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Was the Alabama Victory over Notre Dame Prophetic?   13 comments


Last night I watched the University of Alabama football team run over the University of Notre Dame, 42-14, for the national title.  I probably watched ten minutes of the game.  I am not a follower of Alabama football, but I was rooting for Alabama to win the game.  It was one of the most complete and overwhelming victories in a college football championship game that I have ever seen.

If this victory is prophetic, what does it mean?  The United States has a federal government that is huge, over-reaching and oppressive.  There is a lot of sin in this country.  If people don’t want God in their lives, then the Lord will give them big, oppressive government.  If you don’t want God, you can have the devil.

Several years ago, I was reading a Christian website and someone gave a prophecy that said, “the South will rise again.”  Does this mean that the Confederacy of the Old South will be revived?  No.  I believe this prophecy means that states rights will become a dominant force in our nation’s political and social life.  I believe that certain governors and state legislatures will assert their power and prevent the federal government’s abuses on their people–like ObamaCare.  Barack Obama is another King George III.

The University of Notre Dame represents centralized government.  Ultimately, the Vatican City in Rome has some say in the existence of Notre Dame.  The name “Notre Dame” is French:  Notre Dame was named after a Catholic cathedral in France.  France represents foreign influence or foreign entanglements.

The University of Alabama represents states rights.  The Governor of Alabama and the State Board of Regents oversee the operations of the University of Alabama–not our federal government and not Rome.

I am not baiting Catholics here.  I was raised in a very Irish Catholic family and went to Catholic schools in my youth.  If this game had taken place in 1972, I would probably have rooted for Notre Dame.  I am not a Catholic, I am a Christian.  I don’t care for Roman Catholic structure, but I have met some very devoted Christians in the Catholic Church.

I am not a Southerner.  I was born and raised in Iowa (my favorite football team is Iowa State University).  When I saw the way Alabama ran all over Notre Dame, it really bore witness with my spirit.  It was as if Notre Dame wasn’t even there–and shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

I know that the Lord uses everyday circumstances to show us things and teach us things.  He who has ears to hear (spiritual hearing) will be able to hear what the Lord is saying.  I believe that the Lord used the Alabama victory to encourage American Christians that there will be victory over our abusive White House and federal government in the near future.  Praise the Lord!

For the past few weeks the Lord has been showing me “January 7th”.  It looks like the Lord wanted me to watch the Alabama-Notre Dame game.  God is in the details.

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By Lori Rodeheaver

“No, I don’t know where I’m going.  But, I sure know where I’ve been.  Hanging on the promises in songs of yesterday.  An’ I’ve made up my mind,  I ain’t wasting no more time.  Here I go again.” ~Evan A. Rogers

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a new year.

No longer am I willing to stand cowering, failing to engage my Goliaths.  No longer am I going to sit with my tail between my legs, boohooing over his taunts and trifling temptations.  No.  I know where that road leads, and, God help me, I refuse to go back.  No more wasted time.  Here I go.  Here’s to a new, different, hopefully much better year.

I may not know where the Lord will take me this year, but I do know one thing – I’m ready to run into battle.  There’s not a chance in hell that it’s a coincidence that today – the very first day of 2013, I come to David’s victory over Goliath in my study.  God’s providence has placed this passage in my lap today to encourage me to be a fighter, a winner, and an overcomer this year.

When the words that David spoke were heard, they repeated them before Saul, and he sent for him. 32 And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, 35 I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. 36 Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.”~1 Samuel 17:31-36

David’s confidence, courage, and faith come from his past experiences.  His past experiences came not from worldly training, but from a vast amount of time spent in the obedient service of his father.

What his brother ridiculed and tried to make him publicly ridiculous for, David owns and proves how honorable and advantageous obedience and service to his father really was.

In that service, his position was low, but his performance and work ethic in it were unmatched.  So outstanding and admirable his diligence within that lowly employment from his father, it qualified him for the most noble task of all men.

Therefore, never should we forget the dire importance of doing all things as though we are serving the Lord.  No matter how low our worldly position, we are employed sovereignly by Our Father.  Let us do so suitably, rightly, and honorably.

37 And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”

38 Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of bronze on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail, 39 and David strapped his sword over his armor. And he tried in vain to go, for he had not tested them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” So David put them off. ~1 Samuel 17:37-39

David’s courage, coupled with his honorable experience, makes him more fit than any man to slay this beast.  Saul recognizes his opportunity and bids him go.  But, still trusting in worldly ways and means, he offers David his armor.

David understands that he cannot use what he has not been previously accustomed to.  The same is true for us.  If we are well-versed in the world and it’s advantages, we will stand with the other 10,000 cowards when the one with the most worldly advantages intimidates us.  It will be little help in our day and age of faithlessness and fear.

If, however, we are well-versed in obedient service to Our Father, how natural and faithfully familiar the deadliest weapons against evil will be in our hands!  Our trust in the victory will be as David’s was – solely dependent upon God, not  worldly advantages.

40 Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine.~1Samuel 17:40

David chooses instead the familiar, faithful tools of his past victories.  He picks up his meager sling and stones and he approaches his enemy confidently.

In verses 42-47, the beast begins to taunt David.  He attempts to psych him out with a pre-battle attack.  Again, David’s past experience with his brother proves sufficient for this encounter.

Because David had self-control enough to answer wisely in a small attack, he has training in godliness and keeps from losing his wits in a great attack.  David responds not by displaying hot-headed temper for temper, but only by displaying his full faith in God.

 When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.~1Samuel 17:48-49

Because of his past obedience, experience submitted to his father’s service, and, most of all, his faith, David is not afraid of this fool.  He runs to meet Goliath and…*plink*…kills him dead.

No sword.  No armor.  No worldly advantage.

So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.~1 Samuel 17:50-51

David prevailed.  David won, and, when he won, all his enemies ran away.  They fled.  Resist the devil and he will flee.

Hello, 2013.  Goodbye, Goliath.  I hope you don’t mind if my Shepherd takes your head with him when I go.

Everyday Encounters with the Creator

Posted January 1, 2013 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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