“For You, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, have revealed this to Your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore Your servant has found it in his heart to pray this prayer to You. “And now, O Lord GOD, You are God, and Your words are true, and You have promised this goodness to Your servant. Now therefore, let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever; for You, O Lord GOD, have spoken it, and with Your blessing let the house of Your servant be blessed forever.”
2 Samuel 7:27-29
David’s prayer is full of words of devout affection toward God. He had low thoughts of his own merits.
All we have must be looked upon as Divine gifts. David speaks very highly and honorably of the Lord’s favors to him. Considering what the character and condition of man is, we may be amazed that God should deal with us as He does.
Ephesians 3:20 states “The promise of Christ includes all; if the Lord God be ours, what more can we ask, or think of?”
He knows us better than we know ourselves; therefore let us be satisfied with what God has done for us. What more can we say for ourselves in our prayers than God has said for us in His promises?
David attributes all to the free grace of God. Both the great things He had done for him and the great things God had made known to him. All was for His word’s sake, that is, for the sake of Christ the eternal Word.
Prayer which is from the tongue only will not please God; it must be found in the heart, lifted up and poured out before God. Actions as well as words must be taken into account. What good are words if nothing is put into practice?
When Jesus was being corraled and beaten on the way to the hill, a man stepped in to help him despite the gaurds and the many haters. Today we stand by and watch and record and never interfere as people are brutalized by the police or random street thugs.
I love when someone we name a hero says “I just did what anyone else would do” … Wrong! He saved a life from a burning building or an oncoming car while 50 other people just stood around and watched
Another thing people need to understand is that “turn the other cheek” does NOT mean allow yourselves or someone else to be bullied, mistreated or worse. What it does mean is ignoring discord, rumors, malice in the church … drama on Facebook! Calling the law over civil matters usually only accelerates a situation and makes things worse …
Some will say that things such as proper baptism is not necessary because they will claim it makes Christianity a deed based religion. People with minds like that need a good swift kick of conviction from God for such ignorance. Jesus’ entire persona was deed based! He Himself was baptized. How dare you put yourself above that!
Bible says “if ye believe” Believing is an action. Just as Love is an action.
Then they say “well then we should all be crucified” … To be a true person of faith we will suffer thru persecution and trials. Not necessarily killed for it, but it can happen. One thing I have learned the hard way is that people don’t need to know what you believe in. the devil knows, and he will set them against you to hurt you.
Just as deeds alone will not get you into Heaven …
With God, saying and doing are not two different things as they often are with men; God will do as He has said. The promises of God are not made to us by name, as to David, but they belong to all who believe in Jesus Christ and plead them in His name.
We are not necessarily entitled to anything God gives us. What we are entitled to is using our gifts and blessings for His Kingdom. I know that can be difficult in a society of people who have lost all perspective or who just stopped caring. So we must plant seeds. Sometimes all we can do is water them with prayer, but that is what God expects of us …
“Buy the truth, and do not sell it, Also wisdom and instruction and understanding”
Truth is that by which the heart must be guided and governed, for without truth there is no goodness; no regular practices without right principles. It is by the power of truth, known and believed, that we must be kept back from sin and constrained to spiritual duty. The understanding must be well informed with wisdom and instruction, and therefore, we must buy it, that is, be willing to part with any thing for it.
He does not say at what rate we must buy it, because we cannot buy it too dear, but must have it at any rate; whatever it costs us, we shall not repent the bargain. When we are at expense for the means of knowledge, and resolved not to starve so good a cause, then we buy the truth. Riches should be employed for the pursuit of knowledge, rather than knowledge for the gain of riches.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”
2 Timothy 2:15
When we are at pains in searching after truth, that we may come to the knowledge of it and may distinguish between it and error, then we buy it.
“Dii laboribus omnia vendunt” – Heaven concedes every thing to the laborious.
When we choose rather to suffer loss in our temporal interest than to deny or neglect the truth they we buy it; and it is a pearl of such great price that we must be willing to part with all to purchase it, must make shipwreck of estate, trade, preferment, rather than of faith and a good conscience.
We must not sell it. Do not part with it for pleasures, honours, riches, any things in this world. Do not neglect the study of it, nor throw off the profession of it, nor revolt from under the dominion of it, for the getting or saving of any secular interest whatsoever. Hold fast the form of sound words, and never let it go upon any terms.
Many of us will study and research truth, history, government deception and only go so far before they decide thats enough. Then they begin to deny when they are given new knowledge instead of embracing it. I know this feeling of not wanting to know any more all too well. However I cannot simply ignore truth or logic, or turn off my discernment the way many seem so easily able to do.
When you seek the truth with a genuine heart for it and also attempt to share it, you find trial, struggle and persecution (most especially from the church) even if you’re not willing or expecting it. It simply comes with the territory …
Now I know for myself that I’ve always wanted to have some wealth to be able to help people in a world where money talks. Of course I also wanted the ability to be prepared for what life threw at me. Instead I have lived a life of much failure and loss, I suppose in part as a test of my own resolve. Persecution comes in all shapes and sizes. being financially well off does not mean you will be happy or escape suffering.
Jesus said He came with a sword. Knowing that division would be the result of bringing truth to man. We are His sword bearers. His warriors carrying the light, the torch. This is why so few are chosen among the many who are called. Being chosen is not meant to be pretty or glorious. Most of the prophets in the Bible were not wealthy or they gave up their wealth.
He calls to everyone, but so many ignore. People … Lucifer hates us. He hates that God created us, and he will do anything and everything to cause us to fall. Think about how special that means we are to God.
Pick up your Father’s sword …