The Greatest of All Time

Muhammed Ali used to say he was the “greatest of all time!” and in terms of boxing, maybe. But there’s another “greatest” that comes to mind at Easter, and it’s the greatest verse in the Bible, John 3:16, because it has five “greatests” in it. Here they are:

1. The Greatest Being: For God…

All of science believes to some extent the opening section of the Bible…In the beginning was nothing, then BANG…something.

Christianity: In the beginning there was an ultimate being. Who created everything.
Atheism: In the beginning there was nothing. Nothing exploded. And became something. Makes perfect sense.

The Hubble Space Telescope is that giant Nasa telescope that beams back incredible pictures of the universe. George Will writes, “Soon the ACLU or the People for the American Way, or some similar faction of litigious secularism will file suit against NASA, charging that the Hubble Space Telescope unconstitutionally gives comfort to the religiously inclined. Science is augmenting, not subverting, the sense of awe that undergirds religious yearnings.”

Isaiah looked into the heavens some 2700 years ago and recognized the stars were made by (Isaiah 40:26), “His great incomparable power.”

Everything begins and ends with the Greatest Being, who used:

2. The Greatest Power: God so loved…

If you say “of course God loved David!” that just shows you’ve grown up in a Christian culture. For most of history and even now in most of the world, a loving God was NOT a common belief:

  • The Greek and Roman gods didn’t love mankind.
  • 33 million Hindu deities and none of their descriptions speak of the Christian God’s love that is innate, unique, grace-based and self-sacrificial.
  • What about Allah? The Muslim God? Well – one of his 99 names “el-Waddud” – means “loving.” He is called that twice in the Quran. But…Allah’s love is qualified – he loves the pure, those who do good deeds, he does not love sinners, he does not love the unjust, and the Quran clearly states…he does not love the non-Muslim.

The Christian God – loves sinners. Romans 5:8 says God loves us and died for us…WHILE we were sinners, unbelievers, and enemies of Him.

Love is the greatest power. It is God’s power, through Christ, to make the dead – alive, the lost – found, the sinner – holy, the filthy – pure, the guilty – innocent.

The Greatest Being, God, exhibited the Greatest Power, Love:

3. To the Greatest Degree: …the World….

“Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight – Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

God loves the Charismatics, but also Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Catholics. God loves the conservatives – but also the liberals and the communists. God loves preachers – and the murderers, gamblers, bartenders, prostitutes and the addicts and on and on and on.

God loves ALL – ALL colors, ALL individuals, ALL social groups, ALL…God so loved…the world.

Which includes you. Jeremiah 31:3 God says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”

The greatest being with the greatest power to the greatest degree, gave:

4. The Greatest Gift: …that He gave His only Son…

I would be happy to risk everything to save someone from death. But if two were at risk and one was my daughter, I’m going for my daughter first.

Every. Single. Time.

God looks at the same equation and makes a different choice. He gave His Son…for you. And it’s not some crazy forced killing against the Son’s will. The Son willingly gave of Himself for you. He lived out John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” He gave the greatest gift. His life. He took the penalty for our sin.

Why? To deliver:

5. The Greatest Promise: … that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 

What do you do when your life is completely shot? Like the guy who has shattered his family? The woman who has killed every relationship? The job down the tubes? The financial crisis that makes life look like the bottom of a pit? What then?

What about the regrets. The “what ifs?” What if I hadn’t done that? What if I hadn’t hurt the ones I loved? What if I’d been a decent parent? What if I hadn’t been so selfish? What if I hadn’t failed in so many ways?

God gives you five “greats.” Here they are: 

  1. The Greatest Being God with
  2. the greatest power – loved,
  3. to the greatest degree – the entire world,
  4. so He gave the greatest gift – His Son,
  5. The greatest promise you can ever get on this earth:

That if you put your faith in Jesus, who died and then rose on the third day, that in spite of all the epic fails in your life, His death washed all of that way so that you can be part of His family, and live with Him forever and ever and ever in the greatest place prepared for you: heaven.

That’s the greatest promise of all time.

Amen amen.

 

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Get To Work Forgetting!!

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Beautiful wisdom from The Panda.

 

During the summer in college, I put in sprinkler systems with a New Yorker who was also a Doobie Brother (smoker not rockstar) with a massive walrus mustache. One of the funniest guys I’ve ever known – loved working with him.  And he loved the term “wayback machine” of Professor Peabody fame.  He’d say, “Where you gonna go Professor?” Then answer himself, “I’m gonna go…waaaaayyyyyback!” Then he’d laugh and laugh.

