Nabal’s response of disgust towards David was deserving of commensurate action by David. Read 1 Samuel 25
However, David’s intention was more severe, though justified from many angle except the divine. Thank God for the quick intervention of Abigail, who the Lord used to restrain the hand of David from shedding innocent blood.
The Lord used Abigail, a human for David, I wonder who, or what the Lord uses presently to restrain His children from sinning? Abigail was like a conscience for David, a mirror reflecting his intention, a voice of reasoning. May the Lord place such along our path.
David could have resisted, ignoring the voice of reasoning, kill Abigail, and proceed to wipe out Nabal and all that is his, however, he didn’t! And Abigail? She took her life in her hands just like Esther in Esther 4:16.
The Holy Spirit, the word of God and our moral compass tells us when we are doing something wrong. The question then is, are we listening?
The Lord has, and is sending whatever that needs to be sent, to restrain you and yours from damnation. Will you heed the call today? The call to yield your heart, and life unto the Lord.
It is by the mercies of God that you and I are not consumed – Lamentation 3:22-23. It is the hand of the Lord that has kept you and I from grievous sin.
It is God’s hand restraining the wicked one from making a shish kebab of us!
Yield your heart today! Tomorrow may be too late!
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
What is your testimony? What is my testimony? The experiences of your life, your successes, and failures, your pain, disappointments and all. The sum of all your experiences, has it in anyway served to advance the gospel? Have you even thought of the positive impact it would have? A pure reflection of an awesome God, full of love, mercy and compassion! Or has it only been a roller coaster of pity party?
Apostle Paul, having been imprisoned, gave a testimony in Philippians 1:12- 19 that what has happened to him has actually served to advance the gospel.13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.
The events, the happenings in a life yielded to Christ Jesus must of necessity glorify God. Your life, my friend and I should reflect an aspect of Christ’s presence, like the burning bush Moses witnessed in Exodus 3:2-3.
I sure hope and pray that unbelievers and believers likewise are been encouraged by your life and mine. Or are they been discouraged? Do they really want to know the God we profess? Your character and mine, our way of life, is it worthy of emulation?
Friends, let us allow Christ to be exalted in our life. Be a good example of a true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, full of compassion, kind and gracious. Receive grace to live a life worthy of Christ’s calling on your life. Philippians 1:27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
The Lord our God will manifest Himself in the midst of His people like we have not seen lately. Are you ready? Am I ready for the Lord’s visitation? Am I ready? Are you friends?Have you been faithful in your charge? Have I been faithful? Are you expectant? Am I?
Luke 12: 47 “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows.48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
You and I have been entrusted with so much. We have found favor of God, empowered, ordained, and chosen for a time like these! What have we done and are doing with what we have been given? Are you faithful in the little? Are you obedient to the Lord’s commands?
The visitation of the Lord is like a two edged sword. Disobedience will get its reward, likewise obedience. What has been sown will yield and the harvest will be bountiful. What have you sown my friend? What have I sown? Good deeds or bad? The Lord comes with His reward even now!!!!!!!
Please note that it is not too late to make amends as we start this new year, month, week, day, and hour. Repent today, turn on a new leaf, seek God’s face truthfully, serve Him with sincerity, worship Him in spirit and in truth. Friend, be kind and compassionate, look for the good of others and God’s kingdom, do not stand in the way of others, do not be a stumbling block either. Set your heart to be good, see good, do good and sow good, for whatever you sow is what ye shall reap. The Lord will reward you accordingly and speedily this year of the manifestation of His presence.
Welcome to 2017, a year filled with blessings, treasures, and pleasure at every turn in the pursuit of God’s divine agenda for His Kingdom!
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
A tamed 500 pounds Gorilla ridden like a horse into town is unheard of and dangerous in itself. However, if the rider notices a change in the tamed Gorilla, common sense would warrant him/her to return back to a safe zone- the environment where the Gorilla was tamed right.
In taming any animal, the animal is conditioned by reward for an expected action in a controlled environment over time since its usually done from birth. Riding a full grown Gorilla then to an uncontrolled environment with pointers strewed over reminding the Gorilla of how it was tamed is probably not a good ideal.
This is what happened in this story. A gorilla was rode on all four into town. Everyone was in awe, it was a spectacle. Everything was in order and the rider was having fun until, she/he sees what the Gorilla sees. Every iron bar is a reminder of captivity, a chain lock by a school ground reminds of restraint. The rider consciously guided this 500 pound mass away from the play ground. In an alley way, there was a barred container jolting memories long dormant but the rider saw this also and gently guided this mass away from wrecking havoc should instinct take over that moment.
When safely out of this populated area, just in the border of the controlled environment the scientist came and brought out a chain to restrain so they can give a dose of medic to the Gorilla, bringing out a chain lock, like that used to secure a bike. The rider warns the scientist seeing the look on the face of the Gorilla. It was almost like it got an ha ha moment.
This 500 pound mass just acquired a form of intelligence that cannot be tamed. It stood up and sat like human with the human trying to inject serum to kill this new sight just received so close to an uncontrolled environment. Can you imagine what will happen if this mass breaks loose. The residence and schools unguarded? What is about to take place leaves no room for guess work?
Nobody has ever tamed a Gorilla in the true sense for they are intelligent and powerful, however in a stroke of chance, if you find any tamed, I guess threading with caution will be a good idea right?
What does this mean I pondered!! What does this spectacle mean? What possible out come can be envisioned? Is this even ever possible? Please comment!!!!!! Your response will help in deciphering this message!!!!
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Your life must be lived to the Lord’s glory. Remember you were crucified with Christ, nevertheless you live, yet not you, but Christ, for the life that you live now, you live by the love of Christ who loved you enough to die for you! Therefor live to His glory!
Be happy and contented with the fact that your life is beautiful just the way it is this moment. There is even more beauty and sweetness in your future, than whatever you have ever experienced in the past or experiencing presently.