Find the Strength in God.

1 Samuel 30:6
David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God.

When David was faced with adversity He found strength in God. When he had lost his family and possessions and his own men turned against him he found strength in God. 
Life comes at us fast. When it rains it pours. The adversity, heartache, loss and struggles we face are draining. They can strip us of our strength and make us feel hopeless. David was in a hopeless, strength draining situation and yet, he found Strength in The Lord. 
We can find that same strength today. If we find that tomorrow we’ve lost everything, remember how God has given to us and blessed us in the past. Be thankful for the things we do have. There is strength in being thankful. When we feel like we’re totally alone and the people we counted on turned their backs on us, remember the relationship God has with us! We’ll never be alone if we know Him!
As we come into this thanksgiving season be sure to thank God for all of our blessings and find strength in our relationship with Him!

Times where the Lord helped us

1 Samuel 7:12

 Samuel then took a large stone and placed it between the towns of Mizpah and Jeshanah. He named it Ebenezer (which means “the stone of help”), for he said, “Up to this point the Lord has helped us!”

We have all had times where the Lord helped us. We were in a situation that seemed hopeless, the finances were tight, our health was failing, we were lonely, worn, tired or afraid. Whatever the case may be we have all seen where God showed up and did the miraculous. 

Samuel used the rock to mark this place. A place to remember “God has helped us this far.” A place to move forward from. 

When it seems like life is hard and we don’t see God showing back up the way we expect; look back on the places, the times, the ways God showed up before and move forward trusting God. 

Sometimes we all need a reminder of the ways God has helped us. Sometimes we need to share these stories with others to help build their faith. 

God thank you for the times you’ve helped us. Help us to never forget your faithfulness and go with us as we move forward.

How will we handle God’s word?

2 Timothy 2:15

“Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” NLT 

How will we handle God’s word? Can we explain it to others? Our calling as Christians is to know God’s word(what it says) and know how to use it(what it does).

There are too many false teachings leading people astray. It’s time that we look into the word for ourselves and prayerfully study it out to know what it says and be able to explain it to others.

If we did a sloppy job at work we would be ashamed if our boss found our work and how it was lacking. The same thought should should ring true in our relationship with God. He’s given us His word to know and to use and we should be ashamed if we are sloppy in how we use it. 

Are we looking into the scripture daily? Do we know what the Bible says? Do we know what we believe and why? Or do we just live based on what “pastor said” or “mom and dad always said this...” or “grandma and grandpa said it this way”? 

We need to know what the Bible says for ourselves and be able to explain that to people we come in contact with. 

Be well read in the Bible. Know God’s word and be able to apply it. We are striving for God’s approval, not mans. 

God help us to hunger for your word and give us the determination to study it out and know what it says and to be able to share it with others!