Monday, March 9, 2015

"BEHOVED"

IT'S A CHALLENGE.
A CHALLENGE FROM THE ENEMY ...
TO THE UNSUSPECTING  AND THE INNOCENT. 

IT HUNTS, IT STALKS AND IT TARGETS.

FOR A HOSTAGE IT STAYS ON THE PROWL AS IT SEARCHES OUT THE WEAKEST OF VESSELS.

And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
...1 Samuel 17:4 KJV

IT STARTS WITH THE YOUNG AND WITH THE WEAKEST OF LAMBS BECAUSE... IT IS A WOLF.

AND SOMETIMES, IN ORDER TO GROW AND GAIN STRENGTH, ALL IT NEEDS IS A SEED; APPROACHING WITH A WORD OR EVEN A MERE SUGGESTION.

When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid. 

AND SADLY... BABIES, TODDLERS AND LITTLE ONES ARE  HIGH ON THE LIST. IN FACT, THEY ARE THE ENEMY'S PRIMARY FOCUS.

And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.

PLEASE NOTE: FEMALES ARE NOT EXCLUSIVE TO THIS TERROR. MALES ARE JUST AS MUCH A VICTIM, IF NOT MORE... BECAUSE OF THE STEREOTYPING AND EXPECTATIONS OF MEN IN THIS WORLD. THIS ALONE KEEPS THEM QUIET AS IT FEEDS AND GROWS TO CONQUER.

YES, IT STARTS WITH THE MEEK, THE FRAIL AND THE UNSUSPECTING BECAUSE... IT IS A COWARD.

CASE IN POINT...

THE HOLY BIBLE TELLS US THAT GOLIATH CAME FROM A CITY CALLED "GATH". IT MEANS "WINE-PRESS".

A WINE-PRESS IS A DEVICE USED TO EXTRACT JUICE FROM FRUIT WITH CONTROLLED PRESSURE. THE PRESSURE MUST BE CONTROLLED IN ORDER TO AVOID  CRUSHING. THE GOAL IS TO BRING FORTH.

AS IN THE GROWING GOODNESS OF GOD.

A WINE-PRESS IS USED TO PRODUCE WITH PRESSURE BUT NOT TO DESTROY.

A BULLY, FOR EXAMPLE, OPERATES IN THE SAME MANNER BUT WITH AN EVIL INTENT AND HAVING THE PRIMARY GOAL TO DO JUST THE OPPOSITE OF A WINE-PRESS.

IT'S TACTIC IS TO CAUSE RELENTLESS PRESSURE WITHOUT CONTROL AND TO ULTIMATELY WEAR DOWN AND DESTROY IT'S INTENDED TARGET.

ONE MIGHT SAY GOLIATH WAS A WILD GRAPE THAT HAD NO GOOD PURPOSE TO HIS PRESSING EXCEPT TO THREATEN , TROUBLE AND TORMENT.  HE WAS LOOKING TO DEMOLISH. HE WAS A SERVANT OF SATAN AND A BIG BOWL OF ROTTEN FRUIT!

BUT GOD...  STILL GOT THE GLORY!

Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: 
...MATTHEW 21:33 KJV

And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. 
...MATTHEW 21:34 KJV

And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. 
...MATTHEW 21:35 KJV

AND SO, WE SEE THAT VIOLENCE HAS ONE  PRIMARY PURPOSE. TO STEAL, KILL AND DESTROY.

  • TO STEAL CONFIDENCE AND CONFUSE...
  • TO KILL HOPES AND DREAMS...
  • TO DESTROY FAMILIES, LIVES AND SOULS.

TO BREAK ONE DOWN INTO TOTAL OBLIVION.

IT'S COLD IT'S CALLOUSED AND IT'S BRUTAL.

IN SHORT, VIOLENCE ISN'T A CHOICE. IT'S A CHALLENGE. A CALL FROM THE ENEMY AND A CHALLENGE TO US.

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. 
...MATTHEW 11:12 KJV

VIOLENCE IS NOTHING NEW, FRIENDS.

IN THE BEGINNING, IN THE FIRST BOOK OF MOSES CALLED GENESIS, IT WAS.

And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against his brother, and slew him. 
...GENESIS 4:8 KJV

WHY?

Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous. 
...1 JOHN 3:12 KJV

SPIRITUAL WARFARE, MY FRIEND.

MOREOVER, VIOLENCE WEARS MANY, MANY FACES.

FOR EXAMPLE:

  • PHYSICAL  
  • SEXUAL 
  • EMOTIONAL 
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL 
  • SPIRITUAL 
  • CULTURAL 
  • VERBAL 
  • FINANCIAL 
  • NEGLECT

AND DID YOU KNOW?

TELLING A LIE IS EXTREMELY VIOLENT. THINK ABOUT IT.

NO GOOD THING HAS EVER COME OUT OF VIOLENCE OF ANY TYPE.

WELL, EXCEPT ONE...

And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 
...MATTHEW 27:29 KJV

And some began to spit upon him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands. 
...MARK 14:65 KJV

And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee? 
...LUKE 22:64 KJV

Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away. 
...JOHN 19:16 KJV

SO, WHAT'S MAKES THIS ONE SPECIAL, YOU ASK?

For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever that believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 
...JOHN 3:16 KJV

GOD'S SPOTLESS LAMB. GOD'S SINLESS SON. GOD'S PERFECT PLAN.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
...ISAIAH 53:5 KJV

And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
...LUKE 24:46 KJV

AND NOW...

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. 

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.


JESUS CHRIST : Bled, Died and is now ALIVE... for evermore...


and JUST FOR YOU.
testimony by: Hallie Agar












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