Bible Devotions

God Hears

 

When God says something will happen we can rest assured it will come to pass.  King David wanted to build a house for God, but God said it would not be David, but his son Solomon who would do it (1 Chronicles 28:3). 

 

Fast forward to 2 Chronicles 7:11 NKJV “Thus Solomon finished the house of the Lord and the king’s house:  and Solomon successfully accomplished all that came into his heart to make in the house of the Lord and in his own house.”  See.  God said Solomon would build the house of the Lord and Solomon really did finish it.

 

When the Lord calls someone to do something for His kingdom, He equips.  One of Solomon’s purposes from God was to complete the Lord’s house.  With God’s help, he not only did it, but he “successfully accomplished all that came into his heart”.  Everything God plants in our heart to do, He makes happen. 

 

It is so encouraging to know God can be trusted to follow through on whatever He promises.  So when we read 2 Chronicles 7:14 we should have great joy: “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

 

God will hear, forgive and heal, if we choose to humble our self before Him.  As we agree with God about our sins, seek Him and turn from our old ways, He will hear and respond.  That was the case for me.  Once I humbled myself, confessed my sins, He answered me, forgave me and healed me.  All that’s left is for me to continue carrying out God’s purpose in my life, as He reveals it to me.  This I know: He is the One working it out through me.  My part is willing obedience to Him.

 

How about you?  Have you humbled yourself before the Lord?  Have you agreed with God about your sin?  Are you seeking His forgiveness?  Why wait?  He’s waiting.  He will answer when you turn to Him.

 Lord, thank you for hearing us when we humble our self before you.  Thank you for your forgiveness.  Thank you for being faithful to answer us.  Draw us near.  May we always hear you.  In Jesus’ name Amen.  
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In His Presence

Those who choose to enter into God’s presence and earnestly seek Him in all they do, say or think will be blessed.  David was named by God as “a man after God’s own heart”.  That’s a pretty incredible thing to say about someone who was a murderer and adulterer.  But that’s story for another time.  Yes, David failed at times, just like we do, but he would always return to the Lord.  That makes him a good role model for us.  Read what King David writes in Psalm 84. 

My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord, my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. (Psalm 84:2 NKJV) Does your soul long for God?  Do you ache for Him?  If not, learn about Him.  Study what He’s done for you.  Focus on the majesty of Him and you will want to be near Him. 

 

Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; they will still be praising You. (Psalm 84:4 NKJV) Staying focused on God no matter what’s going on around you causes you to see things from a different perspective.  When you remember God knows what He’s doing, you can praise Him, even while going through a tough trial in life.  David had plenty of trials in his life.  If David could praise God in the middle of his trials, surely we can too.

 

Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.  (Psalm 84:5 NKJV) Realizing we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us is a blessing.  David knew where his strength came from – the Lord.  In addition, he knew he was on a journey.  We are also on a journey to our real home in heaven.  Like Paul taught us we are to remember to keep our eyes on the eternal things and not the things we can see.  When eternity is our focus, we set our hearts in the direction of God and His Kingdom.  Then we can easily say what David did in Psalm 84:10 NKJV, “For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.”    

 

Our soul longs for the Lord, our minds are set on eternity, and our strength comes from Him. For further reassurance, look at look at Psalm 84:11 NKJV: “No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”  There are blessings waiting for you who follow the Lord. 

 Lord, thank you for using ordinary people as examples for us.  Thank you for the mercy and grace you pour out on us.  Help us long for you.  Guide our thoughts to the eternal things.  Remind us where our strength comes from.  Reassure us of your love and enable us to walk uprightly before you.  In Jesus’ name Amen.  

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The Faithful are Answered part 3

Part 3 of 3

 

Read 1 Samuel 1-3

 

All through these chapters we see the contrast between good and evil.  God’s Word is full of examples outlining the consequences of godly behavior, as well as what happens to the wicked.  This section of scripture is no different.  The table below outlines a few examples of the different types of behavior and how it is rewarded.

 

Good

Evil

V1:11 Hannah earnestly prays for male child and v1:20 God gives her Samuel

V2:12 Sons of Eli were corrupt and V2:34 both will die on the same day as a sign of God’s judgment.

V1:26-27 Hannah gives Samuel back to the God as she promised and v3:20 Samuel becomes prophet of God

V2:25 Eli’s sons did not heed the voice of their father and the Lord desired to kill them.

V3:21 Samuel ministers to the Lord and God reveals Himself

V3:13 Eli’s sons made themselves vile and Eli didn’t restrain them therefore v3:14 Eli’s house won’t be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.

 

Please notice the good side is represented by purity of heart and obedience.  Also note, the evil side is represented by self-centered willfulness and disobedience.

