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7Indeed, they belch with their mouth; Swords are in their lips; For they say, "Who hears?"
David had long been anointed as the next king by the Prophet Samuel.
Unfortunately, Saul, the current king, was very aware that David would
take his place. For some time Saul had made plans to kill David though
David served him faithfully. The idea that someone else would take
Saul's place didn't sit well with him. And of course not. Who wants to
loose their place of authority and position to someone under them? Fits
of rage would befall Saul but again, this was as a result of his own
misdeeds of disobedience. But as said previously, blaming someone was an
easier road to take rather than accept what he failed to do. That is
what he did with David. David never harmed him but served him with love.
He repaid David's loving service with evil. Just after the title of
this Psalm, the NKJ Study Bible gives a background noting that Saul sent
men to kill David and they watched the house for an opportunity.
someone is jealous of the gifts God has placed in you as well as your
purpose and your call, like David, you may hear unkind words being said
about you, whether publicly done or privately. When someone doesn't
understand your purpose and your call you will likely hear the same.
These people may even smile in your face while devising plans in their
thoughts of how to get back at you though you have done nothing to them.
Some of them may have even been people you have helped at one time or
another. And like Saul, they are attempting to repay your loving service
with evil. There are people who speak ill will about you yet think no
one knows but the ones they are speaking to. In their arrogance, they
are unaware that God hears and sees all.
I will never
forget when I was warned by two prophets and one with the gift of
prophecy about three people who were talking about me and wishing ill
against me though I helped and only wished to see them succeed. When I
was told, I was also told that God had been dealing with each one of
them accordingly. I was told to call one of them. And what I found was
that she was suddenly ailing. The second had to reach out to me for help
for something. Each time she made very off color remarks to me, God set
it up that she would have to come back for help. In Proverbs it says
that one who slanders is a fool. And God's elect, who is anyone in the
body of Christ, is not to be attacked. The attack doesn't have to be a
physical one as the one against David. It can be verbal. God hears. And
He does deal accordingly. Saul and everyone in his household had an ugly
fate. Their fate was sealed and pronounced when Saul searched out a
witch to conjure up the soul of the dead prophet Samuel in order to find
out his fate before war. Incidentally, this was the same practice the
priests of Ireland used to honor the dead souls aka part of the history
of Halloween. Priests used their bodies as an entry way for the dead to
speak to those who sought to find out their fortunes as we learned in on
our Bible Study conference call this week. If you wish to know more,
you can respond to me and I will gladly give you the replay number to
listen to the recorded Bible Study.
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7And he preached, saying, "There comes One
after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to
stoop down and loose. 8I indeed baptized you with water, but He will
baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
you met Jesus? John the Baptist gave an introduction to many about who
Jesus is. But do you know Jesus? When you are introduced to Jesus, you
are also introduced to God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. The Holy
Spirit is a person just as Jesus is a person and just as God the Father
is a person. In Luke chapter 1 the Word tells of how John met Jesus
while they were both in the womb. What did John do when he sensed the
presence of Jesus through Mary? He leaped for joy. The presence of Jesus
and God the Father is available to you and I through the Holy Spirit.
He is the one Jesus promised to leave with His disciples on the day of
Pentecost. The presence of Jesus goes beyond that submerging in the
pool. It's just the beginning. The presence of Jesus and God the Father
are found in the Holy Spirit. When you are carrying the Holy Spirit
within you, you are different. The Word says in 1John 4 that God is
love. When you come to know Jesus you will understand that He too is
love. And the Holy Spirit is your reminder of His love. If Jesus has
called you by name, then call the Holy Spirit by His name when He speaks
to you. No longer shall you refer to Him as "something told me." He is a
someone. The Holy Trinity is three persons not two persons and a thing.
If Jesus knows you by name and God knows the very number of hairs on
your head as the Word says then give proper acknowledgement and respect
out of love because of their love for you. He, the Holy Spirit, has
taken the time to speak to you and give you direction on where to go and
what to do. But none of this will make sense to you if you don't know
Jesus. If you don't know Jesus, do you want to know Him? You can. You
can know Him through God's Holy Word and through prayer. If you want to
know Jesus repeat after me: "God, I don't know that I have met Jesus but
I want to know Him. Introduce me to Him please. Let me see who He is."
When you meet Jesus, you too will say as the soldiers said on Calvary,
"surely He is the Son of God." And at that point you will confess with your mouth and believe in your heart.
20And Saul said to
Samuel, "But I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and gone on the
mission which the Lord sent me, and brought back Agag, king of Amalek; I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
said in a previous message, the Bible addresses all situations known to
man and every human condition. King Saul had only been king of Israel
for two years before he encountered, "the big head" syndrome. The
situation with the Amalekites
was not the first time King Saul had disobeyed a direct command. He did
it with the Philistines as well in chapter 14. Saul was chastised by
the prophet Samuel then. Samuel was the mouthpiece of God. He was the
prophet that GOD appointed to the earthly leader of His people to help
give guidance, encouragement and to understand the direction of God. The
prophet is also to rebuke and speak God's judgement when necessary.
