Re-treat, Re-group, Respond

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(1 Samuel 22:1-2)David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. 2 And everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became commander over them. And there were with him about four hundred men ESV

Saul’s paranoia.
David’s reputation as a warrior was a clear threat to Saul’s authority-He feared that if he didn’t act decisively, an uprising was eminent. Saul was increasingly concerned that those said to be loyal to him, actually assisted David to elude Saul’s pursuit(22:9-10) Then answered Doeg the Edomite, who stood by the servants of Saul, “I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech son of Ahitub, and inquired of the Lord and gave him provisions and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.

David had no such intent, so he was forced to flee.
He found his hiding place-He and All the others sharing the same plight (22:2). When we are wrongly accused, and pursued, we seek and find refuge in Jesus Christ (Psalm 17:8)

Evil does not acquiesce, It pursues until it makes it’s mark. David was Saul’s sword of Damocles-He was threatened and would stop at nothing to get to David (22:18-19) So the king said to Doeg, “Go and execute all the priests!” So Doeg the Edomite went and executed the priests himself. On that day, he killed 85 men who wore linen ephods. 19 He also struck down Nob, the city of the priests, with the sword-both men and women, children and infants, oxen donkey, and sheep.

“Faith Check” Our hiding place should never be our final destination. It is our rest stop where we find refuge, and renewal: It was time for David and his men to move out. God placed an assignment before them to test their obedience and faith in Him (23:1-2). Why? Our hiding place should not be our final destination(22:5) Then the prophet Gad said to David, “Don’t stay in the stronghold. Leave and return to the land of Judah. So David left and went to the forest of Herewith.

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Pleasing God

(Judges 3:4-6) The Lord left them to test Israel to determine if they would keep the Lord’s commands He had given their fathers through Moses. 5 But, they settled among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perrizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. 6 The Israelites too their daughter as wives for them selves, [and] gave their own daughters to their sons, and worshiped their gods.

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What if God steps back just far enough to see if we actually live out our faith, If we are genuinely grateful for the transformation taking place through His Holy Spirit? Time and again, the Lord, our God, has come to our rescue and restored us back to His grace, Only for us default to our own devices.

ISRAEL’S SINS: Within a period of 250 years, God allowed Israel to fall to adversarial forces four times. Gideon, the fourth judge, was tasked [by God] to deliver the Israelites from the hands of the Midianites, yet again. The nation of Israel chose to defy God’s commandments by giving in to their proclivities.
ADAM and EVE MOVED AWAY. Their defiance gave birth to a generational sin: Genesis 3:6) Then the woman saw the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of it’s fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

WITH HEART, MIND, and SOUL: When we feel the urges of our cravings, We need to lean harder into the Holy Spirit, To draw from the well of His sovereignty, and strength: (Genesis 49:24) Yet his bow remained steady, and his strong arms were made agile by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, by the name of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel.

Reconciled back to God

 

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“MENDING FENCES”

Lv 4:5-6 If someone incurs guilt in one of those cases, he is to confess he has committed that sin. 6 He must bring his restitution for the sin he has committed to the Lord: a female lamb or goat from the flock as a sin offering. In this way, the priest will make atonement on his behalf for his sin. [4:31b] The priest is to burn it on the altar as a pleasing aroma to the Lord. In this way, the priest will make atonement on his behalf and he will be forgiven.

As we carefully examine our reconciliation, let us consider the full weight behind the transaction that took place thousands of years ago on our behalf-our “Salvation” Let us prayerfully be transparent before the cross to allow our indifferences (to God),be exposed and come to light, as we learn to push-back against the proclivities of our sinful nature.

Under OT Law, atonement for sins were only acceptable through sacrificial offerings. Observing and submitting to these Laws was a display of a believers faith in the promise of the Sacrificial Lamb to come.

Understanding Sacrificial Offerings and their purposes:

OT sacrifices (Levitical Offerings) were divided into five categories: 1. Burnt,2. Meal, 3. Peace (Fellowship), 4. Sin, and, 5. Trespass (sin). Each sacrifice, Deliberate, and filled a specific requirement of man’s relationship with God (Lv 4:5-6). These sacrifices were made with the highest reverence for what each represented.

Provisions for Atonement:
Merriam-Webster
Atonement (n) to make reparations for offense/injury; satisfaction

Recompense: (n):atonement. to pay back in equal amount to injury, to give something to, by way of compensation (a for a service rendered, or damage incurred)

OT: Sin(un-intentional), Atonement(Sacrificial offerings), Restoration:

NT: Sin (un-intentional), Atonement(Recompense, repentance), Restoration(Un-merited Favor with God) through the Son.

