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The Scary Door

  • David left his baggage in the hand of the keeper of the baggage and ran to the army, and came and greeted his brothers. As he talked with them, behold, the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, came up out of the ranks of the Philistines, and said the same words; and David heard them. All the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were terrified. 1 Samuel 17:22-24 WEB.

    When Goliath walked out onto the battlefield, all the men of Israel fled from before him. Not even King Saul would face this nine-foot-tall giant of a man. For forty days, Goliath continued to taunt the Israelite army. Then, a young shepherd boy named David came to deliver some supplies to his brothers and heard Goliath insulting them.

    David spent time alone with God in the fields while tending sheep. It was a boring job. David learned to play the harp quite well and began to write psalms. He practiced with a sling, and when lions or bears came, he defended his flock from them. David came to know the Lord in a deeper way than others did.

    When David heard Goliath taunting Israel, the Holy Spirit urged him to go out there and face the giant, but then David had to make a choice and move his feet. David's door to promotion in the kingdom required him to face Goliath. In the same way, God's door of promotion is often behind that scary circumstance in your life. Fear is the guardian of the treasure. You can get the prize inside if you are strong enough to face it. David faced the giant, and it was a turning point in his life. It began his journey to become the next king of Israel.

    In the late 80s / early 90s, I worked on computers after work as a hobby. One day, an insurance company called me, and they had twelve computers networked together running DOS. One of the computers had lost connection with the others, and they could no longer use it. So they wanted me to come and look at it. A software company from out of state had originally set up the network for them, but now they were unreachable.

    In the rural area where I lived, no one had Internet. There was no way to research anything, no books to be had, and no one to call for advice. Computers used command lines then and ran from floppy drives. I grew up on a farm and had never seen a computer network before. But they had gotten my number from someone else and called me out of desperation. So I explained that I didn't work on computer networks, but they wouldn't take no for an answer. I started to say, "I really can't help you with that." But I felt the Holy Spirit quietly whisper: "Go, and I will go with you." So I agreed to go look at it.

    It was about a twenty-five-minute drive, and I prayed all the way there. "Lord, I can't do this without You. Please help me!" I thought, "I am going to look like a fool. What am I doing? Turn around!" Then I quoted Moses: "If Your presence does not go with me, don't send me up from here!" (Exodus 33:15). All the while, He was quiet while I wrestled with the fear inside myself.

    I arrived at their office and met the owner. He showed me the broken computer, and we walked around the office. We finally stopped at a filing cabinet to talk for a moment, and I was already out of ideas. My heart was racing, and I was ready to tell him, "I don't think I can help you." When a flashing box on top of the filing cabinet we were standing by caught my attention. While the manager talked, I rested my hand on the flashing box, and another light came on. When I picked up my hand, the light went out.

    After closer inspection, I found that a wire had worked itself loose on the back of the network hub. That was the entire problem. I fixed the network cable, the computer came back online, and the manager thought I was a network guru. That company became a regular client for the next seventeen years. Then, "coincidences" like that began to happen every day. It was the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

    That was a long time ago, and today, computer networks are everywhere. All of this is now common knowledge. But at the time, I had never seen a network hub, network cable, or even read about one in my life. Yet, I had the Holy Spirit within me, and that's all it took. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). That literally means all things that He gives you to do. If He brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

    God doesn't call the equipped. He equips the called, and He will provide all they need to accomplish their task. Like David, if you step out when the Lord calls you to do something, then He will back you up, and the giant will go down. The water became solid when Peter stepped out on it, but he began to sink when he was overcome with fear. Fear is the guardian you must face to get the treasure waiting behind it.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for bringing me this far. I am excited about what you are doing on Earth. Please make me a part of it! Use me, Lord. Speak to me and through me. Put me where I need to be. 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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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, I thank You for bringing me this far. I am excited about what you are doing on Earth. Please make me a part of it! Use me, Lord. Speak to me and through me. Put me where I need to be. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❤️
December 23, 2023
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

December 23, 2023
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Rachel Dawn
Rachel Dawnedited: December 23, 2023

". . .he hoped the people saw him in church. . .because it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see."--Tiny Tim

 

"I think he grows more hearty every day, my dear." --Bob Cratchit

 

It's excruciatingly lonely to be alone on Christmas. With no one to care that you exist. With no one to visit. With no one to go visit. No gifts to exchange. With no "cheer." Just silence.

 

. . .with nothing.

December 23, 2023
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Psalm 91 is a good place to hide

many prayers for you 

December 23, 2023
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Rachel Dawn
Rachel Dawn

Thank you and God bless! I LOVE the Psalms!!! 

December 24, 2023
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

So sorry. You are in my prayers. May the presence of the Holy Spirit be with you.

December 23, 2023
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Rachel Dawn
Rachel Dawn

Thank you and God bless you today and always!

December 24, 2023
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I said a prayer for you Rachel.

December 23, 2023
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Rachel Dawn
Rachel Dawn

Thank you, love! May God bless you richly and beyond measure for you and your family! God bless!

December 24, 2023
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

WE PRAISE YOU LORD.  MERRY CHRISTMAS RACHEL.  YOU HAVE JESUS WITH YOU.  BUY HIM A CAKE AND CELEBRATE HIS BIRTHDAY WITH HIM.  THAT IS WHAT I DO. HE IS ALWAYS WITH YOU AND GIVES YOU HIS PEACE THAT PASSES BEYOND UNDERSTANDING.  AND JESUS LOVES YOU VERY MUCH.

