More To Know

Mar. 26, 2020

This is a psalm of David consisting of 12 verses. The psalm may be divided into three sections or divisions. Some commentators believe David wrote this during the time that his son Absalom rebelled against him. David was extremely distressed. To have your child turn against you is a very deep wound. When a child of yours that you have raised, nurtured, cared for, provided for and sacrificed for turns against you it creates an intense pain. David was possibly experiencing that kind of anguish at the writing of this psalm.

Psalm 62:1-4 New Living Translation. This is the first division of the psalm.

I wait quietly before God,
    for my victory comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress where I will never be shaken.

So many enemies against one man—
    all of them trying to kill me.
To them I’m just a broken-down wall
    or a tottering fence.
They plan to topple me from my high position.
    They delight in telling lies about me.
They praise me to my face
    but curse me in their hearts. 

 Other people who David employed, trusted and provided for sided with and supported Absalom in his rebellion. Because of this David experienced layers of betrayal. Here David expresses that God is the only one he can fully rely on. God is the only one who will never plot against him. God is the only one David can look to as his Protector and Defender.

The second division of this Psalm consists of verses 5-8.

Let all that I am wait quietly before God,

    for my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress where I will not be shaken.
My victory and honor come from God alone.
    He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in him at all times.
    Pour out your heart to him,
    for God is our refuge. 

 In these verses David uses several metaphors to describe the Lord and His characteristics. He expresses the Lord’s stability, protection and strength. He is my Rock, my Fortress, my Defense, my Salvation. The Lord God is my place of Safety.

For most of us it is easy to defend and strengthen ourselves against an unrelated enemy. Our strategy is different when opposing an enemy with whom we don’t have a relationship. Against a random stranger we can pull out all the stops and launch our most devastating attack. But what about when the person holding the knife in your back is a close relative or a former confidante? David loved Absalom and respected Abner. Abner was a mighty warrior who had served in battle with David. At the time of David’s distress, Abner had joined forces with and was advising Absalom against David.

David loved his son and refused to retaliate against him. At first he did nothing to squash Absalom’s rebellion. Eventually Joab, who was David’s nephew and the captain of his army, and his men did engage in conflict with Absalom and those who followed him. David gave strict instructions that Absalom was not to be injured (II Samuel 18:12).

David was a formidable foe and he had defeated many in battle. But his heart was tender toward his son. This was his beloved son. How could he lay aside his heart stirrings and wage war against his own flesh and blood?

 The last section of the psalm includes verses 9-12.

 Common people are as worthless as a puff of wind,

    and the powerful are not what they appear to be.
If you weigh them on the scales,
    together they are lighter than a breath of air.

10 Don’t make your living by extortion
    or put your hope in stealing.
And if your wealth increases,
    don’t make it the center of your life.

11 God has spoken plainly,
    and I have heard it many times:
Power, O God, belongs to you;
12     unfailing love, O Lord, is yours.
Surely you repay all people
    according to what they have done.

 In these final verses David expresses that basically all people are the same regardless of their social or economic situation. He warns against taking advantage of others. David advises the value of getting and keeping a correct perspective about power and wealth. We all have some power and some influence. It is a grave responsibility to use them wisely. Almost daily we see where people in authority misused their influence to increase their own standing and to decrease someone else’s. Verse 12 is a reminder that we reap what we sow.

David had the ability and the means to totally halt Absalom’s revolt. But he didn’t. David could have quickly crushed Absalom and all his followers. But he didn’t because he loved his son. He didn’t because David didn’t want his reign as king to be forever tainted with the shedding of his son’s blood. David’s hopes and prayers were that Absalom would realize his error, beg his father’s forgiveness and submit to David’s leadership.

