Fire Alarm Pull With God – 61

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The fire alarm has just been pulled… you have 60 seconds… what do you take? 1, 2..

Take this: Praise Him before the stones take your job! (Luke 19:40)

If we, the only creation created in His image refuse to exercise our free will to praise Him, the rocks will! The rest of creation understands its purpose so why do we forget?

In 1 Chronicles 23:30 David designates 4000 just to be the worship team in the temple of the Lord! Must be important! Verse 30 says, …stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord…then to do the same in the evening. EVERY morning, not just the ones going well for us, and according to our own life map. EVERY morning encompasses even those taking place in the valley of the shadow of death.

But how can we do that? Why? Psalm 22:3 because He inhabits the praises of His people. In the midst of what seems like valley of the shadow of death we praise Him because He promised He is Emmanuel (God WITH us) and all His promises are true! As long as He is on His throne (and He is… forever) we don’t have to understand the way, or the why to praise Him in our uncertainty. As long as we aren’t grabbing for the steering wheel of our life, as long as we allow Him to have His way and be the driver, we can trust Him to fulfill His promise and get us to paradise in the end. John 14:2-3 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

The road may be long, hard, and confusing but we know where it leads, so along the way we can praise the One who has promised to walk this road with us. So tell those rocks, not today! Today, I’M going to praise Jesus!

Independent Read: Romans 1:21, Isaiah 55:9, Psalm 23, John 3:16

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Fire Alarm Pull With God – 60

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You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to you. 1 Chron. 17:25

The fire alarm has just been pulled… you have 60 seconds… what will you take? 1, 2…

Take this: When God builds your house you find courage.

David had in his heart and mind to honor the Lord. He desired to build a house for the ark of the covenant of God. God however responds to David, You are not the one to build me a house to dwell in. (10) I declare to you that the LORD will build a house for you – 1 Chron. 17:4, 10 God goes on to tell David He will be with his son and be His God! WOW!

No greater joy can I have, there is nothing I desire more in life than to know my children love God as their personal Savior and choose to walk in Truth (3 John 1:4). God tells David ahead of time, you desired to build a house for Me, but I will build a house for you; your legacy of faith will live on in your son! Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? –Do as you promised… so that your name will be great forever (verse 16, 23, 24). 

When the deepest desire of our heart is to bless Him we will be richly blessed in ways no human mind could comprehend (1 Cor. 2:9). Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Psalm 127:1 Build your life, your home, on the solid Rock of Jesus, let His kingdom be your aim.  True strength and courage only come from Him. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Matt. 7:25 You can not out bless our Lord, no, not ever!

Independent Read: Psalm 37:4

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Fire Alarm Pull With God – 59

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Meanwhile Joab fought against Rabbah of the Ammonites and captured the royal citadel. Joab then sent messengers to David, saying, “I have fought against Rabbah and taken its water supply. Now muster the rest of the troops and besiege the city and capture it. Otherwise I will take the city, and it will be named after me.” So David…went – 2 Samuel 12:26-29

The fire alarm has just been pulled… you have 60 seconds… what will you take? 1, 2…

Take this: Know your Leader

Joab, Davids army commander, was doing his God given job well. he had taken control of the enemies water supply and alerted king David to come finish the work and get all the glory! What!? Who of us wouldn’t have been a little bitter that the king hadn’t been with us from the beginning?! THEN having done so much work ourselves, who of us would have called the king in, just to make sure the king could get the glory!!!?! Someone who knows God is Sovereign and humbly serves his King, that’s who.

Our purpose in life, our job, is to glorify our King in all that we say, think and do; in our job, in our home, in our church, wherever we breathe! If our job is to secure the water supply and let someone else take the victory, knowing God alone sets up authority and takes it down, we do so (Daniel 2:21). Victories need those whos job it is to take the water supply. No job handed to you by the King is insignificant.

What am I letting get in the way of doing my job well for the King like Joab did his job well for his king? Bitterness, envy, anger, pride, unforgiveness…? God is most glorified when we trust His Sovereignty and bow our knee to our One true Leader.

