1 Samuel 23-24(NKJV) I see here a man who truly loves and depends on The Lord for his every move…David never did anything without asking God’s opinion even when the situation seemed pretty straightforward. He never judged by the seeing of his natural eyes or by the hearing of his natural ears and as a result he averted danger and also prevented bloodshed. That is the secret to our success today as Children of God. Do we rush into things or do we ask The Holy Spirit our personal Helper and Teacher to help and teach us what to do always?
1 Chronicles 6 (NKJV) In a nutshell we see God staying true to His promise to the children of Israel. A long list of the land that he promised to give every tribe is listed here. If you have ever had any doubts in God’s faithfulness let this verse encourage you. Faithful is God who has promised us in His word and He will do it and bring it to past
Psalm 54(NKJV) This scripture was probably David’s prayer when Saul sought to take his life. Verse 1 reminds me of the scripture “the name of the Lord is a strong Tower the righteous run into it and are saved. The question we all need to answer is where do we turn to when trouble is all around us? Do we run to God.or to man? David always turned to God and He was never let down…I learn here that I must have the same mindset and do the same thing too!!
Acts 16(NKJV) Once again here we see the Holy Spirit at work leading and directing the Apostles and giving them specific instructions. We can also see a good example of how we should react when trials and tribulations come our way….we need to give God thanks like Paul and Silas did even when in chains believing that because God is the Almighty He can remove hindrances and bring a solution
In Christ BM
1 Samuel 3-5 There is so much to learn from these three chapters which time will not permit us to cover them all. Here we see the beginning of Samuel ministry and how he learns under Eli’s mentorship. God calls out to Samuel and reveals certain plans about the future and how judgement is going to fall on Eli and his family. “For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; HIS SONS BLASPHEMED GOD, and HE FAILED TO RESTRAIN THEM.-1 Samuel 3:13 (NIV) In bold is the reason judgement was coming on Eli and His children. The lesson to learn here is God expects us to bring up your children in the ways of the Lord and this may require sharp rebuke in love when they do wrong.
The LORD was WITH SAMUEL as he grew up, and he let NONE of SAMUEL’S WORDS FALL TO THE GROUND.- 1 Samuel 3:19 NIV -.I learn here that when God is with you, He will honour your word because He knows you are in sync and in tune with Him like Samuel was here
The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he REVEALED HIMSELF to Samuel THROUGH HIS WORD.-1 Samuel 3:21 NIV – here I learn once again that when we read God’s word regularly He reveals His true nature to us..we begin to learn from His word His mindset and how He acts and thinks
Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd therefore I shall not want for direction neither shall I lack nothing because He will show and reveal to me His abundance as He leads me besides the quiet waters which symbolizes peace
He has promised in Psalms 23:4 that in the darkest Valley He will be there with me so I need not be afraid
In Psalm 23:5 God will display His divine abundance in my life even when the devil and his cohorts are onlookers and in verse 6 I have assurance that God’s goodness and love will be consistently evident in all areas of my life as I dwell in His house forever
Acts6 In this book I learn how important ministry to people’s physical needs back then was so important as part of the work of the church like it is today with Foodbanks spread all over the world today in my church and thousands of other churches!!.
We can see that choosing people involved in serving the people’s physical needs had to be done through prayer and seeking God’s face. So we see the likes of Stephen and others being chosen to do this great work. This is an example to leaders of churches today to always prayerfully seek God’s face when appointing people to look after various arms of ministry and also that meeting people’s physical needs is also part of what The Lord expects from us like Jesus did with feeding the five thousand.
In Christ BM
Judges 1- 3 It’s so sad to see all the self inflicted pain the children of Israel put themselves through again and again just because they walked in disobedience. The lesson learnt here is the price to pay for disobedience could be very costly!!
After Joshua and all the Elders that were with him died things seemed to go to plan until in Judges1:27 Manasseh made the grave mistake of not following God’s instructions and that was when things started going wrong. God was angry with them and sent His angel to rebuke the Israelites for making covenants with the canaanites and other inhabitants of the land, they served their gods and worshipped them. The bible talks about a new generation that arose after Joshua’s generation had died who didn’t know God or what He had done in Egypt so they worshipped other God’s and God punished them and defeated them at war because God’s hand was against the Israelites at war.
God in His mercy raised Judges to save them but the Israelites would return to their wicked ways and it became a vicious circle of defeat and rescue but they never left their wicked ways…
A number of lessons can be learnt here. 1/Why was there a generation that didn’t know God after Joshua’s generation..could it be that their fathers/mothers never taught them about God or were they just rebellious and enticed by the lifestyle of the other nations? – We must spend time teaching our children about our God from a young age and continue to have conversations about our God and the Christian faith with them even when they are grown up. 2/We must realise that when we walk in disobedience not only will God turn against us, we will also be left open to the enemy to plunder us. We must also be careful about the types of covenants we have with people who are not Christians or children of God which is why the bible says we shouldn’t be “unequally yoked with unbelievers”. Every covenant or relationship must be aligned with God’s word, if it’s in any way contrary to His word then don’t do it!!
