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Ever been in a tough spot? Ever been surrounded by great people?


Ever been in a situation where you knew you couldn’t do it all on your own? Ever been in a situation where you didn’t know how you would be able to do it or where the support would come from? Ever been in a situation where people just started showing up? Ever been in a situation where you being surrounded by incredible people who wanted to help? Ever seen a miracle where the right people for the right roles and responsibilities just showed up?

Ever prayed and God gave you wisdom and direction and the desires of your heart?

Trust in God! He will provide! Let’s check out how it played out for David…

All Israel Rallies to David

1Now these are the men who came to David at Ziklag when he was banished from the presence of Saul son of Kish. They were among the warriors who assisted him in battle. 2They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left to sling stones and shoot arrows from the bow. They were Saul’s kinsmen from Benjamin. 3Their chief was Ahiezer, then Joash, sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite, Jeziel and Pelet, sons of Azmaveth, and Beracah, Jehu the Anathothite, 4 Ishmaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty man among the 30 and leading the 30, 5Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan, Jozabad the Gederathite, 6Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah, Shephatiah the Hariphite, 7Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer and Jashobeam, the Korahites, 8Joelah and Zebadiah, sons of Jeroham from Gedor. 9Some of the Gadites there withdrew to follow David to the stronghold in the wilderness. They were valiant men trained for battle, armed with shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions and were as swift as the gazelles on the mountains. 10Ezer the chief, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third, 11Mishmanna h the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth, 12Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh, 13Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth, 14Jeremiah the tenth, Machbannai the eleventh. 15These were the Gadites, leaders of the army. The least was equal to 100 and the greatest to 1,000. 16These were the ones who crossed the Jordan in the first month, when it was overflowing its banks, routing all those in the valleys to the east and to the west. 17Some of the children of Benjamin and also from Judah came to David at the stronghold. 18David went out to meet them and answered them saying, “If you come to me in peace to support me, then my heart will be united with you. But if it is to betray me to my adversaries, when my hands have done no wrong, then may the God of our fathers take notice and judge.” 19Then a spirit came upon Amasai, leader of the 30, “We are yours, David, on your side, son of Jesse. Shalom, shalom to you, and shalom to him who helps you, for your God supports you!” So David welcomed them and made them leaders of the troops. 20Some from Manasseh went over to David when he went with the Philistines to battle against Saul. But they did not help them because the Philistine rulers after consultation sent him away, saying: “It would cost us our heads if he defected to his master Saul.” 21When he went to Ziklag, these from Manasseh joined him—Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, Zillethai, the leaders of thousands that were from Manasseh. 22They helped David against the raiding bands, for all of them were valiant warriors and they were officers in the army. 23Day by day men came to David to help him until there was a great army like the army of God. 24These are the numbers of the heads of those armed for war who came to David in Hebron to transfer Saul’s kingdom to him, according to the word of Adonai: 25The sons of Judah that bore shield and spear were 6,800, armed for war; 26from the sons of Simeon, 7,100 brave warriors ready for war; 27from the sons of Levi 4,600; 28Jehoiada the leader of the Aaronides and with him 3,700; 29Zadok, a young mighty man of valor, with 22 commanders from his clan; 30from the sons of Benjamin, Saul’s kinsmen, 3,000 for up to that time the majority of them had kept their allegiance to Saul’s house; 31from the sons of Ephraim 20,800 valliant warriors, famous men in their clan; 32from the half-tribe of Manasseh 18,000 who were designated by name to come and make David king; 33from the sons of Issachar—men who know how to interpret the signs of the times to determine what Israel should do—200 chiefs with all their kinsmen under their command; 34from Zebulun 50,000 warriors prepared for battle, arrayed with all types of weapons of war and ready to give their undivided loyalty; 35from Naphtali 1,000 officers, along with 37,000 with shield and spear; 36from the Danites, 28,600 equipped for battle; 37from Asher 40,000 experienced warriors arrayed for battle; 38and from beyond the Jordan, from the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh 120,000 armed with every type of weapons of war. 39All these fighting men, prepared for the battle line, came to Hebron with a whole heart to make David king over all Israel. All the rest of Israel were also of one heart to make David king. 40So they were there with David three days, eating and drinking, for their kinsmen had given them provision. 41Moreover those who were near to them, from as far as Issachar, Zebulun and Naphtali, brought food on donkeys, camels, mules and oxen. There was flour, pressed figs, raisins, wine, oil, cattle, and sheep in abundance—for indeed, there was joy in Israel.

–from 1 Chronicles 12

Did you put your hope and trust in God? Did you praise Him? Did you list Him up? When we pursue after the things God puts into our hearts, He gives us the desire of our heart! Don’t worry about something – give it up to God! Ever worried for days and then when time came it was taken care of and you had worried for nothing?

