Sunday, August 3, 2014

Dealing with Anger,Psalm 35,

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Dealing with Anger

Psalm 35,

Author Guardian


Dealing with Anger

Lord God we acknowledge you in all our ways and we ask that you direct
our paths, We commit to you all that we are and all our ways, that you might
direct us in your ways

We commit this time to you and ask that you speak into our lifes ,
that your word becomes a living word to us and that it becomes more and more a
living word to us ,because you are a Living God ,

Involved in every aspect of our lifes, and we as living stones who are rejected
by the world, come under your capstone and head, you who were rejected by the
builders are our builder, the one who restores and renews and picks up the broken
pieces of our lifes and mends us and makes us whole

You Died for the builders that the builders might know your salvation and be
part of your eternal Kingdom, you who forgave even though we had wronged you,
you who saved even though we rejected you, you who gives love upon love, which is
the greatest gift of all,

Repair us Lord and build us up that we might work together to build upon our
faith and that you might build us up into a body and bride united

That we would in turn build each other up and be used by you to rebuild broken walls
and lifes

You knew hate and were despised and rediculed that we would know your
love and once it was finished you sat down at the right hand of the Father the
firstborn of many

Your Church rises up as the dawn and with her banner held high in
radiance and splendour as pure and as spotless as a bride ready for her King
and you escort her to her chambers

Lord King of the ages maker of every molecule and partical in the
universe we cry out to you as the very rocks would cry out to you and we
hail you Lord of Lords and King of Kings

In Jesus precious name amen

A short time ago I found myself getting angry at someone and I repeated back to
them the words that they had said to me, now what I had said was wrong, at the
time I felt an anger rage up in me and the words burst out like a volcano, before
I had finished speaking or shouting I realsied what I had said , but it was
too late

The damage was done you see, no matter what that person had said to me
, the fact is I should not have responded in the way I did and in the end it is
not how people treat us or speak to us , but its how we respond back

Anyway there were consequences to my verbal reply and I had to repent
and turn back and ask the person to forgive me and I had to apologise to them

You see in the end it is'nt what happens to us, whether we have what
seems to be a raw deal in life or the best life on the planet, in the end its
about how we deal and cope with what we have been given and how we respond

Its not so much how people treat us or speak to us but how we respond back to them

Its no longer an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, in other words its not
"well you hurt me so I'll hurt you " or " God you gave me this life,
its your fault,I hate you " or " Well that person kicked me so I kicked them back "

Jesus takes it further in our new life, new testament, new creation, with our
new heart and new testament life testimony, you see this is our
testimony, its His testimony, its the testimony of what He can do , not what I
can do,or you can do

Jesus takes it further with this new body of beleiving people and says
" Turn the other cheek "

Its very hard to turn the other cheek is'nt it ?

This is'nt about someone smacking you in the jaw bone or walking all
over you and you saying " O thats ok , do it again "

Turning the other cheek is much deeper than that, in fact it goes as
far as to the Cross, turning the other cheek is not just about superficial things

Turning the other cheek may be simple if your talking about a nasty
word from some person you don't know or someone at work who decides to tread
on your big toe for a laugh

But " turning the other cheek " is much deeper than that, in fact
Jesus took and bore all even to the Cross

Turning the other cheek may mean forgiving someone who has hurt you badly,
(forgive them Father for they know not what they do)

It may mean asking for forgiveness ....when you feel you are the one
who has been wronged

you see we can look to Jesus and identify with Him in all these
things, as He demonstrated to us the very words He spoke. these words were
not just theology....but He lived the words He spoke, because He is and was
the " Living Word"

And this living word is in us ...the " Living Stones " the Living
Temple " of the Holy Spirit being built into a building to give glory and
honour and praise to a living God

We are the Rocks and stones and bricks of that wall that Nehemiah built, we are
the blocks that God chose to use to build His Kingdom

We are not just the people building the walls of that city, of that
building , of that Kingdom , for God is the builder and architect and He is the one
who moulds and shapes and is the foundation.

And again we see that God builds and yet He uses us to build, and
again we see our co operation and participation with God, we see relationship
and our playing a part in the building of Gods Kingdom.

1. Participation...2. Co Operation ...3, Conditions....4.Relationship...

We are active Living practising Christians, we do not sit back and say
" well its finished " It is not finished YET, there is work to be done,
for He who said " It is finished " Is past...present and future

We are living in the present where God can use us to build and spiritually
build others up, we are living in the present where the " Great Commission "
is still being lived out and we are STILL in "The Book Of Acts "

Living out that book as Gods writes down every day of our lifes which He
Has already prepared in advance so that we might walk in His ways and
Acknowledge Him as the Author of life and the day He has given

We have work to do as God leads us on in Him and as we are His hands
and feet and eyes and ears, and we work together as a body, building
stone upon stone on the foundation that is Christ being led by the head
who is the Capstone

Nehemiah 4 (New International Version)

You see all this will fall into place as we go on and it is our
desire that God speaks into our hearts and lifes through this message
as we seek Him and ask Him to speak

And so we turn quickly on our journey to Nehemiah 4 and we see that
sanballat and tobiah were angry at the sight of Gods people rebuilding
the walls and they started to mock and they became ANGRY

And Nehemiah spoke to the Lord and said " Hear us, O our God, for we
are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. "

