Summary/application 2 Samuel 11-12:

  1. David thought he had covered up his sins and everything was ok. But, we can never escape the consequences of our sins.
  2. Today we have the Bible, the Holy Spirit, preachers and teachers to confront us; God does not let us get away with sin? If we do not confront ourselves through self-examination; we make it more likely that someone else will confront us?
  3. How can using moral stories from scripture or life help in confronting sinful behavior by others?
  4. God ultimately exposes human sin–not keeping His commandments– which are not a burden if you love Jesus [1 John 5:3, John 14:15]. “Be sure your sin will find you out” [Numbers 32:23c] and there can be consequences even for forgiven sin.
  5. May we never imagine that God’s grace somehow gives us a license to keep sinning [Romans 6:1-2,15-16]!
  6. Read Psalm 51:1-19. Meditate on each verse and reflect how the words apply to you. Confess and repent of any sin in your life. If you have never received Christ as your Lord and Savior, pray and do so now.
  7. Who was Bathsheba? She was the wife of Uriah the Hittite, the daughter of Eliam and the granddaughter of Ahithophel. Ahithophel was David’s chief counselor. [1 Chronicles 27:33-34, 2 Samuel 16:23] Eliam and Uriah were both one of David’s 37 mighty men out of 800,000 soldiers. [2 Samuel 23:4,34,39, ] The fact that Uriah’s house was close enough for David to see Bathsheba indicates their closeness. How could David have sinned against God, Bathsheba and these 3 men so close to him? How can we sin by despising God and sin against Him by not keeping His New Testament commandments? Do we even acknowledge or recognize we are ignoring many of His direct commands?
  8. Memory verse: 2 Samuel 12:13Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has taken away your sin; you shall not die.
  9. Always Be Ready and keep a clear conscience! 1 Peter 3:15-16a…15sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 16 and keep a good conscience [NASB]  Memorize in the Bible Version you prefer–for many versions click here and see below!

Henry Luke 7/12/2018

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31 Days of prayer for confession through Galatians 5:19-23a and 2 Peter 1:5-7

By God’s grace, I should be examining the results in my life. Psalms 139: 23 Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts; 24 And see if there be any wicked or hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.  AMP    

I will REVIEW my recent actions, motives, thoughts, and words against each quality below for each day of the month shown; CONFESS where I have sinned against God & others; REPENT of this sin, asking God for forgiveness and help [a] to change our heart and [b] in our persevering to turn from sin. Ask each day “Does my life reveal the glory of God to others, at my expense and without expecting merit from God or others?”

2nd day of each week or Every Day. #1 Galatians 5:19-21 19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. [NLT] REVIEW- Did my actions or thoughts demonstrate that I walked in my sinful nature yesterday or last week? Name the individual sins you need to CONFESS out of the 15 listed above; REPENT.

Galatians 5: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; CSB The 9 fruit of the Spirit are a free gift to the believer “filled by the Holy Spirit”.

Review love on these days of each month: 2-14-26. love– “agape” love, sacrificial love of Christ as He went to the cross. The love that the Holy Spirit produces in our hearts as we walk in the Spirit,  enabling believers to love God and others, even our enemies, those that persecute us and people different from us. “For this is what love for God is: to keep his commands. And his commands are not a burden,” [1 John 5:3 CSBREVIEW- Did I demonstrate my love by obeying God yesterday? CONFESS; REPENT.

3-15-27- joy- an emotion of great delight from total dependence on Jesus Christ. Jesus set the example “…Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame…” [Hebrews 12:2 NLT] Because I love and trust Jesus “rejoicing with a glorious, inexpressible joy” [1 Peter 1:8 NLT] REVIEW– Have I been filled with this kind of joy no matter what my circumstances are? CONFESS; REPENT [ A Life of glorious Inexpressible Joy! ]

4-16-28. peace- Then – At the time of salvation “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” [Romans 5:1]; as a result now we can have ” the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension,…in Christ Jesus. [Philippians 4:4-7] The peace of God provides freedom of mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, bitterness; freedom from strife, grumbling or dissension.  REVIEW- Did I have the peace of God yesterday and last month? CONFESS; REPENT

 5-17-29. patience– [perseverance–steadfastness–endurance]–handling the pressures, trials, tests, and problems of life as I relate to other people. This requires God’s grace, faith one day at a time while trusting and waiting on God, sometimes for years. REVIEW-Have I been patient recently? CONFESS; REPENT. [Here is an approach to problem-solving that can be followed every time a problem, test or trial comes.]  Problem Solving!

