PARTIAL FORGIVENESS…


Matthew 5:21-26 – “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ and Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ 22 “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘ You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. 23 “Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. 25 ” Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 “Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent. ” NASB

Matthew 18:15-18 – – Instructs us on how to deal with trespasses between brethren.

As I went to bed last night this thought was on my heart and He revisited it this morning. it was about “Receiving Complete Forgiveness.

I’ve heard people say, “Well I asked the Lord to forgive me, so I don’t need to go to them to ask forgiveness.”  That’s not exactly what the Bible says, and it seems that you may be leaving out a very important part.  If they sinned against you and you were totally innocent then you are to forgive them, but if you had a part in the issue you need to go to them and ask forgiveness. Most don’t do that part.

Preacher “X” had a small church and went to Pastor “Y” to ask if the two churches could merge. After time Pastor “Y” agreed with the understanding that Pastor “X” would take a background role and work to merge his flock with the new flock so both could accomplish more for the kingdom.  

Both had properties and all went well for a few months then Pastor “X” began to draw people to him and turn them against Pastor “Y”. The properties were sold for large sums of monies with plans to build a new and better building. Over time, things escalated with Pastor “X” drawing enough people around him to attempt a takeover and oust Pastor “Y”.

The denominational officials were called in and allowed a minority under Pastor “X” to have control and get everything. They gave Pastor “X” and his following the money from both properties, the name of the fellowship, and dismissed Pastor “Y”.  Pastor “Y” was not allowed to attend the meeting, but Pastor “X” was in attendance and able to vote in the proceedings.  Both groups moved on and there was bad blood between the two.  Pastor “X,” wrote some things saying that God forgave him, and he didn’t need man’s forgiveness.

Pastor “X,” wrote articles and declared in public forums lauding his victories and promoting himself as a great man of God.  He never went to Pastor “Y” or any of the leaders under Pastor “Y” to ask forgiveness or receive forgiveness. He seemed to be oblivious to the hurt that might be in the hearts of Pastor “Y” and his followers over what was done.  True Forgiveness requires going to the offended brother and seeking forgiveness.

If you and I have a difference and we go separate ways with ill will in our hearts to truly clear the air and receive the fullness of God’s mercy we need to go to the “offended brother or sister” and ask forgiveness (not bringing up their sins just ours). In doing so we open a door for them to do the same and walk out of the Prison of Pain they live in and are bound by and we set ourselves free. To do less, in my view would be dishonest!

I’ve gone to people in the past with whom I’ve had a bad parting and with genuine sincerity asked them to forgive me (even when they had sinned too). I did not bring up their sins because my reason for seeking them out was to release them from my judgments and be released from their judgment toward me. It has always been my desire that they would also be able to repent and be free, but I cannot control that. 

My forgiveness to another is not conditional or based upon whether they forgive me or not. When I go to the Lord and go to them, I can walk free knowing that I have followed the Biblical prescription and done what is right in the eyes of God. My objective always is restoration.

If you have had bad dealings with someone, I would urge you to take it to the Lord and repent of your part before the Lord and then as He leads and opportunity affords itself, seek the forgiveness of the other person involved.  It is more than a little liberating it will Set you Free!  Don’t make excuses and place conditions upon your forgiveness or asking for forgiveness. Go genuinely in a repentant spirit and the Lord will raise you up out of the morass and set you on Higher Ground. I didn’t say this was easy, I just said it was right! You address your part and trust God to work on their part.

Blessings as you go through your day!

YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT?


James 1:2-4 – “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”  NASB

I quoted this passage to a man going through a very difficult time hoping it would encourage him.  I gave him a mini-sermon on the development of patience, persistence, endurance, and constancy and told him that he should “rejoice” in his trials.  He looked at me incredulously and said, “You want me to do what?” 

He was looking for sympathy and when out of empathy I gave him this counsel he was stunned.  He looked me squarely in the eyes and asked, “Preacher, do you do that?”  I confess, I was not expecting that response and had to stop and think about it for a moment before answering!  The truth is I was not!  It was one of those do as I say not as I do moments that sent me to my prayer closet and a place of repentance.  I cried out to the Lord and asked, “Lord, how can I do this?  How can I change my outlook and elevate my faith to the point that this is a reality in my life?”

