Whisperers! Bad News For Our Leadership!

My enemies speak maliciously about me: “When will he die and be forgotten?” When one of them comes to visit, he speaks deceitfully; he stores up evil in his heart; he goes out and talks. All who hate me whisper together about me; they plan to harm me. “Something awful has overwhelmed him, and he won’t rise again from where he lies!” Even my friend in whom I trusted, one who ate my bread, has raised his heel against me.” (Psalm 41:5–9, CSB)

David knew the sting of verbal attacks that happen behind our backs! He understood that even so-called friends can whisper and attempt to derail our work for God! Notice their strategies which he outlines …

  • Saying the worst about us (5)
  • Speaking insincerely about us (6)
  • Gathering falsehoods while with us (7)
  • Spreading bad reports about us (7)
  • Imagining the worst about us (8)

So, how do we combat these attacks? What do we do when we feel the knives of the whisperer in our backs? Listen to David’s next steps in prayer …

But you, Lord, be gracious to me and raise me up; then I will repay them. By this I know that you delight in me: my enemy does not shout in triumph over me. You supported me because of my integrity and set me in your presence forever. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and amen.” (Psalm 41:10–13, CSB)

David chooses to ask God to …

  • Have pity on him (10)
  • Put him back on his feet so he could pay them back (10)
  • Show him God is pleased with him by not allowing his enemies to defeat him (11)
  • Uphold him because of his innocence (12)
  • Establish him in God’s presence forever (12)
  • Bless God with praise (13)

How will you handle your enemies who whisper about you? Will you be like David? Will you hand the job of dealing with them over the the Almighty, All-Creative One?

That’s the only way to win!

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Pray for Northeast India!

We have pastors in India who are reporting distressing news coming from Northeast India.

Pastor Rao, a dear friend in ministry there, reports:

Manipur the north-eastern state of India is burning due to Ethnic Violence, Hindu religious extremists, RSS, BJP government.  Our hearts are broken when we heard 2 women were made naked, sexually harassed, molested, raped, and killed by the riots. 357 Churches are burned, 129 people are killed, 1500 Christian villages are targetted, 40,000 people are injured, 6,000 villagers left their houses and sheltered in the mountains, and 4,550 houses are demolished this is the story of Manipur. No idea when the situations are going to be normal but we cannot sit quietly and observe until the Christians are destroyed and the law is completely eradicated. 

So I am planning to visit Manipur by next month’s 2nd week to encourage morally, join the wounded hands with prayers, and to help them with some groceries. I had a phone conversation with the Manipur Baptist Convention secretary and found the details of the needs of Manipur people.

Pastor Ebenezer, our friend whom Doc and Henry did a mission trip in 2019 with, reports:

We Churches together in Eluru city have conducted a peace rally seeking peace and justice and represented to Govt to protect Christians from atrocities by fanatics who have demolished 300 churches (burned), several killed and women made naked and published nude videos of Christian women in MANIPUR state in India. Please pray for peace and protection of Christians in Manipur state in India.🙏🙏🙏

By his grace I still need to hear from our previous students it’s up northeast and for 79 days the internet was stopped there by the government. It was only restored a few days back we are receiving updates slowly. Please pray pastor.

Please join Eagles In Leadership as we pray for God’s intervention and peace to return to Northeast India. Pray for …

  • These families are consoled
  • These women to be emotionally healed
  • These Church buildings are replaced
  • These other religions be shamed
  • Peace to return
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God Doesn’t Treat All People the Same!

We hear it all the time in the Mythology of Churchianity: God blesses all people the same, or God doesn’t have favorites. But, does God treat everyone the same way?

David tells us, “No! He does not!” In fact, we are told that God treats us the way we are, based on the Content of our Character! Listen as He explains …

  • You deal faithfully with the faithful;
  • You show integrity toward the one who has integrity.
  • You are pure toward the pure,
  • But toward the crooked, you are tricky.
  • You are the one who saves people who suffer and
  • You bring down those with proud eyes.” (Psalm 18:25–27, CEB)

Today, think about your choices, they reflect your character – who you really are. And remember …

We are the way we are BECAUSE we are the way we are!

Choose a better choice each time because God will treat us the way we are, not the way we want Him to!

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The Foundations of Our Faith Begin …

For the leader. By David: In Adonai I find refuge. So how can you say to me, “Flee like a bird to the mountains! See how the wicked are drawing their bows and setting their arrows on the string, to shoot from the shadows at honest men. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:1–3, CJB)

Have you ever been so stressed because of the constant attacks from your adversaries and enemies? You do have enemies, don’t you? If not, you’re not a child of God. For His children have a legion of enemies in Lucifer and his armies of fallen spirits (demons).

Here David refocuses us on the truth: We have a foundation and that foundation is God!

Adonai is in his holy temple. Adonai, his throne is in heaven. His eyes see and test humankind.” (Psalm 11:4, CJB)

Today, don’t get so focused on the enemies and the attacks that you miss seeing the Almighty God and His watch care over you! There is nothing to fear, for He is here!

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What To Do When In Distress!

Attacks come from all sides! You just suffered a huge personal loss and NOW your enemies jump you in your darkness. What does the disciple of King Jesus do?

