1 month 2 weeks ago #11599 by FemiClef
  TOPIC: ARE YOU LOOKING FOR FAME? Read: 1 Chronicles 14:8-178 Now when the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went out against them. 9 Then the Philistines went and made a raid on the Valley of Rephaim. 10 And David inquired of God, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” The LORD said to him, “Go up, for I will deliver them into your hand.” 11 So they went up to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there. Then David said, “God has broken through my enemies by my hand like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore they called the name of that place Baal Perazim. 12 And when they left their gods there, David gave a commandment, and they were burned with fire.  13 Then the Philistines once again made a raid on the valley. 14 Therefore David inquired again of God, and God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; circle around them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. 15 And it shall be, when you hear a sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.” 16 So David did as God commanded him, and they drove back the army of the Philistines from Gibeon as far as Gezer. 17 Then the fame of David went out into all lands, and the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations. MEMORISE: And the fame of David went out into all lands, and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations. 1 Chronicles 14:17 EXPOSITIONThe desire to be famous had made so many people crazy today as they go extra mile to get fame. They do things that God would never approved of to get to stardom. Our teeming younger generations are deeply engulfed in this as they go from one herbalist to the other and from prophets to prophets. What shall we say of the young ladies who offer their bodies to anything or anybody for promotion and to be enriched? All these are crooked means to be famous with irreparable consequences. True fame, promotion, greatness, popularity are from God as we have seen in the life of David in our text today. The fame of this "man after God's heart" went our into all lands, and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations (v.17) Isn't that what everyone is looking for today; to be known everywhere? David did not consult any medium or ritualist to gain his popularity, rather he gained it through fighting God's battle and close relationship with Him. David waited to be anointed by God as king over Israel. He was patient for God; he would never rush into anything unlike us today. We have often forgotten that he who laught last, laughs best and anyone that first hits the show may be an onlooker towards the end of the show. David also depended on God for direction as to when to act and when not to act. He never jumped God's process and programme for him. Through this, he gernered enough strength to always defeat his enemies and because he always gained victory through God in all battles, everyone in all the lands heard about him and recognised the strength of God in his life. You don't have to continue to scramble for fame on your own or do things that do not glorify God to be promoted or hit stardom. Follow David's example and allow God to do what He knows best to do in your life. PRAYER POINTS1. Lord, help me to always look unto You alone for all that I need to live my life to the fullest.2. Help me Lord to always wait upon You for my uplifting, progress and promotion.3. Deliver our young ones who are already caught in the web of ritual acts, fraudulent acts, prostitution and occultism, O Lord. EXTRA READINGS FOR TODAY:Numbers 11:8-13:20; Mark 8:31-9:14

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