My problem was I knew it was the truth because it was God’s Word and God’s Word is truth!  I knew it was the pathway to freedom and victory in difficult times! I knew it was the way to elevate my level of trust and confidence in God and His ability and willingness to keep His promises!  I knew it was a way to prevent the devil from gaining a foothold or a stronghold in my life! 

I knew those things but looked at my action and reaction to trials and realized that I had spent more time focusing on the problem than the problem solver.  I was focusing more on the problem than the promise.  I was allowing my emotions to control me rather than bringing every thought into captivity and making them obedient to Christ.  I was looking earthward rather than heavenward.  I had to confess I was Guilty! 

From that event, I determined to bring humor into every situation to the degree that it was tasteful.  I found that laughing brought a different perspective and allowed me to rest in the confidence that “this too will pass.”  It enabled me to overcome very difficult times in my life. 

Recently, I became aware that I had drifted back into the mind-set of “wrong focus” and have fallen on my face before God in repentance.  I cried out to the Lord the words of David in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”  I can tell you that it has made a difference and I have made the choice to rejoice! 

I frequently respond to trouble saying, “What is the worst thing that could happen?”  Seriously, if the trial were to kill me, I go home early and gain the ultimate victory.  If it does not kill me, I have an attitude of gratitude and can smile, sing, rejoice, joke, and enjoy life during the trial.  Therefore, my declaration to the devil is, “Be gone you are not welcome in this house!”  Yes, I want you to “rejoice” in the midst of your troubles!  Try it you just might like the results. 

May God bless you as you enjoy this day in Him!

DON’T FOCUS ON THE WRONG THINGS…


Acts 1:6-8 – “So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” NASB

Jesus was about to ascend to heaven and leave his followers to walk out this new life in the strength of the invisible other Comforter that He was providing. Their walk would be one of faith not sight. That is the walk we are to walk, A Faith Walk!

They were still focused on the natural and He, once again, had to bring them into the Spiritual Realm.  He made a promise that would enable them to walk through and in any situation and do so with victory, assurance, and peace. “…but you will receive POWER when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you SHALL be My witnesses EVERYWHERE!”  (Emphasis mine).

There are so many things in this world and in our lives that demand attention and can cause fear and alarm.  One thing we must never forget is that He has afforded us the Holy Spirit who brings into our lives the Power of God and is an enabler, in a good sense, so we can be living epistles known and read among men.  

We witness not with words only but our lives.  We manifest Christ not just keep a set of religious rules and laws.  We demonstrate His character not maintain a checklist of what we’ve done that others have not.  We exhibit His love to a dying world and share the Good News that He not only came, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died as our sacrifice on the Cross but He Is Risen and ascended to the right hand of the Father making intercession for us.

Like a radio preacher of years ago used to say, “You can’t lose with the stuff I use.” I say you cannot fail with Jesus on your side and in your heart.  Freely you have received, freely give. Allow Jesus and the Holy Spirit to manifest themselves through you today and even if you don’t say a word lives will be touched.

May the Lord richly bless and keep you and empower you today as never before! Blessings my friends. Have a great day!

ONE AND DONE or PERSISTENT PETITION…


Luke 11:5-13 – “Then He said to them, ” Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves;  6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’;  7 and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’  8 “I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs. 9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  10 “For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.  11 “Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he?  12 “Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he?  13 ” If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”   NASB

I was recently chided for my continuing efforts in praying for my wife’s healing. I was told that once I had prayed that was it and I should only rejoice and confess in thanksgiving the healing an no longer petition for the same thing. However, as I study the written record of God, I find occasions that Jesus and others in the Bible used and taught persistent petition before the Father for a need. 

In this passage, we find one of those occasions taught by our Lord.  The imagery of persistent requests to the friend at midnight suggests a dogged determination in prayer that says as Jacob, “I won’t let go until you bless me.”  Then Jesus’ words suggest persistence and the stages or phases of petition.  First, there is asking, then seeking, then knocking (or pounding on the door). 

I have had times when I prayed and I knew immediately that it was done. I had a deep settled peace in my spirit, and went from that moment rejoicing although I did not see the fruit of my prayers, I knew my prayer had been answered.  There have been other times that I had to fight through whatever it was that was hindering and press through until I knew the answer was on the way. 

Then there have been times, as now, when I have prayed repeatedly and fervently for months and years and sense that there is something blocking the prayers and the answer.  I recall Daniel when Gabriel came to him and the angel told him, “We heard you on the first day, but the Prince of Persia hindered.”  