Independent Read: Revelation 4:11

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Fire Alarm Pull With God – 58

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And he struck down an Egyptian who was seven and a half feet tall. Although the Egyptian had a spear like a weaver’s rod in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptians hand and killed him with his own spear. 1 Chronicles 11:23

The fire alarm has just been pulled… you have 60 seconds… what do you take? 1, 2…

Take this: Although the odds are great, God is greater.

I don’t know what giant you might be facing today but maybe it seems like it’s seven and a half feet tall. Not only that but it may also seem to be armed with a spear, and not just any spear, but a spear like a weaver’s rod no less!! To top it all off you may look at your circumstances and situation, everything you are up against and it may seem like all you have on your side is a wimpy club to defend yourself, a small stick really. Hopeless.

Take heart!! God is with you mighty warrior (Judges 6:12)! He who is in you is greater than He who is in the world (1 John 4:4). 1 Chron. 11:23 doesn’t say Benaiah wasn’t afraid, possibly worried he may not make it out alive; it says “although” the odds were against him, he went against the odds. Benaiah chose courage despite fear because even if he died the God who would fight this battle with him, never leaving his side, was greater than death (1 Cor. 15:55); even in death God could work out new life for His glory!! Nothing but hopeFUL!

You can fight mighty warrior, from victory not for victory; remember the cross! Do not focus on the odds but Who defies the odds, not what is in your hand but Who’s hand you are in.

Independent Read: Isaiah 41:10-13, Jude 1:24-25

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Fire Alarm Pull With God – 57

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In that day the LORD Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people. Isaiah 28:5

The fire alarm has just been pulled… you have 60 seconds… what will you take? 1, 2…

Take This: God always has a remnant.

Elijah says I’m the only one left that serves You Lord; God says, I have 7000 in Israel that have not bowed their knee to another (1 King 19:14-18). Philip faces a crowd of 5000 and says we don’t have enough food or even money to provide for the needs of this many people; God says bring me that boy with 5 loaves and 2 fish (John 6:9,11-12). Mary says there is no more wine for the wedding feast; Jesus says you got water, bring me those 6 stone jars (John 2:3,7-9).

So to whom can you relate?

Elijah: “I’m the only one left in my workplace/team/class Lord!”

Philip: “I don’t have enough provision/energy/courage/strength/talent for this many/for this job/for this calling!”

Mary: “I’ve already used what You gave me, I have nothing left things can’t possibly end well!”

Just like Elijah wasn’t alone, the 5000 ate and had left overs and the wine Jesus brought was premium, He is able to use the remnant in your life to do a mighty work too. It’s not about what has been lost, what you don’t have or even if you stand alone; God is always with you and He always has a remnant. Ask Him to show you the remnant in your life and then trust Him to use it in a way you never could have imagined to bring Him glory.

Independent Read: Ephesians 3:20-21

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Fire Alarm Pull With God – 56

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Then the men of Israel retreated, but he stood his ground…. the LORD brought about a great victory that day. 2 Samuel 9-10

The fire alarm has just been pulled… you have 60 seconds… what will you take? 1, 2…

Take this: stand your ground

No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. Psalm 33:16-19 

2 Samuel 23 tells about some of Davids mighty men like Eleazar. When all Israel retreated from the enemy, he stayed and stood his ground, putting his trust not in what is seen but what is unseen (2 Cor. 4:18). His confidence was not in himself or the size of his army but in God alone, who promised to stand by him (Deut. 31:6); the God who is able to save by many or by few (1 Samuel 14:6). That day God brought about a great victory through Eleazar! Knowing God is able against all odds, enables us to stand alone, yet firmly, when all our friends cave, retreat and desert us to follow the masses.

God is with you mighty warrior (Judges 6:12). So wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Psalm 33:20-21

Independent Read: Psalm 33

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Fire Alarm Pull With God – 55

Because they did not go with us, we will not share… 1 Samuel 30:22

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The fire alarm has just been pulled… you have 60 seconds… what will you take? 1, 2…

Take this: Share.

