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Crawford's Kingsmen Kommentary

Feb 20 | Posted by: Kingsmen Quartet

I am SICK OF SNOW! The Kingsmen returned from our 40th Singing at Sea and a blizzard struck. Snow, ice, locusts, frogs, dogs and cats living together . . .MASS HYSTERIA!

Well, it wasn’t that bad. We are glad, however, to back home and back on the road.

To catch you up . . .our new DVD is only a few weeks from being available.  We have seen the proof copy and we are sure all the Kingsmen friends and fans are going to be blessed! Also, we are currently reviewing new material for a new project. Our recording dates are in May with release date not long after that. We are so pumped up about this new recording. We already have some fantastic songs in the hopper for this project – needless to say – it’s going to be GOOD!

Now on to this month’s commentary.

We Need the Downs

Psa 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

 

        We are all living “life”. We are all going through “stuff”. We have ups and downs. But how do we view these ups and downs? Do we rejoice when God blesses us? Most of us do. Do we rejoice when God tests us? Or when the cancer doesn’t go away? Or when the house is foreclosed on? That’s a lot different. Much different. It’s been said experience is the best teacher. I believe that once we have come through these ups and downs, these experiences, then we have a deeper appreciation of who God truly is. We learn by doing, by experiencing. To bring us closer to the Father, it is good that we go through and experience hard times. We learn to depend on Him more when we have nothing else to depend upon. I love the saying, “When He’s all you have, He’s all you need.” And once you are on the other side of that test, trial, or affliction you now have a great testimony to share with others and a deeper understanding of God. AND – He could have just prepared you for some important work He needs you to do later on. He may have just refined you through fire and struggle for a specific purpose. In Zechariah 13:9 the bible says God would "refine them like silver and test them like gold". That can be painful, but look at the promise: “they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.” 

 

The apostle Paul had his struggles. From being thrown in jail numerous times, being beaten, going hungry – you name it, Paul lived it. There was one affliction, however, that affected Paul his entire life. It was this affliction that kept him focused and grounded for the cause of Christ.

2 Cor. 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

In Paul’s case this “thorn” was not for correction or direction, but for prevention. To help Paul stay focused and not become prideful in His walk with God. He actually had a face to face with Jesus. He was told, audibly, what sort of ministry he would undertake. He was given his marching orders DIRECTLY FROM THE RISEN LORD IN PERSON! This might make one a little puffed up or self-righteous. But God allowed this “thorn” or affliction to test Paul and keep him focused on his divine call. To keep him focused on Christ.

The Son of God Himself was tested. Seriously tested. Before His ministry even began, Jesus was put through the ringer! Most of you know the story. It’s in Matthew 4:1-11. After Jesus had been led by the Holy Spirit in to the desert, and had fasted for 40 days, Satan came to tempt and test Him. Even though He was God in the flesh, it was still NECESSAY for Christ to go through this trial to focus Him on one goal and one goal only – to do the will of the Father. Period. It was only after this “trial” that Jesus could begin His ministry. He had been prepared. He was ready! He had overcome Satan’s temptations and now He was ready to overcome death, hell, and the grave! God didn’t give His Son an easy road – far from it.

Rom 8:32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all,

God the Father didn’t even intervene when it came to the death of His only Son. Could God have saved us by any other means than allowing His Son to be murdered? Sure He could. He’s God and He makes the rules. He could have done whatever He wanted. But He chose this method to PROVE HIS LOVE. And Christ chose to do His Father’s will unto death to prove His love for us. The point, however, is this – when Christ prayed for His trial to be lifted, Matt 26:39 . . . O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me. . . the trial was not lifted. He had to face and endure it (his own death) to do His Father’s will.

It was necessary for Jesus to go through ups and downs; to go through extreme trials and even be told He would have to die. All of this was the divine will and purpose of God to bring about our salvation.

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

 

All things. ALL THINGS! We need them. We need the valleys and the mountains. We need the trials and

the victories. We need the sunshine and the rain. Without them, without “ALL THINGS” we cannot truly know who God is and completely fulfill His purpose in our lives. Yes, we need the ups and we need the downs. Even though it’s hard, even though we pray for them to be lifted, even though we can’t understand the timing, even though . . . .even so . . .We Need the Downs.

 

He’s a good, good God!

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