God's best kept secret...



Today’s Reading: 1 Sam. 17-18, Luke 11:1-28

Today’s Reflection: 1 Sam. 17:56 And the king said, Inquire thou whose son the stripling is.

Before Goliath, David was just a stripling! That is, David was a young man “kept out of site”, as the Hebrew meaning would imply. A man once divinely hidden until it was time for him to be revealed, David is now on full display for all to see. And yet, King Saul is still referencing him as a stripling. 

Of course, he is still in disbelief as anyone else, how that someone so young, allegedly inexperienced, and unknown, could just come from out of nowhere and become the national hero of the day. No doubt he was still scratching his head, and trying to figure out how this boy, who previously lived and stayed in the shadows unless he was called upon, and who never spoke unless spoken to, is now taking the stage front and center. How could it be? No one even saw him coming! That is, no one BUT GOD! 

David was God’s best kept secret. While everyone else was in a panic, God had a plan! Young David was being groomed and prepared for such a victorious day as this, while being completely hidden from anyone of power or prominence until the time was right. And now, all of the sudden, when God makes His move, everyone including the King himself wants to know more about this kid that came from nowhere! 

This proves a couple of things; first, it proves that we should never make assumptions about the outcomes of our battles prematurely. The truth is, we have not seen the end of the story yet, and when we walk by faith, God ALWAYS has a plan. Don’t give up to the battle yet, for it may very well be that God has a hidden strategy in the works, yet to be revealed! 

The other thing this proves is that a man’s gift truly does make room for him, and brings him before great men (see Prov. 18:16). Dear minister of the word, obscure as you may be, if you will continue to be a man after God’s own heart, and commit to the promotion of His Word and His agenda alone, God will give you audience. 

I’m writing to someone who has a message for the masses while being faithful to the few. You wonder if your message and your gift will ever be shared with all for whom you were created to reach. The answer, according to Matthew 25:23, is YES! “His lord said unto him, thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” And it’s not because you desire to “build a name for yourself” as some might suggest, but rather because God has chosen you as a vessel through which He will more thoroughly establish HIS name throughout the earth!



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Let not your heart lie to you...



Today’s Reading: 1 Sam. 15-16, Luke 10:25-42

Today’s Reflection: 1 Sam. 15:19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD?

Let God define for you what you need, and what you don’t! Why? Because your own heart will deceive you, and you will lust after things that you will convince yourself you need, even when you actually don’t. 

In our text, God instructed Saul to destroy the enemy and all their substance, and not to take any spoil whatsoever. But what did they do? They not only took the spoil, but the Bible says they “didst fly upon the spoil”, meaning they figuratively swooped down upon the spoil as a vulture might swoop down and snatch its prey. 

This illustrates their singular focus. They were not focused on obeying God’s voice; they were only focused on how they could get richer off of the advantage that victory would grant them. However, all throughout God’s leading and dealing with His people, He is ever teaching them that “man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live” (see Deut. 8:3). And once again, His people failed the test. 

Ever since the Garden of Eden, God has been striving to teach us the proper way of being blessed, and that one can’t simply take what he or she wants, however they want, whenever they want, while ignoring God’s word. It isn’t that God is out to get us, or withhold from us, or make our lives miserable. In fact, the opposite is true, because according to Psalm 84:11b, “…no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” 

So, it is not that God doesn’t want to bless His people; He just wants them to be blessed HIS way by HIS Word! I believe it is this tendency we all have to act like we’re desperate, even though our Heavenly Father owns it all, that God wants to rid us of. See them swooping down upon the spoils as if they had nothing? Blessed with advantage, strength, power, and victory, and yet impoverished in their souls. 

Oh, children of God, when will we ever let our hearts become filled with the satisfaction of knowing that “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). We do not need to take siege, without any regard to the principles of God’s Word or the honor of His Son, ANYTHING that we need. 

When we wait upon Him, this means that we wait for Him to provide in His timing and in His way, with surrendered hearts and resolve to be completely obedient. Let not your heart lie to you and convince you that God has no spoils for you.



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Decisions are easier when you know who you are!!




