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Lessons from the life of David 2



'Imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.' Hebrews 6:12 NKJV

Here are three lessons from David's life: (1) God makes the choice. When Samuel the prophet came to David's house to pick Israel's next king, David wasn't considered. But God chose him anyway - just like he chose Deborah to lead the nation in a male-dominated society. Stop trying to figure God out! And stop comparing yourself to others! We'd have rejected many of the people God used - which shows how little we know.

(2) God designs the plan. 'Being confident of this...that he who has begun a good work in you will complete it' (Philippians 1:6 NKJV). Who designs the plan? Who performs it? Who should your confidence be in? God! His plan for David involved years of ducking Saul's spears, living in caves as a fugitive, and working with six hundred misfits who redefine the word 'dysfunctional.' God trains you through the difficulties you experience so you can handle the assignment he has in mind for you.

(3) God sets the schedule. 'Imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises' (Hebrews 6:12 NKJV). Patience means standing firm under pressure. The prize belongs to the one who's committed for the long haul. David was anointed king in his teens, but he didn't take the throne until he was 30. So be patient. God's doing a work of preparation in your life so you'll be ready when your time comes. Yes, waiting is hard. But if you run before the starter fires the gun, you'll be disqualified from the race. Just keep your eyes on the prize and don't give up.

Soulfood: Hab 1-3, Matt 27:11-26, Ps 1, Prov 19: 9-11

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Lessons from the life of David 1



'All things work together for good to those who love God.' Romans 8:28 NKJV

God said, 'I have found David...a man after my own heart, who will do all my will' (Acts 13:22 NKJV). When God says that about someone, you'd be wise to observe that person's life. David started out as a shepherd and ended up as king. The chances of that happening were zero. Shepherds were so low on the social totem pole they couldn't testify in a court of law because their word wasn't considered reliable. Yet David ended up writing the most widely read psalms of all time.

Understand this: When you invite God into your life, he cancels the liabilities of your past and rewrites your future. But you must choose what God has chosen for you! There's an interesting contrast between Paul and David. Paul lived his chapters of disobedience before he met Christ, then went on to live an exemplary life. David became king at 30, and during his forty years in leadership experienced devastating failure, including adultery and murder. There are two important lessons here: (1) Don't rush to judgement. It's not over until God says it's over! David's story is a warning to the transgressor, a rebuke to the self-righteous, a verification of God's justice that won't allow you to escape your consequences, and a testimony to his love that will never let go of you. (2) God can bring good out of what seems like a bad situation. He can take every experience you've been through and make it work for good - either your own good or the good of others.

Bottom line: he can make 'all things work together for good' (Romans 8:28 NKJV).

Soulfood: Nah 1-3, Matt 27:1-10, Ps 65, Prov 19:5-8

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Put your heart and soul into it



'Whatever work you do, do your best' Ecclesiastes 9:10 NCV

Solomon writes: 'Enjoy life... enjoy the work you do here on earth. Whatever work you do, do your best...' (Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 NCV). Professor Howard Hendricks writes: 'Recently I lost one of my best friends, a woman 86 years young. She was the most exciting lay-teacher I've ever been exposed to. The last time I saw her on planet earth was at one of those "Christian parties" where we all sit on eggshells and try to look pious. In she walked, looked at me and said, "Well, Hendricks, I haven't seen you for a long time. Tell me, what are the five best books you've read in the last year?" (That'll change the group dynamic in a hurry) Her philosophy was, "Let's not bore each other...let's get into a discussion. And if we can't find anything to discuss, then let's get into an argument." She was 83 years old on her last trip to the Holy Land. She went with a group of NFL football players. And one of my most vivid memories is seeing her out in front yelling back to them, "Come on, men, get with it!" Recently she died in her sleep at her daughter's home. Her daughter told me that just before she died she'd written out her goals for the next ten years!'

So whether you are 19 or 99, the word for you today is: 'Whatever work you do, do your best.' In other words: Put your heart and soul into it.

Soulfood: 2 Pet 1-3, Matt 26:57-75, Ps 14, Prov 19:1-4

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