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Living Right When Wronged

  • Saul sought to pin David to the wall with the spear; but he slipped away out of Saul's presence, and he stuck the spear into the wall. David fled, and escaped that night. 1 Samuel 19:10 WEB

    King Saul was jealous of his son-in-law David. Completely consumed by rage, he attempted to murder David with a spear. David evaded him and left the city. Saul became an evil man, and though he refused to kill all the Amalekites when the Lord asked him to (1Samuel 15:9), he was fine with completely wiping out the Lord's priests, their families and their livestock (1Samuel 22:19).

    Once when David literally caught Saul with his trousers down, the men with him in the cave were excited and thought this was a gift from God, but David spared him (1Samuel 24:4). Another time David and Abishai crept up on Saul while he was sleeping and took his spear. Abishai wanted to finish the job and pin Saul to the ground, saying, 'I will not have to strike him twice' (1Samuel 26:8).

    Time after time, David was given the opportunity to kill Saul, but he refrained. David was a better man and because of the calling on his life, would not stoop to Saul's level. David had killed thousands of men in battle, including Goliath. He was certainly not afraid of Saul. David wanted to do the right thing. He wanted to please God and would not harm the one that God had anointed. He just waited, and the day came when God made it right. Then David became the king.

    Don't stoop to your enemies' level. Because of the calling on your life, you need to take the high ground. In time, God will make it right. Two wrongs will never equal right, but right will always be right. God sees the things that you are going through and He has an amazing memory. God's delay is not His denial.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for waking me up this day. Please give me the grace to overcome, the wisdom to make the right decisions, and the strength to stand strong when all the winds blow against me. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen

September 11, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

amen

 

September 11, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

         Quit a Lesson--Hum!!!!

September 11, 2016
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Thank you Lord am waiting on you to make what I did wrong in my life right. God your timing is never late you are always on time. Thank you Pastor Todd for this devotion this devotion is for me have a blessed day in the Lord amen. 

September 11, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen Pastor Dion. I firmly believe in not seeking vegence against our enemies. Even when it is so very hard we must pray for our enemies and the ones who persecute us. We must leave them to God for Him to wage justice against. We must not be concerned with when God does this or how He does this. We must not take joy in His retribution toward them. Our repsonsibility is to let God be God and just be about our own business. We need to be concerned only with working out our own salvation with trembling and fear. We can claim the victory that God will give us peace with our enemies if we just pray for them. Many times in my life I have seen God do this. When an unbeliever or even a Christian came against me, I prayed and God changed their heart toward me or my family. I did nothing in retaliation, except pray!

September 11, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

Amen♡

September 11, 2016
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Mark Duell
Mark Duell

I am always amazed when I read this scripture. One because of how stealthy David and his men were. Like a cat and mouse game. And two because David didn't take the opportunity to eliminate the the threat. Amazing strength indeed. I wonder if Saul in return did the same for the men that were suppose to be watching over him? Thank Pastor Todd for the inspiring devotional this morning. 

September 11, 2016
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Michelle  Muff
Michelle Muff

How did Saul fall from the grace and blessing of God? I know he sinned and it seems he was not forgiven. David sinned to but was forgiven.  Why did Gid have mercy on David and not Saul?  

September 11, 2016
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Dion Todd
Dion Toddedited: September 11, 2016

“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17 ESV)

 

As far as I know, Saul never repented but just kept going down the wrong road. He was soon killing God's priests (1Sam. 22:21). When God became silent, Saul consulted the witch of En-dor (1Sam. 28:7). David always repented... 

September 11, 2016
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Michelle  Muff
Michelle Muff

Oh my goodness. I knew that was the answer!! It came to at church this morning.God must have given me the answer. It was David that asked to be forgiven. wasn't he the one that write the psalm about in your mercy blot out my offenses?  I had a moment of insight at church and I wanted to cry. I have so much to be forgiven for! I have wept and asked God to forgive and he always does. If we are forgiven than we to can forgive. I knew the reason was that Saul lacked humility to say. I'm sorry. David did not. 

