Posts Tagged ‘David’

Let’s Start Over!

Jan 09

by Victoria Robinson

In the beginning … ahhh those famous first words recorded in the book of Genesis. Beginnings so often start with a sense of great hope and wonderment. This was the fresh starts of all fresh starts. A blank canvas with limitless possibilities. Girlfriends, don’t you just love a fresh start? A chance to begin anew with no past mistakes. There are times when we just need to start over.

Spiritually speaking, a new beginning is found in the book of John. That new beginning is found in putting our faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The apostle Paul spoke of this transforming faith in the book of Titus. he said, “… a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time …” Acknowledging that a new life is only possible through Jesus Christ is the only way to have a fresh start. In fact, Jesus said to a man named Nicodemus, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” Born again—let’s start over! If this is your desire, click on this Heaven link and learn more. Heaven

If you already have a relationship with Jesus Christ then you surely know what a wonderful feeling it is to be able to “wipe the slate clean” and start over. King David came to a place in his life when he desperately needed to start over. Troubles surrounded him due to his disintegration into a sinful life. The enemy of his soul had enticed him to indulge in lustfully gazing upon a beautiful woman named Bathsheba. This led to sleeping with her apart from marriage as set forth in the Word of God. Once it becomes known to him that Bathsheba is pregnant, we see the actions of a desperate man. So panicked by his circumstances that he engaged in a murderous plot to kill Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah. If ever a person needed to start over it was King David.

The good news is David repented and turned his heart back to the Lord. David’s fresh start resulted in the Lord speaking these kind words about him after his departure from this world, “… walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness …”

King David whose life was ravaged by his sinful choices, but who got a fresh start from the heavenly Father, has been memorialized by the Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus.  He wrote, “David was truly a man after God’s own heart.”

This is an encouraging story when we reach a point in our life where we need a new beginning. If that is where you are today, then praying the very words King David prayed after he repented are appropriate. In the book of Psalms David wrote, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

Near the end of Lamentations, a book of poetry written to lament the destruction of Jerusalem, the prophet Jeremiah makes a plea to the Lord. He says, “Bring us back to you! Give us a fresh start.” What a wonderful way to cry out to the Lord when we have a remorseful heart and want to start over!

Dearest girlfriends, let us turn our hearts towards our heavenly Father and receive a new beginning.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. ~ Genesis 1:1-2 NIV
 
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. … The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. ~ John 1:1-2,14 NIV
 
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, ~ Titus 1:1-2 NIV
 
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.” In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. ~ John 3:1-6 NIV
 
… walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness … ~ 1 Kings 9:4 NKJV
 
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, …  Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. ~ Psalm 51:1-4,7-12 NIV
 
Bring us back to you! Give us a fresh start. ~ Lamentations 5:21 CEV

Are You Blind as a Bat?

Nov 19

by Victoria Robinson

Some of us would actually be better off if we were blind as a bat. Bats are born blind, but gain eyesight by the time they are seven to nine days old. In addition to being able to see reasonably well, bats fly and guide themselves in the dark by means of a sonar system. Conversely, some of us have spiritual blindness and deafness which leaves us worse off than a bat.

How is your spiritual eyesight? Do you see clearly or are you blinded? One reason we can become blinded is through sin. The apostle Peter showed us that if we lack certain spiritual qualities, we will be nearsighted and blind. If we have hatred in our hearts towards anyone this will cause us to walk in darkness. The only way to overcome hate is through love. The pure love of our Lord and Savior.

Sin will also deafen our ears. King David found himself to have spiritual deafness following his sin. When we sin it causes the word of the Lord to become offensive to us. We tend to stop up our ears when our heavenly Father is speaking.

Dearest Girlfriends, I pray we would ask our heavenly Father to open our spiritual eyes and ears.

