This week’s topic: Why was King David so special to God? The Apostle Paul shares in Acts 13:22 the following testimony about king David:
22 And when he had removed him (Saul), he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
From this scripture it is apparent that David was viewed by the Jews and Paul who was filled with the Holy Spirit of God, as a man after God’s own heart. This Scripture (Acts 13) also illuminates that God had chosen David from among the people and that his Seed would produce Jesus, the Christ. We know from the Word that David’s life was one of great success and much (moral) failure. He made many wrong choices and engaged in ungodly behaviors and sin. But, he never stopped believing in God and he never stopped serving and doing God’s will.
David trusted the LORD when he slew the lion, the bear and even Goliath. He believed God when he was anointed king even as a young shepherd boy. He was faithful to the work of God and he recognized his sins and repented when faced with them. David sought to please God and although he failed many times– he never stopped seeking God. He is a great picture for the believer– for you and for me– of the relationship and confidence we ought to have in our Father God.
Perhaps David was called a man after God’s own heart because his heart was turned toward God. The gifts and callings of God are without repentance. Go with God–follow hard after Him: Be a person after God’s own heart. Seek Me and you shall find Me when you seek me with your whole heart.
12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:12,13 KJV
This week’s topic: What is Life? In defense of all of the baby girls and boys who were never allowed to breathe outside of their mother’s womb, I say this: I say God has defined life in His word. Life is being. God is Everlasting Life and therefore He describes himself as I Am. Therefore, I believe life can be defined as the state of being that is sustained in that state by the presence of the breath of God. Bless the children as we recall the sanctity of life.
This week’s topic: Living in the Kingdom of God My counsel this week from the Word of God… Don’t be confused by the false teachings of the world system and its definition of kingdom living. Consider Romans 14:16-18 in the King James Version it reads: “16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.” Often times we as believers in Christ Jesus have to make the effort to allow the Truth of the Scriptures to transform our minds in order that we might be renewed, encouraged and reminded that our citizenship is not of this world. Our hearts are drawn to the LORD Himself and to the things that He has set forth as good. He says that if we are living in the kingdom we will have righteousness (rightly clothed in salvation), peace and joy. Righteousness is not something we can manufacture, but it is instead a description of one who is declared by faith as righteous through the putting on of Christ Jesus. In the book, Evangelical Dictionary of Theology edited by Walter A. Elwell, righteousness is described this way: “Therefore, as in the OT so also in the NT, God’s righteousness, which expresses itself in wrath and judgment against unrepentant sinners (Rom. 2:5-9; 2 Thess. 1:5-9; Rev. 19:2), triumphs through love in the form of salvation from sin for those who repent and claim God’s covenant promise fulfilled in Christ.” Christian, Jesus’ parables describe the kingdom as a treasure in a field and as a costly pearl. Both of these picture something that is precious and dear. These treasures are worth everything to those by whom they are uncovered and/or revealed. I encourage you to treasure your salvation. It is a irreplaceable and treasured gift bought by the shed blood of Jesus for you because His great love for you led Him to the cross. His sacrifice purchased your place in the kingdom–so are you living in the kingdom of God?
This week’s topic: Why Should We Persevere in Prayer? My counsel from the Word of God… consider that when we are moved to pray it becomes evident to both God and us that we consider the matter at hand as important. As Christians we have all, most certainly, experienced times when we felt compelled to persevere in a specific prayer pattern or with a certain petition. When we pray, we create in ourselves a right attitude with respect to God’s will. Consider, for instance, the model prayer (Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Your name…). Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them to pray and He taught them (and us) to pray “Your kingdom come–Thy will be done” before we pray about our needs and requests! We ought to persevere in prayer because we are kingdom minded. As such, we seek to do the will of the Father and to be in right relationship with God. Our prayers are not to be selfishly motivated but for the good of the kingdom and His people and His purposes. I Thessalonians 5:17 exhorts that we are to pray without ceasing. This makes it clear that the believer’s prayers should be persistent with regularity. Matthew 21:22 encourages us in that “…all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” We must be faithful in our prayer lives. Only God-given faith is so sure that it pushes us to pray, believing that we will receive. This type of faith is sure. Faith that is unwavering, persistent and sure results in an immeasurable power of God in the lives of those who possess it.