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Never Be Embarrassed or Afraid to Publicly Praise God

And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. And they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. 2 Sam 6:14-17 KJV

 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts. And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to his house. Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself! And David said unto Michal, It was before the Lord, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel: therefore will I play before the Lord. 2 Sam. 6:18-21 KJV

Psalm 149:3 KJV

Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

No one is greater to be praised than our Father in heaven who sits high and looks low and by his grace we are saved. He is our healer, provider, and strength. God is there with us during adversity, affliction, and persecution. We are surrounded by “Debbie Downers,” cynical people, pessimism, negativity, and doom and gloom, but don’t allow your spirit to be sucked in by any of it. Keep that joy that’s deep down on the inside of you, sing, dance, shout, and play instruments, what I’m telling you is this, praise the Lord!!

Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Psalm 150: 3-6 KJV

Michal tried to ridicule David for praising the Lord his way… by leaping and dancing. David reminded Michal of what the Lord was doing in his life, making him ruler over Israel. We all know this is typical of some people today; they question how we praise the Lord and display our deepest gratitude and thankfulness of what God has done and is doing in our life. I’m not saying you owe anyone any kind of explanation, but tell them why you sing, dance, shout, play instruments or write about the Lord, because he is worthy to be praised. David knew the God he served, the God that delivered him and helped him defeat the enemy time and time again. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Psalm 150:2 KJV.

 Never be embarrassed or afraid to publicly praise God and do it with all of your heart. He is worthy of such praise.

Psalm 117.:1 KJV

O Praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.

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Hannah’s Prayer is Answered

It wasn’t all sunshine and roses for Hannah, she was childless and not by choice. In the midst of that, her husband Elkanah’s other wife Peninnah had children 1Sam. 1:2 KJV, And he had two wives; the name of one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. Hannah was in pain and exasperated by Peninnah. 1Sam. 1:6-7 KJV, And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb. And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.

Hannah prayed and petition the Lord. In 1Sam. 1:10-11 KJV  And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. Hannah was very specific in her request, she said a man child, this is a reminder of Phil 4:6-7 KJV Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. In God’s timing, Hannah did conceive, 1Sam. 1:20 KJV Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord. Hannah remembered her prayer, and kept her vow and reminded the Lord. 1Sam. 1:26-28 KJV, And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the Lord. For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there.

Hannah was so thankful for what God had done she began to pray. Let’s look at Hannah’s Prayer in 1Sam. 2:1-10 KJV, she first reverences the Lord, then warned of the proud and arrogance, we can connect this to several people in the Bible, Eli’s sons, the Philistines, and David’s son Absalom. Her prayer includes how the Lord maketh poor and maketh rich, which is also mentioned in Proverbs 22:2 KJV, The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all. Hannah goes on further and tells how the Lord bringeth low the wicked and I think about Nebuchadnezzar, Saul, and Haman. And God lifteth up the righteous and of course we recall the stories of Job, David, and Mordecai and at the end of her prayer in verse 10 she let it be known by God alone actions are weighed.

Hannah conceived, remembering her vow to the Lord and kept the vow – the sacrifice of giving her son Samuel to serve the Lord. God ended up blessing Hannah with more children. 1Sam. 2:21KJV, And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the Lord. And Samuel became a prophet of the Lord 1Sam 19-20 KJV, And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan even to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord.

God knows our heart and he wants us to bring our sorrows and troubles to him, or whatever it is you may be going through. No situation is too big for God. Amen. Trust in his timing and believe that he hears your prayers. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Ephesians 3:20 KJV.

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Remember All That God has Done and Serve Him

 

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We have had great leaders over the centuries and not so great leaders. Leaders that can lead us in troubled times and at the same time remind us where our help comes from in times of despair. And Joshua falls in that category. I enjoy the book of Joshua because he was a great leader after Moses. He led the people in numerous battles, distributed their inheritance, and divided the land accordingly. Joshua 23:4 KJV, Behold, I have divided unto you by lot these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, form Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut off, even into the great sea westward.

Joshua reminded the Israelites on several occasions what God had done for them. Joshua 23:3 And ye have seen all that the Lord your God hath done unto all these nations because of you; for the Lord your God is he that hath fought for you. Joshua 23:9 For the Lord hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day.