David responds prays! “He said: “I love you, Adonai, my strength! “Adonai is my Rock, my fortress and deliverer, my God, my Rock, in whom I find shelter, my shield, the power that saves me, my stronghold. I call on Adonai, who is worthy of praise; and I am saved from my enemies. “For the cords of death surrounded me, the floods of B’liya‘al terrified me, the ropes of Sh’ol were wrapped around me, the snares of death lay there before me. In my distress I called to Adonai; I cried out to my God. Out of his temple, he heard my voice; my cry reached his ears.” (Psalm 18:2–7, CJB)

Note this isn’t one of those soft, churchy, powerless prayers. This is an all-in, loud distress call to the Almighty God sitting on the Throne of Mercy! When David “called on and called to” Adonai (Hebrew word replacing the too-holy name, Yahweh), he tells us what that meant: I cried out to my God.

That must have been some prayer! It was heard all the way into Heaven! And what did God DO in response to David’s drained, desperate, and determined call for mercy and to find help in his time of need? The passage goes on to say, Adonai …

  • Heard David (7
  • Got angry with David’s enemies (8
  • Blazed against David’s enemies (9
  • Came down to David (10
  • Flew on a cherub (type of angel) (11
  • Stormed against David’s enemies (12-13
  • Thundered His voice against David’s enemies (14
  • Scattered and routed David’s enemies (15
  • Rebuked David’s enemies (16
  • Rescued David (17-18
  • Supported David (19
  • Moved David to safety (20
  • Rewarded David (21-25

So when you have had enough. When you are too down to look up! Make some noise before God! Cry out to your God. Out of his temple, he will hear your voice; your cry will reach his ears!

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Choices Determine Destinies!

We have a choice every day throughout this life:

– Faith or Fear
– Courage or Cowardice
– Walk or Talk
– Do or Excuses
– Responsible or Blame
– Benefit or Lose
– Significance or Shame
– Pleasure or Guilt
– Favor or Trouble
– Focus or Confusion
– Diligence or Laziness
– Blessed or Cursed

Choose wisely today!

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Oh, That God Would Send Us an Ezekiel or Three! (Ezekiel 2, CJB)

America, and I am sure most countries right now, could use an Ezekiel or three in this current world devolution, this beastialization of humanity.

Here is what God said to Ezekiel … may God speak to someone soon!

The Text of Ezekiel 2

He said to me, “Human being! Stand up! I want to speak with you!” As he spoke to me, a spirit entered me and put me on my feet, and I heard him who was speaking to me. He said, 

“Human being! I am sending you to the people of Isra’el, that nation of rebels who have rebelled against me—they and their ancestors have been transgressing against me to this very day. Because they are defiant, hardhearted children, I am sending you; and you are to tell them, ‘Here is what Adonai ELOHIM says.’ Whether they listen or not, this rebellious house will still know that a prophet has been among them! 

“As for you, human being, don’t be afraid of them or their words, even if briars and thorns surround you, and you sit among scorpions. Don’t be afraid of their words or be upset by their looks, for they are a rebellious house. You are to speak my words to them, whether they listen or not, for they are very rebellious. 

But you, human being, hear what I am telling you: don’t you be rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth, and eat what I am about to give you.” When I looked, there was a hand stretched out to me, holding a scroll. He spread it out in front of me, and it was covered with writing front and back. Written on it were laments, dirges and woes.”

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Hope For Today #236 – Christmas Sets Our Agendas: God Visits the Willingly Obedient

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Christmas reminds us that God visits the willingly obedient (Luke 1:38)

This Christmas, remember, many will say, “Happy Holidays!” instead of “Merry Christmas!” 

Don’t be upset at them … they are just professing that the Jesus Christ of Christmas hasn’t come to them yet!

Love them, pray for them and share that devotion, that faith, that favor you know in the God who does the impossible and visits the obedient with them. 

Who knows, perhaps THIS will be the year Christmas will change everything for them as well! 


Father in Heaven, 

Thank you for sending your son to be our Savior, but not ours alone, but for everyone who will accept your love and leadership through your Son, Jesus! 

Thank you for reminding us that you are real, that you love our devotion and reward our faith! 

Thank you for reminding us that you favor the sexually pure, by accomplishing the seemingly impossible in their lives by visiting them because they are willingly obedient to follow your will and word. 

For the glory of your story in our daily lives, Amen

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Hope For Today #235 – Christmas Sets Our Agendas: God Accomplishes the Seemingly Impossible

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What is your response to God when He wants to do the impossible? 

Listen to Mary, 

Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.” (Luke 1:38) 

Are you willing to allow God to be God in your life?

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Hope For Today #234 – Christmas Sets Our Agendas: God Favors the Sexually Pure

Sexual purity today is mocked and ridiculed as “Puritanical” and “Victorian” 

The trouble is, those who do such things are the sexually immoral, those who have chosen to reject the wisdom of God for the foolishness of humanity.

Such a life course leads to eternal damnation, not eternal life, as Paul repeatedly tells us in the New Testament letters. 

Mary’s question, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” is answered in Luke 1:35–37

35And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 

36Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 

37For with God nothing will be impossible.” 

  • How often we forget that last line … 

37For with God nothing will be impossible.” 

  • Has your God lost His ability to overcome any “impossibility”?
  • I hope not! Because the God of the Bible has not … he can impregnate a virgin and He can create out of nothing! 
  • As Jeremiah said so long ago: 

‘Ah Lord Yahweh! Look, you made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for you,” (Jeremiah 32:17, LEB) 

  • Do you believe God is able? 
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