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Archaeological stone

From the Jerusalem Post article titled, “Archaeologists Identify City Gate from the time of King David” by ZACHARY KEYSER included this statement: Even though the “House of David” inscription has confirmed the essential historicity of King David from the Bible, scholars have reached little consensus about the nature and extent of his rule.

As believers, we have committed our lives and our eternities to Jesus. We believe the Bible is the Word of God. We believe Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Yet, as intelligent, socially adept people, we are expected by society to doubt God’s Word and to separate what we believe from how we make decisions and how we act.

We must guard our minds while we stay engaged in the places where God has planted us. Proverbs 18:15 (ESV) reads, “An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” It’s not God’s will for us to disengage with the world. If we did that there would be no reason for us to remain “in the world.” However, it is God’s will that we do not deny Him. Also, we are not to be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and we are to be obedient to God’s will.

So guard your minds but be at peace and be joyful for God, Himself, lives in us. As Psalm 16:11 (ESV) states, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” 

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God’s will for you

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Many years ago I quit a job where I was vice president. It was a good-sized company of a couple of hundred people, and I did and still do respect to people there. However, during my whole tenure there, I never could get the peace of God in my work. In truth, I was there due to the wrong decision I made, and I knew it.

Finally, I resigned with no employment prospects in site. We ended up having to sell our nice, two-story, four bedrooms, two bath house and rent a mobile home in the backyard of my in-laws. Oh, and in the process, my wife and I found she was pregnant with twins. It was a very challenging time for me.

Actually, it worked out quite well for the family since my mother-in-law’s help with the twins was just a few steps away. One of my sons helped Grandpa roof his garage, and the kids had a great time with cousins and family. I, on the other hand, was not doing so well.

I felt I had failed my employer, failed my employees, failed my family, failed God. And, during this time I couldn’t get hired by anyone. I was even turned down as a Fuller Brush salesman and a telemarketer, really. Nothing I tried worked, except prayer. I began spending hours in prayer each day.

The passage of Scripture 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV), Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” was something I believed and practiced but it was also a struggle. God was tearing down the faith I had in my skills and the person I thought I was. To rebuild me he had to tear my house down to the foundation. Thankfully, Jesus was (and is) my foundation.

God rebuilt me, piece by piece; some I’ve seen and many I just know. God has blessed me beyond anything I could ask or think, but it took a painful refurbishing, one well after I’d received Jesus as my Lord.

I can affirm that I always attempt (key word is attempt) make my first response to any circumstance one of rejoicing, praying, and thanking Jesus to whom I belong. Whether in poverty or prosperity (Philippians 4:10-13) I know I can be content, That’s real peace.

However, during my whole tenure there, I never could get the peace of God in my work. In truth, I was there due to the wrong decision I made, and I knew it.

Finally, I resigned with no employment prospects in site. We ended up having to sell our nice, two-story, four bedrooms, two bath house and rent a mobile home in the backyard of my in-laws. Oh, and in the process, my wife and I found she was pregnant with twines. It was a very challenging time for me.

Actually, it worked out quite well for the family since my mother-in-law’s help with the twins was just a few steps away. One of my sons helped Grandpa roof his garage, and the kids had a great time with cousins and family. I, on the other hand, was not doing so well.

I felt I had failed my employer, failed my employees, failed my family, failed God. And, during this time I couldn’t get hired by anyone. I was even turned down as a Fuller Brush salesman and a telemarketer, really. Nothing I tried worked, except prayer. I began spending hours in prayer each day.

The passage of Scripture 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV), Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” was something I believed and practiced but it was also a struggle. God was tearing down the faith I had in my skills and the person I thought I was. To rebuild me he had to tear my house down to the foundation. Thankfully, Jesus was (and is) my foundation.

God rebuilt me, piece by piece; some I’ve seen and many I just know. God has blessed me beyond anything I could ask or think, but it took a painful refurbishing, one well after I’d received Jesus as my Lord.

I can affirm that I always attempt (key word is attempt) make my first response to any circumstance one of rejoicing, praying, and thanking Jesus to whom I belong. Whether in poverty or prosperity (Philippians 4:10-13) I know I can be content, That’s real peace.

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