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Facing Goliath

  • Your servant struck both the lion and the bear. This uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, since 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, will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.' 1 Samuel 17:36'37 WEB.

    Goliath must have been a fearful sight to behold when he walked out onto the battlefield. He stood over nine feet tall. His bronze armor and weapons alone weighed one hundred and seventy-five pounds, which was probably more than young David soaking wet. Goliath carried a sword and an enormous spear. While an armor bearer carried a large rectangular shield in front of him to block incoming attacks. Goliath would have been the historical equivalent of a modern-day tank rolling onto the battlefield.

    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. Saul, the king of Israel, was a head and shoulders taller than everyone else. He should have been the one to challenge Goliath (1 Samuel 10:23). But King Saul and the rest of the Israelite army cowered from Goliath's terrifying challenge for forty days.

    Young David had three older brothers serving in the military, and his father sent him to carry them food and supplies. When David arrived, Goliath walked out onto the battlefield and taunted them 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 came upon David, and he accepted Goliath's challenge.

    There are many lessons we can learn from this story. A key one is this: David, when facing the worst thing that he had ever encountered, took the time to remember what God had already done for him. "God 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." David 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 ran towards Goliath and did just that.

    If you are facing some bad things now, remember what God has already done for you in the past. Say it, declare it, and speak nothing negative about the situation. "Lord, You have delivered me in the past. 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. 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!

    Note: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chron 7:14) ~ 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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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

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Sylvia Brainard
Sylvia Brainard

Amen

Nov 13
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

AMEN. My Faith and Trust is in the Lord. Strengthen me against anxiety and fear.  AMEN

Nov 13
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Very true

Nov 13
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

Nov 13
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!  Alleluia!!  Amen!!

Nov 13
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you, Lord, for all the times You have stood by us in times of trouble!

Nov 13
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for loving us and always giving us your blessings. Amen 

Nov 13
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen! Have a blessed weekend RHM :)

Nov 13
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Connie Cote
Connie Cote

Amen. Thank you Lord for all your love and blessings.

Nov 13
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Nov 13
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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. 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!

Amen.

Thank you Lord for forgiveness for my lack of trust in you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Nov 13
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Nov 13
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for I know no matter how bad the situation looks I will overcome it and I will defeat the attacks of the devil in Jesus'name I pray Amen

Nov 13
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Such a timely reminder in the face of this giant pandemic! Thanks, Pastor Dion, for pointing us to Truth! Lord, I choose to put my trust in You today. Amen!

Nov 13
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father sometimes I feel discouraged and insecure with fear for situations I encounter, give me the strength and faith to know that You are there for me. With You at my side I always be triumphant and will never be afraid of the enemy. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. The Lord is my Sheppard. 

Thank you Pastor for this encouraging message, God bless you and Sylvia. 

 

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

Nov 13
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Nov 13
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen!!! I chose to trust you LORD, today, tomorrow and forever, there is no better place to be than in Your hands!!!

Nov 13
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Cindy Holcomb
Cindy Holcomb

Amen!

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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Please God take fear away from me. Help me to do what's right and help my grandchildren progress. In the name of Jesus Amen 

Nov 13