Finite vs. Infinite

There is a song that has been playing in my head for a few days. The song is “Sunrise, Sunset”. It is from the movie “Fiddler on the Roof”. It is talking about how fast time moves and how each day is finite or set amount of time. When you are young is seems that time has almost stopped. As you get older it seems that time speeds up. It is funny how when I was young I wanted to be older. Then when I was older I wanted to be younger. But as I became older I could do more things faster than when I was young. And as I did more things faster, time moved faster for me. It seems strange that it should be reversed but it isn’t. We are eternal beings but here are this earth our life is finite. Infinite comes later when we cross over on to the other side of life. On the other side there is no time at all. Time was invented by God for the people who live on this earth. So we could see and perceive seasons. As a people we have taken it to the farthest point. There is an atomic clock in Washington, D.C. In Greenwich, England is the starting point of all time on earth. Time has been divided into zones, hours, minutes and seconds. You know what is the strangest thing about all of that is how much time is wasted on nothing. Although we aren’t finite, time is. There is so much time in each of our lives. Then there is no more. Once we use it, it is gone forever. How well have you used time in your life? Have you accomplished the goals you set for yourself or has life gotten in the way? We have a very serious question to answer here on earth. We have just a certain amount of time to answer this question. Once time has ended for us, we can’t answer that question anymore. It will be answered for us. And this could be devastating for us. The question is whether or not we, as an individual, will choose to walk with God. As one of His sons. Choose God and live. You only have so much time to make up your mind.

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Homesick 2.0

Have you ever felt like you know that you are supposed to do something? You aren’t quite certain what it is. You are willing and waiting to find out what it is. The bible says that all creation groans for the revelation of Jesus Christ. I want this event to happen, but it’s not on my timetable. I was talking to someone yesterday about God’s timetable. I told them that I have had a prayer answered in a blink of an eye and the longest time was 22 years. Yesterday God answered a prayer that took a year. It is all in God’s timing. For years I kept hearing my name being called from a distance. For a long time I didn’t know who it was. When I finally realized that it was God calling. He was calling to me from eternity to come home. I feel that same calling again. But this it is both ways. He is calling me and I am calling Him. You don’t know how much I want to go home. Paul said he was caught between the two. He wanted to go home, but he had to stay to finish his work on this earth. I am as homesick as I have ever been. But God’s work on this earth is needful and is necessary. Like creation, I groan for the revelation of Jesus Christ.

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What will You Leave Behind?

We spend our entire life trying to cheat death. But in the end it always wins. All of the things we do seem so pointless. Whether you eat right or exercise or take something to lengthen your life, it seems to come to no avail. What is the next magic bullet that someone comes up with to live forever? People go from one thing to the take to accomplish immortality. It is a sad state of affair when people can’t or won’t see what really is in front of them. What is really there is eternity. It is a scary thing when you don’t know what to expect on the other side. The bible says that we are held in bondage all of our lives through the fear of death. Fear is a tormenting spirit. It can drive you crazy and make you do strange things. I was afraid of so many things until I came to know God. Even then God had to work out of me the fear I had developed over my lifetime. What happened then was I became angry at the devil for deceiving me all those years. I hated the idea that I was led by the nose into all kinds of trouble. But what God did was to show me how I could change and become whole again. I knew then that I was going to die, but not today. God gave me opportunity to live my life the way I am supposed too. So I could live my life to the fullest each and every day. God showed me that all the great men and women of God were just ordinary people. Each one of them made a choice to serve God each day of their lives. And what happened was that they lived their lives to the fullest because of God. So their lives became extraordinary. What they left behind wasn’t money or land or property, it was a legacy of a life fill with God, peaceful and righteous. They left it for everyone to see. What will you leave behind?

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Stories in the Bible

We all learned by example. What someone else has done, we can figure it out also. That is why God put stories in the bible. So we can learn of Him. David was an ordinary man. His life wasn’t ordinary, but quite extraordinary. He didn’t have super human strength. He didn’t have x-ray vision or the ability to fly. David lived a life of ups and downs. He was given a lot of responsibility. He went from the flock of sheep to a flock of humans. All along the way, God taught him how to live and what to do. God showed him how he could accomplish God’s will on this earth. David first had to have his heart right before God. And he had to stay that way. It is said of David that he had a heart for God. It is said over and over again. God promised him that from his children would come the Messiah. So David was not afraid of anything. What person in their right mind would run to fight a giant, 9 ft. tall, with just a slingshot and a stone? Why did he chase down the lion and the bear to kill it? Why would David run into the heaviest part of the battle and fight his way out? Why did David just believe God at his word? God showed David how he could do mighty things with just the sheep. He learned the techniques and put them into practice. Then the Lion came and the bear came. David trusted and believed God. He had faith and it built up until nothing could stop him. David is no different than we are. What he experienced we can. It all starts with trusting and believing God. And that is why God puts stories in the bible.

