Thursday, December 3, 2009

Monday 111-20-09

1 Samuel 7:3 ¶ And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.

Wow, what a great verse! I just want to pull out a couple things that really stood out to me.

"If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts"

Here the children of Israel have forsaken the Lord, they have gone after "strange gods". They must now forsake these "strange gods" and with their whole hearts return unto the Lord.

They must needs to prepare their hearts, or put the Lord overall so that there is no room for 'second place' in their hearts and lives.

They needed to "serve him only", so crucial to not only return to the Lord with all their hearts but to continue to seek him by serving him.

Finally it is the Lord who is going to deliver them out of the hands of the Philistines. I will never rely or trust on Christ if I think that I have some capability to deliver myself. I am nothing, I have no ability to flee from temptation, I have no ability to live a Christ honoring life, I have no ability to preach the gospel, however I can do all these things not by own power but God who actually does them through me.

Seek first the kingdom of God,


Buttercup December 3, 2009 at 6:28 PM  

that's a good thing to think about. we need to serve God and God only, for He is the ONE and ONLY true God.

Alesia December 4, 2009 at 1:53 PM  

Very good post.
That is something we all need to remember to not wander away from God. Even earthly things can become like 'gods' to us. TV, Music & any type of earthly posession. We need to be careful with what we 'worship' in our life.

God Bless

Tabitha December 5, 2009 at 1:14 PM  

Thank you Samuel, always an encouragement. :)

Alesia December 6, 2009 at 9:37 PM  

I hope you don't mind, I added your blog to the blog list on my blog.
If you mind, then just let me know and I can remove it =)

God Bless