2/25 - 3/2
Monday, February 25
1 Samuel 16:13
Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward.
Believers live for moments like the one recorded about David in today’s text. Those moments when the Spirit of God seems to put a spotlight on you and you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He has spoken. But, for every anointed moment, there’s a journey and a plan that must be walked out in order to see that anointing used in it’s ultimate capacity. If you were to continue reading, you would discover that David didn’t immediately pack his bags and follow Samuel back to the palace. In fact, the next place you’ll find David is back in the pasture, tending the sheep. The journey that followed equipped David to be king as much as the anointing ceremony did. While the anointing set him apart, the journey prepared him to lead. You see, the same anointing that would eventually enable David to rule as king, is actually what empowered him to get to the palace. If you’ll begin to operate in the anointing while you’re in the pasture, He will use what you learn along the way to equip you to stand in the palace. Allow the difficulties of the journey to teach you to draw on the anointing, not keep you from it. He will honor your faithfulness by promoting you from the pasture, to the palace, to the promise! - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Tuesday, February 26
1 Samual 17:37
And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”
It’s easy to get sidetracked and distracted when difficulties arise because of your pursuit of the promise that God has given you. What you have to understand is that the enemy and the world around will do everything in their power to keep you from seeing the promises of God fulfilled in your life. Too many believers act like they live on a playground when in actuality they live on a battlefield. They step out to do something by faith and immediately they’re hit with the harsh reality of the battle that they will have to fight in order to obtain their promise. Panic and fear will try to set in and immobilize you. This is where you will have a choice to make. You can grab ahold of the Lord and His promise or you can cower back and let the enemy win. David, unlike Saul and the rest of the Israelite army, was unwilling to allow the enemy to keep him from what the Lord said was his. The thought of losing, and even death, never entered his mind. He chose to put more weight on what God had promised than what the enemy was threatening. You must do the same. The Lord will never say something that He doesn’t completely intend to fulfill. The promises He has made to you have the backing of all of Heaven and no-one or nothing can stop you from seeing them come to pass. Re-establish your faith in the Promiser and get ready fo the victory. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Wednesday, February 27
1 Samuel 22:1
David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father's house heard it, they went down there to him.
Unforgiveness is one of the most common hinderances to receiving God’s promises in your life. David, while fleeing Saul, was held up in cave with some of his followers. During this already trying time, his father and brothers came seeking David’s protection. David had a choice to make. If you’ll read back in the previous chapters, David’s father and brothers viewed him as an afterthought and unworthy of the position that Samuel had anointed Him for. They had belittled and degraded him many times. Now, they’re knocking at his door, asking for help. The natural, human response would be, “Seriously, you’re expecting something out me? After the way you treated me. I don’t think so.” As seemingly justified as this response would have been, David chose the higher path, showing that he was becoming the kind of leader that God was looking for. Does it feel like there’s something keeping you from fully experiencing God’s promise for your life? Is there someone, maybe several someones, who you need to release through forgiveness. By allowing the love of God to enable you to release those hurts and offenses you will find that you’ll hear the Holy Spirit’s voice more quickly and accurately. Step into greater freedom and unity with those around you by being quick to forgive and therefore quick to receive the promises of God. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Thursday, February 28
1 Samuel 22:3-4
3 And David went from there to Mizpeh of Moab. And he said to the king of Moab, “Please let my father and my mother stay with you, till I know what God will do for me.” 4 And he left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed with him all the time that David was in the stronghold.
Many people allow their hearts to be hardened because they deny true forgiveness to those who have wronged them. While they may be in place of cordiality with the other party, they still harbor some ill will toward them. True forgiveness means that your thoughts for them are for their good and benefit. David, while having justifiable reasons to not take care of the family that spoke so poorly of him, actually made arrangements for them to be cared for and protected. The true test of forgiveness is not in whether or not you can tolerate being near them but whether or not you would do good toward them. Would you go out of your way to help them if you were able to? Do you genuinely want to see them succeed? If not, you need to continue to work on releasing them. This is exactly what Jesus did for you. He didn’t just do enough to keep you out of hell, he gave you all Heaven had to offer along with it. True forgiveness means you’re able to seek the good for someone, not just let them off the hook for something that may have offended you. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you anyone who you may be withholding forgiveness from. You will come away with a greater sense of joy and freedom…and maybe even a reconciled friendship. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Friday, March 1
1 Samuel 22:2
And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became commander over them. And there were with him about four hundred men.
1 Chronicles 12:1-2
1 Now these are the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he could not move about freely because of Saul the son of Kish. And they were among the mighty men who helped him in war. 2 They were bowmen and could shoot arrows and sling stones with either the right or the left hand; they were Benjaminites, Saul's kinsmen.
When you begin to operate in the anointing upon your life, others will begin to take notice and draw from that gift. The delusion that most fall into is the idea that those who draw near to you will be the solid, grounded, healthy, and ‘have it all together’ people. When, in actuality, it will be those who are in all likelihood broke, busted and disgusted. Think about it for a moment. Why would those who seemingly have everything going their way want your help in the first place? This is where you, as a true disciple with Kingdom advancement in mind, have to refuse to discriminate against those who may not look, smell, act, or think like you do. Today’s text says that David drew a crowd of distressed, bitter, and broke people. He had the option of turning them away because they had nothing to offer him or he could receive them and allow the gifting and anointing of God in His life to change their’s…which is exactly what he did. This same group of people became the famed ‘Mighty Warriors’ that conquered Canaan alongside David when he became king. Who has gathered around you? Are you willing to receive and minister to them using the anointing that the Lord has placed in your life? Will you let who He has made you to be bring unity in a world that needs it so badly? - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Saturday, March 2
1 Samuel 22:5
Then the prophet Gad said to David, “Do not remain in the stronghold; depart, and go into the land of Judah.” So David departed and went into the forest of Hereth.
One of the best ways to expedite the process of moving into the full promise of God for your life is to learn how to receive from others. One of the greatest traps that people fall into is the trap of isolation. This doesn’t happen overnight. It happens gradually as you stop allowing others to speak into your life. One of the greatest gifts that you can receive from the Lord is the gift of Godly counsel. If you’ll allow Him to, the Holy Spirit will connect you with others who have wisdom and perspective that you do not. God had anointed David to be a king, not a prophet. David recognized this and wisely heeded the words of God through Gad. You have to understand that God didn’t give you every gift recorded the Bible for a reason. He created you with a need for the strength and companionship of others. A wise person will seek out a relationship with people who see things differently than they do. It’s time that the individual members the Body of Christ begin to embrace the differences in others and see them as beneficial, not a threat. Are there people that you’ve given the right to speak into your life? If not, ask the Holy Spirit to show you who those people are. Take the time to develop relationships with them and let God use them to propel you further into your destiny. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
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