Joshua then talks about the consequences of disobedience in Joshua 23:12-16, but immediately after in the Chapter 24: 3-13, Joshua reminds the Israelites again what the Lord had done for them:

And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac. And I gave unto Isaac Jacob and Esau: and I gave unto Esau mount Seir, to possess it; but Jacob and his children went down into Egypt. I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to that which I did among them: and afterward I brought you out. And I brought your fathers out of Egypt: and ye came unto the sea; and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with chariots and horsemen until the Red sea. And when they cried unto the Lord, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt: and ye dwelt in the wilderness a long season.

And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, which dwelt on the other side Jordan; and they fought with you: and I gave them into your hand, that ye might possess their land; and I destroyed them from before you. Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and warred against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you: But I would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he blessed you still: so I delivered you out of his hand.  And ye went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and the men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I delivered them into your hand.

And I sent the hornet before you, which drave them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not with thy sword, nor with thy bow. And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.

God was with Israel in their comings and goings. And this is the same God, who is for you and with you when you don’t know what is going on or what is going to happen next. Every day may seem unstable and disheartening but God is the Alpha and Omega – the beginning and the end.  And whatever you experience God has not forgotten you. You are not alone. He is with you in your highs and lows. Remember when he brought you out of whatever you deemed an emergency, or vital to your own personal life. Even if you didn’t get the results you expected all things work together for your good. Amen. God is bigger than any of our circumstances, trust Him today and always. Take the time to remember what God has already done for you, obey, and serve the one who sits on the throne of grace with your whole heart.

And the people said unto Joshua, The Lord our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey Joshua 24:24 KJV.

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Remembering Rahab

If you are in the word of God then you know about Rahab, she was known as a harlot. And if your reputation, like Rahab’s hasn’t been the best, don’t fret, because our God can turn it around for your good.

Let me set this up for you, Moses has died and Joshua is to lead the Israelites into the promise land. And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there. This is interesting in and of itself because Rahab is a Canaanite and the Canaanites are one of seven enemy nations of Israel. Joshua 2:1 KJV

Deut. 7:1-2 KJV When the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; And when the Lord thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them. So, you may be asking yourself why Rahab? But try asking yourself this instead, why not Rahab?

Word gets back to the king of Jericho about the spies and he sends for them. Rahab hides the men. Joshua 2:6 KJV But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof. The next words from Rahab will let you know her heart and her personal belief in God. Joshua 2: 9-11 KJV And she said unto the men, I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. Rahab said she knew and heard about the things the Lord had done believing and confessing it with her own mouth. SHE REVERENCE THE LORD!!

It gets better, Rehab asked that her family be saved when they conquer Jericho. She didn’t think only about herself, she said save her family. Joshua 2: 13 KJV And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death. And this was their response, Joshua 2:14 KJV And the men answered her, Our life for yours, If ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the Lord hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee. Rahab thinking of others, again is all in to help these two spies, that she helps them hide for a second time. Joshua 2:16 KJV, And she said unto them, Get you to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers be returned: and afterward may ye go your way.

We tend to talk about Rahab being a harlot, but she is much more that that she is strong, courageous, kind, and not scared to acknowledge who God is…for the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above and in the earth beneath. That was worth repeating Amen.

In Joshua 6:20 KJV, After the trumpets blew and the people shouted the Jericho wall fell down and they destroyed the city. And the spies kept their word. Joshua 6: 25 KJV, And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho. We also find out more about Rahab in the New Testament. She was a part of Jesus’ bloodline Matthew 1:5 KJV. She had faith as written in Hebrews 11:31 KJV and she was justified by works in James 2:25 KJV.

This is a little side note concerning Paul and James’ and their perception of faith and works. Paul believed salvation is by faith alone. James is saying that genuine faith in Christ will produce a changed life and good works. True faith produces good works, that is, acts of obedience and it is perfected by the grace of God working in the believer.

As you can see God doesn’t look at us the way we look at each other. Remembering Rahab and how God can use anyone he chooses and that includes you. We all have a past and have not made the wisest choices at some point or another, but God can change it ALL. He loves you and wants to use you.