So would I.

But the truth is some people live their lives in the Wayback Machine. And that’s a horrible way to live. Here’s what I mean (illustration is not original with me):

Have you ever seen a really really bad movie? I mean one you REALLY hated? Maybe horribly made, or a comedy that wasn’t funny or maybe it was really offensive. Have you ever seen a movie and thought “that’s 2 hours of my life wasted!”

And did you watch that movie 3 times? 20 times? 50 times? 100 times? Ever watch a movie you hated 1000 times?

Of course not! Because that would be:

INSANE.

“Wow – this was painful the first 300 times – maybe 301st time is a charm!” And then, “I’m SHOOK! I’m WOKE! It was still horrible! Whew. Glad that’s over…wait a minute – maybe one more time – yeah – that’s the ticket!”

But we do just that in our mind.

We’ve all had that bad experience/bad fail/painful event that we rehearse over and over and over and over and over – and in some cases, a ONE-time event can give pain for years and years and years.

The Apostle Paul was an incorrigible man.

Acts 9:1 says “But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord…”

Have you ever “breathed” threats and murder? I’ve never even met someone like that and I’ve been in more than a few jails – that really is a deplorable.

And look one chapter back-Paul watches the murder of Stephen and believes it’s a wonderful service to God! Paul is literally the Taliban – a murderous thug.

But Jesus saves him – he’s radically changed. His sin is forgiven. All of it!

Sadly, for the next 50 years, Paul questions his faith and salvation and NEVER does anything for the Lord, because he keeps taking the wayback machine wayback and reliving his massive moral failure. He’s such a wreck he goes from doctor to doctor and walks around in pharmaceutically numbed state for the rest of his life.

WRONG!  He changes the world! He writes half of the NT. How does he do that? The answer is here:

“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past…” Philippians 3:13a

Paul doesn’t have a wayback machine; he doesn’t go see bad movies more than once; and he doesn’t relive his murderous past over and over again! That’s what Satan wants him to do. God wants him to move forward. Smart guy that Paul is, he listens to God.

How many times have you watched a bad movie from your past?

Maybe someone mistreated you – and you’ve relived it 1000 times. Stop letting that person live rent free in your head. Learn from it. Forget it. Move forward.

Maybe it’s a major fail. You were a complete and utter train wreck! And you keep rehearsing it over and over until it completely defines you. Learn everything you can from it. Make amends if it’s that kind of fail. Move forward.

As soon as that memory begins to play in your mind, seize it – isolate it – and cast it out. Replace that bad movie with praise to God for the sacrifice of Christ that has completely obliterated it. Because here’s the truth: if you’ve confessed it, made any amends needed, and received forgiveness through Jesus, then:

Satan won’t forget it, but God has (Isa. 43:25, Psalm 103:12, Heb. 10:17).
So don’t be like Satan, be like God.

CRITICAL ALERT

And don’t be that husband or wife or parent who makes your spouse or kid relive their failures over and over – that’s Satan’s job – do you really want to do Satan’s job in your marriage or for your kids? “I’d like to apply for the job of Chief Beelzebub in charge of guilt for my wife please!”

Back to You

Some of you will say, “I know I should forget my past, I just can’t.” Stop that – RAISE your standards and CHANGE your mind. Get rid of the “should.”  Replace it with a “must.” Get to work forgetting.

Failure in this is not an option. Your future depends on it. Tell yourself, “I MUST put those events in the past out of my mind because Christ wants to use my future. Paul is a lot worse than I’ve ever been, so like he says, I’ll forget the past and move forward to what lies ahead.”

Jesus is Lord of the future. So look to Jesus and lean in the direction He wants you to go. And get rid of the wayback machine.

Amen amen.

This was originally published by World Net Daily here.

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It’s NOT the Wind and Waves that will Sink Me (and how NOT to sink)

We often think it’s the wind and waves that will sink us. Or the hurricanes or the floods. Or the disease and destruction.

Wrong. Dead wrong.

Follow me here (Reader’s Digest version):

Matthew 14, Jesus walks up to the disciples on a boat. In the middle of the rough sea.
Disciples: “It’s a ghost! Run away run away run away! No, wait – we’re in a tiny boat! Nowhere to run!!”
Jesus: “Nope. It’s Me. Don’t be afraid.”
Peter: “Let me walk on the water too!”
Jesus: “Come on.”

