You More Than I



“You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.” – Psalm 139:5

A wise man once told me “you can tell a lot about a person by the number of times they refer to themselves in an average conversation.” Me, Myself and I, the trinity of stupidity. I’m learning that when I am at my best, it’s because my focus is on others more than myself. Paul tells us in Philippians 2:3,4 “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself, Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others”.

I’ve lived a life where I did nothing but try to keep myself happy, and I became frustrated and empty. I also figured out others aren’t interested in conversations that highlight myself. Although there is still a selfish streak in me that at time screams “WHAT ABOUT ME?” … and that’s when I need to retreat. I need to find myself looking at the source of all my joy and contentment. It has to be “You more than me”, and the ‘You’ has to be God before others. When I need to be reminded of my true identity and get a fresh perspective of who God says I am, it’s Psalm 139 for me. A Psalm of David where I counted at least 22 times he uses the pronoun “You” in his prayer. It’s a prayer of adoration and also puts us in the picture with God.

O LORD, You have searched me and known me.

​​You know my sitting down and my rising up;

​​You understand my thought afar off.

 ​​You comprehend my path and my lying down,

​​And are acquainted with all my ways.

 ​​For there is not a word on my tongue,

​​But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.

 ​​You have hedged me behind and before,

​​And laid Your hand upon me.

​​Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

​​It is high, I cannot attain it.”

Once I gain a security in knowing who I am in Christ, I am able to serve the Lord with a pure perspective, no longer filtering my motives through a deceitful heart that at times contains insecurity, bitterness, anger, and malice. I have to know when to act and when not to. It’s the prompting of the Holy Spirit that needs to be acknowledged. I can only be aware of this if all my selfish ambitions are set aside, also not looking for the praise of man rather the praise from God. Paul addresses this in Romans 2:29 when comparing the motives of our heart, he says, “No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by God’s Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people” NLT.

So if you’re finding yourself in a discontent of frustrating mood try and replacing some of you” I’s” with “You’s” because it should always be “You more than I”. Amen.

Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at

The Daily Bible Reading: Job 31-32| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here


Daily Quote: “Our love to God is measured by our everyday fellowship with others and the love it displays.” – Andrew Murray

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. – Romans 5:1-2



The Tares


“Another parable He put forth to them, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.'” – Matthew 13:24-25 (NKJV)

I have the weirdest lawn. It’s nothing pretty by any means, and living next to a hay field doesn’t really help matters…unless you’re a horse. In that case, my lawn may seem pretty tasty. I’ve got moss, dandelions, crabgrass, timothy hay, and something that kinda looks like grass but I can’t really be too sure. But I’ll start up my riding lawn mower and slice it all down like it was all the same…and I’ll enjoy every minute of it, unless I cut down the wife’s wild flower patch. In that case I never EVER hear the end of my crass mistake (my wife just said the mistake is more grievous, whatever). What a wretched man I can be!!

Now to be very clear in this, I don’t seed my lawn either. As a matter of fact, I don’t even fertilize it or bother to water it. In my mind, if it doesn’t grow, that’s one less chore I have to do and I escape the stress of trying to miss the wild flower patch. Wretched, lazy man I be indeed. Yes, I know there are ways to make for a better, healthier lawn BUT to me it’s not a salvation issue so MOW IT ALL DOWN.

Now, it’s good thing Jesus didn’t see it like I do when He told the parable of the tares. I’m gonna encourage you to open your Bible and head to Matthew 13:24-30 first.

Basically, what we read in this passage of Scripture is what it looks like when there is corruption among God’s people. Simply put, the wolves among the sheep: the ones who look and sound like us, but they ain’t nowhere close to us in the heart of hearts. Now Jesus says that the seed that brings the tares is sowed while the men are sleeping…guess it is a warning that no matter how diligent we are, corruption is gonna creep in anyway. So both wheat and weed grow together and the workers begin to notice this.

Now, just like us, these workers wanna get to weeding out the bad stuff to preserve the good stuff, but the farmer who owns the field tells them to hold up until harvest time, lest they uproot the good stuff. As a side note, here the weed in the parable could be something called ‘Darnel.’ It looks like wheat while its growing and it is considered to be poisonous, but when it is time to bear fruit (or ears like wheat does), you can immediately tell the difference. It would have been very wise of the farmer to hold off until the harvest to separate the two. I see this as “you’ll know them by their fruits.”

Now there is one thing I can’t help to notice is the field. I believe I can get away with this so here it goes…the field is the world. Now it is plausible to say the good seed/wheat are God’s people and the tares/weeds are of the false believers in this world. And there is something that is being watched a little more and more each day as this present-day tarry’s along and that is how God’s people treat all people.

If we, “God’s true sons,” were to go around and accuse everyone of a false narrative to the Gospel and threw them outta of churches before they showed us their true intentions, we would be no better than the Spanish Inquisition, (I can hear you Monty Python fans now so just be quiet), which survived from 1478 until the time of Napoleon. It had several gasps of air after that, but never really got back on its feet. Plus, we show the world that we are nothing but judges (when we should be encouragers) among those who are looking to rightly divide TRUTH in their everyday lives.

So, what can be taken away today? Well to be honest, we need to be really careful how we are bantering back and forth with each other out in the fields about Kingdom principles. If all you are doing is “copying and pasting” someone else’s commentary and standing on it as your own you had better be ready to defend that position …with Scripture. The next time I am with you, I would like to continue with the next part of this parable on the tares. I think we’ll need to see what Scripture has to say about those whose fruits differ from our own. We need to remember that for every shoot of God’s grace that flourishes, Satan has a shoot of iniquity that seeks to do the same. Amen?

Written by Chris Hughes: Chris, a graduate of The Colony of Mercy (11-2003) is married (Kathy) with two adult children (Kevin and Karen) and has been a Freedom Fighter contributor since 2008.

The Daily Bible Reading: Job 23-24 | You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here


Daily Quote: “We need to cultivate a healthy skepticism toward everything that cannot be supported by the plain teaching of the Bible. Belief is faith only when it has God’s revealed truth for its object; beyond that it may be fully as injurious as unbelief itself.” — Aiden Wilson Tozer

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

When the righteous rejoice, there is great glory; But when the wicked arise, men hide themselves. Proverbs 28:12


Spiritual Food



Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. -John 6:35


Two of my favorite things – Jesus and food (Bread).

Food is a vital part of our survival. It has nutrients that provides and sustains life. Food can be divided into energy content and nutrients. The way our bodies break down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates distributes energy throughout the body. The vitamins in the food we eat also have the ability to build up the body to stay healthy; fighting off sickness. But these are all physical benefits.

“Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” (John 6:27)

Jesus is trying to invite our attention to spiritual essentials … or as some would say, eternal benefits. He decided to give the people what they think they need to give them what they really need. We think we need the physical elements that derives from the world for satisfaction, we assume we need the fleeting provisions of our flesh components, and we settle for Satan’s offers for temporary gratification.

Physical components are here for temporary use, but Jesus is providing the peace, rest, grace, redemption, love, wisdom, eternal life, mercy, etc… He didn’t die in vain for us to settle for less than eternal glory. Though it might seem alluring this life will never compare to the glory set before us.
“He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.” -Psalm 23:3

Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and full-time staff member at America’s Keswick.

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 2; Proverbs 2

Daily Quote: “If we will not learn to eat the only food that the universe grows, then we must starve eternally.”  – C.S. Lewis

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ. – Philippians 3:8

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