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Reaching the Most Unreached

Sermons of the Day:

Piper: Job – Reverent in Suffering

MacDonald: Does God Leave Sin Unpunished? 


Good Morning Men.

Below is an article that I copied from a Gospel for Asia Magazine in March of 2015. I stumbled upon this article the other day that I had saved previously and was so encouraged and refreshed by the things said in it. The individual being interviewed is K.P. Yohanan, look him up he is an amazing man with an amazing passion for reaching the lost world for Christ.

K.P’s primary calling is world missions, however I understand that is not everyone’s call. As you read this think about your purpose, your calling and your circles of influence. Think about how can you have a greater impact for Jesus in your marriage, your family, your extended family and friends, and in your workplace for starters.

Continue to ask yourself: Why am I here? What am I living for?

Fight the good fight
Kaaina


Reaching the Most Unreached

Gospel for Asia Magazine, March 2015 p. 4

In this Conversations, K.P. Yohannan talks about having a passion to reach the most unreached with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Q: What is the source of your passion to reach those who are dying without knowing Jesus?

If we say we are followers of Christ, our lives should reflect His. When we look at the Gospels, we see that Jesus’ entire life revolved around reaching out to those in desperate need of His Father. And His calling on our lives today is the same. Over and over again, we hear His invitation to, “Come, follow Me.”

He is calling us to see what He sees, to feel the passion He feels, to share His burden for reaching the precious, broken lives throughout the world. Jesus’ life was marked by urgency.

He came to this earth with one desire: to bring reconciliation between the Creator and His creation. Every person Jesus met was a soul His Father longed for. His last words to His disciples were to go and make disciples. That was His heart – and that should be our heart. If this passion to reach the hopeless and the dying with His Father’s love is what drove our Savior, how can we live for anything less?

Q: What is it that sustains you in this calling from the Lord to reach the most unreached?

Here is the key: Unless you and I consistently and perpetually maintain our humble, broken walk with the Lord, we will not be able to maintain a life of love for the untold millions without Christ. The way to develop this love on a daily basis is first of all to see myself the way I should see myself – I am a nobody. I am not that important.

What do I, or any of us, have that is not given to us by the Lord? Nothing.

The measure in which we see the Lord’s face, and spend time gazing upon Him and hungering for Him, is the same measure in which we will become like Him. The more I come to know my Lord, the more I understand Him and the more I’m driven and compelled by what He wants, not what I want.

Some years ago I challenged the brothers and sisters I serve with to begin praying this prayer: “Lord baptize me with Your passion, Your burden for the lost and dying millions in my generation. Let it be perpetual, not just for one time. Lord, I want to be like Jesus.”

Please believe me, there are a thousand things that you may struggle with, but they will all be resolved with this one thing: Jesus. He will tell you what to do. He will live through you. He will speak. His humility will become your humility: His passion will become your passion.

There are times we can find ourselves saying, “I wish I had a greater burden for those who are dying without Christ. I had it once, and I just don’t know what happened.” You know, the answer is not a lot of day-to-day practical things that you may think of; the answer is simply to fall in love with Jesus. Get to know Him. And ask the Holy Spirit to begin that work in you today. He will do it.

Q: How do you guard against daily distractions and stay focused on the things that are truly important?

None of us remains the same in our enthusiasm and commitment. Very often, we as believers are bombarded from all sides to invest our time, efforts and finances in everything but eternity. Material things, trips, social gatherings, building projects, the comfort of our families – all these and more may come at the expense of souls who are still waiting to hear there is a God who loves them. Even as believers who have already committed our lives to reaching the world with the Good News, we are in danger of losing our focus.

We get so wrapped up in who we are and what we are doing day-to-day that we are no longer able to answer the questions “Why am I here?” and “What am I living for?”

The souls of multiplied millions are at stake, and the Lord has commissioned us with the incredible privilege of reaching them and making an eternal difference in their lives. So how can we live comfortable for ourselves while millions of souls wait to hear there is hope?

I urge you to examine your heart. Look at the things you do and the activities you are involved in and ask yourself honestly, “Why am I doing this?”

Ask the Lord for the grace and maturity to look beyond the immediate, which tends to take precedence over everything else. Unless we think carefully, make deliberate decisions and allow the Lord to break our hearts continually, we will walk in the way of all flesh.

