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Time to Shine

  • Saul said to David, You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. David said to Saul, Your servant was keeping his father's sheep; and when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after him, and struck him, and delivered it out of his mouth; and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and struck him, and killed him. 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. 1 Samuel 17:34'36 WEB

    When David walked out on the battlefield to meet the giant Goliath, it was not his first time fighting something big and scary. God had been preparing David for years while he was tending sheep, performing a common, everyday, typical job. Shepherding their father's sheep was a job that none of his brothers wanted to do. Out of the eight sons, David was the only one tending sheep on the day that Samuel came to visit them. Some of his brothers were soldiers in the Israelite army (1Samuel 17:17).

    While protecting his father's sheep, David learned to fight off lions and bears, then God placed a giant in front of him. It did not happen by accident. God had trained David for this day with bigger and bigger things, now it was his time to shine. David did not start out facing giants, he started by tending sheep. God prepares you for his work ahead of time, sometimes using the most mundane things. Most of the time, we don't even know that we are in training.

    I spent twenty years working on computer networks, mail servers, web servers, and the supporting infrastructure. Then God pushed me into the ministry, and now I use the things that I learned along the way to build an online church at Refreshing Hope Ministries. God is efficient and He wastes nothing. He will use the things that He has placed in your life to further His kingdom. He will use the world to train you for His work.

    The common, everyday tasks that you deal with daily is always preparing you for something bigger. The skills that you develop in the natural can be used by Him. So do your best at whatever He has given you today, and when the time comes, you will be ready for the promotion just like David.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that You let me see my life through Your eyes for a change. Please show me how I can make a difference and let me experience divine encounters in my life. Teach me, train me, use me Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. I am yours, to teach, to learn, to follow you Lord. Lead me to do what you need of me. Amen

Jun 27
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jun 27
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Jun 27
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Teach us Jesus and use us for your glory. Amen 

Jun 27
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen I am willing and able send me Father I was born for such a time as this!

Jun 27
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Jun 27
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name Amen. 

Jun 27
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I Thank You

Jun 27
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jun 27
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Your will be done in my life Father, Amen.

Jun 27
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Teach me, train me, use me Lord. AMEN!

Jun 27
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father I want to be as You wants me to be, teach and train me to be prepared for the fight with the enemy. I trust in Your power and with Your help I will defeat the enemy because You are with me, in Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen. Use me for Your glory Lord. 

Great devotional testimony Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia. 

Jun 27
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God make me more confident. Amen

Jun 27
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jun 27
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen 

Jun 28