Jan 25, 2012

Wednesday SHINE....

Today's reading: 1 Samuel 18: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20samuel%2018&version=MSG

Does anyone else find themselves thinking about David a lot lately?

I cannot get this man off of my mind. Maybe it's because He has a heart like God's, or maybe it's because he wasn't the cutest or most "likely" fella in the bunch.

Not quite sure why he has caught my fascination, but he has.

I want to be like him! 

All day yesterday, I found myself praying to have a heart like David's. I think in a weird way, I am envious of David's heart.

My heart is far from being like God's, I mean like...way far.

Not only was his heart good, but he was bold and courageous! He wasn't afraid of anything...especially a big, ugly giant.

I WANT TO BE LIKE DAVID. 

Maybe if I type it in all caps it will come true.

My favorite part of the story is how David declared victory to Goliath before the battle. Listen to this:

"You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or by spear that the Lord saves, for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give all of you into our hands." 1 Samuel 45-47.

Ahh!! Do you see this?

He is declaring victory over Goliath in the name of the Father! He is speaking it and declaring it out loud!

Girls, what's your giant today? Whatever it is, speak victory over it right this very second. Speak the Word over it right now.

Do not let another minute go by without doing this. Declare victory in the name of the Lord!

This is powerful! This requires being bold, being courageous, and full-on FAITH.

"Nothing is impossible with God." Luke 1:37.


I have a lump in my throat and my eyes are wet with tears as I let this sink in. Girls, we have  victory. 

Let me say this again: We have VICTORY.

Speak it out loud today. Speak it to a friend, to your spouse, to the grocery store clerk, to your co-worker...speak your victory, sweet girl.


Moving on to Ch. 18. Even the title of the chapter gave me chills: Saul's jealousy of David.

Oh man, I don't ever want to be like Saul. He has lost God's favor and now is jealous of David because of God's favor on him. Yikes.

Jealousy rears it's ugly little head and destroys even the best, doesn't it?


"the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. who can understand it? I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve." Jeremiah 17:9-10

Whew.

 I know in my own life, I have had my share of this evil little green-eyed monster. Not proud to say so, but I have definitely been stricken with jealousy time and time again.

It's so embarrassing to admit.

However, by the grace of God, I can overcome it by prayer and petition to the Lord as soon as it rears it's stinkin' little head.

The best thing to do when jealousy comes, is to pray for the person (or people)  that my jealousy is towards. I immediately start praying for God to prosper them and show His glory through them.

For real. I do.

God has taught me that by doing this, it releases the jealousy and creates love for them. Not only love, but JOY for them. Happiness for them.

Now, you know that only God can do that. Only He can turn jealousy into Joy.

Seriously, He's good isn't He?

One last thing, friends.

I want you to speak your victory in the comment section of this post. Get used to speaking your victory out loud and declaring it "finished" because the Lord, your God is your deliverer. You can post as anonymous if you need to. However, I just encourage you to do this.

Let the Lord fight your battle. It is already won with Him.

declaring my victory today,

jill


"the Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lions and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." 1 Samuel 17:37



25 comments:

  1. I am declaring victory over fear. God has not given me a spirit of fear, but a spirit of boldness and courage.

    I am declaring, in the name of the Lord, victory over anxiety and worry. God did not send His Son to die on the cross for me to have these things.

    I'm declaring victory, once and for all. I WILL have the courage of David. The enemy will NOT get a foothold into my life.

    In Jesus' name, I declare VICTORY.

    whew, i feel good!

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    1. Anonymous1/25/2012

      Jill, I have read this over and over as if it were my own!!! I am trying my best! Fear, anxiety, with some OCD is so crippling!!!! That is so hard to say out loud! Whew! Thank u

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  2. Anonymous1/25/2012

    I declare victory over needing to feel approved by others. The only approval that I need is from the Lord. I want to please the Lord and nobody else. Declaring a heart like David's as well. Thank you Father God.

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  3. Anonymous1/25/2012

    i LOVE this!! I just posted in the discussion part about this very scripture--I love how David was faithful without a doubt. I love his courage. His boldness. His power through Christ.
    I declare VICTORY over every obstacle God puts me through. I know that it is only to help others and I find JOY in the opportunity to grow! VICTORY IN JESUS! Love~erin spinks

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  4. Heather1/25/2012

    I declare victory over fear, worry, and doubt! I am a child of the King, your daughter, a princess, an heir! You love me more than enough and died for me! I declare victory in my marriage and for my family. Thank you for a heart like David's! Thank you that the battle has already been won! Thank you that we can walk in faith victorious. Father we give you all of the glory, honor and praise!

