WHAT IS THE BIBLE?

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Torah was life to Israel

DAVID HAD PRAYER, AND HE HAD JESUS TOO.

He knew about the patriarchs of Israel by written or oral lessons.  The word is our bible, but it also is Jesus.  David would reveal a prophetic understanding of his Messiah in his Psalms later.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  John 1:14

WHAT IS THE BIBLE?

It is the measure of what is fair in the eyes of God.  Would it be fair for God to judge man without giving him a fair unit of measure?  How can I play this game called life if I don’t know the rules?  God is obliged to give us a standard that survives through all ages of time.  He is not harsh, and offers grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  Even God’s own perfect law could only bring death, and any new law is man-made and even more given to failure.

The bible is the documentation of where time is taking us.  Archeology is proving that the bible stories have physical evidence.  The stories in the bible reported predictions that history has been proving to be accurate.  Daniel predicted the Greek and Roman conquests, and other prophets named the king of Persia that freed the Jews.  The Bible is our roadmap through the past, present, and future.

The bible is called “The Living Word” because Jesus lives through its teachings.  He reveals himself to the faithful reader by personal inspiration.  As he inspired the writers, he inspires the readers by bringing the words alive in their daily experiences.  His life is represented by the acts of all the faithful of both Testaments.  His coming is announced often and clearly in the Old Testament, and confirmed in the New Testament.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  John 1: 1-5

The word was God.  The bible is God.  He (the Word) made all of creation.

He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  John 1: 10-12

He was created in this world, and we didn’t know him.  His own people rejected him, but he rewarded many who accepted him, who believed his name.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.  And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.  John 1: 14-17

John gave this testimony that Jesus was the word of God made in flesh.  The Word IS Jesus, giving us grace from the punishment of legalistic religions.  Not even God’s own perfect Law could do that.  The Old Testament is the testimony of man’s inability to please God by his own effort to follow rules.  The New Testament is the testimony of our need for God to give us grace by faith in Jesus.  These written words are his personal gift of life to lost mankind.  The words are his life, and they are him.  He IS the Bible, living in our world and in our lives today.  He and his Word live in the hearts of men today:

Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:  Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.  2 Corinthians 3: 2-3

Paul knew that his words were part of God’s inspired teaching, and that those words would live in the hearts of men, not just on dead pages of text.  The world sees the actions of faith, not the words.

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?  James 2: 18-20

A few people with faith manifested in their deeds changed the world; they are the bible, and they are Jesus in our world today.  The word is living in them, and they are living in him.  Are you him?  If you are still reading this bible study you may be one of his people.  Not everyone can understand or enjoy the words of the bible, only those he has invited.

The Bible is our road map to life

Know where we are in time by the signs.

The Bible is a filter to separate the sheep from the goats. 

God cannot give power to rebels or the battle with Satan will be repeated.  Man is to get more power than those angels had!

The Bible is the spiritual training manual for the Army of God

We have spiritual weapons training available to us now, a greater power than carnal warfare.

The Bible is the entrance exam for the real life

Unimagined opportunity is available on the other side of the veil; the real life is eternal; unlimited by time.

The Bible is Jesus

His life is completely contained in his word for our example.

The Bible is you…whosoever will.

He wants his word written on your heart, in your deeds, so you become mature sons of God.  You then become the bible living for others to read by your deeds.  Are you willing?

A GOOD INOFFENSIVE OFFENSE

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Broadway Cave reportedly hosted a gunfight, probably more fools looking for the Peralta's gold mine.

SERVICE TO OTHERS

While David is besieged by Saul Israel is still plagued by the Philistines.  David seeks direction about the plight of his people.

Then they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the  threshingfloors. Therefore David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.  And David’s men said unto him, Behold, we be afraid here in Judah: how much more then if we come to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?  Then David enquired of the LORD yet again. And the LORD answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand.  So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.  1 Samuel 23:1-5

Why should we be afraid of the Philistines if we are already threatened by Saul?  So David seeks God for direction.  Prayer gives them an answer from God to rescue Keilah.  Even though he did a good deed, he senses something wrong.

And it came to pass, when Abiathar the son of Ahimelech fled to David to Keilah, that he came down with an ephod in his hand.  And it was told Saul that David was come to Keilah. And Saul said, God hath delivered him into mine hand; for he is shut in, by entering into a town that hath gates and bars.  And Saul called all the people together to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David and his men.  And David knew that Saul secretly practised mischief against him; and he said to Abiathar the priest, Bring hither the ephod.  Then said David, O LORD God of Israel, thy servant hath certainly heard that Saul seeketh to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake.  Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? will Saul come down, as thy servant hath heard? O LORD God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy servant. And the LORD said, He will come down.  Then said David, Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul? And the LORD said, They will deliver thee up.  1 Samuel 23:6-12

The son of the priest had an ephod, which was then empowered in prophetic direction.  Sensing dark plots from Saul, David requested the aid of the priest in getting direction from the Lord.  He discovered a conspiracy from the city of Keilah in time to escape from them.  He saved them from the Philistines, but they would give him to Saul if pressed. 

