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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 more than David. They were over one hundred and seventy-five pounds alone. Goliath carried a sword and a 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.

    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, 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. 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 prophesied his own future. David told Goliath, 'Today I will strike you, and take your head from off you.'

    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: Father, forgive me of 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.


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Yvonne Salas Thank you Tamara! How are you?! Have a blessed day sister! ❤
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Deleted Member I'm still fighting a cold, but doing better. Thank you so much for asking, I pray you are doing well. Love, hugs and prayers, have a wonderful weekend. May God bless you in every way.
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Deng Tembreza try to copy the message and then paste it to the person you are to send through FB or if the are a part of your contact person.  This is how I do it. Hope it helps  
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Yvonne Salas Thank you! God bless you!
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea As I cried before the Lord this morning, with pain in my body and with sheer exauhstion God sends me a reminder through this devotional this morning. Thank you for your faithfulness P. Dion in posting these daily .  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: Father, forgive me of 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.
February 17, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wylesedited: February 17, 2016 Heavenly Father, I stand in agreement with Leslie and this prayer for her and for me :) Lift us up Lord! Find that perfect place for us to call work <3 Remove any fear, doubt, lack of trust in you, or anything else standing in our way from the blessings you are pouring out on to our lives. I see blessings from you every day to carry me through Father and I thank you so much for holding us and calming us. Thank you for all you do to keep us assured of your faithful love and blessings. In Jesus name Amen!
February 17, 2016
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea Thank you so much dear friend. 
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt AMEN!
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Love and hugs Leslie <3
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I agree.
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Deleted Member Amen, Precious Jesus, I pray this mornnig that You will give Leslie a divine touch of peace, comfort and strength, in her heart, mind, body and soul. I pray for divine intervention on behalf of her every need, whatever they may be, let all things begin quickly to work out for her and let her feel the peace of You that passes all of our understanding. Let us join together in prayer with Leslie and believe with her that all things will begin to work out for her better than she ever imagined, please bless our sweet precious friend that no longer will the enemy fight her, but have to flee in The Name of Jesus. Amen. (Please know y'all are in our prayers and we love you so much) Love, hugs and prayers.
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Carol Policastro
Carol Policastro Thank You Lord for ALL You have done for me and given to me.  My trust is in You alone Lord.
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Yes, amen Lord Jesus. 
February 17, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles " 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." Amen!! How did you know this is my daily prayer;) Love it! Today I choose to trust that at  least one of those 4 jobs I just appied to this morning will contact me for an interview. Keeping the faith! Standing strong! Thank you Pastor for always being so encouraging <3 Blessings Pastor's Prayer: Father, forgive me of 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.
February 17, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I am also learning to trust God day by day.
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Deleted Member Amen, me too, I am learning more and more of how to take one day at a time and trust Jesus to take care of that day. 
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella Amen. Thank You Lord for All You Have Done For Me and My Husband. I Trust In You and I Know You will Never Leave Me. 
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Deleted Member Amen, Praise The Lord. He is always with us. God bless you Brian, I pray you are having a blessed day.
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann 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.  Amen. 
February 17, 2016
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Carol Policastro
Carol Policastro Mari, we shall all overcome with the help of the Lord.  AMEN
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Deleted Member Amen, we will stand together for each other in prayer and fasting believing for God to take care of all things and that we will be overcomers through Him.
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt AMEN!
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen
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Deleted Member Amen, when we trust in God, we cannot go wrong, because He will not fail us and He truly will deliver His children and we will be overcomers in Jesus. God bless you, love, hugs and prayers.
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen, Thank you Pastor Dion for sharing the inspirational words of the Lord as usual it's a blessing to start the day with inspiring words from our Lord and Saviour.
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen.
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor What a wondeful word today, Pastor Dion!  Wish I had learbed this years ago, but God has been reminding me of this recently.  :)   
February 17, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I love this story, David did remember when God had given him strength to kill a lion and a bear with his handa to protect his sheep. God will do the same for me, but it helpes to remember what God has done in the past. He kept telling the Israelits to remeber how He had brought them out of Egyept and saved them from slavery, and to teach there children How He did that. This is what we should be doing from generation to generation. I pray that I can  live a life of faith and trust in God so that my children, grand children, and great grand children will see that God is the one that gives me the strength to fight my giant's.
February 17, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Thank you for this timely devotion. I have been facing some Goliaths this past few weeks and as I pray and give Him all these battles, He has given me victory after victory! He has strengthened  my faith and removed all concerns.  He is a good good Father!    
February 17, 2016
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Diane Casey
Diane Casey AMEN!!! Encouraging.
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander TYL for an Awesome message & Prayer
February 17, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen
February 17, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield I'm going through a rough patch now, but I know that I have to trust God and not rely on my own understanding! Thanks for today's timely message!
February 17, 2016
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Deleted Member Love this message, it always reminds me that Jesus can help us overcome any giants in our lives. I pray the Pastor's prayer over my life too. Thank you so much for this message today. God bless you and Sylvia. 
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen ♡ 
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Malissa Birket
Malissa Birket Good Morning RHM, This gives me strength in my life right now as sickness enters.God is with me in everything because of his love and grace. Through Jesus I am saved. I am truly blessed.   
February 17, 2016
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Pamela Leslie
Pamela Leslie I so needed this today! I am really struggling with something that I have been delivered from before. I know and believe that I can be delivered again! Would you please pray for me that I will get through this because "He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world". " I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME"! I'm really struggling and I so need everyone who reads this to please pray for me! Thank you all and Thank you JESUS for what I know you can and will do. 
February 17, 2016
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Pamela Leslie
Pamela Leslie I really needed this today! I am really struggling with something God has delivered me from before and I know He can do it again! "He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world." "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." So I ask each one of you who are reading this to please put me on your prayer list and pray for me daily. I will let you know how things are going. I thank you and I thank God in advance for what He is going to do. I'm claiming His promises that He will deliver me! Satan you have no authority over me! I am a child of the One True King! In the name of Jesus you have to flee!!!
February 17, 2016
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Pamela Leslie
Pamela Leslie I have true twice to respond to this message today and I don't see it, so I don't even know if it posted. 
February 17, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen and Thank you pastor!
February 17, 2016
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Rosemary Freitas
Rosemary Freitas Praise God in all his glory.
February 17, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!! I love the prayers. They are always on point.
February 17, 2016
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Angela Woodward
Angela Woodward Exactly what I needed to hear and I'm very sorry I didn't read it realy this morning.
February 17, 2016
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen, thank you Lord,  I will trust you. 
February 17, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler True...He has done so much that this in itself is medicine for another good report!
February 17, 2016
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible Perfect message for me as fight cancer again! Thank you Pastor Dion.  
February 17, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Lord, thank You for Your grace.  Please forgive me for messing up, and Strengthen me to fight this battle.  In Jesus' Name.  Amen
February 18, 2016
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze Amen!
February 18, 2016
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze Amen!
February 18, 2016