Seize the Moment – Day 802

Today’s hymn focus will be

“All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”

Philippians 2:9-11(NLT)   

 
 
 

“Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

Written in the late 18th century by Edward Perronet, this hymn declares the greatness and the power of Jesus’ name. It was written to express the joyful hymn describing the revival movement, encouraging those who sang it to join with others in proclaiming the everlasting song that would one day be sung at the feet of Jesus.

 

                                    All hail the power of Jesus name!

                                    Let angels prostrate fall,

                                    Bring forth the royal diadem and crown Him Lord of all

                                    Bring forth the royal diadem and crown Him Lord of all

 

We need to wake up and join with others as we proclaim the glory and majesty of our Lord and Savior, and look forward to the day when we will be seated at His feet with countless others as we crown Him Lord of all!

 
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All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!

 
1
All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
Let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all!
 
2
O seed of Israel’s chosen race
now ransomed from the fall,
hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him Lord of all.
Hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him Lord of all!
 
3
Let every tongue and every tribe
responsive to his call,
to him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all.
To him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all!
 
4
Oh, that with all the sacred throng
we at his feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song
and crown him Lord of all.
We’ll join the everlasting song
and crown him Lord of all.
 
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 801

 

Use Your Brain Before You Flex Your Brawn!

2 Samuel 20

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Friday, May 27.

 

Have you ever been in a situation where you used your brawn instead of your brain?

 

Immediately after Absalom’s rebellion was put down, another one, led by Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite revolted against David, who blew a trumpet and declared in 2 Samuel 20:1, “We have no portion in David, nor do we have inheritance in the son of Jesse; every man to his tents, O Israel!”

 

Trouble was following David, and the kingdom of Israel, at every turn! Not only was there a political division in the twelve tribes, but there was also a power struggle in the military. David promoted Amasa to lead the army, but Joab, the former general who had killed Absalom, could not accept his demotion, so he murdered Amasa. Joab was starting to flex his military might, again, when a wise woman called out to him in 2 Samuel 20:15-16:

 

They came and besieged him in Abel Beth-maacah, and they cast up a siege ramp against the city, and it stood by the rampart; and all the people who were with Joab were wreaking destruction in order to topple the wall. Then a wise woman called from the city, “Hear, hear! Please tell Joab, ‘Come here that I may speak with you.’ ”

 

She knew there was a better way to put down this rebellion than to see her entire city destroyed so she called for a negotiation. Essentially, she asked Joab what he wanted, and she gave it to him – the death of Sheba. Using her brains instead of her brawn, this unnamed woman won the victory, the army went home, and her city was left in peace (17-22).

 

Paul teaches us in Romans 12:18, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.”

 

Seize the moment and use your brain to be at peace with all people before you use your brawn to make peace.

God bless you!
 
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Seize the Moment – Day 799

 

Be a Faithful Messenger!

2 Samuel 18

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Wednesday, May 25.

 

I had the privilege of coaching at the Regional Championships for girl’s high school track and field last night. In addition to watching some great throwing, highlighted by my discus thrower competing like a champion to earn third place and securing her spot at the State Championships next week, I watched a lot of amazing running on the track.

 

In 2 Samuel 18:19-22, Joab’s favorite runner wanted to be the messenger of the good news that Absalom had been defeated and the battle was won – the kingdom was secure! Joab knew that David tended to shoot the messenger when there was bad news, and Absalom’s death would not be well received by his father, so he refused Ahimaaz this privilege and sent another, the Cushite. But Ahimaaz would not be denied his opportunity to be the messenger of the good news.

 

With Joab finally relenting, Ahimaaz beat the Cushite to the king to deliver the good news, but when David asked about the well-being of his son, the swift-footed herald of the good news equivocated (29). It was the Cushite who gave David the whole story – the good and the bad news of the victory.

 

Who was the more faithful messenger – the eager, persistent one who concealed the bad news of the gospel or the faithful one who told the whole story? As messengers of the gospel of Jesus Christ we are commanded to tell the whole story of Christ’ victory. Paul summarized the good with the bad in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” People will not understand the victory of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sin, the free gift of God, if they don’t first hear the truth about God’s punishment of their sin.

 

Seize the moment and be a faithful messenger of the gospel, tell the whole story!

God bless you!
 
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Seize the Moment – Day 800

 

Mephibosheth and the Rest of the Story!

2 Samuel 19

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Thursday, May 26.

 

Have you ever been in a situation where you are invited to help two people, but their perspectives are not the same? I’m often in this position, especially in marital counseling. I prayerfully listen to both people and seek a compromise that will bring them together for their good and God’s glory.

