2 Kings 18:19-25

30 07 2011

2 Kings 18:19) Then [the] Rabshakeh said to them, “Say now to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: “What confidence [is] this in which you trust?

2 Kings 18:20) “You speak of [having] plans and power for war; but [they are] mere words. And in whom do you trust, that you rebel against me?

2 Kings 18:21) “Now look! You are trusting in the staff of this broken reed, Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So [is] Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him.

2 Kings 18:22) “But if you say to me, ‘We trust in the LORD our God,’ [is] it not He whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and said to Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem’?” ‘

2 Kings 18:23) “Now therefore, I urge you, give a pledge to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousand horses–if you are able on your part to put riders on them!

2 Kings 18:24) “How then will you repel one captain of the least of my master’s servants, and put your trust in Egypt for chariots and horsemen?

2 Kings 18:25) “Have I now come up without the LORD against this place to destroy it? The LORD said to me, ‘Go up against this land, and destroy it.’ “

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A little bit Faustian, but then again all deals the devil gives are, “I will give you anything you want if you give me your soul,” a bad trade in any situation.  But unfortunately too many people see the Lord as the bad deal, they feel he asks for too much when he says, “Have no other gods before me,” that’s just too much trouble to have a relationship with Him, we like our gods too much; the almighty TV, the great internet, dollar the wise, and pleasure the wonderful.  These almighty things are much more important than someone as unimportant as Jesus, I mean he just ask for so much; that we have no other gods before him, that we love him like he loves us, that we love our neighbors like we love ourselves; I mean what’s next no more stealing, raping, or killing.  Being a servant of the Lord is both easy and hard, easy because he just asks that we believe in him and love him; and hard because he asks us to do it for life.  But despite the pain and anguish being with the Lord is worth anything and everything, because his rewards last longer and are better.

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Daniel 3:12-18

21 07 2011

Daniel 3:12) “There are certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego; these men, O king, have not paid due regard to you. They do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up.”

Daniel 3:13) Then Nebuchadnezzar, in rage and fury, gave the command to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. So they brought these men before the king.

Daniel 3:14) Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying to them, “[Is it] true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, [that] you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up?

Daniel 3:15) “Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, [and] psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, [good]! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who [is] the god who will deliver you from my hands?”

Daniel 3:16) Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.

Daniel 3:17) “If that [is the case], our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver [us] from your hand, O king.

Daniel 3:18) “But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

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Talk about peer pressure… either worship this golden image I set up or die.   Now who does that remind me of in today’s world?  Oh, I know Islam; let’s see holy Jihad, infidels, yadda yadda yadda.  Yep definitely similar ideals, rule through fear and intimidation, but something else is also very similar; public schooling, today many people are seriously hurt by the hazing that kids put other kids through just to be popular for four short years.  I’m not saying that high school are terrorist training grounds, but in a way they are.  Putting pressure on anyone to change their views on their life style to conform to the so-called norm is just wrong.

Today so many kids just want to be normal, not be different, and in my opinion boring.  The reason they want this is because being independent and different is frown upon and can also lead to social rejection which is something no one wants no matter their age.  Society demands that people with different views and beliefs conform to those they deem normal, and if someone refuses society will force it with bullying that the peers will ignore, with some stating, “Kids will be kids.”  As if that will explain and excuse everything, people need to wake up, norms are a majority that’s true… but that’s only because we’ve had society try to extinguish any form of free thinking practically from the time we are babies.  It’s gotten to the point that parents do it to their children out of fear that their social friends will think something is wrong with them because their children have independent ideas.  I’m not from the 60’s or anything like that, but the reason I’m saying this is that I look around and not only is nothing new being made in America, but everything that is being made is being made outside of the US.





2 Samuel 19:40-43

20 07 2011

2 Samuel 19:40) Now the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimham went on with him. And all the people of Judah escorted the king, and also half the people of Israel.

2 Samuel 19:41) Just then all the men of Israel came to the king, and said to the king, “Why have our brethren, the men of Judah, stolen you away and brought the king, his household, and all David’s men with him across the Jordan?”

2 Samuel 19:42) So all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, “Because the king [is] a close relative of ours. Why then are you angry over this matter? Have we ever eaten at the king’s [expense]? Or has he given us any gift?”

2 Samuel 19:43) And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, “We have ten shares in the king; therefore we also have more [right] to David than you. Why then do you despise us–were we not the first to advise bringing back our king?” Yet the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.

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We do that don’t we, we claim ownership of something if we happen to take more care of it, “I clean the house, wash the rugs, see the children off to school, and make sure it’s pest free so it’s mine.” It doesn’t matter someone else may pay the rent, the water or the food; I’ve done something major in running the house so those other things don’t matter.  I’d like to introduce you to something called narcissism.  Basically it’s a person that’s all about ego and maliciousness,  narcissists tend to overplay their own and underplay others’ achievements, “My son is a well respected doctor, while my wife’s daughter can hardly hold a job.”  Narcissists refuse to recognize that something could be their fault.