Peter does. Peter is EPIC– out of the boat going to Jesus walking on the water (obviously not as epic as Jesus…don’t have a cow).

Since Adam and Eve, nobody had ever walked on water, and nobody has done it since. ONLY Peter! And ONLY because he took a great step of faith. I want to be Peter!

 

But Peter, walking on water – begins to sink. One second he’s strolling across the water like it’s nothing, the next second he’s about to drown. Between those two events, only one thing happened: Peter saw the wind and the waves. He focused on the wind and the waves.

This is so significant! Consider: 

  • Jesus didn’t disappear. He’s still right there. In front of Peter.
  • Jesus didn’t lose His divine power to sustain Peter. He’s still God the Son.
  • The wind and waves didn’t, “just appear.” They were there all along.
  • The wind and waves didn’t, “all of a sudden obtain destructive powers.” The power was there all along.
  • The wind and waves didn’t even increase in intensity.

The only thing that changed? Peter’s focus.

Peter quit seeing Jesus, and he began seeing the wind and the waves.
He begins to fear the wind and waves more than he trusts Jesus.

And he sank.

Which leads to a powerful truth:

It’s not the wind and the waves that will sink me, it’s how I THINK about the wind and the waves.

In this life, it’s not the flood that will sink you, or the destruction, or the job loss, or the bad circumstance, it’s how you think about that thing.

“That’s not true David! There are things you can’t control – like storms and floods and hurricanes and disease! And they WILL sink you!”

Wrong. 

Even death can’t sink the person who has put their faith in Christ. Because they know that death is not the end.

That’s why Paul, when dragged out of town, beaten and left for dead, got back up the next morning and went right back into town. That’s why (according to tradition) Peter when faced with crucifixion, instead of losing all hope, or begging for mercy, or crying like a four-year-old, asked to be crucified upside down because he didn’t consider himself worthy to die like Jesus.

At some point, both Peter and Paul realized that a beating or even death could not sink them – because they were consumed with Christ. They knew that Jesus would sustain them – even through death – and greet them on the other side.

So whether you are taking a giant leap of faith for Jesus, or encountering the wind and waves that we all face living in this world, the goal is to be so caught up in Christ, with eyes so fixed on Him, that…

We

don’t

sink.

We keep walking on the water…with Him.

So get out of the boat, walk on the water, and always always always – keep your eyes focused on Jesus. He will never let you let you down and never let you sink.

Jesus said, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

Amen amen.

 

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When Your Soul Is Crushed

What do you do when life threatens to crush your very soul? All along the Texas Gulf Coast, people are dealing with the some of the most heart-wrenching pain imaginable….losing everything, unable to even go to work, losing loved ones in the hurricane and flooding. And Florida may be in for the same kind of heartache.

When devastation hits you it’s sometimes easy to turn from God – and that’s precisely the wrong place to be.  I have no magic words or simple answers for what folks are going through, but these four things might be of help – be sure and read to number four:

#1. Remember God is good. 

He created everything, and He created it good. Why? Because He is good.

Adam and Eve brought sin into the world, and that corrupted EVERYTHING. Even creation.

Right there in Romans 8, God says all of creation groans to be set free from the corruption. 

Jesus gave Himself to make us good again. Because He is good.

Think sin is no big deal? Get a grip on this:

IF there were no sin in the world, there would NEVER be a hurricane, a flood, or death. All is a result of sin corrupting God’s good and excellent creation.

Every time you see a horrific death, a terrifying flood, or a powerful hurricane, stop and think, “God is good, and sin is horrible.”

#2. Remember God is near.

Phil 4:5 says, “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” That was the whole point of my last post here.

God is near, and He knows WHAT is around the corner, but even more than that – HE is around the corner, around the bend, up there in the future in that land we call “uncertainty.“ And He is always able to take care of business.

Where you are right now,

God was here yesterday.

Where you will be tomorrow,

God will be there. He is good, and He is near.

But I get it.

Some days you get up and think, “I don’t have the emotional, physical or spiritual strength to make it through today!” And I’m sure there are folks all along the Gulf Coast and in Florida right now who feel that way. So you have to understand…

#3. God will provide as you go

Most often God does not provide before we go, but as we go.

