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How Do You Handle Offense??

-Understand [this], my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry. For man’s anger does not promote the righteousness God [wishes and requires-
(James 1:19)

Hey Neighbor,

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In our last lesson, ‘God Will Provide the Ram,’ we looked at how David learned to practice spiritual restraint and self-control, as he sowed mercy…instead of hostility and violence upon a young Egyptian, who had attacked his family.

Now David had not been merciful to this young man because it was instinctive for him to behave that way…Nope!!

That’s Was Not David’s Nature!!

‘Merciful’ would not have been a word that David’s former enemies would have used to describe him

You see… Typically, David didn’t ‘take no mess!!’ He did not tolerate any abuse against the Lord’s anointed, nor did he bear insults nor offense well…at all!!

Listen to the words that David spoke after a foolish Nabal railed insults at Him in 1 Samuel, Chapter 25…

-And David said to his men, “Every man strap on his sword!”…-

You see…David’s instinctive nature was to run you through with the sword FIRST…and THEN mourn his bad behavior later. LOL!!

David was like a ticking time bomb…and Nabal had ticked him off!!

Now David swore that he was going to kill every man in Nabal’s camp before the sun came up!!
But because the Spirit of the Lord was with him…changing him, transforming him, and teaching him self-control, David practiced self restraint and therefore…he spared Nabal’s life and the lives of his men.

David later acknowledged that…’if it had not been For God’…He would have done all that he had sworn to do to Nabal and More.

These were the words that he spoke to Abigail, Nabal’s wife, Who had come to David pleading for mercy upon her foolish husband in 1 Samuel 25:34

-For as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, Who has prevented me from hurting you, if you had not hurried and come to meet me, surely by morning there would not have been left so much as one male (belonging) to Nabal-

You see…It was the Spirit of the Lord that had prevented David from Behaving rashly, in the heat of anger…God kept him from Killing Nabal, and all his men, and from taking their women and children as captives.

See God was changing David’s hot tempered, hasty nature…teaching him how to listen, think, and speak…and also how to behave sensibly, when offense comes.

How well do You handle offense??

Are You cooperating with The Holy Spirit, as He is gently attempting to change your behavior??

-But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge-

(Galatians 5:23)

See Neighbor, when We begin to cooperate with The Holy Spirit, He can transform our lives and teach Us self-control.

He will teach Us how to be meek and humble, and when offense comes, He will be with Us…preventing Us from snapping out and acting a fool…and regretting it later.

So Let The Lord fight Your Battles…He will both protect and avenge you…If You will Exercise Self Control…Being Slow To Anger and Slow to Speak!!

And…Because David suffered Nabal’s offensive words without avenging himself….The Lord did Avenge David and Gave him his enemy’s widow.

Widow??

Yep!! Nabal suffered a stroke and died just 10 days afterwards…And David sent for the beautiful Abigail, who agreed to become David’s wife.

-Good sense makes one slow to anger,
and it is his glory to overlook an offense-

(Proverbs 19:11)

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God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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God Will Provide the Ram!!

 -Then Abraham looked up and glanced around, and behold, behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering and an ascending sacrifice instead of his son-

(Genesis 22:13)

 

Hey Neighbor,

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God Is So Awesome!!

Look at how He bestows mercy upon Us when We decide to Just believe God and Go-On with Him…

We’ve been reading 1 Samuel Chapter 30 and in verse 11, David’s men ran into a young man, lying in the fields…deathly ill.

Who was he??… Just some Egyptian fellow of no importance…probably just a slave, but David’s men decided to take the young man to David, who instructed them to feed and care for him. Now after this young Man had eaten and had regained his strength, David, concerned about the young man’s welfare inquired about his master.

The young man began to tell David the story of how his master, who was an Amalakite, had abandoned him after he fell sick three days before. He went on to add that his master and his troop had recently attacked and raided several of the Israelite and Philistine camps, including Ziklag, which they had burned.

