My mind has been resting on the things of the LORD. Such as, how can I please HIM, is my life living testimony in comparison to what I preach and teach, and do those that are outside of the household of faith, see me as a guide to lead them to a Savior they have never been properly introduced to? All these focuses come with great relevancy to the Christian faith. We are not to be candles that have been lit on fire only to have our lights diminished under the bushel of everyday life *(Matthew 5:14-16). But we are to shine more and more, as we draw closer and closer to that great and glorious day when Jesus comes!
Pastor Julian McCroy Sr., Senior Pastor of FOTW Ministries
*Scripture Reference: Matthew 5:14-16 NIV (New International Version) 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
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Touching Not the Lord’s Anointed (1 Samuel 24)
Have you ever been blessed and then notice that all the world, including those that you thought of as friends are against you? When you try to rest, you have to hurry up and leave, because those that you have done nothing wrong to, with the exception of being blessed by the Almighty GOD, are trying to take your very life.
Such was the life of David, the King of Israel, but even before he became king over the LORD’S people! Saul, the current king of Israel, had just come back from a campaign against the Philistines and upon his return, he was told that David, his enemy, was hiding in the Wilderness of En-gedi. Without resting he pursues David, because he wanted to ensure that his lineage was secure. The only problem with this rationale, is that he had already been rejected by the Lord when he remained disobedient and wanted to please the people, more than GOD Himself!
Read 1 Samuel 15;
Because of this he was jealous, years before the people sang, “Saul has slain thousands, but David has slain tens of thousands”! You along with me, maybe has or had a mentor to you that was anointed and blessed by the LORD! But from whatever falling away or iniquity the LORD rejects them or moves them out of the way and places in you, His will. Everybody can recognize it but themselves, and when the spirit of the people sees it and begin to laud you, they began to watch you closely. They may refuse to let you sing a solo, preach at a service, bad mouth you with condescending words to discourage you and convince you of something that they believe, you are always failing in, and much more! Never the less you continue to drive on, you comfort them with the harp, even though they continue to throw a javelin (spear) in your direction in fear of you taking their spot!
But they are the anointed of GOD, and you cannot touch them, without breaking the law of GOD (Psalms 105:15). But remember the LORD has already spoken that you have a heart after His own heart, and you must be on display of this. So, David, was set up on the inner most sides of the cave, where the enemy of his life was resting his feet, Saul! The men saw this, and they came and told David, the LORD has delivered your enemy into your hands as the LORD has said! David, takes the bait, from his accomplices for a minute and sneaks up on Saul and cuts the corner of his robe’s skirt off. David was immediately saddened in his heart! He knew better that, Saul, even in his mess, until the day of his death, was the LORD’s anointed in the earth and we should not touch them, to do them harm.
David, repented and calls out, disclosing what he has done to the king, and shows his argument of the lies that were told Saul of the torturing spirit that the LORD had sent to Saul! Just like us we have had a chance to shame the people or person that has done this wrong to us, but we follow and obey the LORD’s commandments and not listen to this revengeful and stinky flesh.
This reminds of the passage of scripture, where the Lord JESUS is rebuked by Peter, when speaking of His death to the disciples. In fear speaks to him, rebuking Him, saying not so Lord! You will live and be king, and no death shall come. Peter feared himself losing the position of head of the church, after all the Lord had given him the keys to the kingdom of heaven! But just like JESUS rebuked the enemy and told him that he was only mindful of the things of man, but not of GOD, so get to the back, so did David, and repented from even touching the hem of Saul’s robe and cutting it off.
So, when you have the mindset to hurt someone that is anointed, but they have hurt you and did all manner of evil, being prompted of the devil, to do so, hearken to the voice of the Lord and repent. After all you are anointed to, not just the bishop, apostle, prophet, pastor, or teacher, but anyone on whom the SPIRIT of GOD has come. This anointing was for Israel, not just Moses, both had to give due respect to each other. If we as leaders treat those that are appointed to follow us for a season wrong, then the LORD will require recompense of us in leadership!
If you continue to read the books of Samuel, even the 24 chapter of 1st Samuel, you will see that Saul, finally expresses the real truth behind his pursuit and asked David to let his seed not be cut off after he has died. Later, Jonathan, the son of Saul, would have been the next king, was killed along with Saul in a battle with the Philistines.
But David was spared and did not touch the LORD’s anointed!
1 Samuel 18
1 Samuel 24
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The GOODNESS of GOD: Multifaceted
Have you ever lost sight on something that was good to you or just took it for granted? Maybe you knew it was there, but it was of no interest to you! Unbeknownst to you is that this very thing has kept you from dangers seen and unseen, allowed for repentance to be instituted, and even leads you to a more faithful life.
All through scripture, the goodness of GOD is spoken of, more so than His chastisement on us as His children. GOD, JEHOVAH GOD, IS A GOOD GOD! His mercy endures forever! No matter what you are seeing in the world, He is still good. When you look back on your life and the things that you used to take part in and see that even though the ones that were with you have passed on, in jail, or are not doing well at all, you are still here. When you go into a corner market and you see the parents dealing with a child that has special needs or is autistic, but your child is what the world claims to be perfect in health. After you have learned the knowledge of the Word of GOD and what you done should have brought immediate death or destruction to you, you are kind of taken aback.
Yes! Yes indeed, the LORD IS GOOD!
It is through this vein or measure that we have been allowed to turn around and repent (go back to the top), and be in the right standard of fellowship with the LORD! Because of His mercy we are not consumed by the wrath of the LORD! It is safe to say that the LORD GOD is so merciful that while we were yet sinners, He sent CHRIST to die for us (Romans 5:8). His salvation is the greatest gift to mankind, and He even offered His Son, for the whole world (John 3:16). How can we neglect such a great salvation and expect for the LORD to be pleased with us (Hebrews 2:3)?
