LastCall: "He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength." -Bob Hoekstra

Grace Perfecting Strength in Weakness

"My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness"…He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (2 Corinthians 12:9 and Isaiah 40:29-31)

When the subject of spiritual strength is raised, our thinking often turns in one of two directions. Either we consider how we can muster up our own strength, or we dwell on our own weakness, doubting that adequate strength can ever be found.

Well, it is clear from the Scriptures that God does not expect mere human strength to be sufficient for our spiritual callings. "Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall." Natural strength is never more evident than in youth. Yet, even that supply is not what people need for spiritual endurance.

God's word is also clear that an awareness of our weakness need never lead to despair over finding strength. Actually, the opposite is true. When we realize our drastic insufficiency, that is God's reminder to seek His supply of strength.

"He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength." Those who admit that they are weak are the very ones to whom God offers His strength. Those who confess that they have no might at all are the people God strengthens increasingly.

It is an amazing truth that God's strength is perfected (displayed the most fully) in the arena of our own weaknesses. "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Whenever we agree with God concerning our complete frailty in any given area of life, His grace is available to meet the need. Whenever we personally look to Him to pour out that strength, we will find that it is sufficient. "Those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength."

Waiting upon the Lord involves hoping in Him and placing our expectations upon Him, not upon ourselves. For all who depend upon Him in view of their own weakness, "they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Thereby, our confession can be: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).

Lord, You are my only hope and my sufficient strength. On my own I am hopeless and powerless. Thank You for Your gracious patience when I think my human strength is enough. Lord, I am weak; give me Your power. I have no might; increase Your strength in me. I wait upon You. I put my expectations in You. Unleash Your glorious grace in me, perfecting Your all-sufficient strength in my life, in Jesus' name, Amen.

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LastCall: Zeal: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly -Keith Green

Zeal: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

by Keith Green

"And [Jesus] found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers seated. And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple... His disciples remembered that it was written, 'Zeal for Thy house will consume me.'" (John 2:14,15,17)

Imagine how the disciples felt watching their Master upsetting the lovely decorum of the temple. The noise, the dust, the shouting, the money spilling, the tables upturned - how dare He do such a thing! The disciples were probably shocked at first, then elated. That's how I would have felt. "Good job, Jesus! Show everyone who's boss!" When it was over, the disciples thought back to the Scripture that says, "Zeal for Thy house has consumed me." (Psalm 69:9) They thought, Now we see what that means. Jesus loves His Father's house so deeply that He won't tolerate sin in it.

No doubt Jesus' action that day excited everyone. The common people were thrilled to have a hero who could kick around all the religious windbags and money-grubbing scum. If it meant popularity - or flexing their muscles - the disciples were all for it. The only problem was, they didn't understand one fundamental fact about human nature: our zeal lacks direction.

Right and Wrong Zeal

Zeal is simply earnestness or fervor in advancing a cause. But that cause can be good or bad, focused or misguided. And as we read throughout the Gospels, we see that the disciples' zeal was often misguided.

The Pharisees were zealous, too - and often misguided. No one could say these guys didn't have zeal. Everything they did involved religious duties and doctrines. But their zeal was founded on legalism, not on knowing God. They promoted a cause that was cold and lifeless - a cause that made their hearts proud and arrogant.

We love to poke fun at the Pharisees. We like to read the rebukes that Jesus used to level them. But we're just as capable of misdirecting our zeal to useless religious activities. Things that are all for outward show - stuff that generates heat but not light.

That's how I was when I first became a Christian - I had lots of zeal. I never gave too much thought about where my energy was directed, and I did a few things that were pointless, ungodly, and unproductive. They didn't advance my relationship with the Lord, or the Kingdom of God here on earth. We can all misdirect our zeal at times.

But some of us, like the Pharisees, get trapped by our own zealousness. We replace our relationship with the Lord with our "righteous" activity, and end up trying to earn our salvation by proving how zealous we are.

There are four ways Christians commonly misuse their zeal. They are: fighting causes that aren't God's causes, judging others, arguing over the Bible, and seeking blessings more than the Giver of those blessings. I want to focus on these areas because they cause destructiveness and havoc in the body of Christ. Let's take a look at each of these four areas and see what true zeal for God is not.

Zeal Of the Flesh

First, we can be zealous for God yet totally miss His big picture. If we're not careful we can be zealous for causes that aren't God's at all.

Peter seemed to be the most zealous of the twelve disciples. Wherever there was trouble he was ready to jump in and save the day - at least in the flesh.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter provided us with a perfect example of misplaced zeal. As the soldiers came to take Jesus away, Peter pulled out his sword and cut off the ear of the high priest's servant.

Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?" (Matt. 26:52,53)

What did Peter think he was doing? The same thing many of us think we're doing - protecting the Lord's reputation with ungodly methods, and hurting innocent people in the process. Peter, like the other disciples, totally missed God's big picture - His plan to send Jesus to the cross.

Peter had another plan. He still hoped Jesus would be the conquering hero. Sure, Peter had a lot of zeal for that. But he lacked the same zeal when it came to being a spiritual companion to Jesus. Peter, who was so courageous about swinging his sword in public, was the same guy who abandoned Jesus at the moment He took on His most difficult spiritual mission -humbling Himself and going to the cross.

How is it that we're so zealous to put on outward, heroic shows of loyalty for our faith -and so reluctant to set aside our own agenda and do what Jesus wants us to do? Our zeal is misdirected. We need to transfer our zeal from outward things to inward spiritual things. We need to be less willing to cut off ears in Jesus' name, and more willing to humble ourselves, go into our prayer closet alone with Him and get His agenda for our lives.

Paul reminds us: "The mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to thelaw of God, for it is not even able to do so; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (Rom. 8:7,8)

Much harm has been done to God's name by so-called spiritual battles waged in the flesh. Look at all the religious wars that have been fought, the crusades that have been carried out. All the blood and destruction. How could zeal be so misdirected? How could people think they were committing such atrocities in the name of God? But before standing in judgment of anyone else, we'd better realize we're all capable of pushing our own agenda ahead of God's agenda.

Zeal In Judgment

Second, we Christians have to admit that we have a problem - a bad habit of judging each other. In Luke 9, it says, "[Jesus] sent messengers on ahead of Him. And they went, and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make arrangements for Him. And they did not receive Him, because He was journeying with His face toward Jerusalem. And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, 'Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?' But He turned and rebuked them." (vv. 52-55)

I doubt that James and John were expecting a rebuke. Here was a whole village of people who had rejected Jesus - they deserved to be fried. They'd blown their chance to welcome Jesus. As far as these zealous disciples were concerned, it was time for this village to see the power of God.

How many times have you acted like James and John? How often do you become a judge, and bring down the gavel on someone who's obviously in the wrong? Some people have a lifelong preoccupation with sitting in judgment over every ministry, every elder, every pastor and every Bible study leader. They call down fire - bringing down the gavel of judgment hard and heavy. They say they're trying to bring correction, but they crush, kill, and destroy.

When I was a new Christian I opened up my Bible, then set myself up as judge. I'd go into ministries and get loud about their need for correction. Worse than that, within six months of my conversion I was on stage performing. Thousands of people came to hear me, and I really got into letting them know what I thought - judging things publicly.

One day God grabbed me by the collar and showed me something: Judgment comes out of spiritual immaturity. Mature Christians will pray, discern, love, and counsel. If need be they'll rebuke, but never in a critical, destructive spirit, and never publicly to shame and punish. That's the godly way. Immature Christians can have a lot of zeal but little wisdom. They can put fire and noise into things that harm rather than help the cause of Christ. I fell into that trap and, like James and John, the Lord rebuked me for judging others.

You see, when we judge we step into the place of God. God alone is the judge of the motives of our hearts. If Jesus had wanted to call down fire on that Samaritan village, He could have done it Himself without the help of His disciples. These guys wanted to usurp Jesus' authority, and so He had to set them straight.

I've come to see that my zeal as a disciple - as someone who knows God's Word - has to be directed at me first. The inconsistencies and sin I see in the lives of others - and let's face it, you can't help noticing - should remind me to beware of the sin in my own life. Now, if I find myself having to deal with someone else's sin or failure, I'd rather take Paul's advice to heart: "Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself lest you too be tempted." (Gal. 6:1)

Paul knew the Lord's correction is meant to bring restoration in relationship to the Lord and in ministry - not destruction. Restoration takes time, but it's God's goal.

Zeal For Words

There's another way our critical spirits can harm the body of Christ - when we fight over fine interpretations of the Bible. I've heard people get really nasty with each other -Christian brothers and sisters! Paul says, "Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless, and leads to the ruin of the hearers." (2 Tim. 2:14)

When I was a new Christian I spent many useless hours wrangling over words. Added together, those hours probably amount to weeks, even months. I'd argue over anything and everything: When was the rapture going to happen? Can a Christian be possessed by demons? Do you have to be sprinkled or immersed to be truly baptized? Should you be baptized in the name of Jesus only or in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? Some of the arguments produced a lot of heat that looked like zeal for the Lord - but I can't remember any that produced much real light.