David had his prayer life, and he still turned to the priest for help in his relationship with God.  He had the three stranded cord of fellowship in prayer, scripture, and godly counsel.  The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are still delivering miracles today too.  I have my personal experiences with dramatic revelation, and many others continue to see miracles today. 

Saul had the prophesy of his future, and tried to rebel against God to prevent the fulfillment.  He rejected the Father, disbelieved the Word, and slew the priests of the Holy Spirit.  In spiritual warfare the strength of a man will fail.

Then David and his men, which were about six hundred, arose and departed out of Keilah, and went whithersoever they could go. And it was told Saul that David was escaped from Keilah; and he forbare to go forth.  And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his hand.  And David saw that Saul was come out to seek his life: and David was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood.  And Jonathan Saul’s son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.  And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee; and that also Saul my father knoweth.  And they two made a covenant before the LORD: and David abode in the wood, and Jonathan went to his house.  1 Samuel 23:13-18

David delivered his followers from the traitors, and sheltered them in the wilderness.  Jonathan left Saul’s camp to comfort this friend David.  God has a faithful remnant in every situation, and godly fellowship is a source of anointed strength.  More demonic activity is moving towards them again. 

Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself with us in strong holds in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which is on the south of Jeshimon?  Now therefore, O king, come down according to all the desire of thy soul to come down; and our part shall be to deliver him into the king’s hand.  And Saul said, Blessed be ye of the LORD; for ye have compassion on me.  Go, I pray you, prepare yet, and know and see his place where his haunt is, and who hath seen him there: for it is told me that he dealeth very subtilly.  See therefore, and take knowledge of all the lurking places where he hideth himself, and come ye again to me with the certainty, and I will go with you: and it shall come to pass, if he be in the land, that I will search him out throughout all the thousands of Judah.  And they arose, and went to Ziph before Saul: but David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the plain on the south of Jeshimon.  1 Samuel 23:19-24

The people of Ziph kiss up to Saul, betraying David.  He tells them they are blessed of the Lord.  If the man who kills the priests and their families blesses you, run.  He tells them to spy out David’s hiding place, but he has already escaped again.

Saul also and his men went to seek him. And they told David; wherefore he came down into a rock, and abode in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard that, he pursued after David in the wilderness of Maon.  And Saul went on this side of the mountain, and David and his men on that side of the mountain: and David made haste to get away for fear of Saul; for Saul and his men compassed David and his men round about to take them.  But there came a messenger unto Saul, saying, Haste thee, and come; for the Philistines have invaded the land.  Wherefore Saul returned from pursuing after David, and went against the Philistines: therefore they called that place Selahammahlekoth.  And David went up from thence, and dwelt in strong holds at Engedi.  1 Samuel 23:25-29

Just when they are surrounded Saul gets an urgent call to battle the Philistines.  They are saved again.  Such a coincidence?  Not!!

And it came to pass, when Saul was returned from following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying, Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.  Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats.  And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.  And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily.  1 Samuel 24:1-4

After chasing the Philistines Saul pick up the trail again in the hills of Engedi.  Saul stopped in a cave to adjust his footwear.  David and his men were just out of sight in the cave and they reminded him that God would let him have is way with Saul.  David had his way, not the way his men may have expected.  Was Saul asleep or preoccupied that David could slice part of his clothing off? 

And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt.  And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’s anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.  So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.  1 Samuel 24:5-7

David did no harm to Saul, but even the act of disrespect grieved him.  He ordered his men to not harm the Lords anointed King.  Then he revealed himself to Saul, a dangerous step.

David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.   And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men’s words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?  Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD’s anointed.  Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.  The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.  As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.  After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea.  The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.  1 Samuel 24:8-15 

David demonstrates the mercy Jesus would call us to later.  He allows vengeance only for God, and stands on the proverbs of wisdom, not on carnal anger.  This is a response inspired by the Holy Spirit, and the demonic voices cannot abide in the place where God has declared his power.  Saul is without demonic influence in this moment.

And it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these words unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept.  And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.  And thou hast shewed this day how that thou hast dealt well with me: forasmuch as when the LORD had delivered me into thine hand, thou killedst me not.  For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore the LORD reward thee good for that thou hast done unto me this day.  And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine hand.  Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father’s house.  And David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men gat them up unto the hold. 1 Samuel 24:16-22

In a balanced relationship with the Trinity God, a spiritual warfare is more powerful than any carnal weapon.  This journey through the bible is still young, but it has been proven to this day, and will stand at the last prophetic event.  Yeshua is true. 

