Secret’s Old and New

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God always, always. ALWAYS has a timing for every individual! I am not talking about just in big things. I am talking even in the small things that we don’t think measure up to a hill of beans! At that moment divine intervention is happening, and someone needs to hear what God has laid on your heart. There is always a reason, and more often than not we are totally clueless!! I pray today that you will take the time to meditate in and on the Father!! You are precious, and you are sealed with His Holy Spirit!

Let me for a moment just say something to you a child of God! You are a fulfillment of scripture. You are a part of a covenant of old and new now that you have received Christ as the risen Savior! If you believe God sent His son to take the full wrath of God so, that we can be restored to our Heavenly Father. Jesus arose three days later defeating sin and in the second coming bringing justice and, doing away with death once and for all and the enemy; if you profess with your mouth and believe in your heart, soul, and mind, then you my friend are a spiritual son or daughter of the Living God. Like Abraham believing God (faith). God credited Abraham for righteousness! (Galatians 3:6-9)

Like Abraham believing God (faith). God credited Abraham for righteousness! (Galatians 3:6-9) So, you by finding God (faith) through the Son of God Jesus, and Jesus being the Messiah fully man while being fully God then you are a part of the ongoing fulfilment of the promise (covenant) with Abraham, and you are also most importantly under the new covenant of Jesus Christ!! Can you see that you are justified through the blood of Jesus Christ? You are a part of the plan even in the old and now the new covenant!! Praise God for his plan to redeem all humankind!

Last note never let the enemy whisper deceit into your ear! The only way to combat the enemy is through God’s word! It is truth and if something you are thinking or speaking does not pass through the word of God then toss it out! If it does then cherish and gird yourself up; even if it hurts your flesh ask Jesus to help apply this scripture to your life whatever that may be! Paul says in Hebrews 12:5-13 even the Lords discipline is a blessing and a mark that we are His!! Praise Jesus even when He has to discipline me most of all but, also you too as a good father does!!

Loving and praying for you all!! Keep up the good work and keep on fighting and growing!!

You are Ready

In 1 Samuel 17 we read about David and Goliath, what actually just came straight off the page to me was 1 Samuel 17:28 Eliab, David’s oldest brother. Eliab’s anger grew toward David when he heard what David had said to the others.

David had boldly said in verse above Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
David was stating why should we fear a man that is not in covenant with Elohim Hayyrim (the living God) Eliab even went on to say he knew  David’s prideful and disrespectful bold heart is what brought him from the sheep fields to say this. David’s response to Eliab was “Is there not a cause?”
What I really got from this scripture is that even your own family or even the family of God will be used by the enemy to discourage, hurt, and minimize you and your calling. Don’t be surprised. Some of my greatest giants have not been Goliath’s (enemy) but have been right in and through the family of God or people who are in relationships with me (Eliab’s). When this happens, remember David’s response in verse 29 and then action 1 Samuel 17:30 Then he turned from him toward another and said the same thing; and these people answered him as the first ones did.
See sometimes you have to just have to meet your Eliab with a question. Is there not a cause? Then turn from them and toward the calling Jesus has for you, proclaiming Jesus’s gospel and making disciples. They do not understand the training and grooming that has taken place in the field of faith. There will always be the accusers of the brethren. But remember just as David was in the shepherd’s field. God sent a Bear and a Lion for David to slay and retrieve the lamb’s from their mouth’s to train David in courage and strength so he would one day throw a stone in a slingshot that would slay a 9-foot giant and defeat the enemy. So if you find yourself up against a 9-foot giant reflect on the field of faith and what you have learned in those experiences. Were you not victorious? Has God not prepared you already? Why are you still standing there, throw that stone (request) in that slingshot (prayer) and watch that Goliath (enemy) fall to his defeat! Move on into your calling and take what God has called you too even if you do run into some Eliab’s on the way 😉 you can do it! We have the living God on our side! Praise God!
Lord, you have equipped me to take down my Goliath! You have trained and prepared me so that I will be full of courage and strength! Lord, who dares to defy the Living God by standing in your way? Who questions the Lord when He has chosen? Thank you, Lord, for speaking to this wandering heart and giving me faith to push! All glory and honor are yours, Father! In Jesus Name Amen!

Servants Sent for the King’s Kindness

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Today, I want to speak directly to the servants of Jesus Christ our King and Savior. I want you to know that He has sent you to extend His kindness, mercy, and grace. Even to a hostile people. Jesus spoke to me this morning through the word of God, and this is what He showed me through this passage of scripture. We will be taking apart 2 Samuel chapter 10.

