Daily Devotion for July 28, 2017

'1 Chronicles 14 Encouragements, Warnings and Reminders'

1 Chronicles 14:8-17 NLT
When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, they mobilized all their forces to capture him. But David was told they were coming, so he marched out to meet them. The Philistines arrived and made a raid in the valley of Rephaim. So David asked God, “Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?”
The Lord replied, “Yes, go ahead. I will hand them over to you.”
So David and his troops went up to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “God did it!” David exclaimed. “He used me to burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So they named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”).  The Philistines had abandoned their gods there, so David gave orders to burn them.
But after a while the Philistines returned and raided the valley again. And once again David asked God what to do. “Do not attack them straight on,” God replied. “Instead, circle around behind and attack them near the poplar trees. When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees, go out and attack! That will be the signal that God is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army.” So David did what God commanded, and they struck down the Philistine army all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.
So David’s fame spread everywhere, and the Lord caused all the nations to fear David.
Fellow Believers: the way David handled this Philistine situation has several applicable reminders, warnings, and encouragements for us Believers today...
1) “So David asked God...And once again David asked God what to do:”
David's example reminds us that when we “need wisdom” (which is all the time!), we are to “ASK our generous God, and He will give it to” us! “He will not rebuke (us) for asking” (James 1:5)!
2) “The Lord replied...God replied:”
God's replies reminds us that our Lord is a God who hears our requests, and who ANSWERS!
3) “God did it:
We need to recognize—like David—that GOD was the One who does “it!” That is, GOD is the One who gives the strength and the wisdom to handle a situation; GOD is the One who hands the victory “over to” us, and GOD is the One “who bursts through” on our behalf!
4) “He used me:”
God uses His obedient children—for His glory!
5) “That will be the signal that God is moving ahead of you:”
We need to be paying attention to what God is doing—through His Word and through His Spirit guiding/prompting us. As we obey God's Word and yield to His Spirit's leading, He confirms and “signals” that He is with us, that He “moving ahead” of us, and that He is clearing the way for us to do His will.
6) “David gave orders to burn (their gods):”
We are reminded that we CANNOT have any other gods! Other “gods” are false, misleading, death-causing, and they will lead us away from our Lord and His good for us! Our God, on the other hand, a) He loves us, b) He has good, fulfilling plans for us, c) He is FOR us, d) He strengthens and upholds us, e) He is WITH us, f) He gives us life, purpose, and hope (!!!), and g) He is working all things out for the good of those who love Him! All other gods must be destroyed, Beloved...
7) “So David did what God commanded:”
We are reminded that we are to DO as God commands! We cannot ask for God's wisdom and then choose to do what God says NOT to do! Moreover, we cannot expect His rescue and blessing while we are living as disobedient, rebellious children: choosing to live outside His will, choosing to obey in some areas but not in others, choosing to blatantly DISOBEY His Son...
8) “the Lord caused all the nations to fear David:”
We are strongest and most powerful when we are a) COMPLETELY SUBMITTED to our Lord and b) COMPLETELY DEPENDENT on His strength and c) WHOLLY CLINGING to His ways: “For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 2:10).
Heavenly Father, thank You so much for the encouragement, warnings, and reminders we have through this passage! Please use Your Spirit to help us truly chew on these points...and apply them to our own lives for Your glory (and our best good!)!

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