DELIVERED TO BETRAYAL

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Miners fleeing the Apaches were carrying their gold up the mountain...did they consider letting it go?

DAVID SEEKS HIS LIFE;  SURVIVAL

Saul is fleeing God by hanging on to this kingdom, pursuing David.  David has needs and seeks help.

Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said unto him, Why art thou alone, and no man with thee?  And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man know any thing of the business whereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded thee: and I have appointed my servants to such and such a place.  Now therefore what is under thine hand? give me five loaves of bread in mine hand, or what there is present.  1 Samuel 21:1-3

Ahimelech is getting red flags about David, so folks know the King is on his case.  David resorts to a fib to calm his concerns, which it probably doesn’t.  David is looking for survival supplies. 

And the priest answered David, and said, There is no common bread under mine hand, but there is hallowed bread; if the young men have kept themselves at least from women.  And David answered the priest, and said unto him, Of a truth women have been kept from us about these three days, since I came out, and the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in a manner common, yea, though it were sanctified this day in the vessel.  So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread there but the shewbread, that was taken from before the LORD, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.  1 Samuel 21:4-6

David and his men take consecrated bread, and this act will be remembered many generations later.  David was used to prepare a lesson for the Pharisees who sought to trap Jesus in his day.

At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat.  But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.  But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;  How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?  Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?  But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.  But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.  For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.  Matthew 12:1-8

Jesus was the Lord of the Sabbath then and in David’s day too.  He was guiding the destiny of David and the world long before the world could recognize the spiritual warfare going on around us.  The enemy was not so well concealed.

Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the LORD; and his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Saul.  And David said unto Ahimelech, And is there not here under thine hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king’s business required haste.  And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take it: for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is none like that; give it me.  And David arose and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.  1 Samuel 21:7-10 

An Edomite, descended from Esau was not dedicated to the Lord, and witnessed the events of this day.  David armed himself and went to seek shelter elsewhere.

And the servants of Achish said unto him, Is not this David the king of the land? did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands?  And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath.  And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.  Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore then have ye brought him to me?  Have I need of mad men, that ye have brought this fellow to play the mad man in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house?  1 Samuel 21:11-15

David’s reputation may place him at risk among potential enemies of Israel.  He is aware of the danger and feigns insanity to escape this king, as he had evaded the javelins of Saul.

David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him.  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.  And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab: and he said unto the king of Moab, Let my father and my mother, I pray thee, come forth, and be with you, till I know what God will do for me.  And he brought them before the king of Moab: and they dwelt with him all the while that David was in the hold.  And the prophet Gad said unto David, Abide not in the hold; depart, and get thee into the land of Judah. Then David departed, and came into the forest of Hareth.  1 Samuel 22:1-5

Israel was warned by Samuel of the king they desired who would take the best of their crops and men.  So now many were discontented with Saul, and joined David.  He found temporary sanctuary in Moab, but was again warned to move on.  Saul is pursuing, and brooding about David, imagining conspiracies.

When Saul heard that David was discovered, and the men that were with him, (now Saul abode in Gibeah under a tree in Ramah, having his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standing about him;)  Then Saul said unto his servants that stood about him, Hear now, ye Benjamites; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, and make you all captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds;  That all of you have conspired against me, and there is none that sheweth me that my son hath made a league with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you that is sorry for me, or sheweth unto me that my son hath stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?  Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which was set over the servants of Saul, and said, I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub.  And he enquired of the LORD for him, and gave him victuals, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.  1 Samuel 22:6-10

Our Edomite is a descendant of Essau, and they will be trouble for Israel again.  This one is trouble for David and for the priest who helped him. 

Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father’s house, the priests that were in Nob: and they came all of them to the king.  And Saul said, Hear now, thou son of Ahitub. And he answered, Here I am, my lord.  And Saul said unto him, Why have ye conspired against me, thou and the son of Jesse, in that thou hast given him bread, and a sword, and hast enquired of God for him, that he should rise against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?  Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so faithful among all thy servants as David, which is the king’s son in law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is honourable in thine house?  Did I then begin to enquire of God for him? be it far from me: let not the king impute any thing unto his servant, nor to all the house of my father: for thy servant knew nothing of all this, less or more.  1 Samuel 22:11-15

Ahimilech made a decision to serve righteousness at any cost.  There will always be a few who will not compromise, as there were a few who spoke against Hitler.  David was fleeing from Saul, but Saul was fleeing from God.  Ahimilech chose to fear God more than man. 

