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When Elijah turns into King Ahab

In the book of 1 Kings 18 –

It says beginning at verse 1-

1 Kings 18

Amplified Bible (AMP)

18 After many days, the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth.

So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria.

And Ahab called Obadiah, who was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly;

For when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the Lord, Obadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them by fifties in a cave and fed them with bread and water.)

And Ahab said to Obadiah, Go into the land to all the fountains of water and to all the brooks; perhaps we may find grass to keep the horses and mules alive, that we lose none of the beasts.

So they divided the land between them to pass through it. Ahab went one way and Obadiah went another way, each by himself.

As Obadiah was on the way, behold, Elijah met him. He recognized him and fell on his face and said, Are you my lord Elijah?

He answered him, It is I. Go tell your lord, Behold, Elijah is here.

And he said, What sin have I committed, that you would deliver your servant into the hands of Ahab to be slain?

10 As the Lord your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my lord has not sent to seek you. And when they said, He is not here, he took an oath from the kingdom or nation that they had not found you.

11 And now you say, Go tell your lord, Behold, Elijah is here.

12 And as soon as I have gone out from you, the Spirit of the Lord will carry you I know not where; so when I come and tell Ahab and he cannot find you, he will kill me. But I your servant have feared and revered the Lord from my youth.

13 Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the Lord, how I hid a hundred men of the Lord’s prophets by fifties in a cave and fed them with bread and water?

14 And now you say, Go tell your lord, Behold, Elijah is here; and he will kill me.

15 Elijah said, As the Lord of hosts lives, before Whom I stand, I will surely show myself to Ahab today.

16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah.

17 When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, Are you he who troubles Israel?

18 Elijah replied, I have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father’s house, by forsaking the commandments of the Lord and by following the Baals.

19 Therefore send and gather to me all Israel at Mount Carmel, and the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of [the goddess] Asherah, who eat at [Queen] Jezebel’s table.

20 So Ahab sent to all the Israelites and assembled the prophets at Mount Carmel.

21 Elijah came near to all the people and said, How long will you halt and limp between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him! But if Baal, then follow him. And the people did not answer him a word.

22 Then Elijah said to the people, I, I only, remain a prophet of the Lord, but Baal’s prophets are 450 men.

23 Let two bulls be given us; let them choose one bull for themselves and cut it in pieces and lay it on the wood but put no fire to it. I will dress the other bull, lay it on the wood, and put no fire to it.

24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the One Who answers by fire, let Him be God. And all the people answered, It is well spoken.

25 Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, Choose one bull for yourselves and dress it first, for you are many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it.

26 So they took the bull given them, dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, O Baal, hear and answer us! But there was no voice; no one answered. And they leaped upon or limped about the altar they had made.

27 At noon Elijah mocked them, saying, Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is musing, or he has gone aside, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.

28 And they cried aloud and cut themselves after their custom with knives and lances until the blood gushed out upon them.

29 Midday passed, and they played the part of prophets until the time for offering the evening sacrifice, but there was no voice, no answer, no one who paid attention.

30 Then Elijah said to all the people, Come near to me. And all the people came near him. And he repaired the [old] altar of the Lord that had been broken down [by Jezebel].

31 Then Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be your name.

32 And with the stones Elijah built an altar in the name [and self-revelation] of the Lord. He made a trench about the altar as great as would contain two measures of seed.

33 He put the wood in order and cut the bull in pieces and laid it on the wood and said, Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and the wood.

34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.

35 The water ran round about the altar, and he filled the trench also with water.

36 At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and that I have done all these things at Your word.

37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You, the Lord, are God, and have turned their hearts back [to You].

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice and the wood and the stones and the dust, and also licked up the water that was in the trench.

39 When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and they said, The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!

40 And Elijah said, Seize the prophets of Baal; let not one escape. They seized them, and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and [as God’s law required] slew them there.

41 And Elijah said to Ahab, Go up, eat and drink, for there is the sound of abundance of rain.

42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he bowed himself down upon the earth and put his face between his knees

43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up and looked and said, There is nothing. Elijah said, Go again seven times.