In some ways I set myself up for this. After concerts, people came up to me and said, "You know, I don't agree with your position on this or that." I loved it! I'd sit down on the edge of the stage, and a crowd would gather. I'd throw out scriptures, and the other person would lob different ones back at me. We'd have a great time, with our "flesh" exposed for all to see. I didn't realize then that my arguing could cause the ruin of those who listened to me. I was just thinking I was a big shot, a spiritual authority, when really I was just a debater with a big ego. I was sharpening a human talent for debate, not a spiritual talent for being quiet, listening, and praying.

Paul also said in his warnings to Timothy, "Avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene." (2 Tim. 2:16,17) What a vivid picture. People didn't have the benefit of tetracycline or penicillin in Timothy's day. If you saw a big blue streak going up your arm or leg, you ran to the surgeon and had the infected limb cut off. There was no anesthetic - other than getting drunk or having someone knock you out. Get the idea? This was a drastic and painful condition. So it was the most vivid imagery Paul could use to get his point across. A dispute over words brings out a spirit of contentiousness - and this will spread infection through the body of Christ like gangrene. The only way to remove it is by major and painful surgery.

Why is it important to stay in the right spirit? Because there's a lot more at stake than who's right or wrong - I'm talking about eternal souls.

"The Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will." (2 Tim. 2:24-26 emphasis added)

Immature Christians mistake a contentious spirit for true zeal. They think they know all the right answers, and that everyone has to see things their way. Paul gave some more strong warnings about this in his letter to Titus: "Shun foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes aboutthe Law; for they are unprofitable and worthless. Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned." (Titus 3:9-11)

If we want to grow in Christ, we must ruthlessly evaluate our speech. There's only one standard and one motive acceptable to God. Paul nailed it: "Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear." (Eph.4:29)

Zeal For Power

The last thing I want to say about zeal is more than instruction, it's God's warning to all of us. In Acts 8:9 ff., we read the story of a man named Simon, who practiced magic and sorcery. Everyone in Samaria was astonished by the things he could do, and people called him the "Great Power of God." Then Philip came to town preaching the good news. People began getting saved and baptized. A revival hit, and even Simon was converted. After his conversion he began following Philip around, and saw all the miracles that occurred. Word got back to the other apostles in Jerusalem about what was happening in Samaria, and Peter and John were sent to check things out. They discovered that the new converts had not received the baptism of the Spirit, so they began laying their hands on the people and praying for them. Sure enough, the people began receiving the Spirit.

"Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money, saying, 'Give this authority to me as well, so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.' But Peter said to him, 'May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!"' (Acts 8:18 20) Sure, Simon's idea was misguided - but didn't he give up his sorcery business to follow the Gospel? Wasn't Peter being a bit harsh with him?

I don't think so. Didn't some of us come to the Lord for the wrong motives? We came because we were sick of our lifestyle. Or becausewe couldn't find peace. Or we needed healing, or our marriage was on the rocks. We came for any number of reasons.

From the New Testament times until today, there have been people who preach the Gospel for the wrong reasons. They're not following Jesus; they're building their own kingdoms and their own egos. Some people get involved in Christianity simply because it is a market for their merchandise - they can make money. They don't care if people become Christians, they just want to sell their books or records. Some people start with sincere motives but their appetite for money and fame overcomes them - they continue doing seemingly "good" things, but for all the wrong reasons. They're just putting up a front. They've learned how to effectively fake all the right moves and the right language.

But God will not be mocked. He never lets someone continue in that place for long. They either burn out because it's a work of the flesh, or they are publicly exposed and humiliated - and the name of the Lord gets tarnished in the process.

We always need to check our motives for doing something - even a good thing. And when we are successful in the things of the Lord, we must be careful not to look at the fruit and think it proves we're right with God. Nothing can replace our personal relationship with Him - not even the fruit produced by our ministries.

True Zeal

God wants true disciples who will move beyond selfish motives to a pure motive - and that is to know God Himself and the reason He created us. You see, Simon never made that shift. He became interested in the Gospel because of what the disciples had to offer - their "tricks" were better than his. They upstaged him. Scripture says that he truly believed in the Gospel, but it appears that he never got beyond desiring power so he could have more influence than anyone else.

Simon had zeal all right. He was ready to do whatever it took to get the power he wanted. But his zeal was directed at self-promotion - not at knowing and sharing the love of God.

Working in the music industry, I see this confusion all the time. Today, we see "stars" who become Christians - but they never lay down their music on the altar. They just begin selling Christian versions of their songs. They have lots of zeal - but are they putting it into seeking God? Before I sound like I'm back to the old mode of judging again I have to tell you what I've witnessed. I've seen celebrities come to Christ and get pushed into the spotlight by publishers and record companies before they're ready. When they hit a "pothole," they fall away. Then they say, "Christianity is a joke. It doesn't work." While people looked on and said, "They have so much zeal for God," they were actually using their misdirected zeal to pursue their own interests.

