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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)

Thanks For Stopping By…Until We Meet Again,
God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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Check Yourself or Be Checked!! PART 2

Hey Neighbor,

Check Yourself or Be Checked!! PART 2

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If You have already read Part 1, You’ve probably caught on that I am using the word ‘judge’ synonymously with the word ‘check,’ as I am attempting to make the term a little more relevant to Our everyday lives.

In 1 Corinthians 11:31, Paul uses the word judge as he reminds us to ‘check’ ourselves:

-For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world-

And when we ‘check’ ourselves, we realize how much more we need Jesus and how much more We need His Holy Spirit to come and live inside of our hearts to convict Us of Our Sins and to Convince Us of Righteousness and to redeem our souls from condemnation.

Here’s PART 2 of Our Lesson:

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-And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end-
(1Samuel 3:11-12)

So there Samuel lay as the Lord came and stood, revealing to Samuel all the calamity that would soon befall Eli’s household. – Now I just love it when God says, “Behold, I am about to do a new thing!” I translate it like this…”Hey!! Check this Out!! Some things are about to change around here, so keep your eyes AND your ears opened!!

So…God goes on to tell Samuel that when He gets done…’doing His New Thing’…that BOTH of your ears are gonna tingle, along with everybody else that hears about what’s about to happen in Israel!!

God was Fed Up with Eli and his Two wicked son’s behavior in The Lord’s House…that’s the Church. Now God had already sent Eli a lengthy warning, by a different messenger, in Chapter 2, verses 27-36. So Pastor Eli had been previously ‘checked’ about what was going on in the church with his two Asscociate Ministers – Eli’s Sons, but Eli still refused to check himself and also refused to check his sons.

In Chapter 2, verses 24-25, the writer reveals more to us about Eli’s Pastoring style, as well as his lackadaisical parenting style. We learn that Eli was well aware of what was happening in the church. He had known of it, firsthand…and he had heard All the church gossip regarding Hophi and Phinehas- his two associate ministers. He knew that they were misusing the member’s offerings and Eli also knew that the boys were sleeping with the Ushers…amongst other things…and yet Eli idlely sat in his chair…beside a post of the church and did nothing about it!

Now, Remember that Eli was the High Priest and ‘THE’ Judge in Israel. It was his job to judge or ‘check’ the sin in Israel, and particularly to ‘check’ the sin within his own household – the Church- but since Eli refused to check and punish his own sons, God ‘checked’ them instead!

So Now…God was sending Samuel forth with a message of judgement upon Eli’s household…only this time, there was no grace period available…God was determined to put an end to the Sin in His House!

The Next Morning, when Samuel arose, he shared the vision with Eli, hiding nothing of it from him, and yet Eli, once again, seems to esteem the prophesy lightly. Look at how he responds to the death sentence upon his household in Chapter 3, verse 18. Eli says, “It is the Lord; let Him do what seems good to Him.”

WOW!!

So of Course…God did do what seemed fit in Chapter 4, verses 17-18. He purged Eli and both his sons from His tabernacle. Both Hophni and Phinehas were killed during a battle against the Philistines…both boys on the same day.

When Eli heard of all that had befallen his two sons, Eli fell off his seat backwards and broke his neck….I’ll bet both his ears were tingling before he hit the pavement. Lol!

Now The writer particularly mentions in verse 18 that Eli was old and heavy…and so this bit of information clues Us in as to what happened to Eli that day. Eli was sitting in his FAVORITE chair, as he did so often, when suddenly, the chair broke under his own weight.

Why do I say FAVORITE?…because of how often the writer mentions that Eli…the high Priest and Judge in Israel was sitting down on the job – instead of Doing God’s Work!

Even So, I’ve often wondered why the writer added this little fact about Eli’s weight upon his death…but it was actually revealed in Chapter 2, verse 29.

Remember that God had originally Warned Eli about how he had dishonored God by in turn, honoring his own sons before and above God…and so here the text tells Us just how Eli had managed to get so heavy.

It’s fairly evident that Eli had also been an active participant in fattening his own flesh on God’s offering…along with Hophni and Phinehas.

So is that why Eli had so long refrained from judging or ‘checking’ his boys??