And the king said, Thou shalt surely die, Ahimelech, thou, and all thy father’s house.  And the king said unto the footmen that stood about him, Turn, and slay the priests of the LORD: because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled, and did not shew it to me. But the servants of the king would not put forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the LORD.  And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen ephod.  And Nob, the city of the priests, smote he with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and sucklings, and oxen, and asses, and sheep, with the edge of the sword.  1 Samuel 22:16-19

Saul the man deepened his sin by ordering the slaying the priest of God.  But Saul’s servants would not do what the Edomite would do against God.  Women and children and animals were slain by Doeg, but a few escaped.  (I think Doeg was a male form of “Beatch”)

And one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped, and fled after David.  And Abiathar shewed David that Saul had slain the LORD’s priests.  And David said unto Abiathar, I knew it that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul: I have occasioned the death of all the persons of thy father’s house.  Abide thou with me, fear not: for he that seeketh my life seeketh thy life: but with me thou shalt be in safeguard.  1 Samuel 22:20-23

David knew what would happen, as often we do have a revelation from God.  My wife and I witnessed or experienced premonitions or warnings of coming events.  This same God is still in relationship with us today.  Having assurance of God’s hand does not remove all grief for loss of life though.  David offered protection to these survivors as some comfort for their loss.  They would be part of the camp of David, and share the peace of his God as his destiny prospered in the years ahead.  Someone else would be in the Doeg house. 

PERFECT BALANCE

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LEAP Spaceplane Concept

DAVID KNEW GOD AND FOUND REVELATION AND GUIDANCE FROM THEIR RELATIONSHIP.  THIS REQUIRES BALANCE.

I am designing a small aircraft that combines two planes into a third combined vehicle.  For this to work it has to have perfect balance in all three configurations.  If successful, it may offer a replacement for the now ended space shuttle vehicles.  If not, it may make a great smoking hole in the desert!  Perfect balance is the key to our daily lives too.

HOW CAN WE ACHIEVE PERFECT BALANCE?  

The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost represent God in ways that we can approach for growth.

JESUS TAUGHT US TO PRAY TO GOD THE FATHER.

And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Luke 11:2

THE SON IS THE BIBLE.

So when we spend time in prayer, we are in fellowship with God the FatherJesus is known as “The Word” As his life is completely revealed in scripture; we can have fellowship with Jesus, The Son, by study of the scriptures.

THE HOLY GHOST DWELLS IN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP,

He offers us encouragement.  We can help others as the Holy Spirit leads us.  Our praying pastors are anointed to bring understanding through teaching and preaching.  Others may have experience and understanding to help us with our daily struggles. Those who do not know Jesus do not have the understanding of the Holy Ghost to encourage you.  Regular Christian fellowship is the key to Holy Ghost understanding.

PRAYER, BIBLE STUDY, AND CHURCH ATTENDANCE are the keys to a balanced relationship with the FATHER, SON, AND HOLY GHOST.  Each day can offer parts of this balance if we give up a little of our time.     Finding that time is a bit like prospering through tithing.  Our faith is tested by offering the little we have, then God can multiply what we have left over.  Our daily schedule is more productive when we have this balance.  God gives us inner peace that will survive in the midst of any battle.  Christ confidence puts more spring in your step, and moves us efficiently through our day.

We can have this balance in our Christian gatherings as well.  Royal Ranger youth meetings open with prayer and a brief Bible study.  The activity often led the boys through applications of those scriptures.  Then a devotional study could review the meeting activities, or apply a personal experience to the lesson.  Hikes or camping can begin and end in prayer and reflection.  It all allows the balance for Trinity fellowship.

This means that we need never be deprived of balance, as buildings are not needed for trinity fellowship.  In times of war or natural disaster we can gather anywhere in the name of Jesus, and he will be there to complete us.  The church or other gathering place allows us to maintain relationship with Father Son and Holy Ghost.

When God calls his sheep out of darkness, they come to the gathering as walking wounded.  They need the security of the fort during a time of spiritual hospitalization.  As we grow in faith and knowledge, we want to share with others.  Our prayer and sharing awakens others who served the darkness until they see the light.  Our outreach is like the armies that leave the castle to make spiritual warfare in enemy territory.

We need to be on the spiritual attack, but we can’t succeed without training.  The church has to be a place of security for that healing and re-training.  We need to guard the inner group against infiltration.  Of course the church has been infiltrated from the beginning.  The epistles teach us how to sort and shield the sheep in the New Testament church.  God gave us examples and solutions to any problem that may come against us in scripture.

During the training experience we can draw from the trinity for balanced discernment of right and wrong.  You will find that God allows small evils to help your learning.  Look for his help from prayer, scripture, and Christian counsel.

As we grow you may see greater challenges and opportunities in your daily life.  The spiritual vision God gives you will allow you to go on bold raids into the territories of the darkness.  You will engage in bold exploits:

And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.  Daniel 11:32

We should guard against unbalanced teachings because they do not fully try the spirits that tempt us.  Prayer gives you God’s direction to guide your day.  Bible knowledge tests our thought life against stray spirits and temptation.  Church attendance provides experienced guidance and opportunities to encourage others.  This is a three strand rope, wound together for the strength to bind powers and principalities.