That's what Simon did. The whole time he followed Philip around, he didn't accept the lifestyle of discipleship. He had plenty of zeal to pursue miracles and signs and wonders, but not much interest in pursuing God Himself. He had his eyes on the gifts of God, rather than on the God of the gifts.

Paul saw the same kind of misdirected zeal among the Jews. He said, "For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. For not knowing about God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God." (Rom. 10:2,3)

If Paul looked at your life, would he say the same thing about you? Would he say, "I've got to give you credit, you sure have a lot of zeal for God. You're doing many things in the name of the Lord. But you don't know His righteousness. Are you using your zeal to try to gain something from God, instead of using it as an expression of your gratitude to God for all that He's already done for you?

We can be zealous at keeping rules. We can be zealous debaters and defenders of the truth. We can zealously pursue the gifts of the Spirit. We can even be zealously contentious and fight fleshly battles. But none of this is true zeal for God.

What is zeal for God then? It's giving all our energy and enthusiasm to God's cause. What does that mean? Jesus made it pretty clear: "the foremost [commandment] is, 'H ear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself' There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:29-31)

We are supposed to direct all our zeal into our relationship with the Lord, and then into our relationship with our neighbor. God wants us to get our eyes on Him. Loving Him is to be our cause. He can take care of a lot of other causes without us, but He can't make us love Him with all our heart. That's the work we must do - pursue Him with all our heart and soul and strength.

As David said, "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for Thee, 0 God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God." (Psalm 42:1,2)

David was describing true zeal. He thirsted after God. Do you have that kind of desperation? Do you have within that holy fire to know God? God doesn't want to be a casual acquaintance. He wants to be an intimate part of your life - alive and burning at the core of your being. The second part of the cause we are to advance is to love our neighbor as ourselves. Not correct our neighbor, debate with our neighbor, or judge our neighbor, but love our neighbor. And how do we love our neighbor? We love them by serving them and doing things that bless them.

"[Christ] gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds." (Titus 2:14) Are we zealous for good deeds? James says, "This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." (James 1:27)

Are you zealous for this pure and undefiled religion? Are you self-involved - or are you willing to serve others? The zeal that pleases God is strength and talent directed towards serving others. Jesus reminds His disciples that if we want to be great in the kingdom of God we have to be the servant of all. (Matt. 20:26)

Watch out! Our flesh doesn't like the idea of serving others. An attitude of servanthood runs against our egos. Maybe that's why God put so much importance on it. But God doesn't take our flesh into account; He commands us to serve others. The disciple of Christ has no option but to do what He has told us.

I can hear what many of you are thinking: But we don't need to prove ourselves to God, or to anybody else. He's given us salvation as a gift. You're right. But He needs to turn on our zeal to make salvation real in every area of our lives. He wants us to train ourselves to eagerly serve others in love and compassion.

This is true zeal for God - to know Him and love Him with a deep and consuming love, and to serve others in the same way we would serve Jesus. Anything else is an imitation.

Beware of it.

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One Thousand Years: Genesage "The birds and the bees" (Chp2:10)

One Thousand Years

Genesage

"The birds and the bees"

(Chp2:10)

Three small bowls of a variety of apples sat invitingly on the table.

As wide and varied as the grapes had been, these watermelon sized apples seemed also exceptionally bountiful. How could the plants produce these? They were enormous.

The skin was like a soft peach easily bitten with the pulp delicious in moisture and juice. If the New Born in the kingdom had seen what the Old Timers called fruit in the Old Days they might have understood. Puny by comparison, the fruit trees under the curse could not compete with fruit in the Kingdom.

Those who had not been there could not imagine How Cursed the World really had been.

  Every day the fruit bowls were replenished. Pomegranates added variety, cantaloupe with an assortment of melons often adorned the table. A cornucopia of fruit met the day all of them ready willing and able to be eaten.  It was a smorgasbord of God’s provision. Sometimes there was kiwi, sometime papaya, sometimes tomatoes, all manner of fruit adorned Ebens meeting table.

No one ever was hungry or lacking for food.

In another bowl sat a golden substance that when one dipped an apple or a finger in it they recognized it instantly. It tasted like honey. The only difference was that something in the honey made it sparkle.

While most would have been curious many of Ebens students didn't ask too many questions. A Question for Eben was an invitation to give a lecture. Eben needed no prodding to tell about natural things. For Eben it led back to some story about how wonderful God is. The sparkling honey though couldn’t be resisted. It was so light, so bright, it shimmered, it was pleasing in everyone's sight.

Especially to Apple.

Apple, of course, had been the one to take the bite. She had been interested in the honey. She wanted to know how the bees brought it to Eben since he was never seen collecting honey or harvesting it.  Apples parents had told her how they did it in the old days. Apple wanted to know if it was done the same way now since no one wore all the clothes her parents said were needed.

Eben had announced to the class that Apple had a very important question about the Kingdom Seder or the Order of Things in the Kingdom.

As soon as he had their attention he announced to everyone there,       

"Apple has a question and so today we will talk about the Birds and the Bees"

Half the Class, the Survivors, had busted out laughing. The children of the Kingdom groaned.

They were thinking this was a talk like the ones their Old World parents had given about the 'birds and the bees.' Somehow the look on their parent’s face when talking about the subject had kept some families from commenting.

The uncomfortable way they approached the subject, the children of the Old World Survivors avoided sex questions with their parents. For them it was not a pressing issue. Living in a natural environment without societal pressure and spiritual attacks, discussions on the subject was rare.

Reproduction was not a focus so it was not an issue.

Apple had blushed though, but not because of the subject. She embarrassed to be singled out.  Caleb had whispered in Ebens ear, thinking he needed to ‘update’ Eben that they already knew about the subject.

No one was ready for what came next.

Two hours later no one had any doubt that birds were birds, and bees were bees. No one had any question about what Eben was talking about.  No one had any doubt that if Eben wanted to talk about sex, he would talk about sex, and not ‘birds or bees’. This time it had definitely been birds and bees.

Each day the table was cleared of food before the meeting was over as learning, discussing, and applying what was being talked about, was hungry work. There was no time limit and no real need to hurry on to other activities so the relaxed atmosphere and nature of the "lessons" could easily extend past noonish.

This often allowed everyone to eat, drink, and discuss leisurely around the table of meeting.

All mornings in the meeting room began with the traditional grapes with one other item, manna.  A large leaf more like a frond acted as a plate and in it always sat a mound or stack of the latest manna.

Who had started "reforming" the manna no one knew but someone had been taking the simple manna from Heaven recreating them into a variety of flavors. It was rumored that manna, "food from God", only appeared in New Israel. No one had been outside the Promised Land yet to verify that fact.

Many suspected the day would come for them to go "out into the World" still none considered the question of manna at all. God abided with them so God provided.

As long as God provided they were fine.

Eating manna and fruit in the Living Sukkah reclining around the common table was a typical morning in Bethleben. Or it had been so far in sixty-nine years. 

The meeting room that the “New Born” met in as well as “Old Born” was perfectly matched for this unusual environment. It suited the needs of the class serving the community well. 

Some would have called this meeting place a patio or atrium, maybe a veranda or green room. As warm and tropical as the climate had become, the living walls of grapevines made side walls thick for privacy.

Old Timers would have said it was “Earth Friendly” but Eben said it was God’s design and His Purpose, Will, and Plan being done in Creation.

After all, It was HIS Kingdom Come.

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LastCall: How do you make sure you hear God's specific instructions to you? (104-5) -Barry Werner

How do you make sure you hear God’s specific instructions to you? (104-5)

Burt Nanus wrote in Visionary Leadership, “Vision is central to leadership. It is the indispensable tool without which leadership is doomed to failure.”

Read 2 Kings 6:8-17.

The king of Aram had pursued Elisha into Dothan, surrounding him with an army large enough to frighten Elisha’s servant. Elisha simply prayed that God would show the servant the true situation. Perspective separates leaders from followers more than any other characteristic. Leaders have to see things others don’t.

Their vision must transcend the “what’s now” and enter into the “what’s next.” Seeing what’s next is part of what sets a person apart as a leader. A visionary leader can rise above the tyranny of the urgent and accomplish or focus on the really important.

Biblical leaders live with the conviction of a supernatural God.

They believe God guides through prayer. They have an optimistic and realistic vision of what matters most. Biblical leaders aren’t waiting for some magical awakening; they don’t have an inside track on the future but the things to which they commit their organization’s resources will reflect belief in a sovereign God. Christian leaders know they are God’s stewards and realize that they are investing His resources.

Like Elisha and his servant, a Christian leader’s vision starts and finishes with the Reality behind the reality.

What is the vision God has given you? When was the last time you changed your strategy simply because of God’s leading? How do you make sure you hear God’s specific instructions to you?

Isaiah 50:7 Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.

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LastCall: Daniel 1 "My Judge Is God!" -Kay Arthur

PRECEPTS FOR LIFE

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“My Judge Is God!”

        

          

OPEN 

Have you ever found yourself in a situation beloved, when you were afraid to trust God; afraid to trust God because you weren’t quite sure that God would come through?

