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Fight your Goliath

1 Samuel 17:47 – “And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands.”

Oh, the beloved story of David and Goliath. We love to tell this story of bravery and faith to those who are facing insurmountable trials and tribulations. But what about those of us not facing anything major but rather just our day to day trials?

The story is still applicable. 

But here is what I want to focus on today – why are you trusting God in these situations? 

David could see the fear in the eyes of those Israelites around him. They were scared of Goliath. They were scared that they would soon become slaves to the Philistines. They couldn’t muster the courage to face this 9 foot man who continually bashed God right to their face. They needed to rally behind God. They needed to remember that He doesn’t need a sword to win the battle. David had lived it. He had seen God’s hand at work in his life over and over again and he knew that anyone defying God was as good as dead. 

So facing Goliath was just another day as a shepherd in David’s eyes. Lion, bear, giant – no need to fret – God’s got this. 

But everyone else didn’t have it. They needed a reminder. 

What if the trials and tribulations that you are facing today are to encourage someone else? Now, I’m not saying that you don’t have something to learn as well but maybe in the bigger picture, someone needs to see you leaning on God and trusting Him today. You know that “the battle is the LORD’s” but someone else needs to see it. Someone else needs to learn that lesson. Someone else needs to be encouraged by seeing you walk through the valley straight to the other side. 

In our society, it’s a “it’s my world and you’re just living in it” kind of attitude. We try to block out the effects that we have on other people. But we can’t. We have to embrace the fact that our life, our choices, our actions effect other people.

And that’s ok. God has put us with people for a reason – and it is not our perogitive to decide how we are going to effect them.  We just need to keep doing what we know is good and true and right and let God deal with the rest of it. 

David knew what needed to be done. He wasn’t looking to make a name for himself. He was looking to do what was right. He knew the people needed to be reminded that God was in control. And he was ready to give that control back to its Owner. 

How about you? Are you ready to give up that control and let God do His thing? Are you ready to face your Goliath not for your own honor and glory but for His? Are you ready to let God show His power in and through your situations? 

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Seeking

Romans 12:2 – “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

We have had revival meeting at our church this week. I haven’t been able to go every single night, but the nights I have been there have been great. 

Last night, our speaker encouraged us to “seek His face by putting Him first”. 

You see, we put a lot of other things before Christ, before we seek His face. We will put our profession before seeking Him. We will put our desire for wealth ahead of seeking Him. We even put our search for pleasure ahead of seeking Him. And none of those things in and of themselves are wrong or sinful. But when they come between us and God, then we have a problem. 

But we can avoid those issues and start things off right by doing what this verse says – “be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind”. Transforming is changing. But it is a choice to change. It is a choice to conform to His will. God doesn’t stand over you with a ruler, ready to slap your hands every time you do something wrong. No, He wants you to make the choice to change your heart, to change your mind, each and every day. He wants you to decide that you are going to seek His face. 

And when we become more comfortable in His will, whenever we are seeking His face on a consistent basis, His Word becomes more comforting to us. In fact, leaving God’s Word should be a struggle for us. We should want to be in it as often as possible. And sadly, very few of us are that way. Other things come into our line of sight and we are distracted – “squirrel!”  Why is that? Why do we allow our focus, our desire to seek His face, become a struggle? 

Sin. Pride. Attitude. Lust. Need I go on? 

But just like when you were little and you did something wrong and your parents were ready and willing to forgive you, but not without discipline, of course, Jesus is waiting for you to come back to Him and seek His face. There is no leaving you behind. There is no leaving you to your own devices. There is no throwing you in to sink or swim. There is no “suck it up, buttercup”. No, Jesus is not that way. He is lovingly waiting for you to turn around and look directly into His face. He wants you to see the compassion in His eyes and the joy in His heart at your choice. He wants to wrap you in His arms and hold you close. 

So make that choice today to seek His face, no matter where you are at. No matter what has happened. Run to Him. Look Him square in the face and accept what He has to offer you – love, understanding and peace. 

Day 1 Escaped

Hebrews 4:12 – “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Yesterday, we worked out in the yard. I know, what a thing to do on the first day of the new year. But it was nice and it needed to be done.

We were putting yard waste into a large trash can. It was getting rather full. So I asked my daughter to come and smash it down by standing on it. I had to help her up and away she went. She smashed and giggled and smashed some more until I saw something – a small snake head. “Come on down, sweetheart.” “Why mom?” “I think I see a snake.” Scream!!! We both hate snakes. Now the way I react to snakes is all snakes, at the time, seem like pythons. I hate them! I don’t like them in zoos. I don’t like seeing their skin that has been shed. I really don’t even like them dead. I know they have their place in the order of things but….in my mind, Noah should have left them off the ark.

I had been cutting bushes. I had this double edged bush trimmer that makes lots of noise and can do some serious damage to a snake, especially one the thickness of a pencil. So, I took care of that sawed off snake. See, I had already cut it in two when I was trimming some tall grass. It was probably four inches long and the thickness of my finger. But like I said, at the time it was a python as big as my arm.

My point in telling you this goofy little escapade is this – The Word of God is our defense. We don’t fight our battles with our hands or a little stick. We have the Word of God to defend us. This verse reminds us that it is super sharp and can cut through anything – and I mean anything. It can even discern the thoughts and intents of the heart. That means that the Word can help you determine if what is being said is true or not.

It does not matter if your battle is huge and life changing or minuscule and petty. God wants to be a part of them all. He wants to be a part of every decision as well. He wants to have a say in the big ones like “should I take this new job and totally change my family” and the little ones like “should I buy that bag of cookies”. Life is full of decisions and battles. I guarantee that you will be involved in one or both today.

Don’t go at it alone, Princess. You have the opportunity to win every single time because you plus God always wins. Romans 8:31 – “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”