Monday, May 31, 2010

We say, 'YES, LORD!'

by Diana Kriesel

Monday, 5/31/10 – Prov 16-18; Romans 12 – “We say, 'YES, LORD!'”

S – Romans 12:1 – “So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him.” [Message Bible]

O – How dedicated we are to the Lord is evident by how we live out our daily lives. It is in our surrender that our love for Christ and others is demonstrated. It is that life laid on the altar, that says “Lord, I belong to You”. King Saul failed at the altar and it cost him his kingdom. (see 1 Sam. 13 & 15).

A – Our motive for dedicating our lives is love. Pure and simple. We can surrender our lives out of love for Him for all He has already done for us. We serve Him out of love and appreciation.

P – Father, we desire true dedication, true surrender, to You. In those areas that we are stubborn with, or resistant, forgive us. Open our eyes to see that the victorious joyful life will be the one that says YES to You, even when we don’t agree or understand, because of Your love. And because of Your love, let us return ours to You in surrender.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

We are people of influence

S- Proverbs 10:1 - "He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray."

O - We are all leaders whether we realize it or not. Our most powerful communication is not our words, but how we live our lives. Whether we realize it or not, our attitudes and behaviors will either show the way to life or lead others astray. That is a lot of responsibility but the good news is that we don't have to be perfect to show the way to life. We need to exhibit a teachable hungry heart that responds to correction. My principal said to me recently that it is a "growth" model, rather than a pass/fail model. I think that applies here too. People don't need to see perfection. They need to see a life of growth and seeking.

A - I will remember today that the people around me are influenced by my actions, attitudes and words.

P - May the way I live, and the words I say, help others today.

Friday, May 28, 2010


S--Proverbs 7:1-3 “My son, keep My words and store up My commands within you. Keep My commands and you will live. Guard My teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers and write them on the tablet of your heart.”

O--Solomon is speaking about the importance of wisdom and stresses the need to hide God’s Word in our heart.

A--Solomon says to 1)store up 2) remember 3) and to write them on our hearts. I know that when I study and hide the Word in my heart, when trouble comes and I am fearful, or need to make decisions, the Word comes back to me…to give me courage, to guide me, and lead me in the right direction; when I am tempted, it helps me not to fall; when I am hurting, it brings encouragement; and when I am confused, it brings clarity.

P-- Lord, thank You for Your Word. Keep me hungry for it and help me to learn from it daily.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thursday May 27, 2010 Proverbs 4-6, Romans 8

S- "7th Commandment" Prov. 6:32 But a man who commits adultery lacks judgement; whoever does so destroys himself.

O- In both proverbs 5 & 6, Solomon gives warning to the men about adultery, and to stay away from the snare of the temptation of a seductive woman. He shares how it will only
bring torment to your life, to your mind, and to you soul. It's a corruptive sin, that the enemy uses to destroy your soul from worship, and intimacy with the Father. The warning
is to guard your hearts, your eyes, your mind, your tongue,and follow the Father's advice of the 7th commandment, "Do not commit Adultery."

A- Growing up I watched how adultery can steal kill and destroy, and how it torments a soul. It's like it just becomes a way of life, and the ones involved in the act of adultery
don't even realize what is happening to their soul, because they are so deceived and so distant from God, and worship is the last thing on their minds. God wants our
intimacy to be pure with our spouse, and with Him, and to be able to come to Him with a pure heart, not one that is full of corruption and deceit. Alot of people struggle
with lust and pornography because it starts in the mind and it can stay hidden from others. Therefore, they destroy themselves and don't even realize it.
Give us the hearts to help free those that are captive from this evil, and without
shame or judgement, so they too, can be free and have pure intimacy with the Father.

P-Lord help us! This world is full of distortion of sex and pornography. Keep our marriages as Godly examples. Keep our relationships pure, and our hearts guarded from
crossing the line. Let us take the 7th commandment of "Do not commit Adultery" as serious, as you intended it to be. Sex brings please for the moment, but adultrey brings
torment for a lifetime, and leads straight to hell. Keep our minds, our eyes and our souls clean Lord. Let us appreciate, Love & Respect our spouses. Amen

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


by Vivian Bills

Wednesday - May 26, 2010 - Proverbs 1-3; Romans 7

S - Romans 7:19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do - this I keep on doing.

