July 31, 2009
4 A true champion knows he doesn’t fight alone: (1 Sam 17:45)
“Then said David to the Philistine, thou comest to me with sword and with spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.”
David didn’t think he could take on Goliath in his own minute strength because there wouldn’t have been any competition. However, he knew that with God on his side no Goliath, giant or devil in hell could stand against him. He knew that as he was coming in the name of the Lord he could go into battle singing “Victory is mine-Victory is mine-Victory today is mine.
And child of God we don’t have to be afraid of a challenge when the Lord is on our side because he will fight for us as we serve him faithfully. He proved to young David that he had his back; he took Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into a burning fiery furnace only to see them get delivered from the fire so they could proclaim that power belongs to God; he took Daniel into the lion’s den and delivered him from the jaws of the lion so that Daniel could confess that power belongs to God. There is no doubt that God will fight for us but we must show up to the fight; meaning that when adversity comes our way we can’t just decide that we are going to do it our way. We can’t decide that we are going to give up in the midst of the fight. Neither can we decide that we are not going to go through, because we have to face what we have to face. If we want God to show up then we must show up in prayer, in praise and in the word.
God Bless You
July 30, 2009
3 A true champion must experience some early victories: (1 Sam. 17:33-37)
David wasn’t afraid of the fight with Goliath because he had already experienced some early victories as a young boy by the hand of God. God had already delivered him from the jaws of the lion and the paws of the bear. And because of those victories David knew who he was and whose he was.
With that said, we too must experience some early victory over adversity and various challenges so when we have to face a real devil we won’t be so paralyzed, and believe me, if we keep living, we will have to face a real devil. We must not run from adversity when it comes our way. We can’t decide that when things get tough we are going to just give up and throw in the towel. David (as a teenager) was able to handle the confrontations he was faced with because God had introduced him to some adversity early in his life and delivered him from that adversity. Thus, he didn’t think about running from his Goliath.
Parent’s this ought to encourage us as well, in that we can’t solve all our children’s problems, but we must teach them how to seek God’s word and how to pray when they face various forms of adversity. They must experience some early victories over adversity so when they leave our home they won’t be so quick to run back home at the first sign of trouble. We must watch them and allow them to work through some adversity and if they get too far off the path, we can always lead them back to the right path, but we shouldn’t become their problem solver or their God; because if we set the precedent that we will solve all their problems when they are in their teens, we may find ourselves doing it when they are in their twenties and thirties and that won’t be good for us or them.
God Bless You
July 29, 2009
2 A champion doesn’t fear a challenge but loves a good fight: (1 Sam. 17:32)
“And David said to Saul, Let know man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine”.
A champion isn’t afraid of a little adversity. A champion doesn’t run from a challenge. A champion isn’t afraid to take a punch because he knows that if he is knocked down he won’t stay down. A champion isn’t afraid to face the Goliath’s in their lives head on, because true champions know that when they go to a fight they don’t go alone because the battle is not theirs it is the Lord’s.
Thus, child of God you may have your own challenges to face; you may have your own Goliath’s that you have to get the victory over.
Maybe your Goliath is falling into that mentality that it’s okay to be average, but God has called us to be excellent.
Maybe your Goliath is learning how to finally handle your finances. Maybe your Goliath is telling that so called friend “I don’t do drugs, in fact I just say no to drugs”. Maybe your Goliath (husbands) is figuring out how to communicate with your wives without there being a shouting match; maybe your Goliath (wives) is figuring out how to submit to your husband’s so that peace might remain in the home. Young people, maybe your Goliath could be as simple as I just need to obey my parent’s when they tell me to do something, instead of always questioning why I have to do it.
We all have our Goliath’s to face whether we are Christian or not. However, I would rather face mine with God than without God.
God Bless You.
July 28, 2009
Over the next week or so we will look at the heart of a champion from God’s perspective. We know what the world has shown us to be a champion; however, God shows us what a champion really looks like through the life of David in his battle with Goliath.