The way that you know that God is going to come through is to know His Word. Because what God says surely comes to pass and who God is never, never changes. And we’re going to see that in the book of Daniel in a way that is going to strengthen you beyond belief. 

 

PART ONE

Oh my friend, welcome. I am so excited about this course that lies before us, as we look at the book of Daniel. It’s one of my favorite books in all the Word of God because no other book, no other book of the Bible, in such a short space, introduces you, not only to God, but what God has planned for the future. As a matter of fact, when you look at the book of Daniel it’s like rolling out the architects plans because every bit of prophesy in the rest of the Word of God fits into the book of Daniel. You can slot it somewhere in the prophesies of this book. And yet, Daniel is not just about the future. It’s not just about what God is going to do in Israel and what God is going to do in the world, in your world and in my world.

But it’s also about a man, a man who becomes a living epistle for us, a living example; so that we can look at his life and we can see how you and I can stand in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation and in integrity, hold forth the Word of life without compromising. I’m telling you it’s going to be an incredible, incredible study and I do pray that you just go to the phone and you call our 800 number and you order our study booklet immediately, because I want you to have it in your hands, because we’re going to be looking at a lot of history. You say, oh, history’s boring.

No, history is not boring because history is His, God’s story, H-i-s, His story, s-t-o-r-y. And you are going to learn to appreciate history because Daniel gives you history in advance. You know, a long time ago, I read a newspaper article and it was when the Berlin wall came down and when Ceausescu fell and everything was just happening. And it says “History Books Are Left in the Dust”. And history books were left in the dust. Every history book that man had written was left in the dust, but not God’s book. Because this is His story and it doesn’t leave us in the dust, but it clears the dust from our minds. And what we do is we get a glimpse of God. You’re going to get to know God in the most incredible and awesome way as we study this book.

I mean it’s going to awe you. It is going to give you a foundation so that you will be rock solid, so that no matter what comes your way you won’t be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine and cunning craftiness of men. So let’s get into Daniel. Now today what I want us to do is I want us to look at just the first couple verses of Daniel. The secret to reading Daniel is to go through and read the whole book and every time he tells you that it was a certain year and a certain king was ruling, then you need to write that down.

And as you do you’re going to see an outline of the book. But I’m not going to give you that yet because I want you to see it for yourself. So Daniel, chapter 1, verse 1: In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.

And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, into the Nebuchadnezzar’s hand, along with some of the vessels of the house of God; and he, Nebuchadnezzar, brought them to the land of Shinar, and to the house of his god, and he brought the vessels into the treasury of his god. Now what I want us to do is I want us to stop there. What we’re going to do is we’re going to look at the book of Daniel inductively because so many people think, hey, I can’t understand Daniel. It’s too deep, it takes a theologian to understand Daniel. And what I want to do is I want to prove to you through this study, that you yourself can understand this book.

And you can understand this book apart from going to commentaries. Now commentaries are good because you can learn from them, but they’re only good after you know the text so that when you read a commentary you know whether that person has accurately interpreted the text or not. Whenever you read the Word of God, always take it in its literal sense, because He’s going to let you know if He’s talking in sim, similes, or metaphors or that.

But always take it in its literal sense. And then if literally as you look at it, if it says he was like a lion, then you know that he wasn’t a lion, but he looked like a lion. Or you know that He’s using a metaphor. So that’s what you need to do when we look at Daniel. All right, now, let’s take it literally. It says this: In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah. All right, if you and I were to go to the chart that I have given you where we have laid out chronologically, the history of Israel, we would find that this is the year 605 B.C. All right, in 605 B.C., Nebuchadnezzar came down and went to Israel and there he besieged that city. It was Nebuchadnezzar’s first year of ruling.

And it was his first year of ruling because when he got to Jerusalem to besiege the city, he heard that his father, Nabopolassar had died. And so Nebuchadnezzar took off and went straight over to the land of Shinar. The land of Shinar is Babylon. If you would go back to Genesis, chapter 11, verse 2, you would see the land of Shinar mentioned there. That’s where they built the Tower of Babel.

So He was going back home to claim the throne so no usurper would get on the throne. Now it was in the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah that this happened. So what we’re going to do is as we look at this, Jehoiakim is going to fade into the background. Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel are going to become the preeminent people in this chapter. So I would suggest that you color every reference to Nebuchadnezzar in one color and every reference to Daniel in another color.

Now I’m only having you do this in the first chapter because what I want you to do is I want you to see what God tells us about Nebuchadnezzar and I want you to see what God tells us about Daniel. All right so it says that he came to Jerusalem and he besieged it. And it says the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand. And I would suggest that you take a yellow pencil, or a yellow highlighter, but be careful that it doesn’t bleed through the page, if you’re marking your Bible, instead of marking your study guide. But I would suggest that you just take that yellow marker and you highlight the Lord gave.

