Our everyday walk in the Lord is going to be met with all kinds of challenges. Some will be easy to work through and some will be not. But in his word, the Lord our has given us the assurance of victory.
In today’s Pulpit Points message, DeWayne Cason, Associate and Youth Pastor shared with the attending congregation of the great news that God has in his word.
This week’s lesson is the last installment of our lesson with King Solomon and the finished work of the Ark of God (I Kings 8:44-61)
Blessing is the act of praising or lifting up. The Ark of the Covenant being returned to it’s rightful place was not small thing. It was a means of showing the Lord, their God how important worship is to them. God’s glory is to be appreciated for the God he and the things he is able to do. King Solomon recognized the need to properly worship and praise him.
By setting up the place of worship, all Israel was ready to give God his glory through his appointed leader. Let us follow the account as the Ark is blessed.
David’s Ups and Downs – Through our life as Believers, we will experience times of ups and downs. We will have moments of triumphs and times of defeat. We will have times of failure and seasons of success. In today’s Pulpit Points message, Pastor Ricks shared some of the ups and downs of David as chronicled inPsalms 51. Some of the things David experienced:
A Need for Forgiveness, vs 1-2
A Need to Confess Sin in His Life, vs 3-6
A Need to be Cleansed, vs 7-12
A Promise of Renewed Service, vs 13-17
A Petition for National Restoration, vs 18-19
Let us be encouraged from the word of God, through David’s Ups and Downs, we too can receive God’s anointing. David was used by the Lord because he was chosen and appointed. We too have been chosen to bear the name of the Lord even though we will experience our own ups and downs.
This weeks Sunday Devotional focuses on the dedication of the Ark of the Lord back to the Lord and Solomon’s prayer. 1 Kings 8:22–30, 52, 53 . This was a grand moment and the King wanted all the people to know and appreciate all that had been done in the name of the Lord.
Worship is valuable both to the one receiving the attention and the one worshiping the Lord. For the worshiper, it is obedience at it’s highest level. God is to be glorified and has given us instructions on how we are to conduct ourselves (John 4:24 states, God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”). When we faithfully follow the Lord’s instructions He is blessed).
Let us follow King Solomon as he lead Israel in prayer and dedication of God’s house.
How do you need gas in your car? Check you display panel. How you know what your blood pressure or glucose level? You would check it. If we want to know where we are in the Lord, we are encouraged by the word of Lord to Check ourselves. In 2 Corinthians 13:5, Paul tells the saints to “examine themselves”. This type of examination is a comparison of our life to the faith we proclaim to identify the gaps of short-comings we all have. It is not a means or opportunity to judge or condemn someone else (Matthew 7:1) but for us to look at ourselves.
Watchnight 2019 , as we enter into a new decade we are challenge by the word of God to look at it with the right perspective – God’s perspective. Since God is perfect and sees all things perfectly, it is only right that we as his children to see things as He sees them.
In the new year to come, God wants us to see things from his perspective . We are encouraged no longer be moved or influenced by how other people view us or place move value of how we see ourselves. Dr. Ricks, uses the account of Jeroboam in I Kings 13 to help approach 2020 with a new and improved vision. 20/20 Vision.
The Witness From Decapolis – In our life and in the lives others we may know, let us consider both our Lord’s saving grace and his divine ability to deliver us from the ungodly and satanic influences that surround us. In today’s Pulpit Points message, Pastor DeWayne Cason (Youth Minister of New Berean) shared the biblical account of a man who had been demon-possessed and the impact Jesus made on his life after they met.
In conclusion, let us consider that Jesus’ area of ministry was also close to Decapolis. Jesus did not avoid the people living in darkness. He went to them and pierced the darkness of their sin lifestyle with the light of God’s message of salvation and love.
Jesus wants us to follow his example in confronting the darkness in own world. It would be easy for us to isolate ourselves in a safe well-ruled communities and just let the outside world destroy itself. But even though rules can be good and community is necessary for Christian living, Jesus used neither as an escape. He modeled another way for us as his followers. He left the familiarity of his safe environment and confronted evil in its own backyard.
Praying is defined a a form of communication, a spiritual conversation between man and God. Paul wrote in Romans 8:26, that in our praying, sometimes our communications are made with groanings that cannot uttered. But because it is a spiritual communication, the Holy Spirit of God brings us together with the Lord.
In this week’s Sunday Devotional we’re going to listen in on a conversation between David and the Lord in prayer. David has been credited with at least seventy-three of the 150 Psalms. But all of the times David spoke with the Lord were not listed as Psalms. Our lesson takes us to I Chronicles 17:16-27 where David shares with the Lord his heart, his humility and gratitude for the things God allowed him to witness. Israel had seen a lot and experienced a lot but the Lord their God was not done with them.
What we will learn from David is how we are to reverence the Lord and talk with the Lord. Join us for this week’s study.
Sunday Devotional – David Gives Praise
David was a person who one to hide his his feelings for the Lord his God. God had presented himself to his servant-king in such a way the David was quick to sing out the praises of the Almighty God. David played before the played music (I Sam. 18) before the Lord. David danced (II Sam. 6). His expressions of praise and worship are a lesson for us to observe.
“Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof” Isa. 42:10
We too are to be brought to a point that when the word of God is preached or taught we ought to be as excited as David was. We should make it a habit in our lives to openly express our love for the Lord with all sincerity of heart. Study with us this weekend.
This month’s Sunday Devotionals have been centered on the theme of covenant. We learned that covenants are agreed relationships between people with the intent of honoring and respecting the covenant.
Ruth entered into an agreement set up by her mother-in-law, Naomi . Naomi had lost her two sons, one who was married to Ruth. Naomi had the experience of a marriage covenant and wanted nothing more than Ruth to experience the same in it’s fullness.
Marriage is an honorable covenant (Heb. 23:4) approved of God. Let us examine what about marriage covenants that our Lord honors