44 And at the seventh time the servant said, A cloud as small as a man’s hand is arising out of the sea. And Elijah said, Go up, say to Ahab, Hitch your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.

45 In a little while, the heavens were black with wind-swept clouds, and there was a great rain. And Ahab went to Jezreel.

46 The hand of the Lord was on Elijah. He girded up his loins and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel [nearly twenty miles].

I want you to take a good look at the characters of Elijah and the characters of King Ahab.  Jezebel was a key woman in the two of these men’s lives, and the woman Jezebel was making it very hard for Elijah to fulfill His calling to do miracles, as he was called to do miracles.  If men that are called to do miracles listen to the wrong women, someone with an Elijah anointing can turn into a King Ahab.

You can read about King Ahab yourself, and he wasn’t all that bad, but he led the nation of Israel toward destruction and Israel is a type and shadow of the Church.

When we let that woman Jezebel – who according to I believe it was “End of the Age by Irvin Baxter” but I could be mistaken.  There was the woman Jezebel who is much different than the one in the end of the Book of Revelation.  It takes a very unChrist-like attitude to blanket anyone who seems to commit fornication into a blanket label as that “Jezebel spirit” because they are two different people, and I am talking about the one in the Old Testament – who was with King Ahab.  This woman had so much control over her husband that she would not let him do anything.  Come on we all know women like that.  They may feel insecure about their womenhood so they become ultrapossessive, but they don’t believe that God has the best plan for their lives.  In essence they rip friendships apart.  The thing is that King Ahab should have known better, he should have known better than to believe Jezebel.  She was not good for him.  Maybe if you were to pick another woman for King Ahab and go back and forth through time and pick out the best woman for King Ahab, not that he needed the best one, but maybe Mary Magdalene, or the woman at the well would have been better.  We really don’t know.

Tyre is the throne where – the enemy dwells.  NOT to be confused with McIntyre or MacIntyre

MacIntyre or Macintyre (Gaelic Mac an t-Saoir) is a Scottish surname, of Gaelic origin,[1] relating to Clan MacIntyre. Its meaning is “Son of the Carpenter”.[1]

  1. ^ a b Harrison, Henry (1969). Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary. 2. Genealogical Publishing Company. p. 5.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacIntyre

If you really want to read about Gaelic culture I would recommend “Scarlet” by Alexandra Ripley – the book was ok, I didn’t  like it as much as the first one, and looking back I don’t like either one of those books.  Compared to them – Hinds Feet in High Places by Hannah Hurnard, Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, and the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers were awesome, but not as good as the Osiris Rex Complex, which is the subject I am going to delve into today.

There is the role of men in particular – you can watch out for this in the TV hit series “Do No Harm.” – the doctor has a “multiple personality disorder” – but in this case it is the man who has been taken control of by his wife.  She dominates him, and won’t let him be free to explore the part of him that is a man and is able to have attractive female friends, that may or may not imagine them when they go use the restroom.

It’s not Jezebel’s job to micromanage everything that King Ahab does.  Jezebel was so strong, that Elijah, ran scared.  Imagine you being a friend of King Ahab or Elijah, and talking to Jezebel on the phone, let’s say King Ahab –

“Why do you want to talk to my husband?”

Her intimidating tone just sends you in the opposite direction.  You’ve had one too many altercations with this Jezebel woman.  You want to just throw her under the bus.  You want to tell her that  he being Elijah, that you made the Ezekiel cake, and now she’s just furious that you want to speak to Elijah/King Ahab.  If that makes sense.

