Saturday, January 19, 2013

Two-face


By Lori Rodeheaver

Our insecure, intimidated king, Saul, has now resorted to “watching” David.  He’s gone so far as to rally his troops to David’s house and lie in wait to kill him.  This, without a single charge – nothing of which to accuse him.  Saul’s mission is fixed upon his one-track thought – murder.

 Saul sent messengers to David’s house to watch him, that he might kill him in the morning. But Michal, David’s wife, told him, “If you do not escape with your life tonight, tomorrow you will be killed.” 12 So Michal let David down through the window, and he fled away and escaped. 13 Michal took an image and laid it on the bed and put a pillow of goats’ hair at its head and covered it with the clothes. 14 And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, “He is sick.” 15 Then Saul sent the messengers to see David, saying, “Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may kill him.” 16 And when the messengers came in, behold, the image was in the bed, with the pillow of goats’ hair at its head. 17 Saul said to Michal, “Why have you deceived me thus and let my enemy go, so that he has escaped?” And Michal answered Saul, “He said to me, ‘Let me go. Why should I kill you?’” ~1 Samuel 19:11-17

There was no discussion.  There was no willingness to communicate honestly or logically.  There was no seeking of peace or reconciliation.  No.  Saul’s fear, insecurity, and sin kept him from a rational approach towards any man who was rational and secure.  Instead, his motive is always evil and his goal is simply to do away with David altogether – no matter what the cost.

…But Michal, David’s wife, told him, “If you do not escape with your life tonight, tomorrow you will be killed…

Michal warned David.  She told him to leave lest he be killed by her father.  She lowered him down through the window and he ran away.  She tried to cover for him by putting a statue in his bed and telling the assassins he was sick.

But a flimsy excuse like sickness wasn’t going to stop this blood-thirsty man.  He tells his assassins to have the bed brought to them!  Sick or well, Saul’s fit to kill.  Nothing like kicking a man when he’s down,huh?

But the truth was that David wasn’t sick.  He was wise.  And when wisdom is viciously attacked and violently pursued for no valid reason, wisdom flees.  Despite the fact that he doubtless could have taken all these men on and beat them in a brawl without breaking a sweat, David relies more on wisdom than he does self-sufficiency.  Instead of taking these wicked men on and handing them their asses, he writes the 59th psalm and professes his innocence and desperate need of God’s protection and justice. Such is a godly choice, especially for a man “better versed in the art of fighting than of flying.” (Matthew Henry)

Well, someone’s got to pay for this outwitting of Mr. Murdermind.

 Saul said to Michal, “Why have you deceived me thus and let my enemy go, so that he has escaped?” And Michal answered Saul, “He said to me, ‘Let me go. Why should I kill you?’” ~1Samuel 19:17

Wait a minute…what?!  The woman who loved, helped, warned, and covered for David defames him? What?!!

Although David did have his day later with Uriah, at this point David wasn’t the murderer – Saul was!  Yet, here, we have the one closet to him slandering him as such before the powers that be.  Why?

Why couldn’t Michal just tell the truth?  Why couldn’t she say, “Please, Daddy!  I love David!  Please don’t kill him!  He’s a good man!  Leave him alone you big bully!”  If anyone had the position to say such things, it was Michal – daddy’s little girl.  Why did Michal sound more like her slanderous father than her courageous brother?  (Remember how Jonathan went to bat for David when he knew his father’s intent to kill?)  David’s own wife blackens him before his enemy.

And the final answer is: fear.  Fear is what influenced and controlled Michal.  Like father, like daughter I suppose.  She simply isn’t willing to go down, even for someone as close to her heart as David.  She isn’t willing to take the heat when it comes right down to it.  She’s self-preserving, and she doing it at the expense of her righteous and honorable husband.  Funny how attitudes and affections change when the rubber meets the road.

Our Enemy is a cold-blooded , one track mission, murderer.  He offers no fair trial, no honest discussion, and no rational reconciliation.  There will never be peace between us and he.  If we have any wisdom, we will run away when warned.  We must resist him and remember that even good intentions are spoiled by fear.  Cowardice is not wisdom, but running away isn’t always cowardice; sometimes it’s wisdom.  It’s like the biggest guy in the bar being instigated by the 10 smaller ones.  He can take them all down but if he does, he’ll end up in prison.  True cowardice is not what David displayed, but what Michal displayed. True cowardice throws anyone and everyone under the bus in an effort to self-preserve.

