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NIV Women's Devotional

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Finding Sanctuary

Verse: 2 Samuel 9:1–13

Claiming sanctuary in a church dates to Britain in AD 600. Though the practice was formally abandoned in the seventeenth century, people seeking asylum still flee to churches today, clinging to the idea that into God’s house no violence may enter. Do you long for a place of sanctuary when you sense imminent judgment? Maybe you’ve told a lie and stand before the wronged party. Perhaps you’re innocent, but face a relative’s creditors. We can all relate to the desire to crawl underground and disappear. Prince Mephibosheth certainly trembled at what King David would do to him.

After all, Mephibosheth was the last survivor in the line of his grandfather King Saul. In ancient Eastern culture, that position usually meant death, especially because Saul had repeatedly attempted to murder David. But David had no intention of handing down a death sentence. Instead he offered Mephibosheth sanctuary in his own palace. Because of Mephibosheth’s relationship to David’s dear friend Jonathan, the king welcomed him as an honored guest at his own table.

We all long for sanctuary. Crippled by sin, we enter God’s presence with death hanging over our heads. But when we accept Jesus Christ’s offer of eternal friendship, we receive eternal sanctuary at the King’s table. At this feast, we will be given white robes to wear, and we will bow down in praise and adoration before the Prince of Peace.

Does an invitation to the King’s palace fill you with fear or excitement? You may think that everything about you—your background, your body’s condition, your emotional state, your past sins—should keep you away from the King’s table. But none of that matters to God. Regardless of how unworthy you feel, you can know that you have been made worthy because you are a child of God.

Today, as you ponder the surprise of finding sanctuary instead of judgment, consider how you will live like a guest who carries an invitation to the King’s table. Awake each day in anticipation of Christ’s royal summons and walk tall, nurturing a longing for the day when you will sit before the King at the wedding supper of the Lamb.

2 Samuel 9:7–8

“Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.” Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”

Reflection

1. Think about sitting at the King’s table. What does this mean to you?

2. Read Matthew 22:1–14. What is the invitation? Is there anything that keeps you from fully accepting God’s gift of grace? If so, what is it?

3. Read Revelation 7:9–17. What is your reaction to this passage?

Related Readings

1 Samuel 20:12–17; 2 Samuel 4:4

This devotion is from the NIV New Women's Devotional Bible or True Identity by Zondervan. Used with permission.

  


Back on Track...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hi Everyone,

I want to thank you for your prayers, the last several days with my busy life I got totally off track, with my proper eating, even though I met my nutritional goals I was not eating the right things and I didn't do any exercise Tuesday whatsoever, no exercise on Sunday either, but today, Praise God I'm back on track, I ate 9 fresh fruits and veggies today and I did 40 minutes of cardio, strength training, riding and stretching routine.

So I can safely say I'm back on track..Thanks fellow friend's for keeping me in prayer and not giving up on me even when I wasn't signing in as much nor supporting you as much as I usually do. Thanks for hanging in there with me, you all mean so much to me in which I thank God.

So let's keep on sparking along together supporting each other on our journey...

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Psalm 119:137-144

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tsadhe

137 O Lord, you are righteous,
and your regulations are fair.

138 Your laws are perfect
and completely trustworthy.

139 I am overwhelmed with indignation,
for my enemies have disregarded your words.

140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested;
that is why I love them so much.

141 I am insignificant and despised,
but I don’t forget your commandments.

142 Your justice is eternal,
and your instructions are perfectly true.

143 As pressure and stress bear down on me,
I find joy in your commands.

144 Your laws are always right;
help me to understand them so I may live.

  


Up-dating my Tuesday...

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Hi All,

I didn't get back today, seemed like one thing after another came up and this gal had to get those things done, after I was so tired I had a rest, will catch up with all my sparker's later this morning.

I had an awesome Bible Study Tuesday, we studied the book of Hebrews chapter 4, we are going in to detail study and enjoying it immensely.

Wednesday my cousins who are visiting from Newfoundland are coming for lunch and fellowship, it's been a year since I saw them last and so looking forward to connecting with them.

No worries, I have a lot of catching up to get done here but will.

Thanks for your support and prayers.. Blessings..

I stand with you cheering you on your journey...You are doing a great job, keep on sparking...

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Daily Devotions with Heartlight

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

May 8

Colossians 4:5-6

Make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Thoughts on today's verse

There are no random acts of kindness, only intentional acts given the opportunity to happen. This is true not just in deeds, but in words as well. But more than trying to avoid poor speech, we are urged to use our speech to bless and help others to come to know Christ.

Prayer:

Father, forgive me for the careless words I have uttered this week. I understand that these careless words are twice sins -- a sin once when I committed it and a sin a second time because I didn't see the opportunity to be redemptive. Open my eyes Lord so that I may see what you have placed in my path. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.

  
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