“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.” (Psalm 20:7-8)
Though the Hebrews often were warlike, they knew their ultimate source of power and might came from God. Any military advantage they might have had was not enough if their disposition toward God was improper. Conversely, they knew that the enemies numbers were never enough to defeat them, if their relationship with God was in good standing.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, there is nothing too big for the You, O God. We can be up against insurmountable numbers for us, but they will be like nothing to You. However, if we are not in a good relationship with You, even the smallest number can defeat us. The Hebrew people learned this, specifically when King David ordered a census of warriors available to him for an upcoming battle, and he knew immediately that he had sinned, because he had placed his trust in himself and his army, instead of God, and was soundly defeated. Beloved, our prayer lives ought to regularly and meaningful, for it is we being obedient to our God to maintain our relationship with Him. Too often, we take this relationship for granted and it takes an event to wake up us, that we have become lapsed in our prayers. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Christians are like coals of a fire. Together they glow—apart they grow cold!”
“Bur now the lord my God has given me rest on every side, and there is no adversary or disaster.” (Acts 14:27)
One generation get to reap the peaceful benefits of a preceding generation. Solomon’s was a reign of peace because of David’s relationship and obedience to God. We cannot live on past generations successes and expect ours to be the same. Obedience to God’s will is paramount in our generation, and we have not been obedient to Him or His will in many situations. Forgive us, Lord, that we return to Your wisdom and become obedient to Your will for our own sake and the sake of our relationship with You.
“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:19-20)
Sin and guilt separate us from God, the source of peace. Reconciliation bringing peace and order into creation has been performed through Jesus’ act of redemption. True peace with God is found through Him.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law —a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever find his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:34-39)
Jesus’ message will not be received by everyone, for the gospel runs at cross purposes with the values and vision of the world. Thus, in some cases it will cause conflict. Its call reverses worldly priorities so that God takes first place even before family relationships. Family members who do not accept Christ’s invitation to the cross will fight against those who do! Jesus did not intend to cause conflict, but the natural reaction of he unbeliever is to oppose all who live out Christ’s message. To extend a little further” “Those who received God’s sent ones also receive the Son and the Father who sends them. Beloved, we manifest our acceptance of God’s So by our acceptance of His children, all of them!