And Daniel means my judge is God. Daniel understood so well the meaning of his name. He knew who his judge was and he walked in the fear of the Lord. And all throughout the book of Daniel, you’re going to see a man who walked in the knowledge of who his God was and the fact that he was accountable to this God. And he loved God. And you’re going to see that as we study the book. But more than that you are going to be introduced to God in the most awesome, awesome way.

And one of the things that I want to make sure that you do is I want to make sure that you discover for yourself who God is, that you deepen your knowledge and your understanding of God so that you understand that my judge is God; not that you live in this trembling hiding fear, but that you live in this awesome incredible respect and trust of God, because God is a God who can be trusted. You say but right here it says in verse 2 that the Lord gave Jehoiakim, who was the king of Judah into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar and Nebuchadnezzar lived in the land of Shinar and Shinar was Babylon and they were a bunch of heathens.

And you read me and you told me that he brought some of the treasures of, of Daniel’s God to his house of his god and that shows that he had triumphed over God. Oh, to the world it showed that he had triumphed over God, but not to God and not to Daniel because what you’re going to see in this book is you’re going to see that nobody triumphs over God. God is absolutely totally, completely trustworthy. He never leaves His throne. He rules supremely over all the nations of this earth. You say well if He’s ruling; He’s doing a mighty lousy job. I want to tell you something.

That’s because you don’t know what’s happening, because you don’t understand the future. But after the book of Daniel you will. And you will understand oh no, everything is falling in place and getting ready for the coming of the Son of man to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. The clock is ticking. It is time for Him to soon leave heaven and to come and to take away the kingdoms of this earth from the rule of man and subjugate them to Himself.

This is the time that is coming beloved and you and I need to be ready for it. And you will be ready if you’ll study the book of Daniel with me, if you will do your homework, if you will listen carefully, if you will mark the text, you’re going to be awed at what you see, at what you learn. And it’s going to give you a confidence so that you won’t be shaken by what’s happening in the news and by terrorist activity, but you will know that God is on His throne. We’ll talk about it when I come back. 

 

PART TWO

Does God turn His back on His covenant people? No. You say, but the Lord gave Jehoiakim, king of Judah into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar. Wouldn’t you call that God turning His back? No beloved, He was just doing what He said He would do if they didn’t listen, if they didn’t obey Him.

And this is what I want you to see, that God can be trusted to be God and you can trust His Word. But sometimes our impression or our understanding of God is not correct. So let’s take this historical statement in Daniel, chapter 1, verses 1 and 2 and let’s look at what God is telling us when He opens this book. It says in the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the vessels of the house of God; and he brought them to the land of Shinar.

All right, what I want us to do is go back to Kings because if you’re going to understand the prophets you have to understand Kings and Chronicles. Kings gives us the history of Israel right after or as it is happening. Chronicles comes back and writes after the Babylonian captivity and it gives us a different perspective because he’s writing to the people that are coming back from captivity in order to encourage them to trust God and to walk according to His Word.

So when you find the name of the king you want to go back to Kings and Chronicles and find out what you learn about that king. What is the setting here? And I want to take you to 2 Kings, chapter 23, verse 36. And it says Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Zebidah the daughter of Pediah: I’m not sure I’m pronouncing those right, of Rumah.

And he did evil in the sight of the Lord. So God is turning over a king who was doing evil in His sight to and enemy the king of Babylon, so that the king of Babylon can act as God’s rod of judgment on Israel; not rod of destruction, but rod of judgment. And listen to me very, very carefully, when you belong to God, when you are His covenant people, when you become a child of God, God will never ever destroy you.

He will judge you if you do not walk and live properly, but He will not destroy you. And when He judges you that judgment is for your good, so that when you see Him, you can be presented blameless before God, before Jesus Christ at His coming. So this is what it says. In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant for three years; then he turned and rebelled against him. And the Lord sent against him bands of Chaldeans. Now this is so important for you to understand. Babylonians and Chaldeans are one in the same. Sometimes they’re called Babylonians. Sometimes they’re called Chaldeans. Bands of Arameans, bands of Moabites and bands of Ammonites.

So He sent them against Judah to destroy it, against the city, not the people, according to the word of the Lord, which He had spoken through His servants the prophets. Surely at the command of the Lord it came upon Judah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done.

And there was no king more evil than Manasseh. And so because of his sins God was going to judge them. Now, let me read verse 4. And also for the innocent blood which he shed, talking about Manasseh, for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; and the Lord would not forgive. Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? Yes they are. So let’s go to the Book of Chronicles. Second Chronicles, chapter 36 and I want us to look at verse 5.

