A Few Disjointed Rambling & Prayerful Reflections from this Morning’s Scripture

1 Chronicles 11:9 – And David became more and more powerful, because the Lord Almighty was with him.

 Psalm 4:3 – Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call to him.

 Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.

 Proverbs 29:25 – Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.

 Luke 17:5 – The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

 Luke 17:19 – Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

 David became more powerful because God was with him. God honored David. We know from other texts that David found his strength in the Lord. We also know from 1 Samuel 2:30, and other places, that the person who honors God, God graciously chooses to honor. It’s not because God has to. It’s not because the person who honors God has earned God’s honor in return. And yet, God freely and lovingly turns hearts toward himself, blesses those who love him, desire him, pursue him, trust him, obey him, and thereby, honor him in all of this. God graciously chooses to honor and bless such people.

 It’s a mystery. But I praise God for it.

 “Lord, increase my faith as you did with the Apostles at Pentecost.” That is my prayer… the great desire of my heart. To be filled with his Spirit (more of him), to know him immeasurable better, to love him exponentially more, to follow him ever more closely, and thereby, to become more and more like his Son is the great longing of my soul. “Increase my faith Lord,” should be the resounding cry of his followers.

 If our faith was even the size of a mustard seed we could move mountains. How small our faith must actually be in reality. “Lord, increase our faith.”

 What might we do for the Kingdom of God if the Lord would increase our faith. O Lord, give us your grace, your Spirit, your power, your wisdom, your revelation, lest your people perish. Give us faith to stand in the gap where there is no recognition of your Kingdom and enable us to declare its presence (and the presence of its King) boldly. Change the world through us, your servants, Almighty God.

 Lord, you give us faith. You even give more faith to those who desire it. It is a gift freely given to us by you. Yet you bless us for exercising it. What a wonderfully mysterious divine economy you operate by O Lord. Blessed be your name. Amen.

 The Lord Bless You,
Dale

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