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Disappointments

I Samuel 22:1-5; II Samuel 22:1-5
David, anointed King is running from King Saul’s attempts to kill him and hides himself in the cave of Adullam. His brethren and all his father’s house hear of his plight and come to the cave to join up with David. All that were distressed, in debt, and discontented, congregated in the cave with David. Would you being in the situation that David was in, discouraged and fearful for his life, want a crowd of disgruntled, frustrated, irritated, restless, annoyed, and broke people in your cave? Four hundred men take up a great deal of space and given their circumstances could be quite discouraging to have around. What did David do when he was faced with the realization that King Saul was trying to take his life? What would you have done? Can God take the most troublesome circumstances and turn them for our good? Were the years David spent battling hardship and disappointment all in vain or did God take these trials and turn them into tremendous times of gro…

The Weapon of Praise

II Chronicles 20:20-25
The weapon of praise is a mighty weapon that God has given to us in fighting the enemy. This is not necessarily how we would choose to fight the enemy, nor does it seem as though it would work in opposing such a hostile army in the Word of God but God chose praise to defeat the enemy nonetheless. The enemy’s army we battle against daily in our hearts and minds can be overpowered by the expressed admiration and praise directed to our God. Jehovah God used the weapon of praise to defeat the children of Moab and the children of Ammon. Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, rose up early and went to the wilderness with his army and spoke these words to them, “Believe in the Lord your God, and ye shall be established, believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper” (II Chronicles 20:20b). To be established means to be supported by God. Why wouldn’t we want to believe in Him if He is going to support us against the enemy? After Jehoshaphat had directed them to fast and pray (vs. 3,4) he…

Joy Is My Strength

Philippians 4:1-9 Nehemiah 8:10  A great deception and lie from Satan is that we cannot enjoy our lives in the midst of trials and unpleasant circumstances. If you study the life of Christ, the Apostle Paul, and others, their lives proved otherwise. They knew joy was a spiritual strength that would help them overcome their problems. According to Galatians 5:22, joy is a fruit of the Spirit--not the fruit of sadness or depression. The lack of joy is why we sometimes give up when we should be enduring to the end. The presence of joy gives us the endurance to withstand the attacks of the Devil and to overcome the overwhelming circumstances of the trials of life. We need to enjoy life and use the gift of the fruit of the Spirit to enhance, strengthen, improve and enrich the life He has given us. “...for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10b Paul was in prison when he wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4. He said in the first part of Ch…

Will You?

For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30:5 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22 When no peace has come and you’ve prayed the night through, Will you trust Christ with what He desires for you?
When your hearts been broken by the loss of a loved one, Will you be able to say, “Thy will be done?”

When you’ve prayed in your heart, “Lord, let this cup pass from me.” Will you stand in His presence, unashamedly?
Will you take up His cross and His burden to bear, When He says, “No,” and it seems so unfair?

Will you trust Christ today with His will for you, When the door is shut and there’s no light coming through?
In the darkest of midnight and in deep despair, Will you hold on dear child, and know that He cares?
Will you wait on the Lord, there’s no more you can do? You’ve wept through the night, now joy comes in the morning for you.

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