For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. … ~ Psalm 40:12 NIV

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. ~ 1 Peter 1:5-9 NIV

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him. ~ 1 John 2:9-11 NIV

I am like a deaf man, who cannot hear, like a mute, who cannot open his mouth; I have become like a man who does not hear, whose mouth can offer no reply. ~ Psalm 38:13-14 NIV

To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the LORD is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it. ~ Jeremiah 6:10 NIV

If anyone turns a deaf ear to the law, even his prayers are detestable. ~ Proverbs 28:9 NIV

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. … ~ Ephesians 1:18-19 NIV
 
I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. ~ Revelation 3:18 NIV
 
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. ~ Psalm 119:18 NIV

Heavenly Aromatherapy

Nov 06

by Victoria Robinson

Aromatherapy is wonderful for cleansing your skin and for enhancing a feeling of well-being. Lotions are made with a preparation of fragrant essential oils extracted from herbs, flowers, and fruits. I know that just entering into my favorite candle store and inhaling all the calming fragrances is a heavenly experience. Your heavenly Father has a magnificent “aromatherapy”. The psalmist describes being cleansed with hyssop. Hyssop was an aromatic shrub with clusters of yellow flowers and was used in purification ceremonies.

When King David speaks of being cleansed with hyssop, he was in the midst of repenting from his affair with Bathsheba and the subsequent murder of her husband Uriah. He was desperate to be cleansed by God. Girlfriends, are you desperate for God to cleanse you from sin? If so, he has the perfect “aromatherapy” treatment to cleanse you, bring healing and a feeling of well-being. You cannot purchase this “aromatherapy” in any store. It has already been purchased for you at such a lavish cost that could only be described as the purest of love. God’s only son, Jesus, willingly gave up His life so that we might be cleansed of all our unrighteousness.

Girlfriends, do you realize that you are “aromatherapy” to those around you. Scripture tells us that we are the aroma of Christ to those who are saved and those who are perishing. This happens when you are sharing the knowledge of our Lord and Savior. To those who are saved we are the aroma of Christ. To those who are lost we are the aroma of death. When you meet someone who is a dedicated Christian it literally makes you feel good. This is because of the fragrance of life. When you meet someone who is lost and not receptive to Christ, it makes you feel bad. This is the smell of death.

Dearest girlfriends, let us come quickly to the heavenly cleansing that can wash away our sins and bring healing in our life.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. ~ Psalm 51:7 NIV

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. ~ John 3:16-17 NIV

… the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. ~ 1 John 1:7-9 NIV

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. ~ 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 NIV

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. ~ Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV

We Are Never Helpless

Oct 15

by Victoria Robinson

Feelings of helplessness can overwhelm and discourage us right to our very core. What is a scriptural response to feeling helpless? There is an incredible amount of evidence to bring us to the conclusion that we are never really helpless. This does not mean that we will not have times of feeling alone and without any help. King David expressed these very sentiments when he said, “Scorn has broken my heart and has left me helpless.” But, as you know, we cannot rely on emotions. We must rely in God alone. When you feel helpless, surround yourself completely in the multitude of encouraging verses God has so graciously given us to rely on. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would walk in confidence knowing that we are never helpless.

The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies. ~ Psalm 118:7 NIV
 
Arise, LORD! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless. Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, “He won’t call me to account”? But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. ~ Psalm 10:12-14 NIV
 
You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed; all my enemies are before you. Scorn has broken my heart and has left me helpless; I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I found none. ~ Psalm 69:19-20 NIV
 
… He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. … ~ Deuteronomy 33:29 NIV
 
Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. ~ Isaiah 50:7 NIV
 
It is the Sovereign LORD who helps me. Who is he that will condemn me? They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up. ~ Isaiah 50:9 NIV
 
… God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” ~ Hebrews 13:5-6 NIV

Sleepless Nights

Oct 09

by Victoria Robinson   

A sleepless night due to anxiety, fear, or troubles can make us feel as though we are shrouded in darkness with all hope lost. King David expressed such deep sorrow from lying on his bed and crying all night long. There is no shame in crying tears as we plead with God to bring an end to our suffering. Even as we are engulfed in darkness and sorrow, we need to be able to recall the promises God has so graciously given us to bring comfort. Regarding God’s promises, I once saw a sweet exchange between friends. One friend had just lost her husband to cancer. The other friend prepared a delicious meal for me to deliver. She had also taken the time to write scriptures on cards to give to this grieving widow. It was so touching to hear this precious widow’s story of how she kept the cards on her nightstand for the dark nights that engulfed her with sorrow. My friend had brought so much comfort to my other friend through the Word of God. Dearest girlfriends, I pray that when we have sleepless nights, God’s Word would be ever on our minds to bring comfort and sweet sleep.