This is a co operation of the people with God to rebuild the walls, it is not a
" well its finished and done and we just sit back now because God
has done it all "

And so the people rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem together and in fact
we are the temple of praise being built, past present and future

God can rebuild our past, God can rebuild our present lifes and hearts
and God can build our future, for His purposes and plans far outweigh
any pre conceived ideas or imaginations that we might have

We are not just the people colaborating with God to rebuild , but we
are those very stones, with Christ the corner stone, the capstone, at
the head, and though we may be rejected and mocked and scorned and ridiculed
and persecuted and harrassed , we look not to repay evil with evil but we
turn the other cheek

Look how Nehemiah responded to Sanballet, He is turning over the words
back onto the people who gave them , not by responding in the same way but by
turning the other cheek and asking God to turn the words back on the people
who gave them.

And then He continues to build , having given the mocking and insults to God

God builds His Kingdom , but we also play a part, we have a participation,
a role.

A purpose , a meaning, a reason, a goal, a work to do

Every stone in that wall has and serves a purpose, and if one stone is
taken from the wall then the defence is weakened and the wall becomes weaker

I had a vision of a roof but some of its ridge tiles were missing and the
waters where getting into the house and I asked God what this meant and He
spoke and said that

" Some had let the enemy in for when they had not made
Jesus the capstone and the cornerstone of that house and they had worshipped
and made something or someone else their God, the capstone was no longer at
the top and the waters were able to get in through that persons life, the
enemy waits and he lurks waiting for an oportune time"

Be alert and be ever vigilant and seek to have and make Jesus that Capstone
every day whether it rains or shines, whether life is good or bad, whether
we feel like praising or not, make Jesus Lord every day

And so I take that word upon myself and for myself and I examine myself and my
atitudes but I also place this upon those who feel that this word is for them

And so we also see that God adds to the stones and His Kingdom
continues to expand, as God creates new lifes and new hearts and more of His
Children come to Him and they are added to His adopted family as parts of
that living wall

But we also see that we have a part to play in the building of that
wall for we are the ones who can be used to pick up those stones and place
them on the wall to help build the Kingdom of God

We can be used to build Gods Kingdom and bring others to a saving
Knowldge of God and his salvation and those people who come to God in turn
can lead others to Him

This is a spiritual wall, a spiritual Kingdom, A Kingdom without
walls, but again with walls , another paradox.

You see the Spiritual is far bigger and greater than the physical,
what we see is only a very small part of life, the invisible is far greater
than the visible

As is God far greater and bigger than we could ever comprehend.

Although we build the wall of defence around ourselves and our lifes
are built on the word of God being the living word in the living wall of
people, so too the armour and the word of God being that wall of defense
and protection also becomes the living words that knock down the old wall

Hope your still with me ?

And so there is a kind of tearing down of defenses and attitudes and
the " old you "

And a kind of " building up " of the new, which is the Kingdom and
the new stones are built into the building that is the Temple of the living God

And so we " Turn the other cheek " as Nehemiah " turned the other cheek "

As Jesus Himself " turned the other cheek " and that is not so easy to do when
we feel that we are the ones that have been wronged, when we feel "
they deserved it "

when we feel " they hurt me so I kicked them back "

" Why should I ask them for forgiveness ? they are in the wrong ? not me ?

Oooo thats a deep deep cheek turn, that may hurt more than the wrong
that has been done to us !!

To turn it over to God and to let Him turn it back on those poeple who
have wronged us

Its so easy to get angry and to feel that raging burning up inside and
to just let loose and simply let those feelings come out, so so easy to do
that, its so easy to tear down, its so easy to demolish, easy to pull down,
all you have to do is to find a weak spot , a weak point, thats so easy

Not so easy to build and repair is it ? to build you have to prepare
and think about and plan and consider how your going to build first,
you have to think about the cost involved and make plans... then its one
block at a time, one day at a time, building block upon block ,stone upon
stone, it may take years.........

Anyone can tear down and find a weak spot in a persons life, not so
easy is it .... to build a person up ?

Even more so too build up a person that has wronged you !! that person
may not even know they have wronged you, or they may, but either way,
we turn the other cheek, we simply give it over to God we.....commit it
to Him in all things

1 Peter 5:7 (New International Version)

7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Proverbs 16:3

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 3:6

King James Bible

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths

When we become angry or when we feel that anger raging up inside us , it can be
like a volcano, its not easy to tame a volcano is it ?

Can anyone calm a volcano or tell it where to go ? volcanoes are
formed slowly over time as molten rock and gasses from the earths crust
slowly press upwards winding there way through the weakest points in the
earths crust

Volcanoes go un noticed for years and years, they slowly seep up
through the weakest points through the cracks and tunnels in the rock ,

The lava and gas or you could say " the anger of the earth " sits there for
years unnoticed until one day with an raging untamed violent angry disastrous
eruption the lava bursts up into the open and devours all that stands in its way

This so reminds me of anger that can be hidden away for years, un
noticed, silent, quiet, in a persons heart and life ...waiting for the weaked
point, waiting for the weakest spot,ready to boil over


There can be this part in many people, even those who think they are
fine, they have no problems with anger !! secretly in the heart and life of that
person boiling underneath where no one can see, is that anger, just waiting to
erupt, with disastrous consequences

