The Old Testament wasn’t written to us as New Testament believers, however, that doesn’t mean we throw the ‘baby out with the bathwater.’

The OT has a rich deepness in the message of hope and salvation in Jesus and the beginning of the creation story. To have one without the other causes a disjointedness, like taking Scripture out of context.

The OT is also full of stories of war, violence and plundering, leaving many to wonder why they are written and how do we apply them to our life today. I am positive the answer to these questions can be found in deeply and openly studying God’s Word. God longs to reveal and speak to us as we open Him to study Him. He is an open book.

David captured a thousand of his chariots, seven thousand charioteers and twenty thousand foot soldiers. He hamstrung all but a hundred of the chariot horses.

1 Chronicles 18:4

In today’s verse, David’s actions might elicit, “Good Lord, why on earth did David due such a barbaric thing?!” The surface answer is, right or wrong, it was a wartime casualty. The enemies horses were disabled so the enemy could not pursue. I encourage you to do some more studying on your own as you may thoughtfully be wrestling with this verse.

But, how does this apply to our lives today? I’m suggesting the condition of your heart. Has you heart been hamstrung or disabled by idols? We all know the idols in our heart that take up space meant for God. What would it look like if we spend just a few minutes more in God’s presence remembering He is the Creator of the universe and everything in it, around it, and below it? A few more minutes speaking out the Names of God in worship and praising and thanking Him for all He has done and is yet to do? Our sphere of influence would be a more joyful place to exist and it would reach farther than we can even anticipate.

Holy Spirit, we ask for your help in enabling us to recognize the things that have disabled our hearts and overstayed their welcome. In Jesus Name, Amen.


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Author: Terese

Terese is a wife, mother, Grammie, sister, aunt and friend. Best of all a daughter of the King! Terese is a Bible study teacher and speaker. One of her passions is investing in the lives of other women and encouraging them in their identity and authority in Christ. Terese is a life long student of God's grace.

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