GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Do not SPEAK or WORK against God’s SERVANTS

Do not SPEAK or WORK against God’s SERVANTS

March 28 Bible Reading: 1 Samuel Chapters 25-27

And David said to Abishai, "Do not destroy him; for who can stretch out his hand against the Lord's anointed, and be guiltless?" David said furthermore, "As the Lord lives, the Lord shall strike him, or his day shall come to die, or he shall go out to battle and perish. The Lord forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the Lord's anointed." (1 Sam. 26:9-11)

A close reading of the above statement by David explains clearly why God had the following testimony about him: “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will” (Acts 13:22). In fact, God had searched out for such a person to replace King Saul when he had disobeyed God and had totally disregarded God’s plan for Israel, as the following statement signify: "The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people..." (1 Sam 13:14). This person was David, who could really discern God’s heart during the crucial moments of his life!

According to the Old Testament rules, it was the king who had the title of the “Lord’s anointed”. This individual was chosen for divine service, was anointed with holy oil to signify his calling for this august position of authority, and was authorized to perform his job functions with God’s help (1 Sam. 12:3, 5; 16:6; 24:6; Psalms 2:2; 18:50). What we see here is that David once again refused to stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed! He would not assassinate Israel’s divinely appointed king and take over the reign himself even though he was anointed himself (10:1). David knew that ultimately God would remove Saul from office according to His own perfect timing!

This was actually a wonderful opportunity for David to kill his mortal enemy Saul, whose one sole purpose in life was to eliminate any chance that David had to take over the throne of Israel. David and Abishai had caught Saul sleeping within the trench (1 Sam. 26:7). The fact that they were able to get to Saul without waking Abner and the others (who would surely be on guard) can be attributed to God’s supernatural help (see vs. 12b). However, David still had such high respect for the office of the chosen king that he would not allow Abishai to kill Saul as it was God’s responsibility to deal with Saul. Since God has made the choice to put Saul in the office of the king of Israel, God Himself must remove him!

Taking a New Testament example, Apostle Paul had the following harsh words to speak against the person who ordered that he be stricken on the mouth: "God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! For you sit to judge me according to the law, and do you command me to be struck contrary to the law?" (Acts 23:3) However, when he was made aware that he had spoken against the High Priest Ananias, this is what he said: "I did not know, brethren that he was the high priest; for it is written, 'You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people'” (Acts 23:5). Paul was referring to God’s law: "You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people" (Exo. 22:28), and he showed reverence for the office of the High Priest of Israel.

It is generally seen that personal ambition and taking vengeance in private seem endemic to human nature, even among believers today. Let us understand that learning to relate properly to God-ordained authority is an important part of our spiritual maturity. We are sinful by our human nature and in rebellion against God, so we do not automatically know how to relate properly to authority. In fact, we must be trained by God to not speak or work against God’s anointed servants!

The lesson that we can learn from David and Apostle Paul is that we should never speak against or take up a cause against God-ordained leaders even if they seem to be wrong. God alone has the right to promote and demote His servants. Let us recognize and safeguard the sanctity of God’s anointed servants and leave the judgment and vengeance to God Himself. The biblical truth for us is that vengeance belongs to the Lord (Deut. 32:35), and it is God’s prerogative to do what He will with those who call Him Lord. Let us leave them to God’s judgment and intercede for them as one day we must answer to God for all our words and actions.

"Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, 'Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,' says the Lord. Therefore 'if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.' Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." (Rom. 12:17-21)

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