Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pr 30, Ps 17, 1 Sam 17

Pr 30

:5 Every word of God is pure; He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.

Lord I put my trust in You.

Ps 17

:5 Hold up my goings in Thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.

:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of Thy wings.

1 Sam 17

:1-7 Introduces us to the battle and Goliath.

:8-10 Goliath taunts the army of Israel.

:11-16 For forty days he taunts them. We are also told about David leaving Saul and going tend the sheep during this time.

:17 Jesse sends David to bring food to his brothers who are in Saul's army.

:18-23 Once David gets there, Goliath comes out to taunt them again.

:24 The army fled when they saw him again.

:25-28 David's oldest brother became angry that David would speak out that no one would face Goliath.

:29-31 Saul is told David's words about going out himself to fight Goliath.

:32- David sayes he will go.

:33- Saul wants David is to young and that Goliath has been fighting a long time.

:34-37 David explains God has delivered him from a bear and a lion and will deliver him from the Philistine.

:38-39 Saul agrees and wants David to wear Saul's armour. It is all to big and heavy.

:40- He takes his staff and 5 stones along with his sling.

:41-44 Goliath taunts David.

:45-46 David tells Goliath he comes in the Name of the Lord and that God will deliver Goliath to him.

:47- He tells Goliath the battle is the Lord's.

:48-49 David takes down Goliath with one stone.

:50-51 David didn't have a sword so he used Goliath's to cut off his head. When the Philistines see this they ran.

:52-54 Israel pursues the Philistines.

:55-58 Saul wants to know who David's father is. David tells him Jesse.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Pr 29, Ps 16, 1 Sam 16

Pr 29

:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.

Ps 16

:1 Preserve me, O God; for in Thee do I put my trust.

1 Sam 16

:1-2 When Saul is removed by God, Samuel mourns him and God tells him to stop. God tells him to go to Jesse and God will provide a new king. Samuel fears Saul will kill him if he does.

:3-6 Samuel obeys

:7 God tells Samuel not to look on the outward appearance, that God looks on the heart.

:8-13 finally after going through all the other sons, David is called from the sheep and is chosen. The Spirit came upon David from that day forward.

:14 The Spirit of the Lord leaves Saul and an evil spirit troubles him.

:15-23 Saul's servants tell him to get someone to play the harp to drive away the evil spirits. Saul sends for David. David comes and Saul is refreshed when David plays.

Pr 28, Ps 15, 1 Sam 15

Pr 28

:9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

We must be careful of our attitude all the time if when we pray we want God to hear us.

:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings; but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

Get rich quick scams were mentioned int the word of God. Sounds to good to be true? Then it probably is, and if you do it anyway, you can't claim innocence to God when it falls apart.

:24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a deceiver.

Ps 15

:1 Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in Thy holy hill?

:2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

Verse one asks the question and verse 2 answers.

1 Sam 15

Verses 1-6 has Saul reminded that the Lord had Samuel annoint him to be king. Then the Lord tells hm to go and destroy all of the Amalek and everything they own. Saul tells the Kenites to leave since they had shown kindness to the Israelites.

:7-9 Saul doesn't obey God, he takes Agag the king alive and also some livestock and anything that appeared good to him. That was against what God had told him to do.

:10-21 God tells Samuel He is sorry He made Saul king because he didn't obey. Samuel confronts Saul but Saul still doesn't understand he disobeyed God.

:22 Samuel says to obey is better than sacrifice.

:23 Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubborness is as inquity and idolatry.

Wow that is some harsh comparisons.

:24 Saul finally admits he sinned because he feared men more then he feared God.

:25-29 Samuel tells Saul the Lord has rejected him and chosen someone else as king.

:30-33 Samuel calls for Agag and kills him as the Lord had commanded.

:34-35 Samuel didn't see Saul again till he died.

Pr 27, Ps 14, 1 Sam 14

My computer has been down a few days so I will post the missing ones in each a post to catch up in case someone is reading along.

