2 Corinthians 6:2
2 For He says, In the time of favor (of an assured welcome) I have listened to and heeded your call, and I have helped you on the day of deliverance (the day of salvation). Behold, now is truly the time for a gracious welcome and acceptance [of you from God]; behold, now is the day of salvation!
God offers salvation to all people. Many people put off a decision for Christ, thinking that there will be a better time-but they could easily miss their opportunity altogether. There is no time like the present to receive God’s forgiveness. Don’t let anything hold you back from coming to Christ.
I thank You Lord for this new day and all that will be in it. I thank You Lord for this time to come and meet with You in a quiet time with You and Your Word. I thank You for teaching me to set aside this time as it has helped me daily over the years to be grounded before the day starts and put me in the right frame of mind. I also have discovered when I miss this time that my day and my response to situations is very different. I continue to pray Lord for healing to my body as the pains haven’t stopped, while at the same time I praise You for the good report that it isn’t my heart. Lord, I am so happy and filled with the joy of knowing that I will get to spend eternity with You. Your Word is true, it is a light unto my feet and a lamp unto my path. As I consider this day help me I pray to prioritize and accomplish all the key things that are important to You. Bless and anoint my family for the work You have for us today and in all we say and do, may You receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Verse of the Day
23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
- 1 Samuel 11
- Have you felt someone or something come into your presence and try to make you do something out of fear instead of out of faith?
- Do you respond immediately or do you take time to seek God’s will?
- When you are called to help do you do it willing or does it take the love and faith in God to spur you on or does it take the fear of God to spur you into action?
- When God is on your side, He will give you the wisdom, the direction, and the ability to accomplish greater things and greater plans that we could have ever considered, asked for or even imagined.
- Victory is the Lord’s. The battle is the Lord’s. Put your trust in Him.
- 1 Samuel 12
- Be careful what you ask for as you just might get it. Even if you are warned and still say that you want it.
- God provides for His people
- God is omnipresent and is everywhere. He is witness to everything that we say and do. He is omniscient and even knows everything we think.
- Remember what God has done to get you where you are today? Be willing to go way back in your past generations to realize the great and mighty things He has done. Be willing to remember what He has called you to do and the people you are called to be.
- Remember the past so that you won’t repeat it. Learn from the past and draw near to God.
- When you cry to have a leader over you, remember to honor God, follow after God, both you and your new leader. Remember the authority chain so that things will go well with you
- Keep your eyes on the prize – God – eternity spent with Him. Don’t turn to the left or the right, but stay on the straight narrow path that He is calling you to follow daily.
- 1 Samuel 13
- Saul was 40 when he began to reign.
- Ever noticed the number 40 appears a lot in the Bible?
- Ever realize that there are huge changes after 40?
- After 40 days…
- After 40 years…
- What is after 40 meaning to you? How is your life being changed?
- I will need to look into this a bit more…
- Will you be willing to wait for the man of God to arrive?
- Will you wait for the presence of God to come before you go out?
- Are you willing to risk it all and try to do it all yourself?
- Or will you wait for it, wait for it…
- 8 Saul waited seven days, according to the set time Samuel had appointed. But Samuel had not come to Gilgal, and the people were scattering from Saul.9 So Saul said, Bring me the burnt offering and the peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering [which he was forbidden to do].10 And just as he finished offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came! Saul went out to meet and greet him.11 Samuel said, What have you done? Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines were assembled at Michmash,12 I thought, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the Lord. So I forced myself to offer a burnt offering.13 And Samuel said to Saul, You have done foolishly! You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God which He commanded you; for the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever;14 But now your kingdom shall not continue; the Lord has sought out [David] a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince and ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.15 And Samuel went up from Gilgal to Gibeah of Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people that were left with him, [only] about 600.16 Saul and Jonathan his son and the people with them remained in Gibeah of Benjamin, but the Philistines encamped at Michmash.17 And raiders came out of the Philistine camp in three companies; one company turned toward Ophrah, to the land of Shual,18 Another turned toward Beth-horon, and another toward the border overlooking the Valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness.19 Now there was no metal worker to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make swords or spears.20 But each of the Israelites had to go down to the Philistines to get his plowshare, mattock, axe, or sickle sharpened.21 And the price for plowshares and mattocks was a pim, and a third of a shekel for axes and for setting goads [with resulting blunt edges on the sickles, mattocks, forks, axes, and goads.]22 So on the day of battle neither sword nor spear was found in the hand of any of the men who were with Saul and Jonathan; but Saul and Jonathan his son had them.23 And the garrison of the Philistines went out to the pass of Michmash.