I think it would be a fair reflection to say that the LORD GOD has not repaid us for all that we have done in this flesh, and how we used to offer or give our members as the very tools of unrighteous, and yet we still remain today. The goodness of GOD!
Take the time today and reflect on how good the LORD GOD has been to you and your family, friends, and associates.
If the LORD has been good to you, tell someone of His goodness, that may have lost hope in life. They may be thinking the thoughts of the “evil one” that it is over for them in life, and that the LORD GOD will never forgive them and accept them.
Share with them about GOD’s goodness to you in your life, and how He has redeemed you through the blood of the Lamb of GOD, JESUS CHRIST, by grace and faith, and that the LORD is slow to anger, and wrath, longsuffering and ready to forgive.
The Holy Bible says in Romans 2:4 says that, Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering: not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
1 Chronicles 16:34,41
2 Chronicles 5:13
2 Chronicles 7:3,6
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What Have You Set Your Affections upon?
Good morning Saints
I often hear people say that they are in love with this person, or that they love their car or house. I say to myself, that this is such a vain way to portray love on something that is just tangible but cannot reciprocate that love back to you, with the exception of the person. The things that we often cast our affections on have no eternal value. False love is temporal and you cannot take it with you! It’s going to break down, disappoint you, and eventually die out. What means so much to you that it captures your every thought of the day and night? Is there anything or anyone in the earth that should demand our attention as such to become idolatry or worship? Many people will cuss you out, hit you, or even kill you for something that they can replace with a monetary value, but will look the other way when someone is in need of encouragement. Those Jordan’s are made by the millions and there are factories that still manufacture Infiniti brand vehicles. Let us bring this into perspective once more. There is a misunderstanding when this takes place in society as well as in the Christian church. What is love truly to you? Are you defining it by your possessions that you say GOD has given you, because He loves you and you met His demands? Or is it because you feel all warm and toasty inside when this person or thing comes around? I believe this may be labeled, “puppy love” or “infatuation” at its best. You can be infatuated with a person or thing, if you have a connection with it, but that does not constitute what love is! Also just because you have several plots of lands, some G-6’s, and all the members in the world that agree with your concepts, does not mean that this is GOD loving you. Often the things that we love (esteem highly) are an abomination to GOD. The reason being is that they take away the attention away from whom it is truly to be cast upon. Let’s get our perspectives in check, and we can do that by the Word of GOD! When the bible passage of scripture is read in John 3:16, that my GOD loved me so much, that He took His only begotten Son, and sacrificed Him for me and your sin-leavened self! You should be saying, I LOVE YOU, MY GOD, AND FATHER, MY PROVIDER! We should be casting our affection onto the Son of GOD, who was obedient unto death, even the death of the cross, so we as wretches could be brought back to the One who loved us before the foundation of the world. He knows to whom He has set his affection upon, and that is me and you! Come on, it clearly states that while we yet sinners, the Father demonstrated His Love towards us and sent the Son to die for us! Check your love walk and set your affection on things above! Not the guy or girl that is prone to fail you, the car that will eventually be in the junk yard, or the house that is going to need a new roof and eventually be renovated!
Pastor and Author
Julian McCroy Sr.
FOCUS ON THE WORD MINISTRIES
Scripture References from the King James Version
Thoughts for Life Today - September 28, 2016
As I was riding into work today, a song titled Follow Me (Follow Me) sung by the great Maurette Brown Clark, started to play through the stereo of my car, and brought things into perspective. I had in recent times, been feeling really bad, down and out about life and its circumstances that have seemed to land only in my life! As the words of the song played, my heart was pricked by the Words of Life that I have hidden in my heart for so many years (that is the Holy Word of God). The Holy Spirit begin to remind me of everything that the Lord Jesus Christ went through at no fault of His own, but it was His Father’s love for us as mankind, to redeem us to Himself through a perfect man, that could fulfill the Law of God in totality because of His love for the Father with His whole being, and the love He showed for His brethren even in their fallen state. The words were you live a life of ups and downs, of here today and gone tomorrow. Changes you can’t control, they fill you with gloom and sorrow. But my own they call Me a shelter in a time of storm, and if you desire more than wealth, call Me and I shall be there. Follow Me, I promise that I’ll never change, I’m on your side for always, even until the end of times. Just come on and follow Me, I know your hopes and dreams, I too have been discouraged and I know just how sorrow feels. The very hands that bore the nails, right now they are reaching out for you, just for you, and the same old star that led those wise men is waiting now to lead you and now the road may not be easy, don’t you know I promise that I’ll never ever let you down. IF you would only put your trust in Me, like you trust in all your treasures! Just as the tears of disappointment streamed down my face, they were soon changed to tears of joy. The scripture that states that those that keep their mind stayed on the Lord JESUS Christ will be kept in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). I began to think of how badly they beat my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In case you forgot about this, let’s look into the scriptures according to Isaiah 53, the whole chapter:
53 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
King James Version (KJV)
Just speaking on that alone, we have no reason to give up, lose hope, or stop pursuing His will for our lives. I pulled myself up, with His Word that is living. If everyone turns on you (family and friends alike) He is still there, if nothing goes right, if you lose out on the very thing you have been faithing on, it does not mean that there is something must be going to break through for you, it could just mean that He is actually allowing you to be tried to come forth as burnished brass out of the fire that has had all the impurities extracted from it.
Be encouraged and follow me, as I follow Christ!
Julian McCroy Sr.
Pastor and Founder of FOCUS ON THE WORD MINISTRIES.
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