Tracking the Birth Pains February 2016 newsletter is ready!
So many of the Psalms are written by David, Israel’s beloved King. But do you realize that David wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth or even into royalty? Nope. David’s beginnings were much humbler than his future glory.
You see, for many years Israel’s future king was nothing but a lowly shepherd boy who tended his father’s sheep. And with 7 elder brothers, who far surpassed him in stature (and quite possibly looks), I have no doubt David’s ego took a beating more than once. Remember the tongue- lashing one of David’s brothers gave him the day he showed up on the battlefield?
Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger burned against David and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle (1 Samuel 17:28).”
From those condescending words, it’s quite obvious there was some major sibling rivalry taking place in the Jessie household, and that fact, alone, would send anyone into seclusion. So it’s no surprise that David spent much of his early years out of the earshot of condescending brothers and instead surrounded himself with sheep and fields. Why sheep? Well, why not? Sheep don’t talk back; you know? Sheep don’t tell you how small you are. Sheep don’t remind you of your place. They simply follow their leader. And David was destined for leadership; he just didn’t know it.
However, isolation proved to be good for David, and he willingly settled into his tiny leadership role. Although a youth, David didn’t leave the sheep alone. Like all good shepherds, he slept right beside them and even walked through the valley of the shadow of death with them. His bare hands valiantly killed a bear and lion who threatened the little sheep he had grown to love. It wasn’t long and David was proving himself to be a good protector of those God had entrusted to him.
The shepherd season was designed by God to mature the future king of Israel, and I believe it was meant to test David's heart. One of my favorite scriptures (and I have many) points this truth out perfectly:
But the Lord said to Samuel. “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him (David’s brother); for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
-I Samuel 16:7
Aren’t you glad that God looked passed who David was and saw what he would become? God has a way of doing things outside what we expect, doesn’t He? David never dreamed that he would be chosen to be Israel’s next king, but that man’s sold out heart caught God’s attention- not his looks, not his position in life, but his heart of all things. Would your heart do the same?
During those obscure days of tending sheep, David’s physical strength soared to new levels, but most importantly his heart became knitted with God's heart. His spiritual stature far exceeded his brothers. And that truth was made evident, when God chose David over his brothers.
Today, if you're honest, maybe you feel like David? Are you in a lonely place? Does it feel like you have no real purpose? Have you accepted your ‘lowly’ station in life? If so, don’t get too comfortable. It may be that, like David, God has something much greater in store for you, you just don’t see it yet. Hold on, God is testing your heart too!
As you read today’s Psalm, I pray you discover this timeless truth:
For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.
-2 Chronicles 16:9
If, like David, you are purposeful in making God your one and only passion, then I have no doubt the eyes of the Lord are upon you. And, like David, God will strongly support you- because He holds your heart!
With that in mind, here are my God notes from today's Psalm.
My God Notes- Psalm 4
My Prayer- Psalm 4
You are righteous, just, ethical, a perfect judge, ruler and king! Today, the world needs to understand this, more than ever. Thank you Lord that I can trust You because You have set me apart for Yourself. And I know that You hear every word I speak to You. While the world is in chaos, I can be at peace because You make me live in safety.
Thought I would share a quick preview of my God Notes from Psalm 3. Haven't wrote the devotional that goes with it just yet because I've been busy finishing my taxes (ugh). But already my spirit is revived and refreshed as I meditate on who God proved Himself to be to His servant, David. And I know He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Be blessed!
My God Notes: Psalm 3
My Prayer- Psalm 3
I have hope because You defend me. I have joy because You are my source of riches, honor and abundance. Lord, when I am down, You exalt me to places of honor, and You uphold me, support me, refresh me, and revive me. When I cry, You hear me and answer me! When I am surrounded by enemies, You fight for me. And best of all, Yeshua You saved me!
If you want to know more about God, follow my page here. I will be adding my notes often.
Psalm 2 is an exciting Psalm because it is Messianic! And we discover that God is not just a force in the sky, but He is a Father, with a Father's heart, no less.
Blessings in the Son, Yeshua!
For awhile now, I have been writing prayers from the Psalms, but I stopped to focus on other things. However, I am kind of taking that mantle up once again, yet with a different focus: Finding God.
So many people in this day and age are confused about God. And many don't even believe He exists. Maybe that is you? If so, I want to challenge you to find God in an ancient text- the book of Psalms! With this challenge, I want to give you a free resource!!!! Print it out, share it, whatever you want, but let this be the year that you find God.
Over the next weeks, months, or even the remainder of the year, I will be revisiting the book of Psalms with one objective: Answering the question, "Who is God?" I would love for you to join me on my journey.
Blessings in Yeshua
PDF Link- God Notes: Finding God in the Psalms
As I was driving this afternoon I noticed large gray clouds on the horizon, yet the sun was still shining. That’s typical South Florida weather, but the scene beyond the clouds is what really caught my eye. An almost crystal clear sky awaited me, and hope took hold. In that moment, I knew that there was a strong possibility I would drive right through the rainstorm, and that’s exactly what happened. If it stormed in that area, I do not know. But what I do know is this: Looks can be deceiving, and the storm that I thought awaited me didn’t happen. At that point, I knew that God was speaking to my heart, and I felt a wave of peace pass over me. Maybe you need to hear that the storm clouds that seem to be hovering over your life, aren’t as bad as they look?
The weather ended up being perfect and mild- no hair-destroying humidity today! And as the kids played at the park, I watched from a nearby bench and relished in quiet time and a much needed latte. It was the perfect place to just soak in God’s creation. And I don’t know about you, but on days when I can actually quiet the worries in my head, it seems that’s when the Holy Spirit comes alongside and whispers to me the secrets of heaven. It wasn’t long before I was reciting in my thoughts a familiar Psalm:
The Lord sat as King at the flood; yes, the Lord sits as King forever. The Lord will give strength to His people. The Lord will bless His people with peace.
