Have you been called into leadership? Have you accepted it? Have you resisted it? Have you been serving others? Have you be leading others? Have you been caring for others? Have you been protecting others?
We are to be servant leaders! We are to accept and receive the calling of God and step up and step into all that God has created you to be!
Don’t doubt or fear! Take the calling and trust that since God called you to it, He will get you through it! His timing is perfect and He has a purpose for it. Be it a call to step up and lead your community! Be it a call to help others at work! Be it a call to forgive! Be it a call to serve! God will help you all the way through it!
Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you and guide you! Allow Him to encourage and comfort you! Allow Him to direct your step! Ask Jesus into your heart! Follow God’s instruction and direction in order to complete the work He has called you to do! It’s not about us, it’s about bringing Him all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name! Jesus did all the work, so let’s receive it and walk in it today!
We see as today’s reading how David was put into the situation of being King over all of Israel…
All Israel Anoints David King
1Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and spoke saying, “Here we are, your own flesh and blood. 2Even before, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led Israel out and back. Also Adonai said to you, ‘You will shepherd My people Israel and be ruler over Israel.’” 3So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David cut a covenant with them at Hebron before Adonai. Then they anointed David king over Israel. 4David was 30 years old when he began to reign and he reigned 40 years. 5In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned 33 years over all Israel and Judah.
6Now the king and his soldiers marched to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the region. But they said to David, “You’ll never get in here! Even the blind and the lame could ward you off,” thinking, “David can’t get in here.” 7Nevertheless, David did capture the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of David). 8On that day David said, “Whoever would conquer the Jebusites must strike through the water shaft to those ‘lame and blind’ whom David’s soul despises.” That is why they used to say, “The blind or lame couldn’t get into the house.” 9So David occupied the stronghold and renamed it the City of David. Then David fortified it all round from the Millo inward. 10David continued to grow stronger, for Adonai Elohim-Tzva’ot was with him. 11Then King Hiram of Tyre sent envoys to David with cedar logs, carpenters and masons; and they built a palace for David. 12David then realized that Adonai had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted his kingdom for the sake of His people Israel. 13Then David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron, and more sons and daughters were born to David. 14Now these are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 15Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, 16Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.
Master of Breakthroughs
17Now when the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over Israel, all the Philistines marched up searching for David. When David heard about it, he went down to the stronghold. 18The Philistines came and spread out in the valley of Rephaim. 19Then David inquired of Adonai saying, “Should I go up against the Philistines? Will You give them over into my hand?” Adonai answered David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines over into your hand.” 20So David came to Baal-perazim and David struck them down there. So he said, “Adonai has broken through my enemies before me like the breakthrough of waters!” That is why he named that place Baal-perazim. 21They abandoned their idols there, so David and his men removed them. 22But the Philistines marched up and spread out in the valley of Rephaim again. 23When David inquired of Adonai, He said, “Do not go up; instead circle around behind them and attack them in front of the balsam trees. 24Now it will be when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then you must act, for then Adonai will have gone out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines. 25David did just as Adonai had commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines from Geba as far as Gezer.
–2 Samuel 5
If He calls you then answer! If He sends you then go! Make sure you are prepared! Make sure you are ready! God’s plans are perfect! He has a plan, which means we need to understand the instructions and do it His way! Trying to do it our own way has the risk that we will miss the mark and so we need to take hold of God’s love, God’s grace, God’s hope, God’s wisdom, God’s blessings and walk it out His way! So walk with Him and talk with Him so that you won’t be wondering in your own strength!
