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Threshing Floor

November 9th daily devotional blog by Keith Wayne Edwards

Read:

2 Samuel 24:24,25


24 But the king replied to Araunah, "No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing." So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them.

25 David built an altar to the LORD there and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then the LORD answered prayer in behalf of the land, and the plague on Israel was stopped.


Have you ever felt like King David? Sometimes you find yourself counting all of the great things you have done to enter into God's presence or to be accepted by God. I know that I do at times, and I have to fall at the threshing floor of God's grace in time of need and find that revelation that it's all about Jesus and not all about me. We look to the law to be made right at times, and the law is a good positive guide to go by, but it doesn't produce fruit by God's grace. Grace is knowing God and having that personal fellowship with him through our relationship that we have been given through His blood covenant. Now we have a covenant that is beyond any covenant ever made. There are times where we produce other types of covenants that were never attended for us to be a part of. David knew his covenant with God almighty, and David found God's grace in the middle of his failure. We must decrease so He can increase. Here we see that David had Joab count the fighting men of Jerusalem. This was not trusting God, and Joab didn't want to do this thing. He knew that this was not trusting the Lord, so God sent the prophet Gad to David and gave him a prophetic choice of what he wanted to be done to him for this sin. However, God withheld the judgment upon David. David fell on his face on the threshing floor, and God was very pleased with David's heart. God told the angel to stop the judgment. It is enough. If you are struggling today with counting your good deeds, then fall at the threshing floor today. This threshing floor is your heart. God wants your heart and not your deeds alone. When our heart is right we will show forth good fruit, and we will walk in the spirit. Let's fall on the threshing floor today.


Prayer:


Lord, we come to that threshing floor today with our hands lifted high and our mouth filled with praise. We ask that you will forgive us for counting all of the good things we do to make us right with you. We are made right because of our faith in your blood, Amen.

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