Those words seemed to come out of nowhere, but I knew they were placed in my heart by the Lord, Himself. So instead of rushing my kids to leave the park, I remained a little longer and allowed myself to meditate on the meaning of the verse. I thought about ol’ Noah in a stinky, overcrowded ark with only the animals and his immediate family to keep him company. Let’s be honest, family is great, but they can definitely grate on your nerves especially when you can’t seem to escape them. Ha! Ever felt like that? Me too. Poor Noah must have felt permanently closed in, crazy claustrophobic, and beyond convinced the rain would never end and the doors of the ark would never open. Ever felt like a door was permanently closed? Yep. Me too. But there’s a strong possibility it’s not, and you’re probably just in a waiting area. Lord, knows I hate waiting as much as the next person, but let’s face it: waiting produces patience. And patience produces perseverance. So if you want to be a strong believer, you have to learn to wait:
Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not get tired; they will walk and not become weary.
The good news? The rain did stop. The bad news? They weren’t leaving that boat anytime soon. With that much rain, there was nowhere to go anyway. So they waited. And they waited. And they waited some more. Ha! This sounds so much like my life right now. Lord knows I am the most impatient person, and yet all I can do is wait. Same with Noah. He had to wait out the rain. He had to wait for dry land to appear. And he had to wait for the soggy land to become useful again. I have no doubt that when the doors of the ark finally opened, Noah and his family ran from that smelly boat and kissed the earth with such force that even God Himself smiled.
So let’s put Noah’s situation in perspective, and hopefully gain some understanding of our present situation:
Notice the theme of ol’ Noah’s life? Non-stop waiting! Yep. I hate that word too. But when the wait was over, God did something miraculous. He placed a never before seen rainbow in the sky and made a promise to His child (and His creation) that they would never go through anything like that again. And that promise has stood the test of time. The lesson? While the flood waters raged, the Lord sat as King over the storm. Today, He does the same. He is Lord over the storms of your life. He is Lord in the waiting. And He is Lord when you exit the storm too. As you soak in this powerful truth, take a look at Psalm 29 in its entirety because this Psalm reveals some amazing things about the King of Heaven- things like:
By the way, have you ever purposefully studied the Psalms? You don’t have to be a theologian to do this either. A few years back, after my daughter was born, I went through a difficult time. She was born 10 weeks early, and spent 8 weeks in the NICU. When I brought her home, I was thrilled, but I think I had a little post-traumatic stress from the whole pregnancy and hospital stay. My physical body didn’t bounce back, and I had some health issues to deal with. On top of that, Kayla wasn’t the easiest of babies. She cried A LOT! It was during this time, I really needed the strength of the Almighty. For some reason, I decided to go chapter by chapter through the Psalms and write down everything I learned about God. And I mean everything, even if it was repetitive because the Psalms do repeat truth often. Why? Probably because we are forgetful and need to hear one more time that God is all powerful.
I probably spent several weeks doing this because the book of Psalms has 150 chapters, but when I finished my study I felt like I had been washed from the inside out. I can’t even put it into words how that simple study built up my faith. And I remember feeling sad the day I finished the last Psalm because it was such a cleansing experience. It’s probably one of the easiest ways you can begin to study the truths in God’s word. So after today’s reminder from my favorite book of the Bible, I thought it was high time to repeat that study. For the next few weeks, I will go chapter by chapter through the Psalms and rediscover the Almighty who sits as King over the flood. Hopefully, you will join me too!
Blessings in Yeshua
If you're not familiar with the BDS Movement, here's your chance to get up to speed! My slideshare will give you the cliff notes version!
Why is this important? First, the true church of Messiah Yeshua needs to understand her mission to the Jews. Of course, we need to reject the BDS movement. And you need to know that this movement is nothing more than a wolf in sheep's clothing.
I don't know about you, but I need to hear words of hope today. That word is on my heart because I need it but so do a lot of people especially with the times we are living in.
I wrote this teaching to encourage myself in the Lord but to also give others hope.
For the PDF, click here
Hope Does Not Disappoint
Blessing in Messiah Yeshua
On Sunday evening, I read an article about a Christian college professor who lost her job after stating that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. Actually, it was a follow up article since this professor's opinion got her in hot water and 15 minutes of fame. But is what she declared truth? Well, today, truth is relative. But it doesn't have to be that way. Biblical Christianity believes in absolute truth. So to counter this woman's version of truth, I created a slideshare presentation called: The Hard Truth About Allah & Yahweh!
In Yeshua's name
The last few weeks, I’ve been waking up really early-no alarm clock necessary, just wide awake at random times. Usually I just lay in bed and fall back and forth from sleep to wake in an attempt to force my mind to submit to the fact it’s still dark outside (Ha!), but my brain has not been cooperating. So here I am with a cup of O.J., worship music in the background, and laptop in hand wondering what to write about, if anything at all. And I began to think about word studies in Scripture (by the way, they are my favorite way to study topics and themes), and I thought I would take a deeper look at the word “valley.” So I typed this word into the Blue Letter Bible search engine and almost 200 occurrences came back. So bear with me, please. Ha Ha! Just kidding, I’m not going to write about all of those, but I think I will take a closer look at one valley in particular.
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All that Glitters is not Gold
My name is Beth Frisby, and I have a passion for God's Word. As an educator, my heart is to teach the Bible especially the book with a blessing- Revelation.