The tribes had gathered in support of David to take the kingdom from Saul. Every warrior was counted and mentioned, from Zadok and his twenty-two captains to the one hundred and twenty thousand men coming from the other side of the Jordan River.
Why mention the small amounts in the same breath as those mighty in number?
Because just as Zadok’s group was filled with individuals the other groups were made of individuals too. Each person, no matter how big or small their tribe, had to voluntarily commit to fighting. They each had to make a decision. God recognized and remembered them for it.
You’re commitment to Christ may seem insignificant when comparing yourself to the masses, but it isn’t. Masses are made up of individuals that do their part. Be willing to serve and God will honor it.
Scripture taken from: I Chronicles 12:23-38
God, creator of the world and everything good in it, who has always been, always is and always will be, the eternal one…he is also the lawmaker, the grace giver. He, the just one, is the final authority of what stands in this world and in the next.
He asks in the book of Amos “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
If someone (meaning us or God) is needing to give a little so that we can be in agreement, who do you think should be willing to change the direction they’re going?
Submit to God’s will for your life, it’s always best.
Scripture taken from: Amos 3:3
You’ve heard the idiom “she wears her heart on her sleeve”? Meaning she puts herself, her opinions, her emotions out there for anyone to see.
Take a look at the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31. Verse 25. Strength and honor are her clothing.
What two words would describe you if you were to open up to those around you? Would you be content with that description or should you put forth more effort to represent Christ well?
Let’s be intentional in how we respond, how we live, and even how we think because it can potentially impact those around us.
God parted the Red Sea for Moses and the Israelites to be able to escape the Egyptians.
God also parted the Jordan River for Elijah and Elisha to walk over, putting them in the place where Elijah would ascend into heaven in a chariot of fire.
Most Christians know about the parting of the Red Sea. It’s taught in Sunday School classes from the youngest age on through. It’s sung about. It’s preached on.
But the account of Elijah and Elisha’s experience of the Jordan River parting before them is lesser known.
It isn’t that the parting of the river wasn’t a less miraculous event. They both took the power of God. He orchestrated both events. It’s just that one has been proclaimed more than the other.
Which led me to thinking on our testimonies. What God has done for you is just as miraculous as what he has done for other people. The way people respond may be different but that doesn’t mean your experience is of less importance to God. He is the author of your faith. To him, if not to anyone else, your story is worth telling and is valuable.
Share what Christ has done for you. You are a miracle. You have no need to feel unimportant to God and his kingdom.
Scripture taken from:
2 Kings 2:8
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: but the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. I Peter 1:24-25
A springboard for sharing the gospel can be as easy as finding the right emojis. It’s ok to be creative in getting a conversation started!
My testimony: 🎚👂🏻🙏🏻🌲👩🏼🏫🛤
I heard the Word of the Lord being preached. I prayed, asking Jesus to forgive me of my sin and to become my savior. He gave me eternal life. Now I teach his Word and try to live a life that will lead others to Jesus.
You are welcome to share your testimony or a favorite verse in the comments!
Their houses weren’t the best. Their clothes weren’t the greatest. They barely had enough food to eat.
They couldn’t figure it out. The money they were making seemed to be held in a bag with holes. It seemed as if they were always spinning their wheels, never getting ahead.
Then The Lord revealed to them the cause of their problems: unwise financial choices. He pointed out the house of God as it laid in ruins, untouched, uncared for. No one was willing to give to the rebuilding of the temple because they were too concerned with making sure they were taken care of.
Their money wasn’t being invested in the things of God.
Do you feel like you can’t get out of the hole? Or that you have to live just scraping by? If so take a look at where your money is going. If God isn’t on the list put Him there, at the top. Or if you believe that you are investing in the work of The Lord but aren’t seeing a good turnaround check and make sure what you are supporting. Dig a little deeper into the ministry to make sure that it is lifting up Jesus and not just a front to scheme money.
Being blessed financially begins with giving The Lord His portion first.
Scripture taken from: Haggai 1:2-14 and Malachi 3:10
Originally posted: January 30, 2014
People sometimes get themselves in a mess when they judge situations or other people based only on what they perceive to be true, also known as their opinion.
Jesus doesn’t judge based on his opinion. He judges according to righteousness. Therefore he is never wrong.
If you find yourself in turmoil over a situation ask yourself why. If it’s just that there is a difference of opinion, but the facts are that it doesn’t contradict the Word, let it go.
God has created us all differently from our personalities to our physical appearances. Backgrounds and upbringings aren’t the same. You aren’t beholden to agree with everyone or to persuade others into thinking exactly as you do. Move forward in knowing that the Truth is the just judge and you are called to live peaceably among men as much as possible.
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The women had found Christ’s tomb empty. The angel of the Lord appeared to tell them to go share the good news.
The ladies responded with obedience because they respected the Lord. They ran to share the good news, with great joy.
When the Lord calls you to serve him remember what the ladies experienced:
Obedience, as a result of godly fear, brings great joy.
Scripture taken from: Matthew 28:1-8