Ark Retrieved from Kiriath-jearim
1Then David consulted with the officers of the thousands and of the hundreds, with every leader. 2David said to the entire assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you, and is from Adonai Eloheinu, let us spread the word to our kinsmen who remain in all the regions of Israel, along with the kohanim and Levites in their towns and pasturelands to come and join us. 3Let us bring the Ark of our God back to us—for we did not inquire of it in the days of Saul.” 4The entire assembly agreed to do so, for the proposal seemed right in the eyes of all the people. 5So David assembled all Israel from the Shihor of Egypt to the entrance of Hamat, to bring the Ark of God from Kiriath-jearim. 6David and all Israel went up to Baalah, to Kiriath-jearim, that was in Judah to bring up from there the Ark of God, Adonai who sits enthroned above the cheruvim, which is called by His Name. 7They transported the Ark of God upon a new cart from the house of Abinadab. Uzza and Ahio guided the cart 8while David and all Israel celebrated before God with all their might, with songs, lyres, harps, timbrels, cymbals and trumpets. 9But when they came to the threshing-floor of Hidon, Uzza reached out his hand to hold the Ark, because the oxen stumbled. 10The anger of Adonai burned against Uzza, and He struck him down, because he reached out his hand and touched the Ark. He died there before God. 11David was angry because Adonai had burst out against Uzza. So he called that place Perez-uzza as it is to this day. 12David feared God that day, saying, “How can I ever bring the Ark of God to me?” 13So David did not take the Ark with him to the City of David, but left it in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 14So the Ark of God remained with the family of Obed-edom in his house three months; Adonai blessed the house of Obed-edom and everything that he had.
–from 1 Chronicles 13
Don’t assume because of how it worked in the past you should do it that way! Ask Jesus how you should go! Allow God to give you the instructions for today!
1Now King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, as well as cedar logs, stonemasons and carpenters, to build a palace for him. 2Then David knew that Adonai had established him king over Israel, for his kingdom was highly exalted for the sake of His people Israel. 3David took more wives in Jerusalem, and David fathered more sons and daughters. 4These are the names of the children born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 5Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, 6Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 7Elishama, Beeliada and Eliphelet.
David Breaks Through at Baal-perazim
8When the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up in search of David, but David heard of it and went out before them. 9Now the Philistines had come and raided the Valley of Rephaim. 10So David inquired of God, asking, “Should I go up against the Philistines? Will You give them over into my hand?” Then Adonai said to him, “Go up! I will give them over into your hand.” 11So they came up to Baal-perazim, where David defeated them. David said, “God burst out against my enemies by my hand, like waters burst out!” Therefore they called the name of that place Baal-perazim . 12They abandoned their gods there, so David ordered and they were burned with fire. 13But the Philistines again raided the valley. 14So David again inquired of God, and God said to him, “Do not go up after them, but circle around behind them and come against them in front of the baca trees . 15As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the baca trees, then go out to battle. For God has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.” 16David did just as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army from Gibeon to Gezer. 17So the fame of David spread throughout every land, and Adonai brought the fear of him upon all nations.
–from 1 Chronicles 14
Don’t let the tests or trials of the past hold you back from the future God has planned for you! Let’s allow the joy of the Lord be our strength! Let’s live our of lives with the joy of the Lord starting our day!
Joy Comes in the Morning
1A psalm, a song for the dedication of the Temple, of David. 2I will exalt You, Adonai, for You have lifted me up, and did not let my enemies gloat over me. 3Adonai my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me. 4Adonai, You brought my soul up from Sheol. You kept me alive, so I would not go down to the Pit. 5Sing praise to Adonai, His faithful ones, and praise His holy name. 6For His anger lasts for only a moment, His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning. 7When I felt secure, I said: “I will never be shaken.” 8Adonai, in Your favor You made my mountain stand strong. When You hid Your face, I was terrified. 9To You, Adonai, I called, and to my Lord I made my plea: 10“What gain is there in my blood, in my going down to the Pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth? 11Hear, Adonai, and be gracious to me. Adonai, be my help.” 12You turned my mourning into dancing. You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy. 13So my glory will sing to You and not be silent. Adonai my God, I will praise You forever.
–from Psalms 30
Watch out for those who will try to deceive you! Watch out for those who will try to manipulate you! Jesus is the way! Jesus is the answer! Jesus finished it! He didn’t come to abolish the law and the prophets, He came to fulfill them! When He was on the cross and said “it is finished” He was speaking about being the ultimate sacrifice that fulfilled the punishment so that everyone who believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life! He conquered the grave and sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for us! So ask Him into your heart! And allow His calling on your life to be fulfilled too!
Finish strong! Don’t give up! Pursue the purposes of God!