David has been in prayer during his crisis, as shown by the Psalms.  He prophesied about Messiah, and lived according to the scriptures that represent the will and way of the son of God.  He related to those who knew God and lived without fear of man for godly felowship.  Lets see how this worked for him.

KINGDOM BONDING

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Beginning the Massacre Grounds trail seems like an innocent walk, a typical day, but may bring challenges

Friendship gives David an ally and a spy in the inner circle.  Could Saul see the demons pursuing him yet? 

And David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before Jonathan, What have I done? what is mine iniquity? and what is my sin before thy father, that he seeketh my life?  And he said unto him, God forbid; thou shalt not die: behold, my father will do nothing either great or small, but that he will shew it me: and why should my father hide this thing from me? it is not so.  And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me and death.  Then said Jonathan unto David, Whatsoever thy soul desireth, I will even do it for thee.  1 Samuel 20:1-4

David wonders if he is to blame.  So rape victims wonder if they provoked their attacker by some gesture or mannerism.  There are men who act by the suggestion of spirits outside their own mind and control.  Jesus asked God to forgive them for they know not what they do.  Jonathan knew his father still confided in him though.  He was ready to save his friend.

Jonathan has endured his father’s bad decisions for a while.  He knows that everything is not all right with Saul.  He also knows his father in heaven and has served with great faith in God.  He knows his father will still tell him his thoughts openly, and he will relay the information because he knows David as a brother in the Lord.  These two have the kind of bond that warriors share after facing death, and more so in knowing that the living God has reaffirmed their faith. 

And David said unto Jonathan, Behold, to morrow is the new moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king at meat: but let me go, that I may hide myself in the field unto the third day at even.  If thy father at all miss me, then say, David earnestly asked leave of me that he might run to Bethlehem his city: for there is a yearly sacrifice there for all the family.  If he say thus, It is well; thy servant shall have peace: but if he be very wroth, then be sure that evil is determined by him.  Therefore thou shalt deal kindly with thy servant; for thou hast brought thy servant into a covenant of the LORD with thee: notwithstanding, if there be in me iniquity, slay me thyself; for why shouldest thou bring me to thy father?  And Jonathan said, Far be it from thee: for if I knew certainly that evil were determined by my father to come upon thee, then would not I tell it thee?  1 Samuel 20:5-9

If Saul respects an act of faith, he will not be angry at David’s absence.  Anger will betray the evil intentions of one who is not a respecter of God.  Saul’s real war is with God, even more than his servant David.  David would rather be slain by a friend than an enemy, but Jonathan will have no part of that.  He will warn his friend.

Then said David to Jonathan, Who shall tell me? or what if thy father answer thee roughly?  And Jonathan said unto David, Come, and let us go out into the field. And they went out both of them into the field.  And Jonathan said unto David, O LORD God of Israel, when I have sounded my father about to morrow any time, or the third day, and, behold, if there be good toward David, and I then send not unto thee, and shew it thee;  The LORD do so and much more to Jonathan: but if it please my father to do thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and send thee away, that thou mayest go in peace: and the LORD be with thee, as he hath been with my father.  And thou shalt not only while yet I live shew me the kindness of the LORD, that I die not:  But also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness from my house for ever: no, not when the LORD hath cut off the enemies of David every one from the face of the earth.   So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, Let the LORD even require it at the hand of David’s enemies.  And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.  1 Samuel 20:10-17

Jonathan risks his life to tell David if he is in danger, and their households will be bound forever in their agreement.  They plan a way to deliver the message in a coded pattern of actions they alone will understand.

Then Jonathan said to David, To morrow is the new moon: and thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty.  And when thou hast stayed three days, then thou shalt go down quickly, and come to the place where thou didst hide thyself when the business was in hand, and shalt remain by the stone Ezel.  And I will shoot three arrows on the side thereof, as though I shot at a mark.  And, behold, I will send a lad, saying, Go, find out the arrows. If I expressly say unto the lad, Behold, the arrows are on this side of thee, take them; then come thou: for there is peace to thee, and no hurt; as the LORD liveth.  But if I say thus unto the young man, Behold, the arrows are beyond thee; go thy way: for the LORD hath sent thee away.  And as touching the matter which thou and I have spoken of, behold, the LORD be between thee and me for ever.  1 Samuel 20:18-23

The signals are set, and David will be hidden in place to get the results of this investigation at the appointed time.

So David hid himself in the field: and when the new moon was come, the king sat him down to eat meat.  And the king sat upon his seat, as at other times, even upon a seat by the wall: and Jonathan arose, and Abner sat by Saul’s side, and David’s place was empty.  Nevertheless Saul spake not any thing that day: for he thought, Something hath befallen him, he is not clean; surely he is not clean.  1 Samuel 20:24-26

Saul notices David’s absence, but expects an accident may have come as a result of some misdeed or other mischief.  He has no comment for now, satisfied to let suspicion and false accusation brew in his troubled mind.  If our conscience is not clean, do we see the fault as a neighbor’s sin?  That worked for Cain, and it seems good enough for Saul here.