So what do you do – you cut the conversation short.  But something has to be done to free King Ahab from Jezebel.  She’s going to ruin the Church.  Plus she’s got the purse strings, she controls the money, and she’s got the power.  She’s very controlling and manipulative.  Which makes you very controlling and manipulative and you are trying to wipe Jesus feet with your tears, and here comes this woman Jezebel trying to make your friend Elijah/King Ahab.  King Ahab was blinded.  He was selfish and ignorant.   If Mary Magdalene had come to Elijah would he have turned her away no, he would have done the right thing.  But King Ahab because he was under control of Jezebel.  He suffered, and his fall was great.  There is a nursery rhyme that goes. –

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

All the king’s horse’s

All the king’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

So that is a warning for King Ahab not to trust Jezebel.  Plus Mary Magdalene should never have let Jezebel read her blog.  !!!!!!

 

 

America and Israel Connection Perry Stone broadcast

 

This is what happens you Pray in the Spirit.  This is a follow up to Prayer to Bless Israel, Successful Strategy for Liberty and Prosperous Nation, and even the post I had on Martin Luther.  I can see God working a theme in these last days bringing people together.  These connections that Israel has with America is very important.  Perry Stone is a man I respect because after years of watching his teaching he really does his homework and studies his Bible and deals with all kinds of questions with all kinds of answers.  But I also have to thank God for this video which was giving on a timely basis because at a time when I was asking God if someone can show the people what was on my heart for the nation of Israel and the America and connection which I knew we had, and then I watched this week’s show and here it was.  So Praise to be the Lord for answering my prayer for putting into words and into a simple to understand teaching what has been on my heart.  These are Historical facts and can be proven.  It is my prayer that Americans and people from Israel will be touched by this and even some people who had questions on why I posted the Prayer to Bless Israel the way that I did can come to understand the teachings.

 

 

 

Do you have little foxes that spoil the vineyard?

Today I was reading Song of Solomon, and I came across upon –

Catch us the foxes,
The little foxes that spoil the vines,
For our vines have tender grapes.  – Song of Solomon 2:15

I’m going to take an unusual twist on this verse.  We have cats and a new litter of puppies, which gave birth and they are stray, and sometimes they “spoil” the yard and driveway.  The Hebrew word here chabal means to in some cases to offend or to destroy or to pervert.  Our situation is that these horrendous animals were defacing our property, and we had done everything in our property.  Also they made it very difficult to go outside.
Imagine the Shulamite woman who wants to go to meet the shepherd at be with the flock and her beloved, but she has a responsibility to keep the vineyards clean, but her own vineyard she has not kept clean.  Why was it – because of the foxes?
I was wondering why God was allowing all these to happen to us, and only us, but apparently I know why – He wanted to at some point make this Scripture a revelation.  Foxes can spoil a vineyard by eating or doing some kind of destruction.  If you look up the Hebrew word for foxes it means “jackal or burrower”  So let’s say you have a lawn, it may be not be garden of the year, but it’s a pretty decent lawn, and some animal, either a dog or cat has defaced the property.  So that is what is these brothers felt like.
To backtrack we go to –

My mother’s sons were angry with me;
They made me the keeper of the vineyards,
But my own vineyard I have not kept.

Imagine if your neighbors because they were mad at you and they made you clean up the yards, but in the process your own lawn looked like a mess.  This is what the Shulamite woman felt like.  She was actually dark because she had been all day cleaning up her “neighbor’s” yards.   Now she couldn’t take care of her own.

Here she is the Shulamite woman – all she wants to do is to spend time with Shepherd, and her brothers want her to catch  the foxes that spoil the vineyard.  When I first this I thought it was the daughters of Jerusalem saying this, but it is actually the brothers.

So in relation sometimes we in a Church setting have to deal with little foxes that cause offense, travail, and destruction, but all we want to do is to be fully committed to Christ.

Sometimes as the Shulamite woman we want to be fully committed to Christ, but we have distractions of this world, or we have all these little problems and issues that get in the way.

Sometimes God gives you a promise and a vision, and a calling, but because of all these misunderstandings, which come from things taking out of context without proper interpretation of cultural and historical context, we end up with little foxes that have tender grapes that must be managed and cared for.
Nobody likes to have these foxes that spoil the vineyard.  But what are we to do, keep the Shulamite woman from the Shepherd?  I didn’t like to have these dogs and cats spoil my yard, but now I can see why that happens, and I hope someone somewhere can get something from this.