Of course it doesn't have to be anger, it can be guilt, hurt, unforgiveness
and many more feelings and emotions, as soon as these things bubble up to the
surface they need to be given over to God, we need to ask the Lord where it
came from,

wheres the weak points are in our lifes... wheres the cause ? and so many other
things, we in all our ways acknowledge Him and He directs us as to what to do


And so I found myself in this situation, where I became angry and I asked
forgiveness and a few days later I started to look at what the bible message
might be for this week and the message was Psalms 35,36 and 37 and the Lord
spoke directly to me through this,

You see these Psalms are about warfare, they are about " turning the other cheek "
they are about ackowledging Him and they are about ANGER

Is'nt it great how God uses the situations in Davids life to produce
the prayers and Psalms of David ? this is'nt theology, this is a real life
King David speaking out of His life and heart and experiences and singing and
talking to God, being inspired by the Holy Spirit

Is'nt it strange how God brings this psalm at this time just as I
experienced the same thing ?

And just as God began speaking to me about anger, He directs me to
these Psalms ?


This is our God, this is Gods perfect timing, the chances of this happening at
this time a few days after my seeking and coinciding with the Psalms
we are looking at now at this time is probably a million to one

This is Our God and how God speaks through His word, the living word,
to the living stones of His temple being built into a temple of praise to
give Him glory

As I began to read through these Psalms suddenly scriptures came and God spoke
to me and so this message was born, three scriptures came to me

1.

Ephesians 6:10-20

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the
full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.

12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against
the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the
full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to
stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

2.

1 Corinthians 13 (New International Version)

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest
of these is love.

3.

Matthew 5 (New International Version)

38 "You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.'

39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on
the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if someone wants to sue you
and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.

41 If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.

42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from
the one who wants to borrow from you.

Continues on to " loving your enemies " in verse 43

So with that we turn to Psalm 35

And here we see David where God has put him, God has put David in this position
of being King and yet He faces opposition,? he faces enemies, we know about Saul
pursuing David, and we also see that even Davids own men turn against him, we see
that even those in his own family turn against him ?

These men were fighting againgst God Himself and not against Dvaid and yet it seemed
to David that it was against Him and His life, why should men try to stop that which
God has put into place ?

This is where God intervenes, this fight is not for David to fight and He in the
wisdom that God has given Him and in love, asks for God to do what only God can do

So what does it nean when it says " enemies ? " we see that there where people
trying to kill David, even his own son absalom was trying to dethrone David and
was in fact an enemy of David and an enemy of God , as an enemy of God is one who
goes against Gods plans

We also see that Jesus himself had enemies far beyond number and still does to this
day, you will find that as a leader you will have many who are opinionated and many
who are just waiting to take your place and are waiting for you to fall

Even Jesus as He sat with His disciples to eat the " Last supper " had a betrayer
sitting at the table with Him eating the bread and drinking the wine and the
disciples once alerterd to a betrayer said " Who Lord ? " which of us will
betray you ? even the disciples were not aware of the " betrayer " sitting
amongst them !!

And we see that Jesus was betrayed with a " kiss " ?

See how subtle this is ? you may see many identical works and groups and they
may all seem the same, but how do you know that some are not simply copying ?

You may see many people doing what seems to be " good works " but good works
alone are not a sign, there are many counterfeits, and we know that satan
himself can appear as an angel of light

You see the enemy can be someone you do not even see as an enemy, !!

And so lets read Psalm 35:1-8

Psalm 35:1-8 (New International Version)

1 Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who
fight against me

2 Take up shield and buckler;arise and come to my aid.

3 Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me.Say to my soul,
"I am your salvation."

4 May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame;
may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay.

5 May they be like chaff before the wind,with the angel of the LORD driving them
away;

6 may their path be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.

7 Since they hid their net for me without cause and without cause dug a pit for me,

8 may ruin overtake them by surprise—may the net they hid entangle them,
may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.

We see again " The Angel of the Lord " mentioned .............


Here David is giving over his anger to the Lord and announcing that indeed God is in
control, God will take care of Davids enemies, those who seek to take Him off the
throne in which he has been placed.

God indeed put David on that throne, God put David in the position He was in and it
was for God to take David off the throne , it was not for man to decide

And so David is asking here in Psalm 35 for God to put on his amour and to fight the
fight and again we see a paradox as God is our armour, but here we see David asking
God to put on His Armour....

For it is only God who can fight against such powers that seek to overthrow Kingdoms
and powers that God Himself has put into place

And we go back to a previous message about the power we have as Christians and how
we do not have certain powers to overthrow those arch angels that rule over
principalities and goverments and nations, indeed our power as Christians is limited
to a certain degree and we must be very careful when praying and interceeding against
principalities of darkenss

For in some instances the battle belongs to the Lord "

Here David hands over HIS anger and rage and gives over to the Lord that which He
cannot do or handle in His earthly frame

We must know the powers we have as Christians, and the limits to which we are called,
for although we haVE Christ in us and we can do geater things, we are not God Himself,
amd we do have limitations, Christians beware and know your limitations

Great danger lurks with those who pray against the powers of darkness without having
the knowledge of God and wisdom of God, remember you are only in your earthly body
and you are no match to the evil arch angels who have the strength of many

And so David calls upon the Lord of Lords to bring justice ...

