David’s greatest asset YouVersion Devotional

Giving & Repentant
David had a giving heart. God did a lot for David and my guess is that David thought about it often. To show his appreciation, David wanted to build a temple for the Lord. But when God said Solomon would be the one to build His temple, David did not get upset. Some people would feel rejected by God but not David. Instead, he made up his mind to supply everything that Solomon would need to build the temple. Profound! So, who would you say built the temple? ‘Using every resource at my command, I have gathered as much as I could for building the Temple of my God’ 1 Chr.29:2. David had a giving heart. 

David had a repentant heart. It is because of David that we have Psalm 51, a classic model of true repentance. David was at the wrong place at the wrong time and it led to him sinning against God. Worse still, David attempted to coverup his sin and it led to murder. God was grieved and so He sent Nathan to confront David. Unlike Saul, David repented immediately. God forgave David but God still disciplined him and David accepted God’s discipline whole heartedly. Whom the Father loves, He chastises. 

If God loves you, He will discipline you. God disciplined David, this same David that He loved so much. The truth is, forgiveness does not mean you will not face the consequence for sin. So, if there is anything in your life that will bring shame to the Name of Jesus, I urge you to please deal with it today. David came clean with God, 

“Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned And done this evil in Your sight” Ps.51:1, 3-4. And God restored his heart. 

Thought: What is the Holy Spirit stirring up in your heart? Talk to God about it and commit to a new direction – a God direction.

Prayer: Father, please give me a new heart, and put a new spirit in me. Take out the stony, stubborn heart and give me a tender, responsive heart, in Jesus Name [Ezekiel 36:26]

Iron sharpens iron Last post YouVersion Devotional

Sharper Than Any Two-Edged Sword.

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

For the Word of God is His Counsel. His Counsel is quick, powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword. Surrender to His Word and you’ll be led by His Counsel. If you want to know God’s Will — seek His Word. His Word is sharper and more powerful than man’s counsel. God-based counsel pierces and divides. God’s Word sharpens and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 

Hebrews‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭AMPC‬‬ declares, “For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.” God’s counsel penetrates to the very heart of man. His Word exposes, sifts, and analyzes the heart; and judges the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. Let His Word guide the basis of your counsel. 

Hebrews‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬ declares, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” God’s Word is not stagnant. His Word is alive, active, and powerful. Hebrews‬ ‭4:12-13‬ ‭MSG‬‬ proclaims, “God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.”

If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, or if you have fallen away from Him, simply say this prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, in the Name of Jesus, I repent of my sin. I turn to You. Father, I receive Your Son, Jesus Christ, as my Lord and Savior. I believe that Jesus Christ died and rose just for me. 

I believe that His Blood washes me and cleanses me from all unrighteousness. Father, in You, I am set free. Father, through the Blood of your Son, Jesus Christ my past is history and my future is bright. 

Father, In You, I am made new. Father, in You, I am complete. Father, in You, I am made whole. Father, in You, I am restored. Father, I surrender every area of my life to You now and forever. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

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Iron sharpens iron YouVersion Devotional

Multitude Of Counsel. 

Who’s sharpening you? Whom are you sharpening? Proverbs‬ ‭11:14‬ ‭KJV‬‬ declares, “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.” In the multitude of sharpening — there is safety. In the multitude of sound and wise counsel you’ll find safety. When you receive advice from wise counselors, mentors, leaders, pastors, brothers, and sisters in Christ you’ll find safety. There is safety in sharpening. 

Choose to receive sharpening from those who are more seasoned, wiser, and stronger than you. Cast down pride. Let God soften your heart. Let God lead your heart. Let God surround you with wise counselors. Let God lead you to wise counsel. Don’t isolate yourself. Submit to God-sent, iron-sharpening, wise mentors, and godly relationships. Who’s sharpening you? Whom are you sharpening? 

Proverbs‬ ‭11:14‬ ‭KJV‬‬ declares, “In the multitude of counsellors there is safety.” According to Strong’s Concordance, the Hebrew word for “Multitude” is, ‘rob’ (H7230) which means, “Abundance, greatness, or numerous.” Surround yourself with an abundance of wise counselors. Surround yourself with diverse counselors. 

Surround yourself with counselors who don’t look like you. Surround yourself with counselors who have various backgrounds. Surround yourself with counselors who have varied experiences. Surround yourself with a wide range of counselors. There’s strength in the multitude. Let God surround you with seasoned, wise, and diverse counselors who are from His Heart.

YouVersion Devotional

Iron Sharpens Iron.

“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs‬ ‭27:17‬ ‭KJV‬‬

According to Strong’s Concordance, the Hebrew word for “Sharpeneth” is, ‘chadad’ (H2300) which means, “to be sharp, be alert, or to be keen.” Who’s sharpening you? Who has your back? Who‘s in your circle? Who‘s in your accountability circle? Who‘s on your team? Who has your blindspot? 

Friends sharpen one another. Friends develop one another. Friends are not stumbling blocks. Friends are not obstacles. Friends help accelerate destiny. Friends are not competitive. Friends help you grow and develop. Friends are not an hindrance — they help you build. 

An iron-sharpening friend is a gift from God. They are godly and wise counsel. They will correct you — in love. They will build you up. An iron-sharpening friend will strengthen and sharpen you. Notice, Proverbs‬ ‭27:17‬ ‭KJV‬‬ declares, “Iron sharpeneth iron”. Iron-sharpening friendships are two-sided. Friends support one another. Iron-sharpening relationships are strategically placed in your life to help develop, strengthen, and sharpen you. Don’t build alone. Don’t construct alone. Sharpen together. Build together. Grow together.