David

What Legacy Are You Leaving?

We know that David was a man after God’s own heart, but how did David get that beautiful heart we hear so much about? In today’s short video, Frank answers that question, and reminds us that only hearts that have been truly touched by grace can pass grace on to others.


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What Legacy Are You Leaving?

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Heritage. Legacy. Ponder those words.

Where did King David, beloved King of Israel, author of the Psalms, a man after God’s own heart get his amazing heart?

Let’s start tracing back. Let’s look at where he came from. One of his ancestors was a woman named Ruth. Who was she? She was a Moabitess from a far country, one that was at war with Israel. A woman who, according to Deuteronomy wasn’t even allowed in the assembly of God. In the Book of Ruth Boaz took her as his wife and she was no longer a Moabitess. And where did Boaz get his heart? Well if you trace it back, his daddy was a man named Samon and he loved Rahab the prostitute. Do you begin to get the idea? All these people were touched by grace.

Hearts that have been touched by grace are the only ones that can pass on grace. I believe with all my heart that that’s what made David a man after God’s own heart. He wasn’t born with it. I believe he learned it from others, people who passed it down to him, a man who could unconditionally love a prostitute and a man who could unconditionally love a Moabitess.

It makes you start wondering, what are your kids are learning from you and your heart?

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The Truth About What Faith Actually Looks Like

Has feeling sad or afraid while facing a difficult time ever caused others to question your faith? Has it ever made you ask yourself if you were really trusting God? In this freeing video, Frank shares the truth about what faith actually looks like.

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The Truth About What Faith Actually Looks Like

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Have you ever been there with God, the place where nothing in life makes sense? Where you just cry out, “This makes no sense!”

Oh, how hard it can be to remember that He is God, and His mind is bigger than ours. He knows what He's doing.

Habakkuk just couldn’t come to grips with that, have you been there? When you just can't come to grips with what God is allowing? So, he gets tenacious, and he goes up in his prayer tower and he tells God, “I'm not coming down until you answer me!” Two weeks go by, and God finally answers. Hallelujah, God answers! Now, are you ready for what God said? He told Habakkuk to trust Him. Wait, that's it? Now he has a whole new problem; he's cried out to God, and God has said, “No.”

I don't like it when God says no, do you? So what does Habakkuk do? He starts recalling to his mind, all that God is, and all that God has done. He remembers how God parted the Red Sea and made the sun stand still for Joshua, and he says, “Bring on the Chaldeans.” He makes the choice to rejoice, a choice we all have.

In chapter 3, he makes this famous statement, “There was trembling on my lips and decay in my bones.” I love that statement because faith isn’t always a huge smile on our faces, faith is trembling, faith is decay, faith is “I'm dying and I don't understand, but I believe you because you are good and all that you do is good. This doesn't look good, but somehow by faith, it's going to be good, and I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.”

David says, “Though the fig tree does not blossom and there be no fruit on the vine, my soul is going to cling to you.” And what tense does David use there? He uses the present tense. You see friends, you can cling all you want in the past, it's not going to deliver you in the present. You can say that you will cling in the future, it's not going to deliver you in the present. His name is I AM, and your faith must be present tense to connect to the I AM. Take a look at what David adds, “Your right hand is going to uphold me.” That's what God does beloved, our part is to believe and trust, and God's part is to deliver or sustain.


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Faith Doesn’t Change Anything - The Surprising Truth

In this short video, we get a quick peek into the lives of two men changed by their darkest days. May you find freedom as Frank reveals the truth about what having faith really accomplishes.

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Faith Doesn’t Change Anything - The Surprising Truth

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David said that because God was for him, those who sought to destroy his life were going to go into the depths of Sheol and they would be delivered over to the power of the sword and would become prey for jackals. He said the mouths of those who spoke lies would be stopped. And it all happened. Absalom fled from the army of Israel, his wild hair getting caught in a tree, and Joab came and delivered the death blow with his sword. We can’t read this casually; we can’t forget that this is a dad we’re talking about - David just lost his boy. And let me tell you, I'm a dad, and no matter how much that boy rebels, he will always be my boy, right? So David is going to grieve, and if we go back and read what the passage says, he grieved heavily, but he also rejoiced that the will of God ended the rebellion and restored the nation of Israel.

I've said this many times, and I’m going to say it again, believers are the only ones that can have tears of sorrow AND joyful hearts at the same time.  And when the world sees that, they don't know what to do with us! It’s one of the greatest times we have to testify for the faithfulness and truth of who God is. The world can't relate to a foolish plastic facade of the Prosperity Gospel, they don't relate to that! But they do relate to your tears, and they'll see your faith and that will give you a bridge to introduce them to who God really is.

