You are Born To Be A King

2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.
I Samuel 22:2 KJV

Insight/Comments:

Is your back against the wall or do you know someone in that condition? So were the characters in today’s focus scripture.
Who is this man that the scripture says became the captain over those who were in distress, in debt and discontented (3D’s)? The answer is King David.
Prophet Samuel had been commanded by God, to go to the home of a man called Jesse the Bethlehemite “For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.” God said. (I Samuel 16).

The prophet was neither given the name of the son who was to be anointed king nor was it given to the father. Jesse is believed to have had eight sons, David included. The first thing the prophet asked Jesse, was in proforma, to consecrate all his sons who were now all candidates for kingship. Jesse conformed, except he made one critical error, “David” who was to be king by divine destiny, never made it on Jesse’s list or the prophet’s. It is bad enough when one’s parents fail to discern his or her: value/potential/destiny, but when the prophets who represent God fall in concert, then the person has nowhere to turn. Your family can’t see the king in you and so does the church, what do you do? Be like David, without the parental and mentor support, David had learned early in his life to scourge himself in God. (I Samuel 30:6)

Getting back to the king selection task, without Given perimeters, the prophet took the liberty to use his own judgment to pick Israel’s next king. Predictably he picked – Eliab – one who he seemed to have all his “ducks in a row” so to speak. One who was good looking, outgoing, with a convincing tongue and a posture to demand attention. Sadly, this is what God had to say to Samuel, about his choice of a king: “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. (I Samuel 16:7)

Man who judges by outside appearance may have misread you, misjudged you, underestimated you, misunderstood you, but you just about to be crowned king nevertheless because when God says yes, no one can say no. Don’t waste your time trying to please men, it is simply impossible. Choose to please one who matters the most, God. David was never on Samuel’s and Jesse’s list but he was for sure on God’s list. For the sake of time, against all odds, David was anointed Israel’s next king.

The moment David became anointed, Saul who was then king vowed to kill him. Now David is not only dealing with rejection, but he is fighting for his very survival. He became a fugitive without a cause of his own. No matter what you are dealing with, I have good news for you. It is because you destined to become a king. That addiction, that financial problem, that divorce, that family dysfunction, sees a king in you and wants to kill the king spirit in you. Be like David, he took refuge in the land of Judah (land of praise). Learn to praise God even when you don’t feel like it. Find a reason to praise Him. Praise Him for a co-worker who got promoted over you, praise Him for the job applicant whose application was considered and yours rejected. Praise Him for the air you are breathing. God dwells in the praise of His people (Psalms 22.3).

Another thing that David did, was to get himself a sword (I Samuel 22:10). He refused to let his enemies overpower his “fighter spirit” even when he was outnumbered and out powered.

Why did the 3D’s come to David? They correctly say “Birds of the same feather flock together”. This is a sure way to maintain mediocrity/status quo. To tip the balance, you need to flip the coin. If you want to get married begin to hang out with married people not the singles. If you want to kick a drug habit, find someone who never had that drug problem or overcame the problem and have them lay hands on you and pray for you.

These 3D’s were smarter than what they may on the surface be credited for. They had given up their will to fight, they had accepted their lot, life had dealt them a bad hand, they were considered good for nothing. When they met David, the warrior spirit rose up in them. David had faced similar or even worse problems but he had refused to give up. He got himself a sword, but what a sword to stand against Saul’s Army, the best of the best at them time. If you get yourself a sword of God’s word, you will prove every statistic to be wrong, defy every prediction and stand to educate the naysayers about who you really are.

Shake off every label placed on you by yourself or other people. You are one of a kind. There is a king in you. No one in the whole world has your finger prints, your talents, your abilities. You are not a copy, you are the original. The scriptures say that you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14).

You may have failed, so what? Failure is an event not a person. Who hasn’t failed? What makes a winner is the willingness to get up one more time.

To conclude, you become whom you hang up with. Proverbs 13:20 states “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

To effect change in your life, the first thing is to change your association. Those who are not building you up are pulling you down. Look to those who are where you want to be not where you are.

By the way, those 3D’s that came to David, ended up becoming his captains in the host. I Chronicles 12:21 states “And they helped David against the band of the rovers: for they were all mighty men of valour, and were captains in the host.”.

What a good transformation, from being in debt, in destress and discontented to being captains. You are next in line to be transformed.

May God make you a king and a captain is my prayer for you today.

To receive Jesus in your heart, and get born again say this prayer:
Dear Jesus, come into my heart. I accept you today as my Lord and Savior. Please forgive me of all my sins. I turn away from them and repent. I will now serve you, the rest of my life. In Jesus’s name, I pray.
God bless you.
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The Power of The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

For your convenience, the scriptural text referenced is included at the end of this blog.

In the Gospel of Luke Chapter 24 verses 13 through 35, Luke tells of a story that occurred between two of Jesus’s disciples after Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection. The conversation took place en route from Jerusalem to a village called Emmaus. Like many of Jesus’s disciples this was a very difficult time for them. The name Emmaus in Greek or Latin means “Warm Spring”. Perhaps the events that had unfolded in the past three days had become overwhelming and confusing and the two disciples just had to get a way and clear their minds. For whatever the reason they undertook the journey, circumstances surrounding Jesus’s death and resurrection assumed the center stage of their conversation.

While they were coming to grips with the reality that “Jesus is dead”, two other confusing events were thrown into the mix. Some women earlier in the day who had visited the tomb where Jesus had been buried had come reporting that Jesus’s body had gone missing, and that they had seen a vision of Angels telling them that Jesus is “alive”.  This ever unfolding saga threw supposedly every one in town into a state of a limbo. While the two disciples engaged in their “loop” talk or what I would rather dub “think a louds” a total stranger joins them and veers into their conversation. The disciples are perplexed that this man sounds oblivious to the events that had rocked the whole town if not the whole known world. He questions the manner of their conversation as they walked and as to why they were sad.

