister before the ark continually, as each day’s work required,38 And Obed-edom with [his] sixty-eight kinsmen. Also Obed-edom son of Jeduthun, and Hosah, were to be gatekeepers.39 And David left Zadok the priest and his brethren the priests before the tabernacle of the Lord in the high place that was at Gibeon40 To offer burnt offerings to the Lord upon the altar of burnt offering continually, morning and evening, and to do all that is written in the Law of the Lord which He commanded Israel.41 With them were Heman and Jeduthun and the rest who were chosen and expressly named to give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever.42 With them were Heman and Jeduthun with trumpets and cymbals for those who should sound aloud, and instruments for accompanying the songs of God. And the sons of Jeduthun were to be at the gate.43 Then all the people departed, each man to his house, and David returned home to bless his household.

How do you spend your time? How connected are you to the source? How are you able to know what to do and how to help? Are you just looking in or are you looking outward too?

Ephesians 6:18

18 Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).

How can anyone pray on all occasions? One way is to make quick, brief prayers your habitual response to every situation you meet throughout the day. Another way is to order your life around God’s desires and teachings so that your very life becomes a prayer. You don’t have to isolate yourself from other people and from daily work in order to pray constantly. You can make prayer your life and your life a prayer while living in a world that needs God’s powerful influence. Praying for "all believers everywhere" means praying for all believers in Christ; so pray for the Christians you know and for the church around the world.

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and all that You have planned in it. I praise You Lord for an incredible week. It has been a week where I know I have felt led by You and prompted by You. It is a week that should encourage me Lord to stick closer to You, to continue to pray and worship You in all things I do at all times, for You will provide the words, the thoughts, the direction, the wisdom, whatever is needed. You are the ultimate provider Lord and I praise You for that. I lift up my house to You Lord as it is now on the market and as we look to move to the next phase of our journey, I pray Lord that You will hold the new place for us and bring us a buyer today so that Lord my prayer of having my home sold and new one bought by my birthday can take place. I am so glad, for
You have made me glad for You are my shield, my strength, my portion, deliverer, my shelter, strong tower, my very present help in time of need. Lord, thank You for this time this weekend with my family. Help us draw closer together Lord and closer to You. Help me Lord to celebrate Your goodness in all I say and do. This is the day that You have made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. So Lord, take me, mold me, cleanse me, purify me, help me to be more like You I pray and through all of this may You receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Verse of the Day

17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

Isaiah 32:17


Today – Day 123

  • Psalm 106
    • Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His mercy and loving kindness endure forever!
      • blessed, treat others fairly, do right, deliverer, savior, saviour, mercy, kindness,Righteousness,divine, power,saved, redeemed, believe, trust, praise, sing, plans, envy, worship, honor, honour, remember, don’t forget, don’t forget God, don’t forget the wonders, don’t forget the miracles, don’t forget the dreadful and awesome things, stand in the gap, intercede for others, trust in the Lord, rely on the Lord, hold to His Word, hearken to His Word, stand up, stand for something, stand in the gap, step out in faith, step out, stand up, guard your heart, guard your tongue, words build up, words tear down, from the heart come the words, obedience, beware the snares, wrath, heritage, what are you passing down,  oppressed, subjected, deliver, deliverance, rebelling, sinking, cry out to God, His covenant, His promises, His character, sympathy,
    • Blessed (affectionately and gratefully praised) be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, Amen! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
  • Psalm 107
    • Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His mercy and loving kindness endure forever!
    • Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.
      • Cry out to the Lord in your trouble
      • There is a way, there is a straight and right way, let’s walk in it
      • Praise and confess to the Lord
      • He satisfies the longing soul, fills the hungry soul with good
      • Will you sit where you are or will you get up and step out and towards God?
        • 10 Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and in irons, 11 Because they had rebelled against the words of God and spurned the counsel of the Most High.12 Therefore He bowed down their hearts with hard labor; they stumbled and fell down, and there was none to help.13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses.14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and broke apart the bonds that held them.
      • Praise and confess to the Lord
        • Oh, that men would praise [and confess to] the Lord for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men!16 For He has broken the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron apart.17 Some are fools [made ill] because of the way of their transgressions and are afflicted because of their iniquities.18 They loathe every kind of food, and they draw near to the gates of death.19 Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivers them out of their distresses.20 He sends forth His word and heals them and rescues them from the pit and destruction. 21 Oh, that men would praise [and confess to] the Lord for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men! 22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and rehearse His deeds with shouts of joy and singing!
      • Dealing with the storms of life? The ups and downs?
        • 23 Some go down to the sea and travel over it in ships to do business in great waters;24 These see the works of the Lord and His wonders in the deep.25 For He commands and raises up the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea.26 [Those aboard] mount up to the heavens, they go down again to the deeps; their courage melts away because of their plight.27 They reel to and fro and stagger like a drunken man and are at their wits’ end [all their wisdom has come to nothing].28 Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses.29 He hushes the storm to a calm and to a gentle whisper, so that the waves of the sea are still. 30 Then the men are glad because of the calm, and He brings them to their desired haven.31 Oh, that men would praise [and confess to] the Lord for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men!
      • Diligently consider the mercy and loving kindness of the Lord.

