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Bible Studies / David - A Man After God's Own Heart part 5
« on: February 10, 2019, 11:51:53 AM »
When dreams CAN'T come true...

Life rarely goes as planned.  Reality is greater than plans.

2 Sam 11  David & Bathsheba
David made some big mistakes in his life.  He lusted after another man's wife, slept with her, and murdered her husband to cover his sin.  Sin always has consequences to pay and leaves scars in our lives.  We could avoid much sorrow by avoiding sin.  However, there is forgiveness when we make bad choices.

2 Sam 12:1-10 
1The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
4“Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”
5David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”
7Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’
David allowed the law of God to break him.  Every sin comes pre-packaged with consequences.  We can be forgiven, but we still bear the consequences and the scars from that sin.

2 Sam 12:11-13
11“This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’ ”
13Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”  Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. 14But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for a the Lord, the son born to you will die.”

The Consequence:  2 Sam 13

16 years after David sinned with Bathsheba, David’s oldest Son Amnon rapes his ½ sister Tamar.  Absalom (Tamar’s full brother and David’s favorite son) kills Amnon

2 Sam 15
Absalom conspires to take the throne from his father David.
David is a fugitive again, but this time he is 61 years old.

2 Sam 15:13-14, 23-29    David Flees
13A messenger came and told David, “The hearts of the people of Israel are with Absalom.”
14Then David said to all his officials who were with him in Jerusalem, “Come! We must flee, or none of us will escape from Absalom. We must leave immediately, or he will move quickly to overtake us and bring ruin on us and put the city to the sword.”
23The whole countryside wept aloud as all the people passed by. The king also crossed the Kidron Valley, and all the people moved on toward the wilderness.
24Zadok was there, too, and all the Levites who were with him were carrying the ark of the covenant of God. They set down the ark of God, and Abiathar offered sacrifices until all the people had finished leaving the city.
25Then the king said to Zadok, “Take the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the Lord’s eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling place again. 26But if he says, ‘I am not pleased with you,’ then I am ready; let him do to me whatever seems good to him.”
27The king also said to Zadok the priest, “Do you understand? Go back to the city with my blessing. Take your son Ahimaaz with you, and also Abiathar’s son Jonathan. You and Abiathar return with your two sons. 28I will wait at the fords in the wilderness until word comes from you to inform me.” 29So Zadok and Abiathar took the ark of God back to Jerusalem and stayed there.

The Ark of the Covenant represented the presence and blessing of God.   David sent the Ark back.  He trusted God.

Heart Broken

Where is God?  What’s the point?  Why even try?  These are emotions and questions we may go through, but the attitude we should have is:
Not my will, but Thy Will.

David still did not take matters into his own hands.  David lost his world, but not his faith in God or his confidence in God.  He chose not to Abandon God even when it appeared God had abandoned him. 

David was still concerned with everyone around him.  He sent the Ark back to give the people left behind comfort, He chose to leave his home to save lives instead of stand and fight.  He requested Absalom be spared (2 Sam 18:5). 

When things did not go David’s way, whether his fault or someone else’s, he was true to God and kept his faith.

The foundation of our faith is not answered prayer – if I get what I prayed for there is a God, when I don’t there isn’t a God.
It is always a mistake to wrap our faith around prayers answered.  God is still just as Big, just as Capable, just as Loving, just as Awesome when our prayers are not answered.  We must trust there is a divine reason, for our ways are not as God’s ways. Isaiah 55:8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.

We are mistaken to assume we are forsaken.  God is with us even when our world falls apart. We are never forsaken.

What we can learn from David:

Sin has consequences – BIG consequences.
When we sin we must repent and turn from it
Care about people more than ourselves
Trust God even when things go wrong
Keep the attitude “not my will, but Thy Will”
Don’t take matters into our own hands.  Allow God to take care of it.

Bible Studies / David - A Man After God's Own Heart part 4
« on: February 10, 2019, 11:33:59 AM »
When you are the most powerful person in the room....