Every day, when you wake up, say to Jesus, “Lord today I am Yours. Body, soul, spirit, wealth, children, spouse-all that I have, all that I am, is Yours. What do You want me to do today? How do You want me to live?” Allow the Holy Spirit to take the Word of God and weave it into the very fiber of your being. Allow Him to guide you as you step out. Then you will regain that passion.

Q: Any final words you would like to add?

As believers committed to reaching the world for the sake of Christ, you and i are given more information about what is going on in the world today than ever before. We know more about the different people groups than the generation of believers who went before us.

We can use this information to come before the Father and plead on the behalf of those we know who are still waiting to hear the name of Jesus Christ. We can spend time praying over a world map. We can give of the resources the Lord has entrusted to us to help raise up men and women in these countries to be enabled to reach out to their own people. We can go if that is what God has asked of us. You and I must be willing and ready to make sacrifices so others may know Jesus.

May the Holy Spirit give you the ability to see the vision of the faces of people crying out for life. May He give you His burden for souls who are perishing. Only He can tell you what you must do with your life, your time and your resources.

 

 

Good Lovemaking Is About God

Good Morning Men. 
I know that I normally only do one a week, however I not only had time to post this one. I also could not resist this one. This is a topic that every single one of us needs more direction and guidance in. I hope and pray this blesses you as it blessed me. This has tremendous application for the married and the single.
JULY 11, 2017

Good Lovemaking Is About God

Article by

Pastor, Alexandria, Virginia

Years ago a friend named John met with a group of young men. He was the only married man at the time, and the rest were dabbling with pornography. In a moment of brutal honesty, one of them said to John, “I just don’t understand how you can have sex with the same woman all the time. That seems boring.”

Without hesitation, John said with a straight face, “I don’t have sex with the same woman all the time.”

Their silent stares begged for explanation.

John explained that his wife was not the same woman he married. She was always growing and changing as a woman, and he was always growing and changing as a man. They were not the same people they were when they got married, and neither was their sexual intimacy. Like a fine wine, they and their intimacy had matured over time. Sex was not always filled with flames of passion — but that’s not all sex is intended to be.

Sex Strengthens with Time

God created sex to be a bond between a husband and wife that strengthens over time. Married couples make love on their honeymoon and after a miscarriage. They make love to conceive children and after they bury them. They make love when bodies are healthy and during battles against cancer. As a husband and wife pursue each other through intimate service, sacrifice, and struggle, God blesses them in a way the world can never know.

“Lovemaking is more than just erotic pleasure; it is a soul-knitting intimacy that deepens with time.”

John explained to his friends that by continually neglecting God’s good design for sex, they were settling for flashes of sinful passion instead of the valuable white-hot coals of enduring intimacy. God designed sex to be best enjoyed when it is based on something other than appearance or performance. He bases it on committed love that reflects the unending love he has for all those who trust in Christ.

The world portrays pleasure as flash-in-the-pan passion that moves from lover to lover and fantasy to fantasy. But does this sort of pleasure really fulfill? Or does it actually deepen our discontentment? Who clicks on one pornographic picture and stops, satisfied? Who fantasizes for a few seconds and stops, satisfied? The offering of worldly pleasure can’t satisfy a heart that was created for a deeper, lasting pleasure.

Sin provides the sort of pleasure a parched man feels when he sees a mirage of water. He feels a thrill of hope, yet in the end disappointment only amplifies the emptiness.

Pursuit of Pleasure

But God has designed sex to be different for a husband and wife. In Proverbs 5:18–19, Solomon tells his sons,

Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love.

God uses vivid imagery to communicate that he intends husbands and wives to deeply enjoy intimacy with each other. Sex is a good gift from a good God who delights in our joy.

“God designed sex to be best enjoyed when it is based on something other than appearance or performance.”

That doesn’t mean sex is always enjoyable or easy for married couples. Because marriage is the union of an ever-changing and ever-growing pair of fallen people, we can expect that sexual intimacy to have both sweet and sour days and seasons. That is part of God’s wise design.

He has called a man and a woman to be committed to each other and to make love with each other during every season of life. Lovemaking on a honeymoon may be wonderful or awful. Intimate times are shared when buying a new house or burying a parent. It is pursued when God gives conception, and when he withholds it.

God Is Better Than Sex

God ordains lovemaking for couples when we are richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, when life is better or worse — until death do us part — because it reflects his enduring love for us.