6-18-30. kindness– if we love Jesus we must also love and be kind to others “In everything,…treat people the same way you want them to treat you,…” [Matthew 7:12];  Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; …Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,…  Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. [Philippians 2:3-8] …   REVIEW- Have I been kind to others? CONFESS; REPENT

7-19-31. goodness– [moral excellence– virtuous]— Jesus was good to people by helping, healing, encouraging, warning and telling the way to the Kingdom of God.  Knowing God is good, be good to people and be a good person. “35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ …40 Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” [Matthew 25:35-36,40] REVIEW- Have I been a good person recently? CONFESS; REPENT

8-20. faithfulness-  22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!  His mercies never cease.  23 Great is his faithfulness…[Lamentations 3:22-23a]  the Spirit empowers the believer to be thorough in the performance of duty to God and others. True to one’s words, promises, vows, and loyal, reliable, and trusted by God and others. REVIEW-  Have I been faithful recently? CONFESS; REPENT

9-21. gentleness- Jesus said “learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart. [Matthew 11:29b] A gentle person is kind, amiabl, mild, polite; not severe, rough or violent. REVIEW- Was I gentle like Jesus yesterday? CONFESS; REPENT

10-22. self-control–  The believer has the Power available to make a practice of controlling emotions, making righteous decisions, and dealing with the pleasures and temptations of life.  REVIEW- Did my actions demonstrate that I am filled by the Holy Spirit yesterday, last week, & month? The indwelling Spirit can fill the Disciple with this content; teaching the Word in an understanding way to know more and more of the love and glory of Jesus, guidance,  bringing Jesus glory by telling you whatever He receives from Jesus, conviction of sin, and the fruit of the Spirit.  CONFESS; REPENT

2 PETER 1:5-7..  applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, …knowledge6 …self-control, … perseverance, … godliness, 7 …brotherly kindness, and… love. [All but the 3 highlighted are in the 9 Fruit of the Spirit above- For Moral Excellence see #7 goodness, self-control see #10, perseverance see #5 patience, brotherly kindness see #6 kindness, love see #2]

The scripture provides the result of increasing or lacking growth in these qualities. 2 PETER 1:8-9.. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being useless and unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 The person who lacks these things is blind and short-sighted and has forgotten the cleansing from his past sins. CSB

11-23. faith– “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” [Romans 10:17 NKJV]. REVIEW- Did my actions or thoughts demonstrate that I walked in faith yesterday, last week, & month? Name the times you did not. CONFESS; REPENT

12-24. knowledgeHis divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge b of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. [2 Peter 1:3 HCSB, a– holiness; b– Bible knowledge and relationship knowledge–by knowing intimately and experientially the power Source.] An intimate relationship with Jesus requires spending time with Him in His Word daily, seeks the Holy Spirit’s guidance, prayer, memorizing scripture, and applying Bible promises and commands. As this process continues a more intimate relationship will develop with Jesus. REVIEW- Did I spend time with Jesus yesterday and the last month? CONFESS; REPENT

13-25. godliness–[holiness–God-likeness]15 But as the one who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy. [1 Peter 1:15-16 CSB] Holiness is doing the will of God, putting others first, loving God and others, does the right thing, following the example set by Jesus. REVIEW- Was I holy yesterday and the last month? CONFESS; REPENT

The Church from 30 to 350 AD grew to 56% of the world population because believers exhibited these qualities.5 Reasons Christianity increased to 56% of the world population by 350 AD. ]

Henry Luke 7/9/2018

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Summary: 31 Days of Prayer Using ACTS format and scripture review.

Since 1980 I have been having 30 minutes or more Bible study using the HEAR format or its equivalent. For HEAR click here. The HEAR format includes prayer using the ACTS format: Adoration or praise, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication or requests.

