May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight, LORD
my Rock and my Redeemer.
Many have gone through life feeling rejected or not good enough. Fear, anxiety and depression seem to run rampant taking over the way we think about life and ourselves. Honesty and kindness seem to be a thing of the past, especially to one’s self. Many would choose to believe the lie about themselves and who they are (what the world has led them to believe) rather than the truth of who God created us to be and who He says we are.
2 Samuel 9:1-13
David was king of Israel and did what was just and right for all the people.
One day he asked “is there anyone in King Saul’s family still alive-anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” Jonathan was the son of King Saul and like a brother to David. So he summoned a man named Ziba, who had been one of King Saul’s servants. The king than asked him, “Is anyone still alive from Saul’s family?” If so I want to show God’s kindness to them.” Ziba replied, Yes, one of Jonathan’s sons is still alive. He is crippled in both feet. “Where is he?” the king asked. “In Lo-debar, Ziba told him.” So David sent for him, his name was Mephibosheth.
When Mephibosheth came to David he bowed low to the ground in deep respect. “Don’t be afraid!” David said. I intend to show kindness to you because of my promise to your father, Jonathan. I will give you all the property that once belonged to your grandfather King Saul, and you will eat here with me at the kings table!” Mephibosheth bowed respectfully and exclaimed, “Who is your servant, that you should show such kindness to a dead dog like me?” Then the king summoned King Saul’s servant Ziba and said, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to King Saul and his family. You and your sons and sevants are to farm the land for him to produce food for your master’s household. But Mephibosheth, your master’s grandson, will eat here at my table.” And from that time on Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem and ate regularly at David’s table, like one of the king’s own sons.
Mephibosheth = Mouth of Shame
Lo-debar = a place of no pasture, where you have been in the wilderness, isolation, desolation and lack.
When Mephibosheth came to David he expected to be killed and fell to his face. Even though Mephibosheth was the grandson of a king and had royal blood running through his veins, Mephibosheth continued to speak from a mouth of shame concerning himself. “Who is your servant that you would show such kindness to a dead dog like me?” Mephibosheth had been living in Lo-debar, a place of wilderness, isolation, desolation, lack and no hope. He was afraid that he would be killed by King David who had taken his grandfather’s place on the throne. Even though Mephibosheth, was crippled in both feet and Lo-debar is where he planned to live and die, God had a better plan for Mephibosheth. God’s intent was for Mephibosheth to live and be treated as the royalty that he was. So God not only spoke to the heart of King David about Mephibosheth’s royal heritage but God also provided a way out of Lo-debar, the place of wilderness, isolation, desolation and lack. From that day on Mephibosheth ate at King David’s table and was treated as one of King David’s own sons.
But those who embraced him and took hold of his name were given authority to become the children of God. John 1:12
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. Ephesians 1:5
I believe many of us have continued to live in the mindset of Lo-debar for far too long. Even though we have royal blood (the DNA of Christ the King running through our veins) just as Mephibosheth we continue to live under a false identity because of fear of being rejected by Christ the King. The King wants to restore us to our true God given identity of the royalty that we are. We came from the blood line and DNA of Christ the King. He is calling us to sit at His table as one of His
sons / daughters.
Will you answer His call and come out of the mindset of Lo-debar? Will you step into your true identity as the son/ daughter of a King? Will you accept His invitation to sit at His table in heavenly places and dine with Him? Will you partake of the Blessings He wishes to bestow upon you?