Absalom, no doubt, felt justified in his attempt to overthrow his father and set up his own kingdom. Absalom’s sister had been raped and rejected by one of David’s other sons. David was angry but did nothing to restore Tamar (the sister) or punish Amnon, the offender. An unhealed wound continues to fester. Absalom hated Amnon but never said anything to him about his crime. But Absalom’s heart was black with the hatred of revenge toward Amnon. Absalom plotted and planned and two years after the attack against Tamar Absalom arranged and facilitated Amnon’s murder. (II Samuel 13). David’s lack of action in this situation prompted Absalom to take matters into his own hands. Absalom also knew that David would not make any drastic moves against him. Absalom may have felt that his father had become soft, weak and indecisive in his latter years. He probably thought that the kingdom needed someone more prone to decisiveness and action…like himself. However, for many reasons, Absalom’s quest ended tragically. He was killed and never fully realized his plans of kingship. The primary reason is because David was the one God chose to be king over Israel. No one could have displaced him.

 It is evident that David made a lot of mistakes. We all do. But somehow God had communicated to David that even though he had the ability to wield his power against any opposers he did not have free reign to do so.

 Psalm 62:11 God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongs unto God.

 As shown above, the NLT states verse 11 this way:

11 God has spoken plainly,
    and I have heard it many times:
Power, O God, belongs to you;

 God has afforded each one of us power and ability to accomplish some things. But power belongs to God. In the eyes of many David appeared unnaturally placid. His lack of action during this time of rebellion seemed untimely. If you are already king, you don’t have to prove it. Instead of displaying his power, David chose patience, humility, restraint and prayer. We may be afforded the opportunity to demonstrate the same wisdom and spare someone’s feelings, reputation, livelihood or even their life. What are you doing with your power?

Mar. 16, 2020

There are many measures to take place. Some good and some not so good. All will come together to perform the whole will of the Lord. All the righteous will survive and thrive in the ways of the Lord. All the wicked will fall by the sword, by pestilence or by their own hand.

The guards are guarding (the angels of the Lord commissioned to protect His people).

The sin of greed and power has overcome some. They are willing to gain power at any cost. They have no qualms at all about mass murder disguised as a medical emergency. They have no conscience about creating panic and taking lives to further their own agendas of greed and power. They are the tools of satan.

Be not afraid of their faces, their words, their plots or their plans. The Word of God and the plan of God will prevail. All of My people are safe. All the ones who have put their trust in Me are fully protected. I am in control of all life and living. No one is able to overcome, overpower or overthrow what I have ordained and determined. That is why I have it already recorded in My book. It is already done. The victory is already won. Cast all your cares on Me. There is no fear for the people of God.

My wisdom will prevail and guide you as you hear and obey My voice. They are seemingly small steps of obedience but they will yield huge results. Don’t dismiss anything that I tell you or show you. I will show you what to do and where to go. Don’t deviate from what I tell you. If I say 10, stick with 10, not 9 and not 11…10.

There is a path that the people of God are to follow. I am the only One who knows the way. I Am the Way. I Am the Truth and I Am the Life. Follow Me. Do not rely on your own version of truth. Do not rely on the opinions of those who don’t know Me. You are chosen and I will not let you fall.

Jan. 17, 2020

Understanding the Power of the Authority To Edify

Paul so strictly understood the effectiveness of this authority, that he restated his position recorded earlier (II Corinthians 10:8) at the end of his letter. In the last chapter, II Corinthians 13:10, right before his farewell acknowledgments, he wrote this:

II Corinthians 13:10 KJV –

Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.

 This is similar to how a wise parent may wait to discuss an issue with an offending child. A wise parent does not want to exact punishment at the height of their anger or frustration. They wait until they have calmed down and the child has calmed down. The parent may need time to prepare their words and organize their thoughts so the child actually learns and benefits from the interaction. In many cases a good parent also wants to comfort the child. You don’t want to send them away with feelings of anxiety. A wise parent builds them up by letting them know their behavior in this instance did not reflect who they are or who God made them to be. Some type of punishment is necessary because children and adults need to understand there are consequences associated with our actions. But good parents get no pleasure out of punishment. But it is a necessary tool to help teach obedience, boundaries, self-control and consequences.

