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God Chose the Shepherds

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:8-12 ESV

Who were these shepherds? They stand so reverently in our manger scenes that cover our lawns in the Christmas festivity. Their authoritative look and tender touch make them figures of great respect within the depiction of the birth of our Savior. Yet history and Jewish tradition gives us a much different picture.

One commentary states “They were Social Outcasts. They were poor, uneducated, uncultured, and uncouth. If you were with your family walking through town you would go to the other side of the street to avoid them. They were the rough characters in the small town on the fringe of society, so much so that their testimony was not even admissible in court. They were Religious Outsiders. Because their work was considered ceremonially unclean, they were not allowed into the temple courts or to be an active part of temple worship. Religious leaders often considered them on the same level as prostitutes, so when it came to the religion of the day they were always on the outside looking in.

Is this the image we see within the modern depiction of the attendees at the birth of Christ, the Messiah, the King?

Yet isn’t it so much like our God to choose the outcast, to choose the derelicts, to choose the despised and rejected to be the first witnesses of the greatest event in history. It was in this moment that angelic hosts began to sing, the star was glistening high in the heavens. God robed in flesh and wrapped in swaddling cloths.

A clear message was being sent that Christ was coming for ALL. Regardless of your past failures and shortcomings, Christ came for you. He came for the prostitute. He came for the drug addict. He came for the homeless. He came for thief, liar and cheater. He came for all.

His invitation is all-inclusive "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest Matthew 11:28.

So understand that he set the precedent from that very day that divinity became humanity, that He is calling you. Your mistakes and failures do not discourage God from seeking after you. Your reputation or social status will not persuade the Master from calling you to follow Him.

He took David, a shepherd, and elevated him to a king. He called Moses, in his mistakes and insecurities, to be a leader of a great nation. He continued and called tax collectors, fishermen and failures to follow Him.

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A King Came From The Cave

 " And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn."  Luke 2:7

 Our picture of the Christmas story is often glamorized in today’s modern interpretation of Jesus being laid in the manger. The calmness of the night, an angelic host singing, and of course the tender touch of loving animals gathered in the manger. What was this manger? One must first understand that it most likely was not the comfortable, quaint, and picturesque looking barn we often think of. Most likely, it was merely a filth-filled cave covered with the remnants of years of visits from unclean animals. We can almost smell the stench of dung that crusted the floors of this darkened cave.  Truly, this was not the preferred place to stay. Neither would one picture a child being laid in such a harsh environment, especially not a king. Yet, it is in here we see a great truth brought to us. In a place of filth, a cave of darkness, a promise is birthed.


Many times we find ourselves in places of pain and situations of sadness. It is in those caves of calamity where filth surrounds us that God can bring forth some of the greatest promises. It was not in a pristine, sterile environment that the King was brought to us. But it was in a place and time where hurt, struggle and adversity abounded. The precedent was established that God can bring a promise from your filth-filled cave. Beauty can come from ashes. Hope can shine through hurt and a King can come from a cave.

Know assuredly that when the storms rage and valley grows dark in your life that this is not a setback but often a setup. God is putting you in a position where His glory can shine brighter than your pain. He is putting you in a place where His virtue transcends the present cave you find yourself in.  It is in times when the waves crash down upon our boat that the Master can be seen treading upon the stormy sea. It is when we feel forsaken that the Comforter’s hands reach around us one more time and assure us that He is with us.

Maybe it’s the negative report from the physician, the untimely death of a loved one, the falling apart of a life-long relationship, we have all been in caves.  Some caves are darker than others. Some caves carry a stench that is more unbearable than others. The fact remains the same. That in our caves and in our points of despair, God can still birth His promises in your life. Don’t permit the adversary to convince you that some how the promises of God have become void in your life because you are in a cave.

I’m sure David learned this truth early on in his journey with God. For it was David that found himself in the cave of Adullam, fleeing for his life. As David paced the floors of that darkened cave, already being anointed of God as a king, I’m sure he pondered to himself and God, wandering why a king would be in a cave. The voice of God would remind him that indeed kings don’t belong in caves, but it is often where kings are made. For it was in the caves that David truly learned how to have the heart of a king.

To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave. Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.”Psalm 57:1  


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From Jerusalem to Jericho

Luke 10:30 And Jesus answering said, “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his raiment and wounded him and departed, leaving him half dead. 

The journey from Jerusalem to Jericho can be a long arduous path. A road filled with challenges. A road filled with attacks and adversaries, but a road that will lead to promises. Throughout the scripture Jerusalem always represent the place of God. This great holy city is where David brought back the ark of the covenant. Jerusalem was the city where Jesus came riding upon the donkey in His triumphant entry and Jerusalem was the place where God poured out His Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. Jerusalem represented "God's Presence" or an "Encounter with God".

