Towers

“Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.”

Psalms 37:1-5

In my lifetime, I have seen one president assassinated and another forced out of office. These two men seemed to be unbeatable in their public and private lives. They were towers of strength, but they where brought down by the forces of this world.

In my lifetime, I have seen a once powerful world superpower cease to exist. This evil nation once caused fearful Americans to build bomb shelters because of their dreaded nuclear weapons. This tower of socialist strength came crumbling to the ground because of the multiplied power of freedom seeking people.

In my lifetime, I have seen nationally known television evangelists knocked out of their lofty pulpits in shame and disgrace as their private sins became public knowledge. These self-proclaimed towers of spirituality were humbled as their public declarations of faith became private demons of failure.

In my lifetime, I saw the Twin Towers of New York City come crashing to the ground. These great buildings represented the financial might of our great nation and most people thought they would stand forever. But a handful of lunatics crashed planes loaded with people into the side of these buildings. Screaming “Praise be to Allah”, they flew right into the clutches of their father the Devil.

In my lifetime, I have seen many towers fall. Towers of friendship, towers of trust and towers of love. In my lifetime, I have been afraid, I have been ashamed and I have been hurt by people and by circumstances. I can tell you that there is no person who will not fail or hurt you sooner or later. Even those you love and trust the most. But let me tell you this.

In my lifetime, I have come to know a God in whom I can trust. He has told me He will never leave me nor forsake me and He has told me nothing can ever separate me from His love.

My God sought me with His love and bought me with His blood. He is my Lord. My Lord is Jesus Christ and He is an invincible Tower. The righteous run to this Tower and are safe.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

Down Where The Pavement Ends

Ten Scriptural Convictions of a Righteous Man

Psalm 127

Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate. (Psalms 127:1-5 NKJV)

Courage. Not the the kind of courage that is portrayed in hollywood movies, but real courage. The kind of courage that God honors and rewards. Many think of courage as the absence of fear. The courage that pleases God is the action of doing the right thing regardless our fears. It is doing the right thing regardless of financial or societal cost. Courage is fulfilling our spiritual responsibilities to our families.

In order to be courageous we must stand on our convictions. In order to have God pleasing courage we must have Godly convictions.

A Godly conviction is a basic Scriptural principle which we purpose to follow, whatever the cost.

What follows is ten scriptural convictions of a righteous man.

1. The Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God and the final authority for my life.

Saying this means nothing if I do not cherish the Word of God. It is foolish to cherish a book. —- but this is not just a book. The Author of this Book is the Author and Authority of all of life. When I read this book I feel the breath that breathed these Words breathing on me.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16)

One the best gifts you can give your children and grandchildren is to teach them to cherish God’s Word.

2. My purpose in life is to seek God with my whole heart and to build my goals around His priorities.

“Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8)

Think of quality. Life must be lived. Things must be built. Living in the world means, living in the world, working, loving, playing, Living. If we do all these things for the Glory of God and for the sake of His Kingdom. How great would be the Quality of the things we do.

3. My body is the living temple of God and must not be defiled by the lust of the world.

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

Think of Health.

4. My church must teach the foundational truths of the Bible and reinforce my basic convictions.

“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17)

Any Church that does not hold to the Truth of God’s Word is not worthy of your presence.

5. My children and grandchildren belong to God, and it is my responsibility to teach them Scriptural principals, Godly character, and basic convictions.

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”” (Matthew 19:14)

6. My activities must never weaken the Scriptural convictions of another Christian.

“Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.” (Romans 14:13)

7. My marriage is a life-long commitment to God and to my wife.

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24)

8. My money is a trust from God and must be earned and managed according to Scriptural principles.

“Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” (Luke 16:11)

9. My words must be in harmony with God’s Word, especially when reproving and restoring a Christian brother.

“For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”” (Matthew 12:37)

10. My affections must be set on things above, not on things in the earth.

” “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21,)

For Such Time as Time

Esther is a young woman who has a choice to make. Her family, friends and people face extermination. She must choose. Will she put her life in danger and try to save her people? Or will she do nothing and watch as everyone she loves is destroyed. Her uncle Mordecai tells her that she was born, “for such a time as this.” She chose to put her life on the line and she was used by God to help save her people.

You and I are here in this place and this time. You did not choose this time and maybe didn’t choose this place, but here you are. I would like to suggest that you may have been chosen for such a time as this. You were uniquely created for the responsibilities and opportunities of your life.

Like Esther you have choices to make. Maybe your choices are not as drastic as hers but they are yours to make. I take that back, your choices are just as drastic as hers. Your choices are life shaping for you and everyone in your life.

You may never stand before a king, but every day you will stand before someone. If you will be like Esther, you can make a positive impact on this world, but you must choose wisely. Today choose righteousness, choose wisdom and choose kindness because you never know whose life you maybe saving. After all you were born for such a time as this.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

From Down Where the Pavement Ends

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