Thought: Our hearts are crying out for God, and when we hear His consolation of our souls, we'll hear those cries in the hearts of others. And strive to answer them.
Prayer: Lord, I've been hiding, and the results are a stubborn heart and a thick head. Help me, Father, to come out of hiding to serve you better. Help me to know you better, to surrender my defenses to you.
Rev. 3:8 -> You think you are weak, but you have the power of God.
Rev. 3:9 -> Don't be driven to please those who serve Satan.
Rev. 3:12 -> The pillars in 1 Kings 7:21 were called 'He shall establish' and 'In him is strength.'
1 Samuel 8:5 ->Do we reject God's leadership to be "like all the nations"?
1 Samuel 8:7 ->Those who reject godly leaders are rejecting God, not the person. NOTE: The leader must be submitted to God, and this is not a litmus test of salvation. Neither is this about all things a leader wants, but about God's word. Don't think rejecting the pastor's suggestion to paint the building is the same as rejecting the pastor preaching the Word of God.
1 Samuel 8:11-17 ->Kings will take as much as they can. In this passage, the warning is that the king will take as much as God expects, showing that sometimes the government thinks it is God.
Proverbs 18:2 -> Learn!
Proverbs 18:10-11 -> Trust God or wealth? all wealth is not evil, but trusting in wealth is contrary to trusting God.
Proverbs 18:17 ->Don't jump to a conclusion, hear all the sides. Even if you really expect one side to be really wrong.
Proverbs 18:22 -> I found mine! And she is greatly a blessing!
1 Timothy 3:1 -> Aspires? Desires? Those who lead the church ought to want to. Leadership is not something to be eschewed, but to strengthen yourself to aspire to do.
Isaiah 35:8-9 -> Compared to Proverbs 26:13 -> How many times are we sluggard before God, making whatever excuse we can, when He has promised 'no lions!' Get up, get out of bed, and get to it! There is no lion in the street! And remember 1 Peter 5:8 -> Your enemy goes like a lion, so if God promises a future with no lions, that's future without the enemy.