O - Paul was speaking about his sinful nature and how even though he wanted to be sinless, he kept on sinning.

A - There are things I should do, like exercising and things I shouldn't do, like overeating. And yet, I do the opposite of what I should do. Why do I do the opposite, when I know what the right thing to do is? It is because I allow my sinful flesh to have its way, instead of conquering it with my will to do the right thing.

P - Lord, I ask that you help me to do the right thing for me today. Help me to conquer my flesh.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 5/25/2010 1 Ki 10,11; 2 Chr 9; Rom 6 JESUS, OUR SOURCE OF WISDOM AND RICHES

S - 1 Kings 10:24,6,8 The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart. The Queen of Sheba said to the king, "How happy your men must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!"

O - The Queen of Sheba had heard reports of King Solomon's wisdom and riches; she came personally to check things out because she didn't believe the reports. She was overwhelmed and found his wisdom and riches  to be greater even than what she had heard!

A - I thought of Jesus when I read how the Queen came to test Solomon with questions and nothing she asked of him was too hard to explain.  Not only the Queen, but others from all over the world sat to hear his wisdom. Gosh, do we realize we have the same opportunity with Jesus?  We can sit at his feet and ask him anything! How happy we could be if we took advantage of this opportunity, as the King's men did! We have within us the Spirit of Jesus, an endless source of wisdom and riches at our disposal, 24/7.

P - Lord, forgive me for not seeking your wisdom more regularly.  You live here, right inside me.  You have answers to all of life's struggles and direction for all of life's paths. May I, may we, realize that the King of Kings is right here, right now... ready and willing to share wisdom and riches with us! Thank you, Lord!

Monday, May 24, 2010


by Diana Kriesel

Monday, 5/24/10 – 1 Kings 9; 2 Chronicles 9; Psalm 136; Romans 6 – “His Love Endures Forever”

S – Psalm 136:1 – “Oh, give thanks to the LORD , for He is good! For His love endures forever.”

O – Psalm 136 calls the people to thank the Lord with this reason repeated throughout the psalm: His love endures forever. It appears to be a responsive song; with the first part sung, followed by the response proclaiming God’s enduring love. It appears to be written after captivity; which is a stunning example to us of how proclaiming praise feeds a godly perspective of God’s nature being grounds for our confidence in Him and reason to give thanks.

A – This is a great model for us as believers today - that no matter what we go through in life—the good, the bad, the ugly – our reason to praise Him remains: His love endures forever. It is a reason to hold on to, a reason to endure, a reason to rejoice, and a reason to be determined to finish strong.

P – Father, indeed, we can give thanks to You for EVERYthing, for Your love endures forever. Help us to keep our hearts centered so that every action and reaction that comes forth from our lives has an aroma of praise and thanksgiving, for Your enduring love.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

You Did Well

S- 1 Kings 8:17 - You did well to have this in your heart."

O - The temple began with a plan from heaven given to Moses. Then it was a passionate persistent desire in David's heart. Finally it was fulfilled by Solomon. Each man did well and God was working through each one. This all set the stage for the desire of the Father to dwell among us which culminated in both the birth and ministry of Jesus Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

A - Some of us prayerfully carry a desire of God. Others get to bring it to fruition. According to 1 Cor. 3: 6 - 9, some are called to plant and others to water, and each will be rewarded by God.

P - Lord, help us each to do our part and not compare ourselves with anyone else. Lord, fulfill your desires through us whether we are the planters, the waterers or the reapers. Amen!

Friday, May 21, 2010


by Mary White

S--2:13 “For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.”

O--Paul is teaching about the Jews and the law.

A--I can be under the greatest teaching, I can hear the Word and proclaim how I know the Word and my God…but if my walk does not line up with my talk…then I am a phony. I can store up knowledge but if I don’t use it then I am a fool. The old saying “talk is cheap” applies in this scripture. I Don’t want to be ignorant of the Word…I want to know it and LIVE it.

P--Lord help me to “walk the talk” Help me to bury the Word deep inside me and help me live it daily.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thursday May 20, 2010 1Kings 6, 2 Chron. 3, Psalm 97, Rom. 1 "The GIFT of Encouragement of Faith

Thursday May 20, 2010

1Kings 6, 2 Chron. 3, Psalm 97, Rom. 1 "The GIFT of Encouragement of Faith

S-Romans 1:12 (NIV) That is that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith.
(MSG). But don't think I am not expecting to get something out of this too! You have as much to give me as I do you.