In David, we see a man in the wilderness. Did you notice in this passage he didn't get delivered from the wilderness right away? The world is still the world and that's not going to change. We're not going to get restored to a playground until Jesus Christ comes back, this world is going to remain a wilderness. The key here is that not only does the wilderness never change, our God never changes! He will be all that He is, to all that we need, at the moment of faith and that will allow one thing to change, and that's us. We will be the ones who change.

Like David, Jeremiah too became a changed man. The book of Lamentations reveals to us Jeremiah's heartache; he was a man of affliction.

While sitting in the ashes of destruction, with murder babies and slaughtered people all around him; miserable, hopeless and dying, he recalled to his mind that he had a hope greater than the death around him. He had the mercies of God. He knew that it was only by God’s mercy that they weren't destroyed. He knew this was not the end of the story.

Nothing had changed; the ashes and the slaughter, the murdered babies, Jerusalem, nothing had changed. The wilderness had not changed but Jeremiah had. This might tempt you to say, “That is what faith will do.” But that would be a lie! Faith doesn't change anything; all faith does is connect you to to the One who brings the change. That's the key beloved, and when you have faith in Him, He will be all that He is, to all that we need, at the moment of faith.


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The Freeing Truth Every Christian With Anxiety Needs to Know

Friends, this is a video you don’t want want to miss! May freedom be yours today as you hear Frank share truth that every Christian needs to know!

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The Freeing Truth Every Christian With Anxiety Needs to Know

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Friends, I want you to hear this, it’s very important for humanity!

I want to take you to the book of Psalms, where David says some very important words. He starts by saying to God, “When I remember you on my bed…” What do those words reveal to us? They tell us that he's not sleeping. He's not sleeping, gang! He's laying on his bed and he can't sleep. How do we know this? Look at the next phrase, “I meditate on you in the night watches.”

By the way, Israel had three late night watches, dusk to ten o’clock, ten o’clock to two, and two until dawn. So what does this tell us? It tells us that he's not sleeping ALL night long. Have you ever been in a wilderness, in a time of trauma, where you’re exhausted from what you're going through, and your head hits the pillow, but you still can't sleep?

Don’t you just love that this is in the Bible? Because this is exactly where we find ourselves in life. Let me tell you friend, when you’re in turmoil, when you’re in the pressure cooker of life, one of the most difficult problems you will face is the lack of being able to sleep. And sometimes if we share this with others, we will have Christian’s who tell us that it means that we must not be trusting God. Don’t you want to just slap them in Jesus' name?!

You see, they have failed to come to understand that our spirits can be at perfect rest, while our souls are all over the map. The proof of this is the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said “Not my will, but thine be done. I'm going to the cross.” A spirit of perfect rest. But what’s he doing? He's sweating blood! That's a soul that's all over the map friends. If Jesus can have the freedom to be human and have anxiety in his soul while he's trusting God, why can't we have the same freedom?

I want to share something with you, and it’s very important; David’s spirit was at rest while his soul was going crazy, he was unable to sleep, but David did not allow his mind to take him where it wanted to go and beat him mercilessly. Look at the language he uses as he tells God, “I am remembering you, I am meditating on you, I'm not letting my mind fixate on the horizontal, which is beating the daylights out of me. I've taken my mind where I want it to go, which is vertical.” And it tells us in verse 7 that he specifically set his mind on remembering that God had been his help. He remembered, past tense. David sets his mind on how God has delivered him in previous times and connected the dots of God's faithfulness.


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Why Living Vertically Changes Everything

Keeping our eyes on Jesus changes everything! God has promised to be in our wilderness with us, and in this short video, Frank encourages us to allow the wilderness we’re facing to become the place where we find God in ways we've never known him before.

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Why Living Vertically Changes Everything

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David, who knows the love of God says, “My Lips are going to praise you,” and by the way, don't forget he says this while he's in the wilderness. His circumstances have not changed. All that has changed is his mindset - He's gone vertical.

So he says, “My lips will praise you. I will bless you as long as I live, I will lift my hands to you. I don't need a temple, I don't need a priest, I don't even need a worship choir; this desert will be my altar.”

