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As I began to think about this series on “I Know A Man Who Can” my mind raced in so many directions.  I came to the conclusion that we do not have the space nor time to exhaust all that this topic has to offer.  So, I am just going to share this one last truth and let you take it from here and do some Bible study on your own.

“I Know A Man Who Can” – handle the beaten enemy.

We all know I Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”  Someone shard withe me this is an old lion that hides in the bush and when prey comes by this lion roars loudly and scares it.  As the prey runs off there are younger lions waiting to catch this prey and bring it down and kill it.

We have a lively enemy.  He is not to be underestimated.  He is seeking to devour each and every one of us who are a child of God.  He hates God and thus he hates you and I who are God’s children.

Here is the good part.  The enemy of our soul is a defeated enemy.  Look at Matthew 4:10-11, “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.  Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”  You see, the devil left Jesus because he was defeated.  He was beaten.  He is the losing side.  We are on the winning side.  Jesus has defeated our enemy and one day he will be cast forever into hell for all eternity.  Praise the LORD!

Until this day you and I have an enemy.  The good thing is that Jesus has defeated this enemy over and over.  We need to quit trying to fight him in our own power and our own flesh.  It is a spiritual battle and we must enlist and fight on a spiritual level.  You can only do this by enlisting in Jesus’ army and using His tactics and weapons.

So, how are you doing?

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As we continue our thoughts on “I Know A Man Who Can” I thought about another group of people.  Look at our third installment of this series.

“I Know A Man Who Can” – help the broken.

The other day I heard someone preaching on the parable of the Good Samaritan.  This person said that he believed that the man beaten and left for dead was a picture of you and I.  Well, I can relate to this.  I am not going to say this man was right or wrong.  I understand where he is coming from.  He went on to say that he believes that the Samaritan is a picture of our Heavenly Father.  Again, I will not say that he is right or wrong.  I do see why he would think this.

I am sure that in your life you feel like this man on the road.  You have been beaten, bruised and even broken by a cold, cruel, calloused world that hates Jesus Christ and anyone who stand for Him.  As the days get spiritually darker we can associate with this man.  I am sure that we have been on the side of the road so to speak and watched as those who should stop to help pass on by.  How hurtful and discouraging this is.

If we find ourselves in this position we must cry out to God Almighty.  He will “help the broken”.  Now, if you find yourself in the position of seeing some beaten, bruised and broken soul on the side of the road be the hands of Jesus and do what you can to help.  You will not be sorry.

So, how are you doing?

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I shared yesterday how I really enjoy the song “I Know A Man Who Can” by Greater Vision.  Chris Alman does a slam dunk job singing the song.  You can see a video of the song here.  Let’s continue on with our thought.

“I Know A Man Who Can” – hide the battered.

I have really enjoyed reading through my Bible this year.  Moses really jumped off the page to me.  As I was thinking about our thought for today I again thought of Moses.  Look at how many times the children of Israel were a thorn in his flesh.  They wanted to stone him.  They wanted to go back to Egyptian bondage.  They were a leader’s great nightmare, truthfully.

Moses had a heart for God and His people.  In Exodus 32:32 Moses tells God if He will not forgive these people then to blot his name (Moses’) out of His (God’s book).  Wow!

Moses had one thing that he deeply desired.  He wanted to see God.  Because no man can see God face to face and live, Moses was allowed to be placed by God into the “clift of the rock” and God passed by him.  This would allow Moses to see God’s backside.  Look at Exodus 33:22, “And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:”

Friend, God has a place that He can put you when life caves in on you.  He has placed you in His hand and the Father’s hand (John 10:28-29).  So, when you are battered by life just run to the LORD and let Him hid you in the clift of the Rock.  This Rock is Jesus.

So, how are you doing?

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Yesterday I was listening to music.  When I woke up it was time to make lunch.  The song on at the time was by Greater Vision and is titled “I Know A Man Who Can”.  We are needing a miracle in my family right now.  We are watching as one of our dear members slowly transitions down in health and upward toward Heaven.  This is a painful process.  I have not been able to make it to the hospital for several days due to schedules and shift changes.

With this in mind I was listening to this song; which is a favorite of mine, and some thoughts came to my mind.  Let me share some of these thoughts.

I. I Know A Man Who Can – heal the broken heart.
Look at John 20:15, “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.”  For the most part those who followed Jesus believed He was who He said He was.  Then they watched Him be crucified and then buried.  How would you feel?  You and I would be crushed.  We would be disillusioned.  There is an entire gamut of feelings associated with what these people had and were going through.

Then Mary in this state goes to the tomb of Jesus.  She sees a man that she thinks is the gardener.  When she speaks to this Person she finds out it is Jesus.  Then all the feelings fade away in sight.  The disillusionment drops off like rain off a duck’s back.  All the wrong feelings disappear at the revelation of who Jesus really is to Mary.

Now, let’s make this personal.  I don’t know what is happening or not happening in your life.  I can tell you this for sure.  If you will come to faith in Jesus Christ the trials of life will probably not get better.  What changes is your perspective on the problems and your response should change also.  This will make all the difference in the world.  You see, “I Know A Man Who Can.”  Take your needs and cares to Him and let Him work in your life.

So, how are you doing?