Psalm 36 continues in the same way and then we come to Psalm 37

Psalm 37:5-7 (New International Version)

5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:

6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause
like the noonday sun.

7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men
succeed in their ways,when they carry out their wicked schemes.


Again "Commit your way to the LORD;trust in him and he will do this"

King James Bible

I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall
build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith
the LORD of hosts.

In other words think upon Him.Think upon God and He will direct your steps


Lets go back to Psalm 37 as we read these words

Psalm 37:8-10 (New International Version)

8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.

9 For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.

10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;though you look for them, they
will not be found.

I found myself asking that God would give me a love towards this person that was
beyond my human love, you see I was angry and I lashed out and I said something I
should,nt have done.

I repayed an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth and I was wrong, its very easy
to say " They were wrong and I am right " Its very easy to repay , its very easy to
pull down, its very easy to " get the person back " its NOT so easy to forgive
someone when , they are in the wrong and you feel you deserve your revenge "

Forgive them and move on, if you do not the consequences are huge, it is for God to
bring justice upon these things and not for us

I found myself praying and asking for a love of God that is beyond my human love.

This is a word brought to you through my own life and experience as I walk with the
Lord and seek to serve Him,


And this is my prayer , that we find that love of God beyond our own love, for the
love of God is not a mushy love , it is not a love that only loves if .....it is not
a love that depends on feelings,

The love of God is a love that acts and a love that penetrates the foulest of hearts
and a love that changes the heart of the sinner and the enemy of God and makes the
hardest heart a heart that melts and cries out for mercy

God is the God who opens hearts and doors that no one close, He melts hearts that
cannot be opened so that no one can close that heart and He closes doors that no one
can open, He takes away the old and builds the new

He builds the wall of His word in our hearts that no one can take away and demolishes
the old wall of self that no one can open again ( except us )

The love of God is a love that loves no matter what and demonstrates That God is a God
of love, God will love you even though you may cut Him into a million pieces and make
Him into theology or religion or a meer God on paper

He will love you until you drop down and make Him King of your life

For He is a living God, and His word is a living word, and we are His living stones.

Pray with me now and know the love of God that surpasses all understanding

That Love of God that melts the hardest heart and love that is the greatest gift of all

Say or speak out or type these words and know His love that is beyond all reasoning
or understanding

Lord God In Jesus precious name I want and need and desire you love in my life,

Fill me now with that love that I may love the unloved , that I may have the greatest
gift of all that is from you and is you

And that I may seek this great gift, that I may love those that are
my enemies and that you may melt my heart, Lord I desire to know your love and
to know it as a reality in my life ,

In jesus name amen





Saturday, August 2, 2014

The beginning of all wisdom,Psalm 34

34: Daily Inspirational Bible Verse
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The beginning of all wisdom

Author Guardian





A word given

The Lords plans are greater and higher and unforeseen, but know this He only has plans for your good, this His heart that you should know Him and seek Him .

For your God is a Good God, who walks in Holiness and splendour, who lives in unapproachable Light and yet you can walk to Him and draw near to Him and walk into the Holy of Holies approaching His throne

Those who have clean hands and a pure heart who have sought after righteousness and loved peace, your eyes shall see the King

Fear not, for I am with you and walking with you and carrying you, fear me, that you would know and walk in my ways, for the fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom

Draw near to me and I will draw near to you, I open the door to you , that you might walk in and feast with me and taste and see that I am good

The Lord your God , Father of lights He is your Father and has always been there with you, from the dawning of your first thought to your last breathe, I am with you and after your time is complete and you have breathed your last breathe, this is only the beginning

I have great plans for you and know and be confident that I who have started a good work in you will carry it through

amen



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Lord Father God , Lord of lights and Lord of the Children of the Light, who walk in the light, show us your ways and bring revelation to us, that your light would bring revelation, and make us see things we have never seen before.

Bring light into the dark places of the heart and iluminate sin, expose and bring to the surface, those things you want to deal with

Lord God thankyou that we were once all like those who had gone astray, we all wandered off, we all went our own ways, we all walked the Damascus Road and saw that light and became conscious of the darkness that we walked in and your light lifted the scales from our eyes and we in fear and in trembling came to you

Lord although its hard to see why certain things happen to us, we thankyou that only when the fruit is crushed can the aroma be found, only when the fruit is crushed can the wine be produced, only when the fruit is crushed can we taste and see that you are good,
and your kindness and goodness extends and goes out to all generations.

We come to you now and we look to your word and we come with listening hearts and we open ourselves to your word, we eagerly seek to honour and obey, in fear and reverence,
in seeking you, we come in obedience in Jesus name amen

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We have seen in recent studies and messages that salvation is free at a cost

We have seen that the Love of God is freely given , but also has requirements


Now we look to Psalm 34 and at Cross references in this nurture group message

And we find that there is no fear in love ( God )

But we see that we are to fear God

We find the double edged sword swooping accross from different directions and we ask the question..." What is the 'fear of the Lord ?'

We also see in Psalm 34 that David prayed to the Lord and at some point read through Psalm 34 yourself, slowly and digest this psalm

You see even at salvation we found a requirement, we found that salvation required an active participation on our part..we found ourselves responding, we found that even at salvation when we first found the Lord and came to Him and became Christians, that
there was a requirement..

