Tuesday, 19 April 2016
Samuel summoned all of Israel and led them through a dramatic selection process to reveal their king … Most of the people shouted for joy at the stature of the new king, but a few troublemakers reacted differently. They despised Saul and publicly insulted him …
I like what Beth Moore wrote in ‘Portraits of Devotion’ - Another Saul (Apostle Paul) wrote a prescription King Saul could have used:
“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ” Galatians 1:10
From the Bible, we learn that King Saul was like a mighty oak with a fatal infestation of insects his blight would continue to EAT AWAY at his soul … King Saul might have been a great king had he consistently placed himself UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF GOD.
Samuel had warned the people that a king would mean forced servitude. 1 Samuel 11:7 ends with: “Then the terror of the LORD fell on the people, and they turned out AS ONE MAN.”
In Samuel’s farewell speech, he said,
YL: FAILING TO PRAY IS SIN!
Dear Father God, You are working out Your Great Redemptive Plan for all mankind. We are Your children. We are the redeemed of the LORD. We know our identity is in You.
Yes Father God, far be it from us that we should sin against You by FAILING TO PRAY for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
The truth is: JESUS is the KING of kings, the LORD of lords. We are His Body; We are His Bride!
It is only by unceasing prayer that we remain connected to HIM. It is only by intentional prayer that we are reminded of our calling. O Forgive us if we are not doing the thing that You have called us to do.
Today, we resist the devil. In Jesus’ name, we resist every kind of temptation, distraction, disappointment, discouragement, despair, distress … In Christ, we can discern! Amen!
Today, we draw near to you, Father God. In spirit and in truth, we submit to Your authority over us - we wash our hands; we purify our hearts. Holy God, come and consecrate us! Amen!
When we humble ourselves before You, You will lift us up!
Lam Yee Ling
Kingdom Life: Follow the leading of the Lord; Listen to the Lord’s voice; Follow the way of the Lord. The Lord will guide us always. (Isaiah 58:11)