Between the Words ... Pastor Jimâ€™s Perspectives on the Weekend Behind and the Week Yet to Come (September 9, 2019)
By Jim GarrettSeptember 9, 2019
Tell Me the Old, Old Story – of David and Goliath
We’ve heard the old Bible stories since childhood. We’ve heard them so much, in fact, that many of them may seem to be just that: simple childhood STORIES – But God recorded these stories for a very real purpose.
- They’re real, historical recordings.
- God is still using them to tell us the truth.
One of those stories is that of David and Goliath.
There is MUCH for us to learn here in this factual story.
Perhaps the biggest is this: God sees the giants in your life and He gives the victory when you put your trust in Him.
You see, when you determine to allow God to move in your life – and when you get out of His way and cooperate with Him to pull down strongholds in your life, my friend, it will produce a victorious end – but it will also make the news.
When great things are happening, people are going to talk about it – and talk about you – and some will even come and try to talk you out of it.
But we must remain steadfast.
We must not be swayed to the left or the right BUT, we must stay on course and produce what God has put within us.
Our attitude, then, must be like that of young David; it must be,
“Satan, you cannot have my family!
You cannot have this ministry!
You cannot have this church!
Devil, you cannot have our finances!
You cannot kill our family with sickness and disease!
You cannot, cannot, cannot! … for I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
At that time in his life, David didn’t need to know Goliath’s strength, because David already knew God’s strength.
In his book, Facing Your Giants, Max Lucado says:
- Focus on Giants – You Stumble
- Focus on God – Your Giants Tumble
Think of it this way:
In the case of David and Goliath, the enemy had already defeated the children of God through words and intimidation
Until a man after God’s own heart, full of faith in God stepped up
Called upon the Name and reputation of the Lord
And defeated that enemy.
So, stop listening to the enemy with his slanderous accusations and deceiving suggestions.
Instead, stand up, pursue God, and become the man or woman after God’s own heart.
And witness the victory of the Lord.
On a different note:
This is a heavy week.
Cheri finishes her 20 units of radiation for her Breast Cancer. This is exciting and she has shown all of us how to trust and believe God in times of need. Praise God for her example.
And I made appointments for cataract surgeries. Wow! I didn’t see that a-comin’. But I’m told that, between my age and my diabetes, it is pretty much inevitable. I know this is routine surgery – and I’m not afraid – BUT, I just don’t want to have to go through all the healing process and time. AND, I don’t know what to anticipate on the other side of the surgery. BUT, it’s all in His hands and I walk with confidence in that.