A Prayer for the Victims and Families

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

I pray for all those who have lost loved ones in Dayton, Ohio, El Paso, Texas and every mass shooting across this country. Lord we place every situation into your hands. You are the all knowing God and we ask for your strength mentally, physically, and emotionally for every family member and friends that have lossed love ones and or have love ones  injured during this unthinkable act of violence. Heal those who are injured in the name of Jesus. May they rise and walk out of the hospital healed, whole, and complete. Lord thank you for the first responders, doctors, and nurses who are doing what they are called to do – save lives. God watch over them today and everyday and let your justice prevail in Jesus name Amen.

 

Saul’s Jealousy of David

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For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. James 3:16

Jealousy is very counterproductive and muddles your clarity of thought to the point that your actions begin spiraling out of control. A prime example of this is Saul and his involvement with David. Saul was jealous of David, but not so much in the beginning of their relationship, however jealousy did take root. I must mention that Saul’s problems began before David entered the picture. Here is the story, God anointed Saul and gave very specific commands to destroy everything dealing with the Amalekites.

1Samuel 15:1-3 Samuel also said unto Saul, The Lord sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not: but slay both man and woman, and infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

Saul had a better plan. 1 Samuel 15:8-9 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly. Saul thought his plan was better than God’s? Big mistake. As you will see when you read further that God did not look favorably upon Saul’s decision.

1 Samuel 15:10-28 King James Version (KJV)

10 Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying, 11 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night.12 And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal. 13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the Lord: I have performed the commandment of the Lord.14 And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? 15 And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed. 16 Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the Lord hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on. 17 And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed thee king over Israel? 18 And the Lord sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed. 19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the Lord, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the Lord? 20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. 21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal. 22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great 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 iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king. 24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words: because I feared the people have, and obeyed their voice. 25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord. 26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord hath rejected thee from being king over Israel. 27 And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. 28 And Samuel said unto him, The Lord hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou. Saul’s disobedience is the beginning of his downfall.

David enters into Saul’s life.

1Samuel 16:1 And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him for reigning over Israel? Fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.  1Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for a man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh at the heart.

 1 Samuel 16:10-23 King James Version (KJV)

10 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The Lord hath not chosen these. 11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. 12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. 14 But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him. 15 And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee. 16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well. 17 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me. 18 Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the Lord is with him. 19 Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep. 20 And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul. 21 And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer. 22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight. 23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.

 David Kills Goliath in 1Samuel Chapter 17 and a bond forms between Saul, Saul’s’ son Jonathan and David. Praise for David’s defeat over the Philistines occurs in 1 Samuel Chapter 18 and Saul’s jealousy sets in.

1 Samuel 18:5-15 King James Version (KJV)

And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants. And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick. And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom? And Saul eyed David from that day and forward. 10 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand. 11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice. 12 And Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him, and was departed from Saul. 13 Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people. 14 And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the Lord was with him. 15 Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him.

Throughout 1Samuel 19- 27:4 Saul tries many attempts to kill David. Here are some of the scriptures that reference Saul’s determination to do David harm. 1Sam 19:1, 10 and 11, 1Sam 20:31-33, 1Sam 22:6, 1Sam 23: 7-8, 1Sam 24:1-2, 1Sam 26:2. Saul tried in every way to kill David and David had opportunities to kill Saul however, but David knew not to touch God’s anointed. God always makes a way of escape from your enemies or sees you through it. Glory be to God that everything works out for your good.

1 Samuel 26:7-12 King James Version (KJV)

So David and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner and the people lay round about him. Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time. And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless? 10 David said furthermore, As the Lord liveth, the Lord shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish. 11 The Lord forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the Lord’s anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go. 12 So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul’s bolster; and they gat them away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked: for they were all asleep; because a deep sleep from the Lord was fallen upon them.

Things did not work out so good for Saul, a combination of his jealousy and ungodly acts led to his demise.

Samuel 31:1-6 King James Version (KJV)

31 Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa. And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Melchishua, Saul’s sons. And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers. Then said Saul unto his armourbearer,

Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him. So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.

The spirit of jealousy can never have a good outcome because you are dealing with the flesh. But the good news is God can help you overcome all jealousy. Ask God to remove it and allow you to believe and have faith that what he has for you is for you. To help you keep your eyes on him and not what other people have or the praises they may be receiving from others. Saul tried to destroy David over words that other people said about David and not about him – Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.

This story can be a valuable lesson. Stop trying to destroy others on social media or in person by your words or with ungodly actions because others are very well liked or praised for something good, they did. Stop writing hurtful things but instead write things that lift people up. Stop being jealous period because of something you are dealing with within yourself. So, what if they have many friends, it could be because they are more approachable or maybe they just attract people. They are an extrovert and you are an introvert. They are making moves and being successful, receiving accolades and congratulatory remarks that in your eyes never seem to end. Is it possible that you see God in them and you want to hate on them because they are trying to live righteously for God? Whatever the case is God is the answer to your issues of jealousy and insecurities. God sees the heart and if your heart is not right you have some work to do. We don’t know everyone’s story and if they are being blessed by God and they have a peace and joy that you don’t get, take it to God. Stop with the hater stuff. God can remove jealousy and whatever else you may be experiencing. God is all you need.