We discover a depth of pleasure when we laugh and cry and pray and trust and weep and mourn and hope together. Lovemaking is more than just erotic pleasure; it is a soul-knitting intimacy that deepens with time. God designed this soul-level intimacy to reflect the deep, intimate, committed, faithful, servant-hearted commitment between Jesus and his bride, the church.

The goal of sex isn’t ultimately just enjoying your spouse, but it is enjoying God as the giver of good gifts. God is better than the best sex. We know this because for all of eternity we will live in a new heaven and new earth better than this one, a world in which we will not experience marriage or sex as we do now, but we will have a better and lasting pleasure with God (Matthew 22:30; Psalm 16; Isaiah 51:11; Revelation 21–22).

To the Married

1. Trust God when intimacy is absent.

At times, sexual intimacy may seem stagnant or nonexistent. Do not give up. Pray together. Press past the awkwardness and pain. Confess bitterness. Plead for God to help you.

“God is better than the best sex.”

Please do not hear me saying that if you just trust God and obey him, all your sexual struggles will vanish. That is not true. What I am saying is that true pleasure comes from receiving what God has given us by faith, and trusting that he is good, and intends it for our good (Psalm 119:68).

True pleasure is not found finally in having an amazing sex life, but in an amazing God. Bring your sexual satisfaction and sexual dysfunction to Jesus, because that is the ultimate goal of it all: to bring you closer to him.

2. Communication makes intimacy more intimate.

Simply making love in days of joy and sorrow won’t bring you closer to your spouse. Intimacy is cultivated through communication. Have regular conversations about how things are going in this area and how you can serve each other better. Talking honestly and listening to each other about intimate issues is part of God’s plan to draw you closer together.

3. Contentment in sex comes from delighting in God.

You can have the best spouse on the planet and enjoy the most fulfilling sex life imaginable, and still this fact remains: if our hearts are not satisfied in God, they will never be satisfied. Spouses can be wonderful helpers, but they are sorry saviors. The best way to have a blessed sex life is to delight in the God who gives the gift. Jesus is always better than any gift he gives you, including sex in marriage.

To the Unmarried

1. Don’t buy counterfeit pleasures.

Satan will provide many opportunities to satisfy your sexual frustration. But the fleeting flames of pornography or empty flings of premarital sex only end up stealing the very pleasure you are looking for. I realize it feels crazy to resist, especially when no end is in sight, but God promises to help you. By clinging to him in the battle, you will find the true joy that sexual sin can never provide.

2. Protect your future marriage.

Marriage is tough enough as it is. But if you fill your heart with sexual images and experiences, you set yourself and your future spouse up for unnecessary added difficulty. If God gives you a spouse, that person will be what you really need. Filling your heart with unrealistic or unfair expectations can end up hindering the intimacy God has for you in the future.

“Sex is created to be a bond between a husband and wife that strengthens over time.”

3. Find contentment in God today.

Remember that your fulfillment as a person is not dependent on being sexually or romantically fulfilled. Jesus was never married, never romantically involved, and never had sex. Yet Jesus was the most fully human and complete person who has ever lived.

Now you might think, Yeah, thanks, but I’m not Jesus. I get it. But please hear this: sexual pleasure will never ultimately satisfy you. A wonderful spouse will never fulfill you. Neither sex nor spouse can do what only God can. Seek to be satisfied in him, and if God gives you a spouse, you’ll be free to enjoy him or her all the more.

(@pastorjgkell) is married to Carrie, and together they have five children. He serves as pastor of Del Ray Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia.

“It Was Our Pleasure

Sermons of the Day:

Piper: God Is a Very Important Person 

MacDonald: Purity Problems: God’s Word Has The Answers


Psalm 40:8 NLT

“I take joy in doing your will, my God,
    for your instructions are written on my heart.”

Good Morning Men. How excellent is the name of the Lord in all the earth (Psalm 8:9).

The other day I was listening to a sermon from Pastor John Piper, there was something that totally jumped out at me and caught my attention.

Pastor John gave a story about a couple that hosted a large conference, and before it all happened they wanted to reward and recognize them. In this mini award ceremony they were asked to give a speech. There speech was four words: “It was our pleasure”.

Pastor John went on to talk about the difference between duty and delight. When we do things in the name of Jesus, whether personally or for others, are we doing them out of duty or because we truly delight in doing the Lord’s will?

