19 Then the talmidim went to him privately and said, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” 20 He said to them, “Because you have such little trust! Yes! I tell you that if you have trust as tiny as a mustard seed, you will be able to say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there!’ and it will move; indeed, nothing will be impossible for you!”
Being included in the Kingdom of Heaven is simple, trust in Adonai. This doesn’t mean acknoledge He exists, but have a relationship with Him through prayer and studying His Word. We wonder why we have so much trouble in this life, for me it has been a lack of trust. God please continue to circumcise my heart and draw me closer to You, Amen.
2 Samuel 3:28-30
28 Afterwards, when David heard of it, he said, “I and my kingdom are forever innocent of the death of Avner the son of Ner. 29 Let it fall on the head of Yo’av and all his father’s family. May Yo’av’s family always have someone with a hemorrhage or tzara‘at, or who has to walk with a cane, or who dies by the sword or who lacks food.” 30 Thus Yo’av and Avishai his brother killed Avner, because he had killed their brother ‘Asah’el during the battle in Giv‘on.
Vengence outside the will of God has a devastating price, eventually costing Yo’av his life. We as believers should never try to do what is reserved for God.
28 Then Kefa called to him, “Lord, if it is really you, tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come!” he said. So Kefa got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Yeshua. 30 But when he saw the wind, he became afraid; and as he began to sink, he yelled, “Lord! Save me!” 31 Yeshua immediately stretched out his hand, took hold of him, and said to him, “Such little trust! Why did you doubt?” 32 As they went up into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 The men in the boat fell down before him and exclaimed, “You really are God’s son!”
When we are called out by Adonai to do something in trust we must focus on Him. How many times have I been like Kefah, Peter, stepping out in trust, completely zeroed in on God’s leadership only to be distracted by something worldly and see my efforts fall apart until He rescues me again. Lord let me always keep my eyes on you. Let me be worshipful and obedient in all that You would have me do, amen.
44 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. A man found it, hid it again, then in great joy went and sold everything he owned, and bought that field.
45 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for fine pearls. 46 On finding one very valuable pearl he went away, sold everything he owned and bought it.
Until I have given up on every worldly possession and rely fully on Adonai, I cannot be a part of the Kingdom of Heaven. It is only in complete trust, ridding myself of all doubt as the parable says that I can posses such a treasure.
1 Samuel 30:6
6 David was in serious trouble: the people were talking about stoning him to death, because all the people were in such deep grief, each man over his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in Adonai his God.
Grief is a terrible emotion that left unchecked can lead to dispair. It is only by clinging to Adonai in these times that we can avoid that pit, “for the joy of the Lord is my strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10b)
2 Let my prayer be like incense set before you,
my uplifted hands like an evening sacrifice.
I have had a long road to get to the point that David was at when writing this psalm. For the majority of my life Adonai was that magic atm you prayed to to get something. Still there was no fulfillment in my life until I understood worship. Changing my prayers from I need, to honoring the King of everything changed my heart. It is worship that brings us closer to God and in worship where we will hear His voice.
38 Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send out workers to gather in his harvest.”
I never caught this before, we are to pray for evangelists, and for them to be sent out. Dear Lord forgive me, I have read Your Word often, even prayed that I might be good example, yet I failed in asking for You to release the workers into the field. God I correct that now and pray that You let the harvest begin. Call the nation’s to Your throne and let us all worship You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, Amen.
1 Samuel 24:4-7
4 (3) Near some sheep pens along the way was a cave, and Sha’ul went inside to relieve himself. It happened that David and his men were sitting in the recesses at the back of the cave; 5 (4) and David’s men said to him, “Look! The day has come that Adonai told you about when he said to you, ‘I will turn your enemy over to you, and you will do to him whatever seems good to you.’” Then David stole over unobserved and cut off the corner of Sha’ul’s cloak. 6 (5) But after doing this, David felt remorse over cutting Sha’ul’s garment. 7 (6) He said to his men, “Adonai forbid that I should do such a thing to my lord, Adonai’s anointed, as raise my hand against him! After all, he is Adonai’s anointed.”
Just because God places us in postions it doesn’t mean we have to act as others expect us to. David’s men wanted him to slay Saul, but David understood it would be wrong to harm someone annointed by God. Lord help me to discern when and what action to take in the times ahead, Amen.
7 “Keep asking, and it will be given to you; keep seeking, and you will find; keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who keeps asking receives; he who keeps seeking finds; and to him who keeps knocking, the door will be opened.
We are to pursue Adonai continually. For myself I have been journaling from the Word for almost five years and still every day I find something new to improve my life. In seeking Him, I have been able to deal with the pains of this life without didpair, find pleasure in the good that God grants me, and look forward to a life of eternal communion with Him.
1 Samuel 17:48
48 When the P’lishti got up, approached and came close to meet David, David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the P’lishti.
David didn’t hesitate to meet this challenge, we shouldn’t either. Challenges are in our lives to refine us and draw us closer to Adonai. We should racectoward them because the reward our Father gives us is worth more than the riches of the earth.