God uses the weak and foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise and mighty

As I was calling different grocery stores looking for a specific type of grocery product for someone, someone remarked that my speech was all jumbled and not clear, although to myself I was talking as clear as I could.  My reactions were juggling  between two Biblical Scriptural viewpoints – “they have become dull of hearing”  and the fact Moses had a speech impediment.

 

Exodus 4:

10 Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.

11 So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.

13 But he said, “O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.”

14 So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and He said: “Is not Aaron the Levite your brother? I know that he can speak well. And look, he is also coming out to meet you. When he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15 Now you shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth. And I will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and I will teach you what you shall do. 16 So he shall be your spokesman to the people. And he himself shall be as a mouth for you, and you shall be to him as God. 17 And you shall take this rod in your hand, with which you shall do the signs.”

Although this was part of God’s divine plan from the beginning of the foundation of the world,  we can see how Moses view of his own identity, and the power of God to use him just as he was had become diminished, but that didn’t stop God from using Moses from parting the Red Sea.

26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”- 1 Corinthians 1:25-27

Some of us blog-evanglists, are bad spellers, use poor grammar, and bad sentence structure.  Some of us cannot speak very well.  Some of us have nothing special about our appearance, but God uses the weak and foolish things of the world to put to shame the things the things that are wise and mighty.  So if you don’t think anything there is anything special about you – or maybe you’re being picked on because there is something different about you – realize that God can still use you.  There was a story about a young boy that blushed too much, who ended up committing suicide because he was embarassed, and if only he had known that God still can use him.  God can use anyone and anybody.  It’s so sad to see people who have great and mighty callings on their lives be dismayed and discourage by what other people say – because God does not look at outward appearance but He looks at the heart.  He looks at what is inside of a man or woman that He may use.  There is a Scripture, verse that says –

2 Corinthians 10 –

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Reality of Paul’s Authority

Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ’s, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Christ’s, even so we are Christ’s.[a] For even if I should boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord gave us[b] for edification and not for your destruction, I shall not be ashamed— lest I seem to terrify you by letters. 10 “For his letters,” they say, “are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.” 11 Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such we will also be in deed when we are present.

Sometimes we think we need to have something great and mighty for God to use us.  But actually God can use anybody especially people that we may think have nothing about them that seems special.

All Moses had was a staff in his hand – and God used it.  All the little boy had was a bread and two fish, and God multiplied it.  All the widow at Zarephath, had was one hin of oil, and God used Elijah to multiply it, and used the very little that we have whether that be our weaknesses or our resources, or all that we have and God can bless so many people through it.

The Scripture says do not despise humble beginnings.  Wherever we get our start is a blessing, and when we receive our calling, sometimes we are hesitant – we say – how can I preach when I have speech problems?  or How can I be a missionary I can only walk to the end of the street and back?  or how can I feed thousands of people when I don’t have enough money to take care of myself and my needs?  How can I perform signs, miracles, and wonders in Jesus name, when I don’t appear to have anything special about me?   But you know what God is a God of multiplication, and Psalm 139 says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and knowing that He brings provision for every circumstance we will face.  Our God is a great God.

Do not be discouraged when someone criticizes you about something dear friends because God thinks highly of you because He is our Creator. Now at the same time if you are someone who is habitually sinning and willfully sinning against God, and God has brought you the conviction and you have rejected, then there is time for a rebuke, and that must also be taken, but that usually by elders and mentors in the Church, but from people in the world, if they despise you and reject you and say vile things against you  here’s what the Bible has to say-11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Don’t let the enemy use people to steal you’re God given identity in Christ away from you because, in Him you will find all the beauty and strength for your weaknesses.

There is a song called “The Heart of Worship” and it some part that says – “though I am weak and poor all I have is yours every single breath.”

