Archive for December, 2011

2 Samuel 22:31 God’s ways are perfect

After all David has been through- running for his life, committing adultery, murder, having his son try to kill him and take the kingdom from him- after all that- David still praises God.
I love his song of praise in 2 Samuel 22.

“As for God his way is perfect;
the word of the Lord is flawless.
He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
It is God who arms me with strength
and makes my way perfect.” (v. 31-34)

Amen!

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2 Samuel 19:28 “What right do I have?”

“Do whatever pleases you. All my grandfather’s descendants deserved nothing but death from my lord the king, but you gave your servant a place among those who eat at your table. So what right do I have to make any more appeals to the king?”

Mephibosheth, grandson of Saul, son of Jonathan gets it! He has been given so much from the king, so much he knows he doesn’t deserve and then says, “what right to I have to make more appeals to the king?”
I can’t help but feel a parallel here to my life and to my Savior and king Jesus. He has given me so much. He has given me so much more than I deserve. I deserve death for my sins (Romans 6:23). What right do I have to my life? Therefore, King Jesus, do what YOU see fit with my life. Here it is- all yours- take my everything.

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Lord, give me a love for people . . .

My prayer today:

Lord, give me a love for people that is not naturally there. Give me the ability to communicate this love by speaking to others with gentleness and patience and showing genuine concern for their well being and interest.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be that of Christ Jesus who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness” Phil 2:3-7

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“I have sinned against the Lord.” 2 Sam. 12:13

David was anointed king at a young age. His faithfulness in God helped him defeat the giant Goliath. He is a man after God’s own heart, but he was still a man.
David had sinned when he slept with Bathsheba and tried to cover up her pregnancy by bringing her husband home from war to sleep with her. When her husband (Uriah) was too honorable for that, David had him killed to cover up the pregnancy. And he thought he had gotten away with it, until Nathan the prophet rebukes him and tells him the story of the poor man with one little ewe. A wealthy man came and took a poor man’s only ewe- what did David say should be done to the wealthy man? “He deserves to die!” He said. But then Nathan says, that rich man is you David. You took Uriah’s only wife when you have many. And David’s response was not excuses or blame, but “I have sinned against the Lord”.
Punishment came to David for his sin, but because he recognized his sin, God spared his life and did not kill him. (v. 13b) There are consequences to sin, but God can administer His grace to us as well.
“For God will bring every deed into judgement, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil” (Ecc. 12:14)
“But if we confess our sin, he is faithful and just to forgive our sin, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:19

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2 Samuel- Ch. 6

As I am reading through the Old Testament, I am going to comment on the books as I read them. Read along with me as I go through them. Comment on things you see too. Although it is impossible to put everything- I am going to highlight things that God showed me.

I am reading 2 Samuel. David has just heard of the death of King Saul and is now king over Judah.
Chapter 9 David asks, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake”? (ch. 9, v.1)
Jonathan, Saul’s son, was David’s best friend. In fact, when Saul was trying to kill David, Jonathan sided to protect David knowing his own father was in the wrong. That is a dilema! Knowing your best friend’s dad wants to kill you! Well, David got away and gained support. In the meantime, Saul and Jonathan are killed in battle. When David heard he mourned over losing his friend and even over Saul because “he was the Lord’s anointed”. Now he is asking, is there anyone in Saul’s family I can bless?
There is- Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth, who is crippled. David brings him to the palace and restores to the grandson everything that belonged to Saul. (v. 9-10) He also takes it one step further and syas that Mephibosheth will always eat at his table with the king. (v.10)
What an amazing example of retribution for those who have wronged us! David chooses to bless the grandson of the very man who spent his life trying to kill him. What a living example David is of Christ’s words to bless those who persecute us.(Matthew 5:44) Even taking it to blessing the family of those who persecute us. No wonder David was a man after God’s own heart. What an example of love!

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Christmas countdown off to a good start!

The spouse Christmas countdown is off to a great start! My husband notified me he was going to the gym Wed night which gave me a full hour to set it up.
I took ribbon and streamed on the wall in our bedroom and clothes pinned the envelopes from 1-25 on it. At the top it says, “Juan Luis’s Christmas Countdown” with a letter explaining the concept. For each day in Dec. 1-25 there is an envelope with something special inside. Open one each morning and receive something special.
I put things from making his favorite meal, to buying a little gift, to just telling him how much I honor and respect him as the leader of our home. The point is to make him feel special this Christmas- and so far it’s working!

Spouse Christmas Countdown

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