God Is Intentional

God is intentional. His word is truth and throughout the Bible God has made clear what his plans are for us. How we should live and what will happen when we disobey him. God being intentional also reveals that he is an expert in details. Here are some of those times in the Bible when God’s intentions were explicit:

  1. Explaining to Noah how to build the ark – Genesis 6:13-16

  2. That Solomon would build the temple – 1 Kings 5:2-5

  3. How to build the temple – 1Kings 6:1-38

  4. Obeying his commandments – Exodus 20:1-17

  5. The Jericho wall, how many times to march around and sound the trumpets – Joshua 6:1-5

  6. The birth of Jesus – Luke 1:35, Matthew 1:18-23

  7. The plans he has for us – Jeremiah 29-11

These are just some of the extraordinary things that God was specific about in his intentions. God tells the who, when, where, and how things shall come to pass. And this should be our goal to be intentional about living a Christ centered life, allowing the spirit of God to always lead us. Remember his intentions are for us to live in eternity with him. Be intentional in your speech and actions. Be intentional with your worship and praise. Be intentional about your relationship with God. Be intentional about telling others about the goodness of the Lord. Be intentional about helping others. Be intentional in your marriage. Displaying the fruit of the spirit and being holy should forever be intentional. We should be intentional about all things concerning the Lord and reminding ourselves that it is not about us.

Think about Paul, who once persecuted believers and then became very intentional about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ after his conversion on the road to Damascus. And Jesus was also very intentional, he said he was about his Father’s business in Luke 2:49 and what I know for sure is that Jesus was very intentional in his actions when it came to his Father…it was all about obedience.

God was intentional about our identity, he said we are a chosen generation and a royal priesthood in 1Peter 2:9. You never have to doubt that God loves you and he doesn’t want you to fail. He gave us the word, His word, His son, and His grace. Go out each and every day and live intentionally as one that has been chosen by God.

Where Does God Fit In?

But seek ye first

We have 24 hours in a day and 168 hours in a week and there never seems to be enough hours to get everything done. Of course, we have those mandatory things we need to do, like going to work, attending meetings, doctor appointments, preparing dinner, doing the laundry, taking care of the kids and our spouse just to name a few. And when we’re not doing all of that we are making plans for fun, but where does God fit in?

Does God get the 2 to 3 hours on Sunday morning and the one hour when you attend Bible Study? Let’s add it up, our heavenly Father gets approximately 4 hours of your 168 hours. Is this where you hold your head down in shame? Or is this when you justify the importance of your to do list? Hey, you don’t owe me any explanation, God knows ALL! And God is definitely worth more than 1 to 4 hours a week. He is our Father, he gave his son, who paid the price for our sins, taking our place on the cross. Thank you, Jesus. I know what you are going to say God understands and knows my heart. EXACTLY, he looks at the heart and if you have a heart for God where is your time for him? Let’s look at Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. Where does God fit in? Where is your time for him, to be in the presence of the Lord? We will ask God for things, but we have no time to seek him. The word of God tells us in Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Make more of an effort to make time for God. Amen. Proverbs 3:6 reads, In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. We’re running around doing this and that and if we would put God first and acknowledge him, he will guide us. Think of all the time wasted because you are doing it your way instead God’s way. Again, I ask where does God fit in?

Is God an afterthought or is God the center of your life and lifestyle? When people spend time with you can they tell that you spend time with the Father? What I want you to do is examine your life, how do you spend your time? Where do you spend your time? Who do you spend your time with? I’ll tell you what I’m not going to do and that is, I’m not going to just fit God in like a patient trying to get in to see the doctor at the last minute.

I can’t thank God enough for being who he is, for salvation, and for his grace and mercy that I don’t deserve, but he has given so freely. Dear Heavenly Father I love that you are in my life and you have my full attention always. I will honor you in all that I do and you are worthy to be praised. I desire to spend time with you God and nothing or no one will I put before you. God you are to be exalted above everything. And everything Lord was created for you and your glory. God I will not just fit you in my life, you will always be a priority in my life in Jesus name Amen.

