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The Paw of the Lion

  • Your servant struck both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God. David said, 'Yahweh who delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.' 1 Samuel 17:36 WEB

    Goliath must have been a fearful sight to behold when he walked out onto the battlefield. He was over nine feet tall, and his bronze armor and weapons alone weighed one hundred and seventy-five pounds. Young David was certainly out of his weight class. Goliath carried a sword and a huge spear, while an armor bearer carried a huge rectangular shield in front of him. He would have been the historical equivalent of a modern day tank.

    The two armies faced each other and waited. Goliath would walk out onto the battlefield twice a day, first in the morning, then in the evening, and he would challenge anyone in Israel to fight him. King Saul, who was head and shoulders above everyone else, and the rest of the Israelite army, cowered from his terrifying challenge for forty days.

    David's three brothers were serving in the military, and his father sent young David to carry them food and supplies. When he arrived, Goliath walked out onto the battlefield and taunted them all again, and David heard it. David had been anointed by God years before by Samuel. While tending his father's sheep, he had fought lions and bears, and won. The Holy Spirit prompted David, and he accepted Goliath's challenge.

    There are so many lessons in this story, but one is this: David, when facing the worst thing that he had ever faced, took the time to remember what God had already done for him. 'God has delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.' He stayed positive, and he prophesied his own future. David told Goliath: 'Today I will strike you down, and take your head from you.' Then he did.

    If you are facing some bad things now, remember what God has already done for you in the past. Say it. Declare it, and say nothing negative about the situation. God, You have delivered me in the past, and I know that You will deliver me from this as well! You have got this and I choose to trust in You today. I will overcome.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please forgive me for my lack of trust and for giving into fear when I should have taken a stand. Now here I stand and I choose to put my trust in You today. Deliver me from my enemies, strengthen me to fight this battle, and share Your infinite knowledge with me so that I can overcome this, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presences and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Maria Mesia
Maria Mesia Waw, yes, that is what I am using to overcome a situation today: remembering and saying to myself every miracle that God has already done in my life, every mountain, every giant defeated in my life with God's intervention. The present one is also going to be overcome by the faithfulness & power of God as the spirit of His Word/Sword does today and ever. Glory be to God ¡¡¡ I see todays Goliat's head rolling on the grown by the power of Almighty Holy God, my Father, my Redemer.
Feb 21
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Yes Jehovah, do whatever it takes..... I need you to lead the way and your guidance to live and serve you for we are nothing without you...... Thank you, in Jesus’s name we pray, Amen
Feb 22
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen

Feb 21
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen! David is by far my favorite Biblical Hero, The brother went through so many things, From lowest in his family to King of Israel! This brother is a role model of faith.

Feb 21
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen, I will sit back and let God fight for me. Everything is in his control  .

Feb 21
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! While this is hard to do at times, it is the only way you will get through the challenges you are facing. Thank You Lord!

Feb 21
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Thank you for your message Pastor.

Feb 21
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father

Feb 21
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen! Alleluia! Amen!  Praise God FOREVER!! Alleluia!!

Feb 21
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen Lord !

Feb 21
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

God be with us today and please give us strength.We love and worship you. Amen 

Feb 21
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

AMEN PRAISE GOD FOR HIS LOVE!

Feb 21
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dear God you have helped me many times and I’m sure you will get us through all these issues we’re facing. Thank you for our many blessings. Keep anxiety out of my nature, amen. 

Thank you for these wonderful encouraging devotionals. God bless you. 

Feb 21
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank you Father for the victories You have given me! Increase my faith, Amen.

Feb 21
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father I know You have been with me throughout my life, even though I feel afraid of situations I confront. Fill me with the faith I must have in You, I trust You with all my heart and I love You. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Thank you Pastor for this wonderful message, God bless you. 

Feb 21
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen. Although our battles will never end in this life,we must always remember what God has done and that we will see Him do it again. He is faithful to rescue us from our lions and bears.We must be confident in this to prevail!

Feb 21
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen !

Feb 21
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Rhonda Jones
Rhonda Jones

Amen.  Thank you Lord.  Wonderful message.  Great reminder. 

Feb 21
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen, thank you Pastor Todd!!! Let us not forget His goodness in past days, for His goodness will last forever, and He will deliver and sustain us in His time! Thank you Lord!

Feb 21
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

HALLELUJAH, AMEN

Feb 21
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

Feb 21
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Connie Wilkes
Connie Wilkes

Amen God is bigger and more powerful than any obstacle in my life. I have faith that I can overcome anything with the love of God and his blessed son Jesus on my side. Give me the armour and spirit to keep fighting the good fight to battle for what is good in your eyes God. Thank you for being my rock and salvation through the bad times as well as the good times   

Feb 22
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father please forgive me for my lack of trust and for giving into fear when I should have taken a stand. Now here I stand and I choose to put my trust in You today. Deliver me from my enemies, strengthen me to fight this battle, and share Your infinite knowledge with me so that I can overcome this, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. Thank you Lord!

Feb 23