I heard the spirit of the Lord say “Take hold of your inheritance, for I am strengthening your grip.” I then saw a vision of someone cleaning branches, leaves and junk from a large swimming pool with a large net, and I heard the spirit of the Lord say, “I never called you to clean the pool but to fill the pool with the living water which comes from the presence of my Spirit.” I then saw many people coming to the pool to partake of it’s goodness and I was reminded of when Jesus was traveling from Judea to Galilee and had to go through a Samaritan Village on the way, tired from a long walk he stopped at a well to rest. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, Please give me a drink. He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy food. The woman was surprised, for Jews refused to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, Why would a Jew ask a Samaritan woman for water? Jesus replied, If you only knew who I am and the gift that God wants to give you, you would ask me for a drink and I would give you living water. John 4:4-26 When the Holy Spirit is received by a spiritually hungry person it will pour out of them like a river. Anyone who believes in me may come and drink so that rivers of living water will flow from his heart. John 7:38
God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God, he created them male and female. God formed Adam from the dust of the earth, He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. Genesis 1:27-2:7 Because Adam was created in the image of God and God breathed his own breath into Adam, his only identity was in God, until he lost his identity when he ate of the forbidden fruit. We are living in a world of lost identity. Everywhere you look people are trying to find themselves in a fallen world. Some may embrace religion, achievement, status, education or family, while others embrace hardships such as hatred, fear, sickness, abuse and poverty. Many times in life we tend to gravitate to the familiar place we have grown accustomed to, because it’s all we have ever known and it becomes a part of who we are.
We need to come to the realization that our true identity is in Christ. Jesus came so he could get his life back into us. A thief has only one thing in mind, he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect, life in its fullness until you overflow! John 10:10 We need to pursue him so that we can be transformed by him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Romans 12:2 As we become like him, we see like he sees and we live like he lived.
Start filling the pool of your spirit with living water rather than remaining in the mindset of cleaning the pool, because he is strengthening your grip. Take hold of your inheritance as a child of the most high God (to be like him, so that others will see Christ in you.) You are the salt of the earth but what good is salt if it has lost it’s flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled under foot as worthless. Matthew 5:13-14
There is nothing in the heart of God for you, that you do not have access to. Because you have access to his heart. Everything God had in store for you since the beginning of time was birthed in his heart for you. Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5
This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the Lord; I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds. Then he says, I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds. And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices. And so dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:16-25
It all starts with a seed - A pumpkin seed, an apple seed, a flower seed. A seed of bitterness, rejection, discord, or anger. Most seeds are planted because of our thoughts. Our thoughts become our speech, our actions, and eventually our character. What you think you eventually will come to believe, unless you refuse to allow the seed to take root in your life. When a seed is planted in the ground it will produce one of its own kind. What kind of seed are you planting in others or allowing to take root in your life? What about the words we speak to ourselves and to others? Are they words of kindness, truth and love or of discord and ridicule? Rejection and unforgiveness can begin with a thought as tiny as a mustard seed and become deeply rooted within our being. What we allow to take root in our life will continue to grow unless it is uprooted and torn down. Many of us have allowed seeds of rejection and unforgiveness to dictate our life. We have allowed it to become a part of our character. We have continued to drag around and embrace who the world says we are, instead of who God our creator says we are. Does the one who created you not know who you are? Does an artist not know the work of His hands? He breathed His own breath into you. His breath does not speak ill of you but builds you up into who He formed you to be. There were scrolls written in heaven about you before you were born. You were predestined to be His child. A good loving parent will always want the best for their child. Do you not think your heavenly Father, your creator wants the best for you? Stop allowing seeds of rejection to dictate your life!! They have no place in you! You are the child of a King. It’s time you think like it, act like it and look like it.
The accuser of this world has no legal right to you! No right to your thoughts, words, actions or character. It’s time to uproot those things of the past and plant new seeds of acceptance, forgiveness and love. It’s time to begin with you. What does the word of God say about you? Let it become your thought, speech, actions and character and then let it flow out of you onto others.
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galations 6:8 (ESV)
Ask yourself what kind of seed are you sowing? What kind of seed are you allowing to be planted and take root in your life?
When your feeling less than, put down, shoved down or taken down; when you’ve been told your not good enough, your to young, to old, or just plain unqualified; when you feel you’re all alone, and that no one cares about you or loves you, let me remind you.
Let me remind you of a boy named David. When others saw a giant, David saw an opportunity. The boy who appeared to have no armor, no weapon of magnitude, and no common sense, when the Israelite Army was shaking in their boots afraid of the Philistines, David stood before a giant and said “How dare you defile the army of the living God!!”
When others saw a shepard boy, God saw a king!!