Friend, I don't know what you may be going through, some of you may have just heard the word “cancer” recently, you have to let that be your altar. Some of you might have received the dreaded words “neuromuscular disease,” let that neuromuscular disease be your altar. Some of you may have just had little kids diagnosed with a disease, I’ve been there friend, let that diagnosis be your altar. That altar will be where you find God in a way you've never known him before because he promises to be in that wilderness with you.

David wrote, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” How could he say that? Because he knew his God would be with him; he knew that his heavenly Father was all that he had.

When we’re in those wilderness times, I can guarantee you that all you will have is Him. Your friends won't get what you’re going through, even though they will try. I remember when we went through our desperate wilderness, we had friends that tried, but the hugs were empty, their faces were familiar and filled with compassion but they couldn’t meet the desperate need of the soul. The money you have isn't going to matter, but the one thing you can have that will not only meet the desires of your soul but the desires of your body itself, as you're wasting away in the wilderness, is God himself.

May you make your desert your altar today friend.


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How to Praise God in the Wilderness

Do you long to see the power and glory of God in your wilderness? Do you wonder if it’s even possible to praise Him when you are facing such pain? Don’t miss Frank’s hope-filled video today, as he teaches us what God’s lovingkindness is all about, and shares how it is possible to praise God, even in the wilderness.

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How to Praise God in the Wilderness

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David says his hope is to see the glory and power of God in the wilderness, just as surely as he sees it in the temple in Jerusalem. He's saying that he doesn't need a building to find God, he doesn't need priests to find God, he doesn’t need sacrifices to find God, and here it comes - he doesn’t need a pastor to find God! You see friends, God wants to have a relationship with you, with no mediator other than God Himself named Jesus. Isn't that cool?!

Look what David says in verse 4, “Your lovingkindness is better than life.” You might want to circle the word lovingkindness; it's the Hebrew word “hesed.” It is the word for unconditional love in the Old Covenant. The Old Covenant word for “agape.”

We need to stop right there friends and really think about what he’s saying here, “Your lovingkindness is better than life.” Let’s talk about life; aren’t our lives our most precious possessions, the thing we hang on to at all costs? If a robber came up and pointed a gun at you, what would you do? You'd give him your wallet! Why? Because your life is more important than your money. If you get the dreaded word, “cancer,” what are you going to do? You're going to go through drastic surgery, you’ll take hideous chemicals into your body, why? To save your life! We fight for life with all we have. The Old Testament book of Job says exactly that in chapter 2, verse 4, “All that a man has, he will give for his life.” And it’s true.

What David says is radical, “Your love is even better than the choicest thing in my life called life itself. How can he say that? Well, let's think about it, what good is life without the love of God?

One of the things that brought me to Christ almost forty years ago now, was a little gospel tract that I received from a church I visited. It was called, “Is this all there is to life?” I opened it up after I had visited, I wasn't a Christian yet, but this is what it said on the first page, “A man is born, goes to school, gets married, gets a job, has kids, retires, and then dies; is that all there is to life?” That got me thinking, what is man really? Is he really just a bunch of protoplasm waiting to become manure? Or is there more to this thing? And that sent me on my search to find God.

What David finds, and his son Solomon wrote these words, “All of life is a vanity unless God is a part of it.” And so David, who knows the love of God, says, “My Lips are going to praise you.” And don't forget where he is when he says this, he's in the wilderness! His circumstances have not changed, all that has changed is his mindset - he's gone vertical.


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What Every Hurting Person Needs to Know

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There was a great onslaught against David, and he could have easily remained living horizontal and kept his eyes fixed on all the obstacles and pain around him. He could have stayed living horizontal, and looked at the wilderness he was living in instead of the throne room, but David says, “Oh no, I'm going vertical! You are my God!”

You see beloved when we encounter the adversities of life, one of the facts that we must remember is that God always holds on to us; whether we hold on to God or not though, that’s the choice we must make. And if we choose to stay horizontal, we will lose sight of God.

We must make the choice of the will to see past what is coming against us, to the God who is sitting on His throne. That is what David does, he says, “I am alone in this desert. Yet I am not alone!”

You see, in those trauma times of life, we can feel so alone, can’t we? We can feel like there's no one out there who gets us; even the one we're married to sometimes. When we're going through a traumatic time, we get the feeling that they really don't get us, and then we start to cry out, “Is there anyone out there who gets us?!” The answer is yes! Psalm 73 says, “Who do I have in heaven but you?” And then what did he say? “Who Do I have on earth but you?” Oh God, you get me.

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If You Needed More

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Glorious revelation into the heart of God and His desire to bless.