Therefore, if the Enemy ends up drilling us, we must not lie.  Although he will try to do away will us at all costs, we must be willing to both resist him and stand up to him at all costs.  Why?

Because Jesus is our righteous husband and he is worthy of an honest confession – no matter how high the personal cost to ourselves.  Don’t be two-faced.  Don’t defame Christ in the face of the enemy like Michal did to David.  Honor him like Jonathan.

 And Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, “Let not the king sin against his servant David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his deeds have brought good to you. For he took his life in his hand and he struck down the Philistine, and the Lord worked a great salvation for all Israel. You saw it, and rejoiced. Why then will you sin against innocent blood by killing David without cause?” ~1 Samuel 19:4-5

Everyday Encounters with the Creator

Friday, January 18, 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013

George Fox Warning False Christians

George Fox (1624-1691)

Here is some commentary on George Fox by Hall Worthington:

But, for those who preached and taught in error without the words from the Spirit of God, Fox's criticisms were definitely harsh.
He was critical of religious leaders in hopes of motivating them to stop teaching the words of the Bible, without the words of the Spirit. Here is an example, Fox writing to the Puritan priest of Ulverstone, to which Margaret Fox listened before she became a Quaker.
The word of the Lord to you, 0h Lampitt! You are a deceiver, surfeited and drunk with the earthly spirit, rambling up and down in the scriptures, and blending your spirit among the saints' conditions. You had a prophecy, as your father Balaam had; but you erred from it, as your father did. One whose fruit has withered, (of which I am a witness), and many who have known your fruit have seen the end of it, that it is withered; and do see where you are, in the blind world, a blind leader of the blind; a beast wallowing and tumbling in the earth and in the lust; one that is erred from the spirit of the Lord, of old ordained to condemnation. You are in the seat of the Pharisees, are called master by men, stand praying in the synagogues, and have the chief seat in the assemblies; a right hypocrite in the steps of the Pharisees, and in the ways of your fathers, the hypocrites, which our Lord Jesus Christ cried woe against. Such with the light you are seen to be, and by the light are comprehended; which is your condemnation who hate it, and will be so eternally except you repent. To you this is the word of God; for in Christ's way you are not, but in that of the Pharisees, as you may read in Mat 23. All that own Christ's words can see you in the Pharisees way. Christ, who died at Jerusalem, cried woe against your kind; and Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The woe remains upon you, and from under it you can never escape, except through judgment, condemnation, and true repentance. To you this is the word of God. To that of God in your conscience I speak, which will witness the truth of what I write, and will condemn you. And when you are in your torment, (though now you swell in your vanity, and live in wickedness), remember you were warned in your lifetime. When the eternal condemnation is stretched over you, you shall witness this to be the word of the Lord God to you; and if ever your eye should see repentance, you would witness me to have been a friend of your soul. (Notice Fox speaks the words from the Spirit of God, often in the presence of God, in the Kingdom of God; click here to see more examples).
But in his day, Christ was also extremely judgmental of those who taught religion in error. For example, here is what Christ had to say about those preachers and teachers who had not been purified within their hearts: 
See Jesus' Criticisms for many more.

And John the Baptist had this to say about hypocritical religious leaders:
Yes, Fox was very critical of the religious teachers, priests/preachers, and to a lesser degree, to the professed believers of his day.
But that is because they were false Christians - they had not been changed in heart, purified, crucified of their lusts and affections.
To be a preacher, they must be trained and authorized by Christ himself, with his spirit guiding their words.
Those who taught error were blind guides, leading others into the ditch and to destruction. 

By the 1800's on, Quakers in general judged their founder's criticisms and vocal opposition to the Protestant and Catholic sects and priests to be appalling. The later Quakers judged their founders to be intolerant, rude, unloving, judgmental, etc. This is the case of unfinished  men of the flesh judging a spiritual man obviously under control of the Spirit of God; likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities, Jude 1:8-10. Fox and many of the early Quakers were in the Kingdom of Heaven, therefore heavenly dignities, deserving of respect. A man of the flesh is without understanding and supremely arrogant to judge a man of the spirit. A man of the flesh cannot comprehend the degree to which false prophets are held in contempt by God, and therefore spared no extent of verbal lashing, especially when in a debate with others listening who might have been misled.