It turns out this stranger to the two disciples, was non other than their Lord and Master Jesus Christ. However the scriptures state that “their eyes were holden that they should not know him.” Verse 16. It notable that Jesus has a way of walking beside people that are overwhelmed by circumstances although “their eyes” are “holden that they should not know him.” In Luke 7:13 Jesus said to a widow who had lost her only son “Don’t cry”. What are preoccupied with? Is Jesus really oblivious to your problem?, or it is just a matter of you being oblivious to His presence and to His written word. I default to the later.

Jesus takes over the conversation shortly after joining the disciples but he did not hide his disappointment at His disciples as He rebuked them for being “slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken” Verse 25. In this instance, Jesus is affirming that the answer to human dilemmas lies not in what is yet to be revealed or spoken but in what has already been revealed and spoken in God’s word. As I minister to God’s people I am always amazed at people who “want a word from the Lord”. God has given you Genesis through Revelation. There lies your answer to your finances, your marriage, your healthy, and your destiny.

One would think that Jesus would have told these two disciples straight up, “I am Jesus and I am alive” problem solved. No. Rather he gives to them a remedial teaching. The scriptures state that: “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” Verse 27.  Simply put, Jesus pointed out to the disciples writings and prophecies in the bible, about the Messiah, from Moses right up to the last prophet, making the end of the Old Testament. When God has addressed a human concern in the scriptures, He is under not obligation to do extra. Just refer to the two contracts. The Old Contract or known as the Old Testament, and the New Contract also called the New Testament. It was ignoring what had been written that put the disciples in state of confusion.

Finally Jesus broke bread, blessed it and gave it to His disciples, and just then their eyes were opened and they recognized that it was Jesus. It is not by coincidence that when Jesus met a human need, their eyes were opened and they recognized Him. Sadly, Religion introduced to us a God who is detached from human needs. Religious  folks were busy calling Jesus a sinner but to the man whose eyes Jesus had opened, Jesus was a prophet. John 9:24-25 ”

24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.

25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.”

My prayer is that Jesus opens your eyes to know whom He truly is.

To receive Jesus in your heart today, I invite you to repeat this prayer  aloud:

Dear Father, I come to you in the name of your son Jesus Christ. I confess that Jesus is Lord, God and Savior. I am sorry for my sins. I repent and turn away from my sins. I ask for total forgiveness and for the blood of Jesus to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Today I am born again. I am now I child of God. From this day forward I will serve Jesus, the rest of my life. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.

 

Luke 24:13-35King James Version (KJV)

13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.

14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.

15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.

16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?

18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?

19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:

20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.

21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;

23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.

24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.

25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.

29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.

30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.

31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,

34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.

35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

Retrieved 04/14/17 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2024:13-35&version=KJV

 

God’s will for all mankind – The Salvation of mankind 12:

I suggest that you read blog 11 first by clicking here.


God’s Plan for Man Reinstated:  

Satan’s arrive on earth was announced by angels stating that, “terror will come on the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that he has little time.” Revelation 12:12, but Jesus’ arrival on earth was announced by angels as follows:

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

” Luke 2:10-14

 

Why did Jesus – the second Adam – come to earth? He came as a “saviour” of mankind (Luke 2:11). According to Strong’s Concordance, the word Saviour is a Greek word “sotel” explained as follows: Cognate: 4990 sōtr (a masculine noun, derived from 4982 /s, “save”) – properly, the Savior, Jesus Christ who saves believers from their sins and delivers them into His safetySee 4982 (sōzō). It is generally accepted by the Christian community that Jesus came to save mankind from sin. But was this “good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.Luke 2:10, only in respect to soul salvation? Vehemently the answer should be a “no”. Jesus came to (sōzō) mankind. According to Strong’s Concordance, the word (sōzō) is defined as follows: Strong’s #4982: sozo (pronounced sode’-zo)

from a primary sos (contraction for obsolete saos, “safe”); to save, i.e. deliver or protect (literally or figuratively):–heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole. Jesus came to restore that which the first man Adam had lost through sin. A majority of my blogging is going to concentrate on how Jesus came to (sōzō) – save – mankind from sin and its consequences. This will entail soul salvation, bodily healing, and material provision. The three pieces of (sōzō) constitute “wholeness”. Wholeness is clearly demonstrated in Jesus’s encounter with a demon possessed man of a place called Gadarenes. Mark and Luke depict the demented man as inhumanly strong that he could break fetters and chains and no man could restrain him. He was too violent, that no one dared to pass by his proximity. He was naked and cutting himself to bleeding with stones. He lived in the cemetery (in the tombs). Mark 5 & Luke 8. When Jesus met the man, he commanded the demons to come out of the man. The demons left the man and the bible states that they entered into a herd of pigs which the drowned but the man was made whole. When the dwellers of the city came to see the man out of whom Jesus had cast demons, it is stated that, 35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.” Luke 8:35

The man was saved and healed (right mind), and materially provided for (clothed). That is wholeness. Jesus’ atonement on Calvary included more than the forgiveness of sins.

Your sins are forgiven….Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. (To be continued in blog 13)

Model Prayer: Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord. I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead. Dear Jesus, come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. I am sorry for my sins, and I ask you to forgive me, wash me with your blood, and give me your Holy Spirit to teach and guide me. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

If you believed and prayed the above prayer, you are now a born again child of God.

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