It says Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem; and he did evil in the sight of the Lord his God. And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against him and bound him with bronze chains to take him to Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar also brought some of the articles of the house of the Lord to Babylon and put them in his temple at Babylon.

Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim and the abominations which he did, and what was found against him, behold they are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah. And Jehoiachin became king in his place. All right, now, if you’re looking at the text you’re going to see that there are basically three sieges of Jerusalem. The first one happens in verse 6 and that’s in 605 B.C., in 605 B.C. The second siege of Jerusalem happens and is recorded in verse 9 and that’s when Jehoiachin, his son, becomes king. And at that time the prophet Ezekiel goes to Babylon. All right, there’s a third and final siege when Jerusalem is destroyed and that happens in 586 B.C. and that is mentioned in verse 17.

It says therefore, He, God brought against them the king of the Chaldeans who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, old man or infirm; He gave them all into his hand. And all the articles of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the kings of his officers, he brought them to Babylon. And they burned the house of God and broke down the wall. This is the destruction of Jerusalem, the final destruction. All right so now Daniel opens up with the first siege of Jerusalem and I want to give you one last verse for you to think about. And then tomorrow we will continue in the Book of Daniel. And I want to take you to Isaiah, chapter 44, verse 7. Can God be trusted? Listen to what he says in verse 6.

Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the first and I am the last. In other words, I’m the Alpha, the beginning and I’m the Omega, I’m the end. And there is no God besides Me. There is no God besides Me. Nebuchadnezzar was not worshipping actual gods. They did not exist. They were the figment of man’s imaginations. And behind those idols of those gods was the devil himself. And it says and who is like Me, God says? Let him proclaim and declare it; yes, let him recount it to Me in order, from the time that I established the ancient nation. And let them declare to them the things that are coming and the events that are going to take place.

In other words, go ahead, try and tell Me what the future holds. You can’t do it. But I’m God and I hold the future and therefore I know what the future holds. He knows what the future is for the nations and He knows what your future is too, beloved. And as we study the Book of Daniel, you’re going to discover a God who sits on His throne, a God whose name is El Elyon, the Most High God; a God who rules in the affairs of men; a God that you can trust because His Word is trustworthy.

And you’re going to see it in a dimension probably that you have never seen it before and you’re going to be awed at the greatness of our God.

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LastCall: Oppression in Egypt -WoW The Big Picture

Oppression in Egypt

Exodus 1:6-2:25; Psalm 18:16-17,19; Proverbs 5:18-19

And Joseph died, all his brothers, and all that generation. But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them.

Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, "Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land."

Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel. So the Egyptians made the children of Israel serve with rigor. And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage-in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field. All their service in which they made them serve was with rigor.

Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah; and he said, "When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live."

But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive. So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, "Why have you done this thing, and saved the male children alive?"

And the midwives said to Pharaoh, "Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are lively and give birth before the midwives come to them."

Therefore God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and grew very mighty. And so it was, because the midwives feared God, that He provided households for them.

So Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, "Every son who is born you shall cast into the river, and every daughter you shall save alive."

And a man of the house of Levi went and took as wife a daughter of Levi. So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river's bank. And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.

Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river. And her maidens walked along the riverside; and when she saw the ark among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it. And when she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby wept. So she had compassion on him, and said, "This is one of the Hebrews' children."

Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?"

And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Go." So the maiden went and called the child's mother. Then Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages." So the woman took the child and nursed him. And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. So she called his name Moses, saying, "Because I drew him out of the water."

Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. And when he went out the second day, behold, two Hebrew men were fighting, and he said to the one who did the wrong, "Why are you striking your companion?"

Then he said, "Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?"

So Moses feared and said, "Surely this thing is known!" When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and dwelt in the land of Midian; and he sat down by a well.

Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters. And they came and drew water, and they filled the troughs to water their father's flock. Then the shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

When they came to Reuel their father, he said, "How is it that you have come so soon today?"

And they said, "An Egyptian delivered us from the hand of the shepherds, and he also drew enough water for us and watered the flock."

So he said to his daughters, "And where is he? Why is it that you have left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread."

Then Moses was content to live with the man, and he gave Zipporah his daughter to Moses. And she bore him a son. He called his name Gershom; for he said, "I have been a stranger in a foreign land."

Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them.

Exodus 1:6-2:25

WORSHIP

He sent from above, He took me;
He drew me out of many waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy,
>From those who hated me,
For they were too strong for me.
He also brought me out into a broad place;
He delivered me because He delighted in me.
Psalm 18:16-17, 19

WISDOM

Let your fountain be blessed,
And rejoice with the wife of your youth.
As a loving deer and a graceful doe,
Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;
And always be enraptured with her love.
Proverbs 5:18-19

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