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David’s Last Days

David had sin against God by killing Uriah and taking his wife. All that God told him that would happen to him, did. David’s firstborn and his most beloved son, chased him out of Jerusalem. Absalom was killed in battle with David’s forces. David returned to Jerusalem but troubles still followed. Finally as David was getting old, he had to choose a new king. He chose the most unlikely one. He chose Solomon. Solomon was the David’s son by the wife of Uriah. David knew that Solomon loved the Lord and would follow God wherever He led him. David had Solomon anointed in the temple and proclaimed king. David had gathered materials to build a great temple to the Lord in Jerusalem. But God wouldn’t let David build it because he had shed innocent blood. His son Solomon was going to finish building the temple. The temple was constructed in Jerusalem next to the palace. It was one of the wonders of the ancient world. It was built with much gold and silver. Finally the day came to consecrate the temple. Solomon had prayed a prayer that God would fill the temple with His presence. God filled the temple like a cloud and everyone ran out of the temple. Solomon asked God for wisdom. God gave him more than any man has or ever will have. Beside that God gave him the wealth of the world. Solomon stored the gold inside the walls of Jerusalem and dumped all the silver on the ground outside the walls.  Solomon’s kingdom was so great that he was the only man in the history of the world to rule the world.

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God’s Most Valuable Tool: Prayer

When I came to the Lord and found out that I had authority over spiritual things, I thought to myself that I have weapons to change things. I began to seek and destroy devils wherever I found them. I found that I could at the name of Jesus chase any devil out my presence. God stop me one day and asked what I was doing? I told him that I was casting out devils. He said to me, no what you are doing is following the devil. He said stop doing this and follow me. He said when you run across them then cast them out. So I stop following satan and began to following God wherever He led me. I learned that God’s tools can be used as weapons. Since the beginning of time, man has used everything to defend himself. It started with a rock, then sticks, stones, water, trees, axes, swords, spears, poison, rope, gunpowder, rifles and canons. Weapons of every shape and size has been used for whatever. There has been a nationwide debate about guns and gun control. It has been ongoing for 40 years. I don’t think people will ever make up their mind about the subject. But all these weapons can’t defend you against a spiritual attack. It is fought on a different plane. But it has some of the same results. People have gotten sick and died from these attacks. Yet most people don’t see or understand the battle. They cry out to God for help because they are under attack. I have had more people ask me to prayer for them. I have never refused anyone. But more than not, God wants the individual to pray through the situation. With all kinds of weapons, you must practice and use them to become proficient. God began to teach me to use prayer as a weapon. He started with small things, like a headache. Then I moved into larger things, like the weather. It came as no surprise that as I developed my prayer life, I could accomplish more in the kingdom of God. As the bible says in 2 Corinthians 10:4 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds..” (KJV)  Again in Ephesians 6:11-12 “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”(KJV).

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The Pain of Heartache

Everyone has felt pain. I don’t know how many times I have hit my fingers with a hammer. I know one thing, it has proved to me that I am not a carpenter. There are all kinds of physical pain. But that isn’t what I am talking about. I am talking about the pain you feel in your heart. You see, the heart I am talking about isn’t the beating muscle in your chest. Although, it seems that pain from your spiritual heart affects your physical one. Have you ever felt great loss and your physical heart hurts so much, that you thought you would die? This happened to me two weeks ago. My second son went into the hospital with what look like a heart attack. He is 34 years old. I was so afraid that when it was over, I felt like someone had beaten me. If it hadn’t been for God’s intervention, my son would have suffered a heart attack or worse. Your spiritual man is who you are. It is your mind, will and intellect. This is what is immortal. Back to the pain. That spiritual pain can and does control our lives. God says that pain keeps us in bondage because of the fear of death. God is the only one that can free us from the pain. God says those that are freed by God from the pain are free indeed. And all you have to do is to ask God to forgive you and come into your life.