How To Demonstrate the Authority To Edify

  1. Words – this is usually the quickest way and often produces an immediate positive response. Speak well of people. Acknowledge their achievements and advances. Be sincere and kind.
  2. Actions – show people that you value them and recognize their strengths, gifts and talents. We can do this by recommending them for a task, an assignment, a job, a service. Ask them to assist you in a project. This doesn’t usually produce the same quick result as words but the effect may be longer-lasting and more substantial. This is because the invitation or recommendation indicates your confidence in them and their ability to learn and / or complete the task. Their participation not only boosts their confidence but also creates an experience that they can always recall and draw from. It is helpful when facing a challenge to be able to remember another difficult assignment that you completed successfully.
  3. Prayer – we all can do this. We can talk to our Father and ask Him to edify this person in whatever ways the Holy Spirit reveals to us. The other two demonstrations (words and actions) sometimes may be hindered by logistics. But prayer is unhindered. We can edify or build up or encourage people through prayer. They may wake up feeling so good and assured in God. They may enjoy a calm, stress-free day and be blessed with the sunniest of dispositions. Don’t discount the edification through prayer just because you may not have the opportunity to see the results up close. Prayer is absolutely effective as an Authority To Edify.

 

Why Is This Important To the Remnant?

Those who remain, the remnant, are not randomly selected. We are not here by happenstance or accidentally or coincidentally. We are specifically selected because of our willingness to serve, our willingness to follow instructions and our passion for and interest in the things that the Lord directs our attention to. He chose us to make a difference here and now. Right where you are.

We are here because there are assignments with our names on them. Assignments that require diligence, perseverance and tenacity. The assignments may not be easy but they are doable. When we are edified, we are strengthened. We can go further, last longer and stay stronger.

Since we have the authority and we know the importance of its power, we are charged with exercising it faithfully and frequently. We are one body with many assignments. Each body part works best when rested, hydrated, strengthened, connected, afforded optimal circulation and generally healthy. Edification promotes all of those. We have been given delegated authority to edify, build up, strengthen the structure of the body of Christ. This helps us all to fulfill God’s calling and purposes on our lives.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`

Thank you for visiting this site. I pray that your resolve to edify the body has been strengthened!

Dec. 31, 2019

9 Characteristics of the Authority To Edify

So much can be learned from Paul's example in ministry. His writings and what has been written about him provide a wealth of information. Most of us have not been given the same broad scope of ministry that was entrusted to Paul. However, the principles that he demonstrated are substantially helpful for anyone dealing with people. As mentioned in the previous post, we all will give an account of how we handled our assignments. To minister is to serve. Some people seem to think that ministry means to "be served". The qualities expressed in these passages reflect a passion and a purpose that is in harmonny with the heart of God for His people.

Key scriptures: II Corinthians 1:23 – 2:4 (KJV)

23 Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.

Characteristics: pure honesty and truth. Paul isn’t trying to use reverse psychology to get them to think or do as he wishes. He doesn’t try to use deception, guilt or anger that so many use to manipulate the people.

Paul puts their well-being ahead of his own plans and personal ministry desires. A true shepherd is primarily concerned about the comfort, safety and health of the sheep. Paul demonstrated a shepherd’s concern.

24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

Characteristic: humility. Paul acknowledged that he is not the big dog who is calling all the shots. He points out that he has no rulership over their faith or faithfulness. This encourages each believer to take responsibility for their own faith, including the growth, depth and maturing of that faith or belief system. Without direct, intentional attention, faith will stay the same, stagnate or wither, shrivel and shrink. Paul doesn’t see himself as a principal over them. He deems himself a co-laborer, a fellow-worker and a brother in the Lord.

2 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.

Characteristic: patience. Even though Paul’s desire was urgent to interact with them in person, he was willing to wait until there was a release in his spirit from the Holy Ghost.

For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?

Characteristic: sensitivity. Paul is attuned to the timing that would be the most beneficial for his readers. He does not push ahead just to suit his own agenda or schedule or preferences.

And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.

Characteristics: self-discipline and maturity. Even though Paul wanted an in-person visit, he resisted going. Maturity let him know that a poorly timed visit would not yield the results he hoped for. He did not want to cause sorrow or dread or heaviness by coming too soon. The delayed personal encounter gave them time to correct the concerns expressed in his writings to them.

For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.

