The End Of The World.

Huricanes, earthquakes, fires, wars, devastation and destruction.  One might think that the world is coming to an end.

Matt 24: 4 - 8 4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.

First of all there have been and are a lot of people who call themselves the Savior of the world.  Google it!  On second thought, don't.  But there are many who will try to replace Jesus.

Secondly, war and rumors of wars.  All you have to do is pick one.  North Korea?  Middle East?  War on Terror?  Jesus said, don't worry,  Why? 

Then there are famines and earthquakes.  If you would like real time updates to catastrophic events as they happen, click here.  Very interesting. 

What's my point?   Jesus wanted you to know that there is a beginning (Genesis) and an end (Revelation). But he didn't want you to worry about it.  He didn't want you to think that you would be reincarnated nor did He want you to think that when you died there was nothing.  

He wanted you to see the end approaching.  But He didn't want you to panic.  That's why He died on the cross and rose again.  Jesus wants to give you hope today, tomorrow and when time stops ticking away.  It's your relationship with Him that makes it possible. If you know Jesus then you know someone who is more powerful than time itself.

PRAY: Dear Jesus, I'm not worried, I know You've got this.  AMEN 

Attitude Rises To The Top

It's Monday morning and attitudes can stink.

Monday always gets a bad rap because it's the first day of the work week.  Who wants to go to work?

Whatever your attitude is it will rise to the top.  Let's look at a few of the disciples.
- Thomas was a doubter.
- Judas was selfish.
- Peter was head strong.

Phil 1:27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.

Paul is a great example that serve us well today.  As Saul, he would wake up in the morning with a foul attitude towards followers of Jesus.  He wanted to ruin them.  He wanted to extinguish the name of Jesus.  But . . . 

His attitude changed when he encounter Jesus on the road to Damascus.  

Saul changes and his name reflected that change.  The Hebrew name Saul means "asked for, prayed for". It's Latin counterpart Paul means "small" or "humble".  His attitude did change.  How can you change yours?

1. Start right if you want to end right.  Start your morning with God if you want to keep Him with you during the day.
2. Put others before yourself.  See the needs in others and allow your heart to be moved.
3. Fight for right.  You will be tempted to have a bad attitude.  Stop it before it starts.

PRAY: Dear Jesus, help me to keep a good attitude.  AMEN

David and Goliath - Finish the job!

So many giants come back because we didn't finish the job.

1 Sam 17
50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.

Goliath has fallen.  David could have stopped there and declared victory; Goliath was dead after all.  But what is the point of defeating your giants if you don't follow through?  David did not walk out on a battlefield to show mercy.  He walked out on a battlefield to destroy the Philistines plans against his people, the nation of Israel.  

David didn't just behead Goliath, he humiliated the Philistine nation.  The name David would strike fear in their hearts for decades to come.  Later in life, King David and his army had to face 4 more giants, all related to Goliath. (2 Samuel 21:15–22)  Believe me, none of them would assume that they would have the upper hand on David again.  

Defeat your giants now and strike fear in the hearts of those in your future. 

Defeat your giants now.  Unresolved issues can come and haunt your children in the future. 

Defeat your giants now.  Defeat their fear and intimidation with your faith and confidence in God.  It will change your life.  

When you defeat your Goliath, with God's help, let everyone know.  Tell the story and give God credit.  

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, I want to defeat the giants that are in my life, once and for all.  Help me!  AMEN

David and Goliath - Know Your Enemy... And Your Allies

Bottom line.  David was smarter than Goliath.

1 Sam 17
41 And the Philistine moved forward and came near to David, with his shield-bearer in front of him. 42 And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance. 43 And the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.” 45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hand.”

48 When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.

David had no intention of fighting Goliath.  He already knew what was going to happen.  He was smarter than Goliath. 

Don't play by your Goliaths rules. Goliath thought that he was going to face an opponent that would fight him sword to sword.  
- When you face your Goliath don't try to be it's equal, go with what you know.  If you can pray - pray.  Quoting the Bible work for you?  Get on with it!  

Know who has your back when you go into battle.  David may not have had the faith of Israel's army (can you imagine what those soldiers thought when David met Goliath?), But David said it, For the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hand.”  David knew that God was his ally.  
- God has your back when you follow Him.  Defeating Goliath ensured the security of the nation of Israel, God's chosen people.  David knew that this bully wasn't bigger than His God. 

Follow Through.  Being a slingshot warrior took talent and a lot of practice.  Think of these guys as snipers.  Some claim they could hit a man killing him at a hundred yards. 
- Do not try to negotiate some kind of peace with your Goliath.  It will only come back later to haunt you.  Goliath has to go.  

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to defeat my Goliaths today, once and for all.  AMEN 

David and Goliath - Prepare For Battle!

There comes a time when you just have to go to war.  

1 Sam 17 
31 When the words that David spoke were heard, they repeated them before Saul, and he sent for him. 32 And David said to Saul, “Let no man's heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, 35 I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. 36 Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”

38 Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of bronze on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail, 39 and David strapped his sword over his armor. And he tried in vain to go, for he had not tested them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” So David put them off.40 Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd's pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine.

Ok, that's a long passage, but follow along.  There is something here for you.  

#1 - Goliath isn't going away.  40 days this overgrown bully threatened the Israelite army.  
- Your Goliath will do the same.  If you don't do something, it will continue to keep you enslaved in its fear for weeks, months and even years.  God created you to do something more than cowering in fear. 

#2 - Remember what you have done.  I'll venture a guess that this isn't your first rodeo.  
- You have defeated Goliaths before.  Now this one may be the biggest one ever, true.  But if you could do it before, you can do it again.  David defeated bears and the lions.  He understood that it prepared him for this. 

#3 - Do it the way God created you to do it.  Saul tried to put his armor on David.  I bet that got a chuckle or two from onlookers. 
- Remember that God created you to win.  Don't try doing it everyone else's way.  Do it God's way. 

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to beat this bully in my life.  AMEN


David and Goliath - Don't You Dare Lay Down And Die

1 Sam 17
28 Now Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke to the men. And Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption and the evil of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.”29 And David said, “What have I done now? Was it not but a word?” 30 And he turned away from him toward another, and spoke in the same way, and the people answered him again as before.

Remember David is a visitor to the camp.  He is there to deliver some supplies and gifts.  While he is there, he asks some of the soldiers what is going on?  His oldest brother overhears him and takes his head off for it.  

- Was he embarrassed that he was one of the soldiers that were retreating in fear? 
- Was he afraid that his brother might try something fool hearty and actually face Goliath? 
- Was he jealous that his little brother was being included in his group of friends?  

We don't know.  All we know is, big brother didn't like it at all.  

It is very possible that someone near you, quite possibly a family member, will tell you to just give up in the face of your Goliath.  They will say that you can't beat him.  Just accept the fact that you are going to die, you're going to go bankrupt, you're going to get a divorce, you're kids will never speak to you again, you're career is over, or something like that.  

Do what David did.  Turn away. 

He didn't rebuke his brother.  He didn't embarrass his brother.  He didn't accuse his brother.  He just turned away.

Wasting energy fighting someone who isn't going to support you is a waste of time.  David was sizing up the situation in his mind and heart.  He didn't want to let Goliath get away with this.  But if he listened to his brother, he would have just whimpered away.  Don't you dare whimper and fade into the shadows.  You face Goliath, even in the face of those who will deter you.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to face my Goliath today with courage.  AMEN