1 Samuel 18:8 Allowing Jealousy To Set In

Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” 1 Samuel 18:8

Watching someone succeed faster and better than oneself will often bring on a rise of jealousy. People do not always like to see someone else be more successful than themselves. They want what the other person has.

The world often believes that they deserve the highest praise and honor, not the other person. Fear of the successful person will often follow feelings of jealousy.

David had been credited with killing tens of thousands, while Saul was only credited with thousands. Saul became angry and jealous and felt that David was now after the throne.

Being jealous is something that the world sees as a right of a person. Everyone deserves what the other person has. The world does not believe that one person should have more than any other person.

Jealousy can also be found in the church among believers. Some are jealous over the ministry of another. Others are jealous because they get their way in how things are done. Still others are jealous because of how God is working miracles through a person.

God is the only One who deserves to be jealous because He created everything and owns everything. Mankind was created by God and does not have a right to be jealous about anyone.

Being jealous puts one on the throne and removes God from that position. It places himself above God and all others.

Instead of being jealous, believers are to build others up and give God glory for the success of others. They are to praise God when He blesses others, rather than become jealous and angry of their success.

Most likely there is someone in your life who is more successful than you. They appear to have more blessings than you have.

Do not allow jealousy to set in and cause you to get angry and sin against God. Take a moment to look at how much God is blessing you. Count your blessings rather than the blessings of someone else or to count what you do not have.

God has forgiven you and given you life when you deserved death. What more do you need?

Focus on what God has given you and keep jealousy out of your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see what God has blessed you with; that God will reveal any jealousy in your heart; that God will strengthen you to remove any jealous thoughts; and that you will trust how God blesses yourself and others.

1 Samuel 17:10-11 Intimidated By The Enemy

Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified. 1 Samuel 17:10-11

Enemies can be found nearly every place that a person goes. Very often there is an enemy that is a bully and does his best to intimidate others in any way that he can. Sometimes this is just someone abusing their authority, while other times it is just being abusive in any way possible. Facing someone like this will often cause a lot of fear for most people.

Goliath openly stated that he defied the armies of Israel and challenged them to a fight. King Saul and all the Israelites were terrified of him.

Seeing or hearing someone who is being a bully can be intimidating for most people. Very few people have the nerve or braveness to stand up against an enemy that appears to be larger and stronger.

The enemy is not always larger and stronger in the physical sense, but can appear to be stronger in knowledge or communication or some other area in life.

Many believers will often be like Saul and the Israelites and back down and cower in fear, being intimidated by the enemy. The world will act like a bully and try to intimidate believers and cause them to fear. Often this is done with words, but at times physically.

No believer is to be afraid since they have God in their lives. God is perfect love and perfect love casts out all fear. He is also greater than anything the world can throw at the believer.

Every believer is to take a stand on God’s word against the enemy. God will give victory as He did with David against Goliath.

There may be some people in your life that strive to intimidate you and get you to doubt God’s word for you. Do not allow their size, position, knowledge, power or anything else to intimidate you.

Know that God is greater than any other person or thing on this earth. Allow God’s perfect love to cast out all the fear of the enemy. Allow the Holy Spirit to give you the boldness and strength to confront and defeat the enemy of your soul.

In the end you will receive eternal life, if you do not back down from the enemy.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the strength and power God has for you; that God will give you boldness to stand up against the enemy; and that you will see God defeat your enemies in His way and time.

1 Samuel 5:11 Recognizing God’s Judgement

So they called together all the rulers of the Philistines and said, “Send the ark of the god of Israel away; let it go back to its own place, or it will kill us and our people.” For death had filled the city with panic; God’s hand was very heavy on it. 1 Samuel 5:11

When disasters or hard times comes upon most people, they feel it is bad luck or bad choices that has brought those times upon them. Very seldom do people search for a deeper meaning or reason to the problems that they are facing. Everything is taken at face value.

The Philistines had captured the ark of the covenant from the Israelites. Everywhere the ark was kept, there was disaster and death. The people wanted ark sent back, knowing God’s hand was against them.

God is always at work striving to get people to turn to Him and recognize their need for Jesus. His love for people is so great that He will use whatever means necessary to accomplish that goal.

There are times when a believer begins to step into sin and turning away from God, that God brings on some struggles to get his attention and draw him back. In the same way as the world sees a bad situation, many believers see the negative situation as bad luck. Many will even get angry with God for being harsh on them and allowing bad times to occur.

Rather than getting angry with God, one should see if there is sin in his life and turn back to God. He may also seek if it is just God allowing him to be tested to see where his heart is. Believers need to recognize the hand of God in every situation. Then seek to do God’s will.

God uses every situation for your benefit. It is either to get your attention or to reward you. Allow God to open your eyes to what He is doing in your life and how to react to it. Judgment may occur in this life to turn your heart back towards Him and get rid of some sin in your life.

There may be a need for you to repent and change some ways. Or there may be a need to hold on tighter to God to pass the test.

Do you recognize God’s hand in your situation?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see God working in your life; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; that you will live for God in every area of your life; and that you will give your whole life to God’s use.

Deuteronomy 20:1 Going Into Battle

When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. Deuteronomy 20:1

Wars are occurring on a regular basis all around the world. While some are wars with actual guns and bombs, many are wars of emotions, intellect, standards or other such things against self, others or organizations.

Often one side can appear very large and overwhelming to the other. Choices of to battle or not are often made based on the size of both groups.

Moses told the Israelites that when they go to war against an enemy that is larger than they are, they are not to be afraid because God, who brought them out of Egypt, is with them.

Outside of fighting in the military most people will never have to face and enemy with physical guns and bombs going against them. However, everyone who is a believer will still have enemies to face.

These enemies will be friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors or other people they meet, along with society as a whole and spiritual forces working against them. The world is against the believer and will often do whatever it takes to try and take him down.

Looking at the enemies of God in the world, they appear to have better weapons and are greater in number. Some believers will back down from the battle out of fear of the over looming enemy, forgetting the battles God has already won for them.

Instead of fearing the enemy, one needs to remember the battles God has already won in his life, especially the battle over sin and death and go forward into battle. The enemy may inflict injury, but he cannot destroy the soul as God can. God is greater than the enemy.

As a believer, you will have many enemies rise up against you. The world is out to stop you and will do what it can to bring about that accomplishment.

Regardless of how large and powerful the enemy may appear to be, God is greater. Jesus has already defeated sin and death and will be able to defeat your enemy.

Do not allow yourself to fear the enemy but put your trust in God to help you win the battle. He brought you this far to not let you be destroyed.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will remember the battles God has won in your life; that God will strengthen you to remove all fear of the enemy; and that you will see God win the battles against the enemies of your soul.