I'm soooo glad to see this, Jill...been looking to comment. I was taken by surprise this morning...and when I shared my sruprise with others at my Bible Study tonight...they also were surprised. Since I am not a young believer, and I have read the Bible all the way through..and many chapters, and many books several times...I don't know why I never saw this. David was already anointed King of Israel by Samuel before he fought Goliath. You could have knocked me over with a feather. Woo Hoo!!! Learning...the eternal student I am! Love to you all! :)
Christa G.Jan 24, 2012 12:40 PMChapter 17 hit me like a ton of bricks today! How often are we like the Israelites and King Saul??? They allowed a giant to rule their lives. We see the giants in our lives whether they are finances, need of healing, lack of peace, or troubles in our families and we cower in fear. We forget who we are and who we serve. David had not forgotten nor was he afraid. He BELIEVED that the Almighty God would deliver him. David's faith provided God the opportunity to work a miracle with a stone! It was never a question in David's mind what needed to be done, he offered his faith and allowed God to do the rest! I want to be like David looking to my Father for my help and not allowing the "Giants" of my life control me
YES, aunt Teddi! in fact, i was re-telling the story to my children on the way to school this morning when my son asked, "so, David was already anointed King when he killed Goliath?"i scratched my head and said,"well, yep, i guess so!"enlightening!!
you hit the nail on the head, sweet Christa. preach it sister! this is so, so, so true!! we bow down to Giants every single day, don't we?awesome insight, friend. just awesome. thank you for sharing.
That's the word...enlightening...heard the story all my life...and the story of his anointing...never told the order...?? Surprising...I bet we will continue to be enlightened as we press on through the WORD!! :) <3
I loved that David not only was fearless...he confessed...he declared what he was going to do to Goliath before he did it. Then, he did exactly what he declared. Our words are soooo important...we have to confess with our mouth that Jesus is LORD in order to be saved...and sozo is the Greek word for salvation...and means whole...includes healing and provision and safety...we declare to those giants...what we are and are not going to do! Out of the issues of our heart, we speak...
"You come at me with sword and spear and battle-ax. I come at you in the name of God"---this is so powerful!! many times we get defeated in life because of the greatness of the battle that we are called to fight. Whatever you are battling today, come to the fight in the name of God. Nothing can compare to that strength. God only wants us to lean in to Him and call His name out in total faith! i love this story!!!! Shine today and know in your heart that if you are going through something today, it is for the glory of God to shine through to others!! love, erin spinks
Interesting things going on in Chapter 18...interesting that Saul's son delights greatly in David...loving him as his own soul. After David defeating more Philistines, the women sing that Saul has slain his thousands but David his ten thousands. Under the influence of the God-sent distressing spirit...David has to escape twice from Saul. Saul is jealous...very green...but I'm amazed that the Word says over and over that Saul was afraid of David. Even though he plans David's death, when he sends him to the Philistines...that he would do this instead of a dowery for Michal...David returns and delivers exactly what Saul asked for...and Saul who had hoped and counted on David's death...was afraid. Jealousy?? I see a connection with fear...what say you Shinegirls? You'd think that the fear would keep you from trying to hurt him. Explains why gossip continues or persecution...huh? 1 Samuel is truly causing me to think every day...I'm after David's heart LORD...I declare a heart like David...Is. 55 says he's our captain...Glory!!!
Christa, what a great post! I SO needed to read that today. Thank you! - Dana
I have never prayed so steadily for my heart as I have this week. I am so grateful for the chance we've got for God to shape our hearts. I am praying for a heart like young David's. Courageous, bold, fearless, full of faith and obedience. <3
Learned also in my Beth Moore Bible study Tuesday morn that we will never have 'authority' over the Word of God, IT HAS AUTHORITY OVER US. We never get a handle on it so much as to say 'I'VE GOT THIS'. The Lord, the God of Israel is the author. WOW - AMAZING, it is what? AMAZING how revelation springs forth in His timing. It's been all along Teddi, you just weren't supposed to see it till today! (: I LOVE THIS! (I'm no authority on it all either but have a little under my belt.... and I have never seen this either. Thank you for showing me and for sharing it)
I noticed a part I want to share and maybe someone else can expound on it. I'm sure there's revelation in it (duh, of course) but it's not coming to me. In 17:20; look at David's routine. He rose early, left the sheep with a keeper, took what his father, Jesse, commanded him to; got to the camp,left is supplies in the nad of the suply keeper, RAN to the Army and greeted his brothers. OK he has completed what his authority gave him to do and he responsibly was accountable with it all. I see that ONLY when we are obedient, responsible and accountable under our covering do we walk in STRONG CONFIDENCE in the presense of our enemy. David said in verse 26; last part 'For WHO IS THIS uncircumcised Philistine, that HE SHOULD DEFY THE ARMIES OF THE LIVING GOD?' There is no fear and trembling AFTER he had heard from all in verse 22-25 the whole dreadful deal of Goliath. So what? You know who your enemy is, you know the giant in your life, you know all about him. Are you walking in confidence to say 'just who does he think he is?' And again 'I come to you in the name of the Lord God of Israel'. YEP - I'm gonna get to that point. I'm staying under my covering, I'm OBEYING, yes I am and I WILL be responsible and accountable over all that I know my covering gives me. Is this off? Am I hearing wrong? Sounds like a plan I can work with.
