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Zeal Questioned

Michal was the younger daughter of Saul and was offered by him as a trophy to marry David if he would but bring Saul evidence of the killing of a hundred Philistines. Michal loved David and so when the deed was accomplished she was married to him and protected him when her father's men came searching to kill him at their home.

When David had escaped and gone into hiding and possibly because Saul was punishing Michal for protecting him or trying to get David mad, he gave her to another man to marry. She might have just been used again in one of Saul's schemes to keep his power, however, David eventually gains the throne and Abner, the general of Ishbosheth's army, Saul's son, obtains favor with David by returning Michal to him.
This seems to be a wonderful story but something had happened inside to Michal. In the course of time David brings the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem and dances and plays before it as the procession winds its way through the capital. "Mich…

Refuge

In The Lord of the Rings, the people of Rohan take refuge in Helm's Deep. It is a keep that is seemingly impenetrable. It is chiseled into high mountains, surrounded on the back and the sides by steep cliffs then skirted in front by a twenty-foot high wall wide enough for four men to stand side by side across. In a previous war under King Helm Hammerhand the people had sought refuge there against enemies and were able to hold the keep through a winter. It was thought to be invulnerable but was almost overthrown by the army of Saruman, only saved at the last moment by an outside force.
Is there any thing or any one who we can put our trust in safely and without fear of being overthrown? That is the question all of us must answer nationally and personally. It is a powerful question of value, virtue, strength and power. The Psalmist answered it this way: "It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man...[or] princes." (Psalm 118:8-9)
Concerning nations and th…

Diligent

There is a distinct difference in the wish of a lazy person and the desire of a diligent person. The one never sees anything come to fruition but the other sees his dreams turn into reality.
Solomon said, "The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied." (Proverbs 13:4)
What makes wishes of no help? What makes desires of great help? It is the activity or non-activity that follows. A diligent person is one who perseveres and is continually at his work. All that he does is done with careful, steady and painstaking effort. What he dreams he makes a path to achieve. What he decides to do he does do and that with energy and enthusiasm.
Reflect on the nature of your thoughts. Are they wishes or desires? If wishes, understand their uselessness, but if desires, link them to a plan to achieve. It is hard to push a stopped car but using large amounts of energy you can overcome its inertia and begin to move it forward. The faster it starts to…

Growing Daily

When change happens in your life it always has a precipitating event. So is true of your spiritual life. Colossians 3:1,3,9,10 state the following as fact: you are "raised with Christ," "you died," "your life is hidden with Christ in God," "you have taken off your old self," "and put on the new self." These facts apply to the moment in time when you accepted Christ as your personal Savior. This event triggers a huge change that is eternal in nature. It is a transition from being bound under sin to being free to live a life of faith under Christ.
Now we know that a decision starts us down a new path but that this decision can take time to come to fruition. Like the decision to go to University. After it is made you have to apply, attend, study and graduate. There is a process that follows every decision. So is it with spiritual change. Although we are in a new state of living because of our decision to follow Christ, we must apply it t…