O- Paul is excited to be in Roman to share the news of the gospel with the people. His heart is filled with such joy to be there, with people who are
longing and desperate to hear from the word of the Lord. Paul brings encouragement of Grace & Peace to those who Love Jesus, and
proclaims that he was called to bring this message to th Romans.

A- I think of times when I have heard people, or have been desperate myself just for a good word. A word of encouragement, a Word from the Lord. How
blessing people can lift them out of some of the darkest times. Speaking life is a choice, and so is speaking death. Let me make the choice and
have the opportunity to speak "life" and to encourage some one in the faith. Encourager's are life changers. I want to be an encourager to be "called."

P- Father, opportunities of being an encourager and a life giver with our words happen every day when we interact with people. May it be the annoying telemarketers
that call every day, it would be Unexpected that we take the time to give a "God word" of encouragement to them.
May it be the unexpected and the expecting. Use our mouths to speak
life and encouragement to build each other up, and to increase faith and hope, where there is none. Amen

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


by Vivian Bills

Wednesday - May 19, 2010 - 1 Kings 4,5; 2 Chronicles 2; Psalm 101; 2 Thessalonians 3

S - 1 Kings 4:29 - God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.

O - King Solomon was the wisest man.

A - The world respects intelligence and wisdom. And yet even with all his wisdom, Solomon turned away from God when he was old. And so, even though to be wise is wonderful, it is even better to be fully devoted to God, as Solomon's father David was. Man values intelligence, but God values a heart devoted to Him.

P - Lord, give me a heart like David's and wisdom like Solomon's. If I have to choose, I would rather be devoted to you all my days, than to know all the answers for everything.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 5/18/10 - 1 Ki 3; 2 Chr 1; Ps 78; 2 Th 2 -

S - 1 Ki 3:5 NIV,  The Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you." 1 Ki 3:9 AMP, "So give your servant an understanding mind and a hearing heart to judge Your people." 2 Chr 1:10 NIV, "Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people."

O - After the death of his father, King David, Solomon was reigned king at a young age (approx 20 yrs old) and knew that he did not have the wisdom needed to lead the people.  So he asked for what he needed in order to do well what the Lord had assigned him to do. God was pleased with his request, delighted that Solomon did not ask for selfish things. So He blessed Solomon in his request, "I have given you a wise, discerning mind, a wise and mature heart." (1 Ki 3:12 AMP/MSG)

A - Often God calls us to assignments we do not feel qualified to carry out.  But He qualifies the called instead of calling the qualified!  And since He has instructed us in Luke 11:9, "Ask and it will be given to you," let us be wise and humble like Solomon - let's ask for what it is we need to carry out our God-given assignment and then step out boldly knowing that we can now carry out the task empowered by our Lord's strength.

P - Father, use us to advance your kingdom. May we be both humble, knowing that we need You in order to carry out our callings, and bold, not wavering in fear or doubt. With you we can do anything.  Thank you for calling us, choosing us and empowering us!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Monday May 17, 2010 1King 2, 1 Chr.29, Psalm 95, 2.Th. 1 "God Loves a Cheerful Giver"

1King 2, 1 Chr.29, Psalm 95, 2.Th. 1 "God Love a Cheerful Giver"

S- 1 Chronicles 29:3 Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God, I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided for this hold temple.

O- David gave everything and had a passion in his heart to do so. All of his treasures he freely gave. He knew his son Solomon was "chosen" by God to lead this huge task of building the temple. Even with little experience and being young, David knew God would be faithful in leading his "chosen" because of the heart of Solomon to be obedient to the call. The temple was being build of all the precious gems and valuables from the people.......willingly giving of their processions. At the end it says the people "rejoiced."

A- God wants us to not have a grumbling spirit when we He asks us to give. In everything do with "Thanksgiving." In all of the scriptures for todays SOAP they were about giving Thanks, and be joyful in giving. God is really trying to send us a message here. All we have is HIS anyways, so let's be joyful when He asks us to give it away, for His intentions and motives are far greater than ours, and in the end He knows all anyway, and knows what is best for us, so lets be "joyful" to give it away for HIS glory and for HIS divine purpose. He chose the heart not the talent. That's what I want for my life and for our church. There are many young people who God can put His finger on and say "rise up" young Solomon and lead this task.....Let's embrace His chosen.

