February 3, 2015
The Runt Rules!
God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7, NCV).
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A cloud of terror hung over the Valley of Elah as snarling threats and vile promises spewed from his mouth. The intimidator strutted along grassy slopes, swinging an enormous club, his mammoth, ironclad feet pawing the ground like an irate bull, ready to attack.
The huge, ugly monster was Goliath, a nine-foot giant, and the pride of Philistia. Goliath wore massive armor that included a bronze coat weighing 200 pounds, a solid iron spear, and a heavy bronze helmet. The target of his ranting and raving was a frightened, helpless group of Israelites, cowering in their tents.
For forty agonizing days, Goliath had come, taunting them, promising certain destruction and doom. The Israelites, paralyzed with fear, had given up all hope of escape, resigned to their tortured fate at the hand of this Philistine monster.
Then came day forty-one!
I am certain, as the sun inched its way over the mountains that morning, that neither Goliath nor the Israelites had any idea just how different this day would be.
A young handsome teenager stepped into the valley of fear, fresh from the presence of God. David, the youngest in a family of eight boys simply could not believe his eyes. Tossing the giant’s threats and obvious advantage aside, David refused to accept what he saw. Instead, he chose to believe what he knew in his heart.
This giant was going down!
With simple but certain faith and unreserved confidence in God, David stepped through the fear, ushering in the mighty presence and unparalleled power of God.
Goliath met David that day. He also met the Lord of Heaven and Earth.
And the giant fell!
Giants always fall in the presence of that kind of faith in God!
We stand on the threshold of a new year – a new beginning. If you are like me, you face 2015 with mixed emotions. Personally, I am thrilled that I survived 2014! There were certainly moments when I wondered if I would.
I am excited about a fresh start, a brand new set of days overflowing with new dreams and unmarked possibilities.
I also know this year is crammed full of the unknown - as well as a giant or two. And if I am brutally honest, I have to admit that the unknown fashions a pocket of fear in my heart where questions and doubts tend to thrive.
The good news is that what lies ahead is no surprise to God. In fact, He has already been where He is asking us to go. That reason alone empowers us to face every tomorrow with hope, knowing that whatever touches us must pass through His hands, with His permission.
It is not God’s plan for us to dwell in fear or to let fear rule our lives. He has already set in motion the defeat and fall of every giant we will ever face. Our responsibility is to step through our fear, facing every giant in God’s power and with His promises firmly planted in our hearts and minds. The Holy Spirit will guide the path of His truth to its destined mark, taking down the giants lurking in every shadow.
Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Determine right now to face each day with the memory of Goliath’s fall and trust in Almighty God, the Giant Killer. So then, my friend, I ask you, what is there to fear?
Father, I want to thank You for Your goodness to me this past year. I confess there were times when I focused on the storm instead of on You. I allowed fear to overpower my faith. Please help me live this year by faith, with my eyes on You and my glance on the circumstances. I want to face every giant in Your power alone, walking straight through my fear in faith. Right now, Father, I surrender to You and the plans You have for me.
In Jesus’ name,
Now It’s Your Turn
Take time to review the past year and consider the following questions:
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Can you believe the clean slate of 2015 is before us? A new beginning and a fresh start! However, what did we learn in 2014 that will make a difference in the weeks and months ahead? I pray that your heart and mind will look ahead to all that this year holds. Guard against the darkness. Stand firm in God’s power and presence. He is faithful, and He is sufficient for whatever tomorrow brings.
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