William Andrew Dillard
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.”
Often, an overcome saint is the result of the war with the beast ( evil esp. in government), Rev.13:7. An interesting consideration is: has this happened before? Is there a precedent that could possibly prepare one for that possibility? Consider the following:
The terms “discourage” or “discouraged” appears only a few times in the Bible. Most of the appearances are in the Old Testament with one in the New Testament. They are all directed to or about God’s people. It is also interesting to note that usage is few, but employs several words to cover the idea’s spectrum. The Hebrew terms so translated are:
“Qatsar,” in Numbers 21:4. The word means primarily “to be short; hence, impatient, vexed and or grievous.” Here it depicts the reaction to hardships in the way of the Hebrew journey from Egypt. They were not discouraged because of the way, but in the way due to so many obstacles as well as the absence of the few conveniences of life afforded them in Egypt.
“Nuw,” in Numbers 32:7, 9; this term is primarily meaning “to hinder, forbid, disallow, refrain, or frustrate.” It depicts the state of the Hebrews after the evil report of the spies, turning them away from entering the Promised Land.
“Macac” is translated “discouraged” in Deut. 1:28 and means “Dissolve, melt, drop off.” It describes the heart of the Hebrews upon the report of the giants being in the Land of Promise.
“Chathath,” in Deuteronomy 1:21. This means “shattered, dismayed, broken, afraid.” It was used here in the negative as an admonition of encouragement for the Hebrews to take the Land of Promise.
Collecting the meaning of all these words, one finds that the Bible warns God’s people to NOT be impatient, vexed or grieved; to NOT accept hindrance, forbiddance, frustration or restraint from doing God’s Will; to NOT be shattered, dismayed, broken or afraid in heart and spirit; to NOT dissolve, melt or drop off in service and faith in Him.
Does the going get a little rough sometimes? You bet it does! Does Satan use the above named tactics to discourage, dissuade, and negate one’s discipleship? You bet he does! But to Israel, the Promised Land was still there and God’s victory was theirs for the claiming. To those who are standing for the Lord and His Word today, the reward of faithful service is still there and the Captain of the Host of the Lord is still present to give the victory.
So, let us all be aware of Satan’s tools of discouragement, and in the words of the beloved apostle Paul, “Let us not be weary in well doing for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Gal. 6:9. The battle with the beast, and its outcome is every Christian’s war, and there are tremendous blessings for the Christian victor. In Christ you will be such a victor!
Monthly Archives: February 2020
William Andrew Dillard
When our course is controlled by God, we soar to heights never imagined. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13 KJB
If the going is easy, you aren’t climbing. How often does the Bible say, Jesus went into the mountain to pray.
Mic_4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. KJB . One day it will be mountaintop living. For now we climb out of the valley of sin, degradation, and sorrow, to reach the mountain of rejoicing.
Romans. 4:21; Ephesians. 3:20; Jude 24,25
How often we speak of God and the depth of love that He has. How easy it is to neglect all the other attributes that God has. Some prefer to neglect His other attributes. So many have a one dimensional God. They have a God with no anger no jealousy nor retribution. They also forget about the power of God. Are you convinced are you “ . . . fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” Romans 4:21, KJB. We often demonstrate our disbelief in God’s Divine Power.
How many have given up on door to door evangelism? Is it the result of not believing in the Divine Power of God? Fear of talking to someone about their need of a Savior? Is that the result of not believing in the Divine Power of God? How about that small church, how many have given up on it? Some people not believing in the Divine Power of God. We lose sight of the Divine Power of God.
Our power come from the Divine Power of God. “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Ephesians 3:20, KJB. Our power is derived from the Divine Power of God. Where the Lord sends us, He empowers us to do His will. Why do we fear? Why do we hesitate? Why do we refuse? His power works within us and all we have to do is unleash that power to witness, share, feel compassion, and weep with others. We have the power change peoples lives by sharing the gospel.
Always remember this: Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. To the only wise God our Savior be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 1:24,25 KJB. We will face our Savior one day. We will acknowledge that He has kept us safe and will present us to God having no fault. We need to remember that all we do is for the glory of God who has all the power to give us to serve Him in this life. May we serve him in power without fear.
William Andrew Dillard
Parson to Person
The founding documents of the United States of America would have us to believe all men are created equal. Rather than take issue with equality in creation, let the reader consider that the very moment one comes into this world he/she is both equal and unequal. One’s parental status, environment, socio-economic level, and I.Q. does not provide for equality but for inequality.
Though flawed as all governmental systems of men are, that inequality has, with the help of God, produced the greatest nation on earth. Capitalism’s principles are based on the Judeo/Christian ethic of theology, morals, and individual initiatives. It is a nation that evil works relentlessly to undo.
Now, there are those who labor to enrich themselves by pandering to those who will not work, will not pursue an education, but will demand in violent destructiveness that those who do have initiative, and who do work should support them. Government folks in high places push this agenda for their own obvious purpose of staying in power through “votes by pandering,” and seem determined to deprive the nation of capitalistic enterprise. One wonders: do they believe the government printing presses can keep the economy afloat forever?