Observation: Atonement was/is available for OT and NT reconciliation, Our focus should be on how and what changed to affect our attitudes of worship. We should be humbled by the price that was paid on our behalf, and relishing in the saving grace of Christ, as we hold fast to the virtues of our faith: 2 Corinthians 5:5 And the One who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the Spirit as a downpayment.

Aloha ke Akua

God’s Discipline

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(2 Timothy 4:7) I have fought the good fight, I gave finished the race, I have kept the faith

God disciplines those He love:

(Hebrews 11:1) Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen

Champions (heroes) of faith: By faith, Abel gave his very best that he would receive God’s favor, by faith, Enoch was taken away so he would not experience death, by faith, Noah didn’t know what to expect, but he built the arc,(Genesis 6: 14-15) 14 “Make yourself an arc of gopher wood. Make rooms in the arc, and cover it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to make it: The arc will be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. By faith, Benaiah slays a lion with only a spear Moses refused to identify himself as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, causing him to receive, and deliver the Ten Commandments, and ultimately lead the nation of Israel out of Egypt. Although she had been barren, Sarah, received the Holy Spirit (Through faith)gave birth to a nation, and Abraham, who offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice to the Lord.

Champions share a common thread : Other than being hand-picked by God, They understand the necessity of God’s righteous discipline, and correction-They had to. Why? If we didn’t understand God’s righteous discipline, how could we know His grace? His perfect will Will never take you where His grace cannot hold you (Exodus13:21-22) 21 The Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to lead them on their way during the day and in a pillar of fire to give them light at night. 22 The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night never left its place.

Our Heritage:

We are called Brothers, and Sons of God because of our relationship to God; We are His children. It is a term of endearment-Parent/child. We are on loan to our earthly parents in our redemption, we return to Him.

…makes us worthy of God’s loving correction (Hebrews 12:3-12)

The Shepherds Staff- Used to tap the hind leg of the sheep and cause it to change direction when they begin to wander. We would receive the same tap when we were young and began to stray (Only our Tap was with the first object my mother got her hands on).
*(Hebrews 12:5-6)And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons: My son, do not take the Lord’s discipline lightly or faint when you are reproved by Him, 6 for the Lord disciplines the one He loves and punishes every son he receives-*Remember, I am your Father, This is for your own good
When we submit to God’s DISCIPLINE, We ascribe to His POWER: (Deuteronomy 4:20) But as for you, the Lord took you and brought you out of the iron-smelting furnace, out of Egypt, to be the people of His inheritance, as you now are. Brought us out of the smelting furnace-Our impurities have been burned away. *This is NOT a One Time event, It is a process. We will pass through the furnace until the day of redemption.

SO WHAT?:

God’s correction and discipline is Not punishment (Hebrews 12:5-6).

Virtues of Champions; “Faith” (1Timothy 1:18-19) Timothy, my son, I am giving you this information in keeping with the prophesies previously made about you, so that by them you may strongly engage battle 19 Some have rejected these (Teachings) and suffered the shipwreck of their faith.
“Steadfast” Champions push through their Walls, and remain fixed on the finish: (Galatians 5:7) You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?8 This persuasion is not from him who calls you ESV

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GOALS

GODLY GOAL SETTING

As I sit in contemplation on the things that must come about this year, One thing is for certain, In order to accomplish anything, there must be accountability. I submit that I missed my mark because there was no value placed on any particular event. Consequently, here I am wallowing in should’ve, could’ve, and would’ve, Hm.. I do know that whatever plans I make must be submitted to God for His approval, After all, He is the ultimate accountability partner, Amen?!

Where to start, where to start?

First, I must take myself out of the equation and allow God to do His work; PHILIPPIANS 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ Wow, not just for a year, but, Until the day of Jesus Christ! I’ve been feeling God nudging me to move in another direction for a while now. You know that feeling when your season is over, and you can no longer bear fruit. Well, the Lord is faithful in laying out a plan for us and He is convicting me to move toward my next assignment. I don’t know what it is, but I’m sure it will be epic;
DEUTERONOMY 33:23 And to Nephtali he said, O Nephtali, satisfied with favour, and full blessing of the Lord: possess the west and the south

To realize these goals, I must have a tenacious spirit because these goals are bigger than myself. As the Gospel was being moved throughout Macedonia and Asia minor, no one had a clue how much of an impact their obedience would have; (1Thessalonians1: 7-8) 7 so that ye were ensamples to all who believe in Macedonia and Achaia 8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad;…

I pray to remain sure footed and not be easily be distracted by circumstance. To run toward the goal of our faith as if my life depended on it, because, it does!
(1 Corinthians 9:24) Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets the prize? run in such a way to get the prize

faithrawAloha and God bless