(Deut. 9:1-6; I Samuel 17: 45-50)
To take possession of the Promised Land, Israel had to destroy the giants of the land. The Lord warned them that they were great and tall, they were the sons of Anakim, of whom they had heard, Who can stand before the sons of Anak?(Deut. 9:2). When Moses sent spies from every tribe to spy the land they came with a frightening report: There we saw the Nephilim [or giants], the sons of Anak, who come from the giants; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight (Num. 13:33). In the days of Joshua, he cut off the Anakim from the hill country; from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the hill country of Judah and the hill country of Israel. Joshua destroyed them utterly with their cities. None of the Anakim were left in the land of the Israelites; only in Gaza, Gath and Ashdod did some remain (Josh. 11:21-22).
In the days of David, the Philistines came to fight with Israel with their giant, Goliath of Gath. This giant stood almost ten feet tall. His heavy armor was even more impressive and intimidating. Israel’s army was dismayed and very afraid of him. Israel came to battle in their strength; all they saw was the giant before them. They forgot what God had done in the past, but there was someone who had the faith and the courage to face this giant. The mountain Israel perceived to be was just a mole hill to David. In fact all he needed was a stone and a sling and bam, the giant was done and gone!
A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body.
(Prov. 14: 30)
Mind and heart are connected through multiple pathways according to Dr. Dominique Surel: neurologically (Autonomic Nervous System), biochemically (Hormones), biophysically (pressure and sounds waves) and energetically (electromagnetic interactions). “The heart is the coordinator of the body’s functions, binding and synchronizing the system as a whole” (Dr. Dominique Surel). The heart, as a coordinator of symphony of functions of the body, can be compared to the conductor of an orchestra in coordinating the instruments to harmonize with each other.
The three functions of the mind comprise of thinking, feeling and wanting. it is the body’s faculty where reasoning and thoughts lodge. It is invisible; the mind resides in the physical organ of the body- the brain, which is also associated with the consciousness. The heart, however, as a visible organ, is a pump with its main function to pump blood to the lungs saturating it with oxygen then pumps it out into the blood the cells with oxygen. It is a pump of the circulatory system providing a continuous flow of blood throughout the body. The heart is the sustainer of life. But the heart has the invisible side when it connects with the mind. It is regarded to be the source of love and emotions according to poets, prophets, and philosophers. The Bible has much to say about the heart’s invisible functions. even the Lord YAHSHUA Himself attributed the heart as the source of emotion and belief in John 14:1, which reads: “Let not your heart be troubled, believe in God, believe also in me.”
When YAHSHUA arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the
half shekel [the temple tax] went up to Peter and said, Does not your Teacher
pay the half shekel? He answered, Yes. And when he came home, YAHSHUA spoke to
him first, saying, What do you think, Simon? From whom do earthly rulers
collect duties or tribute from their own sons or from others, not of their own
family? And Peter said, From other people not of their own family. YAHSHUA said
to him, Then the sons are exempt. However, in order not to give offense and
cause them to stumble, go down to the sea and throw in a hook. Take the first
fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find there a shekel.
Take it to them to pay the temple tax for Me and for yourself.
Faith is a beautiful endowment to men. It is a spiritual gift enabling actions pleasing to
our Lord YAHSHUA. In fact, the Bible says that without faith it is impossible
to please God (Heb. 11: 6a). This gift is given to those who believe that
YAHSHUA is the Son of God. It takes us places where we experience God and His
presence in the midst of tribulation and hardship. There is nothing impossible
to achieve when our faith is focused on the promises of God. “Though the earth
should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas,
though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling
and tumult” (Psalm. 46:2-3), faith sustains and uplifts above all
circumstances. However, the human
tendency is to be fearful in hard times. YAHSHUA often dealt with the disciples
for their lack of faith, for even when He was physically with them, they would
fear the unknown. We are no different than they were. When the test of our faith arrives, we often
fail, and like them, we become overwhelmed even when the Word of God says, Let
be and be still and know that I am God (Psa. 46:10a).
is a word that brings torment to the mind of men. YAHSHUA warned us not to
worry, because there is nothing by worrying that will change things for the
better; nothing- physical, emotional or spiritual. Worries, in many cases, are
signs of fear of losing control of the situation, or circumstance. It becomes
then a burden hard to bear indeed, because it is not for us to carry.
the fig does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, [though] the
product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is
cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice
in the Lord; I will exult in the God of my salvation! The Lord God is my
strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like
hinds’ feet and will make me to walk and make progress upon my high places (Habakkuk