This is a dangerous thing in any person’s life but doubly so for Christians, the reason for this is because we are called to be the light of the world and when a Christian shines a light not of God but of ourselves we end up shining a light of Satan.  It’s very easy for anyone to become a narcissist all they have to do is start taking credit for others hard work, and blame others for your shortcomings.  Preachers do it all the time, “You are a sinner, repent!”  While this is true, they also don’t recognize they too are sinners, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  Not some or a few, but ALL have sinned.





Hebrews 6:9-12

15 07 2011

Hebrews 6:9) But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner.

Hebrews 6:10) For God [is] not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, [in that] you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

Hebrews 6:11) And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end,

Hebrews 6:12) that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

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That sounds nice doesn’t it… simply minister to those who haven’t heard of Jesus; but these days it’s not so much as who hasn’t heard as it is who refuses to hear of Him.  But all we can do is minister to them, pray for them, and love them… but we can’t believe for them, they have to believe for themselves just as we all must.  Work for the Lord and for are fellow man… for he doesn’t delight in the short comings of man, and doesn’t desire that any leave Him.  He made us so that we can live each day in joy with him; it’s through the works of Satan and our own desires that can keep us from him, so do not live for temporary joys.





Mark 15:6-15

7 07 2011

Mark 15:6) Now at the feast he was accustomed to releasing one prisoner to them, whomever they requested.

Mark 15:7) And there was one named Barabbas, [who was] chained with his fellow rebels; they had committed murder in the rebellion.

Mark 15:8) Then the multitude, crying aloud, began to ask [him to do] just as he had always done for them.

Mark 15:9) But Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”

Mark 15:10) For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.

Mark 15:11) But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them.

Mark 15:12) Pilate answered and said to them again, “What then do you want me to do [with Him] whom you call the King of the Jews?”

Mark 15:13) So they cried out again, “Crucify Him!”

Mark 15:14) Then Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, “Crucify Him!”

Mark 15:15) So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged [Him], to be crucified.

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Barbaric right… an innocent man taking the place of a guilty one, but are we any better, we sacrifice the innocent all the time.  Many people are convicted of crimes that they are innocent of, or have the charges blown up to make the crime worse than it was.  And many of us Christians are hardly different than the non-Christians out there, we gossip of troubles of others, we watch horrid shows on TV that are gruesome or disgusting, and we act like a paper church more afraid of offending somebody than preaching the truth.  We’ll guess what… we’re supposed to offend people, we’re supposed to convict them and show them their sins.  We are not pure, that’s true… but we are the light of the world, how can we be the light if we are flickering in the wind as well.





Matthew 8:18-27

6 07 2011

Matthew 8:18) And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side.

Matthew 8:19) Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”

Matthew 8:20) And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air [have] nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay [His] head.”

Matthew 8:21) Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”

Matthew 8:22) But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Matthew 8:23) Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him.

Matthew 8:24) And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep.

Matthew 8:25) Then His disciples came to [Him] and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”

Matthew 8:26) But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

Matthew 8:27) So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

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Faith is a unusual thing isn’t it… it can make miracles happen, but to those who have faith without belief it destroys them.  I know that doesn’t really make sense does it, but what I’m saying is sometimes people claim to be Christian just for show and don’t really let Jesus into their hearts.  For when you proclaim out loud that you believe in Him but do not admit it in your heart, he rejects you, for God does not judge on the outward appearance but the inner.  God wants people who will follow him through the easy and the tough times, some people will turn from Him if they feel there is something better, but when the something runs out they’ll run back to him saying that they always believed in him.  “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”

So you either believe in Him or you don’t, but trying to do both, be both secular and Christian will make Him turn away from you.  A little bit of true faith can move mountains, what can a lot do; restore the dead to life, make the blind see… the answer is anything that God allows us to do.  The problem with it is that many of us don’t have faith in what “He” can do, but in what “we” can do, “God has anointed me so therefore this must happen because ‘I’ will it.” God will never honor those who seek to honor themselves before him, if you wish to truly follow Him you must be prepared to turn your back on everyone near and dear to you.





Daniel 4:30-32

2 07 2011

Daniel 4:30) The king spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?”

Daniel 4:31) While the word [was still] in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you!

Daniel 4:31) And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling [shall be] with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.”

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Short but precise, I know I’ve done it and I am almost sure you’ve done it too, glorifying what we’ve made with our own hands to make ourselves feel good about it.  It doesn’t have to be big but something that takes our eyes off him and puts it in the work of our own hands, the narcissist in us wants us to glorify ourselves and admit no one higher.  We’ve all seen this with many of our leaders in the world today; with them taking bribes, becoming adulterers, stealing, rape, or even murder… they are convinced that they are untouchable; for example: Remember when John Edwards kept saying for weeks that he didn’t have a mistress, but after he was reelected he admitted it, like saying, “Now I’m back in and you can’t touch me until my term is up.” But on 6/4/11 a federal grand jury indicted him on spending over $925,000 spent to keep his mistress and their baby in hiding until after the presidential race in 2008.  Almost a million dollars all for a temporary power… and still it was taken away.  The power and glory that we gain in the eyes of the people of this world is only temporary, but the power and glory we gain in the eyes of our Lord Jesus will last for eternity.