Yet Jericho represented a place of promise. Of course we are all reminded of the great victorious day when the children of Israel marched around the walls and with a shout they came tumbling down. They entered into their Promise Land. A land flowing with milk and honey. It was Jericho where blind Bartimaeus saw the promise fulfilled given to us by the prophet Isaiah "Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped." Isaiah 35:5.

In the account of the Good Samaritan we see the "certain man" fell on his journey between Jerusalem and Jericho. My prayer is that we would not fall after the experience and fail to make it to the promise. It was Moses who had the burning bush experience, yet failed to enter into the promised land. If we are not vigilant, faithful and persistent in our faith it will be nothing more than AN EXPERIENCE THAT NEVER REACHES THE PROMISE!

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What's In Your Tent

Joshua 7:13Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow:for thus saith the LORD God of Israel, There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you.

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In the morning therefore ye shall be brought according to your tribes: and it shall be, that the tribe which the LORD taketh shall come according to the families thereof; and the family which the LORD shall take shall come by households; and the household which the LORD shall take shall come man by man.

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And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath: because he hath transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he hath wrought folly in Israel.

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So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken:

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And he brought the family of Judah; and he took the family of the Zarhites: and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man; and Zabdi was taken:

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And he brought his household man by man; and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken.

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And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me.

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And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done:

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When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.

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So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it.

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And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought them unto Joshua, and unto all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD.

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And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor.

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And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.

The mighty army of Joshua and the children of Israel had just marched around the great walls of Jericho 7 times and on the 7th day marched 7 times. The hand of God stretched down from heaven and pushed those mighty walls into the earth. They lay as mere rubble of the example of God’s strength.

Something creeps into the spirit of the children of Israel after this great victory and they succumb to pride. Thinking that they were the ones responsible for this victory, they venture off toward a little, insignificant city by the name of Ai. The attack against Ai was a miserable failure. The entire nation finds themselves in shock and dismay and Joshua cries out unto God needing to know what was wrong!

God quickly gives an answer- THERE WAS SIN IN THE CAMP!

Yes, it was SIN that stopped them from receiving the victory-

Sin- man’s greatest Enemy- Sin separates us! Sin divides and destroys- Sin brings pain and punishment- Sin robs and reveals- Sin fascinates and then it assassinates- Sin thrills and then it kills. The wages of sin is death-

It might not make you feel comfortable- but if I can just challenge each and every one of us to examine ourselves- search our hearts and lets be real before God and ask ourselves is there sin in my camp. Is there something preventing me from progressing in my relationship with God?

The answer is seen in the confession of this man by the name of Achan-

He found himself Achin- Just like some people who find themselves Achin for the desires of this world-

Achin-for the pleasures- Achin for the lust- Achin

Achan in his selfishness- He takes a Babylonian garment- silver and a wedge of gold!

Here’s the reality of his sin- it required he had to hide it- He could not even enjoy it because it was hidden behind the shadowy corners of his tent. I can only imagine that as the sun would begin to set he would stroll toward that tent, glance over his shoulder…the paranoia that sin brings forth can paralyze the boldest soldier. The fear of your sin being revealed sucks life’s vitality out of you. Sin pushes sane people to the edge of mental breakdowns.

I wander what some people have hiding behind the deep recesses of darkened tents?

RELIGION- This is one of the trickiest devices of the enemy because it is so easy to have religion hiding in your tent. Religion can appear to be something that is of great value- Religion may look good…and often times RELIGION DOES LOOK GOOD-

IT LOOKS GOOD- IT SOUNDS GOOD- IT MIGHT EVEN APPEAL TO YOU AND MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD- RELIGION DEMANDS RECOGNITION FOR YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS! RELIGION SAYS I FOLLOW RULES BUT HAVE NO RELATIONSHIP- AS STARTLING AS THIS MAY SEEM IT WAS RELIGION THAT JESUS CAME TO ABOLISH! IT WAS RELIGIOUS PEOPLE THAT JESUS POINTED HIS FINGER AT AND CALLED YOU BRUDE OF VIPERS!

RELIGION BUILDS CATHEDRALS- BUT DOESN’T FEED THE POOR! RELIGION PREACHES GRACE BUT LIVES A LIFE OF JUDGMENTALISM- RELIGION SAYS IF I LOOK GOOD AND DO A FEW GOOD THINGS THAN IM GOOD- JESUS CALLED THESE PEOPLE WHITED SEPULCHERS FULL OF DEAD MENS BONES!

PUT YOUR SMILE ON- WEAR YOUR MASK – GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS- BE GOOD AT BEING RELIGIOUS – HAVE THE PROGRAMS PROTOCOL DOWN-BUT HAVE NO RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MASTER- YOU ARE JUST RELIGIOUS- COME ONE JUST BECAUSE YOU PUT A LAKERS JERSET ON DOESN’T MEAN YOUR ON THE TEAM!

