One of Many Favorite Bible Verses

1 Samuel 17:36 one ofmy favorite verses spoken by David. Why do I like this verse so much? I am not sure,  maybe it’s David’s confidence and how he felt so strongly to defend God’s name and work on behalf of the Lord God.

“Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”

I Samuel 17:36 NKJV

Yes, Going First

This thing of going first is risky at times.

It is going first with risk of what you give not being seen or accepted.

Going first comes with the risk of being vulnerable.

Going first is not easy for some of us.

It requires us to be, what some would say, mature.

Going first is loving first.

Pushing past the hurt of what another person said or did and still choosing to love them. Loving them because you and I, we know it is right and we know it is what Abba requires of us.

From experience I can admit that going first is certainly hard. I thought that the more I went first the easier it would become, but I’m finding out now that is not how it works. So now,  I consider my flesh dying. My flesh, the past of me that is selfish, that only thinks about myself, that cares little about others, that hates other people. Galatians chapter 5 gives a greater description of the flesh and also of the Holy spirit.

Todays devotional talks about going first, loving first. God, Abba, heavenly Father,  Jehovah loved His creation first. He loves us first at all times.

This morning I realized He loves me more than my fiancé does. I see that my fiancé loves me,  but by events I now see that my soon to be husbands love for me is not greater than God’s love for me. God’s love for me is something I can be content in and content with. It is a journey for me to say something like this, because I know how important it is to keep God first in my heart and by my actions.

When I have children, I will have to love them first.

After loving God and after loving my husband – as is taught by the Lord knows who, because I don’t know where or who it came from.

1 John 4:7-21 July 6 2017 ODB

Concert

Do you want to be in concert?

Concert according to the definition that is in “agreement in design or plan; combined action; harmony or accord.” Unified. Harmonized. Working together for the betterment of one thing or somethings.

According to todays devotional, this is, “the Lord’s plan for us as His children through faith in Jesus Christ.” 

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10). The goal [in the body of Christ] is cooperation, not competition.”

“In a sense, we are “on stage” before a watching and listening world every day. There are no soloists in God’s concert band, but every instrument is essential. The music is best when we each play our part in unity with others.”

There are some of us, like myself, that desire to be in concert not just with our families,  but also with our friends, spouse, and possibly our coworkers. Like I’ve written before, this positivity, this likeness, is something we all desire whether we are in a space of positivity now or not, we all know that life is greatly enjoyable when we have this state of mind and when we live in this state of mind. 

The Bible does say to live at leace with all men, but we know not all men like to have peace. Sad as it is, some people like to bicker and fight and be at odds. This is not necessary in life. Yet some people CHOOSE to live like this. Why? Because of their own preferences, their own LIKES and DISLIKES. We cannot all have things the way that we would want them,  it is the same for the life of our children and friends.

Readers, let’s keep the peace. Not just in this virtual reality, but in our very real lives. The lives we have when we are not looking or interacting on or through a screen.

God is real, love Him.

TC

[Scripture verse Reference: Romans 12 verse 18]

Our Daily Bread ▪ June 23rd, 2017