Sawyers Church Daily Devotions
Friday 8th June 2018

Scripture

Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom? ” And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David.
The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully on Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand (1 Samuel 18 v 8 – 10)

Observation

Make no mistake about it: Heaven and hell watch inside activity more than outside activity. Although inside activity is not immediately visible, that doesn’t mean it cant be instantly toxic. Such was the case with Saul’s envy of David. Its lethal poison lay silently in the King’s heart…until the songs began.

Application

This is the litmus test for any leader: He’s tested not by what he does as much as by how he responds to what others do.

  • When others’ successes are greater than yours, do your rejoice or are you secretly bothered?
  • When a peer or a competitor flops in performance, do you secretly rejoice or do you genuinely weep?

“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16 v 7)

Inside activity is something heaven and hell watch for. Letting inside activity go unchecked will cause our hearts to become septic, and the forces of hell will respond with oppressive results. Our motives get skewed; thinking we are righteous, we become foolish and deceived.

I need to check my inside activity often. I must monitor my heart and my thoughts. What’s taking up my mind’s time and my inner conversation? Heaven monitors my inside activity to determine my strength. So does hell.

Prayer

Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in your everlasting way! (Psalm 139 v 23 – 24)

Peter Jordan
Senior Pastor at Sawyers Church

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