2 Chronicles 16:8 When You Rely On God

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Were not the Cushites and Libyans a mighty army with great numbers of chariots and horsemen? Yet when you relied on the LORD, he delivered them into your hand. 2 Chronicles 16:8 

Relying on someone or something is something that people do all the time. They rely upon their car to get them to work. They rely on their boss to give the paycheck on time.

It is trusting in someone or something to meet a need. People put their trust in many things for many different reasons. Most of the reliance is not really thought about, but is just common everyday trust. Other times it is very specific for a special situation.

Asa had chosen to  get help from the king of Aram to fight against Israel. He had not chosen to seek God’s help in the situation. Immediately upon winning the battle, a seer came and pointed out that he had done wrong. Asa had chosen to trust in another king and his army, rather than relying upon God. He reminded Asa that whenever he relied upon God, God had come through for him.

Every believer can think of times when he cried out to God for help and God came through for him, providing what was needed at the right time. However, many believers don’t always keep crying out to God for new needs. They quickly forget what God had done and no longer rely upon Him.

Suddenly believers will turn to their own ways or the ways of the world to solve their problem. They begin to rely upon self and others, rather than putting their trust in God, forgetting how God has been faithful.

Remembering how God has been faithful will help a believer to continue to rely upon God for his every need. There is nothing too big or too small for God to deal with.

Think back on your life and remember how many times God has answered a prayer of yours. Now stand on that and keep relying upon God to meet whatever situation you are in and need help with now.

God has delivered you from situations in the past, and He will continue to do so. Do not allow yourself to turn to the world for help or to take on the situation yourself. Only trust and rely upon God. God will never fail you or do it wrong. Stay committed to God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will remember how God has helped you in the past; that you will rely on God to meet all of your needs; and that you will know God’s faithfulness to you.

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1 Samuel 26:23 Turning Down Revenge

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The LORD rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The LORD delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed. 1 Samuel 26:23 

Revenge is what a lot of people want and will take if given the opportunity. They will strive to get back at a person who has done wrong to them. Often people think it is their right to be able to strike back at the enemy or any person who has done some wrong to them.

This revenge is often covered up by calling it justice or giving the person what he deserves.

David was being chased by King Saul to be destroyed, even though David had never did anything against the king. At one point, David and his men come upon Saul during the night, while he was sleeping, and had the opportunity to kill Saul. According to the normal customs at the time, he had that right. Yet, David does not want to even touch Saul. He chooses to turn down the opportunity for revenge and trusts God for His deliverance.

It is easy to think that God had given David the opportunity to kill Saul, yet, David would not. He was looking at something greater, God’s love for all people. David would let God deal with His enemies in His way and in His time.

Every believer will have days where the opportunity to strike back physically against his enemy will arise. He will have to make a choice as to what he will do at that time.

Following the ways of the world and striking the enemy is easy. Yet, God’s ways are to show mercy, grace, and love–refusing to strike or get revenge. Jesus later stated that the believer is to turn the cheek and forgive many times.

As a believer, there was a time when you had been an enemy of God. He could have chosen to strike and kill you many times. Yet, God did not, but chose to show you love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness.

In the same way God has shown you mercy and grace, you must also show that same mercy and grace towards those who are your enemy. Allow God to be the one who will strike your enemies in His time and way.

Chose to turn down the opportunity for revenge and allow God to work through you to show His love and mercy. It can change the hearts of people.

I pray today that you will know God’s love and mercy in your life; that you will show His love and mercy to your enemies; and that you will trust God to deliver you from your enemies in His way and time.

Psalm 6:4 Because Of His Love

Turn, LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. Psalm 6:4

David had been going through some extreme pressure and troubles because of his enemies. He cries out to God all through the night asking for mercy. His request is that God would choose to deliver him, not because he is good or is worth anything, but because of God’s great love.

Crying out to God for help is nothing new to people. All over the world, most people who are going through an extremely difficult situation will cry out to God or a god of some type for help. In the process of crying out to God for help many will list reasons why God should help them.

One of the common reasons that is often used is that the person promises to do something for God in return. They promise to live better for God if He will just deliver them from a bad situation.

Others will list things that they have done for God in the past, such as going to church, teaching in Sunday School, and giving of tithes and offerings. The view of both types of answers is that the person is trying to earn God’s favor. They are saying they are worth God delivering them.

In this Psalm, David is requesting it based on one thing, and one thing only: the never-failing love of God. He knows that he is not worth being saved, but is crying out for the mercy of God.

During his time, David did not have Jesus to look to for salvation, he was still under the Law. The people had to work for their salvation, yet, David knew he had to rely on the mercy of God.

As a believer today, you cannot earn your salvation with God. You cannot earn deliverance from a bad situation from God. You must trust and rely on the love and mercy of God in your life.

When you go before God asking for help, do not list off things you have done. Do not try to earn God’s favor. Trust in what Jesus has done for you, and rely on His great grace, love and mercy.

God is a great God of love and is full of mercy and grace that you did not earn. Lean on His love.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that you will trust in God’s love for you; that you will not try to earn your salvation or deliverance; and that God will show His love for you to you.

2 Samuel 22:2 The Rock, The Deliverer

He said: “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;” 2 Samuel 22:2

For years David had been pursued by various enemies. Saul, several of his sons, and several other nations were out to kill David. God had saved him from every one of his enemies. David is now giving God praise for what He had done.

People look to many things for their deliverance or to why they had survived some situation in their life. When a person is able to purchase a new car or go on a big vacation, he often looks at what all his hard work has provided. When a person has survived a major illness, they often thank their doctors and give praise for the medicine that worked.

These same people will look to themselves or the government and others for deliverance from a bad situation in their life. Each time election time comes around, people are asking the candidates how they will solve various situations and deliver them from problems. They are standing on the government as their solid rock and foundation.

Even in the church, there are many who will look to the church as the one to deliver them from troubles. They will stand on the church as the one solid foundation in this world.

David looked to God as his solid rock foundation and the one who did deliver him from all troubles. As a believer today, you must stand on Jesus as your one solid rock and deliverer. Jesus is a solid rock that does not move around changing all the time. You can stand on what He said from now to eternity knowing it will always be the same and the best for you.

Jesus also is the one who not only delivers you from all sin and judgment, but also from the enemies in this world. He delivers you from the loss of hope, depression, failure, sickness, lies, anxiety, and any other negatives.

Is Jesus your rock and deliverer today?

Are you praising Him for what He has done and is doing in your life?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your rock in your life; that you will see God’s work in your life; that God will deliver you from all enemies in your life; and that you will praise Jesus for His work in your life.

Luke 4:33-34 Go Away

“In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!” Luke 4:33-34

While Jesus was teaching in a synagogue in Capernaum, a man who was possessed by a demon came up to Him. The demon in this man knew who Jesus was and what His power was. He was scared and wanted Jesus to go away. He expected Jesus to destroy him.

The demon was of Satan and full of sin. His purpose was to cause sin to occur and keep people from God.

Jesus came to the earth to save man from sin. In order to do that He has to destroy sin.

Today, at least in the USA, you do not see or hear a lot of demon possession happening. Yet, many people are still making this same cry that this man did.

People in the world do not want to be exposed. When Jesus shows up, their sin is exposed. They realize they are in the wrong and God can destroy them. They do not want anything to do with Jesus. The world wants Jesus to go away.

Yes, Jesus will destroy all at some point in the future, but right now He has come to save, not destroy.

Even some believers have this same problem with Jesus. They have a secret sin in their life and when Jesus gets close they want Him to go away, or they run away. Many try to justify their actions.

Often Jesus will show up through another person, a real friend or pastor. They will see a sin and point it out to get a change. Accept it, rather than tell them to go away.

If you are one of these, you need to run to Jesus. Find the forgiveness He gives. Seek the deliverance that He can provide.

Do not run away from Jesus. Draw closer to Him. He wants to give you life, not destroy you.

Today I pray that Jesus will reveal Himself to you more; that you will draw closer to Jesus; that you will allow God to change you; that you will not fear God, but trust Him; and that you will be His witness to someone else.