Dare I Go

Reference: Judges 7 and 8

Dare I go
Against the Armies of Midian,
The oppressors of our people.
Dare I face an army
That so outmatches mine.
Dare I go,
The least of my family,
The least of my tribe,
The least of my nation.

Too many?
What do you mean
Too many?
Were outnumbered as it is.
Dare I send home the men
With quivering knees,
Dare I send home those
Who stomachs shake.
I have no chance without the fearful,
And no chance with them.

Too many still?
How is that possible?
I have but ten thousand.
My cause is hopeless
As it is.
To send home more
Based on drinking water?
But if God doesn’t go,
There’s no chance.

Okay, so now you’re satisfied.
Now that we have three hundred
Before an army of thousands.
And all you give me is a vision
In the mist,
Of a loaf falling from Heaven,
And a fearful Midianite’s interpretation.
So I’m to run against a trained Army
With lamps and yelling.
Dare I go?

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Will I be remembered as an Idiot
Screaming in the woods?
A madman whose life’s lamp was
Extinguished on a cold, bitter night.
A nuisance swatted
By the arm of Midian,
Squashed by a superior foe,
Dare I go?

There’s but one hope
In a darkest hour,
And that is beyond my grasp,
Beyond my power,
When my frail plans fall
To the ground,
I must choose to run
Or stand against the wind.
So against the mighty thousands,
With no earthly chance,
With God, I dare go.

-Adam Graham

Grace

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.-John 3:14-18

While Verse 16 is the most famous verse in the Bible, the entire passage is important. God once condemned the World (see Genesis 6) and destroyed with a flood of water. He could have condemned the entire world and every generation in this same manner.

God instead offered man a way to Salvation if they would believe on Jesus Christ and accept Him as their personal Saviour (Revelations 3:20). All of the promises of grace and mercy found in the Bible are dependent on accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior.

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.-Isaiah 44:22 Even in the Old Testament, there are numerous scriptures extolling God’s mercy. How much more should we who are covered by the Blood of Christ proclaim the greatness of his grace and mercy!

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.-1 John 1:9

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.-1 John 2: 10

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.-1 John 4:10

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.-Hebrews 8:12

On the “Really Bad Sins”

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.-Psalm 16:10

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.-1 Timothy 1:13-16

The man who wrote the first passage committed adultery with one of his officers wives and then had that officer killed. His name was David, yet he had confidence in God’s grace and mercy though he, of his own merit was unworthy of it.

The second man persecuted and killed dozens of Christians in and about Judea and even travelled to Damascus to carry out his hatred. This same man became a hero of the Faith and the greatest Christian leader of his age. Consider the lives of Paul and David and ask whether your sin is really too big for God to forgive.

Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: -Isaiah 59:1

All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.-John 6:37

On Backsliding:

I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.-Hosea 14:4

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. -Isaiah 1:18

I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. -Revelations 3:18-20

God has throughout scripture sought to bring his wayward children home whether Israel, or sinners or backsliders. Even though Simon Peter denied Him, Jesus welcomed Him back (John 21:15-19).

The Bible tells us plainly, The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. -2 Peter 3:9 . It’s a human desire to never forgive the “dirty so and so” who does us wrong, but it’s God’s pleasure to show us mercy if only we’ll ask Him.

God’s grace is abundant. He loves you so much. Whether you’re a backslider, a non-Christian, or a Christian struggling with a sin, I’d urge in the name of Jesus to take hold of God’s everlasting mercy!

Giving

Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.-Eccl. 11:1 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.-Prov. 19:17

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.-2. Cor. 9:6,7

If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.-Deut. 15:7,8

But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?-1 John 3:17

Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.-Matt 5:42

And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.-Lk. 21:1-4

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. -Lk. 6:38

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.-Matt. 25:31-46

Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of Heaven and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.-Malachi 3:8-11

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.-James 1:27

If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?-James 2:15,16

Sex

On Fornication:

Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.-1. Corinthians 6:18

The Bible is clear that premarital sex is wrong. While media and pop culture may say otherwise, it shall pass away, yet “Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:18)

There are many reasons for this, Paul’s 1st Century observation has been borne out by painful 20th century evidence as 1 in 4 Americans now have a sexually transmitted disease after the 1960s “Sexual Revolution”.

Most of America’s horrific 40 million abortions were results of fornication. King David, the man after God’s own heart became a murderer in order to cover up his sin. (1 Samuel 11). Fornication breeds more sins with a greater and greater depth of depravity.

The Bible declares, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. “-Genesis 2:24. When we have sex with anyone other than our spouse, we are robbing them, for God intended us to keep ourselves for our spouse and our spouse alone.

There’s another reason for this. A wise man named Agur wrote 1 chapter in the book of Proverbs, in this chapter he declares, “There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not…and the way of a man with a maid.”-Proverbs 30:18,19

God intended the marital relationship to be a private place between husband and wife, a place where they experienced each other in ways that no one else ever would. It’s a wonder and a thing that those who are celibate or single “know not.”

Our culture encourages us to be voyeuristic and to behold more and more explicit material. This ruins the mystery of human sexuality. In times past, movies were cleaner. “Gone With the Wind” is a classic movie that’s rated G, yet discussed sexuality discreetly and respectfully. It didn’t flash it upon the screen. It left the mystery in it. When we commit fornication, we destroy the mystery, and do damage to our future intimate world with our own spouse.

On Homosexuality: ” Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”-Lev. 18:21

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,” -1. Corinthians 6:9

In Corinthians, the words “effeminate” and “abusers of themselves” with mankind refers to homosexuals and boys who allowed homosexuals to abuse them.