The Red Sea is a perfect example: the sea didn’t part until they got there. I’m sure they felt great stress with the Egyptian army bearing down on them. “What will we do? We are going to die!” No – when they got to the Red Sea, God used Moses to part it, and they walked across on dry ground.

Same thing happens Luke 17. Ten lepers cry out to Jesus for healing. Jesus tells them to go show themselves to the priests who served as the health inspector and could declare them healed.

But they weren’t healed at all. They STILL had leprosy!

Why go the priest? They’ll just be told, “You’re going to die!”

But they went. And the Scripture says as they went, not before, and not until, but AS they went, they were healed.

In the same way, God who is good and near will provide for you in

good days,

bad days,

hard days

and disastrous days –

as you go.

HE will provide the emotional, physical or spiritual strength to make it through today, the help you need…along the way.


But I understand…

it’s still hard to believe this information when your heart is breaking and your soul is crushed, and you really are in a bottomless pit. And so do this…

#4. Preach it.

But I’m not a preacher!

Sure you are. Everyone preaches. The question is, what is your sermon? God preached a sermon in the garden, and so did Satan.

You preach to yourself all the time. But what is your message?

David preached to his own soul: “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God.” Psalm 43:5 (ESV)

I heard Steffany Gretzinger say, “Sometimes we sing something because we believe it because we’re sure. And sometimes we sing UNTIL we’re sure.”

Sometimes we sing until we’re sure. 

That may be a word from the Lord for you today.

Maybe the devastation is strong in your life, and you want to believe that God is good and God is near, and God is powerful, and He is going to provide for all the uncertainty in your life right now – you WANT to believe that…

…but it’s not your experience right now.

Preach it to yourself! Cry out, “My soul – why are you cast down. Hope in God – ever will I praise Him! Ever will He be good to me! Ever will He be my salvation. God, You are my rock and my salvation and my strong tower in the storm!”

Maybe you’ve been singing the wrong song, preaching the wrong sermon, thinking the wrong thoughts…change your tune!

Sing it and speak it and preach it and keep on until…you believe it.

And then keep on declaring His goodness and nearness and provision to yourself over and over and over again and don’t quit doing it. Ever.

And the day will come when He will wipe every tear from your eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. Forever.

Amen amen amen amen.

 

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The Secret to Brave

(Misleading title alert! It’s not a secret. It’s on the pages of the best selling book of all time.)

It’s a dog eat dog world.

Get all you can, can all you get, and poison the rest.

Look out for #1.

Power up.

Take no prisoners.


All true statements. That is, they are true if God is not near. 

  • If He’s not near, I can’t afford to be gentle, and neither can you. Because you HAVE to look out for yourself.
  • If He’s not near and everyone’s wringing their hands, so am I.
  • If He’s not near and I fear, I get emotionally hijacked and run…or power up.
  • If He’s not near and things are getting dicey – take control! Take control and run over anyone in your way.
  • If He’s not near, in marriage, there is one goal -victory.
  • If He’s not near – His promises all through Scripture? Just words on a page.
  • If He’s not near – my prayers? Talking to the ceiling.
  • If He’s not near – my emotions – probably intense in areas like anger and anxiety. Probably limited in areas like love and peace.

If God’s not near, 
                          my universe is small, 
                                                          I’m at the center, 
                                                                                  and it’s all about control.

But What If God IS Near?

Most folks who memorize the Bible memorize Phil 4:6 – “Don’t be anxious about anything…” We love that… that’s a great command from God with a great promise.

Great verse – great verse. Known it since I was in high school.

But right before it…equally excellent. Phil 4:5:

“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”  

Catch that?

“The Lord IS near.” As in Matthew 1:23, “…they shall call His name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

HE is NEAR. 

That means I can AFFORD to be gentle. Gentle flows out of brave. Here’s why:

 If the Lord is really loving and compassionate and He really has this whole thing under control and He really really knows the number of hairs on your head and He really really knows when a sparrow falls to the ground, and all that knowledge and attention to detail is directed at you – and He’s near…then brave is in the bag, and gentle flows out of brave.

Be brave

The Lord is near.
So brave is in the bag.
And gentleness flows out of brave.

But what in the world does it mean to be gentle? Can be confusing. If I just do a simple word association – when I think of gentle I think of:

  • A lamb. I don’t want to be a lamb.
  • A stuffed animal. Like that creepy talking bear (click link) on the fabric softener commercial.That’s not good.
  • A door mat? No.
  • A wimp? I don’t think so.
  • A picture of a mother cuddling her new born baby taken with one of the soft glow filters so the picture looks slightly out of focus. I’m just not sure how I’m going to pull that off.