Andy Stanley - The Great King

What do we do with power, influence, and authority???

The greatest measure of maturity is how we respond when we are the most powerful person in the room.

What do we do with power, influence, and authority?  Do we use it for ourselves or do we use it to help others?  It is inspiring when a leader says no to themselves to help those they are over.  We don’t really know how we will respond until we are put in that place.

David was a fugitive for 8 yrs.  Even then, David lamented over Saul and Jonathan when he heard they were both dead.
2 Sam. 1:17 David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan,

David’s attitude was “it’s not about me.”
It’s God’s Will
God’s Way
In God’s Time.

David would not take matters into his own hands.

David spares Saul’s life in the cave:
1 Sam 24:1-22       
1After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, “David is in the Desert of En Gedi.” 2So Saul took three thousand able young men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.
3He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. 4The men said, “This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said a to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’ ” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.
5Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. 6He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.” 7With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.
8Then David went out of the cave and called out to Saul, “My lord the king!” When Saul looked behind him, David bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. 9He said to Saul, “Why do you listen when men say, ‘David is bent on harming you’? 10This day you have seen with your own eyes how the Lord delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, ‘I will not lay my hand on my lord, because he is the Lord’s anointed.’ 11See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. See that there is nothing in my hand to indicate that I am guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life. 12May the Lord judge between you and me. And may the Lord avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you. 13As the old saying goes, ‘From evildoers come evil deeds,’ so my hand will not touch you.
14“Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Who are you pursuing? A dead dog? A flea? 15May the Lord be our judge and decide between us. May he consider my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand.”
16When David finished saying this, Saul asked, “Is that your voice, David my son?” And he wept aloud. 17“You are more righteous than I,” he said. “You have treated me well, but I have treated you badly. 18You have just now told me about the good you did to me; the Lord delivered me into your hands, but you did not kill me. 19When a man finds his enemy, does he let him get away unharmed? May the Lord reward you well for the way you treated me today. 20I know that you will surely be king and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands. 21Now swear to me by the Lord that you will not kill off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father’s family.”
22So David gave his oath to Saul. Then Saul returned home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.

David spares Saul’s life in the camp:
1 Sam 26:5-25
5Then David set out and went to the place where Saul had camped. He saw where Saul and Abner son of Ner, the commander of the army, had lain down. Saul was lying inside the camp, with the army encamped around him.
6David then asked Ahimelek the Hittite and Abishai son of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother, “Who will go down into the camp with me to Saul?”  “I’ll go with you,” said Abishai.
7So David and Abishai went to the army by night, and there was Saul, lying asleep inside the camp with his spear stuck in the ground near his head. Abner and the soldiers were lying around him.
8Abishai said to David, “Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Now let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I won’t strike him twice.”
9But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless? 10As surely as the Lord lives,” he said, “the Lord himself will strike him, or his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. 11But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. Now get the spear and water jug that are near his head, and let’s go.”
12So David took the spear and water jug near Saul’s head, and they left. No one saw or knew about it, nor did anyone wake up. They were all sleeping, because the Lord had put them into a deep sleep.
13Then David crossed over to the other side and stood on top of the hill some distance away; there was a wide space between them. 14He called out to the army and to Abner son of Ner, “Aren’t you going to answer me, Abner?”
Abner replied, “Who are you who calls to the king?”
15David said, “You’re a man, aren’t you? And who is like you in Israel? Why didn’t you guard your lord the king? Someone came to destroy your lord the king. 16What you have done is not good. As surely as the Lord lives, you and your men must die, because you did not guard your master, the Lord’s anointed. Look around you. Where are the king’s spear and water jug that were near his head?”
17Saul recognized David’s voice and said, “Is that your voice, David my son?”
David replied, “Yes it is, my lord the king.” 18And he added, “Why is my lord pursuing his servant? What have I done, and what wrong am I guilty of? 19Now let my lord the king listen to his servant’s words. If the Lord has incited you against me, then may he accept an offering. If, however, people have done it, may they be cursed before the Lord! They have driven me today from my share in the Lord’s inheritance and have said, ‘Go, serve other gods.’ 20Now do not let my blood fall to the ground far from the presence of the Lord. The king of Israel has come out to look for a flea—as one hunts a partridge in the mountains.”
21Then Saul said, “I have sinned. Come back, David my son. Because you considered my life precious today, I will not try to harm you again. Surely I have acted like a fool and have been terribly wrong.”
22“Here is the king’s spear,” David answered. “Let one of your young men come over and get it. 23The Lord rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The Lord delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. 24As surely as I valued your life today, so may the Lord value my life and deliver me from all trouble.”
25Then Saul said to David, “May you be blessed, David my son; you will do great things and surely triumph.” So David went on his way, and Saul returned home.

