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Friday, August 26, 2011

Facing the Goliath's in your life!

1st Samuel 17:38-39 Then Saul outfitted David as a soldier in armor. He put his bronze helmet on his head and belted his sword on him over the armor. David tried to walk but he could hardly budge.

David told Saul, "I can't even move with all this stuff on me. I'm not used to this." And he took it all off.

40 Then David took his shepherd's staff, selected five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the pocket of his shepherd's pack, and with his sling in his hand approached Goliath.

41-42 As the Philistine paced back and forth, his shield bearer in front of him, he noticed David. He took one look down on him and sneered—a mere youngster, apple-cheeked and peach-fuzzed.

43 The Philistine ridiculed David. "Am I a dog that you come after me with a stick?" And he cursed him by his gods.

44 "Come on," said the Philistine. "I'll make roadkill of you for the buzzards. I'll turn you into a tasty morsel for the field mice."

45-47 David answered, "You come at me with sword and spear and battle-ax. I come at you in the name of God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel's troops, whom you curse and mock. This very day God is handing you over to me. I'm about to kill you, cut off your head, and serve up your body and the bodies of your Philistine buddies to the crows and coyotes. The whole earth will know that there's an extraordinary God in Israel. And everyone gathered here will learn that God doesn't save by means of sword or spear. The battle belongs to God—he's handing you to us on a platter!"

48-49 That roused the Philistine, and he started toward David. David took off from the front line, running toward the Philistine. David reached into his pocket for a stone, slung it, and hit the Philistine hard in the forehead, embedding the stone deeply. The Philistine crashed, facedown in the dirt.

50 That's how David beat the Philistine—with a sling and a stone. He hit him and killed him. No sword for David!

51 Then David ran up to the Philistine and stood over him, pulled the giant's sword from its sheath, and finished the job by cutting off his head. When the Philistines saw that their great champion was dead, they scattered, running for their lives.

52-54 The men of Israel and Judah were up on their feet, shouting! They chased the Philistines all the way to the outskirts of Gath and the gates of Ekron. Wounded Philistines were strewn along the Shaaraim road all the way to Gath and Ekron. After chasing the Philistines, the Israelites came back and looted their camp. David took the Philistine's head and brought it to Jerusalem. But the giant's weapons he placed in his own tent.

55 When Saul saw David go out to meet the Philistine, he said to Abner, commander of the army, "Tell me about this young man's family."

Abner said, "For the life of me, O King, I don't know."

56 The king said, "Well, find out the lineage of this raw youth."

57 As soon as David came back from killing the Philistine, Abner brought him, the Philistine's head still in his hand, straight to Saul.

58 Saul asked him, "Young man, whose son are you?"

Each and every day we face our fears, from the moment we arise in the morning our days are filled with completing task, proving ourselves worthy in one way or another and overcoming our fears. Today's scripture teaches us two very important lessons 1) As servants of God we must not allow ourselves to become captive to our fears. Through God we are more than conquerors, despite our age, experience, resume, education, race or lifestyle. God say we can do all things through God who strengthens us.- All around David told him he was crazy and to let Goliath have his way as he had for the last month plus. But David knew how powerful God is.

2) Don't let the baggage others put on you stay on you! Saul tried to place almost 200 pounds of Armour on David, so much stuff that David could not even move. People will weigh us down to the point where we can not even move. Don't allow this, don't own others mess that has nothing to do with you. David knew not only how strong God is, but also how God could work thru him. David used his gifts to over come the giant.

Through faith, understand and using our gifts God allows us to face the giant fears and obstacles in our life. We must do it not being discouraged by others, or being held captive by the baggage of others. God declares that we will have success, so much so the same people who were rooting against us will ask us who the heck we are, and where do we come from. Then we can give God the glory! Amen!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Realizing the haters!!!

Yesterday a member of my congregation posed the question what do I mean when I use the phrase HATERS, and is there such a thing or is it made up. Well yes there are such real people that find joy in our suffering, that do intentional evil to us daily- these people are haters and are not in your mind or make believe. Jesus was hated daily by the Pharisees and the Sadducees, daily they tried to tempt, trick, and set Jesus up for their own amusement or to make them seem better and wiser. I contend then that the Pharisees were HATERS. There are haters through out our Scriptural, Theological and Physical life. 1) Any person that practices Racism, Sexism, Ageism, or any ism- because they are insecure with in them selves hate others they don't even know is a HATER. 2) Any person that is jealous, envious or bitter towards you because of what you have because they don't is a HATER. 3) Any person that tries to limit you by holding you down physically, emotionally, mentally, or in your career for because of there own issues or insecurities is a HATER.

Hear me clear these people do this because of there own issues, problems, evil spirited nature or insecurities. It has nothing to do with you and you don't have to own their mess. Just like Jesus did nothing to the Pharisees nor did he own their mess. Furthermore God will continue to provide for you in the presence of these Hating Enemies, indeed they will become your footstool. This is why the words of Psalm 23 ring so pure and clear-That God prepares a place for us in the presence of our enemies- many of us live in the presence of our enemies daily at work or school, or even home and church. In short your enemies hate you, usually for no reason. Therefore they are your haters, but let them hate. For your job is not to get involved in the negativity but daily be the best you that God is calling you to be. Rise above and watch your cup overflow. Find strength in the Psalm below despite what you might be going through today. I hope this answered the question, be well and Amen!

New International Version

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD