“...by strength shall no man prevail.”
There is no doubt that we are in trouble as a nation.
There is no doubt that we are in trouble as a society.
There is no doubt as to the solution.
The solution is not in man.
In preparing for the study of 1 Samuel beginning in October, I encountered the following verse…
1 Sam 2:9
9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
The Lord will keep the feet of His saints. He will guard, guide and protect.
The Lord will deal with the wicked.
By strength shall no man prevail.
Again, the strength of man will not prevail.
Only by the Lord God will solutions be found.
Many within the authentic Body of Christ know this, yet they still seek the ways of man.
Many simply do not see what is going on.
I’m amazed at how many will argue over how to spend the 50+% of resources stolen and confiscated from them...all the while never questioning the thieves.
The thoughts and discussions of most of the Body of Christ reflect the mind of man, the thoughts of man, the wisdom of man.
Rare indeed is the person who speaks what is really needed - the wisdom of God.
Yet, we are to be literally fountains flowing with the wisdom of God.
Why are we not?
Because we think more upon the ways of man.
Because we fear what we see in the natural.
Because we cling to “what we know, what we feel, what we want” rather than truth.
Because we refuse to seek the truth.
Because we are more distracted by being “pumped for church”, “excited about our pastor”, “thrilled by the best church in town,” etc. etc. ad nauseum. (I see so many comments and the like on Facebook, Myspace, etc. We worship what “we do” in the name of God...most of the while refusing to worship in Spirit and Truth. Examine yourself...)
What are we to do?
Another verse from 1 Samuel gives some insight…
1 Sam 2:3
3 Do not boast so proudly, or let arrogant words come out of your mouth, for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and actions are weighed by Him.
(from Holman Christian Standard Bible® Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 by Holman Bible Publishers.)
Quit boasting in the plans of man. Yes, speak to them. Declare the truth. Call a lie a lie! But, do not boast.
Do no let arrogant words come out of your mouth. Speak the truth in the humility of the Lord.
Know that the Lord is the God of knowledge. He is the only source of knowledge and Truth.
Live and breath the knowledge of the Lord.
Finally, read one of my favorite sentences from the Word...yep...one sentence...give heed to the words…
- cease not to give thanks
- make mention of one another in prayer
- receive wisdom, revelation
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
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