Today’s Reading: 1 Sam. 13-14, Luke 10:1-24

Today’s Reflection: 1 Sam. 13:14b …the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people…

Before David was promoted as king over Israel, before he was anointed as king by Samuel, before he defeated Goliath, and even before he was fetched from the shepherd’s field, young David got a glimpse of his kingly future. 

At some point during David’s lowly assignment of keeping the sheep, he received a commandment from the LORD that he was to be the captain over Israel. Imagine that! Just a shepherd boy having such grandeur conversations with God Almighty while out tending sheep. 

I wonder if at any point, he doubted the voice of God? I wonder if at any point he wondered if he was just imagining things, or if he was losing his mind? Regardless, what God commanded him to do, came to pass. Now, this begs the question, why did God let him in on that secret ahead of time? 

Could it be because David would soon face Goliath, and would need an underlying understanding of the implications of a victory for himself and for Israel? Could it be that, without the knowledge of his destiny, he would have not been able to recognize and seize the opportunities for advancement that presented themselves to him? And could it be that, had he not been confident that he would end up promoted as king over all of Israel, he might have been a lot less confident, and a lot more timid, shy, and possibly weak and unable to win a victory? 

Dear reader, when you know the end from the beginning, and you know you are on the winning side, it makes fighting a whole lot easier! When you know that this is a “fixed fight” you can go into the battle KNOWING that the victory is already waiting for you on the other side. You may not know exactly how, where, or when, but you just know! And I dare say, since David already knew that he would be king one day, he figured that not even Goliath could stop him. 

Oh what confidence we too can possess as we fight our battles of faith today! We who are redeemed by the Grace of God are already declared overcomers of the world. We have absolutely nothing to lose! Why then do we sheepishly cower to the fiery threats of that old dragon the devil? He is under our feet! 

We have the power in the name of Jesus! And if you’ll listen closely, God will not only show you the end from the beginning, but He will show you the moments between!  The Spirit will show you things to come, and when God speaks of your future, look at your next opportunity through the lens of His promise!




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Show me your focus, and I’ll show you your future.




Today’s Reading: 1 Sam. 10-12, Luke 9:37-62

Today’s Reflection: Luke 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

To serve in the Kingdom of God requires a level of commitment that goes beyond all human reasoning. Christ, in essence, was rebuking a man for wanting to go home and bid his family farewell before hitting the streets with the Gospel. This seems to us, from a human and customary perspective, somewhat unreasonable. However, it is necessary for our Lord to set the tone in such dramatic terms that we have no doubt of the sincerity with which we are to serve Christ. 

We learn a few things in Christ’s response to this otherwise seemingly innocent man. One thing we learn is that there is to be no room for hesitation or delay when heeding the call to serve in His Kingdom. It’s almost as if He’s saying, “Either you’re coming with me, or you’re not!” There is no middle ground. But how often do we postpone our date with destiny for a few more days of what we think is justifiable coddling with our present day entanglements. 

As unreasonable as Christ SEEMS to be here, the truth is, WE are the unreasonable ones. It is unreasonable for us to expect Christ to enlist us into His service on OUR conditions. After all, whose Kingdom is it, and who is giving the orders? 2 Tim. 2:4 even says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”  Dear friends, let us examine ourselves, to see if we are being unreasonable with our Savior to whom we are called! 

Another thing we learn here is that we are to be singularly focused on our mission. To have our hand on our plough and our eye in our rear view mirror will never work. We must plough long, straight rows, and we’ll never do that looking back! Jesus said that if our eye be single, that our whole body would be full of light. This means that we must have a single focus. You always head in the direction of your eyes. 

Where are your EYES headed? That’s where you’ll be soon enough! You may mean well putting your hand to the plough, but if you keep looking back, you’ll GO back! That’s why Prov. 4:25 says, “Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.” Friends, the only way we’re going to be FIT to serve Christ is when our eyes are FIXED upon Him! 

Where is your focus today? Show me your focus, and I’ll show you your future. Your destiny is determined by your eye’s direction. May we ALL be sure to cast our eyes upon Jesus Christ alone!



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Hitherto hath the LORD helped us!


Today’s Reading: 1 Sam. 7-9, Luke 9:18-36

Today’s Reflection: 1 Sam. 7:12 Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, hitherto hath the LORD helped us.

