May 2, 2019 – Righteousness Over Ego

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Righteousness Over Ego

 May 2
 Daily Reading – 1 Samuel 25-27  /  Luke 21

GOD SAID:

1 Samuel 25:33 And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     In 1 Samuel 13:14 it says; “…the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart,…” referring to David. You might think that this man would be a man who would do only those things that pleased the Lord. The scripture does record that for the majority of his life, David did follow the Lord’s leading. However, even a good and Godly man like David had moments of weakness. Times where God’s will and David’s will were not the same. Even for a man like David, the sin of pride and ego can lead us astray. How wonderful to know, God does not give up on us.


    In today’s passage, David is upset with a man named Nabal. Nabal had many men working for him, and David and his men had helped protect several of his shepherds out in the fields from predators. So David sent men to Nabal and asked if he would give them just a small amount of the food he was preparing, since they had in essence been serving him in this way. Nabal’s response was not only negative, but his tone was rude. When David hears this, he sets out to kill not only Nabal, but also all the innocent people who worked for him. It’s only when Nabal’s wife, whom God sent to intercede in this plan, that David realizes his sinful pride. He says in 1 Sam. 25:33 “…and from avenging myself with mine own hand.” God provided a way to escape his sinfulness, and his own will, and follow God’s will instead. David had a choice, righteousness over ego. He chose right.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  God still provides a way out of temptations. It says in 1 Cor. 10:13 “…but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” We always have a choice. God’s will, or our will. It’s often a choice of righteousness, or ego.


Will you choose God?

 

     
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                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

May 1, 2019 – Respect Not Earned

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Respect Not Earned

 May 1
 Daily Reading – 1 Samuel 21-24 / Luke 20:27-47


GOD SAID:

1 Samuel 24:6 And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     “Those kids have no respect for authority!” I can’t begin to tell you the number of times I have heard that statement made. Teachers have come to me in tears saying it. Older saints within the church have voiced their concern. If I’m honest, I’ve said it a time or two, or more. The answer I believe is two-fold. Respect needs to be earned, and respect must be taught. Sometimes the person claiming they’re not being respected, has not earned that respect. They instead are trying to demand respect based on the position they hold. That usually doesn’t work. However, I believe the biggest problem that we face today is, respect is not taught. Very few people model respect for any authority before our youth today. Not for the Police, the President, the Pastors, and often not even for God. Respect must be modeled and taught if we ever have a prayer it will someday be received.

    David showed great respect toward Saul in today’s passage. Saul has been hunting David down and trying to kill him. Saul has killed several others, just because they helped David. Saul has done nothing to gain David’s respect at all. Yet David shows him a great respect, that was not earned. WHY? Because David had respect for God, who placed Saul in the position of being his King. Even though Saul had not earned David’s respect, God had. Because of his God, David showed great restraint, and respect for whom God had placed over him.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  Do we really want the youth of today to show respect for authority at home, in the world, at church, for God? If we do, then we need to begin to model that respect before them. God is still on the throne. He, and His decisions are worthy of respect.


Are we modeling what we desire?

 

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 30, 2019 – Recognizing What’s Evil

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Recognizing What’s Evil

 April 30
 Daily Reading – 1 Samuel 18-20 / Luke 20:1-26

GOD SAID:

1 Samuel 19:9 And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     I have, in years past, gone to the county fair and went through what’s often marketed as a “Haunted House.” While walking or riding through this attraction, things jump out at you and try to scare you. The ones that will catch you off guard however are the ones that start out as one thing, such as a guide or an announcer, and then suddenly change into something scary. Things jumping out at you, well, you know they are supposed to scare you. However the ones that look just like everyone else, and then change, those are the ones you have to watch for.