Shiloh
Criticisms of George Fox Answered

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sweet Slavery


By Lori Rodeheaver

Most days I wonder whether my simple life amounts to much.
 
I write. Does anyone even read it?  I run.  My feet and knees are starting to break down and I’ve never even run a sub-four hour marathon yet.  I teach my children and house my mother.  I’m a better student than I am a teacher.  Would Mom be better off somewhere else?  I clean my house.  Is my house ever really clean?  I cook and I wash clothes.  Will I ever learn to cook?  What does an iron do again?  I grocery shop and prepare crafts for girl scouts.  Good housewives use coupons, don’t they?  Less time on crafts and more time on figuring out the iron might be wise.

My life looks nothing like what I had planned.  I have a Christ-centered life.  I am a slave.  I love being a slave!  I have surrendered to Christ and every day I wake up and surrender again.  I wake up and smile without regrets.  I love my life despite my doubts.  I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. (Psalm 116:1)  I love that God leads it even though I fail.  Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. (Psalm 116:2)  Though it is small and simple, I know he will use my faithfulness even if I never see it with physical eyes on earth.  What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me? 13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD, 14 I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people. (Psalm 116:12-14)  Slavery is beautiful when you love your Master more than life.   O LORD, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds. (Psalm 116:16)  I can’t recall who said it but, perfect slavery is perfect freedom.

Most days I wonder whether my simple life amounts to much.  The LORD preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. (Psalm 116:6)

Sometimes others falsely accuse us.  Often times we falsely accuse ourselves. I said in my alarm, “All mankind are liars.”  (Psalm 116:11)  Don’t let the devil answer your doubts.  Hear the scriptures and call on the Lord!   I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD. 18 I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the LORD!  (Psalm 116:17-19)

Everyday Encounters with the Creator

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Was the Alabama Victory over Notre Dame Prophetic?


[8 January 2013]

Last night I watched the University of Alabama football team run over the University of Notre Dame, 42-14, for the national title.  I probably watched ten minutes of the game.  I am not a follower of Alabama football, but I was rooting for Alabama to win the game.  It was one of the most complete and overwhelming victories in a college football championship game that I have ever seen.

If this victory is prophetic, what does it mean?  The United States has a federal government that is huge, over-reaching and oppressive.  There is a lot of sin in this country.  If people don’t want God in their lives, then the Lord will give them big, oppressive government.  If you don’t want God, you can have the devil.

Several years ago, I was reading a Christian website and someone gave a prophecy that said, “the South will rise again.”  Does this mean that the Confederacy of the Old South will be revived?  No.  I believe this prophecy means that states rights will become a dominant force in our nation’s political and social life.  I believe that certain governors and state legislatures will assert their power and prevent the federal government’s abuses on their people–like ObamaCare.  Barack Obama is another King George III.

The University of Notre Dame represents centralized government.  Ultimately, the Vatican City in Rome has some say in the existence of Notre Dame.  The name “Notre Dame” is French:  Notre Dame was named after a Catholic cathedral in France.  France represents foreign influence or foreign entanglements.

The University of Alabama represents states rights.  The Governor of Alabama and the State Board of Regents oversee the operations of the University of Alabama–not our federal government and not Rome.
I am not baiting Catholics here.  I was raised in a very Irish Catholic family and went to Catholic schools in my youth.  If this game had taken place in 1972, I would probably have rooted for Notre Dame.  I am not a Catholic, I am a Christian.  I don’t care for Roman Catholic structure, but I have met some very devoted Christians in the Catholic Church.

I am not a Southerner.  I was born and raised in Iowa (my favorite football team is Iowa State University).  When I saw the way Alabama ran all over Notre Dame, it really bore witness with my spirit.  It was as if Notre Dame wasn’t even there–and shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

I know that the Lord uses everyday circumstances to show us things and teach us things.  He who has ears to hear (spiritual hearing) will be able to hear what the Lord is saying.  I believe that the Lord used the Alabama victory to encourage American Christians that there will be victory over our abusive White House and federal government in the near future.  Praise the Lord!

For the past few weeks the Lord has been showing me “January 7th”.  It looks like the Lord wanted me to watch the Alabama-Notre Dame game.  God is in the details.

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