So what was the requirement ? the requirement was that we prayed to God, in other words we responded back to Him, we asked Him to save us, this is a response...an active participation, an action, and we find that as we go on in our walk with God that He continues to save us and He requires us to take an active participation in responding to Him and in talking and crying out to God , God delivers us.

Not always in the way we think and not always in our small time scale, God is not a supermarket for purchasing items or meeting our requirements as and when it suits us.

In psalm 34 we find many promises and blessings, that call for an active participation on our part

David prayed to the Lord in Psalm 34:4 he prayed and asked God to free Him from all his fears...

And God freed him from his fears

Here we see a continued salvation, an ongoing salvation as God free's David from ongoing attack and ongoing fears and ongoing attacks from his enemies, you see it does,nt stop the moment we are saved..

In verse 6 we see that David prayed and asked the Lord to free him from his troubles,

And God freed him from his troubles

Then we see the fear that David had being turned to fear of God and this fear transforms and renews us as we seek to be obedient to God, for the fear of God brings us to obedience

This is the start of wisdom, we find wisdom as we fear God and seek His face, knowing that this fear of God leads us to know His voice and to be obedient to Him.

Solomon is known for wisdom and David has wisdom, this wisdom is available to all, because this wisdom is the wisdom of God that calls out in the streets to anyone who may hear her voice, the voice of wisdom and the wisdom of God comes as we see the
Holiness of God and the greatness of God and we seek God above all else, this led David to obedience time and time again and led Solomon back to God time and time again.

This obedience was seen in Jesus who was obedient even to the Cross

And here in Psalm 34:7 once again we see " the Angel of the Lord " mentioned who surrounds and defends all who fear Him

Remember we looked at the angel with the sword last week ?

Verse 8: Taste and see that the Lord is good

Again we see an active participation here on our parts, we taste and see, this requires action on our parts....to taste


We see Jehovah Jireh here as David speaks of the God who provides for our needs. in verses 9 and 10, and those who fear Him will have all they need, because as we walk in obedience to Him, He in turn will reward

Verse 11, Requires another repsonse...."Come my children and listen to me and I will teach you the fear of the Lord "

verses 17 and 18: " the Lord is close to the broken hearted "

And now we suddenly change to a prophetic word as David utters about the " Cross "

And this is where we tie into this series which is entitled " Cross references"

You see only at times when the fruit is crushed can the odour be found in a life

Sometimes only at the point of a person coming to the end of themselves do they find themselves

Sometimes only once the person has lost their life, do they find it

Sometimes only when a person cries out to God for help does God come and rescue them

Sometimes only once the pain and the suffering has ended do we find the wine

Sometimes only when a bone is broken can the shepherd stop the sheep from wandering off and only then can the Shepherd of the sheep carry the wandering lamb back to the fold

Here in Psalm 34: 20 we find a prophetic utterance as David speaks of the Cross, where " Not one bone shall be broken "

Now before we go on and see what lies behind this Psalm of David, lets look at some " Cross references " and you will see how these references tie in and come together as we go on

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" Proverbs . 1:7

Isaiah 66:2 (New King James Version)

2 For all those things My hand has made,And all those things exist,”Says the LORD.

“ But on this one will I look:On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit,And who trembles at My word.

Philippians 2:12-14 (New International Version)

Shining as Stars

12Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

NOR BREAK ANY BONE
OF IT: according to all the ordinances of the PASSOVER they shall keep it" Exodus 12:46 & Numbers 9:12.

Psalm 34:20

"HE KEEPETH ALL HIS BONES: NOT ONE OF THEM IS BROKEN"

John 19:36

"For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A BONE OF HIM SHALL NOT BE BROKEN"

1 Corinthians 11:24

He brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is My body, which
is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me."

1 Corinthians 10:16-17, Romans 12:4. & 1 Corinthians 12:12

"For as THE BODY IS ONE, and hath MANY MEMBERS, and all the members of that ONE BODY, being MANY, are ONE BODY: so also is CHRIST."

Psalm 51:7-8

"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the BONES WHICH THOU HAST BROKEN may rejoice."

? ...The bones that you have broken may rejoice ?

Hold on....you see sometimes there is no fragrance until the fruit is bruised.

Sometimes the Shepherd may have to break the bone of the wandering lamb to stop it from its wanderings, not because The Shepherd is ill treating the lamb, but out of love the Shepherd has to stop the lamb from coming into harm, from walking into danger and from falling into a trap,

Once the lamb walks with a limp, and is unable to walk on its own the Shepherd will then take the lamb up in His Arms and carry the lamb back to the fold, where it is safe and will no more wander off, but will from that time onwards stay in the safety of the fold .

Genesis 32:22-31....remember Jacob who walked with a limp ?


Sometimes only when this has happened will the fruit become evident, sometimes and so many times this brokeness becomes the testimony that brings us to God and where we find salvation, that calls us back to the fold and brings us into the family of God, where
we fear God in obedience and protection and love and that love in itself casts out all fear

Although not one bone was broken in the body of Jesus , the bread is broken for all, that all might share in His body and be in unity in His body, the body that is united and not broken.