So Look! This young man was a member of the very same troop that David and his men were seeking out to avenge their families!! I can imagine that at this point…both of David’s ears were tingling…this young man was one of the raiders who had invaded his home and snatched away his wives and children…and now… here David was feeding this wretched fellow and restoring life to his spirit!!

Wow!!

Now, if You know anything about King David, You will know that when an individual comes to David bearing bad news and acknowledging that he had participated in such evil acts against God’s people, David was quick to have one of his men to fall upon that man with the sword…but here we see David practicing restraint…spiritual restraint from the Holy Spirit that was upon him…and he chose to spare this Young man’s life.

David realized that God had strategically placed this young man in the field and he was David’s ram in the thicket. God had provided David with an inside scoop, someone to help him navigate his way to uncover the raiders secret location and to find his family. God had used this young man’s illness and thus his abandonment by his master, to create an enmity between the slave and his Amalakite master, but to also establish an affection for David and his men, who had fed him when he was at death’s doorstep. In his appreciation, the young Egyptian agreed to disclose the location of the raider’s camp to David and lead him directly to the troop.

Now…The Bible tells Us that David was a ‘man after God’s own heart!’ Although David was still distraught over his family, he chose to look past his own pain…and took the time to serve a starving slave…Not realizing that The Lord had miraculously planted this young man in the field to fulfill His promise to David…That he would Recover ALL!!

When David and his men reached the Amalekite camp…there they were…the wicked raiders partying and celebrating because of all the spoil that they had taken. David and his mighty man defeated the Amalekites and regained and reclaimed all that their enemies had stolen . The Lord had given the Amalekites into their hands, just as He had promised and David and his men walked out with ALL that had been stolen…not missing a woman…and not missing a child!!

Look at that…David sowed mercy…by feeding this sick slave…and sparing the life of his young enemy and setting him free from his captivity and therefore…David reaped mercy…God had spared his loved ones lives, freeing them from their captivity, and reuniting his family.

God is Pretty Awesome!!

 -So Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide – (Genesis 22:14)

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-Tam
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Slay Your Giants with the Sword of the Spirit!!

-For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,-
(2 Corinthians 10:4)

Hey Neighbor,

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As I was reading through 1 Samuel chapter 17 this morning, I was particularly taken in by verses 49-51. It just reminds me again that the weapons of our warfare are not physical, but spiritual!! When we use God’s word against our enemies, we are able to slay our dragons…and just like Goliath,…The Bigger they are, the Harder they Fall!!

So often when We have heard the story of how David defeated the giant Goliath, We have been lead to believe that David killed Goliath with only a slingshot and a stone, but when We read verse 49, scripture tells Us that after that stone sank into Goliath’s forehead, Goliath just fell on his face….verse 51 goes on to tell Us that Goliath was not killed until David drew the sword to cut off his head…

So what does that mean to You?

Well, again we must realize that, contrary to what most of Us have been taught, Goliath was not slain by a stone…but he was slain by the sword, i. e. the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

Remember is verse 23, When that arrogant Goliath made his daily debut, he would come out before the Philistine armies everyday, ‘talking trash’ and spiritually intimidating the Israelite armies. Verse 24 tells Us that the men of Israel were terrified at Goliath’s approach and they fled from him.

There was not one spiritual giant in the Israelite army that had the courage and boldness to talk back to this oversized devil, except for David.

Now David knew God and he knew God’s Word and although he had come, armed for battle with sling and stone, he first came prophesying…and speaking out against Goliath with the Words that could have only come from the Spirit of the Lord that was upon him.

In Verse 45, David says, “I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, Whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will smite you and cut off your head.

I can hear David now, “Ok Goliath! Whenever you get done talking Trash, I’m gonna cut you down today with my handy dandy slingshot, in the Name of the God of Israel…then I’m gonna put that big head of yours on a platter!!

So David aimed for Goliath’s forehead and took him down with the stone, but it was the Sword that caused the fatal blow to Goliath. David Cut Goliath down with God’s Words!!