James 3:17-18 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Be Blessed.

 

 

 

Glorifying God

Glorifying God

David did it better than anyone when it came to glorifying God. As you read about David you will see he did things that were not always right in the eyes of God. David had multiple wives, committing adultery with Bathsheba, then sending her husband Uriah off to war on the front lines to be killed because of his own personal lusts. Next, the family drama, his son Amnon raped his half-sister Tamar and one of David’s other son’s Absalom killed Amnon because of the heinous act against Tamar.  But David still searched for God, waited on God, praised God and even danced for the Lord. 2 Samuel 6:14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might: and David was girded with a linen ephod. David glorified God with singing and the playing of instruments. In 2 Samuel 6:5 And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.

When David defeated the Philistines, he glorified God, 1Chron 16:7-36.

7 Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to thank the LORD into the hand of Asaph and his brethren.

8 Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.

10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.

11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.

12 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

13 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

14 He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.

15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;

16 Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac;

17 And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant,

18 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance;

19 When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in it.

20 And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people;

21 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes,

22 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

23 Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.

24 Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.

25 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.

26 For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.

27 Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.

28 Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.

29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

30 Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.

31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.

32 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein.

33 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth.

34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.

36 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD.

David knew he was a sinner, and it was obvious by the way he poured out his heart in Psalm 51. (Just a side note David wrote a little over 70 of the Psalms that are in the Bible.) And in another scripture, 2 Samuel 16:12 NIV It may be that the Lord will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessings instead of his curse today. David knew where his help came from – the Lord.

 When times are tough glorify God. In the waiting period, glorify God and believe in the powerful working miracles of the Father. God may not remove every pain, struggle, or obstacle, but he is with you always and will see you through it. Recall the awesome poem “Footprints in the Sand,” you are not alone he will carry you when you feel like you can’t go on, but whatever you do don’t stop glorifying the Father.

With what are we to glorify God?  Romans 15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 How can we glorify God? 1Peter 4:14-16

14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.

16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

It is well documented that David was a sinner and as you can see God can use sinners. And the word said in 1 Samuel 13:14 and Acts 13:22 that David was a man after God’s own heart. God can use anyone. Do not wait until you think you have it all together to give God glory or to be used by him. God searches the heart, surrender to him and be a willing vessel, then glorify him in your body and in your spirit 1Cor.6:20.

Reading about David’s life and the choices he made didn’t stop God from loving him. God’s love for us runs so deep. There is nothing we can do that will stop God from loving us, however there are consequences for our sins. But remember this, Psalm 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

God is worthy of all the glory.

 

 

 

Thankful for the time to Exhale

Hey back from a much needed break and let me tell you vacation mode was in full effect. I thank God for the time to reflect and refresh, and embrace the precious time spent with my husband. I can’t do anything without him and I acknowledge it and appreciate it all. I never want to believe I worked hard and deserve the finer things in life -living a certain lifestyle and floating high on the hype that people like to bestow upon themselves. No, no, no, it is by God’s grace and mercy that I shall remain humble recognizing that everything I do, the places I go, and the things I have is all because of God. I count my blessings with gratitude.

Be Blessed

Measure Your Faith Level

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Be honest with yourself and rate your faith level. Here are the choices:
A.      None – Never had faith.
B.      Partial faith – Sometimes I believe and then I doubt that God will come through.
C.      Abundance of faith – Activated faith, overflowing and living by faith, trusting God in every area of your life.
This is for the people that reluctantly picked A or B, rely on God, His Grace, His Promise, and His Power. Faith is the beginning of your relationship with God. Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarded of them that diligently seek him. Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
If you still have doubt that faith works the Bible has plenty of examples of faith. The Roman Centurion who asked Jesus to heal his paralyzed servant. He was a man of authority over 100 soldiers, but recognized Jesus’ supreme authority and power Matthew 8:5-10. The Canaanite woman, Jesus healed her daughter that she said was waxed with a devil and because of her great faith her daughter was made whole, Matthew 15:22-31. These are two stories in the Bible where Jesus talks about great faith.
There are other stories of faith, Abraham willing to sacrifice his son Isaac to the Lord, Genesis 22:1-18. Gideon with his small army defeated the Midianites. The Midianites had 135,000 men and Gideon 32,000. God told him he had too many men, in the end he conquered them with only 300 men. God did not want them to boast that they did this in their own strength Judges 7:2, with fewer men they would have to have faith that God would help them.
Take a look at Luke 1:28-38 Mary the mother of Jesus accepting the plan of God that she would conceive though she was a virgin but that the Holy Ghost would come upon her. Her answer in Luke 1:38 was so profound, And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word, And the angel departed from her. All I can say to this is let thy word be done – this was FAITH!! The prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 was fulfilled.
 Read more about Faith in Hebrews 11:1-40
Faith is the assurance that things even though unseen and what you expect in faith will come to pass. For all those who picked “C” who have an abundance of faith, that unshakeable faith, you already know there is no greater faith than to trust the word of God. If you are a person with no faith or partial faith – the doubter at times, work towards a new level of faith – pray and leave it with God, believe in the one who created you, trust in God’s word and watch God show up!!
Be Blessed