Month: September 2021

Don’t Stay in the Cave!

Our natural tendency and temptation is to find a place where we are comfortable and feel safe and secure and stay there.  When David was on the run from King Saul because Saul wanted to kill David, David found a cave for himself, his family and for all others who wanted to join him in his place of refuge.  Over 400 people joined David in the cave of Adullam and it was because they believed in David’s leadership and they needed a place of refuge.  Even though David had found a place that was safe for himself and others, God sent a prophet to give David specific directions.

SCRIPTURES

“Now the prophet Gad said to David, “Do not stay in the stronghold; depart, and go to the land of Judah.” So David departed and went into the forest of Hereth.“  I Samuel 22:5

God knew the temptation David faced and God also knew the relentless pursuit of the enemy, so the message to David was, “Don’t stay in the cave.”  That temptation is with everyone today who has come to Christ as Savior and come to the gathering of the Lord’s church.  We must overcome the temptation of staying in the comfort of our churches.  Yes, we should find our churches as a place of refuge and safety, but there’s no way to fulfill God’s calling on our lives by staying in our comfort zones.  Unless you keep moving in faith, I can promise you the enemy will find you and stop you from making it to your destination.  David’s destination was not the cave, but it was sitting on the throne of Israel.  Are you still moving in faith?  Have you settled in a place of safety and spiritual comfort?  Are you getting out and trusting God and engaging those who are searching for a place of refuge?  Think about it, the life of a disciple of Christ is characterized by “going in and going out.”  We go in to be with other believers and are encouraged by God’s word, and then we go out into the world to share the good news and to lead others to the cave.

And Everyone Gathered to Him

People attract people and God has designed it that way.  We see this in the story of King David before he became the King of Israel.  For around 13 years David lived his life on the run as he was being chased down by King Saul.  David experienced one escape after the other and went to hide in the cave of Adullam which was only a little ways from Bethlehem.  While there literally hundreds of people came to where David was including his own family, but why?

SCRIPTURES

“David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So when his brothers and all his father’s house heard [it,] they went down there to him. 2 And everyone [who was] in distress, everyone who [was] in debt, and everyone [who was] discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.“ I Samuel 22:1-2

Please notice who it was that gathered to David, it wasn’t those who were prospering where they were and it wasn’t those who were comfortable where they were and it wasn’t those living in the fullness of freedom as a gift from God.  Those who gathered to David were miserable where they were and the life they were living.  Don’t you know there are still people like that today, just oppressed, miserable, joyless and completely stressed out, and looking for a way out?  David lead the way out for those 400 men and families to experience a better life even though it must have been a scary step of faith for them.  If you have been delivered from the power and oppression of Satan and the power of sin, God will use you to lead others out of their misery of life to faith, freedom and eternal salvation.  It’s usually miserable people who take great steps of faith and experience the abundance of life offered only by God.

Have you ever taken a step of faith that resulted in freedom and joy and peace?  That’s what God has for those who by faith, take Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.  If you haven’t taken Christ as your Savior, tell God today that’s what you want.  Do it quickly and verbally, and sincerely and take Christ to the point that He becomes everything to you.  You will never regret gathering to Christ in faith and giving up everything for Him.

Moving Mountains

Life is full mountains that get in our way from living in the fullness of life meant for us.  Those mountains range from being raised by parents who are distracted with their own desires, to personal disabilities to significant loss in life.  But here’s what we know about mountains and the obstacles that stubbornly stand in our way—they were meant to be moved. Jesus Christ spoke to His followers about the faith they need to move mountains.  This came right after a demoralizing failed attempted to heal a young boy.

SCRIPTURES

So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.“  Matthew 17:20

Most people see their mountains or obstacles in life as things outside of them and completely fail to see the high peek mountain inside of them.  Jesus declared to the disciples, the mountain was not in the young boys condition, but the mountain was towering in the hearts and minds.  Think about it, don’t we all have mountains on the inside that need to be moved?  Can you see the mountains in the lives of those around you?  Some people will never live in the fullness of life because they live with a mountain of guilt or hurt from the past.  Some will never live with exceeding joy, because they’ve never tried to move the mountain of anger.  Then there are those who live with a mountain of worry that confronts them every time some kind of adversity comes into their lives.  Some have mountain ranges of unforgiveness and grudges that will always be there, until by faith they are recognized and removed.  The biggest mountain in all of us is the mountain of unbelief, just like the disciples.  Think about how blessed the young boy and father would have been had the mountain of unbelief not been in those disciples.  Those around you and me will be blessed also when we get busy moving the mountains lodged in our hearts and minds.  Do you see a mountain in you?  At some point in your life you need to start talking to that mountain and demand in faith it be removed.

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