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In my opinion no one has done a better job of bringing out the essence of the episode with Jonathon and his armour bearer than Erwin Raphael McManus. In his book Chasing Daylight (formerly called Seizing your Divine Moment) McManus does a superb job of detailing the importance of taking initiative in pursuing the purposes of God. My son was so inspired by this book that when he graduated from university he asked for us to get a drawing made of the scene of Jonathon and the armour bearer climbing the cliff side by side. The picture hangs on his wall as a constant reminder that God doesn't often work through passivity but through those who are willing to step out and advance his kingdom, one courageous step at a time, not knowing the outcome, but going forward anyway.

What a picture of the truth "two are better than one' for they have a good return for their labour. Erwin has recently preached through the book again and it can be heard at on the podcast.

Now let's start climbing........

I like the last words of your first parargraph: ...
one courageous step at a time, not knowing the outcome, but going forward anyway." It 's a geat reminder of what FAITH is all about, that it is never blind, but that we keep stepping ahead knowing that God is on our side!

For as long as we believe in Him, "rivers of living of waters" will flow from our hearts.

Yes, what a verse! Rivers of faith flowing from our hearts!!! That's the one. And I am amazed (and no doubt many can testify this from their own life) whenever I cried out to God, He has answered me.

Whenever, I thought I had slipped too much into the dreadful trouble and I called upon the name of Lord, I had an amazing strength and fortitude that got me out of the mire.

Most believers can testify that there is a hand of God in their life and more faith they show more blessings they get. They can be on their own a while (removing God from the picture) and life seems so senseless, dark, frigid. But the thought of God and his everlasting love warms, renews everything. Miracles happen! So, it is necessary to have faith, pray and submit before our Father as these verses mention:

''But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.'' Isaiah 64:8

Jonathan a man of faith:he knows that the battle is the Lords so he steps out in faith yet still looked up to God for a sign("But if they say, 'Come up to us,' we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the LORD has given them into our hands").He knows what God's will for Israel is so he acts while the king prefers to sit under the shade of tree.In a sense,this could be seen as disobedience to the king...twice he doesn't submit to authority...could God have spoken to him.Could he have paid more attention to Samuel's teachings?I ask myself how where his faith sprung from because he acted without giving one thought to his own safety.
Saul really is something.He doesn't seem to have any problem living with the enemy yet when Jonathan srpes out in faith he wants to avenge his enemies,the battle is his and not the Lord's.He wants God to be at his beck and call so when he gets no answers he looks for the closest scape goat to vent his anger on..Jonathan.
Israel have watched their king make some great mistakes:he offers sacrifices to God and disobeys Samuel,now he wants to kill his son because of some flimsy imagined sin which was probably his ego in reality.
I couldn't help wondering just how much reverence Saul ever had for God...he has the guts to ask for the ark to be brought to him...I thought it was meant to be in the inner room of the tabernacle...Jonathan in his ways showed his faith in God,Saul only sought God when it suited him...kinda like the men who followed Jesus with the hope that they'd always get a free meal...I guess it's a good time to stop and think if God is Lord in our lives or just a means to make our lives easier....
{Still others asked, "How can the Christ come from Galilee? 42Does not the Scripture say that the Christ will come from David's family[b] and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?" 43Thus the people were divided because of Jesus.}People didn't take the time to investigate into the linage of Jesus or his birth yet they had an opinion about the prophecy they knew nothing about.May we all seek to know the truth and find out for our selves what the bible says in every situation,we have seen the priests go wrong in the old testament,we see ministers get it wrong...may we not perish for lack of knowledge.
God bless you all

I Samuel 14:1-52

I must be in a humorous mood because Saul is reminding me of the Wizard of Oz. Ya know, BEFORE the dog Toto pulls back the curtain to reveal the man that he is, we see a BIG HEAD surrounded by flames and lots of green. Saul is a man with a big head with no brains and definitely no heart, at lest a heart for God. He is exactly what the people “desired.” In fact, he is a reflection of what is in the hearts of the people who demanded a king so that they could be just like the nations around them, wickedly sinful.

The difference between King Jesus and the kings desired and appointed by men, and Saul was appointed by the men who desired a king, God just gave them what they asked for, is righteousness and integrity. Jesus is righteous and integrity is part of His character. Jesus requires man to turn their hearts toward Him, not the other way around. Earthly kings play to the crowd, or at least the crowd that will keep him in power.

RE Mike's question of the day about God's discipline in our lives.

What does God's discipline look like? Is it when we get sick? Lose our jobs? Those times when nothing seems to go right? How do we know it's from God and not from Satan?

Mike, it is odd that you talk about prayer life today in your commentary because for the past two days I can’t get Psalms 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God” out of my mind. I am faithful in my prayers to God but I think God is telling me that I need to slow down and let Him minister to me. I’m beginning to feel that my prayers are a one-way conversation in which I talk to Him but don’t give Him the opportunity to say what He has to say! It seems my eye is always on the clock and my mind is racing about reviewing what I have planned for the day. I never just sit quietly doing nothing and I think many of us in today’s hectic world are the same way. Matter of fact, I think it has come to the point where we are jittery when we just sit quietly because we are not use to doing so or we feel guilty about just sitting quietly because we feel we are wasting time.

Today is the Lord’s Day! Maybe today is when we should start making a point to just sit still and know that Jesus Christ is Lord of lords and King of kings!

God Bless!

Could someone please keep me in prayer. I'm having a hard time with this whole mothers day business, i miss my mom so bad n i hurt so bad. i just want this day to be over. My mom died n i am normally ok, but this weekend i cant escape "mothers day" and i am angry, sad, feeling sorry for myself. Plus 2 other loved ones, their anniversaries of their deaths just passed 2 days ago. Its just to much. I just hurt n i want my mom so bad. She is with Jesus, so i am grateful, i just wish i could be there too. thanks for prayers. sorry for being selfish...its just too much. God bless.

oh Jenny... if only you knew... well you'll know now.
I had no "reason" on God's green earth to think of you this morning.
(Lord knows there's sooo much else going on!)
Praise the Lord- HE REIGNS!
Anyway- it could only have been the Holy Spirit
you have been lifted in prayer- just as if I KNEW
what you wrote above w/out speaking to you.
GOD LOVES YOU and has this merciful compassion for you.
Lean not on our own understanding (some coming from feelings & emotions)
HE understands our grief and we are to step out in FAITH
and leave it with HIM at the cross- & pick up our "cross". I wish I had a "formula" and experience
but I don't. All's I can say is i'm going with the Spirit and will
do whatever to be His "cheerleader" for you. (couldn't be one when i "thought" it mattered!)
May the Lord pour out that extra measure His Word speaks of, all upon you today and every day hereafter, HE is doing a work HE said HE began and
YOU ARE HIS MASTERPIECE HE will see to completion.
I'm priviledge to have run into you
and serve the Lord in His plan.
Thanks Lord Your Spirit comforts & intercedes where we don't know how!
I'm TRUSTING in YOU, amen.
Sincerely, susanne

p.s. well maybe one experience to share- focus on what you are GRATEFUL for.
Good overcomes evil. And I pray this spirit to kill steal & destroy be removed from
you, in the Name of Jesus, amen.

Verses that stood out for me today.

John 7:38-39
38.Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." 39.By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

Psalm 109:27-28
27 Let them know that it is your hand,
that you, O LORD, have done it.
28 They may curse, but you will bless;
when they attack they will be put to shame,
but your servant will rejoice.
For very personal reasons these verses stood out for me. Somebody is praying against us, cursing us, attacking us with occult. But God is stronger! It will not harm us, our trust is within Jesus Christ!

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