DAILY VIDEO DEVOTIONAL
Recently we’ve been studying David, a man after God’s own heart. We’ve seen him in times of victory as well as seasons of despair. We’ve watched David soar with the eagles and wallow with the pigs. His life seems filled with contradictions: man of God, yet adulterer and murderer. He lives and works in the power of the Spirit. But not long afterward, he yields to the temptations of the flesh. What can we learn from his life to enable us to miss the traps in which he fell?
David’s life typifies the conflict between the flesh and the Spirit. That battle rages within us all. At times the only explanation for David’s life was that God’s hand was on him. As a young shepherd, he rose to the occasion when he slew the Philistine giant that challenged the people of God. He won that victory by faith. Yet years later, he couldn’t control his sexual appetites. On both occasions, David made a choice: one to follow the leading of God’s Spirit; the other to succumb to lust. One decision brought life and victory; the other, death and defeat.
It’s important to remember that age doesn’t necessarily secure our victory. No matter how old we are, we must never lose sight of the life of faith. A battle will rage in our soul until the day we die. Age and maturity don’t conquer the flesh. Only the Spirit can win that battle. When we make the right choices, the Holy Spirit is released to do His work. The moment we are faced with the lust of the flesh, we must choose that very instant to trust the Holy Spirit for His victory. Victory is always a daily choice — a moment by moment decision. It’s walking one step at a time by faith.
David faced the curse of success. When he was a nobody, David simply trusted God for His victories. He slew wild animals by faith. He defeated every enemy by the power of God. Yet when he became king, he tended to walk in a spirit of independence. Before being crowned, he walked in humble dependence upon God. Afterward, we discover that David often doesn’t consult with God. He’s too busy or preoccupied to seek the face of God. His failures can always be traced to prayerlessness. His reckless independence, instead of humble dependence, tripped him up.
Success, even when it comes from God, brings great dangers. There’s a tendency in each of us to begin to think that when God blesses us it’s really our victory rather than His. Many men and women of God have fallen into this subtle trap. Pride lies at the root of the snare — and it always leads to defeat. Many have risen to great heights, only to fall a long, long way to the bottom. Pride always precedes a fall.
There’s one great conclusion we must come to as we study the life of David. We must walk humbly with God — every day. We can’t ride on yesterday’s victories. The Christian life is one of daily obedience rooted in humility, faith, and dependence on His Spirit. When we live our lives in this manner, there will always be victory. But we must never forget: we need His Spirit’s power every day, every minute. Only then will we know a life of victory.
Acts : Chapter 13
20) All this took about 450 years. “After this, God gave them judges until the time of Samuel the prophet. 21) Then the people asked for a king, and he gave them Saul son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years. 22) After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ 23) “From this man’s descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised. 24) Before the coming of Jesus, John preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel. 25) As John was completing his work, he said: ‘Who do you suppose I am? I am not the one you are looking for. But there is one coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’
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Sammy Tippit told his fiancée, “I can’t promise we’ll be rich, but life won’t be boring.”
Sammy had no idea what an understatement that would become. Beginning in the bars of Baton Rouge and the nightclubs of Chicago, Tippit has shared the news of life-changing faith in Christ all over the world – including in the middle of a revolution in Romania, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, and war in Burundi and the Congo.
Sammy’s lifelong adventure has come at a great price. He’s been cursed, threatened, arrested, deported, and blacklisted. He’s also been personally broken, ravaged with illness, and devastated by grief.
Yet he continues to preach to in stadiums, in open fields, and via satellite technology to hundreds of thousands around the globe. For all other books…
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