Salute The Solution

1 Stone

1 Throw

1 Dead giant

Only a little boy David.

His complete confidence was in God.

His full reliance was on God.

That was the solution to his task – not the spear, the helmet or the armor – but the full assurance that the God whom he trusted would deliver him.

1 Samuel 17:45‭-‬51 EASY

David said to Goliath, ‘You have come to fight against me with a sword , a spear and a knife. But I come to fight against you with the authority of the Lord Almighty.

He is the God who leads Israel’s army, and you have insulted him!

Today the Lord will make me strong to win against you. I will hit you so that you fall to the ground. Then I will cut off your head. Today I will feed the birds and the wild animals with the dead bodies of the Philistine soldiers. Then everyone on the earth will know that there is a God who takes care of Israel.

The Lord does not need swords or spears to save his people. Everyone here will soon know that!

The Lord is the one who fights for us. He will make us strong to win against you.’

Goliath started to move nearer to David to attack him. David ran quickly towards Goliath to fight against him. David reached into his bag and he took out a stone.

  • He put the stone into his sling and he
  • threw it.
  • The stone hit Goliath’s head, above his eyes. It went in very deep. Goliath fell down with his face on the ground.

In that way, David used a sling and a stone to win against Goliath, the Philistine.

David did not even have a sword but he killed Goliath.

David then ran and stood beside Goliath. He took hold of Goliath’s sword and he killed Goliath. Then he cut off his head with the sword . The Philistines saw that their best soldier was now dead. So they ran away.
1 Samuel 17:45‭-‬51 EASY

So then, submit yourselves to God. Resist the Devil, and he will run away from you.
James 4:7 GNTD

I’ve personally found that the best way for God to have the victory in my life and help me overcome my issues (and there are a lot of them) is for me to focus on and salute the solution, not the stone, not the throw, not even the dead giant but only on God moment by moment.

Go with God, Beetle

Inspiration: Problems and Solutions • Devotional. For the full plan go to:
https://bible.com/reading-plans/13202/day/2?segment=0

Help Me, God

Today I celebrate my spiritual birthday. It was August the 8th 1982 when I asked Christ to save me & be my Lord. So here is what I’d like to share today, 38 years later.

We cry,

“God bless America.”

I say it’s high time to say,

“America, bless God.”

Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say,

“God is trying to trip me up.”

God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way.

The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us.

We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust.

Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer.
James 1:13‭-‬15 MSG

God is not tripping any one up. He is helping us up.

Just because a person is a “Christian” or calls themselves that doesn’t mean they are any better than anyone else. Yes we are better off with Christ in regard to our future life after death; but it is by God’s grace & mercy, His work, not our own, that we are saved at all.

Looking at the book of James Chapter 1:

From James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ: Greetings to all God’s people scattered over the whole world. My friends, consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way, for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure.

Make sure that your endurance carries you all the way without failing, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all.

But when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind. If you are like that, unable to make up your mind and undecided in all you do, you must not think that you will receive anything from the Lord.

Those Christians who are poor must be glad when God lifts them up, and the rich Christians must be glad when God brings them down. For the rich will pass away like the flower of a wild plant. The sun rises with its blazing heat and burns the plant; its flower falls off, and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way the rich will be destroyed while they go about their business.

Happy are those who remain faithful under trials, because when they succeed in passing such a test, they will receive as their reward the life which God has promised to those who love him.

If we are tempted by such trials, we must not say, “This temptation comes from God.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one. But we are tempted when we are drawn away and trapped by our own evil desires. Then our evil desires conceive and give birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

Do not be deceived, my dear friends! Every good gift and every perfect present comes from heaven; it comes down from God, the Creator of the heavenly lights, who does not change or cause darkness by turning.

By HIS own will he brought us into being through the word of truth, so that we should have first place among all his creatures.

Remember this, my dear friends! Everyone must be quick to listen, but slow to speak and slow to become angry.

Human anger does not achieve God’s righteous purpose.

So

  • get rid of every filthy habit and all wicked conduct.
  • Submit to God and
  • accept the word that he plants in your hearts, which is able to save you.

Do not deceive yourselves by just listening to his word; instead, put it into practice.

If you listen to the word, but do not put it into practice you are like people who look in a mirror and see themselves as they are. They take a good look at themselves and then go away and at once forget what they look like.

But if you look closely into the perfect law that sets people free, and keep on paying attention to it and do not simply listen and then forget it, but put it into practice—you will be blessed by God in what you do.

Do any of you think you are religious?

If you do not control your tongue, your religion is worthless and you deceive yourself.

What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world. James 1:1‭-‬27 GNTD

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With all that being written and said, may we hear God say to us,

Hey you, my children, help me. Help me love you and love others. Help me show others who I AM in and through you. Help me fight. Help me shine. Help me live on by living in you.