RELIGION MAKES YOU A SLAVE- JESUS MAKES YOU A SON

RELIGION HOLDS YOU IN BONDAGE- BUT JESUS SETS YOU FREE

RELIGION MAKES YOU BLIND- BUT JESUS MAKES YOU SEE

RELIGION IS ALIVE EXTERNALLY – BUT DEAD INTERNALLY

Luke 11:39

And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.

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Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?

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But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.

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But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

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Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.

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Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.

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Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus saying thou reproachest us also.

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And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things:

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Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delivered but Damaged

2 Samuel 4:3-4:4

DELIVERED BUT DAMAGED


II Samuel 4:3. And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and were sojourners there until this day.)
4. And Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.

We see in this passage of scripture the mention of one who’s name was Mephibosheth.
We see that he was entrusted into the care of an unnamed nurse. And in a time of haste, a time when the nurse was not thinking to clearly, when she was rushed in going to and fro. Mephibosheth was consequently dropped...
He was dropped by someone who should have been caring for him.
He was dropped by one who should have been the epitome and personification of LOVE!
He was dropped by one who fed him.
He was dropped by one who hugged him.
He was dropped by one who at times placed loving arms around him and
sung him songs to sleep.
He was dropped by one he TRUSTED!

HAS SOMEONE YOU LOVED AND EXPRESSED LOVE TO YOU EVER DROPPED YOU?

HAVE THEY EVER LEFT YOU HIGH AND DRY ALONE AND DISTRESSED?

YOU LOOKED TO THEM AND THEY DROPPED YOU!

YOU TRUSTED THEM AND THEY DROPPED YOU!

THEY HELD YOU CLOSE AND THEY DROPPED YOU!!

THEY FED YOU WITH ONE HAND AND SLAPPED YOU WITH THE OTHER HAND!

THEY HELD YOU AND CARESSED YOU AND SAID I LOVE YOU BUT THE WAY THEY CARESSED WAS FULL OF PERVERSION AND IN YOUR HEART YOU QUESTION IS THIS REALLY LOVE??

THEY SAID I LOVE YOU BUT THEIR ACTIONS SPOKE OF HATE AND ANGER!!

YOU WERE DROPPED BY THAT ONE WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN HOLDING YOU!
AND NOT ONLY WERE YOU DROPPED BUT YOU WERE DAMAGED WHEN YOU WERE DROPPED AND FROM THAT POINT FORWARD YOU BEGAN TO WALK DIFFERENT.

THERE WAS EVIDENCE IN YOUR FUTURE ACTIONS THAT SOME POINT IN YOUR LIFE YOU WERE DROPPED.

YOUR RELATIONSHIPS CARRIED WITH THEM THE AFFECTS OF BEING DROPPED.

YOU CARRY THE INSECURITIES OF BEING DROPPED AGAIN

YOU CARRY THE PAIN OF THE PAST AND CANNOT FUNCTION IN THE PRESENT!!

BEING DROPPED LEAVES US WITH A NEGATIVE SELF-ESTEEM , A POOR REFLECTION OF OUR OWN VALUE!

BUT UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE CONSTANTLY AFFIRMS THE TEACHING OF SELF WORTH!

GENESIS 1:26 WE WERE MADE IN GOD’S IMAGE!

PSALM 8: 5. For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
6. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

HE LOVED US SO MUCH HE SAVED US!
WE ARE THE LIGHT
WE ARE THE SALT

HE LOVED US SO MUCH HE GAVE HIS ANGELS TO GUARD US
HIS SPIRIT TO GUIDE US
HIS WORD TO TEACH US!
HIS BLOOD TO SAVE US

THIS IS NOT PRIDE...PRIDE STOPS LEANING ON GOD!

WAYS YOU CAN INSTILL POOR SELF-ESTEEM IN YOUR CHILDREN

CRITICIZING
SETTING TOO HIGH OF EXPECTATIONS
NOT SHOWING ACCEPTANCE

Matthew 22:
36. Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38. This is the first and great commandment.
39. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

WE LOSE WHEN WE FALL INTO THE CYCLE OF HATING THOSE THAT HAVE DROPPED US- HOLDING UNFORGIVENESS

Matthew 5:43. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

HURT
INSTEAD OF ADMITTING THE HURT WE THINK ABOUT IT AND PONDER
ANGER- ANGER BECOMES SO STRONG YOU FORGET THAT YOU’VE BEEN HURT
REVENGE- WHAT CAN I DO TO GET EVEN
ALWAYS DWELLING ON THE ISSUE
NEVER MOVING ON
NEVER GROWING UP
NEVER ALLOWING FORGIVENESS TO FLOW

THE MINDS ARE MANIPULATED BY THEIR FEELINGS
THEY ALLOW THE INITIAL HURT TO EVOLVE AND GROW INTO SOMETHING LARGER THAN THEY CAN HOLD

SELF-DESTRUCTION
SELF-DAMAGE
POOR SELF-WORTH

ONE LEVEL HIDES THE NEXT

A PERSON THAT DOESN’T THINK WELL OF THEMSELVES WILL EVENTUALLY BEGIN TO CRITICIZE OTHERS!!