December 23, 2023
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Rachel Dawn
Rachel Dawn

I am going to make a recipe that my Aunt gave me. It's called 'Cinnamon Bubble Loaf.' My husband and I are going to make it today and then bake it tomorrow. It's quite delicious. 

 

If anyone is interested in the recipe, just let me know and I will send it to you.

 

Thank you for your love, care, and hugs. They are very much needed right now......VERY much needed.

December 24, 2023
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Rachel, praying for you, sister! And I would love the recipe <3!

December 24, 2023
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Dearest Rachel! You are not alone, the Lord, our Lord, heard your cry, He walks with you and carries you through all the many troubles, and even though you don't see His footprints, He's there and He loves you!!! Just read His Book, the Hl. Bible, His love story for all of us, He loved us so much and took on the most humble estate and came as a helpless baby only to die for us so that we could live with Him forever and ever!! Love, hugs and prayers, Liesel (L) (h5)

December 23, 2023
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Rachel Dawn
Rachel Dawn

You mentioned the "HI" Bible.....what is the 'HI' Bible?

December 24, 2023
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Dear Rachel, I just abbreviated "Holy" i.e. Hl.

December 24, 2023
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David Krull
David Krull

God bless you. Satan definitely uses this joyful time we celebrate our savior's birth. Praise and worship music is the answer. In the deepest dungeons Paul worshiped God and was delivered. Where God is Satan is not. Put worship music on all day. Focus on Jesus not the pain. I know it's hard. Been there. But this is the only answer that will work. God meets us where we're at. There always hope for tomorrow being better as long as we breath. Draw close to God and He will draw close to you. Exalt theLord and He will lift you up. Praise Him and He will sustain you. If you have a local church go today. Talk to pastor about being alone and he should connect you with people who would welcome you into their house. God bless you and keep you. His grace is sufficient. Overcome feelings with praise to our King. In Jesus Christ Name. 

December 24, 2023
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen 

December 23, 2023
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

December 23, 2023
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

December 23, 2023
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Amen!

December 23, 2023
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Mark Williams
Mark Williams

My favorite:"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).

December 23, 2023
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Amen ???????? Have wonderful day my RHM family ❤️

December 23, 2023
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen. Here I am Lord. 

December 23, 2023
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

 Amen thank you Father 

December 23, 2023
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen 

December 23, 2023
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

December 23, 2023
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Yes Father, Amen! Help me to speak Your words to those around me who need to hear it.

December 23, 2023
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

December 23, 2023
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord. 

December 23, 2023
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

AMEN and AMEN!!! Joining this prayer with my heart and soul!!! Please Lord please use me any which way that You see fit, You are the potter and I'm just the clay, and would be nothing without You, in the holy name of JESUS I ask and pray, AMEN! (h5)

December 23, 2023
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

December 23, 2023
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Liza Mena
Liza Menaedited: December 23, 2023

Amen. Hallelujah I can do all things through Christ, whi strengthen me.

December 23, 2023
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Daryl Page
Daryl Page

What did David know the rest were missing. David listened to the giant. Basically a bully rite. As he listened he concluded in evidence his words WHOS THIS HEATHEN. Why is everyone so frightened. Well when faced with a bully it's easy to hear the voice but listed to the conntent can fall for the pitch and quiver like a scared dear. Saul wasn't going down there why?  Well he'd say I'm king and Israel can't be without a king. When he actually knew he wasn't rite with GOD. so what does David do. Just like any red headed teen he's gonna get up into it. Remember he's had experiences none of them had. Especially the closeness he developed as a shepherd as he commune with GOD.  Two things I take from the story is Saul wanted to give David his armor. David was polite and honored Saul by trying it on. Only to say it would slow him down. Like Pastor says the position isn't created for the man but the man for the position. People will tend to tell you how to use your gift how to do ministry or try to discourage you from trying. Yet if GOD called you He will provide for you. The God of Providence. Proverbs 3:5-6. Only GOD will creat the Devine Appointments you will encounter. The other thing David filled his pouch. He told Goliath he would kill him but knew it would only happen through GOD. However one must be fully prepared See David knew it could be done with one stone. In case it didn't he had others. Idk if this is factual I will defer to Pastor. Some say David was ready to kill Goliath's brothers if needed. Ministry is much like that. You go in with a plan/prepared but must allow GOD to change your direction. Yet if your not prepared you will miss out. (10 virgins. Only 5 were ready for a change in direction/time) Look where our Pastor came from. Finding a loose wire to being wired into the world wide internet. What an amazing experience that lead him to be here for all us. He was aware of the Devine Appointments he would encounter. Making it possible for us to find each other. Our DEVINE APPOINTMENT. Thank You Pastor for bringing a message of victory. Blessings One Love PD 

December 23, 2023
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dear God help me feel your love. amen

December 23, 2023
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

December 24, 2023
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Yeshua's name we pray this, Amen.  

December 24, 2023
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen! This is a very amazing experience! Thank you for sharing it with us. God is able to do all things! There is NOTHING that God can not do! We need to have faith and ask God for help when we are in trouble or struggling to understand something. Amen!!

 

Heavenly Father, I thank You for bringing me this far. I am excited about what you are doing on Earth. Please make me a part of it! Use me, Lord. Speak to me and through me. Put me where I need to be. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

December 27, 2023