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September 17, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Heart of Passion 2


1 Samuel 23: 3-4

But David's men said to him, “Behold, we are afraid here in Judah; how much more than if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?” Then David inquired of the Lord again. And the Lord answered him, “Arise, go down to Keilah, for I will give the Philistines into your hand.”

 

Thought for Today

David’s mighty men are afraid because King Saul is hunting them. Now David tells them they are going to fight the Philistines, too. Now they are doubly afraid. David’s response is instructive. He does not scold them for cowards, nor give them a locker room speech to strengthen their backbones. David goes to the Lord to seek confirmation for his course of action. He knows that, while they will follow him if he commands it, they will join him boldly if they know that God is on their side. We often think that we need to rally to troops when they are afraid, but the truth is what will give them real confidence is knowing that they are doing God’s will and He will be with them. What are you doing today with other people that you need to take to the Lord first? Seek His guidance and confirmation for your plan today.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, You know the things before me that cause me fear. Help me to know that I am doing Your work and I will go boldly into all that You have for me. If you tell me it is not Your work I will confidently leave it behind. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Prayer is talking with God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. — Josh McDowell

 

 

Quote of the Day

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. — Helen Keller

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September 16, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Heart of Passion 1


A Passion for God 1

1 Samuel 23:1-2

Now they told David, “Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are robbing the threshing floors.” Therefore David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?”

 

Thought for Today

God declared that He had found in David “a man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22). Have you ever wondered what made David so unique? What made God stop and take notice of him out of all the people of the world? In part, it was David’s passion for God. David saw injustice and oppression as an affront to the honor of God. When he learned that the Philistines, the people of Goliath whom he had defeated with his sling and stone, were still raiding a town called Keilah, David was offended that the people of God should be so oppressed. What set David apart from other men was that his response was not to immediately turning his men in that direction. Instead, David stopped to inquire of the Lord. He asked God what he should do. David held out the possibility that God might be doing something in Keilah that he didn’t understand, and that his intervention might interfere with God’s plan. What is happening in your life that you should stop and take to the Lord? You might think you understand the problem and the solution, but someone with a passion for God will stop and inquire what God thinks he or she should do. God’s ways are not our ways. If God is your passion you should assume that His plans are better than your plans even if you don’t understand them at first.

 

Prayer

Lord God, I bring before my plans for ____________. Grant me direction so that I know that my action advances Your plan and does not hinder You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Lord sanctify us. Oh! That Thy spirit might come and saturate every faculty, subdue every passion, and use every power of our nature for obedience to God. —Charles Spurgeon

 

 

Quote of the Day

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. ― G.K. Chesterton

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September 13, 2019, 7:04 AM

Daily Inspiration: Connected to the Vine


John 15:5
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

 

Thought for Today

Jesus compares the Christian life to that of a vine and branches. The vine feeds nutrients to the branches so that they can live and be productive. The vine itself does no other work. It is up to the branches to take the energy and nutrients and do something productive with them. This is a beautiful metaphor for the church. Jesus feeds us His love, grace, strength, and Spirit. What we do with all of this is up to each of us. We can produce wonderful fruit for His pleasure or clusters of leaves for ourselves. The vine does not determine this. It is also important to note that the size of the connection between the vine and the branch determines how much of the nutrients get into the brance. We will be exploring these realities this week, and in the weeks to come consider how we can increase our connection with Christ in order to bear all the fruit we can for His glory.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, show me how to become all You want me to be and give me the strength to grow. Amen

 

Devotional Quote

“We must continually abide in the vine, so that we can keep bearing lasting fruits” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

 

Quote of the Day

Take away love and our earth is a tomb. — Robert Browning

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