Monday, August 12, 2013

A HEART FOR GOD

    
2 Sam 7:1-16
After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 he said to Nathan the prophet, "Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent."
3 Nathan replied to the king, "Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you."
4 That night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:
5 "Go and tell my servant David, 'This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? 6 I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. 7 Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?" ' 
8 "Now then, tell my servant David, 'This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture and from following the flock to be ruler over my people Israel. 9 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men of the earth. 10 And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning 11 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders  over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.
"'The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: 12 When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. 15 But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 1

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God brought David from the wilderness into a beautiful palace as He promised; David’s natural response was to want to build a house for the lord.
I don’t know what God has done for you that He promised, but like David, do not forget all His benefits and let a heart of thanksgiving inspire a physical sacrifice of thanks. This is the character of a man who is after God’s heart.
God blesses and establishes any man with this of kind of heart because God is a gracious God.
Go into today with a renewed determination to have a heart that is after God; have a thankful heart and one that is willing to give to God’s work here on earth

Prayer: Dear Heavenly father, I thank you for your word today. I pray that you give me a heart that longs more for you, that like David, I will be willing to do great things for your kingdom here on earth. Thank you lord for hearing me, in Jesus name I pray. Amen
Written by Abraham Arigi Jr

YEARLY BIBLE READING: Job 7-8 OR LISTEN

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