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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Train to Live on Mission – Week 15

Battle Drill #15:

Search and Rescue!

Proverbs 8:1-36 (NAS95)

 

Today, we are going to walk through the four action steps of a soldier’s training routine to learn the next battle drill – “Search and Rescue!” I wrote a fictional story called, “The Rescue Mission,” a modern-day parable, about a rescue mission on Lake Michigan.

 

The Founders came to Christ while serving together in the US Navy in the Pacific Theatre of WWII. After experiencing tragedies, like the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, when these sailors came back to the states, they decided to build a light house and rescue people from a watery grave in Lake Michigan. The Founders worked regular jobs while setting up the rescue mission, bought land, built houses to live close to the rescue mission, married women who had a kindred spirit for the mission, and raised their children together. The second generation was raised on the mission, and they kept it going, making improvements in honor of their parents’ commitments to the vision. They believed in the mission, but they also saw the sacrifices of their parents and remembered not having a normal childhood, so they wanted to give their kids more of a “normal” life. For the grandkids of the Founders, the ever-expanding compound started to be upgraded. A pool was installed, recreational boats were put in next to the rescue boats. These kids played every day, went to school in the local community telling their friends all about how much fun their rescue mission was, invited them over for birthday parties, so as the third generation grew up, they knew there was a rescue mission, but now they just called the place they lived “The Rescue Mission.” Now the fourth generation was being raised on a place that looks more like a resort area than a rescue mission. You should see the renovated Light House. You can even walk up it and look out over the Lake and witness the expansion of the Rescue Mission with the RV park, water play area, miniature golf course, and more. It truly is beautiful. A great place to bring your kids for a family vacation.

 

Remember the original vision of the rescue mission on Lake Michigan. Did I tell you that after the Korean War, in the 50s, the Founders mortgaged their homes to buy a helicopter to help them with their rescue efforts? And then after Vietnam, as they got older and their kids were coming back from their war, they did the same thing with their homes to buy a Vietnam-era Huey. The crazy thing is by the time the third generation was taking over the rescue mission, they stopped using those helicopters for rescue efforts and started selling rides to families on vacation to the Lake. You should have seen how much money came in during the 90s and the improvements that were made around the place. Wow! What a sight They even built a museum to honor their grandparents’ mission and to remember all the rescued people, saved from certain death. The mayor, the Chamber of Commerce, and even the governor came by for the grand re-opening. The sad thing is, on that very day, six people died less than a mile out from “The Rescue Mission”; no one was on duty when the distress call came in.[1]

 

I pray the Holy Spirit will use this story to show us our need and help us learn how we need to train today’s battle drill so we, God’s Rescue Mission on earth, can live on mission today.

 

Action Step #1) Know the Field Manual.

The battle drill we are going to learn and apply this week is from Proverbs 8:17, 32-36:

 

I love those who love me; and those who diligently seek me will find me. … Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, for blessed are they who keep my ways. Heed instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts. For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord. But he who sins against me injures himself; all those who hate me love death.

 

To better understand how I am applying this Scripture, you need to hear these verses in their context, as a part of the whole of Proverbs 8:1-36. Read from the Bible.

 

This is what the Field Manual says, let’s now take the second action step to learn how to apply today’s battle drill to our everyday lives as good soldiers of Jesus Christ.

 

Action Step #2) Train together as one unit.

As we look at Proverbs 8:32-36, we see the emphasis is upon daily watching, daily waiting, listening, walking in the ways of God’s wisdom:

 

Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, for blessed are they who keep my ways. Heed instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts. For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord. But he who sins against me injures himself; all those who hate me love death.

 

Responding to people and situations according to the heart of God requires a life of discipleship with Jesus Christ, the study of God’s Word, and the learning to listen to the Holy Spirit. The Church of Jesus Christ exists for the Mission of God on earth, but we cannot lose the heart of the mission because we have gone into maintenance mode on the upkeep of the infrastructure of the Rescue Mission itself.[2] That is why our greatest priority is to know God and to become like Him.

 

We must emphasize as our primary imperative, the building of a personal relationship with the mission’s Founder and His vision! If we emphasize who God is and His vision for His creation, then we cannot avoid becoming a missional people, for the mission is the heart of God and the very reason Jesus invites us to follow Him. Listen to Jesus’ invitation in Mark 1:17, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” In our commitment to follow Jesus faithfully, the Spirit of God transforms us into His likeness, with His heart, which is the life of search and rescue! This is the purpose of Christian discipleship – to transform us through the renewal of our minds (Romans 12:2). It is not the end game in and of itself – there is a vision!

 

Action Step #3) Seek the Commander’s approval.

Search and Rescue missions are at the heart of God.  It is for this reason that He sent Jesus from Heaven to Earth, as explained by John 3:16-17:
 
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”

 

Jesus’ parables, found in Luke 15, reinforce this purpose for God’s people:

 

  • The Lost Sheep (1-7).
  • The Lost Coin (8-10).
  • The Lost Sons (11-32).