Characteristics: wisdom and empathy. Paul put himself in their place imagining how his presence would affect their hearts, spirits and morale if he arrived too soon. Paul was not oblivious or uncaring about their spiritual condition or their likely reactions to seeing him in person. It would be like having to face a parent who had confidence and trust in you as a child and you violated that trust. If the relationship is healthy, the child is shamed, grieved, embarrassed and possibly fearful at the prospect of facing the parent. Paul did not want that for them. And it wasn’t necessary since he addressed the pertinent issues in his letters.

It is easy to become disgruntled or disappointed when serving. There are so many varying situations and types of people that require your attention. God has shown us, through Paul, what it looks like to wisely and carefully exercise the Authority To Edify.

The new year is fast approaching. May the abundance of the Holy Father bless you and your household with more than enough. May the wisdom of the Spirit of Truth usher you into an arena of Grace and Truth that will transform lives, comfort hearts and bring clarity of thought to each person who is a receipient of your ministry. God Bless You!

 

Dec. 17, 2019

II Corinthians 10:8-9 KJV - For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:  9That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.

II Corinthians 10:8-9 AMP - For even though I boast rather freely about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be ashamed [of the truth], nor do I want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters;

 

In the verses above the apostle Paul is writing to the church at Corinth. He speaks of the authority granted to him of the Lord for the purpose of edification or building up. From this passage here are six points about "Exercising the Authority To Edify".

Exercising the Authority To Edify

  1. Make a declaration. Don’t be timid about using the authority or delegated influence. Every born-again believer has this authority through the power of the Holy Ghost. We have this influence and should be using it every day. Paul was instrumental in the spiritual birth of many of the saints at Corinth. He was a spiritual father to them. As a father, a parent, he had the privilege and the responsibility of edification just like natural parents do. Those raising children are afforded a unique opportunity to shape young minds and help direct their spirits toward the Lord. In the whole scheme of things, this window of opportunity is very small. Natural parents start as the primary influencers in a child's life. Quite frequently this only lasts a few short years. Use the time you have wisely. Don't take these fleeting moments for granted. Pour generously, the strengthening wisdom of God, into young people's lives. This is important whether they are young naturally or young spiritually.
  2. Know that this power was given to us by the Lord to use. He knew what He was doing when He gave it. We all will give an account of what we did with what He gave us to steward (Matthew 25: 14-30). It is not our power or our people. All belong to the Lord. All of us have seen, heard or experienced a ministry where those in leadership began to abuse the authority given them as a spiritual leader. It is vital to always remember that it is the Lord’s authority. We are simply ambassadors operating, ministering on His behalf, in His stead. Therefore, we are to utilize that power the same way He would.

3. This power was given to us to build up. The original wording translated “build up” has a reference to architecture and structure. So it is not an abstract concept. I believe that Paul's wording indicates that when we exercise this authority as the Lord intended, something with intentional design, critical form, and specified purpose is being established. The Lord doesn’t do anything willy-nilly. Everything has a purpose. When we exercise His authority, as He intends, the body of Christ is strengthened, encouraged and made free. When we are edified there is a virtue that is imparted to us. Our outlook is clearer and brighter. Bondages fall off or we have the strength to wrestle out of them and walk away. When we are edified there is a liberty that positively impacts our spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health.

4. Paul further distinguishes to his readers that his desire and use of this authority is not to tear them down, bring them down or destroy them. The very fact that he mentions this reveals that this misuse is a possibility. Not a possibility from or by Paul. His intentions are only good. But he warns (Acts 20:28-30) of those who do not have noble intentions and they will grievously damage the flock of God.

5. Paul also states that there is no shame in the proper dispensing of this power. He gives no credence to the naysayers, or the rebellious or the disobedient who accuse him of overstepping his authority.

6. Finally, at the end of verse 9, he emphasizes again that it is not his intention to exercise his authority through fear or ungodly dominance as some leaders do. Paul is careful to keep his love for God's people ablaze. Love covers the multitude of sins (I Peter 4:8). Letting the Lord love the flock through you will help keep fustration, anger and impatience at bay. We are to love the same way we are loved by our Heavenly Father.

 

The next post will review nine characteristics of the "Authority To Edify" gleaned from a portion of II Corinthians. Thank you for visiting this site!