Here again we see the paradox as with one scripture we here the utterance of David proclaiming and prophesying about Jesus on the Cross and yet with another scripture we read of his body broken for all and we read about the brokeness that leads to salvation
of the sinner into His glorious light and into Gods riches and into Gods body, which is the body of Christ of which no bone shall be broken and yet the bread is broken which is the body of Christ

And in our brokenness he gives us beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the Spirit of praise for the spirit of heaviness....

Isaiah 61:3 (New International Version)

3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.


You see this psalm of David ...Psalm 34, was written at a time when David knew fear and David again speaks out of his life and experience and I challenge you to read through Psalm 34 again at some point and to read it with your heart.

Now we look to where David is coming from in this Psalm as we go to , I samuel 21:10

At the time of writing this Psalm David knew deliverance from fear as we read

1 Samuel 21:10-15 (New International Version)

David at Gath

10 That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath. 11 But the servants of Achish said to him, "Isn't this David, the king of the land? Isn't he the one they sing about in their dances:" 'Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands'?"

12 David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath.

13 So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down
his beard.

14 Achish said to his servants, "Look at the man! He is insane! Why bring him to me?

15 Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?"

Here David is running from Saul in fear and what does he find ?

He finds himself in fear of king Achish

David prays that he be delivered from this fear and God hears his cries and delivers him.

Ongoing salvation ..................


And so we read Psalm 34 again in a fresh way as David speaks about " the fear of the Lord"

As David speaks of "deliverance from fear "...this is where David is coming from in Psalm
34,

And we come to another paradox and I leave you to think upon this paradox

Psalm 51:7-8

"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the BONES WHICH THOU HAST BROKEN may rejoice."

Psalm 34:20

For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous,not one of them is be broken.

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Lord God you poured out yourself on the Cross and took on yourself the sins of the world, that we might be free, your heart was broken that the hearts of the broken might be healed.

You did not have one bone broken, that the broken might come to you, having been broken, that we might be made whole and complete and be in unity as one body

You were bruised and crushed that your blood would be the new wine that takes away our sin and gives fredom and liberty to captives.

You never put out a smouldering wick nor crush or break a bruised reed as Isaiahs word proclaims and yet we find brokeness and bruising brings us to you and brings out the fragrance of yourself

We are one in Christ and are many, we come to you as broken that you would mend us

We find deliverance from fear and find fear in you delivering us from fear

We find your two edged swordm and we delight in you Lord

You are our all in all In Jesus name amen




Friday, August 1, 2014

THE WARHORSE AND THE GOD OF A THOUSAND HILLS,Psalm 30-33,

Warhorse
Warhorse (Photo credit: Nick Kidd)
THE WARHORSE AND THE GOD OF A THOUSAND HILLS

Author Guardian

Psalm 30-33,

Lord God maker of heaven and earth and all that is in it we give you all that
you might reign and rule in all areas of our lifes and that you might open doors that no one can close and close doors that no one can open In Jesus name amen

We look to Psalm 30 and end at Psalm 33 and we consider the message,

THE WARHORSE AND THE GOD OF A THOUSAND HILLS

Lets look into two scriptures , firstly

Psalm 33

13 The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race.
14 From his throne he observes all who live on the earth.

15 He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do.
16 The best-equipped army cannot save a king nor is great strength enough to save
a warrior.17 Don’t count on your warhorse to give you victory—for all its strength, it cannot save you.

18 But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love.
19 He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine.

20 We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.

And we also look too31 -32 and leap on to Psalm 50


Why do we leap to Psalm 50 ?

Well at the time David wrote Psalm 30 he was putting burnt offerings on an Altar
and offering peace offerings up to God and begging Him to stop a plague upon the
people

He was there at a threshing floor that was made as an Altar to sacrifice before God
and to ask God for forgiveness and restoration


A threshing floor was usually located on a hill or high place, so that the wind would
blow away the chaff, here the separation took place between the chaff and the wheat

Sometimes we may find ourselves at this threshing floor of life when an open door in our hearts is seen by one who seeks to destroy and God grants permission to this , that we might be sifted as wheat

But God in His mercy has ways of making our circumstances and situations into something good for His glory

God has a way of taking the trying circumstances in our life and turning them to our good. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” Ro. 8:28

Sometimes we do not realise an open doorway of the heart is even there and sometimes we do and we allow and in fact hold onto this open place, which in turn can have disasterous consequences, but God makes a way of escape which we will see in the life of David as we read on and discover that David in Psalms chapter 30:1 to Psalms chapter 33:22 knows of and speaks of.

God bless you and be encouraged in the Lord, knowing that God is watching over your life. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man, but God is faithful who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able, but will with the temptation also make a way of escape that ye may be able to bear it” 1 Cor. 10:13

Here the threshing floor where the oxen trampled the grain became the Altar where David sacrificed and pleaded with God his maker for the people

At Araunah's threshing floor we come to the hard ground to have the chaff of our hearts and lifes blown away by the wind of the Holy Spirit and from this a harvest

At this point I'm taken to Luke 22:31-32

Note this is at the last supper and also at the time when one who sat at the table with Jesus was a betrayer who had an open door where satan had entered

Luke 22:31-32

31"Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. 32But I have prayed for you,
Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your
brothers."

So many find themselves on the threshing floor where the dividing of the wheat takes
place and where the wrong heart motives and attitudes are blown away

O to be refined and sifted by one so that God can appoint and anoint...