     That changing character is somewhat how we see Saul in these passages today. Back in 1 Samuel 16:14 it said; “But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.” This phrase; “Evil Spirit from the Lord, or God” appears a few times in 1 Samuel concerning Saul. Scholars have debated for centuries what that means. Some believe since the Spirit of God was taken from Saul, God then allowed an evil demon then to torment Saul. Others have said the word evil in its original context simply meant Saul was in a depressed or distressing mental state. Still some say that God directed a specific fallen demonic angel to torment Saul. What we do know for sure is that in all of this, God was in control of the situation, however He accomplished it. By chapter 20, David had recognized the evil in Saul and departed.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

     2 Cor. 11:14 say; “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” The sinfulness of the world, the Devil, and evil are all around us. Sometimes it is obvious. More often than not, it’s deceptive.


Are you watching for evil?
It’s looking for you.

 

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 29, 2019 – Run Toward The Enemy

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Run Toward The Enemy

 April 29
 Daily Reading – 1 Samuel 16-17  /  Luke 19:28-48

GOD SAID:

1 Samuel 17:48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     Many years ago, in Mississippi at a local zoo with our family, something out of the ordinary happened. We were all just enjoying a fun day at the zoo when a cheetah broke free from its cage and was dragging a little boy by his clothing. The management of the zoo was directing people inside the buildings around us. However, my cousin and I could see the cheetah in a clearing, dragging the little boy and we moved toward them. When we did, the animal dropped the little boy and seemed disoriented. The little boy cried, “please help me mister.” I said; “just be still, don’t move.” About that time a man stepped up beside me. I said quietly, “sir, if you’re not with the zoo, don’t go out there.” He said, “I am with the zoo,” and in just a few moments the cheetah was captured and the little boy was ok. What made us go toward the danger? All I can say is, that little boy needed help, or he may have been mauled. When the papers interviewed us we just said; “God used us to help that little boy in his time of need.”

    When David stepped out to fight the Giant Philistine Goliath, the nation of God’s people were being threatened. He knew God had delivered him in the past from danger and just thought he could help. He wasn’t trying to be a hero. He wasn’t trying to show off. He just saw a situation where someone was in danger and he thought he could help. So, giving God the glory, David stepped toward the enemy.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  1 Peter 5:8 says; “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” Someone out there is being attacked by the devil and needs your help.


Will you step in, toward the enemy for God?

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 27 & 28, 2019 – A Guilty Trend

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A Guilty Trends

 April 27 & 28
 April 27 – Daily Reading – 1 Samuel 14-15 / Luke 19:1-27
 April 28 – NO Daily Reading

GOD SAID:

1 Samuel 15:24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

    “He did it. No She did it. Huh uh, it wasn’t me it was her.” Oh how I remember those conversations. Mom or dad would walk into the room, see the mess that was made, and ask the all-time silliest question of all parents. “Who did this?” And so would begin the blame game between my sister and I. It was most likely a team effort in making the mess. However, neither of us wanted to admit we were the guilty one. Then if the majority of the mess was pinned onto one of us, the next part of this conversation was, “well they started it.” No matter what happened, we did not want to take the blame. Even now I’d like to blame that whole childhood attitude on Saul in our passages today, but I can’t, I had not read 1 Samuel yet.


      God told Saul to destroy everything connected to the Amalekites. EVERYTHING! Yet Saul and his army kept the best of the livestock, the Amalekite King, and in 1 Sam. 15:9 the Bible says they kept; “all that was good.” All that was good? God said destroy it all. In God’s eyes, none of it was good. When Samuel confronts Saul about what he’d done, first Saul says in vs. 13, that He had obeyed God’s command. He lied. When the noise of the livestock gives him away, he says in vs 15, it wasn’t me, the people did it. Even when it’s pinned on him as sinful, He still says in vs 24, I feared the people. Sort of “they started it.” A guilty trend of accusing someone else for his sin..


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

      Have we truly grown out of this trend in our own lives? Even as adults you will hear people arguing or rationalizing with others, and with God, about their own disobedience to God’s will for their lives. All God asks of us is to love him and simply be obedient to His will.


Is He asking too much?


THE WEEK IN REVIEW:

      What do we need daily in our lives? “A Godly Touch.” Allowing God’s touch will change every situation, such as;

●  A Good Testimony
●  A Growing Trust
●  A Glaring Truth
●  A Given Transformation
●  A Gigantic Taradiddle
●  A Guilty Trend

      What else will bless or mend any situation in our lives? I can think of nothing better than “A Godly Touch.”