Let me remind you of a young man named Joseph. When his brothers saw a nuisance, Joseph had a dream. Joseph was thrown in a pit, falsely accused of rape, and imprisoned for years. When others saw a prisoner, God saw an Ambassador.
Let me remind you of a young man named Danial. When others saw hungry lions, Danial saw the hand of God.
Let me remind you of a man called Moses. When others saw a sea of water, Moses saw dry ground and a promise land.
When we see sickness, disease, misfortune, no hope, no potential, no future, God sees his child, well and whole, God sees a future and a hope. God sees a child of a king, which makes you Royalty.
Let me remind you, who your creator is, and to whose kingdom you belong. He is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords and the creator of the universe. His name is Abba, Prince of Peace, Everlasting Father, Son of God, Holy One, Jesus, His name is I AM.
You are God’s masterpiece. God watched you as you were being formed in utter seclusion, as you were woven together in the dark of the womb. Every day of your life was recorded in His book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. You are always on His mind. His thoughts about you are so precious, they cannot be counted for they out number the grains of sand. Psalms 139: 13-18 (NLT)
The bible tells us of a woman named Ruth who was born and raised in Moab. Ruth could have stayed in Moab, a place that was familiar and comfortable to her. But she made a decision, to leave everything she had ever known, to follow after a God her mother in law Naomi had taught her about. She made a decision to honor a mother in law that had nothing in this world to offer her. She made a decision to humble herself in a foreign land. In her heart I believe that Ruth knew her destiny was much larger than what she had been taught growing up in Moab. A destiny which God had written upon her life when she was being formed in her mothers womb. A destiny to become the great grandmother of a king named David (whom was in the lineage of Jesus). A destiny to have a whole book in the bible named after her and written about her. A destiny that would one day change the world. Ruth 1-4
Just like Ruth, God has a plan for your life. A plan to prosper you and not to harm you, a plan to give you a hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
Before you were formed in your mothers womb, He knew all about you, your fingerprint was being designed by the hand of God. Out of more than 7 billion people who live on the earth not one fingerprint is alike. Even identical twins do not have an identical fingerprint, they too are uniquely made and set apart for a special purpose in the earth which God has already written in his book.
Sometimes we need to make choices that are not the most popular. Sometimes we must leave the familiar ways we were taught and change our way of thinking. We may even need to move away from our homeland and embrace a new life style. We are to stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around us, and inwardly be transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how we think. This will empower us to discern God’s will as we live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes. Romans 12:2 (TPT)
You were fearfully and wonderfully made by the hand of God. Psalms 139:14 (NIV) and an artist always signs their work, it signifies that the artwork is finished, and that the artist is satisfied. Could it be that your fingerprint is God’s signature on his masterpiece?
If someone gains illegal entry to our home, they disrupt our life, take what does not belong to them, and sometimes even harm us. We do not just stand by and let it happen! We fight back, we call the police, we place charges against them. In some situations we may even give our life for our loved ones. When the devil attacks a child of God it is illegal in the kingdom of heaven, because the price was already paid on the cross!!
When you’re feeling less than, put down, shoved down or taken down, when you’ve been told your not good enough, you’re too young, too old, or just plain unqualified, when you feel you’re all alone, no one cares about you or loves you, when your loved ones are being attacked in their physical bodies, financially, or making choices that are not in line with the word of God, these are all illegal attacks on you and your family. It is because the price has already been paid for on the cross!
“He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.” Isaiah 53:5-6 (NLT)
God loves you! Everything about you concerns Him! He cares about what and who you care about. The very hairs of your head are numbered. Luke 12:7 (NLT)
“In this world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (KJV)
(Jesus overcame the tribulations of this world on the cross by the blood He shed and the price He paid)
Let me remind you, of a boy named David;
When others saw a giant, David saw an opportunity.
The boy who appeared to have no armor, no weapon of magnitude, or sense, when the army of God was shaking in
their boots, afraid of the philistines, David stood before a giant and said;
“How dare you defile the army of the living God!!”
