April 15

1 Samuel 17, 18

I have to say that 1 Samuel 17 is one of the most powerful and faith filled chapters in the Bible. It is David slaying Goliath. Goliath was 9 feet 9 inches tall. He would have been 3 inches short of bumping his head on a modern basketball court rim if he walked under it. The highest room in the condo we live in is 93 inches, which means that Goliath would have to stoop over two feet to walk around in my condo. He would have been a fearful sight in battle. But what did David who was empowered by the Spirit of God say to him? David said to Goliath what we should be saying to all the Goliaths and mountains in our life. “Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 17:46 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel” (1 Samuel 17:45, 46).  What should we be saying to the enemy of our souls and the things he throws at us? “OK pal, this is what’s goin down. My Savior already defeated you at the cross and the empty tomb. Because I am fighting in the name of the LORD God, I am going to hit you so hard it’s going to knock you out, and then I am going to cut off your stinkin head, and feed your body to the vultures and the dogs.” As New Covenant believers and new creations in Christ and our bodies the temples of God, we should be able to say this to any of the mountains the devil throws in our path. 

 

Luke 15:1-10

In our reading today Jesus tells a parable that illustrates how God feels toward the lost.  Luke 15:3-10 “And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 15:5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 15:6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. 158 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 15:9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” I have heard many times in church circles that when someone comes to Christ that the angels are rejoicing in heaven, but folks, that is not what it says. In fact, nowhere in either of those parables does it say that angels are rejoicing. It says “joy shall be in heaven” and “there is joy in the presence of the angles of God”. The text does not say angels are rejoicing, it really says that the angels are witnessing the rejoicing that is going on. The rejoicing is being experienced by man and God; of course men and women will rejoice when people get saved but so does God. In Zephaniah 3:17 the Scripture says, “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” The Hebrew word for second “joy” in this verse is the Strong number 1523,  it is giyl and is pronounced “gheel” and it means “to spin around under the influence of a violent emotion, to dance, to leap for joy”. Saints, remember the text is referring to God here, God who is saving people and is spinning around for joy and leaping and dancing for joy over people getting saved. 

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