I also am reminded of Elijah in 1 Kings 18 when praying for rain the servant reported that he saw a cloud the size of a man’s hand and that was the trigger that allowed Elijah to rejoice, but he had persisted.  I know from 1 John 5:14-15 – “This is the confidence which we have before Him that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” 

So, if you pray and immediately your heart tells you the answer is on the way, rejoice in your faith, and no need to continue the petition.  If you pray, and there seems to be a blockage in the line or heaven is covered with brass, keep pressing in until you have the assurance the answer is on the way.  Don’t be afraid to continue to pray and don’t allow yourself to be shamed into thinking that it is a flaw in your faith because of the need for persistence! 

The key is knowing that God has promised to never leave us, nor forsake us and has encouraged us to come boldly before the throne and ask what we will of Him because He loves us and cares for us.  Satan does not want you to receive your answer so you may find yourself doing spiritual battle poking a hole through his veil to see the open window of Heaven. 

Blessings as you go through your day victoriously!

THE OUTPOURING…


Elijah said to Ahab 1 Kings 18:41 “…. there is the sound of abundance of rain.”

There is both trouble and revival or restoration coming!  We are informed of that reality in Hebrews 12:27 which tells us that everything that can be shaken will be shaken. I have long believed that day is coming.  I have preached it, testified of it, and now deep inside I, sense it an imminent reality! 

Evil has increased its activity and has been emboldened by the complacency of the church.  However, I believe that God will allow it to go only so far and then say, ENOUGH!   At that moment in time, there will be an outpouring on hungry hearts that will be in a greater measure than we have ever seen, or history has ever known. We read in Psalms 8:2 and Matthew 21:16 that, “Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings will come strength and perfected praise.”   My cry is “I’m thirsty Lord! I’m hungry Lord! Let it begin in me!” 

In Acts 2:14-21, we read, “But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17’And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. 18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants, I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. 21 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved.’”

I’m not as young as I once was and I’m having dreams about this Outpouring!  It’s not a question of will it come, it’s a question of “Will we be in it? Will, we present vessels, new wineskins to receive the New Wine?”   I believe that Preparation Always precedes Blessing! We need to make the valleys of our lives full of ditches so the water of God can fill us to overflowing!

May the LORD help you to create a hungry heart and thirst for His outpouring.  Walk in the rich blessings of God on this beautiful day!

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS PRAYING FOR AND THROUGH US…


Romans 8:26-27 – “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” NKJV

Sometimes, in life, we do not know how to pray or what to pray.  We know that according to 1 John 5:14-15 – “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”  There are times when we pray, and nothing seems to happen.  In those times we wonder, are we asking according to His will? 

We are reminded of the words of our Lord in, John 14:13-14 – “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”  Also, in Matthew 7:7-9 – “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Yet, we sometimes still seem to be praying into a brass covered heaven and hitting a brick wall.

Those are the times that we need for the Holy Spirit, our comforter, our advocate to come into the situation and “pray for us” because He knows exactly what the will of God is and Exactly what to pray, what to say when to say it, and how to say it.  He knows the Purposes of God.  We sometimes get lost in the immediate, the pain, the problem, the circumstances, the situation, but He Always sees the Big Picture and the Whole Counsel of God.  He is to be trusted!

More times than I can count, I have relied on that truth to get me through situations that I could not explain, did not understand, and could not seem to break through praying in my own understanding.  I needed the divine help of the Paraclete, the Comforter, the Helper, the One Jesus said He would send to guide us and teach us all truth. 

In our current battle with the pain my wife is suffering, I have called upon the Lord to allow the Holy Spirit to pray for me, through me, and intercede before the Father.  I have many friends doing that and I know that victory is ours although not yet manifest in the natural world.  We believe it is a spiritual reality.  Therefore, we rest in the comfort of the Comforter and know that His intercession will prevail in this battle leading us to triumph and He will do the same for you in your struggle.

May God grant you His peace, power, presence, and promises as you go through your day and days in pursuit of His purposes in your life!  Blessings!

THE RACE SET BEFORE US…


Hebrews 12:1-3 – “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” NASB

The Lord reminded me of what a friend told me as I was preparing to leave for boot camp in the ’60s. He said, “When I went to boot camp, I told myself there have been thousands of people who made it through before me so if they could do it I can.” I made that my goal and made it through. I had the same goal in my other training and in Vietnam. Now I have that goal in my Christian walk.