Take your weaknesses to Him, and He will make them beautiful and shape them in His Potters wheel so that they maybe beautiful treasures that God may use  to glorify Himself in your life.

 

 

Chasing after the anointing

Sometimes Christians get lazy in their spiritual walk.  They don’t want to do their homework, they don’t want to put in the effort so they seek people that will tell them what they want to hear.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.  2 Timothy 4

The Gospel is Good News, that Jesus died for us and that He rose again and that we are saved through belief in Him.  But some of us may be carried away with something that sounds good, and is too good to be true.

It is like a counterfeit dollar bill, and it is a very close match to the original.  There is only one original, the Word of God, but unless you hold it up to the light you cannot see the markings of the true dollar bill.  Instead you have all these forgeries when you hold it up to the light they show nothing.  They are fake and very deceptive.

How can you tell what is the Dollar Bill from the counterfeit?  You hold it up to the light and you hold the counterfeit up to the light and all the other counterfeits and then the one that has the marking of the true dollar bill is the one and you can use that to purchase in spiritual terms your inheritance, but the other ones are useless and pointless.

Have you ever seen the show – “To Tell the Truth?”  That’s where you have three people who all claim to be the same person, but only one is the real one, and by asking a series of questions they have to determine which is the real one.  That’s what we have to do as Christians, we must not believe everything and everyone we hear, and we must guard our eyes and looking for the real Jesus and not some fake.

How can we tell if we are choosing the right one?

2 Thessalonians 2

Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He[d] who now restrains will do so until He[e] is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Lawlessness is not so much about whether or not to follow the Torah, but is more about not having a repentant life before God.  When you sin, God hates it, and when He sees the Son, the blood of Jesus washes over the sin.

Hebrews 10 says –

26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”[e] says the Lord.[f] And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”[g] 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

2 Timothy 2 says –

14 Remind [the people] of these facts and [solemnly] charge them in the presence of the Lord to avoid petty controversy over words, which does no good but upsets and undermines the faith of the hearers.

15 Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.

16 But avoid all empty (vain, useless, idle) talk, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness.

17 And their teaching [will devour; it] will eat its way like cancer or spread like gangrene. So it is with Hymenaeus and Philetus,

In this context Hymnaeus and Philetus were people who said that the resurrection of the dead is past.   But the same can be said of all these preachers that are on television – not all of them, but a lot of them are not preaching what is sound doctrine, and anything that preaches against having an unrepentant heart and people that seek after gain, are deceiving.

From my experience you must test to see what kind of fruit bears in their life.  Of course none of us are there yet, we are all at different levels of maturity.  The anointing they have to preach is not the same as the person, especially if they are trained in being an instructor of the Word.

Some of them are eloquent speakers, and don’t we know our mistake with an eloquent speaker.  Do their lives bear fruit – are they seeking after the Kingdom of God.  Have they laid themselves down at the altar and taken up their Cross, and crucified their passions and desires of the flesh, if not then they may still have some work to do.  I am not talking about the average person who has not been thoroughly trained to be in ministry.  They deceive you with lying signs and wonders but as 2 Peter says, “They go back to their own vomit.”

After you’ve been back to the vomit, or after you’ve fed from the pigs, the Father still loves you enough to bring you back, but if you habitually sin, and I’m not just talking about bad habits, but I am talking about direct moral violations which are indicated in the Bible then there is a repercussion for those things.

Of course none of us is perfect, but God has to do that refining work in us to purge out all the impurities.  So while we wait on God let us remember not to chase after the anointing.  The only anointing we need is from Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith.

 

 

 

 

 

Fear God or Fear man?

We are taught in the Bible that Fearing God is a good thing.  We cannot fear God and fear man at the same time.   Psalm 118:6 says the Lord is with me, I will not fear, what can man do to me?

Have you ever felt intimidated by someone?  It may be someone in a position of authority.  It may be your parents.  It may be your boss.  It may be spiritual elders.  Whenever you are around them, you just get so scared that , “what if I do something wrong, or say something wrong, will they get mad at me?”  If you haven’t been that person, then maybe you’re the person who is causing people to be afraid of you by your domineering and controlling nature.

