Had to respond to this chapter...wow...from David's perspective...is he after me again? Didn't he promise to leave me alone? or Didn't I give him mercy...or forgiveness...didn't I show him God's mercy...His forgiveness? over and over..let's see...life application...Well, yes, Teddi, you have forgiven and shown mercy over and over and over and over...and??? what is it you are asking? Yes, Teddi, this servanat was called my me...she/he is mine...and yes there is a spirit buffeting that she/he needs to be free from...Yes, Teddi, I know you would like me to take them away and not allow them to keep messing with you...testing and trying you...to get you to fall...but remember? you don't wrestle against flesh and blood...but powers and principalities...ones coming against you to fall. No, you may not use your tongue to crush them..to curse them...only to bless them..You may not touch the anointed...all mine are anointed..because I the anointed one...the Messiah live in them. You may not harm them...even with your thoughts..are wishes...you may pray for them...and love them...the good news, Teddi, is that I'm not through with them...nor you. Love you, Teddi,Jesus God
Taking notes again over here! :) I'm doing my best to tuck all of the nuggets of wisdom you and Jill keep giving us into my heart. I know I will need them. I never looked at it this way. Thank you, Sarah
To discuss chapter 27 is far beyond me...it goes right over my head when I see David destroying the whole town, city, or nation...women, children, and animals.I'm thankful that my sword is the Word of God in my mouth...slaying the enemy. I'm sooo thankful that we have been given weapons of warfare that are not carnal but are mighty in God to the pulling down of strongholds.I am made aware here, however, that we are not to throw a rock at the enemy...we are not to ocasionally make a hit with just sticking the sword in the leg or arm...We, like David, are to go for the jugular! We must identify our enemy, and speak the WORD to him. When we are fully armed with the armour of the LORD, and we have our shield..like the Roman shield in our hand..and that sword is in our mouth..speaking God's WORD only to our enmy...as Jesus did when tempted in the desert..then, our adversary sees only Jesus. Garbed in that armour and standing against the wiles of the devil is not a request ... but a commission for every believer...if we want our houses...our husbands, children, parents, sisters, brothers, friends, etc....covered and protected..we must do what He has commissioned us to do.Therefore, Shine girls, Stand!!! and keep on standing...until the enemy moves. We don't stop until we see our enemies at our feet..like David. We seek a heart, LORD, like David!! and keep on seeking...until we find!!! In Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
I love this Aunt Teddi! Thank you for sharing!!!! It's very encouraging to me, sometimes I get intimidated by the enemy, and this is an excellent reminder that I don't have to. I love this rich and seasoned wisdom you are sharing with us. Taking lots of notes over here! :) So thankful the Lord has brought you into my life! Love, Sarah
Shine Sisters, I wanted to share something I came across, when attempting to digest the information written in 1 Samuel Chapter 27. I was looking for answers as to why/how David could take the action he did in Chapter 27:9: (this is from the NIV Bible) "Whenever David attacked an area, he did not leave a man or woman alive, but took sheep and cattle, donkeys and camels, and clothes. Then he returned to Achish."..... O.K., that sounds so very harsh, so I went looking for some further explanation, I ran across a Bible Study guide written by a Pastor on the Book of Samuel 1. This is directly from his study guide on Chapter 27. I found the Bible verses he referenced to be very helpful: " While we might remain emotionally uneasy by what David did, he is fulfilling a God given mandate, albeit several centuries late. Read Joshua 6:21, 13:1-7 and Judges 3:1-6. With this background in place, why was David right in what he did?" - This is from a bible study that was written by Mitch A. Schultz. I do not know this Pastor at all, just something I came across on the internet. Since this is my first time reading the Bible, I did not know the "background" story, I think it helps to know. Here are the verses he references (from NIV Bible):Joshua 6:21 "They devoted the city to the LORD and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys. "Joshua 13: 1-7 " Land Still to Be Taken 1 When Joshua had grown old, the LORD said to him, “You are now very old, and there are still very large areas of land to be taken over. 2 “This is the land that remains: all the regions of the Philistines and Geshurites, 3 from the Shihor River on the east of Egypt to the territory of Ekron on the north, all of it counted as Canaanite though held by the five Philistine rulers in Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath and Ekron; the territory of the Avvites 4 on the south; all the land of the Canaanites, from Arah of the Sidonians as far as Aphek and the border of the Amorites; 5 the area of Byblos; and all Lebanon to the east, from Baal Gad below Mount Hermon to Lebo Hamath. 6 “As for all the inhabitants of the mountain regions from Lebanon to Misrephoth Maim, that is, all the Sidonians, I myself will drive them out before the Israelites. Be sure to allocate this land to Israel for an inheritance, as I have instructed you, 7 and divide it as an inheritance among the nine tribes and half of the tribe of Manasseh.” Judges 3:1-6" 1 These are the nations the LORD left to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan 2 (he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience): 3 the five rulers of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living in the Lebanon mountains from Mount Baal Hermon to Lebo Hamath. 4 They were left to test the Israelites to see whether they would obey the LORD’s commands, which he had given their ancestors through Moses. 5 The Israelites lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 6 They took their daughters in marriage and gave their own daughters to their sons, and served their gods."I felt that this information may help others as it did myself in understanding the actions of David in our most recent reading. Much Love to you all,Kathryn
Thank you Kathryn! I was actually wondering about that when reading. Like you said, although harsh, David was being completely obedient to the Lord. I kept having to remind myself of that! Thank you for sharing. ~Sarah
Thank you Kathryn! I was kind of wondering the same thing. God amazes me with His word! I am so glad you posted this for us and the shine girls. I really appreciate it! :-)
what about the part about the witch bringing samuel back up from the dead? cannot wait to talk to God about that in heaven! whoa!!I LOVE reading HIS word!!!! it's the best book in the whole world!