We have a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us.  The angels who have seen it, and the saints who have run the race and gone on to their reward are testimonies of the reality.  I do not make this goal in my own strength but as the writer of Hebrews instructs, “fixing my eyes upon Jesus, the author, and perfecter of my faith…” It is through Him, by Him, and in Him that I can run this race.

Like the athletes in the competitions of Paul’s day, I lay aside every encumbrance, weight, and sin that would entangle me.  I run the race with the endurance of the Holy Spirit’s strength.  I can because He has!  I will because He did!  I am because He is!  We must run with no thought of quitting or turning aside. We must run totally dependent upon His grace and strength.

Because He lives, I can face today, tomorrow, and embrace yesterday. Jesus is our Hope, our Strength, our Life! As someone said, “I don’t know what we will look like when we get there, but we will get there!”  The battle scars, the wounds of life do not matter, only finishing the race matters!  He has made the way. He has and does give us strength. Though all hell assails me, Heaven will not fail me, and I will make it through to the other side in Jesus!

I speak a blessing upon each of you as you begin this day and as you take the next step in your journey through this thing called life!  Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus and you will run your race with patience and obtain the prize of the High Calling and enter in!

May today be the best day of your life thus far!

FOLLOWING GOD’S PRESCRIPTION…


Philippians 4:4-9 – “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!  5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Meditate on These Things. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” NKJV

Over the past few years, as most of you know, we have been battling some serious issues in my wife’s battle with Stage Four Metastatic Breast Cancer.  We have tried everything that the doctors have prescribed, and nothing has produced the desired results.  Some things seemingly have allowed things to grow worse in a few areas.  Her pain has, at times, been enormous, and I sometimes find myself focusing on her suffering and, that focus seems to be more in the forefront of my mind than the one who made and can heal this body.  I say that to my shame.  I have complained, at times, and fought to keep from adopting a “Woe is me” mindset. 

Recently I reread this passage and the conviction of the Holy Spirit flooded my heart and I have renewed my commitment and trust in the Lord, His promises, and word.  I will follow His instructions:

  • Rejoicing must and I seek to make it the first and central attitude of my heart each day both at the beginning of the day and throughout the day.
  • I will endeavor to walk with a gentle spirit towards other people and not be judgmental.
  • I will refuse to “worry” and will replace “anxiousness” with prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving making my requests known to God in detail and in humility.
  • I determine with the help of the Holy Spirit to allow the peace of God that passes all understanding have free reign in my heart and guide my life.
  • I will meditate on the things of God, feasting on His word, person, and promises.
  • I will meditate on truth, purity, the beauty of God and His creation, nobility, good reports, virtue, and find something to praise God about in everything I encounter.
  • I will meditate on these things and allow the Holy Spirit to guide each footstep in peace.

I don’t know what the doctors will tell us in the days ahead, but we have set our hearts to rejoice in God’s guidance.  We don’t know if she may endure pain for a longer season, but we will rejoice in the peace, person, presence, provision, promises, and power of God.  We have set our hearts to refuse to focus on the cancer and focus on the King and the Kingdom and His purposes for her life and the task before us. 

We have determined to allow Him to do whatever works in us He desires. We do not attributed the cancer to Him and do not believe that God inflicts His children with disease to teach them lessons. We desire, in all things that He will bring us to the place He wants us to be spiritually, mentally, emotionally, relationally, and physically.  We are not saying that God brought this or even that it is to teach anything.  We know that this is an attack of hell and, but we are determined to TRUST GOD!  Today we are rejoicing in the Lord for the Good Things He Has Done!

Blessings as you continue your walk in the presence of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH FEAR?


David said:

Psalms 56:3-4 – ” Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. 4 In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?” NKJV

Isaiah said:

Isaiah 12:1-3 – “O LORD, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. 2 Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.” 3 Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” NKJV

All of us have faced Fear and most of us will experience it again if not multiple times. How do you handle it? How do you face it? How do you respond to it?

David & Isaiah both expressed how they approached fear when it raised its ugly head in their lives.  David & Isaiah both expressed how they approached fear when it raised its ugly head in their lives.

