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(CLICK THE TITLE) Good morning everyone. As I woke this morning, a question popped into my spirit; what am I being presented with today? I was lead to scripture and I will share my revelation with you.

Today’s Prayer

Father, help each of us to desire to understand more fully the purpose of the founding of Your church. Even though Your disciples were “born again” in the Upper Room when Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit into them, He told them to wait in Jerusalem for the power of the Holy Spirit to come upon them! Forgive us, for too often we have been satisfied with being “reborn,” that is, receiving a new spirit and prayer line to You, and Your promise of eternal life. Yet You want us to wait and pray to be empowered too! We live in a splintered world as Your first disciples did, for as Christians today we are faced with ridicule and persecution, and our freedoms are endangered. We need all that You have for us — the power and the spiritual gifts for the words to witness, the faith to pray for healing and miracles, and the courage to keep Your Word alive! Oh Lord, help us each to sincerely seek Your Pentecost experience in our lives today. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Let’s eat.

Preparation for Greatness

He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. – 2 Samuel 22:35

The bible tells us that David was a mighty warrior, and God described him as a man after His own heart. God took David through a training ground that could be considered cruel and unusual punishment by people of our day and time. God chose him at a young age to be the next king, yet King Saul rejected him and hunted him down. David was a fugitive for many years. He had uprisings in his own family, and he had relationship problems. He had a life of extreme ups and downs. He certainly didn’t have a life free of problems; he made mistakes. He was human like all of us, yet he learned from his mistakes and repented when he failed. This was David’s training ground; it made the man. Without these hardships, it is doubtful David would have accomplished what he did.

Toward the end of David’s life, he recounted his relationship with God. It is a sermon on God’s ways of dealing with a servant leader.

It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me Your shield of victory; You stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn (2 Samuel 22:33-37).

God was David’s source for everything. God gave him the ability to achieve the many extraordinary things in his life. It was a lifelong training ground that moved him from one plateau to another, often dropping into a canyon of despair and hopelessness from time to time. These are God’s ways. They drive us deeper and deeper into the heart of Him who has prepared a way for us.

This leads me back to the question of the day and the answer. Every day of our lives, God is molding us for His purpose. Let God take you to the heights or depths He desires for you. He never promised smooth sailing during the trip, but He did promise to be the captain and companion along the way.

Quote of the Day

Unbelief is infectious! The unbelief of one strengthens the unbelief of another, just as the faith of one strengthens the faith of another. 

Arthur W. Pink

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Written by Glenn Sterrett, Founder and CEO of the GCKRS™ Helping Hand Foundation.

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