When the intruder from the pit of hell gains illegal entry to your home and your family you have the legal right in the kingdom of heaven to stand before the giant that is invading your land/home/family and say “How dare you devil defile the family/army that God has given me as an heir of the throne of salvation.” “How dare you devil with your sickness and disease come against my family!!! You don’t have any legal right demons of heal, your invasion is illegal and I command you to get your hands off God’s property and go back to the pits of hell where you belong, take your sickness and disease because you don’t have a legal right to take what my God has promised me as my inheritance because of the price that Jesus paid on the cross!” “I speak healing, I speak restoration and I speak peace over every person in my blood line. Satan I command you to get your hands off God’s property by the blood of the lamb and in the name of Jesus. The principality of darkness has over stepped the boundary line of heaven, that the blood of Jesus paid for. How dare you defile the family/army of the living God!!”
David was able to stand before a giant without fear, because David knew who he was. David knew the God he served. He didn’t need anyone to remind him, about the provision of his God. Because he walked, spoke, listened and lived with Him daily.
When we know who we belong to, when we know who we are in Christ, when we know the price that He paid, we can stand against any giant in the land! Because anything less than what the word of God promises, is illegal entry in our life!!
“The Lord is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion. But he does not excuse the guilty. He lays the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected – even children in the third and forth generation.” Numbers 14:18 (NIV)
“But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.” Exodus 20:6 (NLT)
“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” Daniel 3:17&18
“I know my God is able to deliver me, but even if he doesn’t, still I will serve Him!
There is a story of one young boy that has been told countless times throughout history. The bible does not tell us much about the boy. We don’t know his name, how old he was, if he was alone or with his parents.
Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, a huge crowd kept following him where ever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick. Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him. Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Phillip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Phillip for he already knew what he was going to do. Phillip replied, “Even if we worked for months we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!” Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with all this huge crowd?” “Tell everyone to sit down” Jesus said, so they all sat down.
(The men alone numbered 5,000.) Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God and distributed them to the people. Afterward He did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. After everyone was full Jesus told the disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so nothing is wasted.” So, they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.
We know that this young boy came prepared to see Jesus. He came prepared for the duration of the time he was going to be there. With a heart to serve and to share what little he had. How blessed this young boy must have been to be able to give his food to Jesus. How excited he must have been when Jesus multiplied what little he had and fed so many people!! The amount of food in proportion to the number of people seemed to be insignificant. But what and who appeared to be insignificant became significant when touched by Jesus. There was more than enough to go around! Everyone ate until they were full and there were twelve baskets left over!
You may feel insignificant; your name may not be well known. You may not have much to give. All you need is a heart to be with Jesus. “For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” You are significant to Him!! And that’s all that really matters!
The place where Jesus was crucified, Golgotha, is known as the place of the skull. Matthew 27:33 When I think about a skull, I think about my head and all the thoughts that go through it. I believe there are some of us who have remained at the place of the skull in our thinking (the place where Jesus was crucified). We know He loved us enough to die a horrible death on a cross for us. But we have never gone to the tomb to find that he has risen from death to life. I don’t believe we have to stay at the place where He died, although we must always remember the sacrifice He paid for us. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead He said to them “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” John 11:1-44 Some of us are still walking around with grave (mourning) clothes on. I believe that if we continue to stay at the place of the skull in our thought life we will never walk in the perfect plan of God for our life. We must allow Him to take the baggage and remove the grave clothes of our thinking so that we can live with the resurrected Savior in our minds as well as in our hearts. For He tells us: “Be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 He didn’t only die a horrible death for you but He rose again that you might have life and have it more abundantly. John10:10 The enemy would desire to keep you at the place of the skull in your thought life. But God would desire that you have an overflowing full life in Him. We must begin to pray for a shifting of the mindset, that God would be glorified in all we think, feel, say and do so that we will represent Him well to the world.
We all want to be valued. We all want to belong. So we search for a place to fit in, a place of acceptance in this world that we live in.
In the beginning God created. Genesis 1:1
God created mankind in his own image, He created male and female Genesis 1:27
When a fashion designer creates an original design, the copyright belongs to them. Anything else like it is considered a knockoff. A knockoff is an unauthorized copy or imitation. A product produced quickly and easily which lowers the value.