And it came to pass on the morrow, which was the second day of the month, that David’s place was empty: and Saul said unto Jonathan his son, Wherefore cometh not the son of Jesse to meat, neither yesterday, nor to day?  And Jonathan answered Saul, David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem:  And he said, Let me go, I pray thee; for our family hath a sacrifice in the city; and my brother, he hath commanded me to be there: and now, if I have found favour in thine eyes, let me get away, I pray thee, and see my brethren. Therefore he cometh not unto the king’s table.  Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother’s nakedness?  For as long as the son of Jesse liveth upon the ground, thou shalt not be established, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now send and fetch him unto me, for he shall surely die.  And Jonathan answered Saul his father, and said unto him, Wherefore shall he be slain? what hath he done?  And Saul cast a javelin at him to smite him: whereby Jonathan knew that it was determined of his father to slay David.  So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and did eat no meat the second day of the month: for he was grieved for David, because his father had done him shame.  1 Samuel 20:27-34

So Saul prophesies again, revealing the destiny of David to preempt Jonathan from inheriting the kingdom of Israel.  But Jonathan has chosen to inherit the kingdom of God instead.  Saul blames his wife along with Jonathan, being in denial about his own guilt in these events.  Here is a carnal warfare with the spiritual inspiration stripped naked.  We can see the demonic influence that has changed a godly king into a violent enemy of God.  Saul has been mutated into a violent attack against his own son.  Jonathan is angered, but not provoked to sin against David, God, or his father.  He fasts and prepares his response to David.

And it came to pass in the morning, that Jonathan went out into the field at the time appointed with David, and a little lad with him.  And he said unto his lad, Run, find out now the arrows which I shoot. And as the lad ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.  And when the lad was come to the place of the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jonathan cried after the lad, and said, Is not the arrow beyond thee?  And Jonathan cried after the lad, Make speed, haste, stay not. And Jonathan’s lad gathered up the arrows, and came to his master.  But the lad knew not any thing: only Jonathan and David knew the matter.  And Jonathan gave his artillery unto his lad, and said unto him, Go, carry them to the city.  And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded.  And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever. And he arose and departed: and Jonathan went into the city.  1 Samuel 20:35-42

While the New Testament requires our obedience to authorities, there are authorities that reject obedience to God.  David and Jonathan are engaged in a civil obedience to spare the life of an innocent man.  These are the kinds of trials that inspired David’s Psalms which give us confidence in our own trials today.  We will witness the peace that belongs to a righteous man in his hour of crisis.

PAIR OF ACES

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Fleeing the Apaches near Superstition Mountain, the Peralta miners may have looked behind at their pursuers here

PROSPERING TO PERIL

David found a friend in the valiant Prince who was Jonathan.  Saul continued towards his destiny.

And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.  And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.  Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.  And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.  And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.  1 Samuel 18:1-5

So Saul keeps David around the court, and Jonathan bonds with him as a best friend.  He prospers in everything that he is doing, including some things he didn’t expect.

And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.  And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.  And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?  And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.  And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.  And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.  And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.  Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.  1 Samuel 18:6-13

So Saul is jealous of what the girls are saying, and makes a prophetic remark about losing his kingdom to David.  Again the violent spirit comes over him, even as David is playing his music.  David evades harm, but Saul flips again and promotes him to leadership! 

And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.  Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him.  But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.  And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife: only be thou valiant for me, and fight the LORD’s battles. For Saul said, Let not mine hand be upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him.  And David said unto Saul, Who am I? and what is my life, or my father’s family in Israel, that I should be son in law to the king?  But it came to pass at the time when Merab Saul’s daughter should have been given to David, that she was given unto Adriel the Meholathite to wife.  1 Samuel 18:14-19

So now Saul flips again, offering his daughter to David only if he risks his life in battle for her.  Such a deal!  Is Saul a real Jew or what?  Jesus wants us to be a different kind of Jew.  However one of the girls who admired David was Saul’s youngest daughter.

