1 Samuel 17:48-50
Inspiration To Face Fear!
Angel was a young lady on the streets of New York City; she was addicted and using drugs every day. Her mother was raising her then 2 year old daughter while she worked the streets as a prostitute. The leaders of the local church that I was working for brought her to hear a message that I was preaching and then afterwards introduced her to me so that I could answer her questions about Jesus. As Melinda (the Pastor’s wife) and I continued to explain salvation and repentance to Angel, you could see the tears in her eyes and finally she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. That night Angel checked herself into rehabilitation; the battle with her giant had just begun, but was already won when she accepted Jesus.
About 3 years after that, this young lady and her young daughter approached me to ask if I knew who she was. I didn’t even recognize her, Angel, with Jesus, had won her battle. She stopped using drugs, got out of prostitution and was now working as a receptionist at a very large law firm. She had moved out of her mother’s apartment and was living with her daughter in a very upscale part of the city. She went on to tell me that she has the chance to witness to everyone that she comes into contact with that will take a minute or two to listen. She still visits the streets that she was once worked to share her story with others in the same situation. She shares the same story that I told her about; “David vs. Goliath.”
Today we all have our giants to face; anything from alcohol or drug addiction, gambling, pornography to fear of an employer, extorter, stalker or worse. In the first Book of Samuel, we are given a great example of how we can face our giants every day. Here this young boy faces a giant and defeats him, he didn’t even have a sword to do battle with, yet this fearless boy answered the call of his king.
Then it happened when the Philistine rose and came and drew near to meet David, that David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 And David put his hand into his bag and took from it a stone and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead. And the stone sank into his forehead, so that he fell on his face to the ground. 50 Thus David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and he struck the Philistine and killed him; but there was no sword in David’s hand.
1 Samuel 17:48-50
You too can face your giants and win, Jesus has already won for you!
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Guard Your Mouth!
Your words can hurt; even if you don't realize it! We must guard our mouth, our words; we should ensure that our words are edifying. James has some wonderful analagies about this...
Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
Even the great King Solomon added to the subject matter with his Proverb...
An ungodly man digs up evil,
It can be easy to retaliate in the face of a trial, as you are being slandered, belittled and degraded; especially when this occurs in front of loved ones and friends. The urge to fire back a salvo to the offender, but as Christians we are taught to...
So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;
Think about what you are going to say before you say it. I had to put up road blocks between my brain and my mouth, but when this had failed I did as King David did and turned to God.
Set a guard, O Lord,
over my mouth;
Our speech should be edifying not tormenting!
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The Only Way to Heaven!
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
It has to be this way because only Jesus Christ died on the Cross for the sins of the world. In a selfless act, Jesus was a propitiation for us taking the punishment meant for us upon Himself; and in doing so He alone bridged the gap between us and God. A man you didn’t even know died on the Cross for us so that we might be saved.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
You can’t wish your way into heaven, you can’t buy your way into heaven, you can’t even work your way into heaven.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
That grace comes through believing in Jesus Christ; who He is and what He has done. I can’t save you, your pastor can’t save you; you most assuredly can’t save yourself, only Jesus Christ can save you.
So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Only Jesus Christ can save you because only Jesus Christ died on the Cross for us. The Bible also teaches us that we have to confess it!
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
Let’s not stop there, you also have to repent of your sins; in other words you have to stop sinning and turn to Jesus Christ!
I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
Only a just and loving God could come up with a plan so simple; all praise honor and glory are His.
Have you excepted Jesus as your Lord?
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Believing in Jesus Christ is a key to our salvation but it is also a key to our personal intimate relationship to our Lord and Savior. We have to believe in who He was, what He has done and what He continues to do to this very day; what He continues to do for you and for me.
Over 2000 years ago a man we didn't even know came down from heaven to earth to pay a fine for a sin that He didn't commit; Jesus Christ was sinless. What He did is pay our fine for us, He took the penalty meant for us on Himself; Jesus Christ became a propitiation for us and died on the cross for the sins of the world. After being taken down from the cross He was placed in a tomb for three days but the tomb could not hold Him, the apostles found the tomb empty. In such Jesus defeated the works of the devil so that all that call upon His name and believe in Him shall be saved.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Jesus Christ now sits on the right hand side of the throne of God and mediates for us, making a way for us to approach God's throne of grace. That is why when we pray we pray in the name of Jesus Christ.
Let me take it a little further; as many of you know I don't just believe in the power of prayer; I believe in the power of Jesus Christ to hear and answer my prayers. Sometimes I don't get the answer that I want but I get an answer. I don't just believe, I know that Jesus hears and answers my prayers; I know that He mediates on my behalf. I know that no matter what I do, even if it's wrong; not that I intentionally go out and sin but when I have committed a sin, I have a Lord and Savior that I can turn to to forgive me of my sin. I have had way to many things happen through answered prayer that just cannot be explained any other way; nothing troubles me because I have a Lord and Savior that is bigger than this world.
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
I believe, do you?
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2 Corinthians 2:14-15
A Fragrant Aroma!
God is always with us and God will never leave us! When you add to this...
No weapon formed against you shall
We start to lose our fear of man, and begin to rely upon, depend upon our Lord and little by little the confidence builds.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
When we become totally submissive to the Lord, totally dependent upon Him, we become conquerors...
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Nothing can stop us, because nothing can stop the Lord...
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
1 John 4:4
We overcome the world and then the Lord disperses us as a fragrance. We become the light in a darkened world. As we spread the gospel message more hear the word and more accept the Lord as their Lord and Savior, we become a fragrance that continues to spread.
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
2 Corinthians 2:14-15
How do you smell?
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We need to pray that Christians rise up and stand for our Lord Jesus Christ!
We need to take our country back from the darkness!
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Let us turn from sin and towards GOD!
We need to Pray for The USA and God's intervention!
We need to keep Israel in prayer!