This is the very scripture...the reason Aunt Teddi...Mimi...Mrs. Holt...doesn't do Halloween....witches are real...and so are curses...in our prayer blanket we bind witchcraft and curses daily...just sayin'....
You're right! I had to turn off an episode of Max and Ruby (a cartoon about two sweet bunnies) yesterday that my son was watching. It had a fortune teller on there, I don't like that stuff either. And I wish they would quit selling the Harry Potter books for children. I don't think parents even realize what their children are being exposed to. Keep binding those things Aunt Teddi! Good for you! Your ministry is amazing! ~Sarah
I am learning so much through this reading. I really can't believe how the lives of David and Saul relate to our lives today, and how we can learn from them. God's word is living, and this is proof.
There's always a choice and we feel so pulled sometimes to go the way that we see as solution instead of standing steadfast in the ways of our Lord. I pray that my Father always shows me His way and that I have the strength, faith and trust to walk in it. I know where ever I fall short, He will make me strong enough to walk it and if I can't get there, He'll carry me. I desire my ultimate solution to be His will. I can't see his plan always but His ways are higher than ours and purpose to trust that. In the meantime, I run to the rock that's higher than I where there is NO sinking sand. I praise my God, the Rock of all ages today. Thank you Jesus that you tell me in Psl 23 your goodness and mercy will follow me everyday. You ARE the 4th person in the fiery furnace with Shadr, Mesha & Abind. <(apprev) and you are WITH me thru and FIRE you ask that I walk thru. Hallelujah!
ANY fire (not and fire). Let Him who is worthy receive all praise honor and glory today and forevermore and to the Lamb that sits on the throne.
Mom, I love the part about if we can't get there, He'll carry us. :) Love, Sadie
I love the last chapter this week...30. The part that just spoke to me in every circumstance..was when David and the ones who fought had spoils from the enemy..you know treasures...stuff. The ones who went with him to battle did not want to share with the ones who stayed with the supplies. Sound like any people we know? I mean wasn't battling with David more important than guarding the supplies? Wasn't my job more important than theirs LORD? I mean I had to get tired and down and dirty...they are all clean and rested ...I could have been killed. There's N.T. scripture just like this only the parable is about workers in the harvest..some are there the full 24 hours...some come in not long before midnight...and the question arises...are the ones who just got here going to get the same pay as we who've worked all the day and night? Or, what about the prodigal son's brother? A fatted calf? a ring? and a robe? and shoes for the one who left and spent all his and ate with the pigs and is returning? Haven't I been here all the time? Or the James and John argument? Who'll get the best place in the Kingdom? I love the new saying, "It is not all about me!" In all these scenarios, someone was worried that they were not getting more than or the best. JESUS is the best! There's no other. He's the best when I'm in the pit! He's the best when I'm sick! He's the best when I feel such loss! He's the best when I'm up and when I'm down. He's the same yesterday, today, and forever! To be close, we have to take what the world says is good and bad. I mean we are betrothed. Vows have already been made. I love that when David declared that all Israel would share the spoils! I love it that our JESUS says all come and doesn't have any grandchildren. We're all His favorite. You know our favorites make mistakes and so do His...but they are His. We compare ourselves to each other. God compares us to Jesus. Jesus covers us so that when His Father sees us, He sees Him!! He took our place!! He still takes our place! Salvation is a present tense word...it is on-gong...we're saved from Glory to Glory!! Hallelujah!! Liking this Jill. One more chapter and then 2nd Samuel. Let's see 1 down and 65 to go!! :) Aunt Teddi