Monday, February 18, 2013

Need Power over the Giants in your Life?!

We all remember the story of David and Goliath.  It's such a cool story! This kid (cause he couldn't have even been 18 yet) bravely faces a giant warrior all by himself with only a slingshot and some stones!  The entire Israeli army had stood there trembling in their boots for 40 days listening to this beast insult them and their God.  40 days!  (I would have probably just left and went home.)

Yet isn't that just like the enemy. He comes at us when we are weak and frightened and he starts taunting us. "You aren't good enough. You can't do this. Who do you think you are? You failed at xyz, you'll fail at this. You are unlikeable. You aren't strong enough. You aren't pretty enough. What makes you think God is going to answer your prayers? Your children won't be saved. Your marriage will fail...blaa...blaa...blaa"  Okay.. sorry, got carried away there. Mainly because I've heard them all! And so have you, I bet.

This is what this giant Philistine said to the Israeli army: “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul?" I Samuel 17 NKJV


He called them servants of Saul over and over again for 40 days, until I think, they believed that's exactly what they were.. just servants of a lowly man. You see the enemy is desperate for us to think we are nothing. He wants us to believe we are just mortal and lowly and that there's really nothing we can do against him. How often have you said "I feel defeated. I'm being attacked. I'm depressed, worried, fearful. Who am I? I'm a nobody. What can I do?"

But what did David said about the Israelites?:  ". . .who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

You see, David knew something. He knew something deep within his heart that had been tested as he shepherded his father's sheep and fought off lions and bears. He knew that he, along with Israel, were in covenant with God. They were God's chosen people. That's why he called the Philistine "uncircimcised" That would be like us today calling someone a non-believer.  David KNEW that when he stepped on that battlefield, he was not alone. He had the living God on his side. He had a deal with God. David would serve Him, and God would have his back.That's what covenant is. Just like marriage, it's a promise of protection, provision, love, loyalty and faithfulness.

Yet aren't we just like the Israeli army most of the time? When the enemy attacks and bad things happen and life gets rough, we start trembling and believing all his lies about us, our lives and our families. When in truth, if we have believed in our heart that Jesus is the Son of God and confessed with our mouth that He is lord, we are in covenent with God. We are His chosen people. So, whereever we go and whatever we face, we have the backing of God and all His Holy angels. 

This should make the devil shake in his boots! And it does. Once we realize who we are!

The problem is most of us know that in our heads but we don't truly believe that in our hearts. We may defiantly tell the enemy to get lost or rebuke him in the name of Jesus, but behind our bold declaration we are sort of just hoping it works. We need to retrain our minds and hearts. We need to ask God to give us opportunities where He can show us this truth in the little things--to help us grasp it and believe it in our hearts. So that when the giant comes calling, we won't hesitate to go out on the battlefield and like David, say:

"You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

Why not try saying that to the enemy the next time he comes calling. Even better, why not truly believe it?

 

10 comments:

  1. Mon Feb 18th,
    "Morning, MaryLu."
    Excellent post, once again !!!
    Oh, to have that -- power, belief, faith and trust in our hearts ... to know without a doubt, we have the backing of God and His holy angels ! As you said: "to realize 'who' we are" -- in Him !
    So easy to get 'sucked in' and believe the lies of the enemy ... that we are -- useless, worthless, and unable to accomplish things.
    The battle is the Lord's ... best I try to remember that, daily !
    Thanks again, for another timely Word in due season !!!
    Happy President's Day today -- America; and, in Canada -- it's "Family Day" ! Enjoy !
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda

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  2. Yes, good word again! Thanks!
    This is a HUGE issue - believing the lies. Ick. I'm victim to it as well, and long for that conviction, that faith, that strength and courage that David expressed when he faced Goliath. Wow. What a speech he gave him! And of course, it wasn't through his own power, but God's. He was a servant of God, not of Saul. Great story.
    Happy days to you ladies! :) Enjoying a somewhat lazy "Family Day" here in Canada!

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  3. What a wonderful reminder that our Lord is our strength and our shield! Thank you, MaryLu.

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  4. Thanks so much for reminding me yet again who is in control!

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  5. Happy Presidents and Family Day, everyone! What is family day, anyway? That sounds like a nice holiday. :-)
    Anyway,I love the story of David and Goliath, but I'd never realized before how much confidence and faith David must have had not only in God but in God's covenant with Israel.. to step out and face a giant. We have that same covenant .. only better because we have God within us. Have a great evening!

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  6. This post made me think of this quote by Martin Luther, "So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: 'I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!'"

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  7. Tues Feb 19th,
    "Morning, MaryLu."
    Well ... "Family Day" is a 'new-ish' holiday in three of Canada's Provinces. (It's called something different in the other Provinces.)
    It is a statuatory holiday ... meant for "families" to get together -- enjoying good times, fun, and fellowship. Who knows MaryLu ... since it's a relatively new holiday .... maybe Canada just wanted to have a holiday on the same day the States do ... namely, your 'Presidents Day'.
    Truly, I have no idea 'why' it was created .... but, am very thankful it was ! And, then again .... maybe Canada felt it was too long to wait between the Christmas holidays and the March break for an actual day off from work .... so, "someone" (?) came up with "Family Day" -- on February 18th. (P.S. -- Maybe Caroline can shed more light on this holiday ?)
    Hope you enjoyed "President's Day" yesterday.
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda

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  8. So true! We need to believe it BEFORE we say it or pray it. I tell that to my kids all the time. You must believe what you are praying about, otherwise you are just speaking into the wind. I know God hears every prayer, even those spoken by people who don't actually believe God hears them, but Oh what a smile it gives God to know that his loved ones believe He hears them! And satan will certainly flee faster if the rebuke is coming from someone who truly believes in the power of God.

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  9. What a great article MARYLU!! Very well said. I could relate well with this as many times in the past, mostly because I simply didn't know better, I would proclaim victory over satan and his works etc; making bold declarations while still entertaining doubts. And not really grasping the truth and reality of God's power and love in my mind and in my life.

    God bless x

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  10. But what did David said about the Israelites?: ". . .who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

    Love it! Great reminder, MaryLu! We are made in the image of God and blessed with His gifts. God is for us. Who can stop us?

    May that very God bless you!

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