Many times in the need to feel acceptance we become a knockoff of what God’s original plan and design was for us, we copy the behavior and customs of this world because it’s easier that way.
You were created in the image of God. You have value. Being a knockoff of what God intended for you to be was never his plan.
It’s not too late! I encourage you to begin renewing your mind today by changing the way you think. Your value is not based on what others think of you. What does God’s word say about you?
Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2
As I begin my venture thru the Bible this year. I am reminded of the serpent who deceived Eve and Adam in the garden. Genesis 3:1-14
Eating of the tree in the garden was not where the fall of man began. Believing the lie was where the fall of man began. Eating of the tree was an act of disobedience that took place after the lie was believed. Then came shame, blame placing, jealousy, murder, and the list goes on.
Jesus went to Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John the Baptist. After his baptism when Jesus was coming up out of the water, the heavens were open and he saw the spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on Jesus. A voice that came from heaven said, "This is my beloved son in him I am well pleased." Matthew 3:13-17 (Jesus Identity had already been established.)
Yet right after that Jesus went into the wilderness to fast and pray for 40 days and 40 nights. During that time the devil came and said to him "If you are the son of God" Matthew 4:1-11
(trying to get Jesus to question his identity and believe a lie.) But the spirit of God had just declared when Jesus was baptized, that Jesus was the Son of God.
I believe the spirit of lies is the root of all sin.
The devil's greatest fear is that you know your identity.
When you accepted Christ as your savior, you became a child of God. Nothing or no one can take that away from you! You are His!!! So stop believing the lies in your mind of what the world says about you and start believing what the word of God says about you.
If God is for you who can be against you? Romans 8:31
You can do all things thru Christ who strengthens you. Philippians 4:13
The only one keeping you from your destiny is you.
The voices you hear the loudest are the ones in your head.
Fix your thoughts on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8
Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions, your actions become your values, and your values become your destiny. Mahatma Gandhi
David was a man after God's own heart. Acts 13:22
His Faith: "God delivered me in the past and he can do it again." 1 Samuel 17:34-37
As a shepherd boy in the fields watching over his father's sheep, he learned of a God whom he could call upon.
David knew his job was to protect those sheep. His faith in God gave him the courage to slay the lions and the bears.
Little did he know that the fight against the bear and the lion would give him the strength he needed to face a giant.
Because David knew who the one true God was.
When all others saw a giant too big to fight. David saw a giant too big to be missed by a rock.
He Loved God: "For I delight in your commands" Psalms 119:47-48
David's confidence in the Lord's power had been strengthened by his memory of previous times when he had prayed for and experienced God's deliverance.
"God doesn't look at the outward appearance but at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7
David had a deep concern for the honor and reputation of the Lord God. 1 Samuel 17:26
He had a thankful heart: David knew who God was and he praised God in whatever the situation.
He was truly repentant: "I have sinned against the Lord." 2 Samuel 12:13, Psalms 51
David knew that God was his: Provider, Strength, Refuge, Friend, Lord and Savior.
I believe that when David stopped being still before the Lord. When the things of the world and his own desires became more important to him than God's plan and desire for him, that is when he fell into sin and out of the will of God. At about this time he ceased to be the man after God's own heart. 1 Samuel 13, 14
God forgives but just as there were consequences to David's wrong choices, there will be consequences to our wrong choices. 2 Samuel 11 - 1 Kings 2
We all make choices. Have you chosen to allow God to have his way in your life? Or are your plans and desires more important to you than God's plans and desires for you?
We will either stand for the things of God or we will stand for the things of the world. There are many Christians who continue to sit on the fence with one leg in the world and one leg in the things of God (so to speak) thinking they are enjoying the best of both worlds. But the bible tells us in Revelation 3:15 &16 I know the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water -neither hot nor cold-I will spit you out of my mouth. Have you taken a stand? Because when you stand before God one day you will discover that enjoying the best of both worlds didn’t really turn out so good after all.