Pr 27

:1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

This is so true. Since Jan 18th we have gone to the funeral homes way to many times, including this past Saturday.

Ps 14

:1 The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. They are corrupt; they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

1 Sam 14

:1-23 tells how Jonathan left with his armour bearer and the Lord delivered some Philistines to them. Saul and some Hebrews living among them joined Jonathan.

:24-31 Saul told the people they couldn't eat all day and they grew faint. Jonathan didn''t hear the order and tasted some honey.

:32-35 Because they were so hungry they sinned when they did eat by eating with the blood.

:36-40 Saul asks God if He will deliver the Philistines to him that night and God doesn't answer. He has the people draw lots to see who sinned because no one will tell him it was Jonathan. Wonder why Jonathan didn't admit it?

:42 God reveals it is Jonathan.

:43-46 The people save Jonathan from being killed for his sin.

:47-52 Saul continues to battle with his enemies.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Pr 26, Ps 13, 1 Sam 13

Pr 26

:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

Be very careful when dealing with foolish people.

:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Be careful of conceited people even more.

Ps 13

:1 How long wilt Thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt Thou hide Thy face from me?

Ever feel this way?

Remember Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have; for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Doesn't matter how we "feel". God's word is true, He is right there with us all the time.

1 Sam 13

The first few verses tell how when Saul had been king for two years they went to battle with the Philistines.

In 8-12 Saul makes an offering to God cause Samuel isn't there. In 12-14 Samuel arrives and tells Saul because of his foolishness his kingdom will not continue.

:15 Samuel leaves

:16-23 Things are not looking very good for Israel. Only Jonathan and Saul have weapons.

I always love when I am reading in more then one place and they both talk about the same thing. Today the theme was foolishness.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pr 25, Ps 12, 1 Sam 12

First this morning I will share what the Lord impressed upon me this morning right as I was waking that I should share.

No matter how good you are, no matter how much good works you do, no matter who you know, the only way ANYONE will get to heaven is by asking the Lord Jesus Christ to be their Savior, by repenting for all the sin in their life. There is no other way. No other prayer that will do it. Anything else that you try to get to heaven is worthless. Are works bad? No, but they are if you think that will be the way you get to heaven. Is prayer bad? No, but unless it is the prayer of salvation it won't get you to heaven. Do you have to prayer for salvation more then once? Not if you truly mean it the first time. If this is for you I would love to get a response either as a comment or to my email. I would love to add you to the list of people I pray for.

Ok with that said, here is todays reading.

Pr 25

:7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, come up hither: than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.

:9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbor himself; and discover not a secret to another.

Have a problem with someone? Discuss it with them. Don't gossip by telling everyone else and that person has no clue why you are upset with them.

:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Wow this shows how important self control is doesn't it?

Ps 12

:6 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver is tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Are my words pure? I pray they are.

1 Sam 12

In verse 12 Samuel tells them that God was their king, but that they weren't satisfied with that.

:17-19 Samuel tells them that he will call to the Lord to bring a storm on the wheat harvest because of their wickedness in asking for a king.

He goes on to say because they repented and said they shouldn't have done that, if they follow God, then He will lead them through their king.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pr 24, Ps 11, 1 Sam 11

Pr 24

:17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth.
:18 Lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him, and He turn away His wrath from him.

When someone you are upset with stumbles or falls have you ever been glad? Or thought, finally they get what they deserve? If so, be careful. Remember we ALL deserve punishment for the things we have done but instead we received mercy and grace.

Ps 11

:1 In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?

Help me to always put my trust in You Lord.

1 Sam 11

:6 And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly.

In previous verses Nahash tells some Israelites that he will make peace with them only if they let him thrust out their right eyes. When Saul hears this is when the Spirit of God comes on him and he gets angry and takes action.

This was righteous anger cause it came from God.

:9 Saul sends word help is coming.

:12 After Saul helps the people want to kill whoever spoke against Saul at the beginning.