Was it because Eli had received a longterm, personal benefit from his sons evil behavior in the church??

You Be The Judge!!…as You ALSO ‘Judge’ Yourself!!

Thanks For stopping By, Neighbor!

Remember…

God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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Check Yourself or Be Checked! Part I

-For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world- (1Cor 11:30)

 

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Hey Neighbor,

Today’s Lesson is a reminder that As Leaders in our homes, on Our jobs, in Our schools, and in Our churches, etc., we have a responsibility to Judge Ourselves or better yet to Check Ourselves or Be Checked by God!!

In Today’s Bible Story, We Meet the High Priest, Eli in 1 Samuel 2:12 and his Two wicked sons, Hophni and Phinehas who served as priests in the tabernacle at Shiloh. Now Eli also Served as Israel’s Judge, however, he failed to judge or check himself and his boys, so eventually, God Checked Eli.

The Result was the death of Eli and both of his two son – all in one day…in addition to the eventual death of the Church at Shiloh.

Today, We Will begin Our Lesson with the introduction of Samuel, who was also like a son to Eli, into the priesthood at Shiloh.

(To Read More about Samuel’s Birth, Read the Lesson titled,’Bible Trivia Answer: Hannah’s Prayer.’)

Here is Part I of Our Lesson….

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Now, Samuel was only about 3 years old when he was weened by his mother, Hannah who had dedicated the boy to the Lord’s service in the Tabernacle at Shiloh, before the High Priest and Judge of Israel, Eli. Now Eli was very old and had two adult sons of his own. These two sons were named Hophni and Phinehas and they were both worthless and wicked priests. Verse 2:29 tells Us that they treated God’s sacrifices with contempt, as they greedily fattened themselves by taking the choicest portion of every offering from the offerer – by force.

Verse 2:12 tells us that although Hophni and Phinehas were priests in the church and ministered before the Lord, they did not ‘know’ or regard the Lord – but Young Samuel – who did not yet know the Lord, was both faithful and obedient to the Lord and also to Eli.

Eli loved Samuel. He accepted Samuel into his home and raised him up in the priestly order. In essence, Eli was blessed with another son…a son that would adhere to both God’s laws and to Eli’s instructions. Samuel also loved Eli. He cared for his elderly, adopted dad and catered to his every need. Whenever Eli called, Samuel came running! Chapter 3- Verse 4 tells Us about and evening when Samuel came running to Answer Eli’s Call, only to learn that it was not Eli calling Samuel…but God was calling Samuel.

It was shortly after both Eli and Samuel had retired for the night and had gone to bed, when Samuel heard his name, “Samuel!” He hurried to Eli to see how he could help, but Eli sent him back to bed, telling the boy that he was mistaken, because he had not called for Samuel. Again the young boy hears his name again, as he lies upon his bed, “Samuel!” So again, he returns to Eli, only to be sent back to bed, because, once again, Eli had not called the boy. So after a third round of this, Eli finally perceives that it is The Lord Who is Calling Samuel, so Eli instructs Samuel to go back to bed a third time, but this time, with instructions. Eli instructs Samuel how to respond to Lord, telling him, if he hears the Voice calling his name again…answer, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is Listening.”

Now Verse 3:10 Tells Us when the Lord called Samuel the fourth time, He called Samuel’s name twice, “Samuel! Samuel!” As He, The Lord comes and stands before Samuel lying in his bed. So Finally, Samuel answers God… Just like Eli instructed him and God began to give Samuel an earful. Can You imagine this Young boy lying there, probably terrified, afraid to look up at the Vision of the Lord standing about his bed…as he is getting a full download from God- and it was all about Eli and his two wicked sons.

How interesting that Verse 15 tells Us that Samuel laid there until Morning…I wouldn’t have moved a muscle until daybreak either and I’m pretty sure Samuel didn’t get his 40 winks on that night! Lol!!

God was delivering a Message to Eli through the young prophet, Samuel. God had previously checked Eli, putting him on Notice about His Son’s Behavior in the church, but Now God was Sending Forth Judgement. We will Discuss God’s Judgement of Eli’s Family in Part II.

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Thanks For Stopping By Neighbor and Until Then,

God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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