Sunday, March 17, 2019

CONTENTMENT

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 7-8

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Ruins of an ancient Roman amphitheatre in Bet Guvrin at the Maresha National Park in Israel.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: 1 Samuel 8:5

…and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”

Throughout history there seems to be a pattern that repeats itself over and over. We don’t learn well from history. There were the sons of Eli, and now the sons of Samuel. In each case the next generation failed to serve the God of their fathers faithfully. Surely they knew the consequences of their actions; nevertheless they failed. There is a strong tendency in us all to act as the popular song says, “I did it my way.” We’ve all heard little children say, “No! Me do!” It is my fervent desire that this daily blog will help us all say, “Yes! God’s way!”
God’s way did not satisfy the majority of the Israelites. He wanted to be their King, and it seemed to work very well for the people. They were prosperous. They were safe from oppression by their enemies all the days when Samuel functioned as their judge, before they had a king. But they were not content. The Scripture says, “Godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, may I be given grace every day to be content. You are my King, my absolute Monarch. I want to obey You in all things. I receive my instructions from You. I pray that I will steadfastly resist the pressures to conform to the world around me. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

For my personal devotions I’ve just read Romans 8:26-30 and also Romans 11:25-36/ Romans 12:1-2. The answer to the human problem of being faithful to God is here. It takes a positive and a negative charge to release electrical power. So it is with the release of the power of God in my life. Positive – “Be conformed to the image of His Son.” Negative – “Do not be conformed to this world.” Again I think of the electrical analogy. We have a built-in transformer. “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Not long ago, as I drove along Burnt Hills Road just north of Kingston, an electrical storm was raging. Lightening hit a transformer and it exploded in front of me. Of course, everyone’s lights went out in the area. There is a storm raging all around, a storm that can knock out my connection to God’s power. I count on God’s power crew, the Word and the Spirit, to be on hand constantly to keep me in complete union with Him.

Yours for a constant flow, without interruption, of God’s power,

David

P.S. In 2012 I was given a life expiry date of two years (Mayo Clinic and Juravinski Clinic). My “best before” month was March, 2014. I often told my family, “I’m indestructible until God is finished with me in this life.”  Thanks for your prayers!

The view from walking in the tunnels of the amphitheatre ruins in Bet Guvrin at the Maresha National Park in Israel.

13 thoughts on “Sunday, March 17, 2019

  1. We sure do miss you, David but remain ever thankful for the continuation of this blog. We are living sacrifices to You, God. Here on earth, as it is in heaven. Blessings to all saints in fellowship and worship, today, to our one and only King, and Saviour, Jesus!

    The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise. If the righteous is repaid on earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner!
    Proverbs 11:30-31 ESV

    Josh Baldwin ~ Stand In Your Love (Lyrics)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T2tMt0Ky6g

  2. The Servant’s Primary Goal By Oswald Chambers

    We make it our aim…to be well pleasing to Him. —2 Corinthians 5:9

    ““We make it our aim….” It requires a conscious decision and effort to keep our primary goal constantly in front of us. It means holding ourselves to the highest priority year in and year out; not making our first priority to win souls, or to establish churches, or to have revivals, but seeking only “to be well pleasing to Him.” It is not a lack of spiritual experience that leads to failure, but a lack of working to keep our eyes focused and on the right goal. At least once a week examine yourself before God to see if your life is measuring up to the standard He has for you. Paul was like a musician who gives no thought to audience approval, if he can only catch a look of approval from his Conductor.

    “Any goal we have that diverts us even to the slightest degree from the central goal of being “approved to God” (2 Timothy 2:15) may result in our rejection from further service for Him. When you discern where the goal leads, you will understand why it is so necessary to keep “looking unto Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2). Paul spoke of the importance of controlling his own body so that it would not take him in the wrong direction. He said, “I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest…I myself should become disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:27).

    “I must learn to relate everything to the primary goal, maintaining it without interruption. My worth to God publicly is measured by what I really am in my private life. Is my primary goal in life to please Him and to be acceptable to Him, or is it something less, no matter how lofty it may sound?”

    WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS

    “The message of the prophets is that although they have forsaken God, it has not altered God. The Apostle Paul emphasizes the same truth, that God remains God even when we are unfaithful (see 2 Timothy 2:13). Never interpret God as changing with our changes. He never does; there is no variableness in Him.” Notes on Ezekiel, 1477 L

    • Agreeing with David’s prayer; and his analogy; in his “personal words”;
      The positive and the negative to release God’s power in my life!!

      Thank you for the wonderful photos, Reynold! Blessings on all who are involved in posting the daily bread; thank you Ron and Ann!!

      What a blessed day today, the WORD presented at our church service today, and the praises to glorify and honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. King of Kings and Lord of Lords!!Thg

      Blessings to you saints on this beautiful day!

  3. Stay in the word. Transformation of the mind by keeping the flow going the way of the Lord is the best. Thank you for this circuit for daily source of power.

  4. Blessings to you all this beautiful Lord’s Day. Such encouraging words, my sisters in Christ, this morning! And yes, happy for David who is in the presence of our precious Savior. We have so very much to look forward to, dear saints!

  5. Such wonderful words from David and fellow bloggers including Oswald Chambers. Thank you. Much to meditate on. Enjoy your Sabbath!

  6. I am so concerned about this generation with such bazaar ideas. May God’s light shine so very brightly, drawing this generation to Himself in spite of satanic influences. Lord, please keep Christian radio/tv, books, videos, etc, in Your protection. Amen

  7. Doreen I also have great concerns about today’s world and how people live; I rebuke the devil in all his ways; he is nothing; he has no hold over anyone anywhere;our Lord God Almighty who went to the Cross; He died; God raised Our Lord God Almighty back to life; our Lord God Almighty; Jesus Christ the Risen Son of God has defeated death and the devil…I pray Lord God that the Holy Spirit will enter the hearts of our leaders; that they would make good God-wise decisions in their lives and in the lives of our governments…
    I am asking people to pray daily for one week to rebuke the devil in all areas of our lives and in the lives of every human being on this earth; that there would be no more evil among us; that only God’s Goodness and His Grace and Mercy will
    be among all the peoples, please pray that parents;seniors,employers;politicians will come to the Lord and ask for directions and to lead with Godly wisdom, forgiveness,and an everlasting love for ALL people, pray that no evil will enter our hearts, our governments, that only Godly wisdom will reign…
    we pray this in Jesus Name amen

  8. I see my comments are set as a reply to your message . Beveree’ Sorry!

    I guess I forgot to Post it before replying to your post!

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