1 Timothy 1:17 says that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind.  But sadly in this world we are confronted with people who we think are giants.  If they are not giants, they may be part of our family or our spiritual family.  There are a lot of Eliab’s and Goliath’s in our lives these days.

28 Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger burned against David and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle.” 29 But David said, “What have I done now? Was it not just a [n]question?” 30 Then he turned [o]away from him to another and said the same thing; and the people answered the same thing as [p]before.

Have you ever been around some people you around that when you are around them, you try to be honest with them, but after they use their intimidation and control over you and they may become like a bully to you.  You may feel like you cannot stand up to them or you cannot even talk to them because they are so much in control and domineering.  You avoid talking to them because they make you feel really small and insignificant.

David knew who he was and more importantly he knew who God was.  He knew that God would fight his battle for him.  He knew that God had given him strength.  David was rejected by people all the time because he was always praying for deliverance from personal enemies.  Some people are just like the Goliath’s and the Eliab’s and that’s part of their personality.  It’s called a choleric personality because they are very directive and strong.

But the Bible says we wage war not against the flesh and blood, but principalities and rulers in high places, and we must must must know who God is and I mean who He really is and what His nature is like if we are ever to be able to have victory in our lives.

We must know that God is a God of power and there is nothing that man can do to you if God is on your side.  We must put the proper perspective about respecting authority and being controlled by fear and intimidation because fear and intimidation is not from God.  There are times when people will be strict with you, but there are times that you must be able to stand up for yourself and give a logical answer for what you believe and if they still don’t understand then you leave it up to God for them to understand.  You let God have control and let Him take over because there is no use in worrying about what people do to you.  People are only human and if you fear people more than God then you are making an idol out of them.  You have to think about what dominates your thoughts most of the time.  Is it Jesus or is it this one person that has just been treating you or other people the wrong way.

Let me take some time to tell you about Jesus – He is loving –

He loves you so much He gave His life for both you and me.

He is joyful – He rejoices at every soul that comes to Him even the lost.

He is patient – He is patient to see everyone come to him.

He is kind – He speaks tenderly and kindly with speech seasoned with salt and grace that supplies every need.

He is peaceful – His yoke is easy and His burden is light, and He wants you to have nothing but peace in your life, but it is not as the world gives.

He is good – His goodness is shown throughout the Gospels because of His nature, He was always good to people.

He is gentle- He is the perfect gentleman and especially through the Holy Spirit which He provides.

He is meek, so humble to even wash the disciples feet

He is faithful – The Bible says He is faithful even when we are faithless

He is self-controlled – meaning that He disciplines Himself in all that He does.

The same thing can be said of the Father,

The Father is loving, It is through His love that we received salvation

The Father is patient – He also does not want to see a single soul lost

The Father is kind – The Father is kind to His children, which is shown through the parable of the Prodigal Son

The Father is joyful – He is joyful at what your heart thinks of His goodness

The Father is peaceful – He is Jehovah Shalom the Prince of Peace

The Father is good – I want to stop here and take some closer look at the Father’s goodness –

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.- Psalm 27:13 – unless we see the Father as good then we will be despaired.  This has been lost on people.  They think that the Heavenly Father is mad at them or is angry with them.  That is not His intention.  He doesn’t want you to think that He is angry with you.  He loves you.  He sent His Son to die for you.  He is angry with the world for their sins, and He hates sin, but He doesn’t hate the person.  He is a God of justice, if you have been doing the right things in life then He is not mad at you.   Even if you do sin, if you honestly repent (turn around) from that sin after you’ve accepted Jesus then He’ll accept you with open arms.

Have you ever been around people, and they would tell you “don’t touch me, you’re disgusting?”  The Untouchables in India are treated as third world people and as disgusting because they are of a lower class of people.  With God there is no lower class of people.  When God got angry in the Old Testament, He got angry at the injustices in the Old Testament, and even today if you treat people unjustly then God gets angry and He gets offended and He his wrath go out on people who do severe injustices to man kind for those who are not under the Blood.