PROVERBS 26:24. He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;

PUSHING OTHERS DOWN-MAKES THOSE WHO ARE DOWN FEEL AS IF THEY ARE GREATER

ILLUSTRATE THIS PRINCIPLE
YOU ARE NEVER GIVEN AUTHORITY TO CRITICIZE EVEN THOSE WHO HAVE DONE YOU WRONG
EVEN THOSE THAT HATE YOU
EVEN THOSE THAT CRITICIZE YOU
EVEN THOSE THAT GOSSIP ABOUT YOU

BLESS THEM
ENCOURAGE THEM
UPLIFT THEM

MEPHIBOSHETH- FOUND AT THE KINGS TABLE

II SAMUEL 9:11. Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king’s sons.
12. And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha. And all that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth.
13. So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king’s table; and was lame on both his feet.


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Is the Bible a Resource for Financial Advice?

Most people reading the title might say, “Oh no are we going to get Christianity shoved down our throats”…

The truth is, it’s a question and issue that deserves some discussion since over 76 percent of people in America consider themselves Christians. The reason I thought I would touch on this and bring clarity and awareness to many people is because there are so many families facing economic woes today due to the Wall Street Casino, our Government being out of touch with Main Street, and for many American’s receiving bad advice from so called financial experts.

I was reading an article that stated that a recent survey found most Americans would rather receive financial advice from Donald Trump or Kim Kardashian rather than the Bible. Many of you may even agree with this survey, but I will tell you why I don’t and why you shouldn’t either, especially if your one of the 76 percent that calls yourself a Christian.

First, if we look at the Bible from the perspective of an ancient book of knowledge and take the religious elements away from it, one can hardly argue that this book does not contain context, insight, and the highest forms of wisdom.

Passages, such as being a good steward of one’s resources, staying out of debt and giving to those in need is hardly the wrong type of advice. How about the passage of a good man leaving an inheritance to his children’s children? This seems to be sound advice for us as men on how important it is to leave our grandchildren resources to continue with going to college, starting a business, being charitable, etc… As women, the value of making a dollar stretch and living within a budget seems very mainstream to me.

It’s undeniable that many of the parables we quote and live by today came from the Bible. Of course one could say; Steve I’m an Atheist and this doesn’t apply to me, and again I would ask you to take the religious aspect out of it and focus on the wisdom which you hear regurgitated by many of the best selling authors that are self-appointed financial gurus, which indeed tell us to get out of debt, live within our means, setup trusts, and to be charitable.

So when I hear that many would rather hear financial advice from a celebrity that inherited their fortune from their famous lawyer-father and continues to be famous for the sake of being famous, it concerns me that we have lost touch with the simple and basic fundamentals that we all can benefit from. For me, the Bible is just that resource. How can we ignore the most influential, most published, most read, and most translated book in our world’s history.

Now of course, we do need financial advise from reputable sources as well for implementation. Many of these sources can be secular as well as non-secular. I personally would not pass up an hour with the likes of a Donald Trump for strategies to possibly increase my wealth, and I would never suggest for anyone to not seek advice from successful men and women. The premise of this article is not to dismiss all the different arenas available to us as consumers. The premise is to bring to light the oldest of resources that never fails; truthfully it never has failed me. When I look back at all the financial decisions I made over my adult life, the ones where I put biblical wisdom to use I prospered and more times than not when I sought man and ignored the wisdom of the Bible I failed more times than I succeeded.

It seems a healthy balance of both is very necessary especially for those that call themselves Christians. So the next time you find yourself in need of making a financial decision, I would challenge you to give the Bible a try and seek that wisdom first. I believe when that is done, it will give us the clarity to seek other counsel where we can then put a plan together and see that plan out.

For those that may feel I went religious with my weekly insight I apologize because my intent is not to offend anyone. Look at it this way, if it doesn’t offend you to read a fortune from a fortune cookie, ask a Psychic to look into their Crystal Ball then hearing one man’s opinion about the Bible shouldn’t offend you. It should challenge you to see if my argument is warranted or not.

Remember, opportunities don’t go away; they just go to someone else.

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The Curse of Contentment

 

King Size Bed- The Curse of Contentment by Paul Getter

Deuteronomy 3:11-3:13

Deuteronomy 3:11 For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.
12 And this land, which we possessed at that time, from Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, and half mount Gilead, and the cities thereof, gave I unto the Reubenites and to the Gadites.
13 And the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, being the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half tribe of Manasseh; all the region of Argob, with all Bashan, which was called the land of giants.