:13 Saul says no one is to be harmed.

Pr 23, Ps 10, 1 Sam 10

I did my reading, etc yesterday but never got around to posting it. Here it is and then I will post todays.

Pr 23

:7 For as he thinketh in is heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

Ps 10

:6 He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never see adversity.

The word clearly says we will have trials.

1 Sam 10

Verses 1-9 are Samuel prophesying to Saul what will happen. Verse 9 says God gave Saul a new heart.

:16 Saul told his uncle only part of what Samuel told him.

:21 Samuel couldn't find Saul when everyone had gathered. Saul was hiding. Reminds me a little of Jonah. Ever hide (or try to) when God wants you to do something? We can't hide from God, ever.

Samuel announces that Saul will be the king they asked for. Some are not happy with the choice and are vocal about it.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Pr 22, Ps 9, 1 Sam 9

Pr 22

:1 A good name is rather to be chosen then great riches, and loving favor rather then silver and gold.

Your name and loving favor are more important then anything else. Guard them well.

:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

Notice is says correction not anger. Be sure you never discipline in anger. Even angry words will hurt a child for a long time.

Ps 9

:2 I will be glad and rejoice in Thee: I will sing praise to Thy Name, O Thou Most High.

This is how I have spent most of my day. Listening and singing praises to the Lord while getting things done.

:10 And they that know Thy Name will put their trust in Thee: for Thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek Thee.

Isn't it wonderful to know that we can always trust God?

1 Sam 9

:3 Saul was very tall.

:15 The Lord told Samuel the day before that Saul would come to him.

:20 Samuel told him that the donkeys were found.

:21 Saul said he was least of least.

Isn't that how God works? He uses the least and He gets all the glory just as it should be.

:27 Samuel has a word for Saul from God.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Pr 21, Ps 8, 1 Sam 8

As you will notice, I missed a day. I got sidetracked from my normal routine yesterday. Sigh.

Pr 21:

:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the heart.

You can't hide anything from God.

:31 The house is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.

Thank You Lord for keeping me safe.

Ps 8

:9 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Thy Name in all the earth.

1 Sam 8

:5 Because Samuel was old and his sons weren't following the Lord, the people wanted a king.

:7 The Lord told Samuel to give them a king, that they weren't rejecting Samuel, they were rejecting the Lord. It is hard to remember that sometimes when someone rejects us.

:18 In the previous verses, Samuel tells the people what it will be like with a king. The Lord told Samuel to lay it all before them. And that when they have enough, the Lord will not hear them.

:19 Even knowing all of it they still want a king. Aren't we like that sometimes? We don't care about the eventual outcome, we just want what we want when we want it, and we think that we can change the eventual outcome. How foolish we are.

:22 The Lord tells Samuel to give them what they want.

Sometimes the Lord says yes to things He knows is not best for us, because we need to learn something. In this case He warned them what having a king would be like, but they still wanted it. So by saying yes and giving them what they wanted He would teach them sometimes it is not a good thing to get your way.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Pr 19, Ps 7, 1 Sam 7

First off let me clear something up from yesterday. I know in Pr 18:24 that the friend is usually thought of as Jesus. I agree He is our friend and He is closer then a brother, and He will never leave you. What I was trying to get across was that I personally believe that He also wants us to have friends here in the physical that He can use to minister to us when we need a hug, a shoulder to cry on, or just someone to tell us verbally it will be ok. I just didn't want anyone to think that I didn't know of that interpretation. I sat for over 18 years under a pastor who only used the Word of God to interpret the Word of God. I am blessed to have done that. I just took a little liberty to show that we can have earthly friends and Jesus also. With that said here is what I read today.

Pr 19

:11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

Ok Lord, I know this is for me today and I will do my best to obey. But I may need help. Well I will definitely need help.

Ps 7

:1 O Lord my God, in Thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:

:8 The Lord shall judge the people: judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.