September 12, 2016
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Jackie Henson
Jackie Henson

How do I sign in to the RHM website for the live broadcast? Enjoyed today's devotional. It was touching me. Thank you so much. I do want to see the church service online today but have no clue how to get there. Thanks, Jackie Henson

September 11, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Jackie, if you are posting here, you are already signed in :). All you need to do is go to the "Watch" page on the site menu and click the "Join Live Service" link, which will take you to the right page. Or, you can bookmark this link and just go there each week :): http://www.refreshinghope.org/pages/live

September 11, 2016
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Click on the 'watch' link at the top of the page.

September 11, 2016
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph

Amen, vengeance belongs to the Lord " I will repay"(Deut 32:35 ). Give your battle to the Lord, for its not ours, (2 Chro 20:15 )Its the Lords. To God be the Glory, thank you Pastor for an encouraging message. 

September 11, 2016
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Heavenly Father, I thank You for waking me up this day. Please give me the grace to overcome, the wisdom to make the right decisions, and the strength to stand strong when all the winds blow against me. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen

I have been so challenged as I "stand still" and wait on God to aid me, there is little food in my refrigerator andnomoney in my pockets, YET, but there is a God in heaven who loves me and aids and keeps me. Fasting and prayer is the order of the day. Great message this morning! Yerushalayim, Amen.

        


Then rise my soul! and soar away, Above the thoughtless crowd; Above the pleasures of the gay, And splendours of the proud; Up where eternal beauties bloom, And pleasures all divine; Where wealth, that never can consume, And endless glories shine.  ~ Author unknown
September 11, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.Thank you for this devotion today,and the Prayer.Thank you Pastor,for confirming in something God has been telling me I Need to do.Heavenly Father I give you thanks that We have you who gives us help ;and ask for your wisdom and the right words when making a decision to making amends.Help me to do your will.InThe Name Of Jesus Christ I pray.

September 11, 2016
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Nicole Summers
Nicole Summers

Amen. I been struggling with this. God knows my heart and That's what keep me doing the right thing. Thanks for the word pastor!

September 11, 2016
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr

Amen Indeed. This certainly requires His Grace not to throttle ones tormentor, lol.

September 11, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

September 11, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Thank you Pastor Dion. I pray your prayer for grace to overcome, wisdom to make the right decision and strength to stand strong when all the winds blow against me.In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

September 11, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝edited: September 12, 2016

Amen!! Thank you Pastor Dion for your daily devotion. :-) 

 

I claim this prayer over me in Jesus, name I pray, Amen!! 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for waking me up this day. Please give me the grace to overcome, the wisdom to make the right decisions, and the strength to stand strong when all the winds blow against me. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

September 11, 2016
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Christie Smith
Christie Smith

I thank you for this word as I as well as others may be going to through this trial as others come against us to be vindictive and horrifible cruel.  They know not what they have done (or maybe they do & are waiting for you to crack), but we can stand strong knowing that our God see's all and Does Not forget. I pray for other's as well as myself to still stand, turn it over to God and Breathe.  This is very difficult for me as I have a destructive personality but mostly to myself in the past and I do Not want to go there as it is like a relaspe to some degree.  The pain from these unjustifiable actions from others can be overwhelming at times and I just pray for comfort and peace as we wait on the Lord in humility! Amen

September 12, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for waking me up this day. Please give me the grace to overcome, the wisdom to make the right decisions, and the strength to stand strong when all the winds blow against me. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen! Yes! For a season it felt like denial but  I can see the refinment that has been happening and now we are in the "pouring out the blessings" season! Praise God! Our car is sold and we can start to catch up on bills! I have a job now so income will be more stable! God is Good all the time! Praise his holy name! Thank you Pastor and Sylvia for all you do <3 God bless

September 12, 2016
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Christie Smith
Christie Smith

Amen

September 13, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I thank You for waking me up this day. Please give me the grace to overcome, the wisdom to make the right decisions, and the strength to stand strong when all the winds blow against me. In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

September 12, 2016
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Angela Grizzle
Angela Grizzle

Awesome!!!!

September 12, 2016