First to just give you some background I would like you to know who the Ammonites were and where exactly their history and culture was. This always helps me in my study and helps me get the picture of the scene God is painting here. Ammonites were descendants of Ben-Ammi which is a son of Lot ( Gen. 19:38). The Ammonites were also an idolatrous nation, and their chief idol was Moloch which was a god that they sacrificed their children into the fire for this idol. In 1 Kings 11:5-7 we see King Solomon was led by his foreign wives to worship Milcom another name for Moloch. The Bible also mention’s this offense again in 2 Kings 23:13. The name Ammonites means “son of my people,” “children of my people,” which the Israelite’s would understand or say to them as that they are relatives and avoid conflict with them. (Deuteronomy 2:19). Their land was already given to them as God provided, so the Israelite’s knew not to engage in war with them because they were related as they were descendants of Lot, Abraham’s nephew. Their land was east of the Jordan river. 

Now with this information, we can see that this nation had totally fallen away from God and were now worshiping other gods.

Second_Book_of_Samuel_Chapter_10-2_(Bible_Illustrations_by_Sweet_Media)To get back to the scripture that we are looking at we see in 2 Samuel 10 that Hanun’s father who was the king of Ammon had just passed away. King David was sending a group of men that were very honorable men of King David. These men had noble and honorable intentions as servants of the King. They were simply going to represent the kindness, mercy, and grace for King David to Hanun during the loss of his father Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to King David. Hanun’s name even means gracious which is quite ironic because that is the last thing he showed to King David’s men. We see further down in verse 3 that the leaders said to Hanun “Just because David sent men with condolences for you, do you believe he’s showing you respect for your father? Instead, David has sent these men to scout out the city, spy on it, and demolish it? I would like to input here that what dwells in the heart, is in the mind and what is in the mind comes out of the mouth. You see they were suspicious and evil in their thinking because that is what dwells in their hearts. See they were already at war with King David in their hearts they just needed an opportunity to pounce and devise a poorly thought out plan of attack on the King’s servants.

004-david-ammonites.jpgIn verse 4 we see Hanun take the noble servants of King David and shave half their beards, and cut their clothes to expose their private parts to humiliate them and send a clear message to the King. See in shaving half their beards off it would not only make them look ridiculous but they would be in violation of the law (Lev. 19:27), as they would look as if they were mourning (Isaiah 15:2, Jer.41:5) see their actions were clearly speaking we will return your kindness for war (we will humiliate you for your kindness).

King David when he heard of this, he sent someone to the servants and told them to stay in Jericho until their beards grew back normal and they could be restored back. What an awesome King! We have that in our King Jesus when His servants have been sent to extend His kindness, mercy, and grace, and they are humiliated and mocked even scorned. He is faithful to send someone (Holy Spirit) to comfort us and to hide us away until we can be restored. Not just that but King David immediately sent Joab his commander to engage the Ammonites in battle. See just like King David; Jesus recognizes the threat that they meant to humiliate you but He will seek justice for you and will turn what was intended to harm you into good. I can imagine Jesus saying “Gabriel!  Go help my servant they have been humiliated and hurt, lead them to safety.” Jesus might have to set you in  Jericho (waiting) for a while so that your “beard” (confidence) will grow back and others will not mock you or humiliate you further, but He will restore you back into your role as an honorable servant and seek justice for your humiliation.

See the issue here was they were at war with the King, not the servants they took it out on the servants, but they were saying something much more with their intent saying that they would reject the kindness of  David, and they are at war. Sometimes we can be in situations just like King David’s men and have to endure shame and mocking because we are doing what the King sent us to do. God see’s the humiliation/mourning and He also see’s that you were left in shame but He promises there is a day where everything will be brought to justice, and the King has sent someone to comfort us and take away our guilt until the time is right to be restored to our rightful place in His Kingdom. That man is Jesus Christ. I pray this gives other servants of Christ encouragement today knowing that when we do what He asks and we serve him even through the humiliation that He will restore us back, and He will seek justice for us.

God see’s and God know’s never forget that He knows your shame and still loves you and still has a place for you in this earth and heaven to serve! Has your beard grown in? Is it time to return to the King? Leave Jericho and be with Your King again. Knowing that He is sending you again and again to display the kindness, grace, and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, our King, and Mighty Savior. Don’t lose hope! Don’t allow the enemies attack to render you helpless get back up and fight the good fight and know that you belong to The King of Kings!! I am praying for the servants of Christ, and I know that we endure for Jesus our King, but there is no other King I would serve or love because He is so good and kind and loving, most of all my, all in all, my everything!