- 1 Samuel 14
- Where is your faith?
- is it in numbers?
- is it in people?
- is it in strength?
- OR is it in the LORD?
- Will you let God guide your every step? Will you let God tell if you should stay or go?
- 8 Jonathan said, We will pass over to these men and we will let them see us.9 If they say to us, Wait until we come to you, then we will stand still in our place and will not go up to them.10 But if they say, Come up to us, we will go up, for the Lord has delivered them into our hand, and this will be our sign.11 So both of them let the Philistine garrison see them. And the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they have hidden themselves.12 The garrison men said to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, Come up to us and we will show you a thing. Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, Come up after me, for the Lord has given them into Israel’s hand.13 Then Jonathan climbed up on his hands and feet, his armor-bearer after him; and the enemy fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer killed them after him.14 And that first slaughter which Jonathan and his armor-bearer made was about twenty men within about a half acre of land [which a yoke of oxen might plow].15 And there was trembling and panic in the [Philistine] camp, in the field, and among all the men; the garrison, and even the raiders trembled; the earth quaked, and it became a terror from God.16 Saul’s watchmen in Gibeah of Benjamin looked, and behold, the multitude melted away and went hither and thither.
- Seeing what is going on around you are willing to look and see what is happening, who is missing, what is God up to?
- What will it take you to motivate you? Do you realize the danger of the oath you are putting on the back of others? Do you realize the impact it will have when it expires?
- 17 Then Saul said to the men with him, Number and see who is gone from us. When they numbered, behold, Jonathan and his armor-bearer were missing.18 Saul said to Ahijah, Bring here the ark of God–for at that time the ark of God was with the children of Israel.19 While Saul talked to the priest, the tumult in the Philistine camp kept increasing. Then Saul said to the priest, Withdraw your hand.20 Then Saul and all the people with him rallied and went into the battle, and behold, every [Philistine’s] sword was against his fellow in wild confusion.21 Moreover, the Hebrews who were with the Philistines before that time, who went up with them into the camp from the country round about, even they also turned to be with the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan.22 Likewise, all the men of Israel who had hid themselves in the hill country of Ephraim, when they heard that the Philistines fled, they also went after them in hot pursuit in the battle.23 So the Lord delivered Israel that day, and the battle passed beyond Beth-aven.24 But the men of Israel were distressed that day, for Saul had caused them to take an oath, saying, Cursed be the man who eats any food before evening and until I have taken vengeance on my enemies. So none of the men tasted any food.25 And all the people of the land came to a wood, and there was honey on the ground.26 When the men entered the wood, behold, the honey was dripping, but no man tasted it, for the men feared the oath.27 But Jonathan had not heard when his father charged the people with the oath. So he dipped the end of the rod in his hand into a honeycomb and put it to his mouth, and his [weary] eyes brightened.28 Then one of the men told him, Your father strictly charged the men with an oath, saying, Cursed be the man who eats any food today. And the people were exhausted and faint.29 Then Jonathan said, My father has troubled the land. See how my eyes have brightened because I tasted a little of this honey.30 How much better if the men had eaten freely today of the spoil of their enemies which they found! For now the slaughter of the Philistines has not been great.31 They smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon. And the people were very faint.32 [When night came and the oath expired] the men flew upon the spoil. They took sheep, oxen, and calves, slew them on the ground, and ate them [raw] with the blood.33 Then Saul was told, Behold, the men are sinning against the Lord by eating with the blood. And he said, You have transgressed; roll a great stone to me here.34 Saul said, Disperse yourselves among the people and tell them, Bring me every man his ox or his sheep, and butcher them here and eat; and sin not against the Lord by eating the blood. So all the men brought each one his ox that night and butchered it there.
- Will you wait to hear from God on what you are to do? Or will you try to go it alone? If you don’t hear from God will you stop and wait?
- 35 And Saul built an altar to the Lord; it was the first altar he built to the Lord.36 Then Saul said, Let us go down after the Philistines by night and seize and plunder them until daylight, and let us not leave a man of them. They said, Do whatever seems good to you. Then the priest said, Let us draw near here to God.37 And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will You deliver them into the hand of Israel? But He did not answer him that day.38 Then Saul said, Draw near, all the chiefs of the people, and let us see how this sin [causing God’s silence] arose today.39 For as the Lord lives, Who delivers Israel, though it be in Jonathan my son, he shall surely die. But not a man among all the people answered him.40 Then he said to all Israel, You be on one side; and I and Jonathan my son will be on the other side. The people said to Saul, Do what seems good to you.41 Therefore Saul said to the Lord, the God of Israel, Give a perfect lot and show the right. And Saul and Jonathan were taken [by lot], but the other men went free.42 Saul said, Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son. And Jonathan was taken.43 Saul said to Jonathan, Tell me what you have done. And Jonathan said, I tasted a little honey with the end of the rod that was in my hand. And behold, I must die.44 Saul answered, May God do so, and more also, for you shall surely die, Jonathan.45 But the people said to Saul, Shall Jonathan, who has wrought this great deliverance to Israel, die? God forbid! As the Lord lives, there shall not one hair of his head perish, for he has wrought this great deliverance with God this day. So the people rescued Jonathan, and he did not die.46 Then Saul ceased pursuing the Philistines, and they went to their own place.
- Will you leave a good legacy? Will you leave an imprint and impact on the next generation?
- 47 When Saul took over the kingdom of Israel, he fought against all his enemies on every side: Moab, the Ammonites, Edom, the kings of Zobah, and the Philistines. Wherever he turned, he made it worse for them.48 He did valiantly and smote the Amalekites, and delivered Israel out of the hands of those who plundered them.49 Now Saul’s sons were Jonathan, Ishvi, and Malchi-shua; and the names of his two daughters were, of the firstborn, Merab; and of the younger, Michal.50 The name of Saul’s wife was Ahinoam daughter of Ahimaaz. The commander of his army was Abner son of Ner, Saul’s uncle.51 Kish the father of Saul and Ner the father of Abner were sons of Abiel.52 There was severe war against the Philistines all the days of Saul, and whenever Saul saw any mighty or [outstandingly] courageous man, he attached him to himself.
- 1 Samuel 15
- If God provides you a plan on what needs to be done
- 1 SAMUEL TOLD Saul, The Lord sent me to anoint you king over His people Israel. Now listen and heed the words of the Lord.2 Thus says the Lord of hosts, I have considered and will punish what Amalek did to Israel, how he set himself against him in the way when [Israel] came out of Egypt.3 Now go and smite Amalek and utterly destroy all they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.
- Will you follow it? All the way…?
- 4 So Saul assembled the men and numbered them at Telaim–200,000 men on foot and 10,000 men of Judah.5 And Saul came to the city of Amalek and laid wait in the valley.6 Saul warned the Kenites, Go, depart, get down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them; for you showed kindness to all the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.7 Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt.8 And he took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, though he utterly destroyed all the rest of the people with the sword.9 Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, oxen, fatlings, lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them; but all that was undesirable or worthless they destroyed utterly.
- Are you willing to risk what the cost of disobedience will be?
