A Winning Percentage

1 Kings 15:5
“Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.”

If we were to look at people and relationships through the eyes of God, we would find that we could get along with most people. God says about David in the verse above, “…David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life…” It is interesting that God says this about him. I know, I left one little line out, but if you were to read this about David and not know anything about that last line, you would think that David was a great man.

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Bethink Yourself

1 Kings 8:47
“Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness;”

Solomon had finished building the temple and he took time after it was finished to have a dedicatory prayer to God. During this prayer he asked God to hear the prayer of His people whenever they prayed to Him in the temple. Solomon also asked that if they sinned against God and are taken captive, that “if they shall bethink themselves” in their captivity and call on Him, he asked that their prayer be heard.

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Bible Thoughts by Terry Hedderman

My Bible thoughts:
Sunday, 11/15/15  Mark 4:3, Hearken, Behold, there went out a sower to sow... Being willing to grow isn’t enough; being in the hand of the Sower isn’t enough; being placed on good dirt isn’t enough. The seed must be submerged, hidden, unseen, forgotten...destroyed. That’s enough.          Rom 3:1a, 2, What advantage then hath the Jew? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God. To the degree that you access, use, and emphasize the Bible in your life, you have an advantage over others in that area.

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Setting Yourself Up for God’s Blessings

1 Kings 2:45
“And king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall be established before the LORD for ever.”

In most of Solomon’s reign, he truly desired to please God and to have His blessings upon his life and kingdom. This is especially seen in the early years of his reign. He also knew that if he was going to get God’s blessings upon his kingdom and life that there were some things from the past that had to be dealt with. What is interesting about God blessing Solomon in the next chapter is that the blessing came after Solomon dealt with the skeletons of the past.

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6 Keys to the Victorious Christian Life

Ephesians 1:3
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”

Every Christian should desire to live a victorious Christian life. As you read in Ephesians 6, it is going to be a battle to live victoriously. I find throughout the Book of Ephesians that there are six keys to experiencing the victorious Christian life.

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The Power of Grace

Galatians 1:23
“But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.”

Nobody would be saved without God’s grace. According to Ephesians 2:8-9, it is by God’s grace that we are saved. Works can’t save us because we can never be good enough to earn salvation. The power of God’s grace is amazing. You see in this chapter what the power of grace can do.

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Living in the Past

2 Samuel 20:1
“And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.”

The war with Absalom was over, and those who were going to be disloyal to David had a prime opportunity to sow their discord because Israel was divided. The verse above says that Sheba blew the trumpet in Israel and said, “We have no part in David…” This is interesting because Sheba was of the tribe of Benjamin. It is interesting to note that Saul was also of this tribe. What happened was Sheba never accepted David as his king. He refused to move on from the past, and it was at this moment that he saw an opportunity to bring the past alive. Sadly, he was only hurting himself and those who followed him because the past could no longer be revived. His refusal to live in the present kept him from enjoying the reign of the greatest king in Israel’s history.

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