Help me, God

A Big, Fat cheque That Will Never Cash

By Raphael Zhang
Sin is fun. There, I’ve said it. Sin is attractive and gratifying. Whether we like to admit it or not, this is why we turn to it.

As American speaker and writer Rosaria Butterfield quipped,

“If your sin doesn’t feel good, you’re doing it wrong.”

To be sure, she isn’t encouraging Christians to sin; she’s simply stating the obvious—sin feels really pleasurable; however,
sin never, ever delivers on its promise of pleasure.

Sin is a big, fat cheque that will never cash.

Ultimately, it only defrauds us and costs us dearly.

Unlike us, GOD cannot be swayed by evil, nor does He want us to be, for He knows the harm we will suffer when we give in to temptation.

Giving in to our evil desires, according to God’s word (in book of James), is like being “dragged away” into the bed of an evil person who has seduced us.

From that illicit sexual union, desire gives birth to sin which, over time, produces spiritual death in our lives.

This vivid imagery should help us to grasp the gravity of sin and the severity of its effects.

Though it may look and feel pleasurable, it’s actually, in reality, destructive and deadly to us.

God’s heart for us is not to suffer sin’s death-dealing blows, but to enjoy His life-giving goodness for us—which is found in obedience to Him and His Word.

Here is some help, a life line thrown from day 4 of the @YouVersion plan ‘Facing Trials & Temptations’. Check out the whole short reading plan here:
http://bible.com/r/3H7

Scripture:

If we are tempted by such trials, we must not say, “This temptation comes from God.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one. But we are tempted when we are drawn away and trapped by our own evil desires. Then our evil desires conceive and give birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
James 1:13‭-‬15 GNTD
https://bible.com/bible/69/jas.1.13-15.GNTD

One Way in No One’s Way

Song, Two Roads by Daniel Band:

The point is Jesus Christ is the one way and HE puts evil in no one’s way.

Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.”

God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust.

Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin!

Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer.
James 1:13‭-‬15 MSG

So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light.

There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle.

He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures.
James 1:16‭-‬18 MSG

Nothin’ left to say but to shout,

GLORY!

Altitude of Attitude

As a boy I recall my mom telling me at times that I needed an

attitude adjustment.

Ya know our attitude can be elevated. That is what I want to focus on for this post.

God says,

The attitude that comes from selfishness leads to death, but the attitude that comes from the Spirit leads to life and peace.
Romans 8:6 CEB

He tells us,

All people have done wrong things. Nobody can be good and great, as God wanted them to be.
Romans 3:23 EASY

Think about the payoff for what we do and don’t do, consequences for our action. More specifically the wages of sin.

God makes it clear,

If you serve sin as your master, it will pay you with death. But if you belong to our Lord Jesus Christ, God gives you a gift! That gift is life with God for ever.
Romans 6:23 EASY

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 NASB

Look with me at the Amplified Version of Ro. 8:6, Now the mind of the flesh is death [both now and forever—because it pursues sin]; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace [the spiritual well-being that comes from walking with God—both now and forever]; Romans 8:6 AMP

Again, contemplate this.

If our minds are ruled by our desires, we will die. But if our minds are ruled by the Spirit, we will have life and peace.
Romans 8:6 CEV

The altitude of our attitude is fueled and launched by our relationship with our creator. Our involvement with Him will not only elevate us but keep us in flight.

Rather than being sore we can soar to new levels. The heights we meet on our end is directly related to:

  • Our mind set
  • Our determination
  • Our desire

Come hell or high water we are more than conquers in Christ.

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us].
Romans 8:37 AMP

We all need to adjust our own mind set.

Colossians 3:1‭-‬3 AMP explains

Therefore if you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, sharing in His resurrection from the dead], keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]. For you died [to this world], and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1‭-‬3 AMP

Like a gas gauge in the tank of our heart we can see how far we are able to go with the right mind set, setting our mind, filling our lives, with things only God can give.

When we measure our spiritual lives, our inner self with God’s Word, just like a gauge, we will see why, where, when, and how we need to be completed. He tells us what we really need to find the lasting satisfaction we want & need.

Dial in on what Phil. 4:7-9 tells us about what we are to set our minds on.

And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]. The things which you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things [in daily life], and the God [who is the source] of peace and well-being will be with you.
Philippians 4:7‭-‬9 AMP

We’ll never run on empty if our attention, our fixation, taps into all that God gives.

So, let’s keep our eyes on Jesus.

Once again, I am amazed how we can simply ask, really mean it, and He enters into our very lives, life style, and decision making.

He changes us for the better. Life is an on going experience and beautiful journey;

But, now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way!

Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death.

But God’s gift is real life , eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.
Romans 6:22‭-‬23 MSG

Enjoy HIM.

Godspeed, Beetle