18 And I commanded you at that time, saying, The LORD your God hath given you this land to possess it: ye shall pass over armed before your brethren the children of Israel, all that are meet for the war.

The children of Israel often times found themselves in battles where the odds were stacked against them and even in battles where the size and stature of their foes were obviously greater. Fighting giants!

I would venture to say that the most memorable giant etched in our memories is most likely the giant of Gath- who we know as Goliath!
The story we know well of the young lad David who so courageously marched out onto the battlefield with nothing more than a rag and a rock and the NAME of the Lord and Goliath came tumbling down and David removed his head victorious in battle!

DESCRIPTION OF GOLIATH
4 A champion named Goliath from Gath came out from the Philistine camp. He was more than nine feet tall.[a] 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore bronze scale-armor weighing one hundred twenty-five pounds.[b] 6 He had bronze plates on his shins, and a bronze scimitar hung on his back. 7 His spear shaft[c] was as strong as the bar on a weaver’s loom, and its iron head weighed fifteen pounds.[d] His shield-bearer walked in front of him.

Some how this Biblical description communicates and intimidating, formidable foe! It describes his great stature, his weapons of warfare that he is arrayed with. He is a champion…he’s fought his way to the top. His boisterous taunts and teazes are heard echoing across the valley. He’s a giant and his name is GOLIATH! The children of Israel shake cowering in their tents!

 Chronicles 20:6 At another war in Gath there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in all, who was also descended from Raphah

Here is another description of a giant seen in the Bible he was described as a huge man…furthermore he had 6 fingers on each hand and 6 toes on each foot. I think this illustrates a dimension of giant that we must all face that has a greater grip on our life than the other giant…it has a stronger standing in our life. If your honest with yourself you’ll have to admit that there are some stronghold in your life that seem to wrap their hands around you and choke the very life out of your soul. You knock them down and they keep getting right back up!

But I believe there is a PROMISE LAND- The PROMISE LAND is a land that flows with milk and honey. The promise Land is a position of divine destiny that God is trying to take each and every one of us! This is a place that God was trying for generation to take His people.

I believe the Promise Land is more than some heavenly place that we will only see when we have given our last breath in this world and we go to our mansion bright and fair!

I believe the Promise Land is more than just some mysterious place that is never achievable---I believe the promise Land is seen like this in the live’s of the children of Israel.

The first phase- we see the children of Israel in bondage in Egypt- Working for Pharaoh- no life, no liberty, no freedom…their life was not their own. They never had enough…never had enough food…never enough brick…it was a miserable state…yet many had succumbed to the idea that this is how life will always be!

The second phase-we see the children of Israel were now no longer slaves- but they were still lost---they didn’t have much---but they had JUST ENOUGH---food was day to day---one day at a time! God was trying to teach them to TRUST HIM. It was as if their freedom also became their bondage because they now had a problem with SUBMITTING! They ran from the thought of placing their trust in following Moses into the promise land…maybe the abuse they felt under the hands of Pharaoh caused them to rebel against any type of authority in their lives and so they murmured and complained…they whined and the gossiped.
It’s a sad state that people who once had Pharaohs in their life wont allow Moseses to lead---
I’m sure Moses had his crowd that whined and said- AWE I JUST FOLLOW GOD NOT MAN—WHEN THE TRUTH BE KNOWN THEY DON’T FOLLOW ANYBODY BUT THEIR OWN SELFISH DESIRES---THESE ARE THE ONE’S THAT WANT PREACHERS TO FEED THEM FOOD BUT DESPISE PASTORS THAT BRING CORRECTION INTO THEIR LIVES- THEIR CRY IS MAKE ME FEEL GOOD BUT DON’T EXPECT ME TO BE GOOD!

Just cause someone you loved, respected and followed in your life betrayed your trust does not give you permission to no longer submit to godly leadership, nor does it give you permission to scrutinize, criticize, interrogate and question every leader God has placed in your life!