Inheritance of the Kedoshim

1Of David. Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of them who do wrong. 2For like the grass they soon wither and fade like a green herb. 3Trust in Adonai and do good. Dwell in the land, feed on faithfulness. 4Delight yourself in Adonai, and He will give you the requests of your heart. 5Commit your way to Adonai. Trust in Him, and He will do it. 6He will bring out your vindication as light, and your cause will shine as noonday. 7Be still before Adonai and wait patiently for Him. Do not fret over one prospering in his way, over one carrying out wicked schemes. 8Put away anger and turn from wrath. Do not fret—it only leads to doing evil. 9For evildoers will be cut off, but those who wait for Adonai— they will inherit the land. 10Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more. Yes, you will look at his place, but he will not be there. 11But the meek will inherit the land, and delight in abundant shalom. 12The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes at him with his teeth. 13The Lord laughs at him— for He sees his day is coming. 14The wicked have unsheathed their sword and have bent their bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose conduct is upright. 15Their sword will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken. 16Better a little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked. 17For the arms of the wicked will be broken, while Adonai upholds the righteous. 18Adonai knows the days of the blameless— their inheritance endures forever. 19They will not be ashamed in an evil time and in days of famine they will be satisfied. 20For the wicked will perish, and the enemies of Adonai will be like the beauty of the fields— they will vanish—vanish like smoke. 21The wicked borrows and does not repay, but the righteous is a gracious giver. 22For His blessed ones inherit the land. But those He curses will be cut off. 23From Adonai a man’s steps are made firm, when He delights in his way. 24Though he stumble, he will not fall headlong, for Adonai is holding his hand. 25I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous one forsaken, nor his children begging for bread. 26All day long he is gracious and lends. So his offspring will be a blessing. 27Turn from evil and do good, so you may live forever. 28For Adonai loves justice and does not abandon His godly ones. They will be preserved forever, but the seed of the wicked will be cut off. 29The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever. 30The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom and his tongue speaks justice. 31The Torah of his God is in his heart. His steps do not slip. 32The wicked lies in wait for the righteous, seeking to slay him. 33But Adonai will not leave him in his hand, or let him be condemned when judged. 34Wait for Adonai and keep His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land. When the wicked are cut off, you will see it. 35I have seen a wicked, ruthless man flourishing like a leafy tree in native soil. 36But once he passed by, he was no more. Though I looked for him, he could not be found. 37Notice the man of integrity and watch the upright— for the man of shalom has a future. 38But transgressors will be destroyed altogether. The future of the wicked will be cut off. 39Yet the salvation of the righteous is from Adonai. He is their stronghold in time of trouble. 40Adonai helps them and delivers them. He rescues them from the wicked and saves them— because they take refuge in Him.

–from Psalms 37

Do you see what is going on around you? Do you wonder what is going on? Have you turned to God and asked? Have you asked Him to give you wisdom? Have you allowed His peace that goes beyond understanding to cover you? Have you obeyed His instructions? Do you realize it’s not over till He says it is over? Will you go and spread the good news? Will you share the hope that is within you?

The Son Is Risen!

1Now after Shabbat, as it began to dawn on the first day of the week, Miriam of Magdala and the other Miriam came to look at the tomb.
2And suddenly there was a great earthquake, for an angel of Adonai descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.
3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.
4And those keeping watch were shaken for fear of him and became like dead men.
5But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know you are looking for Yeshua who was crucified.
6He is not here; for He is risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.
7Go quickly now and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead. And behold, He’s going before you to the Galilee. There you will see Him. See, I have told you!”
8They quickly left the tomb, with fear yet with great joy, and ran to bring news to His disciples.

The Good News Cannot Be Hidden

9And behold, Yeshua met them. “Shalom!” He said. They drew near, grasped his feet, and worshiped Him.
10“Don’t be afraid,” Yeshua said to them. “Go tell My brothers to head for the Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
11Now while they were going, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the ruling kohanim all that had happened.
12And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of silver to the soldiers,
13saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we were sleeping.’
14And if this is heard by the governor, we’ll appease him and keep you out of trouble.”
15So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story was spread among the Judeans to this day.

Authority to Make Disciples Everywhere

16Now the eleven disciples went to the Galilee, to the mountain Yeshua had designated.
17When they saw Him, they worshiped; but some wavered.
18And Yeshua came up to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.
19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, immersing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Ruach ha-Kodesh,
20teaching them to observe all I have commanded you. And remember! I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

–from Matthew 28

 

 

 

 

 

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