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People Can See God In Us

What we learn from David and his life, is that while he was young and also king he continued to rely upon God for guidance. He did this even before he fought against his enemies, and was victorious. Even many people of different lands respected David because they knew of his strong belief in God, which sustained him. You can know this by searching the scriptures and reading the different accounts of David in 1st and 2nd Samuel, 1st Chronicles, 1st Kings,and most notably the Book of Psalm. Where today we will focus on one such account in 1 Chronicles. In this instance, 1“there came of the children of Benjamin and Judah to the hold unto David. And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, mine heart shall be knit unto you: but if ye be come to betray me to mine enemies, seeing there is no wrong in mine hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and rebuke it. Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band.” (1 Chronicles 12:16-18) So we learn that God’s hand was for David and his enemies needed to know this also. If people came peaceably to him and the people of Israel, then they were doing the same to God. However, people that want to do him wrong, the Lord God also rebukes. This is faith, my friends. To have God on our side, we can win any battle.

Nobody can come against God and win the battle. The same can be said for people that rely upon God, for He is their fortress in times of need. Even people around us can see our great faith in the way we talk and walk it out. There can be times like David had in this instance where 1“Amasai, who was the chief of the captains” (1 Chronicles 12:18), also had the Spirit of God fall upon him, after simply talking with David. You see, this was set up by God when the man responded and said, 1“peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee.” (1 Chronicles 12:18) People can know that we are born again because we are no longer living for the flesh, but for God. This is especially true when our desire is to witness the truths of God to people. These people we meet won’t help but see something different in us because of the boldness in our speech, the way we love and respect them, and how we care for their needs. I’ve had this happen time and time again, and it is in these moments that I am able to reach them with the gospel message of the cross of Jesus and the resurrection. Many of them have also prayed for salvation and asked Jesus into their hearts, which is the fruits of evangelism. You see, the enemies of God may not want to hear Him, but in death, He will rebuke them, as David said. However, those that come peaceably to people in the faith, they also come unto Christ the same way. These are those people that God can do a wonderful work in their lives, while leading them out of destruction and onto a path which leads to heaven.

Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people of all ages will see that I am for You. May they come to know how much I love and honor You with all my heart, mind, and soul. This isn’t just a belief that I can simply respond yes to when asked if I am a Christian, for I know that it would disrespect You if my heart was not truly for You, Lord. I know that even the devil and his demons know You and tremble. Therefore, if I say anything about You, it is genuine. To dishonor my king would bring dishonor upon me also. Therefore, I pray that people will see something different about me. May they not just think that I am for You by how I talk, but how I love and respect them. I pray that every person that comes to me peaceably, You will also bless, for it is in honor of You also. But I know that people that come to only combat me and to try to test my faith are Your enemies, of which there is no peace. These people are rebuked, for they not only trample upon what we believe in, but what You have done for our lives also. It is my prayer that such people that are hard-hearted and aren’t willing to hear You, will have the fear of God in their lives. Then will they know the destructive path they are on. Even some may repent and come to know You before it is too late. I do not wish to see any person I’ve known and talked with be thrown into the lake of fire, but be saved and go to heaven. You are our God, so speak life into those people that are ready to listen. Help me reach them with the gospel message. Thank You for using me for Your kingdom. I Believe In You. I trust in You. I love You, God. Amen.

Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.

1 Chronicles 12
11 Chronicles 12 (KJV)
1 Now these are they that came to David to Ziklag, while he yet kept himself close because of Saul the son of Kish: and they were among the mighty men, helpers of the war.
2 They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows out of a bow, even of Saul’s brethren of Benjamin.
3 The chief was Ahiezer, then Joash, the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite; and Jeziel, and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth; and Berachah, and Jehu the Antothite.
4 And Ismaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty man among the thirty, and over the thirty; and Jeremiah, and Jahaziel, and Johanan, and Josabad the Gederathite,
5 Eluzai, and Jerimoth, and Bealiah, and Shemariah, and Shephatiah the Haruphite,
6 Elkanah, and Jesiah, and Azareel, and Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korhites,
7 And Joelah, and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.
8 And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into the hold to the wilderness men of might, and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as the roes upon the mountains;
9 Ezer the first, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third,
10 Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth,
11 Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh,
12 Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth,
13 Jeremiah the tenth, Machbanai the eleventh.
14 These were of the sons of Gad, captains of the host: one of the least was over an hundred, and the greatest over a thousand.
15 These are they that went over Jordan in the first month, when it had overflown all his banks; and they put to flight all them of the valleys, both toward the east, and toward the west.
16 And there came of the children of Benjamin and Judah to the hold unto David.
17 And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, mine heart shall be knit unto you: but if ye be come to betray me to mine enemies, seeing there is no wrong in mine hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and rebuke it.
18 Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band.
19 And there fell some of Manasseh to David, when he came with the Philistines against Saul to battle: but they helped them not: for the lords of the Philistines upon advisement sent him away, saying, He will fall to his master Saul to the jeopardy of our heads.
20 As he went to Ziklag, there fell to him of Manasseh, Adnah, and Jozabad, and Jediael, and Michael, and Jozabad, and Elihu, and Zilthai, captains of the thousands that were of Manasseh.
21 And they helped David against the band of the rovers: for they were all mighty men of valour, and were captains in the host.
22 For at that time day by day there came to David to help him, until it was a great host, like the host of God.
23 And these are the numbers of the bands that were ready armed to the war, and came to David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the Lord.
24 The children of Judah that bare shield and spear were six thousand and eight hundred, ready armed to the war.
25 Of the children of Simeon, mighty men of valour for the war, seven thousand and one hundred.
26 Of the children of Levi four thousand and six hundred.
27 And Jehoiada was the leader of the Aaronites, and with him were three thousand and seven hundred;
28 And Zadok, a young man mighty of valour, and of his father’s house twenty and two captains.
29 And of the children of Benjamin, the kindred of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto the greatest part of them had kept the ward of the house of Saul.
30 And of the children of Ephraim twenty thousand and eight hundred, mighty men of valour, famous throughout the house of their fathers.
31 And of the half tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, which were expressed by name, to come and make David king.
32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.
33 Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart.
34 And of Naphtali a thousand captains, and with them with shield and spear thirty and seven thousand.
35 And of the Danites expert in war twenty and eight thousand and six hundred.
36 And of Asher, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, forty thousand.
37 And on the other side of Jordan, of the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and of the half tribe of Manasseh, with all manner of instruments of war for the battle, an hundred and twenty thousand.
38 All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king.
39 And there they were with David three days, eating and drinking: for their brethren had prepared for them.
40 Moreover they that were nigh them, even unto Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, and meat, meal, cakes of figs, and bunches of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen, and sheep abundantly: for there was joy in Israel.
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