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Friday, September 14, 2018

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"Consider Blessings, Resist Temptations"

Message summary: Keep your focus on God and His blessings today!

Note: Due to heavy schedule and weariness we did not prepare a podcast for this message.

"And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more" (2 Samuel 12:8).

Have you noticed that the devil tempts us with only the seemingly positive outcomes from forbidden momentary pleasure. The devil does not disclose the long term consequences that we'll deal with as result of giving into sinful desires.
  • Have you ever seen a tobacco ad that shows someone wasting away in the late stages of lung cancer?
  • Have you seen an alcohol ad that shows the aftermath of a DUI accident or an abusive father?
  • What about a gambling ad that shows the desperation of a chronic gambler?
God, in His love and concern for our future, reveals the long term consequences if we seek Him in the midst of our luring temptation.

David was a man after God's own heart but one night he got his eyes off the Lord and onto temporary pleasure which led to a succession of serious events; lust, adultery, murder, cover-up, deception and more.

When it was over David thought he had all his bases covered. He thought he was getting away with it. He thought he could avoid the consequences.
David thought to himself, "I'm OK". But he wasn't OK. God was watching. God is always watching. Chapter eleven of 2 Samuel ends with these words: "But the thing David had done displeased the LORD" (11:27).

The words in our daily verse were a part of the prophetic rebuke that David received from the courageous and godly prophet Nathan. They were presented as a result of David's immoral dalliance with Bathsheba and all the accompanying sins. Nathan proclaimed a message of judgment and serious lasting consequences. That's not a popular message today, but one very much needed.

Let's consider the daily Scripture portion: "And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more." This is the Lord speaking to David
through Nathan. Its first focus was to David and all the blessings he had received from the Lord. Nathan reminded him of how the blessings of God had been so abundant in his life. David had sought the Lord from his earliest days and surely knew all this.

In a broader application consider the abundance of God's blessings in your life. Indeed we proclaim, "Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!" The eternal God speaks to each of us today. Listen to His voice, "And if all this had been too little". Our response should be, "It's not too little, God, it's more than enough. It's infinitely more than I ever deserve." It was true for David and it's no less true for each one of us. 

But God says, "I would have given you even more". That's powerful. God is ever ready to give us more and keep on giving. That's His nature. 

Consider God's marvelous provision in our lives today.  Let this brief selection of verses feed your spirit:
  • Jesus said, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). 
  • Paul wrote about "Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine" (Ephesians 3:20).
  • Paul writes to the Ephesians, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ" (1:3).
  • To the Corinthians he writes, "For in Him you have been enriched in every way" (1 Corinthians 1:5). He reminded Timothy of "God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment" (1 Timothy 5:17).
  • Peter writes, "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness" (2 Peter 1:3).
  • And finally the classic statement in Romans "He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all--how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?" (Romans 8:32).
We exhort you, keep your focus on God and His blessings today!

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we praise You from whom all blessings flow. Your blessings are abundant and continuous. When tempted by the things of this world may we recall your blessings and also remember the most certain consequences of sin. Help us to give You praise continually, for every good gift comes from above.  For the gifts of family, friends, food, health, material provisions, and above all the gift of salvation we give You heartfelt thanks. Amen.

Ester and Marita at Shaws 1998  While living in Massachusetts Ester's adopted granny, Marita Murphy (above), worked as a bagger at Shaws Supermarket. Marita gave her a Shaw's apron and Ester enjoyed pretending to be a bagger. Who knew that she would become a bagger many years later at Darrenkamps which is now closing all four of their stores.

Marita went to be with the Lord about a week ago and Ester wrote a tribute on her Facebook page that we will share here:

What can I say about my “Granny” Marita Murphy. Well, first thing I can honestly tell you is that she loved the Lord with all of her heart & wasn’t afraid to admit it. She had a compassion about other people and always had them on her prayer list. The fondest memories were sleeping over at her apartment for the weekend. The only problem was when it was time for bed I wouldn’t shut up. So she created a game for us to play to shut me up at night. It was the “quiet game”. So in other words you were not allowed to talk until morning. Eating eggs with rye bread & fudgsicles, going for bike rides, walking to the park, spending the day with her at work, helping her bag groceries at Shaw’s and of course listening to Dan & Louie on cassette tapes. She always managed to have one in her car so we could listen to it. She was the kindest most caring thoughtful lady I knew and when she smiled she could light up the whole room. She also loved playing her saxophone whenever she got a chance to. As I got older we would spend an hour or two on the phone talking about what was going in my life & how my friends were doing. She’d would always ask me how the people in the church were doing & ask if I have spoken to anyone from there lately. She’d also ask me about any fun trips we’ve taken lately. Asked how mom & dad were and of course the pets would be included in the conversations. I would write her now and then with a pic of me for her to keep. She also told me from the time I was 4 yrs old that reading your Bible would help to you understand it & what God wants you to do. At the end of the phone calls, after I moved away, we would pray for each other & say I love you to each other. Granny was the most influential person in my life ever and I will miss her so very much. I can’t wait to see you again someday Granny.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"He Giveth More Grace"  Video    Larry Ford

"If That's What It Takes"  Video  The Isaacs

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