In the Old and New testament, the bible is clear that homosexual conduct is against God’s will. Is God merely arbitrary or intolerant? Every commandment in the Bible is given for our good. So if God gave us the commandment, he had a reason.

We see several evidences from secular scholars as to why homosexuality is wrong. Public acceptance of homosexuality is a sign of societal decay and decline and no society that has accepted it has survived very long.

In addition, the homosexual lifestyle is an unsatisfied life full of pain. Suicide rates are markedly higher among homosexuals than among heterosexuals. While Homosexual activists write this off as a result of heterosexual intolerance this is even the case in such liberal places as San Fransisco.

In addition, while homosexuals are clamoring for the right to marry, this avoids the painful truth that there is rarely any satisfaction in homosexual relationships. It’s not unheard for some homosexuals to have 100s of partners in the course of their lifetime.

In addition, if turned out there is a gene that predisposes a person to develop homosexual tendencies, this would correlate with the fact that homosexual inclinations are one of many symptoms of childhood sexual assault (which doesn’t necessarily include physical contact, and is not always remembered, especially if it occurred in early childhood). Thus, if we do ever find a “gay gene” it would only explain why some childhood sexual assault victims develop homosexual tendencies and some don’t.  Nor would such a discovery make homosexual tendencies normal any more than genes predisposing you to develop cancer makes having cancer a healthy condition.

Examining the way the homosexual lifestyle plays out, the high occurrence of depression, STDs, and dissatisfaction, we understand why the Bible spoke so firmly against it. Jesus tells us, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).

Today, Jesus offers something better than gay pride. He offers you grace, forgiveness, and freedom from the power of sin and death.  Christ has healed the wounds of many former homosexuals, who are now free from the sin that once enslaved them, and he can do this for you, too.

Now, it’s true that some don’t find full freedom until Heaven. If you’re struggling here on Earth, remember, it is no more a sin simply to have same sex attractions than it is for a married man to be attracted to other women. Temptation only becomes sin when we act upon it. Like with any other sin we struggle with, if you stumble and fall, repent, dust yourself off, and get going with the Lord again.

On Pornography:

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. -Matthew 5:27, 28 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. -Philippians 4:8

Pornography is written to incite us to lust and it is lust that leads to sexual sin. Looking out his window at the bathing wife of one of his mighty men of valour, David didn’t intend to commit adultery and murder, while bringing God’s judgment on his house, but he did. So too many men stumble into pornography and find themselves driven deeper and deeper into the depths of human depravity.

Adultery

I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. -Matt. 5:32

And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.

Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.

And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.

Malachi 3:13-16

Adultery is one of the most serious sins that anyone could committ. In today’s modern church, we may view adultery as a “normal sin” aand homosexuality as perversion but Paul listed the adulterer and the homosexual together, telling us that neither would enter the Kingdom of God.

Next to our covenant with God, no promise is more sacred than that made between man and wife. As shown in Malachi, the amount of adultery and “treachery” by the men of Israel stopped God from accepting their sacrifices. “Men of God” who believe they can serve both God and the lust of the flesh would do well to read what the Bible has to say.

Sex in Marriage

Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. -Hebrews 13:4

Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.

Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.-1 Corinthians 7:3-5

Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. -Proverbs 5: 18

God has no problem with marital sex. In fact it is His plan and pleases him. As much as the Bible roundly condemns sexual immorality of all sorts, God has blessed the marriage bed. God’s perfect will for those of us who are married is to continue in love one towards our spouse, this the Bible declares “honourable in all” and “undefiled”.

If We Fail…

You may be reading this and feeling convicted or perhaps condemned. The Word has a way of showing forth our sins. There is good news. There is grace and victory through Jesus. To learn more, see, The Bible On Grace.

Mission Accomplished, Mission Failed

Your job was to change my diapers,
But that part ended about 25 years ago.
Your job was to tell me everything to do,
And make sure I did,
But that part ended a decade ago.
Your job was to make me into a man,
Who could live independently,
Solve problems,
Get things taken care of on my own.
And now I am.

Now your job is to
Enjoy my accomplishments,
Take pride in what I achieve,
And the part you’ve played in it.
Talk to me like a man,
And share wisdom with an equal.

Yet, you don’t get it,
Perhaps you’re confused.
Your job was to never be a geneticist,
God never asked you to make a clone.

The Drummer

  To W.T.S.

The drummer sits
For the first time in forever.
He grabs his sticks,
His faithful servants
And begins to strike the drum,
Boom, clang, boom boom

The drummer’s home
In another world, another place
A perfect picture
Of a man in his element,
Some things may have been forgotten,
But nothing we’d remember
As we listen to the boom of the drums
And the clang of cymbals,
We only see the joy of the drummer.

Then at once the drummer rises,
The moment passes,
The drummer rises
And he stands a leader,
A decider of the fate of our nation.
Washington left his Mount Vernon
As the drummer must leave his drum
To change the tune of our nation’s Capitol.
For nothing is ever accomplished without sacrifice.

Countdown

By opportunity unsought, we become poor,

By knowledge unapplied, we become fools,

By freedom unexcercised, we become slaves,

By pleasure undisciplined, we become miserable,

By manners unheeded, we become brutes,

By truths untold, we become liars.

The march of the centuries is lost,

The wise are perished and their words

Are but kept as odd witticisms,

As we squander all we have

On riotous living

We smile at each other and say, “My friend!”

As hatred seethes in our heart,

With murder on our mind,

We shake hands.

Americans sit idle transfixed

By America’s idol watching American Idol

While thieves lay waste their house.

Is this the House of the Lord?

Where is He?

To our Master, we shall all give account