David reacts to the slaying of Saul:
2 Sam 1:1-16    David Hears of Saul’s Death
1After the death of Saul, David returned from striking down the Amalekites and stayed in Ziklag two days. 2On the third day a man arrived from Saul’s camp with his clothes torn and dust on his head. When he came to David, he fell to the ground to pay him honor.
3“Where have you come from?” David asked him.
He answered, “I have escaped from the Israelite camp.”
4“What happened?” David asked. “Tell me.”  “The men fled from the battle,” he replied. “Many of them fell and died. And Saul and his son Jonathan are dead.”
5Then David said to the young man who brought him the report, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?”
6“I happened to be on Mount Gilboa,” the young man said, “and there was Saul, leaning on his spear, with the chariots and their drivers in hot pursuit. 7When he turned around and saw me, he called out to me, and I said, ‘What can I do?’
8“He asked me, ‘Who are you?’  “ ‘An Amalekite,’ I answered.
9“Then he said to me, ‘Stand here by me and kill me! I’m in the throes of death, but I’m still alive.’
10“So I stood beside him and killed him, because I knew that after he had fallen he could not survive. And I took the crown that was on his head and the band on his arm and have brought them here to my lord.”
11Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them. 12They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the Lord and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
13David said to the young man who brought him the report, “Where are you from?”  “I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite,” he answered.
14David asked him, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?”
15Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died. 16For David had said to him, “Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, ‘I killed the Lord’s anointed.’ ”

David seeks God’s will:
2 Sam 2:1     David Anointed King Over Judah
1In the course of time, David inquired of the Lord. “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked.  The Lord said, “Go up.”  David asked, “Where shall I go?”  “To Hebron,” the Lord answered.

David reacts to the slaying of Saul’s son Ish-Bosheth:
2 Sam 4:5-12
4(Jonathan son of Saul had a son who was lame in both feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and fled, but as she hurried to leave, he fell and became disabled. His name was Mephibosheth.)
5Now Rekab and Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, set out for the house of Ish-Bosheth, and they arrived there in the heat of the day while he was taking his noonday rest. 6They went into the inner part of the house as if to get some wheat, and they stabbed him in the stomach. Then Rekab and his brother Baanah slipped away.
7They had gone into the house while he was lying on the bed in his bedroom. After they stabbed and killed him, they cut off his head. Taking it with them, they traveled all night by way of the Arabah. 8They brought the head of Ish-Bosheth to David at Hebron and said to the king, “Here is the head of Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, your enemy, who tried to kill you. This day the Lord has avenged my lord the king against Saul and his offspring.”
9David answered Rekab and his brother Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, “As surely as the Lord lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble, 10when someone told me, ‘Saul is dead,’ and thought he was bringing good news, I seized him and put him to death in Ziklag. That was the reward I gave him for his news! 11How much more—when wicked men have killed an innocent man in his own house and on his own bed—should I not now demand his blood from your hand and rid the earth of you!”
12So David gave an order to his men, and they killed them. They cut off their hands and feet and hung the bodies by the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-Bosheth and buried it in Abner’s tomb at Hebron.

David refused to violate the will of God to get the blessing of God.

