May 19

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“I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth” (Psalms 116:9 NLT).

From: May 19, 2019

ARE YOU AWARE OF THE LORD’S PRESENCE IN YOUR LIFE?

The psalmist wrote of his constant awareness of the Lord’s presence in His life even as he attended to the everyday things of life here on earth. It is a psalm of praise for the Lord’s attentive ear and caring heart, which the psalmist had experienced. So faithful was the Lord in hearing and answering his prayers, that he felt His heavenly presence with him all the day here on earth. They were in constant contact.
 
Are you aware of the Lord’s constant presence in your life? Do you carry on an ongoing conversation with God even as you go about your day? We don’t have to wait for heaven to walk in the Lord’s presence. We can walk with the Lord even now, as we live here on earth.
 
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for Your Holy Spirit who always lives in us as Your children. We do not walk alone. For You are always with us. Forgive us for trying to live life according to our own wisdom and strength. We want to always walk in Your presence. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29 NLT).

From: May 19, 2018

THE DOUBLE-LOCKED GATE
Two of Christ’s seven “I AM” statements are found in John chapter 10: “I AM the Gate” and “I AM the Good Shepherd.” Jesus is both the shepherd who calls to His sheep and the gate by which they enter His fold and are kept safe. Those who belong to Jesus are eternally secure. He saves them and He keeps them. And His Father, who gives them to Him, keeps them safe too.
 
It’s like Jesus is the gate and the lock, and the Father is the deadbolt. Dear believer, be assured in this.

“Then Samuel died; and the Israelites gathered together and lamented for him, and buried him at his home in Ramah” (1 Samuel 25:1 NKJV).

From: May 19, 2017

Samuel was the last of the judges and with his passing, Israel transitioned from the time of the judges to the time of the kings. Samuel was the greatest Israelite leader since Moses. He was a forerunner of the Messiah, bearing the threefold titles of prophet, priest and judge. He served the Lord faithfully from his childhood until his death. Both he and Jesus were described as growing “in stature and in favor with God and man” (1 Sam. 2:26, Luke 2:52). No shortcoming stains his biblical record.

But Samuel died and was buried. All Israel “lamented for him.” And their lament continues as they continue to await the coming of the Messiah.

Yet, the Messiah has already come. For Jesus is the fulfillment of Samuel’s threefold ministry and every other prophecy and foreshadowing in the Old Testament. One greater than Moses and Samuel has already come. He died, but was raised up on the third day and lives today!

Oh, that all Israel, and all those far from God, would cease their lament and recognize the One who has conquered sin, death and the grave. Jesus Christ is the Messiah. He is our Prophet, Great High Priest and King of Kings!

“And many believed in him there” (John 10:42 ESV)

From: May 19, 2016

In many places Jesus was rejected, but in the land where John the Baptist had preached, “many believed.” I wonder what made this place different? Was it John’s plowing that prepared the soil of their hearts to receive the gospel seed? What made the people there more spiritually receptive to the gospel? Whether we are plowing, sowing or reaping, I pray that we will ultimately see “many believe.”

“And many believed in Him there” (John 10:42 NKJV)

From: May 19, 2015

In some places Jesus was rejected, but in the land where John the Baptist had preached, they believed. I wonder what made this place different? Was it John’s plowing that prepared the soil of their hearts to receive the gospel seed? Whether we are plowing, sowing or reaping, I pray that we will ultimately see “many believe.”

“So Saul chose 3,000 elite troops from all Israel and went to search for David and his men near the rocks of the wild goats” (1 Samuel 24:2 NLT)

From: May 19, 2014

David and his six hundred men hid in the caves of En Gedi while Saul’s troops searched for him. This was a difficult wilderness experience for David, but an important and formative season for him as well. He wrote many of his psalms during this time. He learned to lead his men and himself through difficulty by depending on the Lord. He experienced trial, hunger and suffering, yet God provided for him and his followers. This trial also revealed David’s heart of integrity, as he refused to murder the Lord’s anointed, Saul, when he found him vulnerable in a cave. David’s days in the caves of En Gedi prepared him for his days on the throne in Jerusalem.

“What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me? (Psalm 116:12 ESV)

From: May 19, 2013

After numbering the ways the Lord had blessed him, the psalmist considered how he might respond. What would be appropriate? How do you repay the One who gives us all? The apostle Paul’s response seems best: Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice (Rom.12.1). In other words, we render all that we have, all that we are, all that we think, all that we say, all that we sing, all that we own, all that we love… to God!

“And in that place many believed in Jesus” (John 10:42)

From: May 19, 2011

In some “places” Jesus was rejected, but in the land where John the Baptist had preached, they believed. I wonder what it is about some “places?” Was it John’s plowing that made them ready to receive Seed? I pray that the “place” we are now will be receptive to the Gospel!

Let the Lord defend you.

From: May 19, 2009

Let the Lord defend you.
1 Samuel 24-25 includes two stories where David is tempted to defend himself, to take his own revenge/vengeance. One, is the opportunity to kill King Saul as he relieves himself in a cave. The other is with the fool Nabal, who offends David. In both instances, David is kept from shedding blood in his own defense. In the Saul instance, David’s men even tempt him with the old “it’s the Lord’s will” that you do this. We will all be tempted to defend ourselves, to take justice into our own hands. But like David we can let God handle it. It’s always best to let God be our defender instead of defending ourselves.