Samuel is setting up a memorial stone by which to commemorate what The Lord had done for them! Now, just to be sure you understand the significance of this moment, the Philistines had stolen the ark of God, and it had been out of place for over 20 years. 

Meanwhile, the nation of Israel lamented (that is, they prayed with weeping) after The Lord over their loss. The longer the ark was gone, the more they realized what they were missing. It wasn’t just the ark, but it was the God of the ark. And any time God’s presence and power is on reserve because of your sin, you begin to miss God a whole lot more than you ever thought you would! 

That said, Israel began to pray, and God began to listen. Long story short, after they had repented, gotten rid of their false gods, and begun to serve The Lord ONLY again, God heard the prayer of Samuel on their behalf, and gave them a great victory against the Philistines, the ones who had stolen the ark in the first place. 

Now, it is important to understand that if you want to get the presence and power of God back in your life, then you must defeat whatever it was that took them. Cure the disease, and the symptoms will also be cured. For Israel (and for us), the disease was sin, and the symptoms were (and are) a loss of God’s favor, blessings, power, provisions, and victory. 

This leads me to now point out that Samuel, having named the memorial Ebenezer, was making a symbolic statement testifying of the God of restoration. How so? Well, if you remember, the location at which the nation of Israel lost the ark was also a place named Ebenezer. In essence, this stone was a testimony to the fact that God had restored what had been lost; namely, the presence, power, and favor of God! 

Furthermore, the word Ebenezer in our text literally means “stone of help”! Aren’t you glad that the Rock of Ages is still a very present HELP in our times of trouble?! This stone was to testify to future generations of the help you can receive of the Lord when you call upon His name! 

And what do you know? It won’t be long and Israel will be introduced to a shepherd boy named David, who will win a great victory against a great giant with a “stone of help” from a slingshot! But he won’t just pick up one stone out of the brook for the battle, but he’ll pick up five of them! However, he will only need ONE of them! Can I tell you this; of all of your weapons of defense and strategies for winning, you only need Jesus!



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God's Word DELIVERS!!!



Today’s Reading: 1 Sam. 4-6, Luke 9:1-17

Today’s Reflection: 1 Sam. 4:1a And the word of Samuel came to all Israel…

Can you imagine what a feat that must have been? Just think about it. In a world where communication was either by the spoken or written word, and where mass printing presses and modern telecommunications did not exist, it was certainly an accomplishment for the word of Samuel to be delivered to all of Israel.  
The Bible does not tell us much about the delivery method, but it tells us all we need to know; the word got out! 

Know this; when God has a word for a people, He WILL get it delivered! Several passages come to mind which shed light. I think first of Isaiah 55:11, which says, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” God never ineffectively sends a word. His word sent will neither fail in its purpose or in its destination. 

Another verse that comes to mind is Psalm 68:11, which says, “The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.” This tells us that God’s word is given in order that it might be published. God does not give a word that is never meant to be published. In fact, not only should it be published, but it should be published on a massive scale! 

How much so? Well, in our text, God raised up Samuel to be a mouthpiece, and when Samuel spoke on God’s behalf, that word came to ALL Israel. In Mark 16:15, Jesus tells us to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” And then Habakkuk 2:14 says, “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Do you THINK God wants His word published for ALL to hear? I think so.  Furthermore, we just read where it is prophesied that it shall be done! 

Now I have a question for you; are YOU a part of that great company which is publishing the word that God has given us to publish and to declare across this world? If not, why not? Some might say, “I would speak, but no one would listen to me!” Listen, dear friend; when you speak what GOD says, God sees to it that your words are delivered to their appropriate audience. 

In fact, if you make a regular habit of saying what God says, and not what you have to say, He will even amplify your voice for more to hear, as He did Samuel. Collectively, as members of the body of Christ, with all voices raised, there is no reason and no excuse why we wouldn’t or shouldn’t do our part in helping fulfill God’s promised word; namely, that of getting the gospel to all the world. Go for it!



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What if the "Establishment" was God's Word?