David’s approach was when fear came his first response was to turn to the Lord in trust! He turned his praise and prayer to the Lord and in that confidence knew that flesh might be able to kill his body but that was it nothing more. He dispelled his fear or channeled his fear to the Lord and rested in God’s strength.

Isaiah’s approach was a little different he said I will trust and not be afraid. His expression seemed to be one that reflected walking in trust as a daily companion and therefore fear was dispelled. Both said much the same thing but one expressed fear coming then turning to the Lord for His strength the other expressed a walking in the Lord and they allowed fear to find no place in their lives.

Either way, we need to learn that when events, enemies, circumstances, etc. surround us and place us in a position where fear is a possibility we turn to the LORD and begin Praising & Worshipping Him. It is vital that we turn to the LORD in Prayer and out of the confidence that comes through those efforts and our knowledge and confidence in Him. We walk out of fear into faith and Trust the LORD!  the worst that man can do to us is end this mortal life, but he cannot touch the eternal soul.

Therefore, as we go through the day and in the days to come when evil surrounds us and troubles come, we lift our hearts and eyes to Him who can destroy both the body and soul.  We turn to Him who can place us in His pavilion tent and protect us. We run to Him who is our Savior, Redeemer, and Lord!  He will never leave us nor forsake us and no matter what the trial.  He is greater than the trial. We either walk out of the trial on earth or we walk into the portals of Glory! Either way, it is a victory!

Remember, the devil does not deserve one second of your time concerning yourself with what he is doing. What he is doing is not your guide, God’s Word is. Do not react to the devil’s activities but respond to God’s Promises..

May the Lord Bless you as you go through your day! Trust and not be afraid!

GOD’S PROTECTION IS FOREVER…


Psalms 64:1-10 – “Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; Preserve my life from fear of the enemy. 2 Hide me from the… secret plots of the wicked, from the rebellion of the workers of iniquity, 3 Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows — bitter words, 4 That they may shoot in secret at the blameless; Suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear. 5 They encourage themselves in an evil matter; they talk of laying snares secretly; they say, “Who will see them?” 6 They devise iniquities: “We have perfected a shrewd scheme. Both the inward thought and the heart of man are deep. 7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly they shall be wounded. 8 So He will make them stumble over their own tongue; All who see them shall flee away. 9 All men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; For they shall wisely consider His doing. 10 The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and trust in Him. and all the upright in heart shall glory.” NKJV

Considering the condition of the world today, the Lord sought to bring comfort to my heart, and I share that this morning.  I have discovered that when we read records of David praying, we frequently find trouble and resolution in his prayers.  Here David was faced with a situation where his enemies wanted to destroy him.  There were secret plots, vicious lies being told, bitter words and accusations, snipers taking potshots at him, and conspiracy.  In some ways, we can relate this to what is going on in America and the world today against believers, freedom, and liberty.

David went on to say that they “encourage themselves in an evil matter”. They make plans to entrap and boldly think within themselves, who will see and who can do anything about it even if they see. They consider their scheme shrewd and it runs to the foundation of their being, heart, mind, and soul. It is a bleak picture that David has painted about what is going on around him. Today many believers and lovers of liberty are almost in despair.

I find it powerful and encouraging as I read this prayer because David brings out the big guns of hope. Notice verse seven:

  • God will shoot them with an arrow.  God, not man!
  • They will be suddenly wounded.
  • God will make them stumble over their own tongue.  God, not man! They will totally expose themselves with their own words.
  • Those that see then will flee away.  There will be the exposure of the lies, deception, and planned destruction.
  • All men will fear and Declare the Work of the LORD!  Men will recognize that it is the hand of God that brought deliverance not the work of man.
  • Then, the Righteous shall be glad in the Lord and Trust Him. And the Upright of Heart shall Glory!

The Lord spoke again to my spirit and instructed me to pray, intercede, and lay myself before Him in all areas of life and allow Him to intervene. What I heard was to pray like never before and then do what we hear Him say do and say what we hear Him say. Be vigilant, be diligent, be faithful, and be courageous. The wicked will perish but the righteous will flourish like the grass in springtime!  Lift up your heads, Redemption Draws Near!  I’m encouraged today knowing that God is in control and no matter what man may do we Still Belong to Him! 

Blessings to each of you on this beautiful day that the Lord has made…Let’s rejoice and be glad in it!