Nebuchadnezzar’s Statue


Nebu-Statue-04-NamesDaniel 2:
40 Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron—for iron breaks and smashes everything—and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. 41 Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay.
42 As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. 43 And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.
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As our government tries to homogenize our society, the strength of the nation breaks down into a fragmented, diverse and incongruous mixture of iron and clay.  The farther we get from the Christian beliefs on which this country was founded, the less likely we, as a nation, are to stand together on any issue; whether it concerns health, wealth, defense or freedom. We must not replace Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone that this country‘s foundation was laid upon.  A house divided against itself WILL fall, just as the feet of a statue made of clay and iron will crumble and fall. In much the same way as  The Holy Roman Empire has fallen, so shall the United States become the next “Great Nation” to cause its own demise by implementing self-reliance and negating the necessity for God.
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44 “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.
45 This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.

©  Simply Consider This, 2013.

THE QUANDARY


questionsWhat does it matter?
Does anyone really care?
Are there any real answers?

Why do I have to read a history book?
Why do I have to talk to an unseen spirit?
How can I be sure the answers are not just my imagination?

If only I could believe in the unseen.
If only I could learn to trust the voice I hear.
If only I could understand that this is real.

He is The Way, The Truth and The Life.
I must believe it all The Way.
I must trust that what I believe is Truth.
I must understand that His Way is The Truth for my Life.

Do I want to continue on with what I am doing?
Do I want to continue on with unanswered questions?
Do I want to continue on with the helplessness I am feeling?

Am I willing to accept the forgiveness?
Am I willing to accept the acceptance?
Am I willing to accept the freedom?

Am I willing to listen to, understand, accept, believe in, trust in, and follow His direction?

©  Simply Consider This, 2013.

SWEETLY KISSED BY JESUS


father kissingBeen sweetly kissed by Jesus

A tender kiss He placed upon my cheek

Affectionately given, as a Father loves his child

As I came to Him, with my arms reaching out

My heart calls to Him, my lips lovingly proclaim

Abba, Father!

Your presence surrounds me

I feel so safe in Your arms

Yes, sweetly kissed by Jesus

A tender kiss He placed upon on my cheek

Treasuring this moment, forever

Until eternity

When at last I reach Heaven

We will finally meet

Remembering how You held me

In Your arms cradled tenderly

Never forgotten will be

The tender kiss placed upon my cheek

Running toward my Savior

My God, my King

The One who so willingly died for me

Bowing humbly down before Him

Overwhelmed by His majesty

There at His feet to adore Him

The One who kissed my cheek

©  Simply Consider This, 2013.

PRIDE


luciferPride is an odd fellow to have living with you.

He always makes you feel good about yourself, but can cause you to make others feel bad about themselves. He can cause you to strive to be your very best, but rarely lets you see the best in others.

He can cloud your judgment and make you feel superior to others. He can make you think that you are the only one who has it right.

Remember: Lucifer was an archangel, the worship leader of heaven’s choirs, the most beautiful of all the angels, and Pride caused him to be cast down from God’s presence.

©  Simply Consider This, 2013.

HOPE, ACCEPTANCE, COMPLACENCY, AND PEACE


 

perfect worldHOPE:
Io expect with confidence

ACCEPTANCE:
Belief in something

COMPLACENCY:
A feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, especially when coupled with an unawareness of danger, trouble, or controversy.

PEACE:
A state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations:

When we hope, we have the expectation that what we hope for will come to pass.

If we follow the doctrine that God has everything under control, then we must accept the outcome of our hope when the results are in.

When we accept the outcome of our hope as God’s will, we live our lives within the comfort of complacency.

Living within the comfort of complacency affords us a peace beyond understanding.

We must accept the fact that all that happens, happens for a reason, is according to God’s will,  and there is nothing that we can do to change it.  After all, who are we to question God?   He is omniscient.  If God doesn’t know what is going on, then who does?
Once we accept the fact that all that happens is God’s will, we must be content with the outcome.  We may not agree with the outcome, but it is what it is, and we must accept it.
Hope relies on faith and faith relies on trust.  If we do not place our trust in God, then we have no hope.  If the hope we claim is not based on trust, then we have no relationship with the God we call our Father.
How, then, can we have Hope in the Father?
Trust that what He tells us is Truth,  Accept the outcome as His will and be Complacent with that outcome.
Then, and only then, will we have Peace in our lives.

PERFECT WORLD


heaven-on-earthIn a perfect world
There would be no sadness,
only joy would be found.

In a perfect world
There would be no hate,
only love and peace.

In a perfect world
There would be no greed,
only giving and sharing.

