This is war!

 

2 Samuel 3:1 NKJV

Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. But David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.

Right off the gate, Saul and David are both from the same house of Israel. What does Israel represent? The Israel in the wilderness and in Canaan is the NATION under the Old Covenant of law. The Israel of God is the CHURCH under the New Covenant of grace (Galatians 6:16)

Secondly, Saul and David represent two different set or type of believers. Saul is a believer that depends or rests on his own self-effort, performance, strength and obedience. Saul really conducted his life on his self-effort, his performance, and his doing. He did what he wanted to do. He obeyed when he felt it was right. He lived to please people. He did it his way.

David on the other hand believed in chesed. He was totally reliant on the chesed of the Lordchesed is the Hebrew word for grace or the commonly used word lovingkindness . His psalms are full of chesed – his reliance and dependence on chesed for everything.

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You waited by Travis Greene

I love listening and playing songs that amplify who Jesus is and what he did for us. They warm my heart, nourish my soul and enrich my faith. This is on one those.

You waited is a song by Travis Greene that is hitting the right grace tones at the moment. This song is in his new album – Cross over:Live from Music City. The album is expected to be released on August 18, 2017.

This single – You waited is available now on iTunes. Be sure to check it out.

Here are the lyrics
[Verse]
You called out my name
Knew my past, covered my shame
This amazing grace
You’ve shown, so patiently
You’ve shown, so patiently

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How Jesus serves us

The story of Ruth is one that really warms my heart because in a sense I see myself in her story. Every time I read her story, I’m enamored by how Jesus is always attracted to outsiders – the least, weak, women, poor, sick, imperfect, prisoner, widows, orphans, uneducated, oppressed, illegitimate, immigrants, etc. Her story offers us insights into how grace really works and who it works for.

At this point in Ruth’s life, she is a Moabitess and there was a law against her tribe and her people. This was the law – No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their descendants for ten generations may be admitted to the assembly of the Lord. (Deuteronomy 23:3) Ruth was a real outsider.

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Weaknesses…His grace is sufficient

Weakness is weak

Revealingly bleak

Like a creek it leaks and reeks

Of failure…like a tick

It sticks with abandon streak

Yet it humanizes

Even as it crystallizes

You and I with increases

Of the human population that God increases

Even as He works through yours and my weaknesses

Poem by Arnold Etyang

I hate any and every form of weakness in myself, in others, whether perceived or otherwise. It is for this reason that I have read (almost) everything there is to self-help my way through porn addiction. From books that teach one how to avert one’s gaze while on the streets to avoid looking too long at the opposite sex, to books that tell one what a man is and how he should behave himself publicly and privately. I have read all these. Yet, I still continue to and will continue to till I get rid of this weakness. Please don’t fault me on that and like I said earlier – I HATE ANY AND EVERY FORM OF WEAKNESS!

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