1 Chronicles 10:4 Nothing Left Without God

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Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and abuse me.” But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. 1 Chronicles 10:4 

Life in this world can often seem empty and worthless. There is nothing but struggles and death. People hurting people, wars and crimes. Abuse and hatred abound everywhere one goes. Depression and fear. Anxiety and pain. Hunger and sickness.

This is just a small list of what is wrong in this world on a daily basis all over the world. There is not a location in the world that one of these or something else that is bad is not happening.

When one sees all these things, there appears to be no hope, no reason to go on living. It is depressing. Many people have chosen over the years to end it all, because they do not see any hope.

Saul had started out by serving God. God had chosen him to be the first king of Israel. Saul had chosen to not follow God’s instructions and God chose to remove His hand of blessing on him. God had stated that He would remove Saul as king.

Later, in a battle, Saul was severely injured. Rather than take a chance on living, he ended his life. He had no hope, because he did not have God in his life anymore. He chose to walk away from God.

The world does not have any hope in themselves. A person is born, lives, works, plays and dies. There is nothing after death for them, in their eyes. As they are trying to live life, if things do not go correctly, life becomes pointless or unbearable.

Wondering why one should go through all the pain and suffering becomes the focus. Many, as Saul, choose to end it all, because there is no hope in sight, no reason to keep going through the pain and suffering.

As a believer, you have a hope. You know that in the end you will have eternal life in heaven with no more sorrow or pain. This pain that you may be feeling today is only temporary, in light of eternity.

You can share this hope with the world. Every person in this world needs to know this hope that they can have. When a person knows the hope of Jesus, life becomes worth living.

Have and share this hope with every one you meet.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will share Jesus with everyone you meet; and that many will come to know Jesus as their Savior.

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2 Samuel 9:1 Show Kindness To The Enemy

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David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2 Samuel 9:1 

Showing kindness is something that people will do to those who show kindness back. When a person is around someone who is not normally kind, he usually will not show any kindness. The harsher the person, the less likely one will show kindness to him.

The world looks at someone who is an enemy or not kind as not being worthy of kindness. That person will only be treated as an enemy and just as harsh as he is treating others. Not only will that person be treated harshly, but also his entire family will be despised and treated badly.

Saul was an enemy to David. He had set out to kill David for no real reason, other than jealousy. He treated David badly for many years. Yet, after his death, David was still willing to show kindness to Saul’s son Jonathan.

David was still willing to show God’s love and mercy to those who were his enemies. He did this out of love for others. David had cared for Saul and his son, Jonathan with a pure heart. That care was still there, despite the wrongs suffered.

One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is kindness. Every believer should have kindness in their heart and actions towards others.

There are many believers, who have not learned how to be kind to others. They are kind to those who are kind to them, but are rude and vengeful to those who are the enemy. They treat others as they are treated, rather than how God treats people.

It is the kindness of God that brings a person to repentance. It can be the kindness of a person that can draw others to God and to the person. It can break down walls of hostility and hatred.

As a believer, allow yourself to be filled with the kindness of God to everyone, including your enemies. Seek how you can show kindness in more than just words.

In this way you are demonstrating God’s love and kindness to people who do not know God.

Do not allow bitterness or anger build up in you from an enemy who has treated you wrong. Allow the love of God to overcome the enemy in your life.

Who should you begin to show kindness to today?

Today I pray that you will know God’s kindness to you; that you will know God’s love for you and all other people; that God will strengthen you to show His kindness to others; and that God will use you to reach others for Jesus.

2 Samuel 1:12 Weeping Over Fallen Enemy

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They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. 2 Samuel 1:12 

When an enemy falls, many people rejoice. They are glad to see that the enemy has fallen or been destroyed. Throughout history it is a common sight to see people rejoicing when a known enemy is killed or dies. They rejoice because now that person can no longer be a threat to them.

David’s greatest enemy was Saul, who was the king of Israel. Saul was set out to kill David at any cost. No matter where David would go, Saul tried to follow him with an army and destroy him. Later, when Saul was killed in a battle, David and his men wept and fasted in mourning for his death. David did not want to see King Saul killed. In fact, he killed the man who had chosen to kill King Saul.

While the world often rejoices at the death of an enemy, there have been many believers who have also rejoiced with them. They see the death as something very good.

Although the death of the enemy may mean the end of some suffering, it is also death of a person, a person who is lost for eternity. When a person dies without Christ, he is lost in his sins forever. There is no return. There are no more chances to become a believer.

Rejoicing over that death does not show God’s love or compassion at all. It shows the heart of the world, rejoicing over evil and being lost.

Every believer needs to have the heart of Jesus, who would weep over those who would do wrong to Him. God never rejoices over the destruction of an enemy. He sees each one as a lost child that can never return home.

Knowing and understanding the heart of God will strengthen you to show love to your enemies. Jesus said to love everyone, including the enemy. Rejoicing over their destruction or death is not showing His love, but the world’s hatred.

Allow God’s love for you and all people fill you up so that you may love everyone the same. When you see the destruction of an enemy, you will not rejoice, but weep, knowing how lost they are for all eternity.

Weep, don’t rejoice, over those who can never accept Jesus anymore.

I pray today that you will know God’s great love; that you will be filled with God’s love for all people; that your heart will break at the destruction of any person; and that your love will be a sign of God’s love to this world. 

