Falling…From Rev. P. K. Minister

What makes a man work ’til his kids get too old to kiss and hug
Keep on climbing that imaginary mountain when is enough, enough
What makes a man build a kingdom only to lose his woman
How high is too high How big is too big
How far will we go just to slip off the edge?

Yeah, we all fall down
Life takes us out
The sky starts spinning
When our heads get above the clouds
The higher we fly the harder it feels when we hit the ground

Chorus
Yeah, we all fall down
Yeah, we all fall down

How does a man pick himself up when he’s let himself down
Tell me where does he find the courage to turn his world back around?
Will he break down and cry like someone just died
What can you say about the man he used to be?
When he can even speak though he’s dying to scream

Yeah, we all fall down
When we find out
That the sky starts spinning when our heads get above the clouds
The higher we fly the harder it feels when we hit the ground

Chorus
Yeah, we all fall down
Yeah, we all fall down

He’s the only one to blame
And the only one who knows
How low he must go
To win back his soul

Chorus
Yeah, we all fall down
Yeah, we all fall down

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I’ve been listening to Darius Rucker’s CD Charleston, SC 1966 a lot lately.  I’m not a country music fa per se but, I will admit concede that the music is definitely from the soul and, admittedly, it’s starting to speak to me in ways that I couldn’t think possible.  This song in particular cuts me in a good way because it lets me know that I’m not alone in this type of thinking.  I can’t say that Darius is feeling this way right now but, at one time he may have.  We get so caught up in our own lives that the forest itself is screaming, “LOOK AT ME AND NOT JUST THE TREE IN FRONT OF YOU!!!”  I try to give you all the best that God has told me to give you in hopes that what I have to say will touch someone and provoke some sort of thought regarding their salvation or how to deal with everyday life.  Well, sometimes, I can’t see the forest because I’m looking at one particular tree, which are my own issues.  Make no mistake, I won’t stop sharing God’s word with you but, there are times when I need to look inward at my own personal struggles, and pray that I can come out of the storms that I am currently in.  I know I will come out of them but, I assure you that I am a victim of like everyone else.  There’s no growth moment today so, forgive me for ranting.  I will be back soon…

Until Next Time.

Just a Little Bit

Good Day Readers:

It’s a nice day down here in Florida.  I hope you day is good where you are.

 If you haven’t already, please go and check out my last entry.  It’s the sermon I preached on this past Sunday.  I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did preaching it (I really enjoyed that…lol).  I cannot speak for any other minister but, I know for a fact that what I preach, I learn from.  Usually, the lesson that I learn from the sermon I preach comes the week before.  I know God is always teaching me something or, in most cases, reiterating things that He has taught me as I can be very stubborn at times.  A good friend of mine shared with me last night that God is blessing me in small amounts.  I don’t think she meant to suggest that He gives in small doses but, that He gives us His blessings a little at a time.  Think about it.  If you got everything you wanted or prayed for all at once, what’s left?  When you were young, and you asked your parents for an allowance of, say, $20 a week, and they gave it all to you for the entire year in one lump sum, what would have to look forward to?  Personally, I want God to continue to bless me for the rest of my life until the day I go to meet Him.  So, what she said was not only true but, a great way of looking at His blessings for us.  Yeah, it may seem like you’re not getting enough but, consider this.  If you got it ALL, what else is there to look forward to. 

Here is our Growth Moment of the Day.  God’s little goes a LONG way! 

Until Next Time…

Do The Math

Little You + Big God = Problem Solved (You do the math)

1 Samuel 17:46-50

 

When it comes to dealing with life’s difficulties, we often think to ourselves, “Why am I in this mess, how long will I be in this mess, and just how did I get into this mess in the first place.  There are those times when the mess you make is self inflicted and there those other times when the enemy is, as Peter said in Chapter 5 of his first letter, “…as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”  There are those times when, yes, we stray from God’s will and we are needed to be put back in place and then there are those other times when Satan does everything in his power to do everything to you but take your life.  These times, we pray are, few and far between but, nevertheless, there are still those times.  This story holds true in the life and times of shepherd boy named David, who was known to be “a man after God’s own heart”.  The story of David’s adventures are not new to us.  What makes his story so relevant to life’s difficulties, is that:

Trouble will follow you wherever you go.

Trouble will come in all shapes, sizes and forms.

However when God is in the plan, we can rest assured that trouble don’t last always, or to state it differently, we can sum up our situation in a simple yet powerful formula.  Little me + A Big God = Problem Solved!

 

As we look into Chapter 17 of the first book of Samuel, we find Israel, once again in battle with the Philistines.  Both Armies have taken their positions and have camped strategically atop of two mountains with a valley separating the camps.  Out of the Philistine camp was their champion, Goliath.  Goliath was known for his aggressive and arrogant swagger but, more importantly, his massive height.