I. Here are some of my daily prayers using ACTS:

Adoration:

A Week of Adoration prayer! Praise for the attributes of God. click here

Confession:

–Agape love for self-examination. click here — “Things Love is”. click here  –New Testament Commandments. click here —31 Days of prayer for confession through Galatians 5:19-23a and 2 Peter 1:5-7

Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving for supernatural changes at salvation. click here

Supplication:

–Daily Prayers for our church. click here   –and Prayers for families. click here                  —Daily Prayer for prerequisites required for Effective Decision-Making                                  — Spiritual Declaration of dependence – a Daily prayer of Supplication                                   —  Living a Jesus-Centered Life. The daily prayer of Supplication 

—A Week of Supplication Prayers using The Navigator Wheel + one

7 days of Prayers of supplication “In A Pit With A Lion–How to survive and thrive when opportunity roars” 

–Pray on Wednesdays for help with  What Assumptions Guide My Life d

II. Since the fall quarter of 1916, I have been selecting a verse of the week to memorize as suggested in HEAR. I review these verses regularly;

Daily: –Summer 2018. click here –Spring 2018. click here

Monday- Winter 2017-18. click here

Tuesday- Fall 2017. click here

Wednesday- Summer 2017. click here

Thursday- Spring 2017. click here

Friday- Winter 2016-17. click here

Saturday- Fall 2016. click here

One verse per day to review from these lists:

One2Won scripture memory. click here

Every Man A Warrior-aa- Scripture Memory NASB

 

 

 

 

 

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The Search for Someone to be Kind to– for Jonathans Sake –

 2 Samuel 9:1-13..Then David said, “Is there yet anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”… The king said, “Is there not yet anyone of the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?” And Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan who is crippled in both feet.”…Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar.

David and Jonathan had made a covenant of the Lord for each other. Jonathan had helped David escape with his life from Saul; knowing David was to be the next king of Israel and not him. Saul and 3 of his sons were killed in battle; David had become king of all Israel and now was at rest with the Lord. He remembered his covenant with Jonathan and tried to find someone that he could “show the kindness of God” to that would fulfill his covenant commitment.

There was a son of Jonathan living east of the Sea of Galilee in a Gentile town; probably in hiding for his life. David sent for him and did not punish Machir for sheltering Mephibosheth. Machir was later loyal to David, helping him during the dark days of the war with his son Absalom B.

When we show grace, we are like God, who first showed grace to us. This scripture reminds us that we have an obligation to share grace with others.  Just as there was a covenant between David and Jonathan; there are commitments that bind Disciples and others together today. Jesus said love your neighbor…and your enemies and pray for those who persecute you: C. The loyalty of Machir to David shows that we may someday need the kindness that we have shown to others.

Am I an encourager or discourager of the people I meet in my everyday life? Impact of Careless words we speak!

Notes: A- 1 Samuel 20:8, 14-17, 42; B- 2 Samuel 17:27-28; C- Mark12:30-31, Matthew 5:43-44; Matthew 28:18-20

Henry Luke 7/7/2018

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David conquers a large area of Israel –

 2 Samuel 8:6,14..Then David put garrisons among the Arameans of Damascus, and the Arameans became servants to David, bringing tribute. And the Lord helped David wherever he went. 14 He put garrisons in Edom. In all Edom he put garrisons, and all the Edomites became servants to David. And the Lord helped David wherever he went.

With the Lord’s help, David conquered the land of Israel from the Egypt River on the south to the Euphrates River on the North as described in 2 Samuel 8,10. His enemies fled before him. For a map of the Kingdom of David and Solomon click here.

God promised this land to Abraham, “To your descendants I have given this land, From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates:” A God later confirms this promise to Abraham’s son Isaac and Isaac’s son Jacob. When the Israelites were about to invade the Promised Land, God repeated the land promise: From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun will be your territory. B

The land God ultimately promised to Israel included everything from the Egypt River on the south to the Euphrates River on the north and everything from the Mediterranean Sea on the west to a line somewhat east of the Jordan River.

The Jews finally lost all the land of David between 930BC-70AD, but as prophesied they returned and formed Isreal in May 1948. They have increased the land but they still are not yet at the boundaries promised.

God kept His promises to Israel and in the future, Israel will possess all the land promised.

Notes: A- Genesis 15:18; B- Joshua 1:4;

Henry Luke 7/6/2018

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Always Be Ready!

1 Peter 3:13-16a

15 sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence16a and keep a good conscience   [NASB]

“sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts”   To “sanctify Christ as Lord” in our hearts is to turn everything over to Him, and to live only to please Him and glorify Him. It means to fear to displease Him rather than fear what men might do to us. It is a daily attitude of faith that obeys God’s will and Word in spite of our circumstances–good or bad. A, B One evidence that Jesus is Lord is being ready to witness to others about Him and seek to win them to Jesus.