I am worn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes. ~ Psalm 6:6-7 NIV      

so I have been allotted months of futility, and nights of misery have been assigned to me. When I lie down I think, ‘How long before I get up?’ The night drags on, and I toss till dawn. ~ Job 7:3-4 NIV       

Night pierces my bones; my gnawing pains never rest. ~ Job 30:17 NIV     

My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. ~ Psalm 119:20 NIV     

Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. ~ Psalm 112:4 NIV
 
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains. ~ Psalm 107:13-14 NIV
  
 … weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. ~ Psalm 30:5 NIV 
  
 I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. ~ Psalm 4:8 NIV  
 
preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; … when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. ~ Proverbs 3:21,24 NIV

Will You Strike Me Please?

Oct 07

by Victoria Robinson

Honestly girlfriends, who would ask to be struck? And yet this is exactly what the psalmist asked for. King David actually saw it as a kindness, because he knew the importance of having a godly circle of friends surrounding him, who would provide honest rebukes. There is a perplexing verse in the twenty-seventh chapter of Proverbs, that states the wounds of a friend are faithful. The meaning of this verse is, it is better to have a friend rebuke you, than get deceitful kisses from an enemy. A verse in Proverbs enlightens us that earnest counsel is what makes a friend pleasant. Everyone needs someone in their inner circle who can be counted on to be brutally honest. I have a dear friend who I describe as someone who will slap you with the truth with one hand while she is hugging you with the other. She has a godly way of being honest with God’s Word, and at the same time, always making sure she leaves you with hope. Do you have friends who will give you earnest counsel from God’s Word?  Are you being a true friend to others as well? Do you love your friends enough to help them see their life through God’s eyes? To be a pleasant friend we must always share the truth with gentleness and humility. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would ask God to send to us faithful friends who will “strike” us with the truth of His Word.

Let the godly strike me! It will be a kindness! If they reprove me, it is soothing medicine. Don’t let me refuse it. … ~ Psalm 141:5 CEV  

Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. ~ Proverbs 27:6 NKJV

Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. ~ Revelation 3:19 NIV

… Encourage and rebuke with all authority. … ~ Titus 2:15 NIV    

Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel. ~ Proverbs 27:9 NIV

Let’s Get Dressed Up!

Oct 02

by Victoria Robinson

The book of Luke tells us we should be dressed and prepared for the return of Christ. So what’s a girl to wear to such a wonderful event as the master’s return? God tells us to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. He also tells us to clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ and not think about how to gratify the desires of our sinful nature. King David understood the importance of cleansing himself from his sin. He asked God to search his heart and see if he had sin. Cleansing our hearts by allowing God to show us our sin is much more effective than examining ourselves. He knows even the offenses we may not acknowledge. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would all dress in our finest garments and be prepared for the master’s return.

“Be dressed for service and well prepared, as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. There will be special favor for those who are ready and waiting for his return. I tell you, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat! He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn. But whenever he comes, there will be special favor for his servants who are ready! ~ Luke 12:35-38 NLT
 
Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. ~ Romans 13:14 NIV
 
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. ~ Colossians 3:12 NIV
 
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. ~ Psalm 139:23-24 NIV

Destined to Lose

Sep 24

by Victoria Robinson

Are you destined to lose? God tells us that if we trust in ourselves, then we are destined to lose. For most of us, trusting God in all areas of our lives is a daily struggle. We want to be in control because somehow we think that will insure success. What a foolish way of thinking! God tells us in the book of Proverbs that we should not trust in our own understanding, but rather acknowledge God in everything. King David knew this principle when he wrote the forty fourth chapter of Psalms. He stated that he did not trust in his weaponry, but only God. Are there areas of your life where you find yourself not trusting God, but rather in what you think you can do without Him? Dearest girlfriends, I pray that we would surrender all areas of our lives where we do not trust God, and therefore are destined to lose.

This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings. Selah Like sheep they are destined for the grave, and death will feed on them. ~ Psalm 39:13-14
  
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6
 
You are my King and my God, who decrees victories for Jacob. Through you we push back our enemies; through your name we trample our foes. I do not trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame. In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever. Selah ~ Psalm 44:4-8
 
To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse. ~ Psalm 25:2-3