January 6, 2019: In the Cave

Presented by Casey Kluver (00:52)

After David was anointed as the king of Israel, he found himself running for his life because the current king felt threatened.  The future king of Israel was reduced to hide in cave.  David could have concluded that the dark cave meant his future as king was over. Yet in the cave he found a group of followers, many of whom would later become the mightiest men of his army.
You may end up in a cave, but that doesn’t mean the journey is over.  You cannot have growth without resistance.  Don’t give up in God because he hasn’t given up on you.

Scripture references: 1 Sam 22:1-2; 2 Sam 23:15-39

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Jesus Meets You at the Edge

Fear drives people to the rock bottom of despair.  When you hit the bottom you’ll think it is a secret, isolated place; but many Christians can tell you that they met Jesus at the bottom.  The lie Satan tells the world is that you must be perfect before God will accept you.  You must solve you’re own problems before Jesus will call you friend.  The truth is that Jesus left the perfection of Heaven to meet sinners where they were…in their sin.  Fear of judgement or fear of shame brings you to the pit of despair, but if you pause and listen you will find Jesus standing beside you with arms wide open.

It’s difficult to be humble when life is going they way you expect it to go.  Yet, when your plans are falling apart and hope seems lost you can better understand your need for God and, if you’re willing, you can receive his love for you.

Fear is a liar.  Jesus is true.  Grace, mercy, forgiveness, and wholeness are yours through Him.