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The Rock or the rocks?


Paul laid out the plan of salvation before King Agrippa.
Paul asked “Do you believe?”
King Agrippa replied, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”
King Agrippa was given the opportunity to begin building his life on The Rock, Jesus Christ. He had the opportunity to stand confident in The Lord, unwavering and founded. He could’ve come boldly before the throne of grace without fear of rejection.
Instead he chose to continue without any certainty of eternal life. He trusted in his own ways. He refused a relationship with Jesus. He would have to approach judgment scared and alone.
Instead of crying to The Rock to protect him he would beg for the rocks to fall on him (Revelation 6:16).
The decisions we make now determine our reaction when we stand before The Lord.
The Rock or the rocks? Who will you be calling out to? 
Acts 26:24-30

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i for an eye

Saul was jealous of David. He hated him with a passion. He threw a javelin at him, on two different occasions, attempting to kill him. He hired hit men to take David out. Saul spent a lot of his time as king of Israel seeking to destroy David from the face of the earth.

David, in turn had spent a lot of his time running from Saul. He climbed mountains. He hid in caves. His life had become consumed with outsmarting Saul and his men.

Saul was worn out. He and three thousand men had searched for David all day. He entered into a cave for rest. Unbeknownst to him, David was in that same cave, in the shadows. Saul fell asleep. David’s opportunity for revenge had presented itself. His men urged him on. Now was his chance.

But David wouldn’t kill Saul. He cut off a piece of his garment to show Saul that he could have. But he didn’t. His reason: He didn’t want to kill the man anointed of The Lord. 

David could’ve avenged himself. He might have felt relief and satisfaction for a while. But David knew that those feelings wouldn’t last with him the way that guilt for going against God would. By not returning evil with evil David was able to stay free of the burden of guilt, free from regret and free from sorrow.

Jesus taught that we should love our enemies, bless the people that curse us, do good to those hate us and to pray for the ones that persecute and despitefully use us. Not because that’s what they deserve. But because Jesus wants what is best for us. He doesn’t want His children to carry hatred in their heart, to be found always trying to avenge themselves. Instead He wants us to lay down our fleshly instincts and to let Him handle the situation.

The teachings of Jesus may at times seem restricting and unfair. But in reality Jesus’ teachings are always freeing and He is always just.

He’s Already There

Proverbs 3:5-6

Two mothers stood before King Solomon. These mothers shared a lot in common. They lived together. They delivered their babies within days of one another. And they both gave birth to baby boys.

King Solomon listened to their story: One of the babies had been suffocated in the middle of the night. Both mothers were claiming the living child.

King Solomon announced his decision: “Bring me a sword. Divide the baby in two. Give each mother a half of the baby.”

The woman whose son had died agreed with the idea of slaying the living infant. The mother of the living son broke down in tears. She begged King Solomon to not kill the baby but to give it to the other woman.

“Give the baby to her. Don’t slay it. She is the mother.”

The living mother rejoiced. King Solomon had judged correctly.

Previously King Solomon had been given the opportunity to ask for anything he wanted from The Lord. Riches. Honor. Anything. But he asked for an understanding heart to judge the people of God.

When the two women approached King Solomon he had to rely on The Lord to show him the truth. It seems so simple reading the story. But to actually be sitting in King Solomon’s position would’ve been very difficult. He didn’t have any idea who the living child’s mother was. He trusted that The Lord was leading him in making the correct decision.

Perhaps slaying the living child seemed a bit far fetched to King Solomon. Maybe he wondered if that would really work. But if he did doubt The Lord he didn’t allow his opinion to override the divine direction. And because he trusted The Lord’s plan he was able to correctly identify the mother of the living child.

King Solomon had every opportunity to deny the wisdom of The Lord and come up with a plan of his own. But he didn’t. He trusted in Him instead.

Trust Jesus. He knows all of the factors. He knows how people will react. He knows what the outcome will be. Don’t try to come up with a better plan. Trust the One who has it already figured out.

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