Thursday, July 7, 2016

Stand True No Matter What

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Scripture: 2 Samuel 23:15-16
David had a craving and said, “Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate!”  So the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, and drew water from the well of Bethlehem which was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David. Nevertheless he would not drink it, but poured it out to the Lord;

Insights: The final lesson we learn this week from our passage deals with standing true no matter what.  These three warriors of David were true to him even at the potential cost of their very lives.  They knew David desired water from the well in Bethlehem and because of their love for him they risked their very lives to get him a drink.  They stayed true to David no matter what the cost.  Our founding fathers of our nation did the same regarding our liberty.  Most of the fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence lost their fortunes.  Many died or lost loved ones in the American Revolution.  These men who had lived lives of comfort and wealth knew the greater good of freedom lay before them.  They knew this truth to be more important than anything else.  As a result, they signed and fought no matter the consequences because they knew they needed to stand true to the cause of freedom.  Beloved, we are approaching a day in which I personally believe Christ-followers will experience persecution and prison in the United States.  I do not long for that day, but I do think it is a very real possibility.  My question for you is will you be one who will stand true to the Lord no matter what may come?  It is my prayer you will.  May we have the same resolve as David’s mighty men.  May we have the same resolve our founding fathers of this great nation had.  May we be like Jesus because He fills us with His power and grace to stand true.

1. Is there any reason you can think of which would give you cause enough to compromise your faith?
2. Why do you think so many “Christians” in the United States compromise their faith?

Prayer: Father, Your standard is the most important.  Help me to stand with You no matter what happens around me.  I see a day in which Christ-followers may be imprisoned for their faith in the United States.  If that day comes, let me be strong enough in You to face the punishment of the state.  Amen.

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