Fighting Words

Many people have been provoked into a fight just by a few words that hit them the wrong way.  If you want to start something with someone, start talking about their children or say something negative about their mother, and see what happens.  When David was on the battle field in the company of Israel’s army, he heard Goliath defying the armies of Israel, words that provoked him to go against Goliath, the Philistine.

And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, thePhilistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of thePhilistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard [them]. 24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fledfrom him, and were sore afraid.” I Samuel 17:23-24

Think about it, David’s reaction to the mocking, defying, arrogant words of Goliath was completely the opposite of all of Israel’s army.  When Israel’s army saw and heard Goliath, they fled with hearts full of fear.  When David heard Goliath, his response was, “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God.”  V. 26

Something rose up in David when he heard Goliath that didn’t rise up in the other men.  David heard fighting words!  David couldn’t stand by and do nothing while Goliath spewed out insults against God.  Because of the anointing on David’s life, he couldn’t walk away or cower down as the other men.

And as disciple’s of Christ, our hearts and ears should be tuned in and sensitive to what others are saying around us.  We should never go out looking to start a debate with anyone, but when the opportunity presents itself, be provoked in the name of Jesus.  We never want to have an argumentative spirit, but we can object and we can be a voice of truth. We can stand for what is right and we can stand for others who may not have the power or ability to stand for themselves.  David didn’t speak words of rebuke to Israel’s army, he just did what they were not able to do, fight against Goliath.  David reminds us of Jesus Christ, who was a defender of the weak and timid.  He was a defender against the religious bullies of His day, just like David was against Goliath.

As a disciple of Christ, you have something in you that causes you to react differently than others.  Live in your powerful anointing of God.

More Than You Can Handle

God delights in giving you more than you can handle.  That sounds just the opposite of a popular cliche tossed around by many Christians who say, “God will not put on you more than you can handle.”  But that hasn’t been my experience in life and in my walk with God.  I’ve been overwhelmed by tasks many times, and I’m certain you have as well.  The truth of God’s Word is, He will confront us with challenges that are way over our head.  And because God delights in giving you more than you can handle, you need to be strong and courageous.  Take Joshua, for example, at the time leadership was transitioning from Moses to him.  This is what God spoke to him,

“No man shall [be able to] stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, [so] I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 6 “Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 “Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:5-7

Joshua was handed the reigns of leadership over hundreds of thousands of people, and he probably felt anything but “strong and courageous,” but that is the requirement when you are challenged with an overwhelming task or opportunity.  Joshua was able to rise to the occasion because he had God’s promise, he understood the mission, he knew where to keep his focus (“the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left”), and he wanted to prosper.  God will give you more than you can handle, but he will also give you what you need to handle it.  And Joshua did prosper in the overwhelming, more-than-he-could-handle task.

So if you are faced with an overwhelming task or opportunity, don’t think it’s not from God and don’t shrink back in fear.  It may be from God to grow you and show you how God will come through for you.  As you take on what looks impossible or daunting and walk in obedience to God, God will take it on with you.  God will join in those things you consider more than you can handle and the reason He does is so when the victory comes, you will tell the world, “It was all God!”

Flag Doesn’t Fly

I noticed this morning as I walked outside that my flag wasn’t flying. As we come into this Inauguration Day we can be so anxious we forget who is in control. We can be so disgusted that we don’t pause to pray. The depth of disgust for a nation that has fallen away from God and true righteousness is rightly measured by our dependence on prayer. It is voiced, texted, tweeted, bannered, blogged, aired, and detailed in many different formats and platforms, but its greatest impact is when it reaches the throne of God in prayer. We groan at what we hear and see in the media, but true anguish of heart is taken up and echoed by the groaning of the Holy Spirit.

“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit [is,] because He makes intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God.” Romans 8:26-27

You can expect the correction of a nation that has gone astray to be hard. You can expect the correction of a nation that has shaken its fist in the face of God to be hard. You can expect the correction to be what no one wants to hear, the judgment of God. As my own children have grown, my discipline has changed to where now it is reshaped to advice and counsel, but not so with God. We have not outgrown the discipline of our God. We should pray and cry out like the children of Israel held in bondage with hard labor.  We should do it for the sake of our children and grandchildren who will grow up in a world completely void of a holy influence if we don’t. If you have a voice for the kingdom of God, use it!  Use your voice in prayer protest to God.

“Holy Father, you see the mockery in my country and you understand the plots of evil men. Father we desperately need You to step in and turn us back to You. You alone are our hope for the future, so we turn to you. Lord Jesus there is a love in our country but it is for power, money and control.  Father we are a guilty people, but many are Your people called by Your name, and we call on Your Name today. We ask Father that You turn the Whitehouse into a White House that has been washed in the precious blood of Your Son. Hear our cries O LORD and answer us before it’s too late.  We trust in Your ways and we want Your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us the power to pray and to be honest with You in confession. We believe You are coming again and whatever it takes to make us ready to meet You, we submit to Your divine plan. Cause us to hate what You hate and to love what You love, and we know You love people because Jesus came to the cross.  His suffering and death made a way for us to know You and be with You for all eternity. Bless us with what we need to come back to You. In Jesus Name I pray-Amen.

Overcoming Uncertainty

One of the scariest places to live on planet earth is in you own universe of uncertainty. What will be happening in the coming year or the coming weeks?  Who is telling you the truth about what is taking place in the world with the virus and job losses and all the prophetic voices?  Whatever happened to the bands of people coming to the southern borders and how about the stimulus change thrown at the American people while millions go into foreign accounts?  Instead of a $2,000 stimulus, why not $5,000 or $10,000 since the national debt doesn’t seem to be a big deal?  When you reach the peak of uncertainty in a world that at one time made some kind of sense and seemed somewhat normal, you have only a few options left. You can panic. You can prepare. You can pray.  And you can rehearse what you know is true. Don’t panic, but pray, prepare and rehearse what you know is true.

1.  God is in control of all things and even the things that are out of control. John 19:11

2. God loves me and wants me to live as close to Him as I can. James 4:8

3. The power of God’s peace has no impact on me unless I live in a personal relationship with Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

4. God is for me and not against me. Romans 8:31

5. Jesus is coming again.  John 14:3

6. God is my protector and provider. Philippians 4:19

7. The government can’t do for me what God can do. Acts 5:38-39

8. I know I am His, and He is mine. Song of Songs 6:3

9. I know my time here is short.  James 4:14

10. I know God ultimately wins because He has never lost. Luke 24:6-7

Don’t live in uncertainty, but move towards what you know (The One who) is true.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

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