In a perfect world
There would be no race,
no color difference.

In a perfect world
There would be no religion,
no arguments about belief.

In a perfect world
There would be no disease,
no pain, no hurt.

In a perfect world
There would be no hunger,
all would have enough to eat.

In a perfect world
There would be no loneliness,
all would be included.

In a perfect world
All would be perfect,
sounds like heaven to me.

©  Simply Consider This, 2013.

THE GIANT AND THE STONE


dngFamiliar story to most people, of course it is about David and Goliath.  What an awesome story!  The seemingly under dog, (David) beats the snot out of the big bully, (Goliath). In fact he took his head, literally.   I have heard many sermons preached on this story…. many.   Sermons on how to face your giants, God uses even a boy, when God is on your side, how big is your faith and many more.
However, as I was reading it again for the umpteenth time…the Holy Spirit gave me a new perspective that made an impact.  He said to me, “This is how I want you to pray.  With tenacity, boldness, and confidence in who I AM.  For My Word never fails.”   It must have struck a chord, or why would my heart begin to understand exactly what that meant.
These are just some observations from the story…. just thoughts that came to mind as I was going over the chapter.

1)      Know who you are in Christ – David knew who he was, what he meant to God, and where their relationship stood, he understood who God was.  David was just an ordinary guy, a young lad who worked for his Dad tending sheep. He wasn’t presumptuous or arrogant, he was who he was, going about everyday life, doing what he was supposed to do…tending the sheep. He did his job, rescuing the sheep, finding the lost wandering ones, guiding them from one pasture to another, protecting them from the lion and the bear.  Must have been a boring job…c’mon, this is sheep we are talking about here.  But instead of complaining about it, David spent the time with God.  Playing music, singing and praising the Lord.  Don’t you think that a relationship happened when there is time spent doing that?  David ministered to the Lord. He began to find out who God is, who he was and the connection between the two of them became strong.  David knew God.

2)      Be Bold – David was trained for this day with the bear and the lion. He had training in the field protecting the sheep.  This was not a wimps job. It was hard work.  He learned how to use the sling and the staff.  He learned about dangerous encounters, but they were small compared to what He was facing now. He knew what he was capable of because this was not his first rodeo, so to speak.  Therefore, he was confident in the abilities God had given him because of those small victories (with the lion and bear), because of the past experiences with God being at his side, he knew with God all things are possible. David stated to King Saul, “ The Lord who delivered me out of the paw of lion and the bear, HE will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.  Before that statement he said, this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them (lion & bear) for he has defied the armies of the living God. Bold statement.  Bold claim. David was bold in the Lord his God.

3)      Believe  –  David showed no fear, when the armies of Israel shook in their booties.   David was not afraid of the giant, why?  Why did he not fear like his comrades?  Because he trusted and believed in the Lord God of Israel.  In fact he mocked Goliath, by asking those around him, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, who dares defy the armies of the Living God?” What a  statement! The men that were around him, thought he was being cocky, who is this kid who thinks that Goliath is a push over? Cocky, not at all.
David called it as he saw it.  David declared who God was, he declared God was bigger than the “enemy”, bigger than the giant they faced.  Wow, look at how much David believed in his God!  When there is that much trust and faith, you not only can kill the giant, but the Lord said you can move the mountain.  Believe, God is able to do what he said he would do. Take Him at His Word… literally.  David had in him, the “holy boldness” Christ has given to us.  Not once did David declare he was mister wonderful, here to save you pitiful people from the big bad bully.  David knew who his God was, knew if God is for us, who then can stand against us…he knew God, he totally believed in God, so much so, he staked his life on it.

4)        Step out – I love how this story shows David, who was not afraid to step out in front, out in front!  He stepped out and put himself  between the giant and the armies of Israel – he took up an offensive/defensive stance.  He did not hide behind a big rock or behind shields of armor – nor did he have anyone going before him.  When King Saul tried to place on David “his armor”, David was not able to move.  (Because someone else’s armor wasn’t made for him to wear, that alone will preach) David didn’t need someone else’s protective gear… David had God’s covering.  Selah (stop and think about that)  David stepped out.  In front, right in the way of harm…think about that for a moment.  It was just him, while the armies of Israel, including his brothers, stood in fear as far back as they could. In fact the two armies camped on opposite hills with a valley between them.  So, think about this… David had to go down into the valley to fight this giant.  He wasn’t elevated on a mountain, or even on the hill.  He was in a valley. David went into the valley to face, defeat and conquer!  The victory came in the valley.   Selah (pause and think about that)   So David stepped out in front, he was willing to give all he had to defend and prove there was a God in Israel.  That is called standing in the gap.  That is what it truly is to stand in the gap for others – to go to war on other people’s behalf.  Wow…this impacted me to imagine this scene in my mind, what that must have looked like.

