August 30, 2018

1 Samuel 23:14 (NLT) — 14 David now stayed in the strongholds of the wilderness and in the hill country of Ziph. Saul hunted him day after day, but God didn’t let Saul find him.

This verse is so reassuring. No matter what is going on in the world or around me I do not face life alone > but God!

1 Samuel 23:21 (NLT) — 21 “The Lord bless you,” Saul said. “At last someone is concerned about me!

Many people give the name of God room in their mouths but they give him no room in their hearts.

1 Corinthians 4:3 (NLT) — 3 As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don’t even trust my own judgment on this point.

One sign that you are growing in spiritual maturity is that you think less of what people think of you and more of what God thinks of you. In your eyes you now see God as bigger than people. You accept what God says about you in his word and you are walking in obedience to God regardless of the opposition of people. On judgment day when you stand before God it won’t matter what people thought of you or what you thought of yourself; it will only matter what God thinks of you. So who are you going to live to please?

1 Corinthians 4:20 (NLT) — 20 For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.

Does my walk match my talk? I talk forgiveness but do I forgive? I talk purity but do I remain pure? I talk putting the other person first but do I do it. I talk loving your spouse like Christ loved the church but do I do it? I talk loving God but do I? The Holy Spirit gives us the power to carry out all of the commands of God as we will see in the next verse below.

Ezekiel 2:2 (NLT) — 2 The Spirit came into me as he spoke, and he set me on my feet. I listened carefully to his words.

The Holy Spirit empowers you to do what God is asking you to do. If he says love your enemy he will empower you to do it. If he says forgive your coworker he will give you the ability to do it. > Philippians 2:13 (NLT) — 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

Ezekiel 2:10 (NLT) — 10 which he unrolled. And I saw that both sides were covered with funeral songs, words of sorrow, and pronouncements of doom.

When a person rejects the message of salvation there isn’t much to look forward to. The music that they face will not bring joy to the heart or toe tapping to the feet.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    I was having a conversation a few days ago with someone who is having a great trial in their life. We were both talking about how God sees us through trials. I just don’t know how nonbelievers get through their trials without God. When we read and trust His word we see the end of the story. David saw the end of his story and continued to trust God.

    • Daniel Mueller says:

      I have thought of that many times too > the idea of living without God. Scary! I believe that is why there is such a rush to develop new drugs, new forms of entertainment and huge advances in technology. It is to fill the empty void.