1 Kings 20:42 “He said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Because you have let go out of your hand the man whom I had devoted to destruction, therefore your life shall go for his life, and your people for his people”
God gave Israel victory and according to God’s law the enemy should have been destroyed – in allowing the king to live, Israel sinned against God.
Sometimes the things that God asks us to do are hard things. They are hard because we view them through a human lens and want to judge the actions based upon human logic. If the Lord tells us to slay a giant – we feel that this act would be inhumane – and we would, instead, want to imprison the giant. This is a truth across our lives and is truly a test of our heart’s devotion to God.
When we face an issue, are we really willing to do whatever it is God demands of us? We want Him to assure our victory, but are we really willing to do whatever he demands?
I am reminded of the scripture that tells us that those who love him and would follow him would ‘hate’ father, mother, sister, brother, etc. There are times in our lives when God may ask us to cut off relationships, confront sin, admonish the unfaithful and even harder tasks. He assures our victory if we would only obey his word without compromise. But our hearts and minds must be truly girded up with the full armor of God if we are to be able to stand. It is important that we remember at all times that our lives are hidden in – wrapped up in — and lost in … the person of Jesus Christ. If we take thought of our own desires or even the unpleasant nature of a request posed to us by the Father we are living with our minds on things of this earth. As we set our minds on God’s will and God’s way – it is imperative that we really believe that without obedience victory will not come. We must live our lives in the name of and for the sake of our King. No compromise! It is good to extend mercy – but not if God speaks against it. It is good to be gracious to our enemies – but not if God speaks against it. We must be prayerful – listening – trusting.
Father, As you lead me and guide me, may my heart be malleable, open and ready to receive your instruction. Help me to lean only on your understanding and not be tempted to bring to mind what I believe and know in the flesh. Father help me to obey completely at all times and in all situations. Help me to fight the fear of this world and this age and to embrace Your approval only. May my heart seek to obey, love and trust you with all that is within me. When you tell me to rout the enemy, please give me the courage to do so. When you tell me to extend mercy, please give me the wisdom to do so. Lead me and guide me. I will follow. Amen
OK – I know y’all are all saying – ‘here she goes again!’. But all I can say is, this dude is my beau; my darling; my one and only; well, just MINE!! I’m grateful for Lloyd’s life.
In the words of Barbara Johnson Tucker and her family, “I have so many things to thank God for, I could thank Him for an entire day!” So grateful that Hallie and Bea Chinn gave birth this man.
Know this babe, the good work God began in you will continue until He completes it … Praise Him because He made you in such a wonderful way. Just know that the way you are made — Amazing!! (Psalm 139: 4)
We can be tempted to live in our Christian lives on the edge of the truth. Well, I should say that it seems that today, the Body of Christ is in some ways living on the edge of the truth because of the struggle of including and attracting more people. Now don’t get me wrong – we demand belief in God for sure! But, we do not always demand a trust in Christ.
Because of the difficulties of the world right now, we can be tempted to live in such a way that we are protecting ourselves from some hurt, or treasuring our own station over that of another. But, that is not love. You see, we are told to give the cloak. We are told to walk the 2nd mile. We are told to prefer others above ourselves. When we neglect the truth and love in our lives, we effectively remove from our lives any guarantee of grace, mercy and peace.
We cannot allow ourselves to be lulled in to a state of complacency — we need to be faithful to the truth of Christ — and the love of God!
When operating outside of the truth, which is that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh and is the Savior; or when operating outside of love, which is obedience to God — then we cannot expect grace, mercy and peace to be with us.
Embrace His Truth. Show His Love.
I’m praying that Our Father will help us to keep Christ at the forefront of all things that we do, for the sake of His Kingdom. Praying that He will help us to stand firm as we meet others who do not acknowledge Christ as coming in the flesh. Praying that He will help us to fight for the truth and for His glory. Please Father, teach me to obey You — which is to love! Bend my heart toward Your will daily – so that my inclination will always be to love! And may grace, mercy and peace by my portion as I honor the truth and commit to love!