1Paul, an emissary of Messiah Yeshua by the command of God our Savior and Messiah Yeshua, our hope. 2To Timothy, a true child in faith: Grace, mercy, shalom from God the Father and Messiah Yeshua, our Lord!
Beware of False Teachers
3As I urged you, when I was leaving for Macedonia, stay in Ephesus to direct certain people not to pass on different instruction, 4or to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies. These give rise to useless speculations rather than God’s training which is in faithfulness. 5Now the goal of this command is love from of a pure heart and a clear conscience and a genuine faith. 6Some, having missed the mark, have turned away to fruitless discussion— 7wanting to be teachers of Torah, even though they do not understand what they keep saying or what they so dogmatically assert. 8But we know that the Torah is good if one uses it legitimately, 9knowing that the Torah is not given for a tzaddik but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and worldly, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10the sexually immoral, homosexuals, slave-traders, liars, perjurers, and for anything else that opposes sound teaching— 11in keeping with what was entrusted to me, the glorious Good News of the blessed God.
Mercy to the Worst of Sinners
12I thank Messiah Yeshua our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, appointing me to service— 13even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a violent man. Yet I was shown mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14and the grace of our Lord overflowed with the faith and love that are in Messiah Yeshua. 15Trustworthy is the saying and deserving of complete acceptance: “Messiah Yeshua came into the world to save sinners”—of whom I am foremost. 16Yet for this reason I was shown mercy—so that in me as the foremost, Messiah Yeshua might demonstrate His complete patience, as an example for those about to put their trust in Him for eternal life. 17Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Fight the Good Fight
18This charge I entrust to you, Timothy my son, in keeping with the prophecies once spoken about you, so that by them you fight the good fight, 19holding onto faith and a good conscience. By rejecting these, some have suffered shipwreck regarding their faith. 20Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander—whom I have handed over to satan to be disciplined not to blaspheme.
–from 1 Timothy 1
God can use us all! Each of our roles! Each of our perspectives! So that we can speak the truth in love to those around us in a way that they can hear it and receive it and embrace it and be transformed into everything God has created them and planned for them to be! Let’s be God’s arms extended! Let’s be God’s hands helping! Let’s be God’s feet going! Would you receive it better from a fisherman? Would you receive it better from a moneyman or tax collector? Would you receive it better from a doctor? Each one has a view of what happened and in some cases it resonates better with a person! So don’t exclude yourself and don’t disqualify yourself because you aren’t an evangelist or a pastor because God can you use and the gifts and talents He has given you for greater purposes!
A Doctor Charts the Facts
1Now many have undertaken to organize an account of the events fulfilled among us, 2just as they were handed down to us from the start by the eyewitnesses and reporters of the word. 3Therefore it seemed best to me also, because I have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, to write for you an orderly record, most excellent Theophilus, 4so you may know for sure the truth of the words you have been taught.
Prophecy of Birth to the Barren
5In the days of Herod, King of Judah, there was a kohen named Zechariah from the priestly division of Abijah. Elizabeth, his wife, was from the daughters of Aaron. 6Together they were righteous before Adonai, walking without fault in all His commandments and instructions. 7But they were childless, because Elizabeth was barren and both of them were elderly. 8Now it happened to be Zechariah’s time to serve as kohen before Adonai in the order of his division. 9According to the custom of the priestly office, it became his lot to enter the Holy Place of Adonai to burn incense. 10And the whole crowd of people was praying outside at the hour of incense burning. 11An angel of Adonai appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12Zechariah was in turmoil when he saw the angel, and fear fell upon him. 13But the angel said, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give birth to your son, and you will name him John. 14And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15He will be great before Adonai; and he should not drink wine and intoxicating beverage, but he will be filled with the Ruach ha-Kodesh just out of his mother’s womb. 16Many of Bnei-Yisrael will turn to Adonai their God. 17And he will go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of fathers to the children and the disobedient ones to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready for Adonai a prepared people. 18Zechariah said to the angel, “How will I know this for certain? I’m an old man, and my wife is well-advanced in age.” 19And speaking to him, the angel declared, “I am Gabriel, the one standing in God’s presence. I was commissioned to tell you and proclaim to you this good news. 20So look, you will be silent and powerless to speak until the day these things happen, since you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their time.” 21The people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering about his long delay in the Holy Place. 22But when he came out, he couldn’t speak to them. Then they realized that he had seen a vision in the Holy Place. He was making signs to them but remained mute. 23When the days of his priestly service had been completed, he went home. 24After these days, his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and hid herself for five months, saying, 25“Adonai has done this for me! In these days He looked upon me, to take away my disgrace among the people.”
