Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Additional Steps to Use In Defeating the Giants
In review of 1 Samuel 17:45-46 it says, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty …. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands …. And the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.”
What this means to me:
The first is to remember how God has helped me in the past. David says in 1 Samuel 17:37, “The LORD who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” (NLT) When I remember the ways that God has helped me in the past, it gives me confidence for the future.
Next use the tools that God has given me now. David used the tools that God provided that utilized his strengths: “Then Saul gave David his own armor …. ‘I can’t go in these,’ he protested to Saul. ‘I’m not used to them.’ So David took them off again. He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag” (1 Samuel 17:38-40a). Don’t wait for something I don’t have, such as money, education, or connections. Use the tools God has already given me to face my giants with confidence.
Then ignore the dream busters by encouraging myself in the Lord. Later in life, when others were speaking against him, David had to encourage himself in the Lord: “David was seriously worried, for in their bitter grief for their children, his men began talking of killing him. But David took strength from the Lord” (1 Samuel 30:6 TLB). When I can encourage myself in the Lord, it’s not just a positive mental attitude. There is a bedrock of trust in God’s grace, provision, security, and power I can count on.
Lastly, expect God to help me for his glory. David stormed the battlefield, shouting, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty …. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands …. And the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel” (1 Samuel 17:45-46 NIV).
Rick Warren had mentioned making this same decision when he was younger. He says, “On the mountains of Northern California one night, I got down on my knees and said, ‘God, I’m not the smartest guy, the best educated, or the most talented. But I’m going to trust you. And I will do anything, anytime, anywhere in faith, even when it doesn't make sense to me.’ And what an adventure my life has been!” Rick speaks to crowds every week that are five times bigger than the town He grew up in. He’s was a country boy with a slingshot.
The good news is that God will use me if I will trust in and expect to be used by him. This will happen not because of who I am, but rather for his glory.
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