As an aside, many years ago, this writer was placed on a legislative ad hoc committee to draft childcare legislation. In some of the discussions with more liberal committee members over the issue of assurance of preventing failure, it was my premise then as now, if there is not freedom to fail, there is no freedom: if there is not freedom for all, then there is no freedom at all.
Obviously, it was the Creator’s holy will that men have free moral agency: the freedom to win; the freedom to lose, the freedom to live; the freedom to die. Men who reject God and pursue the premise of evolution are determined to change that, but it is a determination destined to fail. Still, there is a sense in which all men are equal: all are sinners, and all are condemned by virtue of sin. The good news is that God provides for all men the freedom to partake of His marvelous grace, and thereby escape the destiny of sin while gaining the wealth and joys of heaven. But that freedom exercised makes men unequal.
Thus does 2 Cor. 6:14 admonish believers to not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. Let there be rejoicing in heaven and earth that the lovely Lord Jesus: the Creator/Christ, has by His own blood purchased for all who love Him the freedom to be unequal.
Today is not won by old victories, nor lost by old defeats. 1Co_15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. KJB May we go on to victory.
Psalm 25:9; Psalm 48:14; Isaiah 42:16
Would you not agree that if we are Divinely Delivered, should we not yield to Divine Guidance. If you agree, then notice the meek God will guide. I like that passage. To often we travel in arrogance and pride. God says that He will guide the meek in judgment. This means we have to lose out pride and arrogance. This can happen through God’s judgment of our character. The rest of the passage says that God will teach His way. God has the desire that we will humble ourselves submit to His teaching.
Consider time. God is God forever. The Lord is my Savior and he will be with me for ever. His relationship with me is to be my guide the rest of my life. We men are notorious for needing a guide and not acknowledging it. We must humble ourselves and simply say, we must humble ourselves under an all knowing God. We must allow him to teach and guide us. His paths are best for us.
We have never trod this path before. For this reason we are the blind. We start our lives not knowing anything. Every step is a step we have never taken before. We are living blind. We need leadership. Our heavenly Father, our creator and the creator of this world has a path laid out for us. If we will submit our selves to the leadership of the Lord, we will have a better life. This is my desire. I pray it is your desire.
WHAT DID JABEZ DO THAT WAS SO RIGHT William Andrew Dillard From the chronicles of ancient Israel there come to us a brief, often distorted story. Yet, it is a story of a little known character doing something so exemplary for everyone. Read about it in I Chronicles 4:9-10. It is the story of one Jabez. It is a story that has claimed much attention of motivational speakers and worldly religious preachers who are constantly on the lookout for biblical material easily plucked out of context, and usable to accomplish material gain from the more simple-minded. In recent years, a book entitled “The Prayer of Jabez” appeared on the national scene from the “Name it and claim it” crowd. The scriptural information about Jabez is scanty, underscoring the greater reason that thoughts about him be carefully restricted to the context. THE TEXT: “And Jabez was more honorable (weighty, serious, grievous) than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.” THE SETTING: This story is injected into a genealogy of Judah, one of the sons of Jacob. The important words promoting contextual ideas are “Jabez,” “Honorable,” “Called,” and the resultant blessing. Jabez is a Hebrew word that means “Sorrow, grievous, painful.” His mother so named him because she bore him in sorrow and pain (the connotation is that he may have been born breach which nearly killed his mother). So to get the picture, we must not call him Jabez because that is a Hebrew word that the English reader simply use as a label. One must read his name as “Sorry outfit” or a little nicer, “One who created sorrow,” “which is what the Hebrew mind hears by the term Jabez. So, “A creator of sorrow” was his name which brought him much shame, derision, a smaller sphere of influence, and lack of self-esteem. Indeed, the term “Honorable” is a translation of the Hebrew “Kavad” which carries the base idea of heavy, weighty, seriousness, also burdensome and grievous. THE ACTION: “Creator of sorrow” (Jabez) called (cried aloud as in desperation) to the God of Israel. He begged for Divine blessings, specifically for “Enlargement of his coasts.” This means an increased acceptability, and sphere of influence among his brethren. Moreover, he sought that the hand (power, strength) of Jehovah might be manifested in his life which underscores his unreserved surrender to God. Also, he specifically besought the Lord that he might be kept (relieved of, and removed from) the evil, (tormenting taunts associated with his name) so that he would no longer be grieved thereby. THE RESULT: And God granted (came to) him that which he requested (begged). What a wonderful story this is, but oh, so different to what is propagated by the nonchalant, flippant “name it and claim it” crowd. God is ready to bless all who in deep, repentant sincerity call upon Him, but no one should expect worldly living to be rewarded by the Lord with a repository of material wealth to consume in lust simply because it is asked. On the other hand, life, peace, joy, understanding, and a future mansion are all there for those who seek Him in obedience to His Word. Jabez did, and that is so right!
You may be in the driver’s seat but God holds the map.