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Monday, 28 January 2013

Through the Eyes of God: Sheba’s Story – 2 Samuel 20 (RBHW)



In the previous chapter I was sure everything was okay for David, apart from losing Absalom of course.  But alas the Devil would rear his ugly head again through this possessed individual called Sheba.  Now it’s bad enough when an individual decides to reject God or His designated representative, but it is so much worse when they are able to pull a following along their path of folly.  Why are people so easily led astray?

I've been following a series online titled, "I'm Not a Fan."  This is a series of sermons being presented by the Senior Pastor at the SDA Church in Mt Rubidoux, Riverside California, USA.  In his presentations he challenges that many who believe that they are followers of Christ, may actually be just fans (those who go with the flow, who cheer Jesus along, know a lot about Him, but don't really KNOW Him, who easily switch loyalties; one day they are ready to declare Him King, and by the next they are ready to shout, "Crucify Him, crucify Him!"


 So a disturbing segment of Israel showed no commitment to David/to God, "So every man of Israel deserted David...." verse 2; they were convinced that they had no "share in David" verse 1.  Satan will try to convince us that we have no share with Christ (no doubt because of our sins), and will try to get us to give up our faith in Him; to cease following Him.  But O that we will hear Heaven's response to this "accuser's" assertions, "And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?" Zech 3:2.  Praise the LORD!!!

If we could see ourselves “Through the Eyes of God,” we would know that we are loved by God, because “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom. 5:8.  Satan is our enemy; not Christ. 

Father, Thank you for Your wonderful Grace shown to us Your unworthy children by adoption; adopted because we’re loved.  Help us to love You in return, and to never cease from following after you.  We ask this in the name of Jesus, amen.

Please remember to join us online for Week of Prayer (WOP), which culminates on Sabbath February 2, 2013 at http://ncumediagroup.com/.   It will be brought live on NCU TV (2:00 p.m. local Jamaica’s local time), and a delayed broadcast on NCU FM at 7:00 p.m.
Details for WOP are available at http://news.ncu.edu.jm/event_item.aspx?EventID=62
To read the Bible passage and related blogs please visit http://revivedbyhisword.org/en/bible/2sa/20/.