This really spoke to my heart, because it is so easy to get wrapped up in duty. In fact I see it and hear it all the time when people give of their time or talents to the Lord.

Pastor John gave a great example about giving flowers to his wife. Of course she would be excited and flattered, then she would ask, something along the lines of what was this for? What is the occasion? Should his reply be, I’m just doing my duty as a husband. Or rather; I bought these because I love you and delight in seeing you happy.

Men, when we learn to give of our time whether personally to devotion time and growing in the Lord. Or for those of you that give of your time in ministry, your church, your community or your wife and kids. Whatever it is men lets learn how to do it from a joyful heart and spirit. If not don’t even waste your time, there is no point system God has, and your bad attitude may turn someone off anyways.

God does not want our duty, He wants our heart.

So how do we get there?

The first step is having Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior. We need to turn from the sin in our lives, repent and start living a life sanctified by His truth in the light. Does this mean we become perfect. Never, the Bible says all have sinned and all fall short of God’s glorious standard (Romans 3:23). It does mean that we start turning from things that directly oppose God’s Word.

Next is continuing to seek God for direction and guidance in your life. Ultimately to find out your purpose. Some of you may already know this, others this may take time. Just don’t give up on it.

Then as you develop more of a habit in seeking God’s guidance it becomes routine in your life. Removing sin, walking in step with God’s Word we can start to allow the Holy Spirit of God to be our primary influence. When this starts to happen the Holy Spirit will lead you into sharing your gifts, your talents, your finances, your time or whatever it is.

Then comes attitude. Our attitude is the only thing we truly have control over. Start being intentional in having a positive outlook on life, circumstances and situations. For some of us this may take longer than others, but working on this will dramatically change the direction of your life and influence.

I personally believe that as a christian we have promises in the Bible that gives our positive outlook on things so much more depth and genuineness. I cling to promises like; I know the plans I have for you says the Lord (Jeremiah 29:11), I will be found by you (Jeremiah 29:13), God will never leave me or forsake me (Deuteronomy 31:6), All things work together for good (Romans 8:28). The list is endless men, having anchors for times when life beats us down.

For situations that don’t go favorably or the way I wanted them. I grab my anchor  and hang on for dear life, I repeat them over and over until God’s truth prevails over the lies filling me head.

Men do we have to be this on fire, filled with the Holy Spirit Christian in order to be doing things joyfully? Absolutely not. We can start right were we are. The fact that your reading this means you care about becoming a better version of yourself. As a human being it also means you care about others, we all have that in us through God’s amazing design. Start small, start in your home and just learn to start giving a little bit more of yourself to your family or your wife. If your single then to your parents or siblings. We all have people near us that would be so blessed by joyful giving.

May the Lord make His face shine upon you this week.

Grace

Sermons of the Day:

Piper: The God Centered Ground of Saving Grace

Macdonald: Bigger Than My Sin


2 Corinthians 12:9

 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Good Morning Men. Delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).

The video below was shown in a sermon I listened to last week from Pastor James. It is a video with some powerful truths. My prayer is that all of you will be moved and impacted by this video.

No matter where your at in your relationship with Jesus, know this men. Jesus will meet you right were you are, you do not need to earn or prove any sort of human worthiness. The grace of God is so abundant and radical all we need to do is turn to Him with a broken spirit that says ” I can’t do it, I need a Savior”.

May the God of all grace bless you with a heart that thirsts for more.

Big Picture God

Sermon of the Day:

Piper: In the Throne Room 

MacDonald: What to Pray About Part 1 -A


Esther 2:21-23

21 In those days, while Mordecai sat within the king’s gate, two of the king’s eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, doorkeepers, became furious and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 22 So the matter became known to Mordecai, who told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king in Mordecai’s name. 23 And when an inquiry was made into the matter, it was confirmed, and both were hanged on a gallows; and it was written in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king.

Good Morning Men. Wait on the Lord, from Him comes our salvation (Psalm 62:1).

How many of you have done an amazing deed or act for someone, and gone unrecognized?

I am sure that we all could think of something were we feel at least underappreciated, and very possibly unrecognized completely.

Why do these things happen?

Honestly we could probably think of 5-10, once our hurt, pain and bitterness gets removed. However what I hope to illicit in your heart is that God literally has millions of reasons that we may never learn in this life.