 

4And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.

Now, to give you examples of just what a cubit and a span are here are the definitions:

 

One cubit is 17 to 22 inches (the length of an adult human forearm measured from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow).

 

A span is about 9 inches (the distance between the stretched out tips of the thumb and little finger).

 

Taking this into consideration, six cubits plus one span equaled an average of 10 ft 6 in.  Along with his height, he was also equipped with the biggest and best armor in the Philistine Army:

5And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.

6And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.

7And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.

We also find that Goliath, height, armor weapons and all, decides to taunt the army of Israel by challenging one soldier to fight him to the death:

 

8And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me.

9If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.

10And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.

Enter little David, the son of Jesse.  The youngest son that who’s sole purpose was to tend to his father’s sheep but this day, he was sent to his brothers by his father Jesse bring food not knowing what was in store for him.  David’s brothers wonder why he was there and who was back tending to the sheep.  Once they explained the dire straits that the army is in, King Saul sent for David.  There David let’s Saul know what he is set out to do:

 

32And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.

Saul challenged David’s statement saying he was too small and too young to fight a man of Goliath’s stature and battle experience.  David’s rebuttal was that, while tending his father’s sheep, he personally slew both a bear and a lion to keep either animal from eating one of his sheep.

 

37David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.

After Saul told him to go and take God with him, we find little David, on his way to fight Goliath, stopping by a brook to gather 5 smooth stones.  When he reaches the valley between the two Armies, Goliath taunts David:

 

42And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.

43And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.

44And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

 

That is when David lets him know that he has a Big God on his side:

 

45Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

When Goliath started toward David, he opened his sack and pulled a stone from it, used his sling, and shot Goliath in the forehead with the stone, which killed Goliath.

 

What is resident in this Word is that there will be those times when you will not have to look for trouble because it will come looking for you.  The army of Israel and how Goliath taunted them:

 

8And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me.

9If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.

10And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.

 

This is how the enemy tries to get in your head.  He will use any and all of his tactics to sway you and persuade you that you are everything short of being God’s child.  How many times have we had a problem that we face and Satan himself says to you, “I thought you were a Christian.  You should be able to handle this problem by yourself. You don’t need God to handle this itty bitty problem.”

That co-worker that is constantly bothering you

That someone at home that is in your face 24/7

That child that can’t seem to keep himself or herself out of trouble

That door of opportunity that never opens or, when it does open, so you can get your foot in the door, the door slams on your foot.

That’s how the enemy works but, when we are faced with whatever situation that he throws at us, we need to simply DO THE MATH!!!

 

Trouble will always find you and comes in all forms but, we have to keep in mind that, even though the trouble may come at any given moment, and even though you find that the trouble is bigger than you anticipated, we have to realize that God can and is always ready to use you…If you let him!  I want to pause here to let the youth know that you are included in God’s plan.  Just like God used David in this case, He can use you when he needs to.  In Paul’s first letter to Timothy, he was told to, 12Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity…”

This means that you can’t let the enemy or anyone else for that matter, have you thinking you cannot do what God wants you to do just because you are young.  Just like God used David, He can use you.  Just like David knew there was a cause for him being at the right place and at the right time, God will allow you to be faithful right where you are.  All you have to do is DO THE MATH!!!

 

Trouble will come to you in shapes and forms, but got will use you to face that trouble, if you let him but in the process of doing what you are doing, you need to army yourself for victory!  When David told the king that he would defeat Goliath, Saul tried to equip David with the best armor in the kingdom.  His own.  But when you are wrestling against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places… someone else’s armor just won’t do:

Saul tried to give David his royal belt; but David had his loins girt about with truth.

Saul’s chest plate didn’t fit because David had on the breastplate of righteousness.

Saul’s boots couldn’t fit because David was shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace.

He didn’t need Saul’s shield because David had the shield of faith.  Goliath talked a lot of noise so David was able to quench all of the fiery darts that came his way.

The helmet Saul used was not as powerful as the helmet of salvation.

Even though he has sling David still had Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.

In other words, even though David didn’t use armor to fight, he wasn’t unarmed!  He simply DID THE MATH!!!

When those trials come; DO THE MATH

When you can’t see your way through the storm; DO THE MATH

When Satan’s breakers are dashing, trying to conquer your soul and you hear the voice of Jesus telling you still to fight on, DO THE MATH because he promised never to leave you alone.  All I have to offer up here to you today is this simple equation, Little you + Big God = Problem Solved.  If you’re missing the important part of this equation, I urge to give you life today because without Him, your problems won’t be solved…