 

Eli, the priest and his two sons perpetrated evil on a regular basis.   This is set up in contrast to the purity of Hannah’s request for a child and Samuel the answer to her prayers.  Notice each time the deeds of Eli’s sons were mentioned, the next statement is about Samuel: “But Samuel ministered before the Lord”.   

 

Eli, the priest failed as a parent to teach his own children about the Lord.  Then as if to show Eli his error, God sends Samuel to live with him.  Samuel coming from the purity of Hannah remains pure while living with Eli and the wicked sons.  Samuel ministers to the Lord, without even knowing the Lord yet.

 

The time comes when the Lord calls Samuel, but he doesn’t recognize the call and thinks it is Eli calling him.  Three times the Lord calls Samuel and three times he runs to Eli saying “Here I am”.  Finally, Eli discerns it is the Lord calling Samuel and instructs him to listen / respond to the Lord.  Eli was not right with God because of the evil he allowed to continue in the house of God.  The fact it took Eli three times to figure it out the Lord was calling says Eli was not attuned to the Lord.   He should have been able to recognize it sooner.

 

Eli didn’t teach his own sons, so he probably didn’t teach Samuel either.  Notice how Samuel is right before God in the same environment as Eli’s wicked sons.   What was the difference?  One difference is Samuel had a praying mother, Hannah.  She was so grateful the Lord answered her prayers, she probably prayed for Samuel everyday. 

 

What can we draw from the examples today?  We each have a choice to follow God or not.  Our environment is not to be blamed for whether we or not we choose God.  As we see Samuel being raised in a wicked environment still chose to follow God.  We can to.

 Lord thank you for your clear instructions.  Enable us to turn to you in obedience.  Cast away from us any selfish, rebellious thoughts and deeds and equip us for godly living until Christ returns.  In Jesus’ name Amen. © Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.  For more articles, devotions and book reviews, visit http://www.ThinkOnItDevotions.com today.

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Kiss the Son

Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.  Psalm 2:12 NKJV 

Read Psalm 2.

Have you ever looked around at the world today and wondered what was going on?  Why does everyone seem to be angry, jealous, and selfish?

The psalmist saw worldliness in his generation, just as we do in ours.  Verse one says “Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing?” However, he didn’t use the depravity he saw as an excuse to deny God himself.  Instead he chose to praise God, reinforcing in his own mind God had everything under control.  “Yet I have set My King On My holy hill in Zion” says the Lord in verse six.

In verses four and five we see the wicked would not go unpunished: “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision.  Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure.”

Be encouraged, no matter how bad it gets around us, God knows what He’s doing.  Listen to the psalmist in verses 10 through 12:  “Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth.   Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.  Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little.  Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.”

The reminder in this psalm is two fold.  First, we need to turn our self away from worldliness and keep our self God-centered.  Second, we are not of this world if we have put our trust in Jesus Christ. 

 Lord, thank you for your precious word conveying your love and mercy to all.  Enable us to turn away from worldliness and set our minds on you.  Enable us to trust you more fully this day.  In Jesus’ name Amen.  

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Way of the Righteous

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Psalm 1:6 NKJV 

Read Psalm 1.  This is a wisdom psalm.  Its purpose is to provide us with wisdom for godly living.  If we carry out what is described in verses one and two, then verse three will occur.  We are also to remember this doesn’t apply to the ungodly.  Their path leads to destruction declares verses four through six. 

 

Let’s look at each verse in more detail. 

 

Verse one:  “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;” What kind of attitude does one who walks in counsel of the ungodly have?  They probably have a self-centered attitude caring only about satisfying their own desires.  How about the one who stands in the path of sinners?  They may have a “live and let live” attitude that says everyone is entitled to do what they want.  What kind of thoughts does a person who sits in the seat of the scornful have?  I imagine the scornful have critical, judging and condemning thoughts.  The Bible teaches us we will be blessed if we don’t follow these patterns of living.

 

Verse two: “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.” The more we read of God’s Word, the more delight we take from it.  As we’re faithful to seek out God through His Word, He will fill us with delight.  Please notice the delight doesn’t come unless we read His Word.  It is conditional.  If we want the delight, we need to meditate day and night in His Word.  Romans 12:2 says be renewed in the mind by allowing God to change the way you think. His Word and His Spirit in us are the agents that renew our minds.

 

Verse three:  “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” Here we have more benefits of focusing on God and His Word.  Look at what Jesus said in John 4:14 NKJV “but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”  The Word is God’s water and source of life.  Without God’s water we can not bear fruit, but with it we shall prosper.

 

Verse four: “The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.” The ungodly will not endure.  There is a time when they will be no more.