'left his supplies in the hand of the supply keeper' 5 line correction. ): sorry
Terri, staying under my head is my 1st priority of obedience in this earth. When I'm out...the LORD calls me on it...and that's the least of my problems..When I'm in line...everything else comes in line...miracles happen...strongholds come down...the temptation...the lure by whoever to not stay under my head is a test the LORD says...He tells me it's not for me to understand...not to even agree with ...my opinion is not waranted...no logic...no analysis...my joy is to be the helpmate under my head...no matter the ups and downs...and the LORD will show me great and mighty things!!
It WORKS! Amen sister, me too! I've always said there's safety and all things GOOD under that armpit of my covering. I turn it loose to question, understand or disagree! It's LIFE to us, that's how we go into battle in the name of the Lord God of Israel, He SO honors submission and we need to use that weapon against the enemy.
AMEN , sisters! I continue to read these over and pray for each of you. We are victorious, conquerers!
Ok here goes...as I begin with today's chapter 26...amazed at all the back and forth of David hiding, Jonathan interceding, David being safe...then, not. Amazed with the evil spirit from the LORD thing...on him because of his disobedience...but dangerous to David because of David's anointing. I know there is a message here...for me...for all of us. Jill, you and I lead ministries...others on here do also...there's a warning for us here. There's an attack...coming or already here...to cause us to wreck. Jonathan represents the one between...standing in the gap...he loves his father and his closer than a brother friend. He trusts his father...believes when he repents...and David is in jeapardy again. I'm listening LORD...I'm recently aware that I'm in a test...that my call...my place in all this huge plan can sometimes get in a fog...when some closest by me are coaxing me to sway from the WAY...the LORD says, "This is the WAY, walk ye in it! Don't look to the left or the right!" Sometimes, the straight and narrow is sooo hard to struggle through...and soooo lonely. I thing of Nehemiah as he built that wall...those were friends and family that heckled him...that tried to make him stop building...he had a sword in his hand as he built. I used to see that wall as narrow...until I went to Israel. Now, I know that it was wide enough for like 1 and 1/2 chariots. Keep me on that wall, LORD! Not peeking over and beginning to slide from where You've placed me.
Should say chapter 19 not 26...
My favorite part about David facing that big ole giant was this. "As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him." 1 Sam 17:48 The Lord showed me to not run from my problems or fears. Run toward them knowing the King of Kings is behind me. The battle is not mine, but the Lord's. I just have to be obedient, just like we've all been talking about! :) "Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground." 1 Sam 17:49 My pastor did an awesome sermon on this years ago, and pointed out that the giant didn't fall "back", he fell "facedown". If the stone hit him in the forehead, it should have sent him the opposite direction (backward). But it didn't. :) This battle was the Lord's, that giant fell "facedown". I will never forget that sermon. It reminds me that He's in charge. Not me...thank goodness! :) Sarah Frachiseur
Who wants to talk about today's lesson? Ch 20. Wow!!! Jonathan is sooo sure that his father is honest with him...that he can trust him...that he will tell him the truth if he's planning to kill David. David knows but tells Jonathan...watch...observe...listen and see...he is out to kill me..and torn between the two that he is committed to...he now knows that his father is planning to kill the one that he loves as his own soul...very moving here...how many of us have been torn between the "flesh" and the "spirit"...to be loyal to the right one...Jill this is some book we're studying...quite a lot of life application going on..for real..
aunt teddi...i just now read this comment from you and have chills up and down my spine. JUST today, i told someone close to me that was having some problems that the problem was between her flesh and her spirit, and that she needed to let her flesh die so that her spirit could flourish. how true is this in so many parts of our lives?your insight into scripture amazes me, aunt teddi. you have such wisdom and discernment. thank you for sharing it with us!
Sometimes the path in choosing spirit over flesh seems so narrow and is lonely and I'm thankful Aunt Teddi pointed out that it actually has so much room to walk on. Don't be sold a bill of goods by the giant in thinking you can't walk it. Like Sarah says RUN to the giant and (I never noticed he fell face-down >AWESOME<) know that you go in the name of the Lord God of Israel. Recently in an incident I moved in my flesh because, ok-I wanted to agree with someone and make them happy... well, the Lord would not allow me to rest until I corrected it. DEEP BREATH, I purposed to go straight away back to the situation and correct it. The burden lifted, my heart sang and it felt so good. God will keep us on that path, there's plenty of room, we just have to walk to in it. I purpose to do just that knowing any giant in the way will fall face-forward when I obey.
Just reading this and it's 6:57pm...we'll see what the blog site says it is..lol! One time it had me commenting before I get up in the morning. :) Thanks, Jill. I'm still thinking on this scripture...knowing that I have many I love try to veer me from my call...to let me know it's ok to to not always do what I know to...or to act or say what I should..Very close people...who I love...I adore to spend time and have their approval...are not always there for me ..even tweak the truth and will lay their stuff on me..even try to get me to fail in areas...go figure...like they are my judge...my test giver...Do I make sense? Probably not...but I've been tested and not sure how I'm doing...just in the last few days...pray for me anytime, Jill. I'll pray for you.
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