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September 18, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Heart of Passion 3


1 Samuel 23:5

And David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines and brought away their livestock and struck them with a great blow. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.

 

Thought for Today

One of my favorite leadership aphorisms is, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t care who gets the credit.” As David and his men route the Philistines who had been raiding Keilah and return what had been stolen from them, the author gives David the credits. However, if you have been reading the previous two days’ devotions you will know that David twice went to God to see if rescuing Keilah was God’s plan or not. Having heard from God that this was the course they should take God grants David and his men a great victory. It would not be lost on David’s men or the people of Keilah that God had sent David to do this. They will glorify God first for granting them deliverance and David second for his willingness to follow God’s call faithfully. Ultimately, it is not David’s great victories that make him so compelling to the people of Israel, it is his amazing heart and passion for God above all things. When you seek God’s direction for you and others God gets the credit He deserves and your connection to Him will become what you are known for. And if you are going to be known for anything shouldn’t it be your relationship with God?

 

Prayer

Mighty God, I praise You for all of the victories You have granted me in my life. Help me to be so connected to You that every victory is known as Yours. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

...if God teaches us victory in Christ Jesus day by day, we live in the constant awareness of His greatness and His sufficiency. Hard lessons are often long-lasting lessons. Never forget that God is far more interested in our getting to know the Deliverer than simply being delivered. ― Beth Moore

 

Quote of the Day

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always. ― Mahatma Gandhi

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September 17, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Heart of Passion 2


1 Samuel 23: 3-4

But David's men said to him, “Behold, we are afraid here in Judah; how much more than if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?” Then David inquired of the Lord again. And the Lord answered him, “Arise, go down to Keilah, for I will give the Philistines into your hand.”

 

Thought for Today

David’s mighty men are afraid because King Saul is hunting them. Now David tells them they are going to fight the Philistines, too. Now they are doubly afraid. David’s response is instructive. He does not scold them for cowards, nor give them a locker room speech to strengthen their backbones. David goes to the Lord to seek confirmation for his course of action. He knows that, while they will follow him if he commands it, they will join him boldly if they know that God is on their side. We often think that we need to rally to troops when they are afraid, but the truth is what will give them real confidence is knowing that they are doing God’s will and He will be with them. What are you doing today with other people that you need to take to the Lord first? Seek His guidance and confirmation for your plan today.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, You know the things before me that cause me fear. Help me to know that I am doing Your work and I will go boldly into all that You have for me. If you tell me it is not Your work I will confidently leave it behind. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Prayer is talking with God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. — Josh McDowell

 

 

Quote of the Day

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. — Helen Keller

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September 16, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Heart of Passion 1


A Passion for God 1

1 Samuel 23:1-2

Now they told David, “Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are robbing the threshing floors.” Therefore David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?”

 

Thought for Today

God declared that He had found in David “a man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22). Have you ever wondered what made David so unique? What made God stop and take notice of him out of all the people of the world? In part, it was David’s passion for God. David saw injustice and oppression as an affront to the honor of God. When he learned that the Philistines, the people of Goliath whom he had defeated with his sling and stone, were still raiding a town called Keilah, David was offended that the people of God should be so oppressed. What set David apart from other men was that his response was not to immediately turning his men in that direction. Instead, David stopped to inquire of the Lord. He asked God what he should do. David held out the possibility that God might be doing something in Keilah that he didn’t understand, and that his intervention might interfere with God’s plan. What is happening in your life that you should stop and take to the Lord? You might think you understand the problem and the solution, but someone with a passion for God will stop and inquire what God thinks he or she should do. God’s ways are not our ways. If God is your passion you should assume that His plans are better than your plans even if you don’t understand them at first.

 

Prayer

Lord God, I bring before my plans for ____________. Grant me direction so that I know that my action advances Your plan and does not hinder You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Lord sanctify us. Oh! That Thy spirit might come and saturate every faculty, subdue every passion, and use every power of our nature for obedience to God. —Charles Spurgeon

 

 

Quote of the Day

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. ― G.K. Chesterton

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