P- Lord, in all things let us give YOU thanks. Let us be joyful in our giving with the freedom of thanksgiving in our hearts. May we understand the concept of Giving and receiving the JOY that goes beyond any understanding, and the freedom that it brings to our soul and spirit. You came to us to give, let's us do so well, ad unconditionally without wanting to receive, or with the wrong motive. Make my heart a giving heart and one that is connected to yours and knows the secrets of the prayers in those that are in need or those you want to bless through us, and let us be obedient to the call, the "chosen" for the task. May you be pleased with your servants heart. Amen

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Pleasing God

S- 1 Thessalonians 4:1b - " you ought to walk and to please God."

0 - The word walk refers to the Christian life. Some of the basics of the Christian life are faith, forgiveness, loving God and others, thankfulness, integrity and sexual purity. Faith in God is how we begin our walk with God and is still a daily choice. Love, thankfulness, integrity and sexual purity are also choices we need to make.

A - I can choose to walk in God's way. I can choose to live a life that is pleasing to God by choosing the way of faith, love, forgiveness, integrity and sexual purity. I choose to avoid situations that would put me in the place of temptation.

P - Lord, help me, empower me, strengthen me to walk with You in your way, because I want to live a life that pleases you. I know that temptation is real and humanity is weak, so I pray for myself and for fellow Christians for your wisdom, grace and strengh. I pray too for repentance and forgiveness and restoration for all who once lived pleasing to you, but who have strayed from that path.

Friday, May 14, 2010

LOVING THE LOSS - by Mary White

Friday, May 14, 2010- 1Chronicles 22-24; 1Thessalonians 3
LOVING THE LOSS - by Mary White

S—I Thessalonians 3:8 “For now we may really live since you are standing firm in the Lord.”

O—Timothy had just sent Paul a report on how well the Thessalonians were living their faith.

A—Paul is an example of a great Evangelist. He sowed the seed of the Word to these people and he watered and nurtured it; they began to thrive. He had to leave but he prayed for them night and day. He prayed that their lives would become fruitful in Christ. This makes me evaluate my heart. Do I really love the loss? Do I do all I can to nurture new converts? Do I pray for them night and day?

P—God increase in me the love for the loss, give me your heart for them. Help my life to be a good example, keep me from being a stumbling block. Help me to love, encourage and to teach them how to grow strong in You.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thursday May 13, 2010 2 Sam. 24; 1 Chr.21; Psalm 30; 1 Thes. 2 "Teach me your timing to dance."

Thursday May 13, 2010 2 Sam. 24; 1 Chr.21; Psalm 30; 1 Thes. 2 "Teach me your timing to dance."

S- 1 Thes. 2:7 but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children.

O- Paul is complimenting the Thessalonica for their hearts to hear the words of God, and to listen. He tells them that he is not hear to get their approval but rather Gods. They are gentle in their ministering and had no ulterior motives other than to share their knowledge of the truth of Jesus Christ. It was effortless for them to do so, and Paul was very gentle in his presentation of God's love for His people. All was well received.

A- What was different with the Thessalonians than the Philli, where they had been insulted and mocked? Was it Paul or the hearts of the people. Paul's heart is pure in just wanting to spread the word of his testimony. It's timing and heart condition. Sometimes when we speak about our testimony it can sound like judgement and looking down on others. The timing of the harvest has to be right. When hearts are soft and receiving is the timing to brag about what the Lord has done in our lives, to help a dance Lord, teach us your perfect timing, your grace, and your perfect step.

P- Lord, send us people who need to hear your word and the testimonies of all that you have done in our lives. Give us YOUR timing Lord when the fields are ripe and ready. Let us not jump ahead or be hasty to want to force the word of your love on someone but rather, let them come ready, and let our hearts be gentle and not condemning. Teach us to Love like you Love....see like you see....hear like you hear....extend grace like you extend grace. Amen

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


by Vivian Bills

Wednesday - May 12, 2010 - 2 Samuel 21-23; 1 Thessalonians 1

S- 1 Thessalonians 1:5 ...because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.

