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“Hear ye, Hear ye! Your King is on the Floor!” (2)


We need to get the King off of the floor.

He remains grief stricken for 7 days hoping God will change his mind and spare the child he bore with Bathsheba.

One might wonder if he was wallowing in self-pity.

The household servants may have questioned how long would he remain a limp piece of carpet on the concrete floor?

The thought could cross a mind that he punished himself with a long “timeout” for being bad.

The problem with God is he keeps his promises.

And the King knew this. Yet, he hoped to intervene and change the Lord’s mind.

This was one time David hoped God would not keep his promise and allow his child to live.

It may have been the longest 7 days of this King’s life. 

He overheard his servants whispering. Fearing for his life they didn’t want to tell him the child had died.  His appeal of what appeared to be desperation led them to question his emotional instability.

Once the confirmation of death had been handed to him, he got up, bathed and ate.

His servants didn’t understand his behavior at all.

Why? Why did you grieve until the child died?” It is possible they really wanted to say,

“What the heck is wrong with you? Have you lost it completely?”

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There was no point in mincing words.

So what was David doing for 7 days while his child lay ill? Crying out to God? Begging? Pleading for mercy for his son? Sure.  Who wouldn’t? But what else was he doing?

Discerning. Waiting. Remaining calm. Listening. Taking a step back.

He yearned to hear his still, small voice.

He positioned himself to keep calm so he could listen.

The need for quiet allowed him to pause before speaking.

David knew what discernment was. He had used it many times before.

David understood sheep. He raised them. Cared for them.  Long, lonely days with sheep may have taught him the “Art of Discernment.”

So how do we activate the “Art of Discernment?”

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“Hear ye, Hear ye! Your King is on the Floor!” (1)


Reading 2 Samuel 12 God sends the prophet Nathan to King David.  He comes to him after David has sinned with Bathsheba and killed her husband.

Now, you can’t tell me when Nathan arrived David wasn’t a little uneasy.

Conviction lies in the hearts of those who know the difference between good and evil. Maybe at this point which was too late David was hoping God might have missed his transgressions? Maybe God took a vacation and left no one in charge? Or he hoped God overslept that day?

Yeah, right.

Honestly, what did he think he was going to get away with?

Human nature isn’t privy to Kings, Presidents, royalty.  It has no knowledge of discrimination. It does not play favorites.

David was a King, but first he was a man.

After Nathan rakes him over the coals David speaks.

“I have sinned against the Lord.” 2nd Samuel 12:13

Repentance sets in. Sickened by his actions, he fasts, prays and lies face down dormant on the floor for days. He is motionless in his misery yet hopeful in his heart.

Just like us, he made a real boo-boo. He really messed up bad. He did the unthinkable.

But…..

His response was correct. Is that why God gave him grace? Did he deserve God’s favor after all he had done?

If you continue in 2nd Samuel 12 the servants observe David’s remorseful behavior. Concerned for his well-being the elders of the household remained at his side hoping to feed him. He refused.

 What would you do if your King was lying on the floor face down for hours and days at a time?

Remind him how the neighbors would talk?

Inform him his actions were not that of a King?

Ask him if he missed his last therapy session with Dr. Phil?

Picking this apart are more than one dynamic.

David’s priority as a servant of his God took precedence over being King.

His immediate sorrow for how he had hurt God sent him into despair and depression.

His efforts to pray and fast ceaselessly reveal how David knew God’s mercy extended far beyond his sin.

So what does this mean?

King David knew his God.

He knew the Lord would forgive him, but he also understood the consequences of “reaping and sowing.”

He recognized within his own passion how he would beat himself up for quite some time.

Living with the guilt and shame of his erred ways he wrote his feelings down lamenting his soul resulting in discovering he was a man after God’s own heart.

But….there is more to this story.

What do you think it is?

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“You have got to be kidding me!”


Famous words from a famous guy.

John McEnroe What about that hair?

John McEnroe
What about that hair?