Here’s gentleness (male perspective – most get the female 
perspective on gentleness):

  • When everyone is wringing their hands in panic – the gentle man is calm.
  • When everyone is about to come to blows, the gentle man is calm but strong.
  • When the walls are caving in and the storm is blowing and it’s time for action the gentle man is in control of his emotions, confident, ready for action… and still gentle.
A gentle man is safe. Not safe and defenseless.
But safe for his wife, his kids, his friends, his coworkers.
Safe because he’s brave.
Brave because he knows that God has got his back.
He knows that the Lord is near.

 

A gentle woman is safe. Not safe and defenseless.
But safe for her husband, her kids, her friends, her coworkers.
Safe because she’s brave.
She’s brave because she knows that God has got her back.
She knows that the Lord is near.

 

Here’s what nails it for me (mentioned in previous post): 
Teddy Roosevelt said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”
You can afford to speak softly when you have that big stick and you know how to use it.

How much better to speak softly because you walk with a big God? 

You can be a brave man or woman, who is safe and gentle for others to be around, because a BIG God has got your back.

So let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord really is near.

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Do Dogs Go To Heaven? How About Cats?

I actually wrote this many years ago, but an excellent dog rescuing friend had a dog die recently, and it reminded me how important this question can be for some.

But before I get to the most important question, I must dispense with some other items (warning: skip below for the answer if you’re allergic to cat-bashing).

Do cats go to heaven? 

The stuff of nightmares this beast is.

Of course not. That’s like asking if the serpent in the garden (Genesis 3) went to heaven. Cats are a result of the fall. In fact, I’d go so far as to suggest that there were no cats in the Garden of Eden. It wouldn’t be paradise if there were cats there. 

Am I making this up as I go along? Absolutely.

Charles Portis, in one of my favorite books, True Grit, said it this way, through his character Mattie Ross:

“I have known some horses and a good many more pigs who I believe harbored evil intent in their hearts. I will go further and say all cats are wicked, though often useful. Who has not seen Satan in their sly faces? Some preachers will say, well, that is superstitious “claptrap.” My answer is this: Preacher, go to your Bible and read Luke 8: 26-33.”

Truer words were never spoken.

Brrrrrrr. Scary…

But enough of this silliness!

If you have a cat, I love you too. And you can replace “dog” with “cat” throughout the remainder of this post because I have no authority (Biblical or otherwise) upon which to rest my cat opinions.

So on to the main question! Do dogs go to heaven?

1. The Bible doesn’t say they do. The Bible doesn’t say they don’t. So no one can answer with certainty. If someone speaks with certainty on this issue, quit listening. They are puffed up and full of themselves.

2. There will definitely be animals in heaven. See Ezekiel 47:9.

3. Billy Graham’s answer (it’s a great one): In response to a little girl who asked this question, he is purported to have said: “If that’s what it takes for you to be happy in heaven, God will make sure your dog is in heaven.”

Excellent answer! Takes #1 into account. And speaks the very essence of God’s loving description of heaven – a place of no pain, no suffering, no sorrow (Rev. 21:4). Heaven is a place that Jesus called “paradise” – knowing what that word would mean to us.

4. Joni Eareckson Tada (a woman who takes the promises of God very seriously), wrote the best answer of all time (in my estimation):

 “If God brings pets back to life, it wouldn’t surprise me. It would be just like Him. It would be totally in keeping with His generous character….Exorbitant. Excessive. Extravagant grace after grace. Of all the dazzling discoveries and ecstatic pleasures heaven will hold for us, the potential to see Scrappy would be pure whimsy-utterly, joyfully, surprisingly superfluous. It’s not that animals have souls or that God owes Scrappy anything, but heaven is going be a place that will refract and reflect in as many ways as possible the joy of our Great God, who delights in lavishing love on His children.” (from God of All Creation by James Robison)

That answer gives me high hopes. I’ve had some great dogs that I loved dearly. Great dogs that I cried over when I lost them.

I must admit that for years, I thought this was a stupid, stupid question. But as I’ve grown older, and a little (teeny tiny bit) wiser through experience, I must admit – it’s a good question.

God blesses us with every good thing-James 1:17. And for many, pets have been a most excellent thing. They’ve been gifts from God that have blessed us, been loyal, and been a source of great friendship, comfort, and love, in times of great need.