 

Absalom’s rebellion had been defeated and David was returning to his throne in Jerusalem. While David was trying to restore unity throughout the twelve tribes of Israel, he was also trying to pass right judgments upon those people who had been disloyal. One critical relationship to David was with Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth. Ziba, his servant, had approached David when he was fleeing from Jerusalem to inform him of Mephibosheth’s disloyalty, but he was now getting to hear the rest of the story from the man himself in 2 Samuel 19:25-27:

 

It was when he came from Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said to him, “Why did you not go with me, Mephibosheth?” So he answered, “O my lord, the king, my servant deceived me; for your servant said, ‘I will saddle a donkey for myself that I may ride on it and go with the king,’ because your servant is lame. Moreover, he has slandered your servant to my lord the king; but my lord the king is like the angel of God, therefore do what is good in your sight.”

 

What was David to do? David had previously judged Mephibosheth at the word of Ziba, and now, as he learned the other side of the story, Ziba was accused of opportunistically betraying his master and lying to the king. David decided in verse 29, “You and Ziba shall divide the land.” It was a compromise to bring both sides together for their good and the unity of the kingdom.

 

Seize the moment, by being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).

God bless you!
 
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Seize the Moment – Day 798

 

Pursue the Counsel of God’s Will!

2 Samuel 17

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Tuesday, May 24.

 

Have you ever felt your advice was disregarded? If so, don’t fret, God may be doing something bigger than you can imagine. Pray for God’s will to be done.

 

Absalom seized Jerusalem and sought separate counsel for his next steps from two men, Ahithophel and Hushai. The former was willing to personally lead a strike force of 12,000 men to strike down David, who was weary and his army was in disarray. The latter, who was still loyal to David, advised against such a quick attack. Hushai seized the moment and wisely played against Absalom’s fears and pride.

 

While Absalom was manipulated by a master politician, the reality of the situation is revealed in 2 Samuel 17:14, “Then Absalom and all the men of Israel said, ‘The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel.’ For the Lord had ordained to thwart the good counsel of Ahithophel, so that the Lord might bring calamity on Absalom.” In response to David’s prayer in 2 Samuel 15:31, “O Lord, I pray, make the counsel of Ahithophel foolishness,” God used Hushai to thwart Absalom’s rebellion. In fact, David had sent Hushai into Absalom’s ranks for this very reason (34).

 

Tragically, Ahithophel committed suicide soon after Absalom’s rejection of his counsel. The shame would have been too great, and certain judgment would befall him upon David’s victorious return to Jerusalem. Don’t follow his example. Remember that when situations don’t work out the way you think they should, that is a reason to trust God and surrender to His will. Your choice is to either submit to God’s will or to seek after your own will – one leads to life and freedom, the other to death and slavery.

 

Seize the moment and pursue the counsel of God to walk in His will for your life.

 

God bless you!
 
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Seize the Moment – Day 797

 

Get Both Sides of the Story!

2 Samuel 16

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Monday, May 23.

 

Have you ever taken on the offense of another person only to find out later that the person’s version of the story was not the whole story? It is a terrible feeling to have taken someone’s side to only find out later that you should have listened to both sides of the story before making the decision to defend the person or go on the attack against the other person. King David fell into this trap when Ziba accused Mephibosheth of rebellion in 2 Samuel 16:3-4:

 

Then the king said, “And where is your master’s son?” And Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he is staying in Jerusalem, for he said, ‘Today the house of Israel will restore the kingdom of my father to me.’ ” So the king said to Ziba, “Behold, all that belongs to Mephibosheth is yours.” And Ziba said, “I prostrate myself; let me find favor in your sight, O my lord, the king!”

 

Absalom was overthrowing his father’s throne in a military coup and David was fleeing Jerusalem. Ziba arrived with significant supplies to assist him with the escape and told David that Mephibosheth was not with him. We find out later, in 2 Samuel 19:24-30, that there was another side of the story. David’s son Solomon reflected in Proverbs 18:17, “The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes and examines him.”

 

Due process is a necessary part of the law, as commanded in Deuteronomy 19:15, “on the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed.” Jesus commanded the need for involving others as witnesses to the process of reconciliation, in Matthew 18:16. Getting the whole story is a necessary part of making good decisions.

     

Seize the moment and get both sides of the story; be slow to make judgments.

God bless you!
 
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Seize the Moment – Day 794

 

The Antidote to the Contagion of Discontentment!

2 Samuel 15

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Friday, May 20.

 

Did you know that discontentment can be contagious?

 

Absalom was a discontented man bent on the downfall of his father, David. Fueled by ambition and anger, the man who murdered his own brother was now conspiring for the throne of Israel, as evidenced by 2 Samuel 15:3-6:

 

Then Absalom would say to him, “See, your claims are good and right, but no man listens to you on the part of the king.” Moreover, Absalom would say, “Oh that one would appoint me judge in the land, then every man who has any suit or cause could come to me and I would give him justice.” And when a man came near to prostrate himself before him, he would put out his hand and take hold of him and kiss him. In this manner Absalom dealt with all Israel who came to the king for judgment; so Absalom stole away the hearts of the men of Israel.

