Live a Victorious Christian Life and Seek the Heart of God
Victorious Christian Living Newsletter – June 2015
THIS ISSUE INCLUDES:
An Article From Me
Everyday Life In Bible Times
—–Old Testament Statistics
Geography and People
Links To My Sites
Great Things Can Happen When Jesus Is In The House
Mar 2:1 And when he entered again into Capernaum after some days, it was noised that he was in the house.
Mar 2:2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, no, not even about the door: and he spake the word unto them.
Mar 2:3 And they come, bringing unto him a man sick of the palsy, borne of four.
Mar 2:4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed whereon the sick of the palsy lay.
Mar 2:5 And Jesus seeing their faith saith unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins are forgiven. American Standard Version
It seems that Jesus had come into Capernaum quietly, but someone saw Him and started to spread the word about his arrival. The word “noised” in Greek means to hear, be reported, understand.
- The people loved Jesus because they saw that He was real,
- He was doing something that was real,
- and people always want to be around something or somebody that is real.
The word had spread quickly and the people had come to the place He was staying. So many had come that there was no more room for anyone else to get inside. They wanted to hear Jesus teach about this new way of life that could be theirs.
The sick man in verse 3 had four friends who obviously cared a great deal about him. It took them longer to get to the house where Jesus was staying because they had to pick up their paralyzed friend and physically carry him there. I’m sure it took all four of them working together to get this accomplished, and the added fact that they somehow lifted him up to the roof to gain access to Jesus shows how desperate they were for their friend to be healed.
The roofs in those days were definitely not as sturdy as ours today, but it still wouldn’t have been easy to tear off the top of the roof and then slowly let down a grown but paralyzed man into the room.
BUT…the men brought their friend to Jesus because they had the faith that he could be healed. They obviously had no doubt that if they could get him there Jesus would supernaturally heal him.
The Bible mentions nothing about the sick man’s faith. It only talks about the faith of the four men. We don’t know if the sick man asked them to take him to Jesus, or if it was their idea alone. But the Bible does say that when Jesus saw THEIR faith, he immediately healed their friend. They would not let anything get in the way of receiving healing for him, even removing the roof.
Only God can change hearts and lives for the long term.
Have you lost your sense of urgency to pray for miracles in the lives of those around you – those who desperately need a touch from God?
—When was the last time you truly expected God to do the impossible in your life?
—When was the last time you stepped out on faith to do something that you knew God told you to do but you could not do it in your own power?
—When was the last time you stepped out on faith so far that if God didn’t come through the situation was hopeless?
But under no circumstances should you put your OWN plans into action and expect God to bless them. YOU MUST get before God, ask Him what you need to do, and step out in faith to do it even though you might not be able to see the end result. AND another reminder…you won’t be able to do this thing in your own power.
God has all the power you will need and He can always see the road ahead. He wants you to trust Him to show you the next step.
I am definitely not saying this is an easy way to live. We as humans usually desire to be in control of our own destiny, even though that is never really the case.
But if you decide to be a “grabber of the impossible” I can promise that life won’t be boring or mundane. You will start to see a supernatural God at work in your life. Nothing on earth can compare to the rush of adrenaline you feel when you have allowed God to use you supernaturally to bring glory to Him.
What an awesome way to live each day to the fullest!
Everyday Life In Bible Times
An armor-bearer in the ancient world was someone into whose hands you were willing to entrust your very life. The Bible typically only mentioned one armor-bearer at a time, though it names 10 that accompanied Joab in 2 Samuel 18:15.
They had 3 specific duties:
- to carry extra weapons so they could replace one that was either damaged or lost in combat.
- to use those weapons himself to go behind and finish off any person who might be still alive.
- to protect the principal from harm, even when it might mean losing their own life.
Armor-bearers were most often attached to those who held significant leadership positions – kings, princes, and generals. Because these leaders quite literally entrusted their lives into the hands of their armor-bearer, they were extremely careful who they selected for this vital role.
They looked for qualities we see in the armor-bearer of Jonathan in I Samuel 14: 7 – “Do all that you have in mind…God ahead; I am with you heart and soul.” The armor-bearer’s courage paralleled Jonathan’s courage as they climbed the near-vertical cliff face toward the Philistine outpost that was located at the top of a high, inaccessible ridge.
The presence of an armor-bearer marked an individual as a person of importance and also cast a complimentary light on the armor-bearer himself.
According to the Bible they could also play a more important role than the 3 things above:
- In Judges 9: 6 Abimelek asked his armor-bearer to finish killing him. A woman had thrown a large stone on his head from a high tower, and he didn’t want to be known as the king who was killed by a woman. Therefore, the armor-bearer was asked to finish the job.
- In I Samuel 17, King Saul was so impressed with David that he invited him to be one of his armor-bearers. This created an expectation regarding their roles that was completely reversed in what followed. But instead of King Saul taking a stand against Goliath David took the lead in defeating him, and was immediately lifted to prominence, while Saul drifted to the remote corners of the narrative.
- In I Samuel 31, Saul took his own life on Mount Gilboa after being mortally wounded by Philistine archers. He then asked his armor-bearer to finish him off. This signaled just how horribly wrong things had gone that day, but by doing this he also linked himself rhetorically to Abimelek, the earlier failed king.
The Book Of Bible Lists
Old Testament Statistics
- 39 books
- 929 chapters
- 23,214 verses
- 593,493 words
- Longest Book – Psalms
- Shortest Book – Obadiah
- 17 historical books
- 5 poetical books
- 17 prophetical books
Old Testament Books Most Referred To In The New Testament
- Isaiah, referred to 419 times in 23 New Testament books
- Psalms, 414 times in 23 books
- Genesis, 260 times in 21 books
- Exodus, 250 times in 19 books
- Deuteronomy, 208 times in 21 books
- Ezekiel, 141 times in 15 books
- Daniel, 133 times in 17 books
- Jeremiah, 125 times in 17 books
- Leviticus, 107 times in 15 books
- Numbers, 73 times in 4 books
Geography and People
# of times mentioned – 12
1 person by this name
Meaning: Valley of a visionary
The prophet Elisha’s servant, who pointed out to Elisha that the Shunnamite woman had no son. Elisha promised her one in a year. Gehazi later laid Elisha’s staff on her son in an attempt to bring him back to life. After Elisha healed the Syrian captain Naaman of leprosy and refused gifts, Gehazi followed him to elicit money and clothing from him. For this, Gehazi was made leprous.
# of times mentioned in Old Testament – 10
Meaning: a rolling country
A Canaanite city where Abraham and Sarah lived. Because the couple had said they were brother and sister, Abimelech, king of Gerar, took Sarah as one of his women. When God revealed their marriage to Abimelech, he gave Abraham and Sarah many gifts and told to live wherever they wanted in his land.
Isaac lived in Gerar at God’s command. When Abimelech’s people became jealous over Abraham’s wells, the king of Gerar told Isaac to leave. The patriarch settled in the valley of Gerar, but the herdsmen there demanded the wells Isaac’s servants had dug, so Isaac moved again. King Asa of Judah conquered the cities around Gerar.
# of times mentioned in Old Testament – 4
Meaning: cut up
A mountain in Samaria, near Shechem, where the Israelite leaders were to bless the people after they entered the Promised Land. From this mountain Jotham also spoke to the men of Shechem about making Abimelech their king.
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That’s it for this newsletter. May God bless you as you strive to live for Him and walk in obedience to what He desires!