Does the way you work change if you think someone is watching you?

Ephesians 6:6-8

6 Not in the way of eye-service [as if they were watching you] and only to please men, but as servants (slaves) of Christ, doing the will of God heartily and with your whole soul;7 Rendering service readily with goodwill, as to the Lord and not to men,8 Knowing that for whatever good anyone does, he will receive his reward from the Lord, whether he is slave or free.

Paul’s instructions encourage responsibility and integrity on the job. Christian employees should do their jobs as if Jesus Christ were their supervisor. And Christian employers should treat their employees fairly and with respect. Can you be trusted to do your best, even when the boss is not around? Do you work hard and with enthusiasm? Do you treat your employees as people, not machines? Remember that no matter whom you work for, and no matter who works for you, the One you ultimately should want to please is your Father in heaven.

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and all that will be in it. I praise You Lord for an incredible week of working as unto You that has brought me incredible joy and fulfillment. I thank You Lord for my family and for the wisdom and insight that You have provided around the downsizing of stuff in my life. Lord, I will not lean on my own understanding but pursue after You, knowing and believing that You will make my path straight. Lord, guide my steps today in accomplishing Your will. Help me Lord to track and catch the things that come in that are important to respond to while at the same time press in and press forward with the specific work that needs to be done. Lord, let Your joy that is filling my heart continue to be an inflow that is visible to others. Help me Lord to express Your goodness to those who notice and comment. As I prepare in advance to someone saying “You are happy today” to have a response to it of “Yes, God is good”. Thank You Lord for my family and I pray Lord that we will all come together at the sound of the trumpet and spend eternity with You.  So Lord as I start this day, I lift it up into Your hands and pray that with all that I say, all that I do, and with every thought that I have, You will receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Verse of the Day

14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.

Amos 5:14-15


Today – Day 122

  • 1 Chronicles 11 (missed reading yesterday)
    • Leaders have many roles:
      • Shepherd – look after, provide for, responsible for, guiding people,
      • Prince – rule the people
    • Stick with God for He will strengthen you. Work in God’s strength which renews you daily.
    • Do you have a core of people who are standing with you? Who are the mighty men in your life? Here are David’s:
      • Core – inner 3:

10 Now these are the chiefs of David’s mighty men, who strongly supported him in his kingdom, together with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the Lord concerning Israel.11 And this is the number [thirty, and list] of David’s mighty men: Jashobeam, a Hachmonite, the chief of the Thirty [captains]. He lifted up his spear against 300, whom he slew at one time.12 Next to him in rank was Eleazar son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men.13 He was with David at Pas-dammim [where David had long before slain Goliath], and there the Philistines were gathered for battle, where there was a plot of ground full of barley or lentils; and the men [of Israel] fled before the Philistines.14 And Eleazar [one of the Three] stood in the midst of that plot and defended it and slew the Philistines [until his hand was weary, and his hand cleaved to the sword], and the Lord saved by a great victory and deliverance. 15 Three of the thirty chief men went down to the rock to David, into the cave of Adullam, and the army of the Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim.16 David was then in the stronghold, and the Philistines’ garrison was in Bethlehem.17 And David longingly said, Oh, that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate!18 Then the Three [mighty men] broke through the camp of the Philistines and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem which was by the gate and brought it to David. But David would not drink it; he poured it out to the Lord,19 And said, My God forbid that I should do this thing. Shall I drink the blood of these men who have put their lives in jeopardy? For at the risk of their lives they brought it. So he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men.20 Abishai the brother of Joab was chief of the Three. For he lifted up his spear against 300 and slew them, and was named among the Three.21 Of the Three [in the second rank] he was more renowned than the two, and became their captain; however, he attained not to the first three.