- 10 Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying,11 I regret making Saul king, for he has turned back from following Me and has not performed My commands. And Samuel was grieved and angry [with Saul], and he cried to the Lord all night.12 When Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, he was told, Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set up for himself a monument or trophy [of his victory] and passed on and went down to Gilgal.13 And Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him, Blessed are you of the Lord. I have performed what the Lord ordered.14 And Samuel said, What then means this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?15 Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites; for the people spared the best of the sheep and oxen to sacrifice to the Lord your God, but the rest we have utterly destroyed.16 Then Samuel said to Saul, Stop! I will tell you what the Lord said to me tonight. Saul said to him, Say on.17 Samuel said, When you were small in your own sight, were you not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed you king over Israel?18 And the Lord sent you on a mission and said, Go, utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites; and fight against them until they are consumed.19 Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord, but swooped down upon the plunder and did evil in the Lord’s sight?20 Saul said to Samuel, Yes, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag king of Amalek and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.21 But the people took from the spoil sheep and oxen, the chief of the things to be utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.
- God is more interested in obedience than in offerings. He is more interested in your heart than your money. Will you do what He has asked or only go part way?
- 22 Samuel said, Has the Lord as great a delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as idolatry and teraphim (household good luck images). Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.
- Do you realize how much it grieves God’s heart when we aren’t doing what He told us to do? Do you realize that when He has to do corrective work because of our failings that it grieves Him greatly.
- 24 And Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned; for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.25 Now, I pray you, pardon my sin and go back with me, that I may worship the Lord.26 And Samuel said to Saul, I will not return with you; for you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.27 And as Samuel turned to go away, Saul seized the skirt of Samuel’s mantle, and it tore.28 And Samuel said to him, The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day and has given it to a neighbor of yours who is better than you.29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie or repent; for He is not a man, that He should repent.30 Saul said, I have sinned; yet honor me now, I pray you, before the elders of my people and before Israel, and return with me, that I may worship the Lord your God.31 So Samuel turned back after Saul, and Saul worshiped the Lord.32 Then Samuel said, Bring here to me Agag king of the Amalekites. And Agag came to him cheerfully. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past.33 Samuel said, As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the Lord in Gilgal.34 Then Samuel went to Ramah, but Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul.35 And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death, though Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord repented that He had made Saul king over Israel.
- 1 Samuel 16
- Who will you fear more? God or man? God can make a way even when our fear might try to stop us. Be obedient to what God is calling you to do.
- 1 THE LORD said to Samuel, How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided for Myself a king among his sons.2 Samuel said, How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me. And the Lord said, Take a heifer with you and say, I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.3 And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for Me the one I name to you.4 And Samuel did what the Lord said, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming and said, Have you come peaceably?
- Prepare yourself for the work that is about to take place. Consecrate yourselves for what is about to happen.
- 5 And he said, Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice. And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and called them to the sacrifice.
- The selection process is different with God than with man. He is basing it on the heart, what is inside, not the outside appearance.
- 6 When they had come, he looked on Eliab [the eldest son] and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him.7 But the Lord said to Samuel, Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. But Samuel said, Neither has the Lord chosen this one.9 Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. Samuel said, Nor has the Lord chosen him.10 Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, The Lord has not chosen any of these.11 Then [he] said to Jesse, Are all your sons here? [Jesse] said, There is yet the youngest; he is tending the sheep. Samuel said to Jesse, Send for him; for we will not sit down to eat until he is here.12 Jesse sent and brought him. David had a healthy reddish complexion and beautiful eyes, and was fine-looking. The Lord said [to Samuel], Arise, anoint him; this is he.
- When God chooses, and we are called, we need to obey. God is greater than anything we will ever face.
- 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed David in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah.14 But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented and troubled him.15 Saul’s servants said to him, Behold, an evil spirit from God torments you.16 Let our lord now command your servants here before you to find a man who plays skillfully on the lyre; and when the evil spirit from God is upon you, he will play it, and you will be well.17 Saul told his servants, Find me a man who plays well and bring him to me.18 One of the young men said, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who plays skillfully, a valiant man, a man of war, prudent in speech and eloquent, an attractive person; and the Lord is with him.19 So Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, Send me David your son, who is with the sheep.20 And Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine, and a kid and sent them by David his son to Saul.21 And David came to Saul and served him. Saul became very fond of him, and he became his armor-bearer.22 Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David remain in my service, for he pleases me.23 And when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, David took a lyre and played it; so Saul was refreshed and became well, and the evil spirit left him.
