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A Giant Problem

  • The Philistine said to David, "Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and to the animals of the field." Then David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin; but I come to you in the name of Yahweh of Armies, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today, Yahweh will deliver you into my hand. I will strike you and take your head from off you." 1 Samuel 17:44'46 WEB.

    Young David walked out onto the battlefield alone while the army of Israel cowered in fear far behind him. Not one of them would face this giant of a man called Goliath, though he came out and taunted the Israelite army twice a day for forty days (verse 16). No one except a seventeen-year-old boy named David. He had been spending time alone with God in the field, tending sheep. When David heard Goliath's words, he said, "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?" (verse 26). Then David went out to challenge Goliath.

    King Saul was head and shoulders taller than any of the people (1 Samuel 10:23), and he was the anointed king of Israel. Saul would have been the expected choice to battle Goliath. And King Saul would have probably won. Yet, he was scared and didn't go. So instead, we read about David. It had to be a seriously one-sided-looking fight. A 17-year-old boy with a sling, walking out to fight a 9-foot tall giant of a man whose bronze coat of armor alone weighed 126 pounds.

    When David stepped out to meet him, Goliath began to hurl insults and curses at him. David declared, even prophesied, that God would deliver Goliath into his hand, and today he would cut off his head. Then David proceeded to do just what he said he would. David demonstrated faith in action. Later wrote: "I have put my trust in God. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" (Psalms 56:11).

    When the Lord gives you an opportunity, step out in faith. Say, "The Lord is my helper. I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:6). Don't look at your own abilities, for He will give you more as they are needed. This is the path of promotion, and you can do this. God is the One who has your back, but fear guards the door you have to go through. You only have to put one foot in front of the other one, take it one day at a time, and keep a positive attitude about it. Stay the course, and keep the fire burning. Learn to trust God and never give up.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for all that You have done for me. Please help me stand as a strong pillar for You. Teach me, tweak me, deliver me, lead me away from temptation, and help me to overcome the obstacles in my path. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: For those following the Creation Photography weekly challenges, here is this week's theme from group leader, Dianna Wyles: Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~ "Focus on Beauty, Focus on Hope" will be our next fun loving theme. This theme will be for two weeks, as I will be taking some self-care time again, and as always our themes are wide open for creative interpretation! We also encourage you to post anything else that inspires you as well. My photos this week reflect how I try to stay in hope: I focus on nature's beauty. I remember Jeremiah 29:11 and moments like this when God shows his almighty-ness and healing grace in big calming, relieving ways for me. It makes those fears seem foolish don't they? Anyway, have a glorious couple of weeks and I'll see you in October ~ God Bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton May your will be done…… Amen
September 21, 2021
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David  Earlywine
David Earlywine

Amen 

September 21, 2021
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strennedited: September 21, 2021

Amen! Thank you dear Lord Jesus that I can live by your  perfect Love , , and your faith if only I stay in your secret place most High.

September 21, 2021
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

September 21, 2021
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father my faith is in You only

September 21, 2021
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

September 21, 2021
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

September 21, 2021
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Heavenly Father,  May Your will be done over my life. My Faith and Trust is in You Lord.  Amen

September 21, 2021
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father, I thank You for all that You have done for me. Please help me stand as a strong pillar for You. Teach me, tweak me, deliver me, lead me away from temptation, and help me to overcome the obstacles in my path. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

September 21, 2021
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David  Earlywine
David Earlywine

Amen Lynn 

September 21, 2021
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Yeshua's name I ask this, Amen. 

September 21, 2021
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David  Earlywine
David Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for loving us, we love you. Amen 

September 21, 2021
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Jesus.  You are my helper, and shield. Amen 

September 21, 2021
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Thank You Father Good Morning Everyone 

September 21, 2021
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father

September 21, 2021
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

September 21, 2021
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Such a powerful example of unwavering trust in the Lord! Thanks for the reminder today, Pastor Dion! Lord, thank You for all that You have done for me. Please help me stand as a strong pillar for You. In Jesus' name, Amen

September 21, 2021
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

YES, THE LORD GOD DOES HAVE MY BACK...HE IS NOT GOING TO LET THE THEFT TAKE MY HOME & PROPERTY, IN JESUS NAME, PRAISE GOD. XO SHARON

September 21, 2021
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for all You have done for me, I humbly ask You to give me the strength to overcome the obstacles in my path and follow Your will. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Praise the Lord. 

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

September 21, 2021
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

September 21, 2021
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

September 22, 2021
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen, I put my trust in you Lord!

September 22, 2021