The third phase is- The Promise Land- More than enough- Land flowing with milk and honey!
Deuteronomy 3:11 By the way, Bashan’s King Og was the last of the Rephaim. His bed was made of iron. Isn’t it still in the Ammonite town of Rabbah? By standard measurements, it was thirteen and a half feet long and six feet wide.)
THIS WAS THE DESCRIPTION OF THE LAST GIANT TO BE DEFEATED IN THE LAND BEFORE ENTERING INTO THE PROMISE LAND?
WHAT ABOUT HIS SWORD? WHAT ABOUT WHAT A MIGHTY WARRIOR HE WAS? WHAT ABOUT HOW MEAN HE WAS? HIS SPECIAL ABILITIES? HOW MANY BATTLES HE WON?
NONE OF THESE ARE GIVEN---BUT IT TELLS US THE DESCRIPTION OF HIS BED!
KING OG---HAD A KING SIZE BED!
I think Spiritually speaking there is something that we need to take note of- This Giants bed represented leisure, relaxation, rest and contentment- THE GREATEST GIANT THAT MANY OF US FACE WILL NOT BE A GIANT LABELED WITH HORRIBLY WICKED SINS
THIS GIANT IS THE CURSE OF CONTENTMENT AND CASUAL COMMITMENT
THIS GIANT SAYS- IM TOO TIRED TO GO TO CHURCH- BUT I CAN STAY UP ALL NIGHT AND WATCH MOVIES THAT I KNOW JESUS LEFT THEM ROOM WHEN I TURNED THEM ON!
THIS GIANT SAYS- I’M TOO BUSY TO GO PRAY- BUT NOT TOO BUSY TO GO PLAY
THIS GIANT SAYS PASSION IN CHURCH AND WORSHIPPING GOD---THAT’S WEIRD
PAINTING FROM HEAD TO TOE---YELLING AND SCREAMING FOR A MAN RUNNING ON A FIELD WITH A FOOTBALL---THAT’S ACCEPTABLE
THIS GIANT SAYS- I CANT MAKE IT TO CHURCH ON TIME ON SUNDAY---BUT I CAN MAKE TO WALMART AT 4AM ON FRIDAY
THIS GIANT SAYS- I CANT GIVE 10% TO THE CHURCH ON SUNDAY BUT I CAN GIVE 20% TO THE THEATER ON SATURDAY!
Amos 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion…
Amos 6:1 Doom to those resting comfortably in Zion
YOU SEE THE ONE’S INFECTED WITH THIS AT EASE DISEASE ARE THE ONE’S RIGHT NOW THAT UNDER THEIR BREATH ARE MUMBLING I WISH HE WOULDNT PREACH STUFF LIKE THIS- YOU WANT ME TO PREACH A FEEL GOOD, PAT YOU ON THE BACK AND BURP YOU LIKE A BABY SERMON- PREACH ON PROBLEMS YOU DON’T HAVE-SO YOU CAN POINT AT THE PERSON ACROSS THE ISLE FROM YOU
WHY DON’T YOU STOP POINTING YOUR FINGER AT OTHER PEOPLE AND SAY LORD THANKS FOR BRINGING A WORD TO MY LIFE- THAT WILL CHANGE ME- PUSH ME- CHALLENGE ME- THAT WILL WAKE ME UP OUT OF THIS SPIRITUAL LETHARGY
YOU’RE SO BUSY POINTING AT PEOPLE FALLING OFF THEIR BIKES---YOU HAVEN’T EVEN TAKEN THE TRAINING WHEELS OFF
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAID “THIS SERMON IS FOR ME” THAN WALKED DOWN TO AN ALTAR AND REPENTED OF YOUR SINS AND CRIED OUT TO GOD TO FORGIVE YOU AND HAVE MERCY ON YOUR LIFE
If all the sleeping folk will wake up, 
If all the lukewarm folk will fire up, 
If all the dishonest folk will confess up, 
If all the disgruntled folk will cheer up, 
If all the depressed folk will cheer up, 
If all the estranged folk will make up, 
If all the gossipers will shut up, 
If all true soldiers will stand up, 
If all the dry bones will shake up, 
If all the church members will pray up... 
Then we can have a revival!

Illustration- "The trouble with some of us is that we have been inoculated with small doses of Christianity which keep us from catching the real thing."
I BELIEVE SOME OF THE GREATEST REVIVALS WILL HAPPEN WHEN JUST A COUPLE SAINTS REALIZE WHAT BIG SINNERS THEY REALLY ARE!
Lukewarm--
revelation 3:15 I know your works. You are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. 16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I’m about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 After all, you say, ‘I’m rich, and I’ve grown wealthy, and I don’t need a thing.’ You don’t realize that you are miserable, pathetic, poor, blind, and naked. 18 My advice is that you buy gold from me that has been purified by fire so that you may be rich, and white clothing to wear so that your nakedness won’t be shamefully exposed, and ointment to put on your eyes so that you may see. 19 I correct and discipline those whom I love
SAMSON WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN DEFEATED IF HE WOULD NOT BECAME COMFORTABLE

Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Rom 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 

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David's Other Giants

Throughout the life of David he faced more than one giant. Our giants come in different shapes and sizes. Some of the greatest giants that we face can never be defeated with a sling shot, but will only be brought down with a steadfast relationship with God. Lets look at some of the other giants that David faced.

2 Samuel 17:11-18:1

-GIANT OF COMFORT

I Samuel 17:20 And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.