I think of Billy Graham often … how many people did he share the gospel with and invite to know Jesus? His ministry was remarkable! I think about T. D. Jakes … how large is his global ministry? Amazing! I think of Joyce Meyer … how wise was she using her past to make people know that all are valued by God? Awesome. I think of William Carey … how many translations in India did he do for the sake of the gospel? Phenomenal! Isn’t it interesting that you’ve never heard that one of them aimed to tear down the ministry of a person that was coming behind them.
Then I think of others …. I can’t call their names … but
There is one who pastored a large growing Bible teaching church and when a ministry son was called to plant a church and that church started to grow, the support dropped tremendously and the aim for destruction rose up. Appalling!
There is another I know about whose church was huge – and he flooded a city with his face and his church name, ensuring that ministers being mentored by him would not ‘rise above him’. Disgusting!
I know another who spoke with great pride about ministers being built up through his ministry, but did not support their work in fear that they’d overtake him. Horrible!
Each one of these people wanted their ‘kingdom’ to remain theirs. Each one of them wanted no one to be given any attention but them. No “kingdom” can come into our hands – for there is only ONE KING. There is only ONE King!!! Interestingly, not one of these people has done remarkably well in bringing the lost to Christ or moving believers to true lives of faith with works.
Well …. I just don’t have much to say – but doing evil to destroy the victor won’t bring victory. The work of the one who is seen as amazing, yet under your lead, should make you rejoice to God – not bring them down.Keep your pride to a minimum. Keep your glory to God in the high place. Don’t let the enemy have your mind!
Those who serve God will have victory and success – and all who serve with them should rejoice!
Chatter is a term used often in shows about espionage. That term is used to describe the information received from eavesdrop on communications from suspected terrorists. They use the information from the ‘chatter’ to plan defensive action. Well, we are privy to lots of chatter too and we don’t have to eavesdrop to get it. The world; the enemy; our haters (naysayers); and even our own minds can be the means to our sabotage.
Chatter in the world carries false messages for us. Falsemessages like: – We are not worthy because of our ethnicity – FALSE – We are not worthy because of our past failures – FALSE – we are not worthy because of our lack of education – FALSE – we are not worthy because we’re not married – FALSE – we are not worthy because our womb does not produce children – FALSE – we are not worthy because our personality makes people uncomfortable – FALSE – we are not worthy because we’ve been divorced – FALSE – we are not worthy because we’ve had an abortion – FALSE
When the world says that all of these messages determine whether we are worthy .. they all are RUBBISH!! Trash!!! Waste!! Debris!! Lies!! Don’t let these statements guide your mind and heart in understanding who you are in Him.
I am so glad today that I know that the chatter I hear in the world is not my truth! Neither is it your truth!
As a believer in Christ – we need to learn to take this chatter and take defensive action against these terrorists that are threatening our abundant life in Christ.
The Word of God tells us that we should tear down twisted philosophies and take wayward thoughts and emotions captive and bring them in line with what His truth is. That means we have to believe Him and that we have to believe that His word is our truth – our only truth. We have to remember and speak to ourselves the truth.
As a Christ follower I am worthy (worth it) because He has taken up residence in me and has called me; and when he called me He put me in right relationship with Him; and when He put me in right relationship with Him, He committed to complete all that He started in me for my good and for His glory. I am far from perfect, but my imperfections do not disqualify me from living the abundant life that He has laid out for me.
I will be an asset in this world and not a liability because God has made it so. Chatter — sometimes you have to shut it down! Don’t let your circumstances, your friends, the naysayers, the haters – keep you from living holy; from living free; from living in joy. You are an overcomer – not in your own power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit that resides in you. When I was living in Ghana I loved to hear them say “Let Them Say” – which means their words have no power over me so they can talk all they want.
I encourage you today to believe that He has counted you worthy of His calling and worthy of the sacrifice He made for you at Calvary. I encourage you to have the faith to shut the chatter down in whatever form it may come. Let them say!YOU — JUST BELIEVE!
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.--Romans 8:38-39