• Image 01
  • Image 02
  • Image 03
  • Image 04

Crawford's Kingsmen Kommentary

Jul 14 | Posted by: Kingsmen Quartet

Hope everyone has had a great summer.  The Kingsmen just enjoyed our summer vacation and we are ready for the last half of 2013! Services and concerts have been going wonderfully and the new project “Front Row: Live” is jumping off the shelves.  The new single “Land of the Free” is inspiring folks all over the country. It’s getting serious airplay on enLighten XM Channel 65 as well as regional stations everywhere.  Be listening for this newest release from the Kingsmen. We dedicate ourselves and the Kingsmen ministry to Him and HE ALONE gives the increase.  Praise Him for His faithfulness. 

Saw this great story and it got me to thinking.  How do we describe our faith and walk to people?  More to the point; how do we explain to folks why we have struggles and convictions in our daily walk with Christ? 

The story goes like this . . .

Many years ago, a wealthy man went duck hunting with a hired hand named Sam. They took a horse and carriage, and along the way a rim came off one of the wheels. As Sam hammered it back on, he accidentally hit his finger. Instantly he let go with some bad words. He quickly fell to his knees, asking God’s forgiveness. “Lord, it’s difficult at times to live the Christian life”, he prayed. “Sam” said the man, “I know you’re a Christian, but tell me why you struggle so, I’m an atheist, and I don’t have problems like that.” Sam didn’t know what to say. Just then two ducks flew overhead. The man raised his gun and two shots rang out. “Leave the dead one and go after that wounded bird!” he shouted. Sam pointed at the duck that was fluttering desperately to escape and said, “I’ve got an answer for you now, Boss. You said my Christianity isn’t any good because I have to struggle so. Well, I’m the wounded duck, and struggle to get away from the devil. But you Boss, you’re the dead duck!”

That insight fits Paul’s description of his Christian experience in Romans 7: 14-25.

For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

 

Struggle is one evidence of God’s work in our lives. Forgiveness of sin is available, this we know. Remember, dead ducks don’t flutter!  There is no life left in them.  Our struggle is a sign that we are under conviction of the Holy Spirit and in need of God’s gift of His Son, Christ Jesus. 

 

D. De Hann says it like this . . .

Struggle, yes, it’s part of living
Nothing’s gained on beds of ease;
But when our heart is set on Jesus,
Struggle drives us to our knees.

 

What about the most beloved hymn of all time "Amazing Grace"? It contains a verse that teaches this same truth:

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come.
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

 

This is similar to a previous post I made, but I want to focus on how we as Christians can EXPLAIN why struggles come our way and how we deal with them.

Folks think when you become a Christian your troubles cease.  We all know that is not so.  Be ready to explain to the non-believer why these things come upon you.  Be ready to praise your God for the trial and the growth you experience while in it.  Without fire, the gold cannot be refined and purified.  God is completing a great work in us.  The world thinks they have it all figured out – they know how they can get through life with no worries. These people need to beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. But Christians know that struggles and convictions mean we are being strengthened and purified for God and His work. Anyone who says they have it figured out is only lying to themselves. 

Our strength comes only from Him.  And He will complete His work in us. 

Neh 8:10  . . .for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

Php 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Be ready to explain and uplift those who aren’t Christians or those who are young in the faith.  He wants us to completely rely on Him. 

Pro 3:5-6  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Use these verses to bring glory to God! Use His Word to give the glory to Him!

Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

 

 

Soooooooo . . .this has nothing to do with anything . . .but it is FUNNY TO ME!!!!!

 

 

HA!!!! Love it!!!!

 

He’s a good, good God!

 

RC

Syndicate contentSubscribe to the news RSS feed