In the above verse Mordecai saved the kings life and not one thing was done for Him at that time. We have to assume, like any other man there would be some hurt. However what I love so much about this amazing book in the Bible is God reveals His amazing sovereign rule over this entire earth. All the way down to the actions and reactions of one man.

You see God always has a greater plan and scheme in the background, God sees the big picture. We so often get bogged down with the small insignificant details of life. We forget the Sovereign God of the universe has everything under control, especially your good and well being.

For those of you that have not read through this book it is a great read and amazing story of God’s Sovereignty. Let me try to summarize it for you for some context before I draw out some examples of God using the small details of our lives to change the world.

In the beginning of this book queen Vashti rejects a request of the king. The king gets very upset, and banishes her from his presence. The king then hosts some intense beauty pageant and finds a young Jewish girl name Esther. Esther was led there by her uncle Mordecai who is like a father figure in her life. Esther finds favor with this pagan king and becomes queen. The king has a second in command guy named Haman who hates Mordecai and wants him killed so he deceives the king into a law that there will be a kill Jew day. Unbeknownst to the king his Jewish queen begins fasting and praying and finally builds the courage to host a banquet for the king and Haman. A rapid chain of events happens at this point that reveals God’s amazing fingerprints. Everywhere.

There are may things that happened within this book that reveal God’s sovereignty over this entire situation. Lets take a look at a few that happened after the above verse.

Esther 6:1

That night the king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.

If you read the rest of the chapter it will really fill you in. In a snapshot view, we see that just by chance the king could not sleep, then by chance he wanted to read a boring book about the minutes of the kingdom. Then by chance they turn to the page about Mordecai not being rewarded. Then by chance the king wants to reward Mordecai, then by chance Haman happens to be walking in. It goes on and on.

Men lets be very clear here, there is no chance. It is God. God is always working behind every scene.

God used everything that appeared to be bad and tragic and radically turned things for good. Mordecai became exalted and esteemed in the land, and of course was very influential in giving God all the glory. Haman’s evil plan backfired and ended up falling directly in his lap. The Jews were not harmed, in fact they were allowed to take out anyone that had evil towards them. They were victorious and many became Jews in the process.

When you feel as if things are not looking bright, when things are not going the way they should. Men we have to remember the many promises all through scripture.

God is for you and not against you. God wants to exalt you at the proper time. You are more than a conqueror. You are victorious in Christ. You are as bold as a lion. For starters.

Men, when things don’t go the way they should, God always makes them turn for good. Fight the good fight men, turn from sin and seek the Lord with all your heart. God has a plan and a purpose for your life, lets seek Him and pursue Him. Lets learn to trust Him with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding. Remember that God is always looking at the big picture, and the big picture is all about your good for those who love God and are called according to His name!

 

God Is Pursuing You

Sermons of the Day:

Piper: Adam, Where Are You?  (Recommended)

MacDonald: Breakthrough Prayer in Crisis


1 John 4:19

We love Him because He first loved us.

Good Morning Men. Blessed is every man who fears the LORD, Who walks in His ways.

Amen(Psalm 128:1).

The above verse may have given the answer already, but did you find God or did God find you?

Many times I have heard people describe their experience of conversions or belief in Christ as they were up to no good and then they found God. To no ones fault, that does seem accurate, until we can fully understand who God really is.

I have a powerful truth to tell you that I hope you will never, ever forget.

God is always pursuing You.

Yup, its so true men. As we speak the God of the universe is on a personal vendetta to capture your soul, to fill your heart with  love and amazement for His glory. No matter how hard you try, no matter how far you run or stray. God will never leave you or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). That is an absolute promise from God .

There are so many seasons in life of good, bad and sometimes ugly. I know with all my heart that this truth has to be an anchor in our hearts. The truth that God really is pursuing each of us.

There are to many examples to cover all through scripture of how this is true, so lets try to look at just a few.

First of all, for those of you that are born again believers of Jesus Christ. What made you believe in Him? What made you give your heart to God? Or in other words why do you love Him?

The verse above gives us one of those answers. Very straight forward, but how did we know He first loved us when we first gave our heart to Him? Of course this is a question that difficult to be completely answered here. However this truth came into the spotlight some 2000 years ago, when the Son of God, Jesus gave up His life for the world. Jesus lay down His life for the entire world in the most brutal, violent and painful ways humanly possible so that His love would be on display for all to see.