You know children find it very easy to take ownership of things ?

" ITS MY BEDROOM " they say " Its my pc, its my room, its my food, its my toy, its
my pocket money, its my life, its my choice, its my bike , its my parents...."

We take this on into adulthood as we say " Its our house, our car, our lifes, our money, our job, its my husband , my wife, my choice, my job, my career, my decision..."

We play the game into relationships often where the child is an adult but then becomes a child once more if it suits them

"I CAN DO WHAT I WANT, ITS MY LIFE .....UMM MUM CAN I GO OUT TONIGHT ...HAVE YOU GOT
ANY MONEY ?"

Between husband and wife when its her home that becomes his home when it suits best, its our car until it breaks down and the ownership reverts back to the husband who bought it

We are very good at taking onwership of things are'nt we ?

When a child is asked to give some of their pocket money for something mmmmmm

When an adult is asked to give some of their money towards something...mmmm


When God asks us to give mmmm

Now thats where the game ends

You see all through the history of Gods chosen people God was always the King of His people, He had and has ownership believe it or not

Psalm 24:1

Of David. A psalm. The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all
who live in it;

He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, whether we decide to give our hearts to God or not, we are still on his planet, in His solar system, on His earth, On His soil, the very atoms we are made of were created by Him, the air we breathe , every tiny particle of our makeup is His.

Every DNA strand and molecule are his, and then we dare to stand and say " ITS MY LIFE "

"I DON'T BELIEVE IN GOD "

And we say this through the very mouths that God made and breathed life into
and to give life to Adam and Eve

All through Gods word we hear the cries of the King telling His people to come back to Him

But they had to have an earthly king

1 Samuel 8 (NKJV)

4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, 5 and
said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us
a king to judge us like all the nations.”


And the LORD said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. 8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day—with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also.

You see Gods people rejected the King of Kings, they had to have a King like other nations

And so God handed them over to the earthly kings

But the true one and only King was the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Angel of angels, the ruler of rulers, the judge of judges, the authority of all authorities, the Father of all Fathers, the Father of all Nations, the ruler of heaven and earth

The maker of makers and Priest of priests, the Teacher of teachers and the Forgiver of forgivers, the unseen all seeing God, the eye Opener of the blind, the Light Giver of all givers, the all seeing God who closes the eyes of those that walk the damascus road that they might fall down and hear His voice and have their eyes opened to see His glorious light

The Holy God of all gods who rules and reigns and has dominion and is Holy and righteous and blameless and sinless and good,

HE is the one who is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords

But the People who were married to God and had God as their husband wanted another king like the nations surrounding them and so God gave them over to the kings of the earth

And what does God do to those who walk in darkness who do not see the darkness they walk in ?

What does He do when people reject and despise and forsake and scoff and mock and spit at Him , He gives them over to other gods, that in so doing they might return to Him ...

Yes return to him the one whom made them and the one who dwells in unapproachable light is the one they approach ...

That they may see that light that is not a light of the sun but a light that penetrates deep into the very being and soul and speaks deep into hearts and changes lifes and brings healing and the wind of His Holy Spirit that they might lay on the threshing floor.


Have that wind blow away the chaff and divide the heart motives and the thoughts that they might be renewed and changed and have new life, that their God might call them His children and that they would call Him their Father


Romans 8:23

Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies

2 Corinthians 5:17 (New International Version)

17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

And so the people had their kings who ruled and reigned over them and who they were
subject too, being subjects of the ruling King of the time

And so we go to Psalm 51

9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

How many times do we go back to God again and again and again asking for forgiveness ?

How many times do we repent and turn back to God ?

How many times did David sin ?

How many times did solomon sin ?

How many times did David go back to God again and again and again and again ?

You see there were consequences for the sins committed and David was convicted by the Holy Spirit

This conviction is not the conviction of the world but a conviction brought about by God

To make a person change course , to make a person alter direction, to make a person see the error of their ways , to make a person go back to God and ask God for help and direction.

This conviction has consequecnes as we saw before when David looked upon Bathsheba and took her as His own and he took ownership of that which did not belong to him.

And again we see the Holy Spirit conviction but also the consequence of that sin

Because the sin was to take someone as his own.....

We are very good at ownership are'nt we ?

Well so is God....!!

God paid a great price for us, and the consequences of that are that we might be free

And again we see the love of God is free at a cost

So lets look at psalm 50 as it reads

10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.


Or the amplified

10 For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills or upon
the mountains where thousands are.


During this week the same song kept going over and over in my head and I wondered what God was saying and as I played some music this very song came on and God said " Yes I am your all in all "

You see how ever rich or famous or great or properous we are God will always be the all in all

Success and fame will never replace God and neither will wealth, we are instead millionaires by having a Father who owns the cattle on a thousand hills, He is our all in all

He is everywhere and in all things and the earth is the Lords and everything in it and once we have this mighty creator in us and for us and alongside us He is all we need ...our all in all

Wealth and fame can spoil and decay and comes to nothing in the end, its blows away like the chaff on the threshing floor, its amounts too nothing

In fact it can spoil us and make us proud in our own efforts and achivements and can cause us to open a doorway to one who will seek to destroy us

Now in Gods love and mercy He causes a bad thing to work to His good that in His wisdom knowing all things He might bring us back to Himself and that we , whether we be Kings of nations, wealthy or famous or merely proud... might be humbled and kneel on that threshing floor and come as a living sacrifice to Him who owns all things

11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.