He Left the Sheep-
He left His role of being merely a shepherd
He left his place of security and comfort
He left what he was most experience with

He had to defeat the mentality that said I’m comfortable in my little field.
He had to conqueor the giant that said don’t challenge me to do something I’ve never done before.
I got it easy here. I’m doing what I’ve always done why do more?
He had to step out of the average, mundane, the usual, tradition, ritualism.

If you ever really trust and have faith in God-you’ll begin to do things that make you feel uncomfortable- you’ll begin to go places that challenges your faith. You’ll begin to step out of boats and walk on stormy seas!

WHEN YOU WALK BY FAITH-IT’S UNCOMFORTABLE-ITS CONTRARY TO WHAT THE FLESH TELLS YOU-YOU WALK BY FAITH NOT BY SIGHT!!


-GIANT OF FEAR

I Samuel 17:11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.

FEAR SEES THE SICKNESS AND NOT THE SAVIOR
FEAR SEES THE DIFFICULTY BUT NOT THE DELIVERER
FEAR SEES THE WIND BUT NOT THE WATER-WALKER
FEAR SEES THE FIRE BUT NOT THE FOURTH MAN IN THE FURNACE
FEAR SEES THE LION BUT NOT THE LIBERATOR
FEAR SEES THE VALLEY BUT NOT THE MOUNTAINS ON BOTH SIDES
FEAR SEES THE MEAN, SCREAMING GIANT BUT NOT THE BIG UGLY FOREHEAD

DAVID NEVER DIGRESSED TO THE LEVEL OF CALLING HIM A GIANT…BUT HE LABELED HIM AN UNCIRMCISED PHILLISTINE

You can glamorize the devil by what you call him
“OOOO he’s a ROARING LION!” “He’s a vicious dragon” “The prince of the air”
May I set the record straight…HE’S A LIAR AND THE FATHER OF LIES, HE’S A FALLEN ANGEL,HE’S A COWARD, A CHEATER AND A THIEF, HIS MOTHER IS UGLY AND DRESSES HIM FUNNY, AND IN MY BOOK IT TELLS ME I’VE GOT POWER TO TREAD UPON SERPENTS, HE’S ALREADY BEEN DEFEATED!
GREATER IS HE THAT IS WITHIN ME THAN HE THAT IS IN THIS WORLD!

-GIANT OF CRITICISM & RIDICULE

I Samuel 17:28 And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.

-GIANT OF SELF

I Samuel 17:38 And Saul armed David with his armor, and he put a helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.

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The Prison of Pride

Psalm 51:15  O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

16  For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

17  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

18  Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19  Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

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Brokenness vs. Pride


When God has given me a broken heart I'm overwhelmed with a sense of my own spiritual need.

When I live a broken Christian life, there is a spirit of compassion about my life because I can forgive much because I know how much I have been forgiven. I always esteem others better than myself.

When I serve God with a broken heart I have a dependent spirit and I recognize my need for others.

When I serve God with a broken life, I've learned the secret of denying myself.

When my heart is broken before God, I have a motivation to serve others. I'm motivated to be faithful before God, and to make others a success.

When my heart is broken before God, I have a deep desire to promote other believers. I have a sense of my own unworthiness. And I'm so thrilled that God would use me in any kind of a ministry or any kind of a fellowship. I'm always eager for others to get the credit. And when my heart is broken, I rejoice, when others are lifted up. And I never defend myself.

When my heart is broken before God, I have a heart attitude that says "I do not deserve to be part of this fellowship. I know that I've got nothing to offer God, except the life of Christ that is flowing through my broken life."

And when I'm broken before God, I'm so humiliated by how much more I have to learn, I'm not concerned about the self-life, and I'm willing to take risks to become vulnerable, and to be close to others, and to open my life to love other people.

And when I serve God with a broken heart, I always take personal responsibility. And I can see where I have done wrong, in any kind of a situation.

And when I'm broken before God I always receive criticism, with a humble and with an open spirit. I'm not concerned, I'm concerned about being real. And what they care about and what matters to those who are broken, is not what others think, but it's what God knows about them. And I'm willing to die to my own reputation.

And when I live a broken Christian life, I'm willing to be open and transparent with others, as God will direct me. And whence I'm broken before God, I don't care who knows or who finds out about me. I am willing to be exposed because I have nothing to lose in my relationship with God.

So, when I serve God with a broken heart, I'm always quick to admit my failures, and I want to seek forgiveness, whenever it is necessary.

When I live a broken Christian life, and I'm under the conviction of God's Spirit, I'm able to acknowledge the specifics about my sin. I'm grieved over the cause of my sin, and I'm grieved over the root of my sin.

And when I'm broken before God, I truly and genuinely repent over my sin, and the evidence in the fact is that I want to forsake that sin.

