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  • How 'bout a short Bible thing?

    Hey guys,
    I wanted to post an excerpt from my teaching last Sunday (I'm a pastor at Calvary Chapel in Little Rock). As I was studying the battle of Jericho I was intrigued by a principle I'd not thought of before. You all know the story - "Walk around the walls once for 6 days, walk around it 7x on the seventh days and the walls come down."

    I won't go into all the archaeological evidence for this being an actual historical event, but I gained some insight from the 6 days of circling the wall that I think applies to those of us with HCM. If you'll indulge me: (This is based on Joshua 5:13 - 6:5

    "God wanted them to walk around and around the wall until they understood how impossible the task was. Was their walking around really doing anything to the wall? Of course not. Was God thinking “Now I can take down that wall, but I’m going to need them to soften it up a bit for me first…”? It was having absolutely no effect on the wall (except making it taller by trampling down the earth around it). What was God really working on during those six days? Them!!! He was instilling in them their absolute inability to do anything that would bring down that wall.

    God is always trying to work in our lives -trying to conform us into the image of His Son. He's taking you around and around and around that problem. You've looked at it from every angle; you've studied it and lost sleep over it. You've talked to professionals and gotten counseling for it- but no matter what you do you just can't figure out how to bring down that wall. It's too impossible, it's too tall, it's too big of a problem.

    Great - now you’re starting to get the picture. God is going to have to deal with this - you can't. Zechariah 4:6 says it's not by might, not by power, but by His Spirit that the walls in your life will come down. He’s trying to get you on the same page and bring you in tune with his Spirit. For some of us that takes about 6 times around the wall. For others it takes 10. Some of us have been circling for so long we're practically in orbit.

    In the end, the wall may not be the big deal. Can God solve that problem right now? Does He have to wait on anything or anyone? Does he have to go before a committe or get paperwork signed before He can deal with it properly? Doesn't He have the power to just solve the whole thing and work it out now? We know that God can do whatever He wants - it's one of the perks of being God!

    Consider this: God could have brought down the walls of Jericho at any moment. Why did he wait until the 7th day? It had nothing to do with Israel conquering the wall, and everything to do with God conquering Israel.

    Can I suggest that the problem that keeps you up at night, that you dwell on continually, is not the issue? Maybe the issue is what God wants to do with or through you in this situation. What is He teaching you? What is He trying to break you from? Or maybe He's just trying to break you period. Sometimes that's what it takes to realize how much we need Him.

    If we don't get this concept in our heads and hearts, we're going to spend alot of time flinging ourselves at our walls - our problems. We're going to totally miss what God is trying to do in US until, like Joshua, we submit to Him and say, "What does my Lord say to His servant? What do YOU want to do Lord? What do you want to do in me?”
    "We come into the world and take our chances, fate is just the weight of circumstances - that's the way the lady luck dances...roll the bones." - Rush

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    Re: How 'bout a short Bible thing?

    Dave, HCM or not I needed to read this today. Thanks for posting.

    Reenie
    Reenie

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    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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      Re: How 'bout a short Bible thing?

      Dave this was wonderful a message, thank you for it, I too needed to read it.
      Lynn Stewart
      HOCM 4/2002
      Cleveland Myectomy Crew 8/2002

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        Great lesson Dave, I've always believed we were put on this Earth to experience happiness, sadness & pain and each event has the ability to either make you a better or less of a being depending on how you handle the event.
        And heck if you take God along as a side kick, it makes the journey a lot easier.
        Every great thing that has ever happened since the beginning of time has started as a single thought in someones mind.
        So if you are capable of thought then you are capable of great things
        Good luck and stay well.
        Glen

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          Dave
          That was wonderful! Keep them coming. They are wonderful inspirations!
          Tammy

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          • #6
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            Dave - You really felt the sprirt of the "GodSquad" in this posting. It is a wonderful posting that can make each of us think. Just returning from a major medical conference and reading this I can not help but see the convention hall in Washington DC as the "wall" and the doctors who come to learn as those walking around the "wall"...looking for the reasons, the answers, the clues as to how to bring down so many walls.
            Thank you for sharing this with us all.
            Lisa
            Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
            YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

            Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
            lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
            Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
            Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
            Currently not obstructed
            Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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            • #7
              Re: How 'bout a short Bible thing?

              Thank you Dave!
              Is is an important lesson - hard to learn!

              Many times I asked - what is my lesson and the response was hard to find. Sometimes I could not find the answer alone!
              I found that sharing helps me during hard times, and also trying new ways of thinking.
              Wishes for healh, peace and love!

              Daniela E-H, Mother to Matan-Ben (13 years old) who had his AICD implantation (29/03/04) and Myectomy (14/12/08) and Noga (4 years old) not affected
              Haifa - Israel.

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                Re: How 'bout a short Bible thing?

                Dave, Thankyou SOOooo Much for the lesson. As a fellow Christian (and fan of Calvary Chapel as well), the story reminded me once again of Gods sovernty and Love for us all. Thanks again for sharing this, it Blessed me greatly. Keep em coming!

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                  Re: How 'bout a short Bible thing?

                  Hey guys,
                  Sorry I haven't posted anything in awhile - been busy here at home. I'm planning on trying to post some more excerpts from studies in the near future - stay tuned!
                  "We come into the world and take our chances, fate is just the weight of circumstances - that's the way the lady luck dances...roll the bones." - Rush

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                    Re: How 'bout a short Bible thing?

                    Thanks, Dave.

                    Reenie
                    Reenie

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                    Husband has HCM.
                    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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