Will your dog be in heaven? I can say this with absolute certainty: the God who loves you extravagantly will see to it that your pet will be there if that’s what you need for heaven to be paradise. And I agree with Joni – it would be just like our God to have your pet there.

Be blessed. I happen to know that your heavenly Father is quite fond of you. 

David

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God Lives Here

Some of you read the title you thought, “universe.” Some of you read it and thought, “church.” aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Both true but not what I’m talking about at all.

I was thinking recently, “I can relate to God the Father because I have a father. I ‘get’ what He means by that. I can relate to God the Son because we have actual historical pictures of Jesus like this one! And we have Bible stories and songs so I can relate to Him!”

But growing up, I heard about the “Holy Ghost.” Wait. Wut?

Ok – not ghost. That’s King James. How about “Spirit.”

Again with the spooks! What does that mean? For me as a little kid it meant this remote controlled ghost that I ordered for 95 CENTS. What a bargain!!

ghostExcept it was white trash bag with a white balloon and fishing line. My first introduction to the word, “rip-off.” Next was sea monkeys. Don’t bother. They are not monkeys at all! They are brine shrimp. The heartbreak of being a first grader with a pocket full of cash.

But Holy Spirit? What does that mean?

Here’s a phrase that sums it up:

God Lives Here.

Where?

In every follower of Jesus Christ. INSIDE you.

He’s God THE Spirit. Because He’s Spirit, can dwell, make His home in, be inside of – you.

Most Excellent Example: David and Goliath

The story is this: Goliath is a big  Philistine beaten hard by an ugly stick and he loves to kill people and break things. Challenges the Israelites. They – the army – the warriors – are trembling in fear. Like babies.
David – shepherd boy. Goes out to the battlefield. Takes five stones and sling.

goliath
This picture was NOT in my children’s Bible. Most excellent, though. 

Hurls stone at Goliath. Hits Goliath. Goliath falls down. David gets his sword and cuts off his head. Kills him. He’s a hero.

David must be an extraordinary guy right?

No way. Nothing extraordinary about him. But God is extraordinary.

Then how does he KILL the giant David?

Settle down. I’ll tell you.

Jump back ONE chapter in the Bible. This happens:

Samuel the great prophet of God (who was great because the great God spoke through him), goes to Jesse’s house.  “Bring me all your sons.” Jesse calls all of his sons. Except one.

Jesse didn’t bother to call David because David was not very outstanding, remarkable, noteworthy, terrific, unique or spectacular. In fact, you could say (according to his own father anyway), David was ordinary.

David was so ordinary that when Sam says to Jesse “call your sons”, David was:

Left out.                      Left behind.                         Forgotten (by his own dad).

Excluded.                     Insignificant.

 In Jesse’s estimation, David doesn’t count.

Have you ever felt like that? I have. Many times. My position in grade school baseball wasn’t left field, it was “left out.” We’ve all been left out at some point.

Samuel goes through all David’s bros – Eliab – the face jock, Abinadab – voted “best six pack abs,” Shammah – voted “most likely to slay a giant.”

God says “no, no, no – I don’t look on the outward appearance, I look at the heart.”

Sam asks Jesse “Are these all your boys?” Jesse says “Oh yeah, there’s that one…ummmmm…the sheep boy, but he’s busy.” And of course you and I know, THAT’S DAVID, GOD’S MAN, GOD’S ANOINTED, GOD’S LEADER, GOD’S CHOSEN KING FOR THE NATION FORGOTTEN WITH THE SHEEP!!!

As is often the case in my writing I’m using all caps because I am shouting at how absurd this is.

Go read the story. So very fascinating. David is brought in from the field. Samuel anoints him, and at that moment (I Sam 16:13) the Spirit of the Extraordinary God “RUSHED” upon David.

God lives here. In David. From that day on.  And ordinary David goes and slays the giant. Because the extraordinary God lives in ordinary David. 

God lived in David, and made him dauntless and bold and daring and courageous and wise. And God will do the same with you.

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, He will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Romans 8:11 (NLT)

Get this: the extraordinary God lives in ordinary you.

The more you recognize that and walk in that truth and believe it and cooperate with Him, the more He will make you:

dauntless

bold

daring

courageous and wise.

Say to yourself, “God lives here.” Which so awesome. Let Him rule. 

Amen and amen.

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