 

All three parables end with celebration because that which was being searched for – the sheep, the coin, and the younger son – were found and returned safely. Success! Now, with that said, there is a necessary nuance to the last parable that we, as God’s people, need to hear, once again: The older son was also lost though he never left home. He didn’t share the heart of his father in the joy of his younger brother’s rescue. He lived on the “Rescue Mission,” but he wasn’t a part of the rescue effort; he made it all about him. We, as sons and daughters of God, need to hear this part of the story as it was intended – as a rebuke and as a warning; watch the exchange between the older son and his father in Luke 15:25-32:

 

Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things could be. And he said to him, “Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.” But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him. But he answered and said to his father, “Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends; but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.” And he said to him, “Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.”

 

While most of us do rejoice in being the younger son who was rescued, we must heed Jesus’ scathing rebuke of the Pharisees of His day and the Spirit’s warning to the Church today to not become like them in our spiritual pride and lack of concern for those who are lost, separated from God by their sin. We are to follow the example of Jesus Christ and go into the world, not to judge people, but to conduct search and rescue missions – to show them Jesus. And, furthermore, we are not to view the church community as one that keeps us “safe” from the world. In other words, we should not expect the church to be devoid of “messy” people who need Jesus. We must not only be willing to receive these people into our community, but we should be actively pursuing those whose lives indicate their own need for Jesus.[3]

 

This is the Great Commission of the Church of Jesus Christ, to join with Him in His great search and rescue mission, as commanded by Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” We are to train ourselves to live on mission today! That brings us to our closing point and response time.

 

Action Step #4) Live on mission.

I am going to end with an invitation that simultaneously calls sinners to repentance and the saints to obedience. In other words, I am ending with a response that impacts all of us, since we are sinners saved by grace, saints through Christ’s imputed righteousness alone. Pay careful attention to Jesus’ encounter and exchange with Zaccheus from Luke 19:1-10:

 

[Jesus] entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich. Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way. When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” And he hurried and came down and received Him gladly. When they saw it, they all began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

 

Are there areas of your life where you need to respond to Jesus’ invitation upon your life? Jesus sees you and He is calling out to you personally – to save you and to bring you into His Rescue Mission, simultaneously. He calls us to be saved so that we can be part of the rescue mission for others. Today is the day to respond to Him and to live on mission with Him. He rescued you and now He is calling you to be a member of His search and rescue mission team. There are people drowning out there, are you hearing their distress call?

 

Make this battle drill a reflexive, instinctive, and habitual part of your Christian life so that you can CM – Continue the Mission! Therefore, live on mission today and train the battle drill of the week for the glory of God. Let us pray.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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FOOTNOTES:

 

[1] I cannot remember where the idea first came for my story, The Rescue Mission © 2022. If it shares elements of other stories or grabs at bits of history from my tours of light houses and visits to Lake Michigan, then I am happy to give credit where credit is due, whether for the idea and for any specific details that overlap.

 

[2] Curt Ferrell responded to this thought, “The more I study, the more convinced I am that ‘maintenance mode’ is the natural default if our soteriology is that Jesus came to provide a way for us to escape our bodies, and escape the earth so that we can live in heaven with Jesus. But if we can switch that paradigm to Gen:1-26-28, Matt 28:18-20, 2 Cor 5:17-21. We’ve been saved for mission here, not a cushy retirement plan in heaven.”
 
[3] Thank you to Emily Hurst for helping me expand this thought for those of us already inside the church community, and for those who will be coming in as members of the rescue mission, which is inherently a part of their salvation.
 
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 795

Today’s hymn focus will be

And Can It Be

Romans 5:8 (NLT)              

 

 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners..”

 

Even though Charles Wesley grew up in a strict religious home, went to a Christian college, and went out as a missionary to an American colony, it wasn’t until his journey home and his meeting with a group of Moravians that he came realize that ‘salvation is by faith alone’. He gave his heart to the Lord and wrote “…I confess with joy and surprise the He was able to do exceedingly abundantly  for me above what I ask or think.”

 

He went on to write new hymns with every new spiritual experience or thought that crossed his mind. Even on his deathbed, he dictated the words to this hymn that we still sing today:

 

Amazing love! How can it be,

that Thou, my God Shouldst die for me?

 

We need to wake up and live in the joy and freedom of being alive in Christ, and we are free from all the condemnation of sin. For it is through the sacrifice of Jesus that the price of our redemption was paid in full!
 
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And Can It Be

 
1
And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me?
 
Refrain:
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me!
 
2
‘Tis mystery all! Th’Immortal dies!
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine!
‘Tis mercy all! let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more. [Refrain]
 
3
He left His Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace;
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race;
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free;
For, O my God, it found out me. [Refrain]
 
4
Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free;
I rose, went forth and followed Thee. [Refrain]
 
5
No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own. [Refrain]
 
 

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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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