O - Paul did not just tell the story of Jesus to the people, but there was power displayed, the Holy Spirit was evident and there was deep conviction for the people of their sin.

A - Are we satisfied with just making sure people hear the gospel? There should be much more than this. Power, Holy Spirit, deep conviction. How many of our newly saved run back out into the world, continuing to commit the same sins they did before salvation? This should not be so! Let us pray that the Holy Spirit come on them with POWER, that they will know the depravity of their wicked ways and sin no more!

P - Father, help me to move and walk in the power of Your Holy Spirit and to be contagious with it, bestowing it on all who come into my presence!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 5/11/10 - 2 Sam 19,20; Ps 55; Mt 28 STRONG IN THE RESISTANCE

S - 2 Sam 20:2 So all the men of Israel deserted David to follow Sheba son of Bicri.  But the men of Judah stayed by their king all the way from the Jordan to Jerusalem. Psalm 55:16,17,18,22 But I call to God, and the Lord saves me.  Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.  He ransoms me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me. Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.

O - As I have read about David's life for the past month, I see how much he was resisted. My gosh! He was chosen as King and all the trouble began.  He was hounded and chased by Saul, his own son Absalom tried to get him off the throne; now Sheba is doing the same thing. But in all this opposition, David always knew where to turn... to his Lord.

A - When God calls us to an assignment, the road may not be easy - we may experience much opposition.  Some may doubt God's call then, others may give up because the price is too much.  Instead, let's be like David. Let's be strong, pushing through every opposition, determined to live out our call, refusing to let things stop us. And at the same time, let's be sensitive and closely dependent upon and trusting our Lord - knowing that this is the only way we can do all God's called us to do.

P - Father, I ask you to make us strong warriors in your kingdom. I pray that we never give up when the way gets hard. I pray that difficulty will simply drive us on our knees to You.  I pray that we be like David - men and women after God's own heart.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Monday, 5/10/10 – 2 Samuel 18; Psalm 56; Matthew 27– “CHOOSE TO TRUST"

by Diana Kriesel

Monday, 5/10/10 – 2 Samuel 18; Psalm 56; Matthew 27– “CHOOSE TO TRUST”

S – Psalm 56:11 – “In God have I put my trust and confident reliance; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Amplified Bible)

O – In this psalm David voices his frustration over his treatment by his enemies. He was facing malicious plots of crafty men, producing fear. However his trust in God overcomes all fear. David declares complete trust in God and proclaims that he will not be afraid of what any human being could do to him if God was his friend.

A – David wasn’t making up reasons to be fearful. People really were plotting to kill him, yet he made a choice to trust in God. His example to us helps us boldly declare that we do not need to be afraid of what man can do to us; for we are friends of God.

P – Lord, thank You for so many examples in Scripture of the real trials faced by men and women, and honest feelings that they experienced. May we learn from those who have gone before us that You are faithful and we can place our trust in You.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Entering into Joy

S- Mathew 25:21b - "Enter into the joy of your Lord"

O - We are invited to "enter into the joy" of our Lord and Savior based not on whether we are the best or the most talented, but simply on whether we are faithful and do our best with the resources that God has given us. To walk into joy, we need to stop comparing ourselves with others who may have different gifts, abilities and circumstances than us. I don't have to be the best at work, I only need to do my best faithfully,offer that to the Lord, and walk in his joy and approval. Ps 1 tells us that we are blessed (happy) when we walk in God's ways. Ps 32 tells us we are also blessed (happy) when we confess our sins and are forgiven, and Matthew 25 tells us that we can enter into God's joy and approval, when we are faithful with his resources.

A - I will avoid comparing myself with others which only leads to either feelings of inferiority or feelings of superiority, neither of which will help me "enter" into joy. I will enter and enjoy God's joy and approval as I walk in His ways, receive much needed forgiveness, and stay faithful to Him.

P - Lord, I thank you that you look at our hearts and our faithfulness. Free us from the bondage of comparing ourselves with others. Free us from looking to people for approval. Give us a glimpse of your joy and pleasure. Free us from false expectations. Help us to live our lives to your glory with the resources that you have given us.