David made a covenant with the people “before the Lord”.  This was strange, as King’s usually did as they pleased and didn’t need anyone’s approval. 
2 Sam 5:3
3When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel.

David waited 15 years for what God promised.  He was humble, and obedient to what God wanted.  He submitted to God’s Law and to the people God put him over. 

David was a King….not THE King!

Leadership is stewardship.

Jesus shows us how to be a great leader:
John 13:12-16

12When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.

When you’re the most powerful person in the room, you should leverage your power for the benefit of the other people in the room.

Mark 10:45

45For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

What we can learn from David:

Care about others 
Use leverage and power to help others, not ourselves.
Allow God to be our leader
Don’t take matters into our own hands
Love our enemies
Honor those who are over you, even when they mistreat you
Do not violate the will of God
Be humble and obedient
Serve others

Bible Studies / David - A Man After God's Own Heart part 3
« on: February 10, 2019, 11:18:29 AM »
The Abigail Way by Andy Stanley

1 Sam 25:1-44
Getting EVEN makes you EVEN with those you don’t even like!

Matthew 5:44-48
44But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (perfect = mature)

The Golden Rule:
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

When we are mistreated, we change the Golden Rule to:
Do unto others as others have done unto you.

And sometimes we lash out at people who haven’t even hurt us because we can’t get to the one who did.

1 Cor 13:13
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

David is a fugitive in 1 Sam 25.  He has about 600 men with him to try to feed and provide for.  Samuel has just died, which was the only thing holding Saul in check.  David and his men are tired and hungry.  David may have been sad at the loss of Samuel.   Tension was probably high in David’s camp.

It was sheep shearing time which was very festive.  It was normal for the owner to give gifts to those who helped take care of the sheep.  David and his men had protected Nabal’s sheep and his workers for months.  David’s request was a reasonable request.

It was extremely discourteous or rude to turn a stranger away.  It was common to invite them in, feed them, and keep them overnight.  Nabal is extremely wealthy and had plenty to spare.  Nabal didn’t offer anything to these men.  He was not only rude, he ridiculed and insulted them. 

Nabal was a Calebite.  They had established Bethlehem where David’s people were from.  He knew who Jesse and who David were and likely knew David was chosen to be the next King. Abigail seemed to know about David’s victories, so it is likely Nabal also had heard of David’s victories.  His attitude was all about himself.  He not only acted selfish to David’s men, but never acknowledges God for what he has.

Deut 8:17-18  17You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

Psalm 14:1 1The fool a says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.

Abigail gets David’s attention.
God sent Abigail to intervene before David took matters into his own hands.  David was ready to kill an entire household and shed innocent blood.  We need to be sensitive if God is putting an Abigail in our path to get our attention.

Abigail took all the blame, she honored David as the King he would be.  She reasons with him using things in his past.  She gives the longest speech of a woman in the old testament (153 words).  She gently and carefully reminds him there is no honor in killing a fool.  This was beneath him.  Up to now, God had fought all his battles.  This would be blood guilt to shed blood without cause for revenge.  She lets him know God will establish his future and fight his battles.  She uses phrases he knows like “the battle belongs to the Lord”.  She makes reference to a sling that reminds him of his victory over Goliath.

David’s anger melts and he realizes God has sent this woman to stop him.

God gives each of us the Holy Spirit to get our attention.  We have the Word of God and we have godly men and women who can be “Abigail” for us.
God may want you to be an Abigail in someone else’s life.  We need to be willing to humble ourselves and handle the situation carefully. 
Proverbs 15:1  A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

What story do you want to tell when it is nothing but a story to tell???

We do not need to avenge ourselves.

Romans 12:19  Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” d says the Lord

Nahum 1:2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The Lord takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies.

Hebrews 10:30, 31 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” d and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” e 31It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

David was rewarded.  God took care of Nabal.  David didn’t have to shed any blood.  Abigail becomes David’s wife.