1 Samuel 28:16 Seeking Advice After God’s

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Samuel said, “Why do you consult me, now that the LORD has departed from you and become your enemy?” 1 Samuel 28:16 

People area always looking around to find answers or solutions to their problems in their lives. They want to find a way to change the situation, so they seek advice and direction.

The number of places that people will seek this advice is innumerable. They seek it from books, tv shows, magazines, friends, fortune tellers, zodiac signs, counselors, friends, and much more. All they want is an answer and most do not care where they get that answer from. If one answer does not work, they will try another place.

Saul had chosen not to follow God and His ways to be the king of Israel. God had pulled His Spirit from Saul and left him on his own. At one point there was a large Philistine army up against him. Samuel had already died, so Saul chose to go to a medium to pull up his spirit to ask for guidance in this battle. When Samuel’s spirit was brought up from the dead, Samuel asked why he was consulting him, since God had already given him the answer. Saul had refused to believe that God was pulling the kingdom from him.

Many believers will seek God for an answer, but do not like the answer He gives. It will sometimes mean that they must change or larger problems will occur. Or it may mean they must travel down a rough road. So they will seek the answer somewhere else trying to get favor.

While most believers will not turn to witchcraft and sorcery for answers, they will often turn to others to find an answer after they have heard God’s answer to them. They want to get the answer that will give them special favor.

As a believer, you should seek advice and direction first from God. Then you must accept that advice and direction. God knows what is best for your life and loves you so much so that He will only give you the best advice and direction.

Taking time to seek others, after God has given you direction, will not change what God is doing. It will only pull you out of His will. And the worst place to seek advice is from the world and the dead. Seeking the dead will only bring you death. Seeking Jesus will bring you life.

Consult only God for direction in your life.

I pray today that you will hear God’s directions for your life; that you will trust God’s choices for your life; that God’s peace will be in your life enough to keep you from seeking the world; and that you will always be in the will of God.

1 Samuel 13:8-9 Taking Things Into Your Own Hands

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He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.” And Saul offered up the burnt offering. 1 Samuel 13:8-9 

Most people do not like to wait for other people. When they want to get something done, they do it themselves. Often it is because they have been let down by others in the past. Friends or co-workers did not show up, so the job had to be done alone.

Having patience to wait for someone else is not something most people have. They want the help and they want it right away on their own timetable.

Saul had done this very thing. He was getting ready to fight against the Philistines. He and Samuel had agreed to a set date for Samuel to come and offering the sacrifices to God for His favor in the battle.

When Samuel did not show up at the appointed time, Saul immediately took things into his own hands. He proceeded immediately to offer the sacrifices to God, something he was not allowed to do. As soon as he had finished offering the sacrifices, Samuel showed up. It was at this point Samuel stated that God was already beginning to pull the kingdom away from Saul, because he did not obey.

It is common for people to call out to God for help, but do not wait for His answer. Or when they hear Him say He will provide the answer, they do not wait for His timing to answer the prayer.

This is often done out of fear. They do not believe God can or will actually accomplish what He said He would do. Instead of following God’s instructions, they take things into their own hands. This shows a lack of faith in God.

God’s word has said that He will provide for you. When you hear that God will do this, you must trust His words. At those times when God says to wait, you must wait. Do not jump ahead of God and take things into your own hands. Leave the events in His hands.

God is faithful and will not break His word. He will do what He needs to do at the perfect time, not your time. Wait on Him and trust Him.

I pray today that you will trust God’s timing; that you will trust God’s word in your life; that you will obey God’s commands to you; and that you will leave things in God’s hands. 

Acts 9:20 A Sign Of Change

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At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. Acts 9:20

Saul was a religious leader that was very devout in following God according to the law of Moses and the sacrificial system. After Jesus left the earth, Saul began to persecute everyone who followed Jesus, because it was a different way of serving God. As he was on his way to persecute some more, God got a hold of him and changed him. Shortly after accepting Jesus and beginning to follow Him, Saul began to go around and preach that Jesus is the Son of God, the very thing he had been opposed to before.

People make claims all the time of changing something in their life. Many men will say that they are going to start working out in order to be healthy. Or they will stop eating so much junk food and eat much healthier.

Yet, shortly after starting to do the workout or eating healthy, they stop and go back to their old ways of living. There was no real change in their life.

There are people in the church who are living the same way. They become a believer in Jesus, yet, do not really change anything. They continue to live just as they have always lived. Some will change for a few days, but quickly go back to their old ways of living.

Jesus said that believers would be a new creation. This means that they would be a different person, than they were before.

Saul had shown the change in his life, by immediately going around and preaching about Jesus. This is just going around and telling people that Jesus is the Son of God and the way to salvation. He is the only way to get into heaven.

Look at your life and ask yourself if there has been any change in your life since you accepted Jesus. Do you talk about Jesus everywhere you go? Or do you just talk about life and the weather?

Be willing to show that there is a sign of change in your life. That you are a different person than you used to be. You have the greatest news of all time to share, why not share it as much as you can?

Go out today and be a different person and tell others of Jesus.

I pray today that God will cause a change in your life; that the world will see and know you follow Jesus; that you will tell people about Jesus; and that God will give you strength and wisdom to share His message with this world.