People have been lost on how tremendously good God is and how great He is.  How He cares for us intricately and intimately and deeply and with great knowledge of us and great compassion for us.  It is in this sense we have to magnify God.  We have to magnify His goodness in our lives.

The Father’s gentleness is shown through His spirit which is so gentle kindling our hearts with a quiet and calm affection and tender lovingness which He so bestows upon us.

The Father and Jesus are one, everything that is in Jesus is also in the Father and everything in the Father is also in Jesus and in that we have the Holy Spirit who kindles our heart with affection and love so that we may experience the fullness of our being.  There is only one who comes to steal, kill, and destroy, and it is not God.  God came that you may have life and more abundantly.

After we have first realized all these things about God, then we can realize how Holy He is.  He is so Holy that if you’ve ever been near the sun, then you know it will just burn you alive, but that’s why through His Word and by His Spirit we have been shown the characteristics of God.

13 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body [a]to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

I want to get to 1 Corinthians 13 before I get to something else:

Love is patient-   Are we patient with people sinning against us?  Are we patient with infirmities?  Are we patient with waiting for God (this is a process and doesn’t happen overnight), love is kind (Are we kind to people, even when they are wrong?  Or they may be wallowing in self-pity or going off the wrong track, will we still restore them kindly?  Do we provoke fear of us or do we provoke fear of God in the person.  And is not jealous – are we jealous of where someone has gotten with God.  We should not be jealous, because that means we don’t love our selves and take for granted our blessings.

Love does not brag and is not arrogant- Do we keep telling people of our accomplisments over and over and over again or do we just say, it was God and not me, does not act unbecomingly- do we act with good manners, and I’m not talking about using the right fork at the dinner table.  It does not seek its own- do we expect things from people for ourselves?

Is not provoked- Do we get angry at all the little things and don’t take into consideration God’s goodness?,

Does not take into account a wrong suffered,- This may be the hardest thing and a very difficult thing and it may be a struggle for very very very many people especially believers who should no better but often we find ourselves caught in the traps of bitterness because of something someone has said to us and the way they have treated us over and over again.  Forgiveness is what we are commanded to do but when all we see is our hurt and our pain and all we have to hold on to then it becomes difficult to let go and then once we have let go it may be a long time afterwards to deal with the side effects of unforgiveness on our bodies.    Does not rejoice in unrighteousness- Here’s a key – if you know you’re doing something wrong but you don’t enjoy doing it then that means that there is still something of value in you, but if you rejoice when you know you are doing something wrong (and I’m not talking about eating that chocolate cake) then that means you’ve grown.  But rejoices with the truth- The Truth makes you free.  We must be careful not to get so spiritual that we are not able to meet the needs of the people around us.  We need to wear spiritual bifocals.  One side to see man’s weaknesss and the other side to see God’s perspective because if you don’t then you are in danger of being self-righteous and having pride set in.  Bears all things, believes all things or believes the best of every person, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails; but if there are gifts of [c] prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I [d]became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror [e]dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the [f]greatest of these is love.

God’s holiness is like the sun, you get near it you can get burned, it is the totality of his being.  His power is greater than that of electricity.   God has not given us a spirit of fear – that means to fear man, but of power to overcome, of love which is the most painful thing in this life, and a sound mind, which comes when you have the assurance that God will not let you go or forsake you or leave you alone.  That God is with us all the time and all the time He is good.

We must not let this intimidating spirit operate in our lives, and we must restore God’s good name and His goodness back to His believers.

 

Missing the Mark

The first mention of missing the mark, as the term is used in Judges 20:16 – 16 Among all this people were seven hundred select men who were left-handed; every one could sling a stone at a hair’s breadth and not miss. – This stone was probably used in a sling shot hence the word sling.  At a hair’s breadth means that their target was very small and very thin, and they did not miss the mark.