David:  Fugitive, Exhausted, Hungry, Irritable

Nabal:  Mean, Evil, Son of Belial (the Devil), Prideful, Crude, Selfish, Bad Temper, No reasoning, Fool

Abigail: Beautiful, Intelligent, Humble, Realistic, Kind, Grateful, Selfless
She had grit and grace.  She had character and beauty.

Bible Studies / David - A Man After God's Own Heart part 2
« on: February 10, 2019, 11:07:59 AM »
David & Goliath

1 Samual 17:1-58

Story takes place 11th Century BC

1 Sam 17:4
Goliath was 9 ½ feet tall

The challenge had high stakes:
If Goliath dies, all the Philistines will become subjects (servants) to Israel,
but…if Goliath wins, all Israel becomes servants to the Philistines.

Saul was the tallest man of the Israelites.  He was also the King.  Everyone looked to him to be their champion and defeat Goliath.  King Saul was not doing anything.
Their hope lay in man.

We place our hope in what we depend on or who we depend on.

God is our King and judges gave the law.

Israel still wanted a King

David was the 2nd King and the greatest King.

He was:

What set David apart was he loved the law even when it condemned him.  Most Kings made laws for themselves.  David obeyed the law and repented when he messed up.

David was never confused at the identity of Israel’s true King.

Success confuses the best of us.  When we are successful sometimes we get proud and think we have done something to deserve it.

Israel was terrified    1 Sam 17:11, 24
David was offended  1 Sam 17:26, 36, 37, 45
Goliath was a disgrace.  He was defying the armies of the living God.  He was uncircumcised or outside the covenant of God’s Chosen People.
Gen 17:10-14 everlasting covenant between God and Abraham

Because Goliath had defied the army of the Living God, God will rescue David from this disgrace.
1 Sam 17:45-47

When our HOPE is in the Lord, we need not fear.
Psalm 25:1-22 Of David.
1 In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.
2 I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.
4 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good.
8 Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
10All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11For the sake of your name, Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose. b
13 They will spend their days in prosperity, and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.
18 Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins.
19 See how numerous are my enemies and how fiercely they hate me!
20 Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, c is in you.
22 Deliver Israel, O God, from all their troubles!

Those who hope in the Lord…
See clearly
Act confidently
Walk humbly

Psalm 42:5  Why, my soul, are you downcast?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Psalm 62:5  Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.
Psalm 119:74 May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word.
Psalm 130:7  Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.
Psalm 147:11  the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.

Hope in God carries us through loss
God’s capable hands can hold you when the whole world crumbles around you.
God gives hope in the midst of ____________________________.
-   tragedy
-   loss
-   sorrow
-   battles
-   sickness
-   fear
-   loneliness
-   heartache
-   _________________
-   ____________________

Bible Studies / David - A Man After God's Own Heart part 1
« on: February 10, 2019, 10:57:46 AM »
David: A Man After God’s Own Heart

David means Well Beloved
He was the youngest of 8 sons
His father was Jesse from Bethlehem (the house of bread)
There are 66 chapters in the Bible referring to David’s life
He is the only one referred to as “man after God’s own heart”
He would have been around 15 yrs old when anointed to be king, but would not be the king for many years.
David was a foreshadowing of Christ

David was:
A shepherd
Armor bearer
King’s son-in-law
King designate (by God)
Psalm writer

David’s timeline:
Anointed around age 14
Around age 15 when faced Goliath
Fugitive in his 20’s
King at age 30
Reigned over Judah 7yrs 6mo,and over all Israel 33 yrs (total 40 yr reign)
David and Bathsheba at age 51
Fugitive from Absolom at age 61 (consequences for his sin w/Bathsheba)
Dies at age 70

   Pastor Paul Daugherty – David part 1-Man after God’s own heart

1 Samuel contrasts the characters of Israel’s first 2 kings. 
Saul was a man after the flesh who never reached his spiritual potential but was selfish, jealous, depressive, and self-willed.

David was a man after God who was heroic, courageous, spiritual, confident, humble and dedicated to God. 