He is in all things , knowing all things, having crated all htings ,, being everywhere at once, and yet nowhere to be seen in the eyes of the blind, He is in everything and He is our all in all


And so we come back to David and to Psalm 33:16

Psalm 33 (New Living Translation)

13 The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race.
14 From his throne he observes all who live on the earth.

15 He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do.
16 The best-equipped army cannot save a king, nor is great strength enough to save a
warrior

17 Don’t count on your warhorse to give you victory— for all its strength, it cannot
save you.

David had wealth, David had all he needed, David was King, David had a King, David had wealth ,prosperity, fame, but now we come to the threshing floor of Davids life once again and as we look through these Psalmns and through psalm 51 we can almost hear David speaking out through this time in His life when he had come to the threshing floor that is turned to an altar

When he once more comes to the Lord the owner of the cattle on a thousand hills, the owner of a thousand hills, a thousand kings, a thousand kingdoms, a thousand planets and a thousand hearts, in other words God is the owner of all things and above all things and in all things and is all in all

But David looks to the warhorse on the hill , in other words he looks to his own strength, he looks to his own might, he looks to his own armies, he looks to his own mighty kingdom, he looks to his own wealth and fortune, his own success, he own power and his own might

As if this is above God and not Gods , but belongs to David

David looks to his military might and power and this is the warhorse mentioned in psalm 34:16 in the NLT Bible.

Now we see where David is coming from as we go to 1 Chronicles 21:1-30 and this is reflected in the writings of Psalms 30 - 33

It says here that satan rose up against Israel, but you see you could say the same thing as Eve was deceived by satan and disobeyed God, you could say that satan rose up against humanity in the garden and caused temptation that resulted in the action

There is nothing wrong with a temptation, Jesus Himself was tempted, but Jesus never
sinned

There was never a sin in temptation, but woe to him who does the tempting

And so this temptation I imagine had always been there for David and the enemy knowing this saw the open doorway of Davids Heart and commanded yet demanded of God that he might tempt David in this..


That he rise up and cause david to sin and
God gave permission for this, and so david was tempted and he give in to this temptation as before he gave into temptation many times and asked for a census to be taken of the nations military strength

He thus ordered Joab AND Joab replied " why are you causing Israel to sin ? "

You see even Joab knew and yet David would not listen because he was the King in his eyes

And so the census was taken of the nations military strength was counted as if Davids armies and numbers mattered ?

This was a sin against God because God was the King and the nation did not need a mighty army or a king to defend its borders , for God was the King of Kings,


David had been filled with pride and had taken ownership of that which was Gods, he had allowed an open doorway in which the tempter had come and David was now convicted and asked for forgiveness

David was given three options by God

1.

three years of famine

2.

Three months of destruction by the sword of your enemies

3.

Or three days of severe plague

David had to choose and pay the consequences of his actions

And David having the wisdom of God and the wisdom that was also passed down to his son, did not want to fall into the hands of the enemy or have the entire nation
dependent on neighbouring nations for food and to be weak and defenceless against attack

Decided upon three days of plague

And during this time over 70,000 lifes where taken by the plague

This was the Angel with the sword


1 Chronicles 21:16 (New International Version)

16 David looked up and saw the angel of the LORD standing between heaven and earth, with a drawn sword in his hand extended over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell facedown.


And so we come back to the threshing floor in verse 18 of Chronicles 21 where David buys the threshing floor of Araunah and Araunah looks up and see's the angel of the lord

Now David repents and pleads and begs God to stop the plague and God orders the angel
to put his sword away

1 Chronicles 21 (New International Version)

27 Then the LORD spoke to the angel, and he put his sword back into its sheath. 28 At that time, when David saw that the LORD had answered him on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, he offered sacrifices there.

29 The tabernacle of the LORD, which
Moses had made in the desert, and the altar of burnt offering were at that time on the high place at Gibeon. 30 But David could not go before it to inquire of God, because he was afraid of the sword of the angel of the LORD.

Now the plague had ended not before 70,000 lifes were taken as a result,


As so we look back through Psalms 30 to 33 and we read them again and understand the cries of David and the words of the king as he speaks of forgivesness and restoration and he speaks of the warhorse of military strength that cannot save in Psalm 33:16, he looks to the God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills in psalm 50 and in psalm 51 speaks of restoration and forgiveness and a clean heart

We see now where David is coming from and He speaks from his heart and life through the Psalms

We may not have experienced what david experienced but we can come to the threshing floor and it can become the Altar of sacrifice as we lay those things that we lay ownership too at His feet

Lets pray

Lord God the owner of a thousand hills and the cattle on a thousand hills, you no about everything and everyone and you are the King whether we make you King or not, but if we do not there are consequences to our actions and decisions

Lord King and Maker and Ruler we give you our lifes and make you King over our hearts.

Close any doors that may be open and lead us not into temptation but delievr us from the evil one, let us come to the threshing floor where you can separate our motives and heart intentions and blow away anything that is not of you

Let us not be proud or lay ownnership to that which belongs to you in Jesus name amen