5)      Declare – I found it interesting that Goliath had a shield go out before him.  This big bad bully, had someone go before with a shield.  Really, dude.  I guess that was how they fought in those days. Also, Goliath was caught off guard by who King Saul sent out to fight him and wasn’t expecting some young whippersnapper.  (catching the enemy off guard?) hmmmm…

Now as David was on his way to face this enemy, he stopped to pick out 5 smooth stones.  Stones, it was a Stone that was used to bring down this giant menace.  A Stone.  One.  I have heard stories of why David picked up 5 stones, it wasn’t because he was afraid he was going to miss the first time he slung it…he was going after Goliath’s brothers.  The point being,  David was determined not only to bring one giant down, his intention was to defeat all of Goliath’s brothers.  In David’s mind Goliath was already defeated, along with all the rest of the Philistines. This was going to be a total victory, complete defeat of the enemy, David was determined.
And so the show down began…..the two come “face to face” so to speak.
As Goliath faced David, he (Goliath) was insulted by this little pipsqueak of a boy who the armies of King Saul sent over to fight him. Goliath, said what?? Am I a dog that you would come to me with a stick?  He cursed David by his gods. And then Goliath shouted at David, boy I am going to mop the earth with your body and feed it to the birds and beast of the field.  And then I stopped and thought about the next verse.…..and smiled.  David who was a teenager or so, had the audacity to shout back at Goliath. NO, big boy you COME to me, and it will be your body that gets fed to the birds of the air and beast of the field. Not only that, but I will cut off your head, and then the rest of you Philistines are dead meat also. Then David declared. “you come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel. Whom you have defied”.   David declared who God was, he declared to Goliath that God, the Living God, was going to deliver him into David’s hand….with the purpose of, “that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.  And all this assembly shall know the Lord saves not with sword or spear: for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands”.  Then he ran toward this mammoth beast Goliath, whipping the sling around and popped him in the head with one stone.  Goliath fell.   David didn’t come with any power of his own.  He didn’t say I will take care of this big bad bully, cause I’m all that and a bag of chips.  David knew where his help came from.  I love the verse that says, “but I come to you in the Name of The Lord of hosts.”  David declared God.  David declared who God is, what God has done and what God will do.
We have the same ability to take on giants and those things that bully us today.  Not talking about people (these are spiritual things) David knew who he was IN God.  We are told in God’s Word…we are MORE than conquerors.  When we pray, mountains will move, people will be healed.

We are told to stand in the gap for others.  Not to fear, for the Lord is on our side.  We are told in God’s Word who we are in Christ Jesus.  We need to grab hold of that, just like David.  Be bold, believe, step out and declare who the Lord God is.  One more thing, which I believe is so important.  Because of the relationship between David and the Lord, David was confident, sure and fearless.  Know the Father, know Him on a personal level, an intimate level. And nothing, no one, will shake your faith, nor your belief in what God can do…or what you mean to Him, who you are in Him.
Just one more thought I had while reading about the part about the stones……
David had practiced with his sling many, many times before this battle.  He was a prepared warrior, so to speak.  He knew the tools, he had confidence, he knew what & how to use the sling.  The stones, I find it interesting the detail about the stones a.k.a. rocks, he used.  It states he picked out.  David was carefully choosing part of the weapon he would use to bring down Goliath.  He thought about his enemy and what it would take to bring him down… couldn’t use just any old rock.  It was 5 smooth stones.  But it only took one.  One Stone.
Made me think of this, Christ is our “cornerstone” – He is our Rock.  God’s Word is the stone we use to defeat our enemies.  Not any old thing can be used to bring down and defeat the enemies in our lives.  We could read out loud the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Joyce Meyers, Rick Joyner, but they are not the smooth Stone that is needed to bring victory.  When God’s Word is used with a holy boldness, when we come not in our own name, but in the Name of the Lord God and began speaking to those things that are hurting, hindering, derailing and destroying our lives and lives of others, watch what happens.  When we with humility, confidence and boldness declare who God is, what He has done, and what He will do, we are slinging the One smooth Stone (the Word) smack dab in the middle of the enemy’s forehead.  VICTORY is ours!!!  For God’s Word never fails.
Just some thoughts… nothing of this is written in stone (and yes the pun was intended)  one person’s take on a story.  Maybe something here will make you simply consider this.

©  Simply Consider This, 2013.