Psalm 16 Here I see God is my all in all..He is the source of my refuge and “…apart from you I have no good thing”(Ps16:2 NIV) In verse 5 the Psalmist declares “…you make my lot secure” and in verse 8 he declares also “….with Him at my right hand I will not be shaken”. The Psalmist goes on to proclaim “you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead” and also “..you will fill me with joy in your presence with eternal pleasures at your right hand..” All these snippets of Psalm 16 just confirm to me we need nothing more than God because He is more than enough!! He is the all sufficient one..Glory!! Hallelujah!!
Luke 20 I see Jesus here demonstrate His wisdom and knowledge and how He was not only confident in the word He knew just when to speak, when to be quiet and the correct response for every situation. May we also learn from the example of Christ by spending time in the word so that we can confidently answer any questions from the world and also be able to teach our fellow brethren who may struggle with understanding God’s word. Most importantly though may we learn to trust in the Holy Spirit for guidance and instruction on when to speak and when to be quiet
When I read scriptures like these I am excited because it goes to show how personal God’s love for His children is and if this love is so evident in the Old Testament before Jesus died how much more in the New Testament, the new covenant between us and God!! Glory Hallelujah!!
In Deuteronomy 19:1 I see God demonstrating His love for His children by fulfilling His promise to bless them. He does this by dispossessing heathen nations of their wealth and transferring it to His beloved children the Israelites. What I have learnt from this is that as God did back then so is He doing now under the new covenant He has sealed with me through Jesus…if I love The Lord and desire to know Him more by seeking first His kingdom the wealth of the wicked as He has said in His word will be transferred over to me too.
Isn’t our God awesome and full of love and compassion for us His children!! In Deuteronomy 20:1 & Deuteronomy 20:4 God demonstrates His love for the Israelites once again by encouraging them not to be afraid when the challenges of life comes up against them in battle, for the battle is not theirs but the Lord’s and it is He who will fight their battles. I have the same assurance from God today!! I have no reason to be afraid like the rest of the world when I go through seemingly though challenges because God has my back and He will fight and win my battles if I can only trust in Him and run to Him first rather than running to man. When I run to God, He gives me wisdom to know what to do in those challenges…I learn also never to rush to take action without going to God in prayer first no matter how desperate the situation gets…like those mighty armies mention in Deuteronomy 20:1 situations may present themselves in that manner but I wont be moved by what I see or hear..instead I will run to God first!! Glory Hallelujah!!
In Luke 10 Jesus once again the fountain of all wisdom opens our eyes to what is most crucial when it comes to practical Christianity. I see Jesus here focusing on what matters most. In Luke10:19 Jesus assures me I have authority over all things through Him, so nothing the enemy throws at me can overcome me because the weapons of my warfare are not ordinary but mighty through God for the pulling down and trampling under my feet all powers of the enemy in what every form or fashion he tries to attack me. This knowledge and assurance gives me that edge and confidence that I can and will overcome every challenge that comes my way.
In Luke 10:28 Jesus in a nutshell says if I want everlasting live I need to love the Lord with all my heart and love my neighbour as myself…He also goes on to give a practical example to the Lawyer who asked him the question by saying it is those who show acts of kindness to someone in need that are actually showing true love..kind of like what Jesus does to me…the bible says I was lost in sin and Jesus reached out to me in love when I was desperate.
All glory to God…I rest my pen here till the next blog😊
As I read the book of Numbers I see The Lord giving the children of Israel the Law and also instructions about how to live their lives as well as well as various sacrifices they needed to practice for the forgiveness of sin..we see that in Numbers 19:9 and Numbers 19:17
I also see an account of the journey of the children of Israel to the promised land and the various experiences they had. A number of these stands out as there are lessons for me to learn.
In Numbers 20:2-5
I see the children of Israel just because of a temporary setback and a need they had, murmuring against God and forgetting all the goodness God had showed them in the past and how he delivered them from Egypt. We must not make the same mistake!! When we go though hard times we must not forget all that God has done for us in the past and that He is able to deliver us from the current hardship too.
Also in Number20:12 – I see how disobedience could be very costly!! Moses did not follow God’s instructions and it cost him leading the people to the promise land…what a shame!! We must be very careful to follow God’s instructions in His words, as if we don’t, it could cost us God’s blessings here on earth and also cost us eternity.
In Numbers20:20-21 Here I see unforgiveness from the Edomites the descendants of Esau against the Israelites(Jacob’s descendants) for the deception of Jacob when he stole his birth right. The sad part about all this is Esau actually did forgive Jacob but for some funny reason Esau’s descendants decided to hold a grudge against the Israelites Jacob’s descendants and would not help them at their time of need. The problem may have been from Esau who may not have stressed to his children that he had forgiven their Jacob their Uncle.
In Colossians 4 I see Paul giving advise to the early church about Christian living and also how he gives tidings from the brethren to the church.
I want to zoom in on Colossians 4:5 (Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. NIVUK). I see Paul here encouraging the Brethren to apply wisdom when relating with people who are not Christians by ensuring they maximize every opportunity to witness Christ through their attitude and dealings with them. This is very relevant to us today as we must be in an out of season ready to show kindness, love and give Godly advise to people we meet daily as this will touch their hearts and could lead them to Christ.