There’s a very good reason why we don’t let young teenagers drive until they reach a certain age, study for an exam and pass both the written and actual ‘behind the wheel’ driving test. Simply stated, it’s because they don’t know squat. Most still struggle to do their chores in a timely manner and when they do them, fail to do them well, or at least to our expectations. It’s only after they mature in knowledge and experience that we grant them license to engage on the big stage of crowded streets and the highways and byways.
Everyone knows the story of David and his most famous line. “For WHO IS THE UNCIRCUMSIZED PHILISTINE – THAT HE SHOULD TAUGHT THE ARMIES OF THE LIVING GOD”!
This kid had ATTITUDE with ALTITUDE.
Prior to this noble day, David was nothing more than a shepherd boy on an errand for his dad, with a backpack full of cheese, who had obviously spent much time conversing with God. But on THIS DAY - everything he had learned and experienced, everything that defined who he was and what he believed in – was stirred into a HOLY BOLDNESS of COURAGE WITHOUT MEASURE - that when acted upon – PRODUCED GIANT-SLAYING RESULTS!
There's an old Chinese proverb that teaches, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” In essence, this proverb is simply suggesting that it is more worthwhile to teach someone to do something (for themselves) than to do it for him or her, on an ongoing basis.
But from your wife's point of view: If you give a man a fish, he'll want fries and a beer with it. And if you teach a man to fish, he'll go out and buy a stupid looking hat, hang hooks and shinny things all around it, spend a fortune on reels, rods, depth finders and a two seat'er boat - that at the end of the day - is littered with empty beer cans and little else.
The road ahead for Americans, regardless of what party you most closely identify with, will prove to be a tough hoe. Regardless of who "wins" tonight, come January, we, the citizens of this great nation, will still wake up to face multiple daunting tasks ahead. We have far greater challenges ahead of us. Challenges that will require and demand the "will of the people" to identify the problem, stand resolute in addressing it and eventually engage in taking the fight to the enemy.
WE THE MIGHTY IN PRAYER who have little influence or position in the natural to bring about favorable resolution, boldly approach the throne of God, where we do have power and influence, and ask that you Lord, intervene on behalf of the Faithful and all those that call themselves Patriots of this great nation.
Have you ever found yourself trying to find the right words to encourage a friend that’s going through some tough times – and later - wished you could have said more? I have – and it is for this reason that I wrote the book Legacies of Valor: Traits of Character – The Noble & The Notable. The life lessons, observations and stories captured in Legacies of Valor: Traits of Character – The Noble & The Notable are a collection of battles waged, won and lost over thirty-five years while walking with God.
To avoid drifting away and losing heart, to continue to rest in right standing (righteousness), whether we “feel righteous” or not, before God and man, we must acknowledge that the Word of God is living and active every day, even during the dark days when we think that we are walking alone and that God has abandoned us. This journey is, in a word, faith.
Hezekiah came from a very long line of very bad kings. In fact, his lineage hailed from the ten tribes of northern Israel, where twenty bad kings ruled over the people in the territory, but His life and testament are proof that even if you come from a bad line of dudes, even if your heritage isn’t anything to write home about, you can, with God’s favor, turn your heritage on its ear and start afresh.
What if I told you that this nation, along with all other Nations on this planet were experiencing another SILENCE FROM GOD season like the 400 years of silence between the Old Testament and the New. WHAT IF - we never heard from God again...or from His Prophets or from anointed Pastors...ever again?
Would we be lost? Would we be doomed?
In the words of Elvis, “Lord, you gave me a mountain this time.” How many of you have actually walked up to a mountain, and said, “Move from here to there,” and have actually seen the mountain move? Don’t answer too quickly, because I’m betting you have. I know I have!
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