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I really like this quote: “The more we obey Jesus' teachings, the freer we truly become.”

2 Samuel 7
(Message) // I really like these verses:
8-9
"So here is what you are to tell my servant David: The God-of-the-Angel-Armies has this word for you: I took you from the pasture, tagging along after sheep, and made you prince over my people Israel. I was with you everywhere you went and mowed your enemies down before you. Now I'm making you famous, to be ranked with the great names on earth.
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"Furthermore, God has this message for you: God himself will build you a house!

(NKJV)
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Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel.

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I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men.
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But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you.

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Note: I really like what “the Message” says about the Lord of hosts: “the God-of-the-Angel-Armies”. God is a warrior for righteousness.

I thank God—while also being fearful—that God is holy. God is good. God’s is holy and God is love. His love is holy, and His holiness is loving.

So when the Father promises to “chasten” David’s descendants if they sin, this is a very precious act of love of protection from being a permanent slave to sin leading to permanent spiritual death and suffering in eternity.

John 14 (NKJV)
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“If you love Me, keep My commandments.
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And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—
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the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
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I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

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He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

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Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

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Note: It is very illuminating to note that the reason the Holy Spirit came is so we can obey. Thank God for many wonderful experiences in the Spirit as we wait on Him. Yet… without obedience all experiences have no true meaning and substance. Or, to put it another way, we are to live by obeying God’s Word through the help of the Spirit… not live based on our experiences alone.

If we had rich experiences by loving and obeying God and His Word through the Spirit, we can know God’s deep and abiding peace. This is what David exemplified in his daily life before he became king. One thing God shows us as the key to David being a successful king: The same intimate relationship David had with God as a shepherd is the same relationship that David needed to be king.

Intimacy and obedience are very tightly linked, as Jesus says in John 14:21. Yet, I have noticed a tendency for me to separate the two—as if doing outward acts of obedience ensures that the heart is right. Purity of heart is essential AND obedience is essential.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”, Jesus in Matthew 5:8.

Vance

David certainly knew who reigned supreme, and he expressed himself so beautifully, extolling God's marvelous choices, power, creativity, and acknowledged that it was God who had taken Israel from Egypt and gave them victories and made them His own, it was God who had taken a lowly shepherd boy and made him a great and powerful ruler, and raised up his family to have honor.

And how did God respond to this? He gave David even more victories in all the surrounding countryside. God is so faithful and if our hearts are pure and we give Him the praise and honor and glory He deserves, He in turn gives us more and more.

It reminds me of what happens as I teach the little 4-5 year olds; this is a huge undertaking, keeping all 20 of them involved, excited, and happy, but they repay me ten fold with their affection and gratitude. Oh, it is such a small scale compared to what God does, but I have a glimpse through the eyes of these little darlings.

Couldn't help but notice that less than a third of these cute doggies are relaxed in their obedience...the rest are fighting their insincts to pounce on the cat:).Obedience keeps coming up in today's reading.Jesus said"but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me"...I can identify with David when he sang"Teach me, O LORD, to follow your decrees;then I will keep them to the end"...sometimes even when we know what God requires of us it's hard not to keep a tense face like those doggies there who're probably thinking"wish the trainer could just turn the other way...who'd miss one cat anyway"....I need more love for God and obedience...there are times I pray that God teaches me to love Him...now I'll just add obedience to my long list of "Lord teach me's"
God bless you all

Why would humility precede honor?
Humilty lets God take the wheel of our lives,pride knows it all...humility give God a chance at making us what he intended...as He said,His plans for us are good and His thoughts are far higher than us...humility lets us trust God to keep His word...Humility made David feel bad cos he stayed in a palace and the ark of God in a tent..so God honored him...Jesus was called the son of David!Humility makes us,the sons and daughters of God...that's honor!

Proverbs
"15:33 The fear of the Lord is the discipline that leads to wisdom. Humility is the way to honor." - believer's commentary

I like the way Believer's commentary translates this proverb. Two companion verses that intimate a "way" to a desired end.

Reverence of the Lord is the way that leads to wisdom. That "way" is a discipline. It is so easy to fall out of that reverance, and follow the "flesh" - unless it becomes a discipline. If we revere the Lord, study and follow His Word, pray, worship, and obey we are on the path to his revealed wisdom. None of this is "natural behavior - it is a "discipline".

One antonym of humility is pride. "Pride" is considered to be the root of a lot of sin. If we are in sin (constantly) it will be hard to have honor. If we are humble, and follow the Lord, our God, it will lead to honor - by glorifying His name and hence glorifying the Father.

John 14:16-17
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth.....But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

John 14:26
"But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you."

Two verses to make note of regarding the Trinity. In first the Father will send "another" parakletos (called to one's side to be of help). Another is not different in Greek but of a "similar kind". Jesus and Holy Spirit are of a similar kind as part of the Trinity.

Not to just be "with you forever", but abide with you forever. The Spirit ("pneuma") refered to in the Old Testament as the "Spirit of God". Doesn't sound like Spirit will ever leave you in this verse. The Spirit of Truth because God is Truth. Jesus is Truth.

"Before Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon men and dwelt with them. But since Pentecost, when a man believes on the Lord Jesus, the Holy Spirit takes up His abode in that man’s life forever."

MacDonald, W., & Farstad, A. 1997, c1995. Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments . Thomas Nelson: Nashville

In the fuuture the Holy Spirit will be in you - The "in you" referred to in NIV is that Gk. word "en" that has the meaning of being immersed, enmeshed, intertwined with you. Pretty cool!

In John 14:26 the Trinity is broken down again Holy Spirit, Father, and Jesus. Note the teaching denoted here is a "complete teaching". Mark down that in this first reference to "complete teaching" Holy Spriit will deal with the "past". What Jesus said, how it refers to Old Testament, and the Old Testament itself.

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