Prophecy of Birth to the Virgin
26Then in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by Adonai into a town in the Galilee named Natzeret 27and to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Miriam. 28And coming to her, the angel said, “Shalom, favored one! Adonai is with you.” 29But at the message, she was perplexed and kept wondering what kind of greeting this might be. 30The angel spoke to her, “Do not be afraid, Miriam, for you have found favor with God. 31Behold, you will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you shall call His name Yeshua. 32He will be great and will be called Ben-Elyon. Adonai Elohim will give Him the throne of David, His father. 33He shall reign over the house of Jacob for all eternity, and His kingdom will be without end.” 34Miriam said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am not intimate with a man?” 35And responding, the angel said to her, “The Ruach ha-Kodesh will come upon you, and the power of Elyon will overshadow you. Therefore, the Holy One being born will be called Ben-Elohim. 36Behold, even your relative Elizabeth has conceived a son in her old age; and the one who was called barren is six months pregnant. 37For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38So Miriam said, “Behold, the servant of Adonai. Let it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel left her.
Elizabeth Greets Miriam with Joy
39Now in those days, Miriam got up and quickly traveled into the hill country, to a town in Judah. 40She entered Zechariah’s home and happily greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Miriam’s greeting, the unborn child leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was completely filled with the Ruach ha-Kodesh. 42She then cried out with a great shout, saying, “You are blessed among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43Who am I, that the mother of my Master should come to me? 44For even when I just heard the sound of your greeting in my ear, the unborn child leaped with joy in my womb. 45Blessed is she who trusted that there would be a fulfillment of those things spoken to her by Adonai.” 46Then Miriam said, “My soul magnifies Adonai, 47and my spirit greatly rejoices in God, my Savior. 48For He has looked with care upon the humble state of His maidservant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed. 49For the Mighty One has done a great thing for me, and holy is His name. 50And His mercy is from generation to generation to the ones who fear Him. 51He has displayed power with His arm. He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 52He has brought down rulers from thrones and exalted humble ones. 53He has filled the hungry with good things and sent away the rich empty-handed. 54He has helped His servant Israel, remembering His mercy, 55just as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever.”
Zechariah Breaks His Silence
56Miriam stayed with her for three months and then returned to her home. 57Upon Elizabeth’s full term to deliver, she gave birth to a son. 58Her neighbors and relatives heard how Adonai had shown her His great mercy, and they began to rejoice with her. 59Now on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they kept trying to call him by his father’s name, Zechariah. 60But his mother declared, “No, he will be called John.” 61But they said to her, “No one among your relatives is called by this name.” 62So they began making signs to his father, as to what he wanted him named. 63Asking for a small tablet, he wrote, “John is his name.” They were all astonished! 64And his mouth was immediately unlocked as well as his tongue, and he began to speak, praising God. 65Fear came on all those who lived around them, and all these matters were talked about throughout the hill country of Judah. 66Everyone who heard pondered these things in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child become?” For the hand of Adonai was on him.
The Kohen’s Song of Prophecy
67His father Zechariah was filled with the Ruach ha-Kodesh and prophesied, saying, 68“Blessed be Adonai, God of Israel, for He has looked after His people and brought them redemption. 69He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David, 70just as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ages past, 71salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us! 72So He shows mercy to our fathers and remembers His holy covenant, 73the vow which He swore to Abraham our father, to grant us— 74rescued fearlessly from the hand of our enemies—to serve Him, 75in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days. 76And you, child, will be called a prophet of Elyon. For you will go before Adonai to prepare His ways, 77to give knowledge of salvation to His people through removal of their sins. 78Through our God’s heart of mercy, the Sunrise from on high will come upon us, 79to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet in the way of shalom.” 80And the child kept growing and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.
–from Luke 1