For those of you who know anything about tennis, you recognize the above phrase as the signature line of John McEnroe.

Yesterday, the US Tennis Open began in Flushing Meadows, NY.  2 weeks of highlighted matches from the best players in tennis.  The last of the 4 Grand Slams a year, it is a time I look forward to.

If you don’t know who John McEnroe is well, let’s just say he was a showstopper. He played every point of a game/match as if it was his last. Add to that was his erratic, argumentative and very loud behavior on the court.  Besides holding the No. 1 spot in the world of tennis in 1980 he won 9 Grand slam titles.  

Crowds flocked to watch him play. He is a rare breed; he plays left-handed. In tennis that is like a curse for the opponent.

John McEnroe managed to get away with courtside drama that would get players thrown out immediately or fined today.  He was a force to be reckoned with as he made it clear when a call was made he didn’t like.  There was no love lost between him and the referees.

Now, much older he is still the show stopper as a commentator for the Grand Slam tournaments.  He is like “comic relief” from the sidelines and adds a new dimension to TV Sportscasters.

Before the Opening Ceremony tonight he was one of 4 commentators speaking about the day’s first round play. Using his signature line as part of his journalistic style, the crowd roared.

John McEnroe today

John McEnroe today

As he repeated his own words, “you have got to be kidding” the thought ran through my mind of how much that really applies to our world today.

“Did you say we will have to pay more taxes?” “You have got to be kidding me!”

“Guess who got caught doping now? “You have got to be kidding me!”

“Oh please. Not another regulation? “You have got to be kidding me!”

“So they still don’t know what is in Obamacare? “You have got to be kidding me!”

 “Now they want to tell us what kind of soda to drink?  “You have got to be kidding me!”

“That really wasn’t Miley Cyrus the other night was it? “You have got to be kidding me!”

“This just can’t be. Downton Abbey won’t be on until next January? “You have got to be kidding me!”

 

“So are you telling me there really is a Savior named Jesus Christ?”

Yes. There is. And I wouldn’t kid you about that.

He is for real.


John 14: 6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”


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The Long Road Back


Oil and water don’t mix.

The oil separates itself from the water. You can see it. You don’t have to work at it; automatically the two divide.

Some things were never meant to be together. Why?

They are opposites.

One cancels out the other.

They fly in the face of each other wreaking havoc.

So it is with light and dark. The two have been fighting each other since the fall of man.

The obvious isn’t that obvious to many people.

The deeper one gets into evil, the more evil grows.  The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy and that is his pursuit when we allow it.  His lure of greed, lust, money and pride fuel the mold that is trying to take over.  For some, it can be a long road back when the light goes on in their head.

Unfortunately bad things happen to good people, but it is a powerful source to get and stay close to God.

Doing so, opens doors for God to work; to release angelic protection and move on our behalf.

Seeking Jesus; meeting with him in private establishes an intimacy where Heaven intercedes.

The authority of God reigns within those who have accepted and follow Jesus.  He made this possible on the cross. In and of itself has nothing to do with us; it is all Him.  God wants us to know and live in the revelation of his Heavenly realm now; today.

If there was ever a time on this earth we need God’s Heavenly hosts and power, it is now.

1 Corinthians 15: 33-34 “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character. Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.”

Withstanding immorality, perversion and fraud that has taken a seat in so many arenas is difficult unless you live in the presence of God. Soaking in his word, breathing his familiarity covers his people with all that Heaven represents.

God is moving.  He is exposing one deception after another.  All it takes is for the deceiver to make one mistake and they usually do before the truth is revealed.

His goal is to show his people how to immerse themselves in his “Holy Habitation” which changes hearts from the inside out.

As we do this individually it will lead to a shared effort of living in his glory bringing about an atmosphere of light displacing darkness and the works of the enemy.

To some extent, living daily in personal communion with the Savior is like clothing ourselves with armor the enemy can’t touch.  The closer we get to God, the harder it is for the devil to accomplish his dastardly deeds.