 

Absalom systematically worked a contagion into the hearts and minds of God’s people – discontentment! He conspired against his father by causing the people to believe that they couldn’t trust the king to meet their needs, but that they could trust him. In 1 Timothy 6:6-9, Paul provides the antidote to Absalom’s rebellion against God’s rightful authority, which continues to be a tool of the enemy against God’s people to this day:

 

But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.

 

Seize the moment and be content in your circumstances so that you can be motivated to work with your whole heart for the glory of God in all that you do (Colossians 3:23).

God bless you!
 
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Seize the Moment – Day 793

 

Seize the Moment for Reconciliation!

2 Samuel 14

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Thursday, May 19.

 

Have you experienced a moment of reconciliation with a person you thought you would never see again or whom you assumed would remain estranged to you forever? Did someone help facilitate that moment? David and Absalom experienced a moment of reconciliation in 2 Samuel 14:33,
 
“So when Joab came to the king and told him, he called for Absalom. Thus he came to the king and prostrated himself on his face to the ground before the king, and the king kissed Absalom.”

 

After killing his brother Amnon, David’s firstborn son, Absalom fled to Geshur for three years (2 Samuel 13:37-39). David mourned for his sons, the one who was dead and the one who fled, but even upon his return to Jerusalem, David did not see him for two more years (2 Samuel 14:28). That’s five years of estrangement and the heart ache compounded over time, until Joab, the mighty general of David’s armies, intervened. It may be that Joab understood, in a unique way, the plight of Absalom because Joab had incurred the wrath of David for avenging his own brother’s murder years earlier (2 Samuel 3:26-30). Joab, more than anyone else, knew that reconciliation was possible, and necessary, so he facilitated the process.

 

Are you a minister of reconciliation? Are you open and available to get right with the people in your own life, and are you willing to facilitate the process of reconciliation for others? Like with David and Absalom, it may not last, as we will see in the next chapters, but that doesn’t mean that the moment wasn’t both important and meaningful. Paul commands us in 2 Corinthians 5:18,
 
“Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”

 

Seize the moment and look for moments of reconciliation in your own life; be a peacemaker to those you encounter (Matthew 5:9).

God bless you!
 
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Seize the Moment – Day 792

Discipline is Designed for Good!

2 Samuel 13

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Wednesday, May 18.

 

Have you ever experienced discipline that seemed hard, but later, you realized, was an important and essential part of your development? The Bible speaks of the importance of parental authority and the urgency of discipline for the character development of children.

 

Second Samuel 13 is a heartbreaking chapter as David’s children sin against one another, not because David was absent from their lives, but because he wouldn’t discipline them for their wrongdoing. David’s firstborn son, Amnon, lusted after his half-sister, Tamar, and devised a plan to take her as his own, but upon taking her he hated her with a greater intensity than his former obsession and abandoned her (1-19). This is an ugly tale that fueled a deep hatred within Absalom’s heart. Absalom was the full brother of Tamar, and upon seeing David do nothing in response to this situation (21), he devised a plan to punish Amnon (20-39). He murdered him and later sought the death of his father when he led a military coup against him (2 Samuel 15-18). Absalom’s hatred burned hot!

 

Could Absalom’s spiral into murder and betrayal have been avoided if David disciplined Amnon for his gross sin against Tamar? Hebrews 12:9-11 states the importance of a father’s discipline:

 

Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

 

Seize the moment and submit yourself to the loving discipline of the Lord and His authorized agents in your life; God has good plans for you (Jeremiah 29:11).

God bless you!
 
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Seize the Moment – Day 791

 

We all Need a Nathan in our Lives!

2 Samuel 12

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Tuesday, May 17.

 

When was the last time you were confronted by God through a person who loved you enough to tell you the truth? A person you trust who has permission to directly hold you accountable for your walk with Jesus. Do you have a Nathan in your life?

 

In 2 Samuel 12:1-15, Nathan the prophet used a story of injustice to confront King David for his sin against Uriah and Bathsheba. David was pierced to the heart through this direct confrontation, and by God’s grace, confessed his brokenness before God in 2 Samuel 12:13: “Then 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.’” Even though David experienced mercy for his sin, it was not without grave consequences.

 

For thousands of years, David’s deep contrition for his sin, as recorded in Psalm 51, has resonated with countless people who have found themselves in a place of brokenness over their own sin. I, too, have prayed these words of repentance, as first heard in verses 1-4:

 

Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified when You speak and blameless when You judge.

 

We all need to experience brokenness over our sin; therefore, we all need a Nathan in our lives who has permission to speak truth to us with a genuine love and a gentle spirit (Galatians 6:1). Who is your Nathan?

 

Seize the moment and ask God to give you a clean heart, to renew a steadfast spirit in you, and to restore the joy of your salvation (Psalm 51:10, 12).

God bless you!
 
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