God’s Word is Forever

The Word of the Lord

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. 1Peter 1:25

WOW it’s so reassuring that the word of God is for ever and I will accept and receive the tranquility of his word that never changes, because it is the same yesterday, today, and always. I don’t know about you, but that makes me leap for joy on the inside!! I can go to the word of God in everything I do. When I want to spend time learning his ways I can go to the word of God. When I want to share the word of God with others, it is the same word for them as it is for me. It is my source for all I do and I’ll always believe in his word until I stop breathing.

Furthermore, I love that the word stands it doesn’t change or fail. People fail but not the word of God. His word is above his name and his word is true which is inspiration for my soul, it comforts me and feeds my spirit over and over again. When I think back over my life experiences, on things I wished would have lasted forever, I know now that it was for my good that those things didn’t last forever.

The things of this world will not last, but his word is forever and I thank you Lord for the promises in your word. Allow me to give you two scriptures to let you know about his word. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever, Isaiah 40:8. The second one is this, Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away, Matthew 29:35. Hope, faith, and love flow throughout the pages, magnifying the beauty of his word. I don’t have to ever wonder and second guess what to do or which way to go, I can go directly to the word of God that has stood the test of time and always will.

God Watches Over You

God Watches Over You

The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121:8 NIV

If you truly believe with all your heart that God is for you, then why doubt that he is watching over you and will come through for you? Some things we ask God for may not be the right time to receive it. The delay could be that God has something better for you on the horizon. How many times have you thanked God for not allowing things you wanted to come to pass? For example, you wanted that new car in 2017 but now in 2019 you are glad you didn’t get that new car because your job downsized or your spouse lost their job and the income is not there to support the payment. God is watching over you he sees the beginning and the end. Trust in the creator and trust God’s plan he knows you better than you know yourself. He said in his word, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee…Jeremiah 1:5. And Matthew 10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

If you are still having self-doubt that God has your back, Matthew 6:25-26 should put you at ease. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

God is always with you when you are coming and going. Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. As I’m writing this, I’m feeling victorious and my spirt is over joyed in the fact that God is with me every day and everywhere I go, HALLELUJAH!! Keep the faith, God was with you last year and the years before that. He brought you over the hurdles in your life thus far, big and small. He has fought your battles and has kept you yesterday and he will keep you today. God never sleeps or slumbers, so forget worrying and fear not because God is watching over you forevermore.

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.

 

 

 

Evangelism

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But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8

For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Romans 10:11-15

As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

Evangelism, speaking the gospel to everyone, announcing the Good News of salvation. When I think about evangelism Paul comes to mind. Paul went on multiple missionary journeys, evangelizing across different countries, cultures and belief systems and by no means was it easy, but it offers us a closer look at Paul’s heart and the love that he had for God and his people.

Recall Paul’s life https://acalltoholyliving.com/2018/07/29/pauls-ministry/

There are 6 things to point out that Paul encountered that could possibly happen to you when you do the work of evangelism:

  1. Sometimes throughout your evangelism ministry there will be places you should not go. In Acts 16:6-7 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
  2. When things are not going good still praise God. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. Acts 16:22-25.
  3. When facing dire situations others can be saved because of your faith. During Paul’s time in prison the jail keeper and his family were saved. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house Acts 16:26-34.
  1. God will have you stay in one place to share the gospel, because God knows his children and when they are not living a life of obedience and righteousness, but of wickedness. Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
  2. There will be people you meet during your times of evangelism who love the Lord, but need a little more knowledge to be effective in evangelizing. Take the time to help those who are seeking God and want to tell other about the goodness of Jesus. And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. Acts 18:24-28 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ
  3. Always have a spiritual partner or two, Paul didn’t go alone to witness he had the help of Barnabas, Silas, Titus, Philip, Acquila, Priscilla, Timothy and Apollos and many others. And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus Acts 20:4. And Matthew 18:20 says, For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Paul preached, made disciples of others during his journeys, and went back to check on them and encourage them in the faith. He appointed elders, prayed, fasted and tuned them over to God. Paul was willing to sacrifice his life to carry out the words of Jesus Christ. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature Mark 16:15. Paul had a passion for evangelism, preaching a saving message to a dying world. Paul was a great example of the effects of evangelism and there should be an “Evangelism Explosion” in our own lives, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ!