2 Samuel 7:24 Established As God’s People

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You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, LORD, have become their God. 2 Samuel 7:24 

People around the world have one thing in common that they want to feel wanted and needed. They want to have purpose in this life. In desiring this, people are always searching for purpose and need.

In order to find these things, people will do nearly anything they can. Often they are searching in the wrong areas. The search usually is finding people or things, which really do not solve the problem. In this process, they will often bounce from one thing to another or one person to another, not finding what they desire.

As David was beginning to be the new king of Israel, God appeared to him and stated He was with him and will establish him and his family forever as His. David praises God for making the people of Israel His very own.

Being God’s people is something that the majority of the world does not see or know the benefit of. It does not make sense to the world. They want something that they can feel and touch physically.

During the Old Testament, Israel was God’s chosen people. It was an exclusive group. However, when Jesus came, He opened this door to everyone. Any one who believes in Him are now a part of God’s people.

It was even brought further, not only are believers are part of God’s people, they also become a child of God, they become family with God. They are wanted, loved, and have a purpose. This becomes an establishment that lasts for all eternity. It does not change as seasons, or fashions, or trends, or anything else changes. God does not die off or move away as people do. The purpose is the same for all eternity–to love God and love others.

As you are walking through this life you need purpose. You need to feel wanted and desired. This can be found only in Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior. He is ready and willing to graft you in as His people and His family. You can be His child for all eternity.

God will never stop loving you or go away. God is always there for you. This is a firmer establishment than anything that this world can offer you. It will last for eternity.

How are you established today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know you can be family with God; and that you will be established in God’s love and family.

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Deuteronomy10:14 It Belongs To God

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To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Deuteronomy 10:14

Ownership is something that most people take some pride in. A young couple take great pride when they begin to own their first home. Teen boys take pride in their first car that they can purchase. These things and many more things are what people are proud of, because they own it.

Along with physical objects, people believe that they own their own lives. They can do with their lives what they want, in any way that they desire. As a whole around the world, ownership of a person is not acceptable.

Once a person owns something, he feels as though it is his and no one else’s to touch without permission. With ownership, people feel that they can do with that object whatever they desire. It belongs to them and no one else.

While people may physical have possession of something, in reality, it does not belong to them. Moses wrote that everything in the heavens, and on this earth belongs to God. Since God has created everything, it does belong to Him and He can do with everything, just as He desires.

The world does not want to believe that God owns everything. And many believers do not always act as though God owns everything. They hold onto things, when God is trying to get them to let go.

Along with God’s ownership of things, He also owns the believer. The believer is no longer his own person, but God’s. This means God can do what He wants with the believer’s life any time He desires. The good news is that God is love and will not do anything that is not done in love, in the best interest of the believer.

As a believer, you must remember that God owns you and everything you have. You are not your own and nothing you have is really yours. Those things have been given on loan from God to be used for His glory.

Be willing to let God use you and what He has given you for His kingdom. Do not hold onto your physical things or your life, as to shrink back and not be used for God’s glory and kingdom.

Trust God with everything, since He owns it all anyways.

I pray today that you will allow God to own your life; that you will allow God to use you for His kingdom; that you will allow God to use your things for His glory; and that you will trust God with your life.

The City At World’s End (book review)

Title: The City At World’s End
Author: Edmond Hamilton
Original Print:
1950

This book is a science fiction book that takes a different type of look at a nuclear war. A small town is directly hit with a nuclear bomb. They are not destroyed, but moved into a future time, several thousand years later. A lot has changed and they must start everything new.

As they meet ‘people’ in the future who come to help them. They begin with distrust and treat them badly, because they are different. This book shows some of the horror of racialism and prejudices that people tend to have against new or different people.

Although this has a great story about overcoming and moving on with life, it has nothing to do with God. Although there are a few references of people who believe in God, there is no overall belief in Him. One of the quotes a person says in the story shows this very well: “Leave us to work out our own salvation.”

This quote is something that the world tries to say all the time. They do not want God or Jesus in their lives and try to work out their own lives. Many believers in God also attempt this. They try to live a good life in order to be on God’s good side, rather than trusting the salvation Jesus provided and His grace and mercy.

The author does a great job at presenting a different outcome of a nuclear bomb, than the standard death. He also does a good job at presenting how people are with unknown or different people, how people can be prejudice and cruel to others. However, there are several curse words used in the book that did not really need to be used thus lowering its overall value to me.

I cannot highly recommend this book, though it is good to read and see the philosophy and thoughts of mankind without God.

Genesis 12:1 Leave The Familiar

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The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12:1

Most people like to be around people and things that they are familiar with. They like to know all of the people, the places to eat, the roads, the weather, the culture, things to do, and more in the place that they are.

Moving to a new and different place means that they have to learn everything over again. It is a difficult process to learn all about a new area. This change can be found sometimes just in moving across a major city, or across the state, or across the nation.

Yet, change can be as simple as moving to a new job or moving up into a new position in a job. Or it can be getting married, or changing the school one goes to.

In the process of change there are a lot of new things to learn. It is very rarely an easy or a fast process. It takes time to learn, yet, sometimes, moving to a new area can be something better for a person. In the end it can mean better benefits, more and better friends.

Abram was called by God to leave his family and home to go somewhere he had never been. He steps out in faith, trusting God and moves to a new location following God. During this time, Abram did not have Google to look up information about the new area and learn about it. It was something completely new for him. Later, Abram becomes the father of the one who starts the nation of Israel, who touches the entire world.

As a believer, God may call you to step out  in faith into an unknown territory. It may be a physical move to some new area, but it may also be into a new ministry to reach out and touch people.

God will call you to leave your past and familiar ways and things behind in order to follow Him. In the process of leaving behind the familiar, God may have you physically move, but it will always be a spiritual move.

Leave behind the sinful ways. Step into the new location of serving and worshipping God with all of your life and abilities. See how God can use you to touch the world.