The Wrong Question

The Mad Preacher – Rod Davis

 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though questionsomething strange were happening to you. (1Peter 4:12)

Have you ever been in the midst of a raging storm in your life and asked the question? You know… the question— the “Why?” question. “God, why is this happening to me?” I know I have. Many times over the years I’ve asked God that question, but then I discovered something that forever changed my prayer life.

One day God showed that I was asking the wrong question. The question to life’s painful trials is not “Why?” but rather “What?” “Lord, what are you trying to teach me?” “What are you doing in my life?” “What do you want to show me that I need to see?”

 We live by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)

The “what?” kind of prayer leads to answers. You see, the “Why?” question is often an expression of distrust. It says, “I don’t understand you! Therefore since you don’t fit into the perimeter of my understanding, I don’t trust you.” With few exceptions it’s human nature to not trust something or someone we don’t understand. But for the believer, we are called to walk beyond the human realm. We’re called to “live by faith, not by sight”.

You will get more out of a “What?” question than you will from a million “Why?” questions. Take what to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego as a picture of something that God uses fire for in our lives. Daniel chapter three gives the account of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon who commissioned the building of an image of gold that was ninety feet high and nine feet wide. The King then ordered that when a trumpet blew everyone was to fall down toward the image and worship it.  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to comply with the royal decree.

The Bible says King Nebuchadnezzar was infuriated with them. He had them bound hand and foot and tossed into a furnace that was so hot that the flames consumed the men who were throwing them into fire.

Later when Nebuchadnezzar looked into the furnace, he saw Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego walking around in the midst of the flames, free and accompanied by a forth man. But note this; the only thing the fire burned was the very thing that had them bound!

 God didn’t promise us answers. He promised us grace.

Are you in a fire right now? What bonds is God trying burn off of you? From what does him want to set you free?

Are you in an intense storm? Rather than asking God “Why?” ask Him, “What?” “What are you trying to do in my life, Lord?” James 1:4 gives one of the goals of adversity “…so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Just remember as you face life’s storms, to ask the right question. Only then will peace prevail and strength be yours.

There was a soldier, a mighty prayer warrior Who went into battle on his face first He was up against a wall down in Jericho When the Lord appeared and said My instructions follow You’ve got to have…

“Grace under fire, grace under fire If you’re gonna be of any use When you’re under abuse You’ve got to have … Grace under fire, grace under fire If you’re gonna be of any use If you want to see the chains break loose You’ve got to have … Grace under fire” *

* Grace Under Fire by Layton Howerton from his album, Boxing God. ©1998 Sparrow Records

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You can’t walk on water until you get out of the boat

Lukr worm preacherby The Mad Preacher

During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:25-31)

“Faith is spelled RISK.” — Graham Cook

I believe that the number one failing that local churches have is their unwillingness to take a risk, to venture out into uncharted territory. I know of pastors who were booted out by a church because they wanted change and expansion. These types of churches want to just maintain the status quo. They’ve been around for a hundred years or more and the only change they want to see is a new coat of paint on the building or maybe, dare I say, new carpet.

Many calling themselves “Christian” are like these go-no-where churches. They don’t want to be challenged from the pulpit. “Pastor, just tell me how to be healthy, wealthy and wise. Don’t make me feel uncomfortable!”

Of the increase [expansion] of his [Jesus] government [rule] and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal [burning passion] of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:7)

If the first Christian church, which was just beginning in Jerusalem, had the same attitude as many of these 21st century go nowhere churches they would have never left the upper room.

You of little faith, why did you doubt?” — Jesus

 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.  The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.  So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ (Matthew 25:14-30 NIV)

I don’t wanna be, I don’t wanna be a casual Christian I don’t wanna live,                                                                                                                                     I don’t wanna live a lukewarm life                                                                                  But I wanna light up the night With an everlasting light                                                      I don’t wanna live the casual Christian life

Casual Christian by DeGarmo & Key from their album entitled, Commander Sozo 1990 Label: EMI Christian Music Group

America’s Epitaph

From The Mad Preacher, Rod Davis

Note: This was written on Nov. 5, 2008america-rip-2

 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. (Revelations 2:4)

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that his justice cannot sleep forever.” —Thomas Jefferson [1]

“I will take vengeance in anger and wrath upon the nations that have not obeyed me.” — God (Micah 5:15)

“It is apprehended that Jews, Mahometans (Muslims), pagans, etc., may be elected to high offices under the government of the United States. Those who are Mahometans, or any others who are not professors of the Christian religion, can never be elected to the office of President or other high office, [unless] first the people of America lay aside the Christian religion altogether, it may happen. Should this unfortunately take place, the people will choose such men as think as they do themselves. — Samuel Johnston (Delegate to Continental Congress/ North Carolina, 1780-81 and U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1789-93)[2]
Although our sins testify against us, O LORD, do something for the sake of your name. For our backsliding is great; we have sinned against you. (Jeremiah 14:7)

Is the America that I grew up in dead? Has the American dream become a nightmare? I fear that it has. For we’ve elected a blatantly evil man who makes no bones about his sinister plans for this nation.