When I live a broken Christian life, I want to take the initiative to be reconciled when there has been a misunderstanding, or a conflict in any kind of a relationship. I want to race to the cross, I want to see if I can get there first no matter how wrong the other person my have been.

And when I'm broken before God, I compare myself with the holiness of God. I sense the desperate need of the mercy and the grace of God. I always want to walk in the light.

And when I serve God with a broken spirit, I realize that I have a need of a consistent, cleansing of heart and repentance.

And when I'm broken before God, I continually sense my need for a fresh encounter with God the Holy Spirit.


But when there is pride in my life as a Christian, I always focus on the failures of other Christians and other fellowships.

When there is pride in my life, I've got a very self-righteous spirit. I've got a critical spirit. I have a fault finding spirit. And I look at everyone else's faults through the microscope, but I always look at my own faults through the telescope. And I always look down upon the lives of other people.

When there is pride in my life I have an independent and a self-sufficient spirit. I'm protective of my time, I try to protect my reputation and my rights as a Christian, and I focus on the deficiencies of other Christians.

When there is pride in my life I want to be served by other Christians. I've got a desire that... to be successful, I want to advance the self-life.

And when there is the sin of pride in my life, I've got this drive, I want to be appreciated, I want to be recognized, I'm offended and I'm wounded when other Christians are promoted, and I have been overlooked, because of what I have done.

When there is pride in my life, I've got this inner attitude, and this is what I said, that this fellowship is very privileged to have me and my gifts and all I think as what I can do for God.

And when there is pride in my life I'm confident, about how much I've learned of the Scriptures, and how far I have gone in my relationship with God.

And when there is pride in my life, I always keep people at a distance.

When there is pride in my life, I want to blame other people.

When there is pride in my life, I'm unapproachable.

When there is pride in my life, I'm defensive when I'm criticized by other Christians.

And when there is the sin of pride in my life, I'm so concerned to be respectable, I'm concerned about what other people think of me, and I try to protect my image and my reputation.

And when there is pride in my life I find it very difficult to share my spiritual needs.

When there is the sin of pride, I want to be sure that no one else find out that I have sinned. And I try to cover up sin. And I have this instinct to try and not to reveal it.

And when there is pride in my life I always want to make sure that no one else finds out when I have sinned, and I try to cover it up. And I find it very very difficult to say "you know, I'm wrong, will you please forgive me".

When there is pride in my life, I'm concerned about the consequences of my sin, I'm remorseful over my sin, simply because I've been caught, that I have sinned before God and sinned before man.

And when there is pride in my life, I always wait for others to come and ask for forgiveness, when there is a misunderstanding or a conflict, in my relationship with God.

When there is pride in my life I try to compare myself with other Christians, and other believers and other fellowships. And I always think that I'm better than them.

When there is pride in my life I'm blind. I become blind to my own heart condition.

When there is pride in my life I don't think that there is anything in my life that I need to repent of. I don't think that I need revival. Oh but I'm so sure that everyone else needs revival in my relationship with God.

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Are We Guilty Too?

From Reuters-

"The Italian coast guard angrily ordered the captain of the capsized Italian cruise ship to go back aboard to oversee the evacuation, but he stalled, according to an apparent recording of their radio exchange played on national television.Captain Francesco Schettino is in jail, accused of multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. He denies all wrongdoing and was questioned by magistrates on Tuesday.The audio recording, on newspaper Corriere della Sera's website and played on national state television, reflected the chaos and confusion in the minutes after the Costa Concordia, carrying more than 4,000 passengers and crew, hit a rock off the Tuscany coast on Friday night and keeled over. Schettino, who had already taken to a lifeboat, can be heard talking to a coast guard official based in the western Italian port of Livorno."

The captain of this cruise ship is now being charged with manslaughter because he apparently did not do everything possible to save the lives of those that went down in this tragic event. The startling question that we must ask ourselves is "Are We Guilty Too?"

Day in and day out we pass by a world that is sinking into the pains and turmoils of this sinful world. As the church we have the life preserver to save their soul. The answer to every crisis one may face can be found in Jesus Christ.

To the drug addict that sits on the side of the road hopeless and helpless- We have the answer!

To the alcoholic who drinks his life away- We have the answer!

To the broken abused wife who finds herself lost and in despair- We have the answer!

To the man or women that simply wanders aimlessly in this world with no direction for tomorrow- We have the answer!

As the church of God we know that Jesus Christ is the only One that can truly make a difference! Jesus is the only One that can put the shatter pieces back together. We hold the answer that this world is looking for. We hold the life preserver in our hands. We are in the boat that will never sink. Yet, in all this we can be guilty of not doing everything we can, to reach the lost. I challenge each one of us to Sound the Alarm- Reach the Lost- Win Souls- Tell someone about Jesus before it is too late!

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New Life Apostolic Church

Naples, FL 34116

Pastor Paul L. Getter

 

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