And Michal Saul’s daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him.  And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou shalt this day be my son in law in the one of the twain.  And Saul commanded his servants, saying, Commune with David secretly, and say, Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee: now therefore be the king’s son in law.  And Saul’s servants spake those words in the ears of David. And David said, Seemeth it to you a light thing to be a king’s son in law, seeing that I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed?  And the servants of Saul told him, saying, On this manner spake David.  And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David, The king desireth not any dowry, but an hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the king’s enemies. But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.  1 Samuel 18:20-25

Such a deal!  Hey, no payment is necessary except the proof you have killed a hundred enemy soldiers.  Take a suicide mission, and be degraded to handle and cut their foreskins, and sure, you can marry my daughter!  Now that’s a real HEEL deal.  But does this give David cause to pause?  Nope…

And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king’s son in law: and the days were not expired.  Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that he might be the king’s son in law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife.  And Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal Saul’s daughter loved him.  And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David’s enemy continually.  Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by.  1 Samuel 18:26-30

David doubles the order with zeal, two hundred nasty heathen skins.  He was glad to have Michal, and to be the king’s son, and brother in-law to Jonathan.  One big happy family, except Saul who saw the hand of God against him.  A wounded animal is a dangerous beast.  Jesus prepared the disciples for such a world in their time:

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.  Matthew 10:16

Saul lived up to all these warnings too; ordering others to join his hatred.  Is there a pattern from Satan that we cannot be content to go to hell alone?  The godly are often alone in their walk for at least a season though.

And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David.  But Jonathan Saul’s son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself:  And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where thou art, and I will commune with my father of thee; and what I see, that I will tell thee.  And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to thee-ward very good:  For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the LORD wrought a great salvation for all Israel: thou sawest it, and didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?  And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan: and Saul sware, As the LORD liveth, he shall not be slain.  1 Samuel 19:1-6

God has a remnant in the enemy camp and even in the king’s own household.  Jonathan intervenes for this friend.  For a season David has peace until God blesses him in battle again.  A dark spirit can’t stand too much light.

And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan shewed him all those things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence, as in times past.  And there was war again: and David went out, and fought with the Philistines, and slew them with a great slaughter; and they fled from him.  And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand.  And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin: but he slipped away out of Saul’s presence, and he smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that night.  1 Samuel 19:7-10

David was not slow, he was fast enough to get the message without getting the point…of the javelin that is.  Saul missed the point that God was with David, and seeks to finish what he started.

Saul also sent messengers unto David’s house, to watch him, and to slay him in the morning: and Michal David’s wife told him, saying, If thou save not thy life to night, to morrow thou shalt be slain.  So Michal let David down through a window: and he went, and fled, and escaped.  And Michal took an image, and laid it in the bed, and put a pillow of goats’ hair for his bolster, and covered it with a cloth.  And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, He is sick.  And Saul sent the messengers again to see David, saying, Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may slay him.  And when the messengers were come in, behold, there was an image in the bed, with a pillow of goats’ hair for his bolster.  1 Samuel 19:11-16

David is no dummy, but his wife uses a dummy to fool Saul.  She is willing to fool him again when she is caught though.

And Saul said unto Michal, Why hast thou deceived me so, and sent away mine enemy, that he is escaped? And Michal answered Saul, He said unto me, Let me go; why should I kill thee?  So David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth.  And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah.  1 Samuel 19:17-19

Michal claims that David threatened her life to effect his escape.  Someone betrays David’s location to Saul, and the hunt is on.  They find David among the prophets.

And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.  And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also.  Then went he also to Ramah, and came to a great well that is in Sechu: and he asked and said, Where are Samuel and David? And one said, Behold, they be at Naioth in Ramah.  And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah.  And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?  1 Samuel 19:20-24

So the Holy Ghost filled Saul’s posse, and they became prophets themselves, moved to speak only the words that God directed them to say.  The next reinforcements were also converted to spiritual obedience.  Finally Saul himself goes, and he too is overcome by the Spirit of God.  As in his youth, he prophesies but this time he is compelled to strip naked.  This is not the same spirit of prophesy that we expect of a godly prophet.  He is humbled by the power of the Lord. 

BATTLE PLAN OF GOD

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David was a warrior, and there are still spiritual warriors today.  Consider the plan:

WHAT IS THE BATTLE PLAN OF GOD?

We can see events in the Middle East heating up towards a great conflict that has been predicted for many millennia.  But even daily life brings many challenges and threats.  There is a spiritual war coming against you even if you don’t want to be part of it.  We will face real physical threats; crime, disasters and military warfare.  How can you have peace in the middle of a war?

RIGHT IN FRONT OF US

God is not unfair, and the church has an organized training plan.  THE BIBLE teaches our hands how to do warfare God’s way.  It even explains the principles by military examples.  The Old Testament warfare is given as a carnal example that our minds can understand.  Jesus pointed to a Roman soldier as having more faith than anyone is Israel.  The armor of faith is a real source of victory.

OUTLINED BY GROWTH STEPS

Adam discovered the war that sin brings into our life.  Abraham was called to form a new nation.  His family grew into an army over many years.  Moses organized divisions and commanders for each tribe.  The patriarchs demonstrated the steps every new Christian will take in their growth.  They recognized and acknowledged the Messiah even before his New Testament revelation.  Our organization is detailed in the growth of the church, and recorded in these scriptures.

