Today's Reading: 2 Samuel 20-22
2 Samuel 22:30
For by You I can run against a troop; By my God I can leap over a wall...
God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect.
King David knew that God was his source of all things. Even when he made bad choices, He knew that his success was granted by God's grace and mercy.
We too can have confidence that as we put our trust in The Lord, He will provide for and protect us. This verse encourages us that with God on our side, we can do anything! There is no challenge too great or obstacle too strong for us because with God we "can leap over a wall."
Whatever you're facing today, take a deep breath and take it before God. He will be your shield--your strength--your power. He will make your way perfect.
Thank You Lord for your faithfulness to me inspite of my flaws. I put my trust in You today to help me overcome any challenge I may face and to bring glory to Your Name. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Today's Reading: 2 Samuel 17-19
My verse: 2 Samuel 18:33
Then the king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept. And as he went, he said "O my son Absalom--my son, my son Absalom--if only I had died in your place!
David was king--he had everything most people strive for today...power, status, material wealth. But one thing he did not have was peace with his family.
As we pursue excellence and our calling, we cannot neglect the people around us whom God is sending us to share His love with. We cannot forget that people are at the heart of God's plan--especially our family.
Lord, help me to value people over status, power, wealth or anything else that would cause regret or distract us from the calling you have placed on our lives. In Jesus' Name. Amen!
Today's Reading: 2 Samuel 11-13
Then The Lord sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said to him...12:1
A lot happens to David and his family in these 3 chapters--bad choices and the consequences of those choices. But there is a man named Nathan who confronts David and pushes him to repentance.
Three things I learned from my study Bible today:
1. We all need someone in our lives who will speak God's Truth into our situations, and especially our mistakes.
2. We need to be ready to be that someone for someone else.
3. To be that person and receive instruction from that person, we need to be SECURE, which means we need:
-An understanding of God's Truth
-A real and authentic relationship with God and others
-To find our identity in Christ, not in others or in the culture's standards
-Live each day with deep conviction
-To be humble and willing to move when God prompts us.
Do you have someone like this in your life right now? Are you this person to someone else? What can you do daily to develop into this type of person and establish a relationship with this type of person?
I have several people who help me become more aware of my shortcomings and mistakes--my immediate family and 2 friends I repeat dearly. And I do reciprocate and speak into their lives as well. But I know I can continue to develop into a better leader by daily seeking God through His Word and Prayer and putting into practice and sharing the things that I learn!
Maxwell Leadership Bible
I am re-starting my POWER of 3 readings. We are currently in the book of 2 Samuel, chapters 8-10.
My verse is:
2 Samuel 10:12
Be of good courage, and let us be strong for our people and for the cities of our God. And may The Lord do what is good in His sight.
When we fully trust God and His plan for our lives, we are free from fear and free to believe in our abilities to succeed. God's presence in our lives gives us good courage and strength so that we can carry out His instructions and also fosters peace and hope that the outcome will be for our food because God is good and He delights in giving us good things.
Maybe you are going through something difficult today...be of good courage--be strong. And stand firm for God and you will see Him deliver you and cause all things to work together for His good, to being honor and glory to His name.
Lord, thank You for the courage and strength you give me to stand for You and to trust Your good plan for my life. Help me today to act in faith and fight for what is right by You. Show me how to best handle every challenge I will face today and in the days to come, so that I will honor You with all my decisions. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Read 1 Corinthians 9-11
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT)
There were a lot of Scriptures that I liked in this section, but this one really sums it up for me...in all things, my goal should be to honor God.
That includes the food choices I make because my body is His temple and the vessel He uses to demonstrate His glory to the world.
How I take care of my body through exercise, hygiene and resting is also important to ensuring I am in good health to do what God calls me to do.
And how I relate to others in all aspects of my life should reflect God's love so that others are drawn to Him for His honor & Glory. Including how I conduct myself in all situations should be in such a manner that is pleasing to God.
How can you begin honoring God more in your everyday living?