- 1 Samuel 17
- How will you face the giants in your life? How will you hand the taunts? How will you deal with the bullying tactics? Where does your hope come from? What will you do?
- Will the response be one of fear?
- 11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.
- We again see the number forty showing up as the giant taunted them for 40 days.
- Will you respond in faith to God? Will you speak with boldness? Will take a stand and go out trusting in God?
- 25 And the Israelites said, Have you seen this man who has come out? Surely he has come out to defy Israel; and the man who kills him the king will enrich with great riches, and will give him his daughter and make his father’s house free [from taxes and service] in Israel.26 And David said to the men standing by him, What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?27 And the [men] told him, Thus shall it be done for the man who kills him.28 Now Eliab his eldest brother heard what he said to the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David and he said, Why did you come here? With whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption and evilness of heart; for you came down that you might see the battle.29 And David said, What have I done now? Was it not a harmless question?30 And David turned away from Eliab to another and he asked the same question, and again the men gave him the same answer.31 When David’s words were heard, they were repeated to Saul, and he sent for him.32 David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of this Philistine; your servant will go out and fight with him.
- Will you let other’s fears keep you from accomplishing the great and mighty things that God has in store for you?
- 33 And Saul said to David, You are not able to go to fight against this Philistine. You are only an adolescent, and he has been a warrior from his youth.34 And David said to Saul, Your servant kept his father’s sheep. And when there came a lion or again a bear and took a lamb out of the flock,35 I went out after it and smote it and delivered the lamb out of its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard and smote it and killed it.36 Your servant killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God!37 David said, The Lord Who delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said to David, Go, and the Lord be with you!
- Will you go in the strength and the power of the Lord? Will you use the skills God has given you instead of trying to put on someone else’s stuff?
- 38 Then Saul clothed David with his armor; he put a bronze helmet on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail.39 And David girded his sword over his armor. Then he tried to go, but could not, for he was not used to it. And David said to Saul, I cannot go with these, for I am not used to them. And David took them off.40 Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones out of the brook and put them in his shepherd’s [lunch] bag [a whole kid’s skin slung from his shoulder], in his pouch, and his sling was in his hand, and he drew near the Philistine.41 The Philistine came on and drew near to David, the man who bore the shield going before him.42 And when the Philistine looked around and saw David, he scorned and despised him, for he was but an adolescent, with a healthy reddish color and a fair face.43 And the Philistine said to David, Am I a dog, that you should come to me with sticks? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.44 The Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field.
- Remember why you are doing what you are doing? Remember to call upon the name above all names. Remember that you aren’t doing it for your glory or because you are so good, but you are doing it for God. God wants you to use the skills and tools He has given you.
- 45 Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, Whom you have defied.46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will smite you and cut off your head. And I will give the corpses of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.47 And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.48 When the Philistine came forward to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.49 David put his hand into his bag and took out a stone and slung it, and it struck the Philistine, sinking into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck down the Philistine and slew him. But no sword was in David’s hand.
- The victory is the Lord’s.
- 51 So he ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath, and killed him, and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their mighty champion was dead, they fled.52 And the men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron. So the wounded Philistines fell along the way from Shaaraim as far as Gath and Ekron.53 The Israelites returned from their pursuit of the Philistines and plundered their tents.54 David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent.55 When Saul saw David go out against the Philistine, he said to Abner, the captain of the host, Abner, whose son is this youth? And Abner said, As your soul lives, O king, I cannot tell.56 And the king said, Inquire whose son the stripling is.57 When David returned from killing Goliath the Philistine, Abner brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand.58 And Saul said to him, Whose son are you, young man? And David answered, I am the son of your servant Jesse of Bethlehem.