God was looking for a heart….Israel was looking for a king. (1Sam 13:14)
God’s measuring stick for leadership is the heart. 
Healthy (spiritual) heart = healthy leadership.  A toxic heart = toxic leadership.
Leadership is also stewardship (taking care of that which is placed in your care)

Even Samuel (God’s prophet) was looking on the outward appearance.  We need to remember to look at the heart or we might miss what God has for us.
Saul’s heart: Fear of man, worrier, thirsty for man’s applause, paranoid, raging with jealousy, self-preserving.
David’s heart: Fear of God, worshipper, thirsty for God’s presence, peaceful, full of love, servant leader.

God seeks a heart fully devoted to Him.

No one is perfect.  David made mistakes…big mistakes.  How David dealt with his mistakes made the difference.  He repented and made changes in his life.  Christians are not perfect; they are made righteous by the blood of Christ, redeemed, and forgiven by the grace of God.  We must also be ready to repent of our sins.  We should be broken before God in sorrow for our sins.
David trusted in God.  He was truly sorry and understood his sin had broken God’s heart.  Saul trusted in self and was only sorry he got caught.

When David was King over Israel, he always followed the leading of God allowing God to be the true King. Psalm 25:1,2,4,5   1Unto Thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. 2O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. 4Show me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. 5Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.  As long as we allow God to be our King and follow Him, we will never lose any battle we face.  To know the will of God, we must have a true relationship with Him.

David was committed to God before he was anointed to be King.  He loved God for the right reasons, not to get something.  David never left the desire to serve God.  He stayed on his knees with a teachable spirit whether he was a shepherd, king, soldier….  David’s hope was found in God.  We usually put our hope in what we depend on. 

Taking care of his father’s sheep was a training ground to prepare David for what God had for him later.  We need to learn to be content where God has us and seek God’s will here where we are now.  Rejection and humiliation may be part of the training we are to go through.  These things can be good for us.  David was rejected, Saul wanted to kill him and later his own son wanted to kill him.  David had many trying times, but God never left him.

The foundation of David’s faith was not in answered prayer, but in God’s presence in David’s life. Even when his world was falling apart, he trusted in God and desired God’s will, not his own. (2 Sam 15:25-26)

Saul tried to kill David, but David spared Saul 2 times.  David always showed respect and honor to Saul the King.  David wept over Saul’s death.
What looks like humiliation is actually preparation for an acceleration to the destiny God has for you.

David went to God with his insecurities and problems.  David trusted God and knew that was where the answers would be found.  God was his rock, his fortress, his comfort. 

To obey is better than sacrifice.  This was a new testament concept in the old testament David understood.

What we can learn from the life of David:
1.   respect those in authority even when it isn’t easy
2.   forgive & love  those that seek to do us harm
3.   have a relationship with God: trust in God, hope in God, seek after God, fear God, worship God
4.   be willing to serve God and others
5.   truly repent for sins
6.   be teachable and humble
7.   be content always
8.   obey God and others God has placed over us
9.   be faithful
a.   Faithful in the field where he was.
b.   Faithful in the familiar.  He didn’t complain even after he was anointed and sent back to the field.
c.   Faithful when forgotten and left out.
d.   Faithful in the future.  He did not get a big head after being anointed.  He served where he was and waited for the fulfilling of his anointing.
10.   Trust God even when our world is upside down

General Discussion / The Touch of the Master's Hand
« on: February 20, 2017, 04:35:57 PM »
One of my favorite poems...

Like an old violin with so little worth
A life may be far less than grand,
But may be transformed in a moment
By the touch of the Master's hand.

Many a man with life out of tune,
All battered with bourbon and gin,
Is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd
Much like that old violin.

A mess of pottage, a glass of wine,
A game and he travels on.
He is going once, he is going twice,
He is going and almost gone.

But the Master comes,
and the foolish crowd never can quite understand,
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought
By the Touch of the Master's Hand.

I am so thankful Jesus can restore us and make something beautiful out of our lives.

General Discussion / God's Valentine Gift
« on: February 20, 2017, 04:26:14 PM »
With Valentine's Day just being over, I ran across this poem from an old church bulletin. 

