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4 Short Lessons from I Samuel 17

Earlier this week I was reading I Samuel 17.  If you’re not familiar with it, it’s the David vs Goliath chapter.  A few things, well four actually, popped out at me:

Lesson #1 (I Samuel 17:28 NLT)

But when David’s oldest brother, Eliab, heard David talking to the men, he was angry. “What are you doing around here anyway?” he demanded. “What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of? I know about your pride and deceit. You just want to see the battle!”

Sometimes those “know” you are the ones who don’t want you to grow, change or step out.  Don’t let other people’s shortsightedness hold you back from your giant slaying destiny!

 Lesson #2 (I Samuel 17:33 NLT)
“Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”
Some will say you’re too old, too young, too fat, too skinny, too much this, not enough that or otherwise deem you unqualified. But if God made you to be a giant slayer you ARE in fact a giant slayer!
Lesson #3 (I Samuel 17:50 NLT)
“So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword.”  
Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, simply use what is in your hands right now.  It will be enough.  When you get to the point where something else is required, it’ll be there.  Right on time.
Lesson #4 (I Samuel 17:51 NLT)
Then David ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill him and cut off his head.
When you actually need additional resources, they’ll be provided.  In His usual stop-on-a-dime, perfect timing, of course.
PS A bonus lesson from watching Veggie Tales Dave and the Giant Pickle with my nieces and nephews:  Little guys can do big things too!

Like Pigs in the Mud

“Beloved, if our heart does nor condemn us we have confidence toward God.” I John 3:21 NKJV

God loves me, this I know. We say it & sing about it. But we don’t always believe it & can’t always receive it. Why? Our own heart tells us we’re unworthy. We hide out like a hermit & beat ourselves up. We wallow around in guilt and shame like pigs in the mud. We dislike ourselves immensely. We indulge in self-destructive behaviors.

That’s the opposite of what God desires! God wants us to come to Him freely & boldly without reservation or doubt. To be confident in the fact that we cannot be separated from His love.

So stop dwelling on your mistakes and behavior, whether they happened 5 minutes ago or 5 years ago. Instead direct your thoughts & focus your energy on how much you are loved. Embrace what God says about you! You are forgiven, redeemed, a new creation, accepted, beloved, beautiful and His.

God Consciousness

I generally prefer to write gets posted here myself.  But a friend forwarded this to me from Joseph Prince, and it blew my mind.  So I had to share with y’all.  (Check out:  http://josephprince.org/ for more info about Joseph and his ministry).  Please note that I copied this entirely.  I did not write this.  Thank you.

Be Full Of The Consciousness Of God

By Joseph Prince.

1 Corinthians 2:12 :  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

 You are probably familiar with the story of how David, with a sling and a stone, slew Goliath, a 10-feet-tall Philistine warrior. But have you ever wondered why David succeeded while the others in the army of Israel did not even dare to face Goliath?

 David’s secret was that he was only conscious of victory and not defeat, because he knew a God who had rescued him time and again.

 You can just imagine him saying, “One day, I was taking care of my sheep when a lion came and took one of them. I was not willing to settle for that! I went after the lion, caught it by its beard and smote it. The Lord delivered me from the lion’s mouth. On another occasion, a bear came and took one of my flock. I went after the bear and smote it. So the Lord delivered me from the bear too. This same God, who delivered me from the paws of the lion and bear, will also deliver me from this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:34-37)

 David was conscious of what God had done for him. He knew that God was for him, loved him, favored him and would give him victory again. My friend, you can also remind yourself that the same God, who did tremendous things for you in the past, will do the same for you again.

 Be like David, who was conscious only of God’s goodness and faithfulness. Don’t be like the army of Israel. The men were conscious of the negative words of Goliath. I believe that they must have talked about his threats, repeating his words to one another, and as a result, filled their hearts with fear. (1 Samuel 17:11, 24)

 Beloved, don’t feed on the negative words of man or the devil. It will only cause you to be anxious and fearful. Feed on God’s Word by reading the Bible and listening to messages about who you are in Christ and what He has done for you. Pump yourself up with God’s Word until you are full of the Spirit and consciousness of God, so that you might know the things that have been freely given to you by God!

Thought For The Day:  The same God, who did tremendous things for you in the past, will do the same for you again.

1 Corinthians 2:12 NLT:  And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.