Saul spoke to Samuel with the scripture above, he blatantly lied to
him. Now Samuel was the one whom God sent to anoint Saul and make him
king in the first place and Samuel reminded him of this before he went
to war. Samuel gave the words of the Lord to Saul and the specific
instructions were "Now go to Amalek,
and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill
both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and
donkey." God gave the reason as well. Amalek
ambushed the people of Israel when God commanded Moses to bring them
out of Egypt back in Exodus 17. Granted, God allowed the Israelites to
defeat them but God wanted to be sure they had no opportunity to ambush
His people again. Saul did not listen and he spared their commander in
chief, King Agag. It also
says that Saul and the people spared the best of the animals. When
Samuel called Saul out for his disobedience, guess what he did? He
blamed the people saying it was them who spared the animals. Not only
was Saul disobedient but he threw his own people under the bus blaming
them. Had he followed instructions and did what God said, he would've
commanded them to do the same. So Saul's punishment was that he would
loose the kingdom. Shortly thereafter, Samuel was sent by God to anoint
David as the new king. And God sent an evil spirit on Saul as punishment
for his disobedience. This is a clear example that the people will do
as the leader does. The command was given to Saul. He didn't carry it
out and therefore he nor his people obeyed the voice of the Lord.
Subsequently, 500 years later, a descendant of Agag
arose to attempt to kill the Jews via an ambush just as God knew so God
had to place a Jew in a high place to protect the people.
has the distinct responsibility to obey the voice of the Lord because
it is God who appoints them. They do not appoint themselves. And when
the instructions are not followed, everyone suffers and the leadership
answers to God good or bad. Leadership can lead the people to victory if
obeying the voice of the Lord or slaughter with disobedience that there
is suffering. But the worst thing a leader can do is throw those who
obeyed them under the bus. God calls followers of Christ to obey
leadership. And it is leadership who pays the highest price for leading
anyone astray and even failing to take responsibility. So you want to lead.
Are you sure?
31Then Jesus said to those Jews
who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples
indeed. 32And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
Jesus made it clear, if you abide in His word, then
you are His disciple. How many actually know His word and live by it?
Just saying you believe with no true action and no true evidence of it
is no better than those Jesus said cry "Lord, Lord" but He doesn't know
them. I pray that is not you. You did not give a deathbed confession
therefore, you have received the benefit and blessing of time to
make good on the words you uttered, to study and show thyself approved
as it is said in 2Timothy 2:15. Do you know the truth?
week I saw an episode of a cartoon I don't normally watch and the end
of verse 32 was uttered, "And the truth shall set you free" (depends on
the Bible version). I have heard this verse many times but wonder do
people actually know they are quoting Jesus and do they know truth? Or
do they just think it's a "cool" saying. I heard another Bible verse
uttered the week before through another show, saying, "Ask and you shall
receive." Many are uttering the very words of Jesus and millions of
people are hearing it. But again, do they know the truth? More
importantly, do you know the truth? Do you abide in His word? Do you
understand what it means to abide? Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines
abide as 1) bear, endure 2)dwell, remain, last, to conform or acquiesce
to . So in other words, it's not just enough to
read His Word but you must be conforming to it and dwelling in it. Are
you dwelling in the truth? Are you living the truth? In order to do
this, you must know the truth. And if you don't know His Word, then you
don't know the truth. If you are not living the truth, "then you lie and
the truth is not in you" as the Word says. Jesus said himself that He
is, "the way, the truth and the life." Again, do you know the truth?
7Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
The apostle James wrote of how pride and thinking too
highly of oneself is what causes strife. It is pride that gets in the
way of seeing the needs of anyone outside of yourself. It is the reason
why you can possibly use people at any opportunity. It is the reason
why you seek certain things but God refuses to release them to you
because He knows your true motive for asking. The apostle James gave
the command from God which is that everyone must submit to God. This is
the solution to removing pride. It is the solution to resisting the
devil and how he will flee.
Saturday night I watched the animated film Justice League:
Doom which Wikipedia reports is loosely based from the Justice League
story "Tower of Babel". If any of you know "Tower of Babel" it is a real
Biblical reference and refers to the pride of the people who wished to
build the "highest" tower in recognition of themselves and because of
their plan, God stepped in and neutralized them all and changed the
languages they spoke so they could not understand each other nor build
the tower as everyone once spoke the same language. But back to the
film as this is going somewhere and is very relevant to this scripture.
Vandal Savage had a plan to wipe out a portion of the earth but what he
needed was to get the Justice League out of the way. So how did he do
it? He used Batman's plans. Batman was a very calculated person who knew
the strengths and weaknesses of each person in the Justice League. And
in the event that anyone from the Justice league became overpowered by
pride because of the authority and power they had, Batman understood
what would weaken them and "neutralize" them. However, Vandal Savage
took Batman's information and expounded on it so that neutralizing would
turn to killing them. He then used those who had personal vendettas
against the Justice League and would carry out his expanded plan. Each
one of them thought they killed the perspective Justice League member.
Now what does this have to do with the scripture? Everything!
In the event you begin to think too highly of yourself because of
whatever position and/or authority, blessing you have been allowed to
receive, God has a way to "neutralize" you. He has a "contingency" plan
for you. What you don't often understand is that just as He has a
"contingency" plan for you, the devil and enemy of your soul like Vandal
Savage, hopes to find out what that plan is and use it to steal, kill
and destroy you and everything God has for you. He may even enlist
others who have a personal vendetta against you and or want what you
have and will do whatever it takes to get their hands on it. So how do
you prevent the devil from taking a plan to neutralize to one that
steals from you, kills you and destroys all you have and are? Submit to
God!! Submitting to God stops the enemy from getting his foot in the
door. Submitting to God means you won't have time to entertain the devil
at all! It means that you remember whatever God has given you, actually
belongs to God and you must count yourself privileged to have whatever
position, whatever authority, whatever blessing, whatever you have and
know that it is because of GOD that you have it. When you submit to God
you don't even have time to entertain those people who mean you no good
and seek to use you.
P.S. Remember to RSVP for my book signing event on Sunday, November 10th at Barnes & Noble for Shh Don't Tell in Baltimore (The Avenue at White Marsh) from 4pm-8pm. I can't wait to see YOU!!