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Finding Sanctuary...NIV Women's Devotion

Monday, January 02, 2012

January 2, 2012

Finding Sanctuary

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.

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?

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?"

Related Readings

1 Samuel 20:12-17 ; 2 Samuel 4:4

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MRSJERRYBUSH 1/3/2012 12:02PM

    I must say that Revelations has always somewhat frightened me; but, that passage is very comforting.

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New Beginnings, Fresh Start to 2012...

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Hi All,

Here we are New Years Day, a brand new year, a brand new start...this is a day of brand new beginnings, I encourage you to let go of the past and keep on "Sparking", keep your eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of your faith. He is the One who will lead you by the hand and direct your steps. We are never alone, we have Jesus who says in His Word, "I will never leave you nor forsake you". Jesus is as close as the mention of His lovely name. Jesus, the Name above names. He is your source...

I encourage you to keep focused on your goals, track your food daily, exercise at least 3 or more times a week, drink between 6 and 8 glasses of water per day, read your Bible Daily and seek God in prayer. As we stay on course we will have success.

God desires for you to be blessed and to move forward with Him. Let's be a shining light for Jesus, let's be supportive to those who are weak and to those who need that extra encouragement. Let's press on in Jesus...

We can do it staying close to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith...

I wish you all God's Best for 2012, Happy New Year and God Bless...

3 John 1:2 American Standard Version

Beloved, I pray that in all things thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

  
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ABETTERSOUL 1/1/2012 11:11PM

    Judith, I pray the same for you. My prayer for this year is to an effective, holy, willing servant for the Lord. To bring others closer to Jesus and to be an encouragement and a good example. To truly give my all to Him and for Him.
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Finishing the Race...

Sunday, January 01, 2012

2 Timothy 4:6-8 (NKJV)

Paul’s Valedictory

6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

Let's Keep our Eyes on Jesus, let's finish the race and keep the faith! Have a Jesus Filled Day! Happy New Year and God Bless

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MRSJERRYBUSH 1/1/2012 12:27PM

    With God's help, we will keep our resolutions!

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Happy New Year and God Bless...

Saturday, December 31, 2011



Happy New Year and God Bless..I want you all to know I thank God for you, you are all an inspiration and a blessing to me. I so appreciate your friendship and all your support this past year. I couldn't have accomplished all my goals with out you cheering me on and coming alongside me in much prayer. Your love, support and prayers made all the difference in the world. Thank you Spark Friend's...

My prayer for you is that you will continue to press forward, meeting your goals and strive to be all that you can be in Christ. May you grow in God's grace and strength, growing in wisdom, knowledge and understanding leaning on Jesus the author and finisher of your faith. Finally I pray that everything you are hoping for you will find in this new year, 2012. May this new year find you staying closer to Jesus in Prayer and reading His Word, in Jesus Name I pray, Amen!


3 John 1:2 American Standard Version

Beloved, I pray that in all things thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

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PURPLELVR7 12/31/2011 9:32AM

    Thank you for the wonderful prayer.
May God Bless you in the coming year, and may also continue to press forward and succeed at your goals.

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Psalm 57

Friday, December 30, 2011

Psalm 57 New King James Version

–To the Chief Musician. Set to “Do Not Destroy.”[a] A Michtam of David when he fled from Saul into the cave.

1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
For my soul trusts in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge,
Until these calamities have passed by.

2 I will cry out to God Most High,
To God who performs all things for me.

3 He shall send from heaven and save me;
He reproaches the one who would swallow me up. Selah
God shall send forth His mercy and His truth.

4 My soul is among lions;
I lie among the sons of men
Who are set on fire,
Whose teeth are spears and arrows,
And their tongue a sharp sword.

5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Let Your glory be above all the earth.

6 They have prepared a net for my steps;
My soul is bowed down;
They have dug a pit before me;
Into the midst of it they themselves have fallen. Selah

7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and give praise.

8 Awake, my glory!
Awake, lute and harp!
I will awaken the dawn.

9 I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing to You among the nations.

10 For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens,
And Your truth unto the clouds.

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Let Your glory be above all the earth.

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MRSJERRYBUSH 12/30/2011 2:20PM

    Did we miss Psalm 56?

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MARKSTIPANOVSKY 12/30/2011 10:08AM

    Good luck with staying focused and reaching all your goals and more. Hoping you enjoy a fantastic and interesting 2012 +Mark...

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HALLS916 12/30/2011 9:35AM

  thanks for ssharing

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SCTRACKER 12/30/2011 9:33AM

    I will praise the Lord!!!


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LINTPICKER 12/30/2011 9:20AM

    God's word is great and powerful, thanks for sharing

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