Fortunately for us we have tons of prophetic scripture that dates back thousand of years before that. Speaking of this exact moment and day so that we have confirmation upon confirmation of Gods reckless and relentless love for each and every one of us. A love that runs so deep, a love that started before the foundations of the earth were laid (Ephesians 1:4). That’s right men, before the foundations of the earth were laid God chose you. That is how special you are, that is how much He loves each and every one of you.

In fact God loves you so much that he formed every single part of you both physically, mentally and emotionally and everything else while you were still in your mothers womb. In fact He created you are so fearfully and wonderfully made that He has more thoughts about you than the sands on the seashore. How do I know this? Read all of Psalm 139.

Psalm 139: 17-18

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.

Men, for God to love you this much, to create you and know you so intimately. What would He not give up so that you could know Him intimately and personally?

I will answer that for you. God will stop at absolutely nothing to save your soul and draw you into His arms. Nothing can separate us from the love God has for each of you. Absolutely nothing.

Romans 8:38-39

38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Men, we will never completely understand God’s love for us in this life. We are incapable of fully understanding the depth of that kind of love. We are to finite to fully grasp it. However if you are going to get anything from this, please know that no matter where you are in your walk with Jesus Christ. God is in hot pursuit of you, to draw you closer than every before into His love, grace and mercy. God wants to reveal things to you that you cannot even imagine…and He will.

God is pursuing you.

 

Should I Pray First?

Sermons of the Day:

Piper: Present Your Bodies As a Living Sacrifice to God

MacDonald: How to Renew Your Mind, Part 1-A


Good Morning men. His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).

2 Samuel 10:1-7 NLT

Some time after this, King Nahash of the Ammonites died, and his son Hanun became king. David said, “I am going to show loyalty to Hanun just as his father, Nahash, was always loyal to me.” So David sent ambassadors to express sympathy to Hanun about his father’s death.

But when David’s ambassadors arrived in the land of Ammon, the Ammonite commanders said to Hanun, their master, “Do you really think these men are coming here to honor your father? No! David has sent them to spy out the city so they can come in and conquer it!” So Hanun seized David’s ambassadors and shaved off half of each man’s beard, cut off their robes at the buttocks, and sent them back to David in shame.

When David heard what had happened, he sent messengers to tell the men, “Stay at Jericho until your beards grow out, and then come back.” For they felt deep shame because of their appearance.

When the people of Ammon realized how seriously they had angered David, they sent and hired 20,000 Aramean foot soldiers from the lands of Beth-rehob and Zobah, 1,000 from the king of Maacah, and 12,000 from the land of Tob. When David heard about this, he sent Joab and all his warriors to fight them.

pray-first

In this passage we see King David trying to do a nice gesture. As we can clearly see this nice gesture was not received and treated with the same respect. This obviously made King David extremely upset and he wanted to defend the rights and dignity of his people. So he calls his army to war. So far so good right?

The difference with this battle and almost all the other battles King David went into, is that he would “inquire of the Lord”. Or in other words he would pray about it before making a decision.

This time was different for one main reason, anger. The King allowed his anger to overcome him. The end result was good, Israel was victorious, King David made it very clear to all surrounding countries that they are not to be messed with.

However, if we look on the spiritual side this type of reaction in our own lives can be devastating in the long run. We start to put more confidence in our own flesh and decision making. Not sure about you, but my decisions are not always the greatest. I constantly need the Holy Spirit to direct my thoughts and mind toward the ways of God.

My encouragement to you today is to learn to trust God more than you trust yourself. I hate the saying of the world today; believe in yourself or be proud of yourself. Although there is a tiny fraction of truth, it is not biblical in the context of self. Self talk, gratitude and a positive mental attitude and great however when we do this increasingly more without the Word of God and prayer we can get into a very gray area.

As a christian God is our source. We believe in God, and we boast only in the things of God.

Practice turning to God in all things. Start asking yourself, should I pray first? Big decisions and small decisions. Make it a constant habit to be leaning on the Lord seeking His way.

Look at what Proverbs teaches us:

Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

This verse says it all, the complete recipe for having a life guided by the Holy Spirit of God. There is no promise of a problem free life. However there is a promise that God will make your paths straight.

With all the bumps and detours I have taken so far in my life, and the many more to come; that promise sure sounds great to me!

May the Lord richly bless you all this week. Cling to Him and seek Him like never before! God is waiting for you.

 

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