And David… Behaved Himself Wisely.

“And David… behaved himself wisely:” - 1 Samuel 18:1

 

The way David acted in 1 Samuel 18 – following the great victory that the LORD gave him over Goliath – would affect the way he acted throughout the rest of 1 Samuel – when the victory became history and life for David went sour!

David “behaved himself wisely”.

We ought to be known for “behaving ourselves wisely.”

Whose daughter are you?

Whose daughter are you?  (Sorry fellas – but it is Mother’s Day!)

 

Yes, we all have an earthly mother.  We should honour her and love her in Christ, but the above verse is directing our thinking to spiritual matters when it says that you – if you are a born again Christian woman – are a daughter of... Sarah?

 

Open Our Eyes Lord

And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man...”

2 Kings 6.17

 

Do you ever try and try... and try - to help someone see something that they just can’t seem to see?

 

Of course we do - if we have anything to do with serving the Lord – just like the situation with Elisha here.

 

We must understand the part we play in the lives of people by simple PRAYER.  (Because God does hear it!)

 

Obedient Unto Death

“...obedient unto death...” - Philippians 2.6

Why would Jesus be, “obedient unto death”?

He was meek, and lowly, and “obedient unto death”.  Why?  I believe it was love.  He loved His Father.  He loved you.  He loved me...

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Who, being in the form of God,

thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But made himself of no reputation,

and took upon him the form of a servant,

and was made in the likeness of men:

Hid

“…hid…” - Psalm 119.11

 

I am glad that sometimes there is just one word from the Bible that the Holy Spirit keeps in our hearts to think about.  

 

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that might not sin against thee.”

 

Turning our heart away.

“...for surely they will turn away your heart...

1 Kings 11.2

 

 

The Lord had warned the children of Israel about things that would turn their hearts away from the Lord and toward false gods...

 

The liberal soul shall be made fat.

“The liberal soul shall be made fat:”

Proverbs 11.25

 

The word “liberal” is an interesting word for us these days.  We often associate it with one of two things: the more conservative political party here in Australia – the Liberals, or someone who is a bit “too broad” in their views or thinking.

The Quiz

“whatsoever is not of faith is…”? - Roman 14.23

 

It’s a great time for a quiz!

 

Which is the correct ending to the verse?

 

1.       “…whatsoever is not of faith is still going to work out OK.”

2.       “…whatsoever is not of faith is scientific.”

3.       “…whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”

4.       “…whatsoever is not of faith is probably going to make more sense.”

 

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Hebrews 11:1 

I Had Fainted...

“I had fainted, unless I had believed...” - Psalm 27.13

 

 

Ever feel like that?

 

Ever need that sort of reminder?

 

I was going over Psalm 27 this past week, and I have probably read this phrase, and quoted the verse a hundred times – literally!  But when I was going over it this past week it struck me just like that,

“I had fainted, unless I had believed...”

 

Your Adversary The Devil

“...your adversary the devil...” - 1 Peter 5.8

 

I’m not your enemy... the devil is.

 

Do you ever feel like you are trying to help someone but they are resisting everything you are trying to do?

 

Maybe you feel you are giving sound advice, or the example you are setting is good and clear, but it’s not appreciated?

 

Maybe whatever you are saying or doing is just not received well, and instead you are being treated like you are “the enemy”!

 

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