      • Core – The other 27 mighty men from the 30:

22 Benaiah son of Jehoiada, whose father was a valiant man of Kabzeel, had done mighty deeds. He slew the two sons of Ariel of Moab. Also he went down and slew a lion in a pit in time of snow.23 He slew an Egyptian also, a man of great stature, five cubits tall. The Egyptian held a spear like a weaver’s beam, and [Benaiah] went to him with a staff and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand and slew him with the man’s own spear.24 These things did Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and won a name beside the three mighty men.25 He was renowned among the Thirty, but he did not attain to the rank of the first three. David put him over his guard and council.26 Also the mighty men of the armies were: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan son of Dodo of Bethlehem,27 Shammoth of Harod, Helez the Pelonite,28 Ira son of Ikkesh of Tekoa, Abiezer of Anathoth,29 Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite,30 Maharai of Netophah, Heled son of Baanah of Netophah,31 Ithai son of Ribai of Gibeah of the Benjamites, Benaiah of Pirathon,32 Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite,33 Azmaveth of Baharum, Eliahba of Shaalbon,34 The sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan son of Shagee the Hararite,35 Ahiam son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal son of Ur,36 Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite,37 Hezro of Carmel, Naarai son of Ezbai,38 Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar son of Hagri,39 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, the armor-bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah [David’s half sister],40 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,41 Uriah the Hittite [Bathsheba’s husband], Zabad son of Ahlai,42 Adina son of Shiza, a leader of the Reubenites, and thirty heroes with him,43 Hanan son of Maacah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite,44 Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel the sons of Hotham the Aroerite,45 Jediael son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite,46 Eliel the Mahavite, Jeribai and Joshaviah sons of Elnaam, Ithmah the Moabite,47 Eliel, Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.

1 THESE ARE the ones who came to David at Ziklag, while he yet concealed himself because of Saul son of Kish; they were among the mighty men, his helpers in war.2 They were bowmen and could use the right hand or the left to sling stones or shoot arrows from the bow; they were of Saul’s kinsmen of Benjamin.3 The chief was Ahiezer and then Joash the sons of Shemaah of Gibeah; Jeziel and Pelet the sons of Azmaveth; Beracah, and Jehu of Anathoth,4 Ishmaiah of Gibeon, a mighty man among the Thirty and a [leader] over them; Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan, Jozabad of Gederah,5 Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah, Shephatiah the Haruphite;6 Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korahites;7 Joelah and Zebadiah the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.8 Of the Gadites there went over to David to the stronghold in the wilderness men of might, men trained for war who could handle shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and who were swift as gazelles on the mountains:9 Ezer the chief, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third,10 Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth,11 Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh,12 Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth,13 Jeremiah the tenth, Machbannai the eleventh.14 These Gadites were officers of the army. The lesser was equal to and over a hundred, and the greater equal to and over a thousand.15 These are the men who went over the Jordan in the first month when it had overflowed all its banks, and put to flight all those in the valleys, east and west.

    • With God’s favor on David, God’s army grew and David’s army grew.

16 There came some of the men of Benjamin and Judah to the stronghold to David.17 David went out to meet them and said to them, If you have come peaceably to me to help me, my heart shall be knit to you; but if you have come to betray me to my adversaries, although there is no violence or wrong in my hands, may the God of our fathers look upon and rebuke you.18 Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Yours we are, David, and on your side, you son of Jesse! Peace, peace be to you, and peace be to your helpers, for your God helps you. Then David received them and made them officers of his troops.19 Some of the men of Manasseh deserted to David when he came with the Philistines for the battle against Saul. But [David’s] men did not actually fight with them, for the lords of the Philistines, upon advisement, sent him away, saying, He will desert to his master Saul at the risk of our heads. 20 As David went to Ziklag, there deserted to him of Manasseh: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai, chiefs of thousands in Manasseh.21 They helped David against the band of raiders, for they were all mighty men of courage, and [all seven] became commanders in [his] army.22 For at that time day by day men kept coming to David to help him, until there was a great army, like the army of God.23 These are the numbers of the armed divisions who came to David at Hebron to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the Lord:24 Those of Judah, who bore shield and spear, were 6,800 armed for war;25 Those of Simeon, mighty and brave warriors, 7,100;26 Those of Levi, 4,600–27 Jehoiada was the leader of the Aaronite [priests], and with him were 3,700,28 And Zadok, a young man mighty in valor, and twenty-two captains from his own father’s house;29 Of the Benjamites, the kindred of [King] Saul, 3,000–hitherto the majority of them had kept their allegiance [to Saul] and the charge of the house of Saul;30 Of the Ephraimites, 20,800, mighty in valor, famous in their fathers’ houses;31 Of the half-tribe of Manasseh, 18,000, who were mentioned by name to come and make David king;32 And of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs; and all their kinsmen were under their command;33 Of Zebulun, 50,000 experienced troops, fitted out with all kinds of weapons and instruments of war that could order and set the battle in array, men not of double purpose but stable and trustworthy.34 Of Naphtali, 1,000 captains, and with them 37,000 [of the rank and file armed] with shield and spear;35 Of Dan, 28,600, men who could set the battle in array;36 Of Asher, men able to go forth to battle, fit for active service, 40,000;37 On the other [the east] side of the Jordan River, of Reuben and Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh, 120,000 men, armed with all the weapons and instruments of war.38 All these, being men of war arrayed in battle order, came with a perfect and sincere heart to Hebron to make David king over all Israel; and all the rest also of Israel were of one mind to make David king.39 And they were there with David for three days, eating and drinking, for their brethren had prepared for them.40 Also those who were near them from as far as Issachar, Zebulun, and Naphtali brought food on donkeys, camels, mules, and oxen, abundant supplies of meal, cakes of figs, bunches of raisins, wine, oil, oxen, and sheep, for there was joy in Israel.

