I Remember When You were …

images-33We still chuckle about the times our family would go to reunions and be confronted by that one great aunt that would grab us by the cheek and say, “I remember when you…”. We would cringe in anticipation of what would come out of her mouth next. Usually it was memories that were not so flattering to us and more often they were ammunition for the cousins and siblings to use against us. I think everyone has that one relative in their life that keeps them humble of where they have came from to where they are now.

Throughout scripture we also have stories of different individuals that have started out one way and then ended up another. I am quickly drawn to 2 Sam 23:8-22, where we receive the list of David’s mighty warriors. These guys make   of the 007 secret agent look light a boy scout. It’s not a description of just one guy but a list of many of the top warriors that fought for David before and after he was King. There was Shammah, who stood his ground against the fierce enemy to save a small field filled with his harvest. Then there was Adino, who killed 800 of enemy warriors in one battle. Wow, he didn’t have a high power machine gun or even some grenades, this was hand-to-hand combat. Again, continue down the list and come to


Our modern day “Rambo” and “Rocky” have nothing on God’s “action heroes” (tweet)


Benaiah, who it says did many mighty acts, but one of the several that is mentioned is that he jumped in a pit with only a staff in his hand to fight with a renowned enemy warrior killing him with his own spear. These men are just a few of a list of nothing short of “action heroes” of their day. Our modern day “Rambo” and “Rocky” have nothing on them!

The question that comes up many times is “what elite “War Academy” did they graduate from?” It had to be an expensive and well-known training program, don’t you think? But more than likely these great men were apart of the school of Adullam. Which was nothing more than a hole in the ground where David had went to escape from Saul. Reading this account back in 1 Sam 22:1-2 it informs us that when his family and many others heard he was there they came to him. It defines these individuals as “everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him”. These were a bunch of mentally anguished, perplexed, spiritually bitter, in debt people! So in other words David was now the leader of four hundred very imperfect misfits. He should be really excited, right! But reading also in 1 Chr. 12:22 it says concerning this same group, “…it was a great army, like the army of God”. I often sarcastically wonder if they are speaking of the same people, because they look like anything but a great army.

God seems to specialize in taking people from their humble beginnings and transforming them into people that do incredible feats for the kingdom of God. Just like these mighty men that most likely started with humble beginnings, you and I can be brought from the valleys of despair into a victorious warrior that fulfill God’s plan. If God waited until any of us was ready to be a leader or only used people that were qualified, He would still be waiting. I encourage you to understand that God will transform each of us along the journey from being disabled people to mighty warriors for His use if continue we yield to Him along our journey of Life.

 

 

Can You Hear the Sounds of the Abundance of Rain?

rain in the hand We all have at some time in our lives experienced a rain cloud moving in and the temperature drops and the smell of rain fills the air. It signals to us to shut our windows on the cars and gives us time to prepare for the coming rain. Then a drop here and one there confirms refreshing rain that is so badly needed.  I love those times.

 The process all starts with not just a desire, but first it begins with the Sun evaporation of the moisture from the ground in the distance. Then the clouds carry that moisture along the way until the hand of God releases it on the earth. The change in temperature and the hints of rain seem to always get our attention!

I am reminded of what I heard the Holy Spirit say to me in the midst of worship service.  Out of nowhere the sweet whisper of God filled my mind with the words, “Can you hear the sounds of abundance of Rain?”

Imagine with me the coming spiritual rain from heaven. It first starts with the brightness of God shining on His people and in return we begin to cry out for more of Him. Those prayers come before the Lord just as the rain is evaporated.  (In Revelation it says the bowls of incense are the prayers of the saints). Then we begin to see the hints of our prayers being answered, the smell, the change in the spiritual atmosphere and then comes the cool drops from heaven. Before long the down pour of rain saturates the dry ground. Then before our eyes, sprouting all around us in our families, communities and most of all our society, it is apparent to all that we have the refreshing of God in our midst.

I believe we are seeing and smelling the beginning drops of spiritual rain in our midst. It’s time to prepare for the down pour from heaven.

How do we Prepare you may ask. Well, let me share a few things with you and then I am sure God will fill in the blanks where we might miss something.

First, we need to get our laundry and the kids toys picked up and out of the way.  Often the laundry of our life is out where everyone is focused on it rather than on what is important. The childish games and toys that we play in our churches and our private lives are scattered everywhere hindering others from walking in God’s righteousness.

Secondly, we need to make sure our rain barrels are positioned right to catch as much rain as possible. Being in the correct place is essential for being filled up and available to be used to pour out on others.

Thirdly, we need to open up the windows and doors so we can benefit from the freshness and cool breeze.  If we are spiritually closed and shut up, we will get moldy and stuffy. Having a heart and mindset that is open to Gods Will, will result in refreshing’s from the Lord.

It’s time to prepare for I hear the sounds of the abundance of rain!