Are you judgmental of others? Here it says that the Lord is the judge. I know that in 1 Cor it says we will judge angels, etc. But that is once we are with the Lord. Not here, not now.

We must be very careful in this area, cause it also says that how you judge, you will be judged.

:10 My defense is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.

1 Sam 7

Chapter 7 tells how the people returned to the Lord. They got rid of the false gods and repented.

Because of this, they were able to defeat the Philistines, and take back the land they had lost.

We must be very careful about false gods. It can be things, desires, dreams, even people. God has told us to love each other, but if we put anyone ahead of God, even our spouse or children, then they are a false god to us. As mothers that is something we must be ever mindful of. Our children, especially when they are young, need us for everything. But if we begin to worship them instead of love them, there is a problem. How will we know the difference? Well first off divine order according to the Word of God is first God, then our spouse, and then our children. If you put your child or children before your spouse, there is a good chance you are putting them before God also.

There is a difference between meeting our children's physical needs and letting them run your life. If your husband wants to do or not do one thing, and your child wants to do or not do something else, what choice do you make? That would be a great indicator of who is first in the relationship between your spouse and your child. If you choose the child's preference I would seek the Lord and ask if you have made the child a false god in your life.

Just my ramblings, take them or leave them.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pr 18, Ps 6, 1 Sam 6

Pr 18

:6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

Like to argue?

:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

This is right up there as one of my favorite verses. See the is? Present tense! Woohoo, that is for me!

:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favor of the Lord.

I pray I am always a good thing for my husband and that I help him find favor with the Lord.

:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer then a brother.

I have just such a friend in Marty. I pray you have one like that also.

Ps 6

:9 The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.

God hears, receives and answers our prayers. But sometimes the answer is no.

1 Sam 6

In this chapter the Philistines return the ark. They knew it was God judging them for taking it but in the first few verses it says they put a test before God. Reminds me a little of Gideon.

When the people of God saw the ark, they called the priests to come get it. They knew not to touch it cause it was holy.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Pr 17, Ps 5, 1 Sam 5

Pr 17:
:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, then a house full of sacrifices and strife.

My husband, as anyone who knows him will tell you, is a quiet man. Sometimes, honestly, this bothers me. But this tells me quietness is better then strife, and that is really true.

:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; but the Lord trieth the heart.

How will the Lord find your heart today? I pray He finds mine pleasing to Him.

Jer 17:10 says, The Lord searches the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.

Is there evil in your heart toward someone? The Lord will see it and He will do to you accordingly.

Ps 5:

:4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with Thee.

I pray He remove any evil from me so I can dwell with Him.

1 Sam 5:

Verses 1-5 tell how the Philistines put the ark of God in with a false god Dagon. Twice when they went in Dagon was on the ground. The second time the head and arms were broken off. It scared them so much that no one went inside anymore to worship Dagon.

Verses 6-12 tell how the hand of God was against wherever tehy took the ark. He struck them with emerods. My bible translates that as tumors. The beginning of cancer?

I am learning some really interesting things during these studies. Yes I have read the bible through before, but each time I read it the Lord either reminds me of something, or teaches me something new. I love that!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pr 16, Ps 4, 1 Sam 4

Pr 16

:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue is from God.

Do the words you use come from God? Would He approve of them? If He prepares your heart they will. Remember:

MT 12:36 But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak they shall give account thereof in the day of judg ment.

:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.

Ever do something that on the outward appearance seems fine but in your heart you were rebelling about doing it? Well God sees that even if others don't.

:7 When a man's ways please the Lord He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Want peace?

:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Think you are better then someone else? Remember:

Col 3:25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done; and there is no respect of persons.

Rom 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God.

If He will judge me for a sin, He will judge you also if you commit that sin.

Remember God sees what you do when no one else can see. He sees your heart so even if you are putting on a show for everyone else, you are not fooling God.

:20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good; and whoso trusteth in the Lord happy is he.

Want to be happy?

:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Does your way seem right to you? Have you asked God if it seems right to Him?

Ps 4

:2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn My glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? selah

According to the bible dictionary leasing means falsehood ; lies

Lord may I only bring glory to you and not shame.

1 Sam 4:

:4 Here it says that Eli's sons brought the ark to the battleground.

:11 Here it says that the ark of God was taken and Eli's sons slain.

Remember God told Samuel in chapter 3 that Eli's house would be judged because of his sons. I wonder why Eli allowed his sons to bring the ark. Seems like with him knowing (remember Samuel told him what the Lord said) that he wouldn't have let them touch the ark.

In the rest of Chapter 4 it tells how Eli and his daughter-in-law both died when they hear. His daughter-in-law was pregnant and gave birth to a son that was named Ichabod.

God said He would judge Eli's house, this is His judgment.

Heb 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Pr 15, Ps 3, 1 Sam 3

Here are my notes from my reading today.

Pr 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath; but grievous words stir up anger.

:3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

Think you have hidden sin? Think again, God sees it and will expose it in His time.

Ps 3:3 But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter of mine head.

1 Sam 3:1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the Word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.

Oh that the Word of the Lord were precious to more people today.

Verses 4-8 tell how the Lord called Samuel's name 3 times.

Verse 7 says that Samuel didn't know the Lord yet, so he kept going to Eli.

I understand why Samuel didn't realize it was the Lord, but why didn't Eli. He was a priest of the Lord!

The Lord tells Samuel He is bringing judgment against Eli because of the evil he allowed his sons to do.

God will always judge sin. You may think you are gonna get away with the sin, but eventually God will judge the sin.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A new study

I just began a new study that I picked up from the woman's conference at church this past weekend. It is by an associate pastor's wife. She is amazing. I love to hear her share from her heart and from the word. She does a weekly woman's bible study and I hope to be able to make most of them. Jimmy and I still share the van so if he is working I may have to miss, but she does put them up on itunes and they will be having a new website for the ladies on April 1st. I can't wait to see what that involves.

Anyway, the study has you read the chapter of Proverbs for that day, the psalms starting with Psalm one, and a chapter a day of 1 Sam.

So yesterday I read Proverbs 13, Psalm 1 and 1 Sam 1. Here are the verses I jotted down as I read those.

:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick; but when the desire cometh it is a tree of life.

:13 Whoso despiseth the Word shall be destroyed; but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

Ps 1
verse 1 tells us what not to do
verses 2-3 gives blessings if we obey
verses 4-6 gives curses if we don't obey

It is a message of separation. Separate yourself from sin.

Verse 3 was prophised over me many years ago. It says:

And he (or she) shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

1 Sam 1

verse 5 says the Lord had shut up her womb but it doesn't say why

:10 bitterness of soul - discontent

:11 she made a promise about a child she hadn't conceived, she had faith that even though she had never conceived as of yet, that it WOULD happen

:28 She followed through on her vow. How hard that must have been to leave her child with someone else to care for. She would only see him once or twice a year. Can't imagine how that must have felt.

Today I read Pr 14, Ps 2 and 1 Sam 2

14:1 Every woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

:2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the Lord: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth Him

I looked up perverse in the 1828 dictionary. Here is what it says.

1. Literally, turned aside; hence distorted from the right
2. obstinate in the wrong; disposed to be contrary, stubborn, untractable
3. Cross; petulant; peevish; disposed to cross and vex

ouch, ever feel contrary, stubborn, or cross?

:9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favor.

we all know verse 12
:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Ps 2
:11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling

1 Sam 2

:9 He will keep the feet of His saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by
strength shall no man prevail.

:12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord.

If you keep reading you see that they did great evil in the sight of the Lord.

I wonder why Eli let them continue to serve with him?

In verse 29 the Lord deals with Eli for allowing it to continue.

Ok you are all caught up with my reading.

The study I am doing is called Fashioned by God and is really great so far.