So when those oversized demons come against you ‘talking trash,’ reminding You of Your past transgressions, replaying painful defeats, and stirring up old wounds…Just CUT him!!

CUT him down with the Word of God!!

And as You take the time to read 1 Samuel Chapter 17, notice that scripture goes on to tell Us in verse 51 that after the backup soldiers of the Philistine armies saw that the mighty Goliath was defeated, they fled.

I Love That!!

So that means…that Not only can You use the Word to CUT off that GIANT demon’s neck, but then…You can also put his little backup demons on the run!!

In Jesus’ Name!!

-So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you-(James 4:7)

Thanks For Stopping By…Until We Meet Again,

God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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God Miniaturizes Mountains!!


-Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him-  (Mark 11:23)

Hey Neighbor

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Well, my mountain manifested as three giant, rotten trees that loomed over my house for several years…and I was worried that they would become weighed down with snow this winter, causing the limbs to begin to break off and fall onto my roof. Unfortunately, I was not financially prepared to contact a professional tree cutter, so I was praying and trusting God for a resolution to my tree troubles.

Well, I was blessed to have a friend come out and cut them down for me…and not because I asked him too, but Because he was concerned about our welfare and the Lord had sent him.

He was no professional tree cutter, so after I made sure that my homeowner’s insurance was in place (lol), I agreed to let him proceed.

Again, he was a friend of mine, so I was also very concerned about his welfare…as he was standing there underneath that massive tree, so I found myself praying for his safety as the chainsaw slowly sliced through the tree…inch by inch.

Of Course the Lord Gave His Angel’s charge over Us to Protect Us and I Thank And Praise God for Miniaturizing my Mountain!!

My God was concerned about Me and my family’s welfare…and He sent Oscar to cut-down that looming threat…from over our heads.

It wasn’t long after the trees had been cut down and the logs neatly stacked along my driveway that I ran into this scripture, which I had written down this past Summer.

-Even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees, so that every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. (Luke 3:9)

And so, once again I was reminded of just how Loving Our God is, because while the weather was still hot and humid in June, and I was steadily worrying about what would befall Us with those trees…whether it would be drought, or wind, or rain to cause one of them to fall, God had already designed a plan.

When each of those trees had failed to acknowledge God first, for the very moisture that they needed to sustain its life…When they had failed to sprout leaves that would whistle in the wind, magnifying Him…and finally, when they had failed to produce fruit, God cursed them, having already laid the axe to their roots.

It reminds me of when Jesus cursed the fig tree that served no fruit, yet after it withered up and died, it served for fuel.

And now, during these frigid winter days and nights of below freezing temperatures, God has kept our family warm and cozy by the fire, as we most contentedly cast our wood…from those three rotten trees…into our fireplace.

Look At God…As He was caring about my family’s welfare, with such loving kindness, He was also tending to our need for warmth throughout this winter.

God is So Awesome!!…He indeed does miniaturize mountains!!

Thank You Jesus!!

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God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam
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THE GOOD NEWS HAS COME!!

-We are assured and know that [God being a PARTNER in their labor] ALL things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for GOOD to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.-
(Romans 8:28)

Hey Neighbor,

 

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When We read Romans 8:28, We are often ‘Encouraged in the Lord’ by Paul’s writings, but there are other times….trying times…when the enemy is coming against Us with attack upon attack, that We can easily allow a spirit of despair and self-pity to creep in and feed Us a meal of continual doubt and discouragement. We begin to doubt the very thing that We heard God say to Us and satan tries to convince Us that God is no longer on Our side.

We find ourselves walking in unbelief, wondering if God really does have a GOOD plan for Our lives and for Our future, after ALL.

We feel like We are trapped in what seems like an endless period of trials and ALL We can see are calamities and misfortune.

We find Ourselves asking God,
“Why!!” …And asking Him,
“When will I see the GOOD?”