 

Verse five: “Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.”  Those who choose to go their own way will have a difficult time when judgment comes.  This verse clears states they won’t be able to stand.  They will be removed from the assembly of the righteous.  Next time we clash with the ungodly, we are to show mercy to them. Just as Jesus cried out on the cross “Father, forgive them for they know not what they are doing” we too should seek the Father’s forgiveness on their behalf.  They really don’t know what’s coming.

 

Verse six:  “For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” The way of the righteous is secure but the ungodly way leads to death.  Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  The ungodly do not understand the path their on.  Pray for the ungodly around you.  While you’re at it, continue your own steadfastness.  Keep yourself in the love of God by continuing in His Word, meditating day and night, and practicing what you learn in your life. 

 

Jesus told us we are the light of the world; therefore we are to let His light shine from us to everyone around us.  In this way, many more may come to know the Lord as their personal savior. 

 Lord Jesus, thank you for dying in our place.  Thank you for making it possible for us to have a relationship with God.  Thank you for leading us deeper into your truth.  May we be mindful of your Word and pray for those who do not know you yet.  In your name we pray, Jesus.  Amen.  

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The Mouth’s Role in Wisdom

Read Proverb 15.  

The mouth and the words springing forth from it play a pivotal role in wisdom.  As you read Proverbs 15 ponder the passages referring to the mouth, words or thoughts.  Let’s begin.

 

Avoiding Anger

Verse 1: “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”   Not only do we learn a soft answer can alleviate wrath, but we are told what causes anger to start with.  When we choose to use a soft answer we are stopping anger before it can cause any damage.  How often do you choose a soft answer?

 

Using Rightly

Verse 2: “The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.”  Have you ever been tempted to say “I told you so”?  This verse clearly says the wise use knowledge rightly.  I’m confident saying “I told you so” is not helpful to the hearer (Ephesians 4:29).   In Verse 28 see another example of using the Word rightly, “The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.”  Combine these verses with verse one and it seems to be saying consider your words carefully before speaking.  How would you rate yourself on this one?

 

Planting Seeds

Verse 4: “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” Every word we speak is planting some kind of seed.  Are we planting wholesome seeds bringing life to others?  Or are we careless with harsh or negative words tearing others down?  Our words matter. Verse 11 says “Hell and Destruction are before the Lord; so how much more the hearts of the sons of man.”  Everything we say is before the Lord.  We would be wise to remember words spoken cannot be taken back.

 

Sharing Knowledge

Verse 7: “The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, but the heart of the fool does not do so.” Clearly we are instructed to share what we know.  We exist to bring glory to God.  One way is by sharing what we know about God with others.  Verse 9 says “The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but He loves him who follows righteousness.”  If we are to follow Jesus’ example, we are called to share our knowledge with others in a gentle way.  How often do you share with others?

 

Seeking Knowledge

Verse 14: “The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.”  Our time on this planet is limited.  While we are here, consider what we choose to put before us. Continual effort is required in filtering what we feed on.  What are you reading, watching and listening to?  Is it helpful, encouraging and leading to life? Or does is reek of worldly pleasures, deadly gossip or greedy gain? 

 

In summary, we have learned the mouth plays a critical role in wisdom.  It can help us avoid anger when used rightly.  It can plant seeds bringing life when shared with others.  It can help increase understanding when foolishness is avoided.  Now what are we going to do with this new knowledge? 

 Lord, thank you for your word.  Help us to apply it to our lives today.  We confess we haven’t always heeded your word.  Today, we ask for your help to live according to your way.  Enable us to share the knowledge you’ve given us to plant seeds leading to life. In Jesus’ name Amen.  

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Think Your Good, Don’t You?

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 NKJV 

What do you do with a verse like this?  All your life you think you’re a good person.  After all you haven’t murdered, stolen or committed adultery with anyone, right?  Maybe your parents taught you to be a “good” person.  While that’s a good thing, it isn’t going to save you in the end according to God’s Word. 

 

The Bible tells us we can not trust our own hearts, according to Isaiah 44:20 NKJV “…A deceived heart has turned him aside; And he cannot deliver his soul…”.  Our hearts lie to us.   

I thought I was good until God humbled me by showing me just how deceitful I could be.  Who knew I could be so sinful?  God knew and He lovingly showed me my sin so I would turn to Him for forgiveness. 

 

Even if we’ve believed the lies of our heart, God can still rescue us.  Consider His Word and allow Him to change the way you think (Romans 12:2).  Look at what God says in Ezekiel 11:19 NKJV “Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh”.   

You’ll never regret trusting the Lord.  When you do, He’s give you a new heart, one that beats for Him.  He did for me!  He’s waiting to give you a new heart, too!

 

Lord thank you for revealing my sin, forgiving me and giving me a new heart that beats for you.  Enable us to trust you and cast out the lies we’ve stored in our hearts.  Thank you for your love and mercy.  In Jesus’ name Amen.  

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