It is also comforting to know the number of God’s angels being dispersed on this earthly planet far outnumber the fallen ones of Satan.  

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Tribal Refuge? Maybe, Maybe Not


It’s difficult to comprehend in a world full of technological advances so far ahead of itself there could be anyone on earth living totally uncivilized. In the east Andes jungles of Peru are between 12 and 15,000 Indians who live in their native aboriginal state.

According to the following article these people make up around 15 tribes yet to be modernized at all.

http://news.yahoo.com/isolated-mashco-piro-indians-appear-peru-034457368.html

They have chosen this lifestyle but are increasingly being targeted by loggers or others invading the territory for natural resources.  Rarely are they seen but have wandered out a few times in the last few years as outsiders or planes have flown over their habitat.

Due to the possible hazards to their lives, the Peruvian Government along with other humanitarian organizations such as Survival International are laying groundwork to protect them from becoming tourist attractions.

Known as some of the world’s last “uncontacted people” getting close to humans other than their tribe members open them up to disease and illnesses their bodies can’t fight off. Their immune systems cannot withstand the common ailments of the outside world and have proven fatal in the past killing as many as 50-80% of tribal members.1225976982_0

These itinerant tribal groups tend to set up huts where they have before especially along the Amazon River where there is water.

The clans have their own communal laws including kidnapping women and children from other clans using man-made bows and arrows as their defense. Many were exposed to “genocide” in the 1980’s from attacks from loggers and mahogany seekers.

They have tried to live in isolation along the southeastern Amazon of Peru.  However the intrusion of other humans has forced them to be on alert and somewhat dangerous.

One can’t help but be curious about these tribes.

How have they survived generations remaining purely who they were originally?

What do they know about the outside world if much at all?

Are they curious now there may be other people(s) besides them and when was that discovered?

Are there teenage sons and daughters fighting with their parents to find out if they can join the lands of the living?

Do they have gods or worship some spirit that may or may not actually be the God of the universe?

Where does Jesus fit into their lives?  Do they know there is life after death? Have they been exempt from hell because they can’t be held accountable for their uneducated lives?

How do you witness to native aborigines who physically might die in your presence?

Or how do you get close enough without them killing you?

The most recent photo of a Mashco Piro family.

The most recent photo of a Mashco Piro family.

They weren’t put there by accident.

Generations of people just like them have survived in the past.

There is a reason these natives remain.

They are not to be used for bait or vacationer’s photos.

After researching these very interesting Indians, the only solutions to all my questions is that only God knows.

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Rules, Rules and more Rules


Rules are meant for restraint, keeping the peace, giving guidelines to live by and to punish those who break them.

Well, you ask who makes the rules.

Who has the credibility to write such laws?

If we weren’t born with the “Lifebook for Dummies” do we make up our own rules?

Do we get to change them along the way?

What if your neighbor’s list of decrees don’t match up with yours?

Imagine everyone living by their own instructions. Actually you don’t have to imagine too much because the world is headed that way. AND THE RESULT IS SELFISH CHAOS!

It doesn’t work. It will never work. In the process people are fighting and many are dying over man-made rules that were never meant to be put into place.

Even common sense knows humans can’t be trusted to create their own declarations of existence.

Which is why we have a Creator who is neutral; unbiased and doesn’t play favorites.

He is overly qualified to make the rules, set up parameters and give advice on any subject.

He is fair, protective and full of positive directives.

His Technical Writing skills are professional.

His ideas are artistic.

And there is no lack for variety, action or drama.

The stories he tells are real. The sonnets are a poet’s dream. His letters hold no punches.

From beginning to end he gives us what we all need even if it isn’t what we always want.

He knows what is best and describes in detail how to live life.

Only his plan isn’t legalistic or hypocritical.Bible 2

There is no basis for lawyer jargon or unwarranted media attention.

His objective is all about justice, freedom and feeding the poor.

The focus is peace in a fallen world.

The goal is hope for the hopeless.

The aim is the truth.

The answer is love.

And he is the author.

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