THE GOOD NEWS HAS COME!!

When You accepted Jesus Christ into Your Life, You received The Holy Spirit as Your very own Tag-Team PARTNER against Hell…And He equips You with the ability to discern God’s Word and to Speak it out, BOLDY into Your own life.

So Boldly memorize and meditate on this verse (Romans 8:28)…repeating it over and over…singing it…and yelling it out-loud into the room…praying, fervently that those life-filled words will seep in through your ear canal and flood your mind and penetrate your heart with hope, until You are convinced that God Still Loves You and that He has Never Left You, Nor Forsaken You!

He’s been right there with You, ALL along…in the midst of ALL that You’ve been going through…and God is still Working on Your Side…and He will cause ALL of these things to Work Out…and You Will See The GOOD that He has planned For You!!
Thanks For Stopping By…Until We Meet Again,
God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam
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GO! And SURELY, You Shall Recover ALL!!

-David was greatly distressed, for the men spoke of stoning him because the souls of them all were bitterly grieved, each man for his sons and daughters. But David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God-

(1Samuel 30:6)

 

 

Hey Neighbor,

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Sometimes We need to take a moment to ponder and meditate on the Awesomeness and Faithfulness of God in our lives…and as we remember and Reflect on His Goodness, we too will find Ourselves ‘Encouraged in The Lord.’

Here’s David’s Story…

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Oh, How David’s faith in God must have been shaken. He was greatly distressed. He found himself a refugee and a ‘Wanted’ man from Israel – as King Saul continually sought his life to assassinate David, because he viewed him as a threat to his throne. David had since defected and was now serving in the enemy’s army- the Philistines, currently under King Achish,…but there too, he met rejection when the Philistine princes refused to permit David to fight in the war against Israel, suspecting that during the heat of battle, David would turn against them and fight in favor of his beloved Homeland.

And so David was sent away, back to his town of refuge that was given to him by King Achish -Ziklag, only to find that the town had been burned to the ground and all of his possessions had been stolen and his wives and children had been taken away into captivity. Verse 30:4 tells Us that David and his men were devastated. They fell to the ground, grieving in bitter sorrow…and they weeped and weeped…until the had no strength left.

Here We find David in a mental, emotional, and spiritual pit. Yet while he was mourning for his family, his men- those who he considered his ‘faithful friends’ in times of trials and tribulations, ‘his comrades’ on the battlefield, his ‘trusted companions’ began to speak of stoning him.

Why??

Well, David’s men had decided that David was to blame for this tragedy. After all, it was his bright idea to abandon their wives and children, leaving them unprotected in Ziklag to fall victim to the Amalakites, while they- the husbands and fathers- were away preparing to fight on the wrong side of a war against their own countrymen, God’s chosen people, Israel!

So David finds himself confused, stressed-out, and overwhelmed with guilt. He was both despondent and broken-hearted when he begin to remember the faithfulness of God in his life.

David remembered that God had given the 9+ foot giant, Goliath into his hands on the battlefront in Israel.

David remembered how many times God had caused him to slip out of the wicked grasps of King Saul’s fingertips, barely escaping death from his treacherous hands.

David remembered how God had chosen him to be king and had sent Samuel to him to anoint him before his father and brothers, who had also rejected him.

David remembered that when he had been forced to flee for his life into the land of the Philistines, God had given him 600 trusted men to accompany and defend him.

It was these same trusted 600 who were now speaking of stoning him, but as David continued to reflect on How God had always been present and active during the toughest times in his life, and how God had never forsaken him, David realized that his head was no longer hung quite so low, in sadness and sorrow.

He also noticed that his countenance was no longer reflecting despair.

He found that his soul was no longer devastated by his current circumstances.

And as David continued to meditate and ponder on God’s marvelous works in his own life, he found himself ‘Encouraged in the Lord!’

So, David recommitted himself to the Lord and renewed his hope in God and sought His Glorious Face in prayer, asking Him for direction.

