How To Make Your Giants Fall

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Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag, and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine (1 Samuel 17:38-40).

I was reading a devotion by Susan Gregory* and she wrote about how, in this passage, David took off the king’s armor and instead selected to go into battle with five smooth stones taken from the river. She faced a battle of her own and she determined to apply this same idea to her situation by selecting her own five smooth stones from the Living Water

Five Scriptures from God’s Word that spoke truth and assurance into her situation.

I loved this and thought you might too.

We all have situations don’t we? Job situations. Financial situations. Child situations. Marriage situations. Situations in which there are giants to be faced, battled, and defeated. Either for ourselves or for people we love.

What better way to do this than with our own five smooth stones taken from the Living Water?

I know I have a particular situation I am praying over. One where hurting hearts are hurting each other. One that should be full of joy, life, and love and is instead full of discouragement, doubt, and a sense of failure. A situation I know Jesus has the power to heal but closed hearts and minds are not inviting him in.

I have entered into God’s Word seeking five stones to claim as my battle plan on behalf of people I love. Five scriptures that I will speak, pray, meditate on, and memorize that are specific to this one situation.

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me…” (1 Sam 17:45-46).

David, with his five stones and his sling, pronounced victory before the battle even started because he had absolute confidence in God. With our five scriptures, we too can say to the situation, “You come against me (or my loved ones) with weapons of this world, but I come against you with the very Word of God. This battle is the Lord’s!”

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This is important. David still had to go into battle. We will still have to go into battle too. We will still have to do the hard work. But we can do it with the assurance of victory even as we fight for it because we are well armed with our five stones.

What stones do you need to reach into the Living Water and bring out?

*Devotion is from The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory, day 4.

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God Are You Good?

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Two women behind me on the train were chatting away. I was not purposefully eavesdropping, but they were talking loud over the train noise and it was hard to not to overhear. One was concerned about some tests that she had recently undergone.
The diagnosis could be grim, but had not yet been made. “I made a bargain with God,” she said, “If He
gives me good results back, I’ll go on the mission trip.”
I understand such a statement. When faced with uncertainty, we want to feel like we have some say in the outcome don’t we? So we come before God and offer up our own if…then… bargains:
If you’ll save my marriage, I’ll ….
If you’ll heal me, I’ll …
If you’ll let me have one more conversation with her, I’ll …
If you’ll bring me this job, I’ll …
On some level, we believe God has the power and the authority to make our hard situation different. But
because we aren’t confident in God’s character, we try to stack the deck in our favor by offering something we hope will sway God to intervene in our favor. Because we will know God is good when it goes our way.
What is our response if the outcome of our hard situation is not what we want or ask for? What if we don’t get that last conversation with our loved one? What if we don’t receive the healing? What if our
marriage fails? What if we don’t get that job? What, I wondered, would the woman on the train do if the test results did not come back in her favor?
What if we are asking the wrong question when we try to bargain with God?
There is a man named Abraham who seems to bargain with God. Please join me in The Christian Community News magazine (page 14) and discover what Abraham discovered … what the real question we are asking is.
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Are You a Dressed-up Christian?

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Several years ago our family traveled from Georgia to Colorado for a skiing vacation. We had a black Labrador named Tessa at the time. As anyone with pets knows, vacations present the conundrum of what to do with them while you’re away.

Fortunately, friends offered to take Tessa for the week. They had lost their dog several months earlier and missed having one. So with great anticipation on both sides, we dropped her off at their home.

Our friends’ daughter was quite put out with us for coming to pick up Tessa when we returned. Our dog had been her favorite playmate that week. We heard all about how she and Tessa would lie down together to watch TV, how she walked her, how she played with her, and yes, how she played dress-up with her. Tessa was even transformed one evening into Hannah Montana—complete with a blonde wig and pink cap.

But you know what? Nothing my friend’s daughter dressed our pet in changed the fact that Tessa was a dog. Tessa would have had to undergo quite the transformation to become Hannah Montana. What she wore on the outside did not make it so.

How often do we “Christians” fall prey to thinking, “If I look the part, then it must be so”?

I am honored to be a guest writer for The Glorious Table and I invite you to join us over there as we discover what Jesus has to say to us about how we “dress.”

 

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