God's Valentine Gift
God's Valentine gift of love to us
Was not a bunch of flowers;
It wasn't candy, or a book,
To while away the hours.

His gift was to become a man,
So He could freely give
His sacrificial love for us,
So you and I could live.

He gave us sweet salvation, and
Instruction, good and true-
To love our friends and enemies
And love our Savior, too.

So, as we give our valentines,
Let's thank our Lord and King;
The reason we love to give,
Is, He gave everything.

Bible Verses & Devotionals / Philippians 3:14
« on: September 16, 2016, 02:07:12 PM »
Philippians 3:12-16 NIV 12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Following Paul’s Example

15All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

[/Paul encourages us to Press toward the goal (KJV says Mark).  I had to ask myself what goal am I reaching for?  Am I on track with what God wants for my life?  Many people claim to be Christians and yet many of them fail to live a Christ filled life.  There are very few Paul's in our world today to pattern after.  We need to strive to know the goal we are reaching for and be sure we are hitting the Mark God wants us to hit.  Then we need to live it before others so they too will know the goal to reach for.color]

General Discussion / Prayer
« on: July 16, 2016, 11:36:06 AM »
The work of praying is a prerequisite to all other work in the Kingdom of God.  By prayer we couple the powers of Heaven to our helplessness, the powers which can capture strongholds and make the impossible possible.

General Discussion / Gratitude
« on: July 16, 2016, 11:29:01 AM »
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. 
It turns what we have into enough and more. 
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. 
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home and a stranger into a friend.

General Discussion / Iraq and the Bible
« on: July 16, 2016, 11:24:52 AM »
Cleaning out my Bible I found a sheet of paper with interesting facts about Iraq.  I do not know where or when I got this and there is no reference to where these facts came from.  It may be interesting to do some research on these.

1.  The Garden of Eden was in Iraq
2.  Mesopotamia, which is now Iraq, was the cradle of civilization.
3.  Noah built the ark in Iraq.
4.  The Tower of Babel was in Iraq.
5.  Abraham was from Ur, which is in Southern Iraq.
6.  Isaac's wife Rebekah is from Nahor, which is in Iraq.
7.  Jacob met Rachel in Iraq.
8.  Jonah preached in Nineveh which is in Iraq.
9.  Assyria, which is in Iraq, conquered the ten tribes of Israel.
10.  Amos cried out in Iraq.
11.  Babylon, which is in Iraq, destroyed Jerusalem.
12.  Daniel was in the lion's den in Iraq.
13.  The 3 Hebrew children were in the fire in Iraq.
14.  Belshazzar, the King of Babylon saw the "writing on the wall" in Iraq.
15.  Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, carried the Jews captive into Iraq.
16.  Ezekiel preached in Iraq.
17.  The wise men were from Iraq.
18.  Peter preached in Iraq.
19.  The "Empire of Man" described in Revelation is called Babylon, which was a city in Iraq.

General Discussion / You can't outgive God!
« on: July 16, 2016, 11:11:54 AM »
I ran across a poem today I wanted to share.  The poem is quite lengthy, so I thought I would just give you the meat of what it says.

Give God...
your worries and He will give you peace.
your money and your wealth with increase.
your service and He will make you free.
your life and He will give you eternity.

your troubles and He will give relief.
your doubts and His power you will receive.
your grief and He will dry every tear.
your weakness, His strength will appear.

your hurts and He will show you mercy.
your sins and He will cleanse your soul.
your heart and He will fill you with love and joy unmatched.

poem author unknown.

