We continued our study of 2 Samuel with a focus on 2 Samuel 7 in which God promises that David’s royal dynasty would be the earthly pattern for a greater everlasting kingdom. From David’s line would come the Messiah.
Like me, have you ever made a promise you didn’t keep? You meant it at the time but something came up and you decided to blow it off. There are many promises in Scripture that God has made. In each promise, God pledges that something will (or will not) be done or given or come to pass. These aren’t casual promises such as we often make; these promises of God are rock-solid, unmistakable commitments made by God Himself. Because God is faithful, the recipients of the divine promises can have total confidence that what God has promised will indeed be realized (Num. 23:19).
We know that the promise God makes to David to establish his throne forever (2 Sam. 7:16) was realized with the first coming of the Messiah and will be completely fulfilled with the second coming. It’s unlikely that David fully understood what God had promised him, but it’s clear that David believed that God’s promise would be fulfilled (2 Sam. 7:29). As believers, that’s how we’re expected to receive God’s promises. Although we don’t have all the details of how and when God will deliver on His promise, we know that He will. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” – Rom. 8:28.
Please note that next Sunday, July 1, we continue our study of 2 Samuel with a focus on 2 Samuel 8-10 in which we see that although David subdued the enemies surrounding the nation of Israel, he showed kindness to the only surviving descendant of King Saul and to the family of an Ammonite king who had died.
Have you been to the Ark Encounter yet?
Go! And see if you can be luck enough to get your photo taken!
We’re in here somewhere:
Alright, that’s still a little tough to see. How about here?
Thank you to my good friend Mark Looy of Answers in Genesis that pointed this out to me.
But seriously, GO TO THE ARK ENCOUNTER.
And while you are there, get up to the Creation Museum too.
Let me give you some advice:
Blessings friends (And thank Mark Looy for the heads up)
Have you ever considered the question?
I think the church needs to be awakened to what prayer really is to be focused upon!
Take a quick listen to this 92 second video.
So, look at your prayers later today or tomorrow.
Ask yourself what your focus is when you pray.
And if your focus is “results” then own that, admit it. And ask the Lord to change your prayer focus.
Do you believe that your prayers are already “relationship” driven? Praise the Lord! And ask Him to give you a deeper sense of intimacy with Him.
I often give the following testimony:
I remember asking God to teach me what “Intimacy with God” meant. I told Him, “Lord, I understand intimacy with my wife, but what does intimacy with You look like?”
It felt like the Lord was silent for 3 years. And then it dawned on me (3 years after I started praying for it), my love for prayer was the answer to my prayer for intimacy.
God gave me a love for prayer, as an answer to my prayer for greater, deeper intimacy with Him.
He will answer your prayer too, and you will be on your way to having “relationship” focused prayers rather that “results” focused prayers.
So, what are you going to do? Remember Dr. Charles F. Stanley’s first life principle, “Intimacy with God, His highest priority for you life. . .”
Make it you highest priority also.
NOTE: I didn’t say that you are NOT to ask God for things, after all He says through James, “we do not have because we do not ask.” (James 4:2e) I’m merely saying, don’t let “results” be your focus.
Blessings my friend,
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Today we continued our study of 1 and 2 Corinthians as we looked at 2 Corinthians 1-2. In these chapters, Paul helps us understand why God allows His people to suffer.
Our Heavenly Father is the “God of all comfort”. Comfort is found not in the absence of pain but in the midst of it. Many Christians who are hurting believe that their walk with the Lord isn’t what it should be because of the suffering with which they’re dealing. Being comforted has nothing to do with being comfortable. Being comforted has everything to do with being strengthened. When our Lord prayed for the cup of suffering to be removed, He was so physically and emotionally exhausted that an angel was sent to strengthen Him (Luke 22:43).
It’s OK to pray that God will remove our pain, our sorrow, our grief. But He doesn’t always remove these things when we ask Him to because they serve a purpose that we don’t immediately understand. What He does promise to always do however is to come alongside us in the midst of the suffering. When we feel His presence at such times we have access to supernatural strength, and it’s His strength which sustains us and prepares us to be a comforter for someone else who will experience the same suffering.
“God does not comfort us to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters.” – J. H. Jowett
Please note that next Sunday, May 6, we will continue our study of 1 and 2 Corinthians with a focus on 2 Cor. 3:1-5:10 in which the Apostle Paul challenges the Corinthian church to maintain a focus on demonstrating the gospel through what they say and do.
I’m very excited to participate in this. Thank you Jimmy Blanton for asking me.
In addition to a breakout session I will lead the folks in a National Day of Prayer, final event on Thursday.
Tuesday May 1st to Thursday May 3rd I will have a booth and be speaking at a couple break-out sessions.
Below is my Break-out session speaking times and date.
You’ll need to register at www.RenovateMyChurch.org
Today we were blessed by what Mark Mirza shared with us on the subject of sin and how we need to take it more seriously because God certainly does. Mark explained that praising and thanking God are quite different. We praise God for Who He is and we thank God for what He does. If we begin our prayer time with praise, it properly prepares us for how we should approach our Heavenly Father with our thanks and our petitions. There’s nothing wrong with asking God to bless us and those we care about (God’s grace), but it’s important that we learn how to also ask Him for His mercy. God’s mercy happens when He doesn’t give us what we actually deserve – His judgment. Mark referred to Psalm 51 as a good example of how to pray for God’s mercy.
We also discussed the subject of spiritual warfare within the context of accountability for our sin. Mark shared the key to understanding the true meaning of James 4:7 – “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” The key to success in resisting Satan is in our submitting to God. As a matter of fact, it’s impossible to simultaneously submit to God’s will and commit sin.
Please pray that God will continue to bless Common Thread Ministries in its mission of “Rebuilding the Foundations of Prayer”. If you were blessed today by what Mark shared with us, please thank him and pray for God’s blessing on him and his wife, Naida. His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark also presented this message a few months ago in Columbus GA. Here it is:
Please note that next Sunday, April 22, we will continue our study of 1 and 2 Corinthians with a focus on 1 Cor. 13 in which the Apostle Paul reminds us about the nature of genuine Christlike love.
Please consider attending a special event organized by The Friends of Israel to be held on Sat., May 19 at In Touch Ministries. It’s the Prophecy Up Close Conference that The Friends of Israel are conducting across America in which three future events in God’s prophetic calendar will be discussed – the Rapture, the Tribulation, and the Millennial Kingdom. The conference starts at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm. Registration is only $10 per person and includes lunch. Go to www.foi.org/prophecy for details and registration. InTouch Ministries is at 3836 Dekalb Technology Pkwy., Atlanta, GA 30340. Marie and I have already registered and hope to see you there.