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The Shedding of Innocent Blood

David was a warrior. He led his people into many battles. He knew how to fight and win wars. And he did kill many of his adversaries. All of this was different from murder. David had almost shed innocent blood when he went after Nabal and his family. If it wasn’t for the grace of God and Abagail he would have gone through with it. David was now king over all Israel. God had given him peace in the kingdom. He had 7 wives and many children. His throne was established in Jerusalem. There wasn’t anything David had to worry about. It was springtime and David sent the army to fight without him. He stayed in Jerusalem. One fine day David went to the roof of his palace to cool off. While he was there, he saw a young woman taking a bath on another roof top. He was so struck by her beauty that he sent for her and brought her into the palace. And he slept with her. She became pregnant. The problem was that her husband, Uriah, was one of David’s generals. And he was on the battlefield. David called him back and told him to go home to his wife. David was hoping that Uriah would sleep with his wife. Uriah was an honorable man and wouldn’t enjoy pleasures with the army was in the field. David sent him back to the battle. He told his commanding general to put Uriah in the front of the heaviest battle and withdraw from him. Uriah died in battle. Then David took his wife and married her. God sent David’s son Nathanial, a prophet, to confront him. God said you will die because of all of this. David repented of his sin and God forgave him. But God said the sword will never leave your hand. You will fight wars until you die. And the members of your own household will rise up against you. His firstborn and most beloved son rose up and tried to replace him as king. David sacrificed everything for pleasure and it cost him everything he held dear. David loved God with his whole heart and did so all of his life. But he had shed innocent blood.

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David in Hebron

When David became king over Judah, he lived in Hebron. He was the king of Judah for 7 years. Sometimes the stories you hear about great leaders are idealized. David was a fine man with a good heart, but he had to deal with all kinds of people. Not all people are honest or reputable. The Judeans who had served with David in battle, knew that he was a strong and fearless leader. He believed in God and trust Him to guide him as king. As a leader, he didn’t kill anyone without cause. David didn’t shed innocent blood at this time. There came a time when he did and it cost him almost everything. He was trusted and David didn’t break that trust. There wasn’t any enemy that could stand before him. The other nations feared and respected him. He didn’t have a giant army. What he had was the wisdom of God to guide him to victory. In the meantime, there ruled a son of Saul in Jerusalem. He was a fool and he surrounded himself with fools. His rule was so bad that finally the people rose up against him and killed him. The two men who killed Ishbosheth, brought his head to David thinking that they would receive a reward. David put both men to death for killing God’s anointed. The people of Israel finally came to David to ask if he would be king over them. After 7 years as king in Judah, David finally became king over all Israel. He was 37 years old. It was 22 years after Samuel had anointed David to be king. David moved his capital to Jerusalem, where David ruled until he was 80 years old. God’s timing is always perfect. He will bring to pass all that He said to us in His time.

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King David on the Run

Although God chose David to be king after Saul, he had to wait for God’s timing. This story is about the time that David had to flee for his life. Everyone knew that David was going to be king. And it infuriated Saul. So much so that Saul wanted to kill David. David left the palace in Jerusalem. As he began to run from Saul, God had 600 men, warriors, join David in exile. Near Mount Carmel, there lived a wealthy man named Nabal. He had vast possessions. When his shepherd were watching their flocks, David made sure that no one harm them. As long as David was there, he protected Nabal’s possessions. One day David sent 10 of his servants to ask Nabal if he give them some food. Nabal laughed at them and chased them away. When David heard this, he became angry. He told his men to arm themselves. 400 armed men followed David to Nabal’s house. David swore that not one male of Nabal’s household would survive that day. Nabal had a beautiful and smart wife. When she heard that David was headed to her house armed, she took food and wine and sent it to David. She followed the men going to meet David. When she saw David, she fell on her face and asked to forgive her. She said let the punishment fall on her. David repented and accepted her apology. David took the food and returned to his camp. God literally took the sword out of his hand. Nabal’s wife told him the next day and his heart became like stone. Within 10 days Nabal died. His wife’s name was Abagail. David married her and they had David’s first born son, Absalom. Her wise counsel saved David from shedding innocent blood. She also helped him to rule the kingdom. David was on the run for 10 years and he was king of Israel.

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