General Discussion / Reading the Bible
« on: June 24, 2016, 10:37:10 AM »
There was a little boy that asked his grandfather, "What is the purpose of reading the Bible?"  His grandfather did not respond to the young child's question, but asked the boy to fetch a wicker basket for him.  The little boy did as the grandfather requested.  Then the grandfather told the child, "take the basket down to the spring behind the house and fill it up with water and bring it back to me."  The little boy did as he was told, but by the time he returned the water had all leaked out.  The grandfather told him to try again and hurry.  So the child returned to the spring and tried his best to get back to the house before the water had leaked out, but once again the water had escaped.  The grandfather told him he was sure he could do it if he tried again and ran as fast as he could.  So, once again the child took the old basket and tried with all his might to return with water.  The wise grandfather stooped down to the child and said, "You tried to come back with the water, but you couldn't quite make it, but look at the basket.  Do you see anything different?"  The child looked at the basket and realized the water had rinsed the dirt away.  The grandfather continued, "The Word of God is much the same.  Sometimes we don't think we are getting anywhere with reading the Bible, but just like the water in the basket, it is rinsing the dirt from our lives."

Reading the Bible is one of the most important things you can do with your time.  You may not realize what it is doing, but before long you will realize your relationship is deeper, your character is changing, your love of God is stronger.  Even passages that may not make sense or may be hard to understand are still working.  Read it!  Read all of it!!  You can be assured you will see a difference.

I heard a preacher talk about things we spend time on.  Some things we do are just time wasters.  We may enjoy them and they may have a purpose, but they don't really make a difference in our lives.  Then there are things we do that matter.  Reading our Bible is one of the things that really matter.  It builds us.  It develops our walk with Christ.

This is another great devotion and well worded.  Too many people claim to be Christians, yet they are not willing to "follow" Christ.  They want to live as they always have, but receive the blessings and inheritance of Christ.  If we are truly saved and love Jesus, we will find our lives conforming to His and a desire to live a life consecrated to Him.

The Institute for Creation Research

June 17, 2016
Reasonable Service
“I beseech you therefore . . . by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)
For those who would know God’s will for their lives, these verses provide the definitive answer. The key is sacrifice, not conformity. It is paradoxical, but wonderfully true, that real living is dying—dying to the world and living unto Christ! This great theme is emphasized repeatedly throughout the New Testament (Galatians 2:20, etc.).
Whether paradoxical or not, the principle of sacrificial living for Christ is eminently reasonable service! “Reasonable” is the Greek logikos, from which we derive our word “logical.” “Service” is the Greek latreian, referring to service as a priest. We have been made “an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5). It is perfectly logical that we render such lifelong service to the great Friend who laid down His life for us in order to take away our sins and give us everlasting life with Him in the ages to come.
It is also logical that we should not conform our lives to the standards of this present evil world. Why should we imitate this world’s materialism or humanism, in dress or music or morals or anything else? We have far higher and more lasting standards, guided by the Word of God and by minds renewed in Christ.
Our minds once were “blinded” by “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4), but now they can be guided by “the mind of the Lord” (Romans 11:34; 1 Corinthians 2:16). Here is the key to knowing that good and acceptable and perfect will of God! HMM

I enjoy reading daily devotions from The Institute for Creation Research.  I found this one really good and wanted to share it.  The main theme is a good reminder that there is a real Hell and real consequences to our actions.  But I love how they ended this and how we can apply the "eternal flame" to our daily lives!

May 30, 2016
The Eternal Flame
“The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.” (Leviticus 6:13)
The so-called “eternal flame” at the tomb of former President John Kennedy will surely eventually be extinguished. The same proved to be true for the continual burnt offering ordained by God in Israel’s ancient tabernacle sacrifices. The continual sacrifices for sin were of no more avail once God’s own sacrifice had been slain. “Every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; . . . For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified” (Hebrews 10:11-12, 14).
There is one flame, however, which is truly eternal. Jesus spoke of it several times. For example: “It is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched” (Mark 9:43). “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). Then, in the last book of the Bible describing the final judgment, “the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. . . . And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:10, 15).
But there is also another symbolic significance to the continual burnt offering: “Did not our heart burn within us, . . . while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32). “His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones” (Jeremiah 20:9). “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually” (Hebrews 13:15). Set on fire by the Word of God and the love of Christ, our hearts should burn with His praises continually. HMM

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