David and his army of 600 men went to battle to recover what had been taken from them. However 200 of those men were too tired to go to battle so they stayed behind.  When David and the 400 fighting men returned, having met with incredible success, those who fought felt some animosity toward those who stayed behind. Understandably so- you might think; if you didn’t fight, you don’t get to share in the winnings. But listen to what David says in 1 Samuel 30:23 No my brothers, you must not do that with what the LORD has given us. He protected us and handed over to us the forces that came against us. 

You see David recognized where the blessing truly came from; God. David then went on not only to share the plunder with those 200 who had been too tired to fight along side them, but also to the elders of Judah, to those who had assisted him during his flight from Saul. David sent some of it to those in Bethel, Ramoth, Negev, Jattir, Aroer, Siphmoth, Eshtemoa, Racal, Jerahmelites, Kenites, Hormah, Bor Ashan, Athach, Hebron and others!!!

David knew Who the victory truly belonged. How often do we get so caught up in prideful ways; caught up in what we feel we are owed. We are owed death and Jesus already saved us from that if we accept Him and believe in Him (John 3:16). It’s us who owe Him, even the very breath in our lungs is because of Him, yet all He asks for is our faith. Will you share Him today, in every opportunity He affords us this day, in our thoughts, words and actions, will we choose to share Him? David did and many were blessed.

Independent Read: Malachi 3:10, Phil. 4:19

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Fire Alarm Pull With God – 54

But David found strength in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:6

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The fire alarm has just been pulled… you have 60 seconds… what do you take? 1, 2…

Take this: You still have strength left.

It may not be your strength, but you always have His strength left. David and all his men had been severely plundered and 1 Samuel 30:4 says, David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. Ever been there? Not a good place. But David knew whether it was good times or bad the source of his strength was not within himself it was in God. This world is loud and seems to be even louder when we are at our lowest, the lies can be deafening and the temptations overwhelming but David in his weakness allowed God to be his strength, his counsel, his wisdom, and he turned to God and inquired of Him in his distress. 1 Samuel 30:8 says, David asked God if he should pursue his enemies, would God be with him if he did and grant success?! God was faithful and answered David because God always answered prayer, always. This time God gave the green light and David trusted God and ended up fully restored. That’s just God’s way, He never comes up short on strength for your moment, but are we going to Him to receive it?

Independent Read: 2 Cor. 12:9, Psalm 121

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Fire Alarm Pull With God – 53

Psalm 86:7 He will answer…

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The fire alarm has just been pulled… you have 60 seconds… what will you take? 1, 2…

Take this: God always answers you.

Like David did in Psalm 69:17 I have times I want to cry out to God in desperation “Answer quickly!!!” “I’m in trouble; I have a dead line; a decision needs to be made; God answer quickly!!” However God will not be rushed. His timing is always perfect and I need to trust that. If He is keeping track of every one of my tears I know He is hearing my words. He cares, hears, and will always answer. David knew it despite moments of panic, in Psalm 86:7 he says, in the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me. He will answer me but sometimes I suffer from selective hearing; the problem sometimes is I’m only listening for the answer I want to hear. He speaks through His Word, prayer, creation, circumstances and people but am I listening with ears and eyes awakened and tuned to His voice and Spirit? Psalm 86:11 Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. 

Independent Read: Psalm 19:1-4

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Fire Alarm Pull With God – 52

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The fire alarm has just been pulled… you have 60 seconds… what will you take? 1, 2…

Take this: Hope Dealer or Fault Finder. We all have a choice: every day, every moment, and with everyone we meet.

Being a Fault Finder is easy in our human nature; even the devil does it. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night… Rev. 12:10.  Jesus called sin out, but then offered hope (John 8:1-11). Jesus is our blessed hope (Titus 2:13) our living hope (1 Peter 1:3)! May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit- Romans 15:13.  Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us… 2 Cor. 1:9-10. 

Jesus please make me a Hope Dealer. When my sinful, critical nature creeps up, help me to remember the love, grace and mercy You have lavished on me. I want to find the glad, speak life, be part of the solution. You have filled me with Living Hope, help me to freely deal!

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Independent Read: Matthew 7:5, Romans 5:8