LESSONS FOR OUR LIMITED LEARNING ABILITY

We can’t understand the depth of a Godly relationship without the intimacy of a faithful marriage relationship.  We don’t know the love he has for us until we see the bride of Christ revealed in the Song of Solomon.  We need to experience the horrors of carnal war to recognize the seriousness of the spiritual warfare that surrounds us.  We have to pray against the darkness with the same faith and determination David brought against the Philistines.  We war against spiritual powers and principalities even when carnal war is at our doorstep.

GOD USES MAN: WE ARE PARTICIPANTS…BEGIN TO CARE FOR OTHERS

We have our orders from these scriptures.  We are called to be watchmen in the tower, accountable for any who are slain if we fail to sound the alarm.  As watchmen we observe the peril of our brethren, and direct the army to protect our neighbors.  We have to care about others, and call to God to help them.  We are the forward observers for the artillery of heaven.  God can save his people without us, but he wants to share the experience of caring for others.  He is preparing us for a greater role to come.

CARNAL WAR TEARS FLESH, SPIRITUAL WAR TEARS THE DEMONS BEHIND THE FLESH

How often do we turn away souls by angry words?  We can’t set an example of longsuffering and patience if we can’t forgive.  We have been given the tools of prayer to attack the spirits that cause the bad behavior.  This is the hardest trial; to resist war with the person and focus on war with the spirit that drives the person.  We can pray for our neighbors while binding the demonic forces that drive them.

PUT ASIDE CHILDISH THINGS

Spiritual warfare is not weak.  Rees Howells* demonstrated the power of prayer to change the course of the Second World War.  The weapons being developed by Germany are still high tech in this age.  We were facing a serious threat in that war.  However we Christians have access to the power that created the universe.  How can a mere atomic bomb compare to that?  Carnal warfare cannot stand in the face of our God.  With the birth of Israel we see the great tribulation battlefield shaping up.  Are we ready to roll out the real weapons?

CARNAL WORLD IS HOLLYWOOD BAALAM

We see the world influenced by many media forms that all point to the ungodly norm.  Balaam brought temptation to undermine Israel in his day.  It cost him, and others who challenge the church to this day.  The church may try to use the same modern media to fight back, but the world is skilled with their own tools.  We do not reach as far with those methods as the enemy does.

SPIRITUAL NEEDS NO MEDIA OR BUILDINGS

Jesus had no sound system or buildings.  You may find his tools to be more effective than technology.  His words still present themselves well in personal groups, even around a campfire.  Surround your audience with the wilderness night skies to reveal the glory of his creation.  A tent or a cabin in the state park can provide a distraction free retreat.  The bible delivers the bread of life, the voice that his sheep know as their master.  We are here to train God’s chosen, so the word is what separates the sheep from the goats.  Those who come to hear more are the ones you want to reach.  The bible is more than just words.

NO INTERNET OR RADIOS:  PRAYER

The internet can be a good tool, as the printing press was.  It can also be misused as other media have been.  But we do not need phone calls or e-mails for communication with God.  When I was in the Army, artillery was requested by forward observers.  Prayer is your radio to call for support from the batteries of heaven.  Watch over your friends, and detect the work of the spirit enemies of God.  We can pray against the spirits that fell with Lucifer.  We are expected to oppose those spirits without mercy.

TRAIN LEADERS FIRST, THEN CHILDREN

Our seniors should bring years of experience and spiritual maturity.  If they have been trained in Christian behavior, their example is the foundation of teaching for the younger leaders.  The bible will provide role models for every generation.

TRINITY BALANCE

  1. FATHER=PRAYER

God is the commander in chief, and has an open door for you at all times

  1. SON=BIBLE

The battle maps are already complete for you to study.  The patriarchs led the way.

  1. HOLY GHOST=CHRISTIAN UNITY

The spirit is the signal corps of heaven, sharing the messages of faith with all.  Tune in godly love to receive his instructions.

 

*Rees Howells Intercessor

By Grubb Norman Percy

Publisher: CLC Ministries

http://www.byfaith.co.uk/paulreeshowells.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54SCONmXi4I

http://prayerfoundation.org/books/book_review_rees_howells_intercessor.htm

Onward, Christian soldiers

1.         Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,

with the cross of Jesus going on before.

Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;

forward into battle see his banners go!

Refrain:

Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,

with the cross of Jesus going on before.

 

2.         At the sign of triumph Satan’s host doth flee;

on then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!

Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise;

brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.

(Refrain)

 

3.         Like a mighty army moves the church of God;

brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.

We are not divided, all one body we,

one in hope and doctrine, one in charity.

(Refrain)

 

4.         Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,

but the church of Jesus constant will remain.

Gates of hell can never gainst that church prevail;

we have Christ’s own promise, and that cannot fail.

(Refrain)

 

5.         Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,

blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.

Glory, laud, and honor unto Christ the King,

this through countless ages men and angels sing.

(Refrain)

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