There are other words for sin or missing the mark in the Bible but I am not going to go into them.  Using a sling shot or a bow and arrow are practically the same thing.  When I was in high school I took a course in Archery, and when I took the course, I failed miserably.  Failure is also another word for sin.  I would point the arrow toward the target and it would never end up right on course with precision.  These skillfull people who used sling-shots were able to get it on target and right on the bulls eye.  But for that they had to have good hand and eye coordination, a good stance and good follow through, and most importantly that had to have faith that they could, with God’s help hit the target much like David did.

In our Christian walk we are often at a place where we seem to struggle, and sometimes we feel like no one understands and sometimes we may feel like God doesn’t listen or hear.  It is those times when we have injured our hands or for throwing the stone that we seem to be painfully aware of our injury and how when we once were able to hit the hair’s breadth, that now we may be falling off target.  Maybe it’s not your hands, but maybe it’s your eyes.  You can’t see things the way you used to and everything is blurred around you, and of course if you can’t see then everything else around you is going to get blurred and out of focus and you’ll miss your shot.

I remember one time I broke my left hand and it was fractured and it was hurt, and nobody likes to have a broken bone.  A broken bone is no fun.  When you’re older it is especially not any fun.  It takes patience, treatment and rest to be able to recover, and sometimes we get so anxious we don’t want to rest.  We want everything to be on target all the time and that can lead us to a very dangerous place thinking that we can make every shot every time.  We must understand that everyone is in training to receive the prize, and we must endure through the difficult process.

There was a news story recently about a woman who went hiking and her leg came off for about four days she prayed to God (I don’t know if she was Christian or not) but Elohim (Our God the Creator) heard her prayer and her leg was miraculously attached to her in the hospital and she said “Once this is over I’m going to go hiking again”.  What happened is that she kept her eyes on her dream.

We as Christians have dreams – to go to Heaven, and to meet Jesus and to be seated in Heavenly Places.  We have dreams to preach the Gospel to a lost and dying world. So what happens when we miss the mark.  Is it something that is going to take us away from our dream?  Not if we truly regret what we have done and we turn to God.  We shouldn’t feel condemned by what we’ve done and we shouldn’t be discouraged.

Hebrews 11 talks about all the heroes of faith and how they looked for a city whose builder and Maker is God.

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. 31 By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies [t]in peace.

We may have walls in our life that are causing us to sin, and those walls need to be broken down so that God can come in and take over.  Just because we miss the mark sometimes whatever the reason does it mean that God is not a good God or that God is not a God of love?  God is definitely good and God is a God of love and He longs to restore our aching and broken hearts each time we fall down and stumble.  He wants to help us where we are struggling, but we are so focused on missing the mark that we forget to see what is the real reason behind the faith.  The real reason behind the faith is to see Jesus the King and Mighty Ruler as the Prince of Peace who lives and reigns in our hearts.  We can’t see with our own eyes how many lives we have affected with our presence in them.  We have no idea.  Only God knows how many lives we have touched and how many broken hearts He has used us to touch and how many times people were in desperation and He used you to turn to them and provide them comfort.

Some people think that there is some big “purpose” or big “destiny” to you being born, and there is definitely a plan for your life which is for good and to give a future and a hope, but if we get so caught up in “finishing” or work or calling or purpose on earth,that if God forbid something happens before that time, then we still have purpose by the smile we put on someone’s face and kind words, and a friendly voice. So friends don’t get discouraged even if you are missing the mark sometimes because God knows how many lives you’ve touched and God sees what’s bigger and better than anything the world can see or even people closest to us can see.  God knows that He has placed us as seeds of love and whenever we put our heart on the line at the risk of getting hurt in order to restore love to a lost and dying world, then God sees that and it puts a smile on His face.  Don’t be discouraged dear friends.  Even in the darkest moments of our lives, through all the tears, and sleepless nights, God is still by our side, and even though it may seem that darkness is all around us, we have a light on the inside of us that keeps on burning and shining and being bright.