1 BEHOLD, HOW good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!2 It is like the precious ointment poured on the head, that ran down on the beard, even the beard of Aaron [the first high priest], that came down upon the collar and skirts of his garments [consecrating the whole body]. 3 It is like the dew of [lofty] Mount Hermon and the dew that comes on the hills of Zion; for there the Lord has commanded the blessing, even life forevermore [upon the high and the lowly].

When you are talking to others, is it pleasing, is it encouraging, is it uplifting, is it a pleasing melody to the Lord? How would others characterize your words and attitudes?

Ephesians 5:18-19

18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit. 19 Speak out to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, offering praise with voices [and instruments] and making melody with all your heart to the Lord,

The affects of alcohol are obvious, but what happens when we are under the influence of the Holy Spirit? In these verses, Paul lists three by-products of the Spirit’s influence in our lives: singing, making music, and giving thanks. Paul did not intend to suggest that believers only discuss religious matters, but that whatever we do or say should be permeated with an attitude of joy, thankfulness to God, and encouragement of others. Instead of whining and complaining-which our culture has raised to an art form-we are to focus on the goodness of God and his mercies toward us. How would others characterize your words and attitudes?

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it, for this is the day that You have made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. Lord, as I look to You as my source, as my foundation, as my vision, as my wisdom, I turn to Your Word knowing that it never returns void. As I look to You and call out to You and draw near to You, You look to me, You draw near to me, and You lean Your ear to me. As I consider how conversations go and what people do and say, I pray Lord that You would cleanse my heart and mind, so that out of the overflow of my heart my words would be a fragrant offering to You. As I think of how and what I speak to others Lord, I pray that it will always be in a way that is glorifying to You and in a way that is a pleasing offering. If I need to correct or direct that it be done in and out of love. If I need to encourage that it would be filled with Your hope. If I need to be present that Your light would shine out of me and bring hope, the hope that comes from Jesus Christ in to the situation. Lord, I know You have great and mighty plans in place for me, for the words in Jeremiah 29:11 tells me so. Lord, as I start this day, I start it filled with hope and anticipation for the great and mighty things that You have planned and in store, and pray that in all I think, say, and do, that You will receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Verse of the Day

2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

Proverbs 18:2


Today – Day 121

  • 2 Samuel 5
    • There is something about the number 30 and the number 40
    • Want to see someone who is getting greater and greater – check on someone who is hanging out with the Lord God of hosts
    • Before you go into something, check with God…

19 David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand? And the Lord said to David, Go up, for I will surely deliver [them] into your hand.20 And David came to Baal-perazim, and he smote them there, and said, The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like the bursting out of great waters. So he called the name of that place Baal-perazim [Lord of breaking through].21 There the Philistines left their images, and David and his men took them away.

    • Notes…
      • As I consider the limited and reducing resources, God brought to mind how he works with and through Gideon and needed to get the group down to a small in order to ensure that people would know that it wasn’t because of Gideon, but because God was with him. Thank You Lord for going with me, before me, behind me to accomplish Your will in Jesus’ name. Amen.
    • Lord of the BREAKTHROUGH!!!
      • feeling a barrier. pressing into it. feeling pressure.
      • When you get through things will never be the same.
      • Life will be transformed because God brought You through
      • Life will be different from then on.
      • Grab onto that fact and don’t look back.
      • Step into all that God has in store for you
      • Keep Your eyes on Him, lean not on your own understanding, and He will make your path straight.
    • Seeking God’s will before you step into something allows God to give you a different view, a different perspective, a different way to make it happen. He may say No. He may say Yes. He may say Yes, but not that way. He may say Not Yet.

22 The Philistines came up again and spread themselves out in the Valley of Rephaim.23 When David inquired of the Lord, He said, You shall not go up, but go around behind them and come upon them over opposite the mulberry (or balsam) trees.24 And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then bestir yourselves, for then has the Lord gone out before you to smite the army of the Philistines.25 And David did as the Lord had commanded him, and smote the Philistines from Geba to Gezer.