A champion is a defender of God: (1 Samuel 17:26)
For David it wasn’t so much that Goliath was coming against Israel, but it was more so that he openly challenged the power of God. For David this was an insult and he knew somebody would have to stand up for God, because we can’t call ourselves Christians and not stand up for God.
Thus, as Christians a champion in God’s eyes is someone that will stand up for him; someone who won’t allow their friends or associates to blaspheme and disrespect the name of God; someone who won’t be found to be part of the crowd when the crowd is headed for destruction, but someone who would dare to be different. Child of God we have to be even as David was in (1 Sam 17:26) when he said “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God? He desires for us to defend him; he desires for us to serve him and stand up for him even as David did. The truth is that when no one else would stand up for God in the face of His enemy David was prepared to stand, and we should be as well.
God Bless You
July 24, 2009
(Prov. 24:9) “The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.
As Christians we have to constantly examine our thought life. For even the thought of foolishness is sin. Many of us who have been in this Christian walk for a while have gotten the victory over many of our actions. We have gotten the victory over many of the ways we used to behave. Thus, if we used to be one who would curse others out, or if we used to be one that would lie, steal or cheat, if we have really been attempting to grow in Christ maybe we don’t purposely do those things anymore. However, it doesn’t matter how long we have been saved, or how close we are to God, there is never a time we shouldn’t guard and protect our thought life. The way we think and the things we think about will take us down a path of sinful thinking, and sinful thinking or stinking thinking will put us on a path to destruction; thus we must always ask the Lord to help us to guard our thoughts. Isn’t it amazing how we can be going about our merry way, minding our own business and a sinful thought just comes to mind about someone or something, and we wonder where did that come from. Where it comes from is an enemy that hadn’t given up on us, or some impurity that’s in us that we hadn’t completely gotten the victory over. Thus, controlling the thoughts in our head or heart is a daily battle. (Proverbs 4:23) says “Keep thy heart (thought life is a part of that) with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
God Bless You
July 23, 2009
(Psalms 124:8) “Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
As bad as things have been lately it’s good to know that it could have been much worse. As bad as our economy has been lately it certainly could have been much worse for many of us. However, because of the Lord who was on our side things haven’t gotten as bad as they could have been. There are certainly those out there who would say things have certainly gotten bad for them, but the fact is that if the devil was loosed upon us the way he really would desire we wouldn’t be able to take it. Thus, we have a God who always causes us to triumph and continues to remind us in various ways that our help is in His name alone.
Surely many have lost their jobs; surely all of us has had to tightened our financial belts some; surely we have had to look at how we are living our lives and spending our money, all of that is not really a bad thing if it draws us closer to God. Certainly if the devil had his way many of us would be laid up in a hospital bed or worse our death bed. If the devil had his way he would have it so we have to watch our children suffer and die in pain, or have it where a husband and wife are constantly fighting and have no peace at home. But thanks be to God who continually holds back the hand of our enemy, and only allows him enough space in our lives so that we might know that the devil is powerful but God is all powerful. Thus, we must always remember on every day that ends in “Y” our help is in the name of Lord and his name is Jesus.
God Bless You.
July 22, 2009
(Gen 11:6) “And the Lord said, behold the people are one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.”
This was about a people who decided they were going to build them a tower toward heaven in an effort to make a name for themselves. This project was strictly about them and their pride. What we find to be interesting though is the power of unity or the power of oneness these people at Babel had. They were so together that even God had to confess that “nothing can be restrained from them that they have imagined to do.” These were not people who necessarily loved God but God recognized that anyone one operates as a unit can be unstoppable. Thus, God had to intervene, confound their language and separate these people.
Which brings me to this point, if the body of Christ took on the mentality that we are going to do something for God; that we are going to do something that blesses Him; that we going to come together with one mind, all speaking the same language, what great power would emanate from the church. When church leadership gets past worrying about who is going to lead, whose church is going to be at the forefront or get rid of the what’s in it for me mentality, we will have the opportunity to really be a witness for Christ on a grand scale. The people in Babel had the right thought process, but they had the wrong motives. If we can learn anything from these people it would be that there is power in oneness.
God Bless You