“always being ready to make a defense to everyone” when we have an opportunity to respond to someone about our faith in Jesus. Have a prepared heart by daily Bible study, meditation on the scripture and prayer, a brief statement of your faith, memorized scripture and a card or tract. C

“who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you,”  Every Disciple should be able to give a reasoned defense of his hope in Jesus, especially in hopeless situations. A crisis creates the opportunity for witness; because when a believer behaves with faith and hope, the unbeliever may listen. Disciples are not to argue with to the unsaved but present to them an account of what we believe and why we believe it, in a loving manner. The purpose is not to win an argument but to win lost souls to Christ.

“yet with gentleness and reverence; 16a always keep a good conscience” Provide a witness for the grace and hope of Jesus; yet not with arrogance, self-righteousness or a know-it-all attitude. We are witnesses, not prosecuting attorneys! Be sure that our lives back up our defense.

Always be ready and keep a clear conscience!

Notes: A- Matthew 6:33, Romans 12:1-2; B- John 4:31-34; C- Examples to have with you include tracts such as Got Life, How to have peace with God? or the Life or Death–Red Card.

Henry Luke 7/5/2018

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The difficulty of achieving peace between Israel and the Palestians.

There is a lot of confusion about the Golan Heights, West Bank [also known as the Judea & Samaria Area], Gaza Strip and Israel shown in the map below. I would like to simply try to explain each area and provide a link to the options for peace in the Gaza strip.

 

The Gaza Strip

The map below shows the very narrow Gaza Strip bordered on the south by Egypt for 8 miles, on the east and north by Israel for 37 miles, and on the east by the Mediterranean Sea for 25 miles. An area of about 139 square miles has 1.8 million Palestinians or about 13,000 per square mile, a very high density. For source, article click here. Gaza is currently governed by Hamas, a terrorist organization.

This is a link to a paper that “examines the circumstances that make the Gaza dilemma so difficult for Isreal and presents four possible policy options. The paper concludes by recommending the most viable option”. For paper click here.

The Golan Heights 

The 1967 War was caused by the Arabs, which blocked the Straits of Tiran from Israel while massing troops next to Israel.

In response, Israel preemptively attacked the Arabs and got the Golan Heights, along with more territory from other nations like the Sinai and the West Bank. See the first map above for Golan Heights location.

A little history is interesting: The Golan Heights was designated as part of the British-controlled Mandate for Palestine, at the San Remo Conference in 1920, when peace with the defunct Ottoman Empire was finalized after World War One. For source, article click here.

The West Bank [also known as the Judea & Samaria Area]

From 1950 until it was occupied by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967, the West Bank was governed as part of Jordan, though it was divided from the Jordanian population of the East Bank by the Jordan River. During the 1967 war, Israel occupied the West Bank and established a military administration throughout the area, except in East Jerusalem, which Israel incorporated into itself, extending Israeli citizenship, law, and civil administration to the area.

There are several hundred thousand Israel citizens settlers living in this area. They are a point of contention. For more on these settlements click  here and  here.

In 1988 Jordan’s King Ḥussein renounced all administrative responsibility for the West Bank, thereby severing his country’s remaining connections with the area. For source and more history on the West Bank click here. The West Bank is partially governed by the Palestinian Authority [PA]. See the first map above for West Bank location.

Israel

This is an area that has been a battleground for 4,000 years and achieving peace as being discussed today will be difficult if not impossible. However, we know that this land was promised to Abraham about 4,000 years ago and that someday in the future the land promised will all belong to Israel. King David controlled almost all the land promised about 3,000 years ago. Then through the years the amount of land declined until in 70 AD there was no more Israel. Then in May 1948, Israel was reborn. Today Israel including East Jerusalem has a population of 8.8 million in 8,076 sq. miles or 1,090 per sq. mile. For comparison, New Jersey has a population of 9 million in 8,721 sq miles or 1,030 per sq. mile.

The Temple Mount

Currently, at the heart of Jerusalem on the Temple Mount is the Muslim Noble Sanctuary, Al-Haram al-Sharif, enclosing over 35 acres of fountains, gardens, buildings, and domes. At its southernmost end is Al-Aqsa Mosque and at its center the Dome of the Rock. The entire area is regarded as a mosque and comprises nearly one-sixth of the walled city of Jerusalem. For pictures and more information click here.

Please pray for peace for Israel and those Arab nations who support them and for those people and nations who oppose them and want to defeat and replace them.

Henry Luke 7/4/2018

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