If Obama has his way, as Commander and Chief of our Armed Forces he will withdraws our troops. The war on terror would then be moved from Iraq and Afghanistan right to our own back yards. I believe that within a year after he does that we will began to see terrorist attacks here at home— for the first since 9/11/2001.

Obama will surrender Iraq and Afghanistan back to the Taliban. They will then eventually, through major bloodshed, convert these budding democracies back to prewar stasis. Once again Iraq and Afghanistan will become the terrorists training centers they were before and the great sacrifices giving by our wonderful fighting men and woman will have been in vain.

Obama: “And finally, an area that I’m very interested in is making sure that federal benefits are available to same-sex couples who have a civil union. I think as more states sign civil union bills into law the federal government should be helping to usher in a time when there’s full equality in terms of what that means for federal benefits.” Interviewer: “I assume you’re talking about the Defense of Marriage Act.” Obama: “Absolutely, and I for a very long time have been interested in repeal of DOMA.” (Taken from an interview with Barack Obama conducted by The Advocate on April 10, 2008[3])

If Obama has his way, traditional marriage will be cast aside and marriage between two people of the same gender will be made legal.

Sodomy will be protected by law. Therefore, if a homosexual wants to baby sit your children and you refuse to hire them they will be able to sue you on the grounds of discrimination. The same also holds true for business owners who are hiring new employees.

If Obama has his way, pastors will be arrested for speaking out against sodomy [the homosexual lifestyle] under the “Hate Crime Law” that Obama supports. Under the same law they will be forbidden from publicly reading biblical passages [and there are many] that denounce the homosexual lifestyle as sin. What’s more, materials will be introduced into our public schools that encourage or support homosexuality as a positive lifestyle

If Obama has his way, he will appoint wicked Supreme Court Justices who will interpret the Constitution to fit their evil agenda. Of course they will be pro-abortion. Therefore, the mass murder of babies will escalate and things like transporting a minor across state lines for an abortion without the minor’s parents’ consent will become common place.

If Obama has his way, a person’s individual human rights will be trampled upon. America will become a socialist state of the likes that would make Marx and Lennon proud. Any mention of God and the Bible will be finally banned from the public arena. And all those who speak in God’s name will ostracized from the political arena.

“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible.” President George Washington

If Obama wants to be a good president he should heed the advice of the father of our nation, but he won’t. He knows so much more than those who founded the USA. Obama is much wiser than our founding fathers whose stated:

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” — John Adams (October 11, 1798)[4]

“It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity and freedom of worship here.” — Patrick Henry “Orator of the Revolution” (May 1765 Speech to the House of Burgesses)[5]

“Religion is the basis and Foundation of Government.” —James Madison (June 20, 1785)

[1] Inscribed on the walls of the Jefferson Memorial in the nations capital. Source: Merrill . D. Peterson, ed., Jefferson Writings, (New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1984), Vol. IV, p. 289. From Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, 1781.]

[2] Elliot’s Debates, Vol. IV, pp 198-199, Governor Samuel Johnston, July 30, 1788 at the North Carolina Ratifying Convention

[3] Read the entire interview at http://www.advocate.com/print_article_ektid53285.asp

[4] © 2005 EadsHome Ministries

[5] © 2005 EadsHome Ministries

“No matter what happens!”

from The Mad Preacher

So, I had to get my Jeep fixed… again. Had to call a wrecker to tow it to the garage… again. Yesterday, I got a ride to go pick it up… again. I owe my mechanic nearly $400 and now, it needs a new radiator. I have to carry water with me and keep filling it because the water is gushing from the radiator. That’s going to be another $292.62 to replace it. I can’t get it replaced until I pay what I owe and at $50 a month that’s going take about 8 months. My mechanic, a wonderful man whom I would recommend to anyone, told me to not drive it but to park it.God is faithful - HD

Well, here we grow again! My mantra for years has been “I still trust you, Lord! No matter what happens!” I KNOW that God is sovereign over my life because I gave it to Him when I was 12 years old. Since then, He brought me through Vietnam, divorces, nearly dying on an operating table, rejection from family members and nearly being murdered to name a just few of my life challenges. My Lord is faithful and I trust Him with all my heart… no matter what happens!

In 2 Chronicles 20, King Jehoshaphat of Jerusalem was told, “A vast army is coming against you…” He gathered all the people and led them in a national prayer and he closed his prayer by saying, “Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO, BUT OUR EYES ARE ON YOU.” In other words, “Lord, I still trust you!” As the old song says, “I’ve come too far to look back.” Someone once said, “Instead of telling God how big your problems are, tell your problem how big your God is.” God is faithful even when we’re not and that blows my mind!

…if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself. (2 Timothy 2:13)

I know that there are people of God who been through far worst. So, by my problems are minuscule in comparison to there’s. Like me, they have seen God’s faithfulness again and again. The Lord knows how badly I need my car. His promise is true. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) Like King Jehoshaphat, I don’t know what to do, but my eyes on God. So I prayerfully wait for God’s answer to this situation. “No turning back. No turning back.”