God Answered, encouraging David to pursue the troops that had burned Ziklag and Reassuring David that He would recover absolutely everything that his enemies had stolen.

God said, Go! And Surely, You Shall Recover All.

-David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray you, bring me the ephod. And Abiathar brought him the ephod. And David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them? The Lord answered him, Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all-

(1 Samuel 30:7-8)

Take the time this week to Read Through 1 Samuel 27-30 and ‘Encourage Yourself in the Lord.’

Thanks For Stopping By…Until We Meet Again,

God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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Go Up and Possess Your Promise!!

‘Go Up And Possess Your Promise!!’

Hey Neighbor,

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If the word F.E.A.R. was an acronym, those 4 letters would represent these 4 words: FORGET- Everything- And- RUN!!

You see, that’s exactly how satan wants us to respond during our trials and tribulations. He wants Us to forget everything that God has done for Us and all that He’s brought Us through and RUN away from God.

Take a Read through the book of Numbers, Chapters 13 and 14 and You will see that the Israelites were afraid to face-off against their enemies in the land of Canaan and were ready to RUN right back to Egypt…right back into bondage and captivity.

Why??

Because they were afraid of the Giants that inhabited the Promised Land. The people had believed the evil report given by 10 of the 12 scouts, who had returned from spying out the land of Canaan. These 10 Scouts returned with tales of men of great strength and stature and projected devastation for the Israelites. So the people, believing that they would become prey to their enemies, sought out a captain amongst them to lead them back to Egypt.

You see, the people had indeed FORGOTTEN the Wonders of God. They had FORGOTTEN how God caused Pharaoh to loose them from slavery with His mighty hand. They had FORGOTTEN how God had rescued them from Pharaoh’s advancing army, as He divided the Waters of the Red Sea. They had FORGOTTEN how God had caused them to walk through the midst of the Red Sea on dry shod…that means their shoes didn’t even get wet!!

WOW!!

Oh…but the other 2 Scouts returned with a different report.

Joshua and Caleb’s report did not include tales about the size and the strength of the inhabitants, but their report was specifically about the land. In verse 13:7, the 2 scouts reported that the land was ‘Exceedingly Good!!’ Caleb even states that…13:30, “We are well able to Conquer it.”

So why was Joshua and Caleb’s report so ‘different,’ in contrast??

Hadn’t All 12 of them been together during those same forty days…and hadn’t they spied out the same territory together??

Well, Verse 14:24 tells Us that Caleb and Joshua had a ‘different kind’ of spirit.

You see, Joshua and Caleb Followed God fully and trusted Him completely; leaning on Him…relying on Him…and clinging to His every Word!! They Believed God when He said that, “I am Giving this land to You!!” They believed God by Faith and through their spiritual eyes, they had already visualized themselves taking Possession of Their Promise!! In Verse 13:30, Caleb says, “Let Us Go Up At Once and Possess it.”

Sure!! They may have sensed fear!
Sure!!…they may have even agreed that they looked like grasshoppers in comparison the the Sons of Anak…but unlike the other 10 spies, Joshua and Caleb did not FORGET God and refused to RUN from their Giants.

They remembered how The Lord had passed over their door posts in Egypt and did not allow the destroyer to come into their houses to slay their firstborn.

They remembered how The Lord fought Pharaoh for their freedom and completely delivered them out of his hands.

…And now, they were confidently expecting that God would cause them to triumph over these giants, as well.

They believed that God would cause them to Go up and Possess the land…the land that He had promised them.

It was that ‘different spirit’ that caused Joshua and Caleb to grab hold to God’s Promises and they were prepared to RUN upon their Giants and slay them, like King David…’In the Name of the Lord!!’
1 Samuel 17:45

It was that ‘different spirit’ that was upon Caleb and Joshua that said to them, “F.E.A.R. not The Giants in the Land…But Go Up At Once and Possess Your Promise!!”

Thanks For Stopping By…Until We Meet Again,

God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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