Today’s Reading: 1 Sam. 1-3, Luke 8:26-56

Today’s Reflection: 1 Sam. 1:23b …only the LORD establish his word…

Samuel was a destiny child. He came at a time in Israel’s history where there was “no open vision” and where a word from God through His prophet was precious because of its rarity if nothing else. 


There was a lot of expectation around the meaning of Samuel’s existence for two reasons. First, Samuel’s mother was not supposed to even have children, but she did! And second, the reason she did was because she prayed and asked The Lord for a child. 

But, she didn’t just ask for him so she would be the primary beneficiary. Rather, she vowed to The Lord that she would lend her child to The Lord’s service for the duration of his lifetime! So, you can only imagine that when God answered her prayer with a male child, that they fully anticipated God to have a special purpose in mind for young Samuel. 

It is with this frame of thought and mind that Samuel’s father says concerning the plans for the child, “…only the LORD establish his word…”. I believe this phrase has at least two applications, both of which will be consistent with the text. 

First, I believe that Elkanah is saying, in essence, “May The Lord reveal His will!”. Secondly, I believe that he is also saying, “May The Lord’s will be done!” Some might even argue that he is saying, “Only if The Lord wills it to be so!” In either case, the point to be made is that in every situation, no matter where we are at in life, we ought always to seek first God’s will and establish God’s word on the matter. 

You see, when you study God’s word, you are studying His will. Now that said, because young Samuel had parents willing to give him over to The Lord’s service, Samuel went on to be a great man of God. 

In fact, later on we see in 1 Sam. 3:20 “…that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord.” And what did Elkanah say in our text? Only The Lord establish His word? Sound familiar? In fact, now that we consider the two verses side by side, we can conclude that Elkanah’s statement even had some prophetic undertones to it, because of the way that The Lord did indeed establish His word, not only FOR, but THROUGH the prophet Samuel. 

Now I said all that to say this; when we’re truly centered around God’s Word, and not some personal or popular twisted version of it, then and only then can we expect God’s will to be accomplished. God’s Word, and therefore His will, is forever established and settled in Heaven, but what about Earth? Let’s pray that He will continue to establish His Word HERE!



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It just so happens...



Today’s Reading: Ruth 1-4, Luke 8:1-25

Today’s Reflection: Ruth 2:3b …and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz…

So much of God’s leading in our lives falls into the “it just so happened” category. Just think about it for a moment. Although there are certainly exceptions to the rule, most people do not make but a handful of what I would like to call “life-altering” decisions in their entire lifetime. 


We grow up, we accept Christ (hopefully), we choose a career, we get married, and we live out our lives. MOST of our lives, though set in course by major life decisions, turn out as much or more so of the result of small, incremental, seemingly incidental decisions along the journey, between or after the major decisions. 

We make our plans, and then providence happens! We call it coincidence or happenstance, but it truly is providence; that of God intervening not only in our major decisions, but our day to day lives, interweaving His plans, purposes, pleasures, and provisions into our daily lives as we simply try to make it from day to day. 

And so it was for Ruth. The King James Bible says “…and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz…”, which means, IT JUST SO HAPPENED! Little did Ruth know that this “just so happen” moment was so providentially orchestrated that she was meeting her future husband, through whose lineage would come the line of King David, and ultimately, the Christ Child! 

I wish to highlight these “just so happens” because sometimes I think we overlook the fact that God so interweaves Himself into our daily mundane living that His supernatural working in the minute details feels normal and all too often without notice. 

The Bible even says that the steps of a good man are ordered by The Lord (Psalm 37:23). Think of that! The STEPS…that is, the day to day…no, the step by step, minute by minute decisions of life that seem to be inconsequential to us, are guided by God our Father in such a way that collectively, all of those small moments JUST SO HAPPEN to change our course of history for our good, and ultimately His glory! 

Dear friend, in the daily grind of life, have you thought to yourself that nothing Heavenly is happening on your behalf, due to your inability to detect it? If so, let this serve as a reminder to you that it JUST SO HAPPENS God is working all things together for good to them that love Him (see Rom. 8:28)! 

Some of your greatest miracles will be birthed from your smallest moments, when you least expect them. In fact, you won’t even see many of them coming until you start stumbling into them; then, you will see God’s hand in it all!



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