Friday, May 7, 2010


Friday, 5/7/10 – 2 Samuel 13,14; Matthew 24 – “UNDER THE INFLUENCE”

S – Matt 24:45-46 - "Who here qualifies for the job of overseeing the kitchen? A person the Master can depend on to feed the workers on time each day. Someone the Master can drop in on unannounced and always find him doing his job.”

O – The church is the household of faith and we must take care of God’s house, and God’s family. This passage exhorts us to serve Christ faithfully, in whatever He calls us to do and always be looking for His return, because it is that readiness that keeps us prepared in heart, thought and action.

A – No one knows when the Lord will return for His Church, but we should live our lives like we expect Him any moment.

P – Lord help us to live “under the influence” of a constant expectation of Your return, so that our hearts stay clean, motives pure, actions godly, walk uprightly… Help us to live “under the influence” of Your Love.

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Thursday - 5/6/2010 - 2 Samuel 11,12; Psalm 51; Matthew 23

S - Psalms 51:11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

O - David knew the depth of his sin and that he deserved to be cast out, but his love for God is so strong that he pleads for God to not leave him and to make him clean.

A - There is no sin so great that God cannot cleanse us and restore us. He is able and willing to renew us. We just have to want it.

P - Father God, restore unto me the joy of my salvation and renew a right spirit within me, in Jesus' name I pray.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


by Vivian Bills

Wednesday- 5/5/2010 - 2 Samuel 10; 1 Chronicles 20; Psalm 20; Matthew 22

S - Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

O - David was saying that when going into battle some people trust in their vehicles to help them be victorious, but we trust in God.

A - It is good to go into battle with strong weapons and vehicles, but we always need to be seeking the Lord to ensure victory for Him. We are set apart, different than the rest. David felled Goliath with a stone, not the fancy weaponry of Saul that was offered to him. So, he knew
first hand the power of the Lord.

P - Lord, I trust in You. Jesus, help. Go before me into battle, Lord, and clear a path. The
victory is Yours.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday May 4, 2010 - 2 Sam 8,9; 1 Chr 18,19; Mt 21 DEFEATING THE ENEMY & SHOWING KINDNESS

S - 2 Sam 8:1 In the course of time, David defeated the Philistines and subdued them. 2 Sam 9:1 One day David asked, "Is there anyone left of Saul's family? If so, I'd like to show him some kindness in honor of Jonathan."

O- Within two chapters we see David treating people quite differently.  He was ruthless with his enemies; he gave them no ground, but defeated them with perseverance and dedication, taking back the land the Lord had promised the nation of Israel. But at the same time he was very kind to Mephibosheth, Jonathon's son who was the remaining relative of Saul. He restored to him all the land of his inheritance and invited him to dine at the King's table with the royal family.

A - I love David's heart of compassion.  He was obviously a sensitive soul - if we look at the words of his psalms and his treatment of Saul and his family. He showed such kindness. But at the same time, he had no tolerance for the enemies of God. As the king, he led battle after battle taking back the land for his people and his God. "In the course of time" reveals that the defeat of the enemies took some time.  May we be like David and persevere, press on, not give up against the enemies that rob us of the inheritance God has ordained for us.

P - Father, may we be like David. May we have a heart after You, a compassionate and kind side in the treatment of others, and a ruthless energy to defeat the enemies in our lives.

Monday, May 3, 2010


by Diana Kriesel

Monday, 5/3/10 – 2 Samuel 7; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalm 2; Matthew 20 – “ASK!!”

S – Psalm 2:8 – “Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.”

O – I love the way the Message Bible puts it: “What do you want? Name it: Nations as a present? continents as a prize?” (Ps.2:8) God is telling Christ that He will receive the nations, at His desire for His inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for His possession. The promise is that the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of the Lord Jesus Christ.

A – In a similar manner, as His children, we can ask of God for the nations! We can ask of God for the inheritance of our friends, family, loved ones to come into the Kingdom! The Father is pleased with the Son and His finished work. His finished work made the way for the nations to become His inheritance; and we can ASK, ASK, ASK… petition the Lord for the hearts and lives of our loved ones to know Him. That is OUR inheritance as children of God!

P – Lord, we are ASKING!!! for our loved ones, friends, neighbors…we are asking for the generations now, and the generations that follow to come to know Your love and saving grace. Make us vessels of honor that you might use us for the Kingdom!