When David sinned with Bathsheba, God told him these words:

"I anointed you king, I delivered you from Saul, I gave you your master's house and wives, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. AND IF THAT HAD BEEN TOO LITTLE, I ALSO WOULD HAVE GIVEN YOU MUCH MORE."

Now I realize, that David had done something really wrong. And God was not pleased with what David had done. And God was going to discipline David to help him further down the path of faith... yes to all those things! 

But do you hear what I am hearing? "If you needed more, all you had to do was ask!"

Wow! What a God!!!

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Only Goodness and Mercy Have Followed Me

As David looks over his life, he sees that "only" goodness and mercy have followed him.

As David looks over his life, he sees that "only" goodness and mercy have followed him.

Psalm 23.

Everyone knows this beloved psalm. He leads me through the valley of the shadow of death. He is my shepherd.

Interesting insight: Remember, David wrote this as an old man. As he reflects on his life and the faithfulness of God to him, he closes the psalm with these words--- "surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life."

Why did I highlight the word "surely"?

Because it can also be translated "only". As David looks over his life, he sees that "only" goodness and mercy have followed him. What does that mean? That even the pain and sorrow and tears have led to and been overwhelmed by the goodness and mercy of God.

Wow. I think of Rev 7:17 and 21:4 - He shall wipe away every tear and THERE SHALL BE NO MORE PAIN.

May this be the reality for all his saints who journey through this valley of the shadow of death, which is life in a fallen world.

May you see the goodness and mercy in your life so fully that you no longer see the pain and sorrow....

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A Similarity Between a Worm and The Son of God

Out of His being crushed, something beautiful occurred.

Out of His being crushed, something beautiful occurred.

Oh the love of Jesus...

Psalm 22 - David's prophecy of the crucifixion, he cries out that he is a worm.
Strange language. The Son of God - a worm?

Many have stated that it is a declaration of his humiliation. Yes, that is true. But there is more here than meets the eye.
In the ancient world, there was a worm called the scarlet worm. The ancients would crush the worm to make scarlet dye for their beautiful clothing. Hmmm...

More amazing, the life cycle of the worm. When its life was ending, it would attach itself to wood, give birth to its young, die, the scarlet fluid would ooze out and stain the wood to which it was attached.

WOW!

What a picture of our Jesus. In His death on the blood stained cross, He gives new birth to His children. Out of His being crushed, something beautiful occurred.

He became a worm, that we might become the children of God.

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Triumph Through Tears

...we can be found in tears over a great loss, while at the same time experiencing triumph in those tears because God is meeting us in that moment with all that He is!

...we can be found in tears over a great loss, while at the same time experiencing triumph in those tears because God is meeting us in that moment with all that He is!

David was NOT bipolar, nor was he schizophrenic! I share that because a lot of people sincerely believe he was. He can be found in one Psalm living in awe, wonder, and joy at the love and care of God, and then in the very next Psalm claiming that God had deserted him and heralding that he longs to die! This diametrically opposed behavior continues throughout the Psalms, but I would hesitate greatly to say he was bipolar.

No, I believe he was the “total man” – after all, he was the man after God’s own heart.

Allow me to explain. There are two kinds of life given in the New Testament. There is "biaos", from which we get "biography". It is a word used for "life as man lives it!" I would define it as experiencing and expressing the life of man with the resources of man. Then, there is "zoe", meaning "life as God lives it", Life lived out of the resources of God.

My personal conviction is that David lived genuinely in both those lives and very often did so at the same time, just as we often do! The "biaos" life, though it can be good, can also be very hurtful, and full of loss and suffering because of the existence of sin and the enemy.

On the other hand, there is "Zoe" life made available to us at the moment of faith, where we can experience life as God lives it while at the same time experience life as man lives it in a fallen world.

In other words, we can be found in tears over a great loss, while at the same time experiencing triumph in those tears because God is meeting us in that moment with all that He is!

Oh, and by the way, David is not alone. The charge could also go against Paul, who was in such trouble that he despaired of life in II Cor 1, yet he could also say to the Philippians, "rejoice always, and again I say rejoice!"

And please don’t forget our Jesus, Who was experiencing such trouble he sweated blood in the garden, while at the same time experiencing the Father’s will and approval of Who He was and where He was going.

The world needs such real men, who do not offer plastic façades that everything is ALWAYS going great. The world needs men who will be honest about their pain, and their genuine experience of resurrection power.

I would describe the true Christian Life as the experience and
expression of the agony, and the ecstasy, simultaneously being lived out.