SUNDAY’S:

        Today we suggest you read and study whatever the Lord has laid on your Pastors heart. Whatever scripture he uses for today’s messages were given to him by God for your specific needs

April 29, 20191 Samuel 16-17 Luke 19:28-48
April 30, 20191 Samuel 18-20 Luke 20:1-26
May 1, 20191 Samuel 21-24 Luke 20:27-47
May 2, 20191 Samuel 25-27 Luke 21
May 3, 20191 Samuel 28-31  Luke 22:1-34
May 4, 20192 Samuel 1-3 Luke 22:35-71
May 5, 2019No Passages Assigned 


When Jesus was on earth the Bible says…

Luke 6:19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

Let the virtue, or power of God touch you today.

Living In His Word Ministries
“Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 26, 2019 – A Gigantic Taradiddle

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A Gigantic Taradiddle

 April 26
 Daily Reading – 1 Samuel 12-13 / Luke 18:31-43

GOD SAID:

1 Samuel 13:11 And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     What in the world is a taradiddle? Is it a new found dinosaur bone dug up by Dr. Diddle they have now named the taradiddle? Nope. Is it a galaxy far far way that they’ve just discovered with a high power telescope that could be new Terra firma, dry ground, to explore and discover? Not that either. Taradiddle simply means senseless talk; deception; Webster’s says it is nonsense, a petty lie. For example; “no sane person would make up such a taradiddle.” Also described as pretentious nonsense. Such as; “this taradiddle from him about his new radio show” That’s what Saul was trying to feed Samuel in today’s passage. A Gigantic Taradiddle.

    Samuel ask’s Saul why he didn’t wait for him to show up, but instead went ahead and offered up sacrifices that only a priest was allowed to do? Saul gives him a list of nonsense. First he says; People were leaving, “Because I saw that the people were scattered from me.” They were leaving, but that’s not an excuse to sin. Second he says; People were late, “thou camest not within the days appointed.” Also true, yet not a good reason to disobey God. Finally he says; People were lashing out; “that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash.” Again, the enemy was gathering, but still no reason to break God’s law. These were all excuses, nonsense, a bunch of taradiddle. In the end It costs him his position as king.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  People often try to make an excuse for their sinfulness. Things like; “others are doing it,” “it’s not that big of a deal,” or “who am I hurting anyway it’s my life.” Truth is, it’s all taradiddle. There is never a good reason to break God’s heart with sin.


Do we try to feed God taradiddle?

 

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 25, 2019 – A Given Transformation

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A Given Transformation

 April 25
 Daily Reading – 1 Samuel 9-11 / Luke 18:1-30

GOD SAID:

1 Samuel 10:24 And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the LORD hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     A few years back there was this toy that came out called “The Transformers.” This toy started out as a car or truck and then with a few twists here, and a pull there, it became a robot. The animated movies about these transformers combined with the toys took off. Next came a flood of marketing products on things like t-shirts, hats, pajamas, notebooks, lunch boxes, cups, and just about anything you could put a logo on had been touched by the transformer craze. However these were not the original transformers. God had been in the business of transforming things long before that.

    In today’s reading we see God taking an ordinary young man and transformed him into a king. Saul originally was not extraordinarily brave. In fact, when Samuel was introducing him as the first king, they had to go find him because he was hiding. According to scripture, he was a tall and good-looking guy, which kind of made him stand out in any crowd. Yet up until his encounter with Samuel, he had never even thought about being a king. He didn’t campaign or compete with anyone else to become king. Who or what then made this young lad a king? Simply put, God made him king. It was God’s words to Samuel that began that process. We read in 1 Samuel 11 how the Spirit of God came upon Saul and changed him forever. God had transformed this common young man. The people loved him and said, GOD SAVE THE KING.



GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  God still transforms people today. Rom. 12:2 says; “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”


Will you let God’s Word change you?

 

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

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