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  5. Anonymous1/25/2012

    I declare victory over this world. Over the unthankful heart, the impatient heart, the world of hurry, hurry and keep up with the "jones". Thank you God that we can start over everyday and try to be more like you. More like David. Thank you for your word. Thank you for forums like this where we are free to express our love and feelings. We are blessed to do that without judgement and with love and support

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  6. I declare victory over rejection from others...over wanting and needing the approval of family and friends...I declare a heart like David...ever seeking...ever standing...ever faithful to You, LORD!! I declare victory in the mundane...the disorderly things around me...and I speak order to my house and small things...the things that beset me in achieving greatness for You and in You LORD!!! May I never allow trivial things to come between me and Your cross! I declare victory in the Words spoken by phone, in meeting, on fb, on Shinegirl by me as Your vessel...tearing down the enemy...rooting up that which has held those You send me to captive...in Jesus' Name, LORD God Almighty...I thank You that sickness and disease will not romp over Your Church!!! We tread on the lion and the cobra...the young lion and the serpent (dragon) we trample underfoot...today and every day!!! In Jesus' Name...Amen and Amen!

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  7. Anonymous1/25/2012

    I declare victory of jealousy (having to keep up with the Jones's) it is exhausting.
    I declare victory over many things, but knowing there is nothing that God can not handle, boy that gives me peace!!

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  8. Anonymous1/25/2012

    strange i know but i related to saul this reading only because i have been there. i can remember times that i did NOT have GOD in my heart and it did not show in my actions. i felt bitter and lost and totally unconnected with something good and righteous! i hate that feeling! i will always choose GOD and HIS love and HIS walk for me and my family! HE truly does delivery peace.

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  9. Anonymous1/25/2012

    Thank you for this, Jill. Wow, that was awesome.
    In His name, I declare victory over oppression and darkness in my marriage. Lord, you alone can knit us together and heal the hurt and the pain. Please create a steadfast friendship where abuseful words once were. Thank you, Father.

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  10. I declare victory over distrust of others...holding myself back in an effort to self-protect. (see I'm sitting here not wanting to post this). I declare victory in Jesus name! I need it!!

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  11. Anonymous1/25/2012

    I declare VICTORY in my marriage! It is suffering and has been for a long time from so many past hurts on both our accounts. I declare VICTORY in healing and restoring us both! Just this week, I have wanted to just give up but God has brought me through each low point and helped me defeat Satan's lies that it is just not going to get better. I declare VICTORY in being the submissive wife I am called to be. VICTORY sweet Jesus in the areas I am suffering. Thank you for hearing my cry to you.

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    1. Anonymous1/25/2012

      yes, shine sister, declare it LOUD.

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  12. Anonymous1/25/2012

    I declare victory over my mind! I am tired of thinking that something is wrong with me, that I am sick and need to see a doctor. IN THE NAME OF JESUS, my body is GREAT! I have no sickness, and the enemy will not convince me otherwise. This has been a long ongoing struggle with my mind. I am even taking meds to help with this obsession over thinking I am sick.
    I will not be defeated, VICTORY is mine through Christ.I will not keep this hidden for fear of what people think of me, I will bring it to the Light of the Father and let Him heal me once and for all. I am a child of God and He wants me to be bold and courageous, not to fear sickness. What a revelation today this is. The word of God does bring truth and healing.

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  13. Anonymous1/25/2012

    I declare victory over worrying about my finances! God has always provided for my family even when I thought there was no way we'd be able to pay bills but still I continue to worry. No more!! I declare, in the name of the Lord, victory over anxiety and worry over my finances!!!!!

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  14. Anonymous1/25/2012

    I declare victory over worry- about being enough! For my kids, for my husband and for everyone else. I declare victory over finances and over worrying about them. I declare victory over being jealous over other peoples seemingly "perfect" lives. I am enough and my God loves me like crazy! Thank you for helping us all to dig deeper and grow stronger to have a heart like David! <3

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  15. Anonymous1/25/2012

    I declare victory over my words and actions. I want to be used by Him in everything I do and say. God has been speaking to me this week to be conscious of my response to people...to seek HIM first...then respond. I want God to SHINE through me and to be present in EVERY decision. I always think back on my actions and ask myself "why did I not consult God first?"
    I declare victory over myself!

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  16. Anonymous1/25/2012

    I declare victory over my tiredness and the thyoid issues that have plagued me for what has probably been 10 years. I am moving forward and not looking back. It is nice to not sleep my weekends away and to be enjoying life with my husband as it should have been so many years ago. I am thankful for his patience and support.

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  17. Anonymous1/25/2012

    I declare victory once and for all over fear of making the wrong decision and thus being stagnant. Sometimes, I just want to do the right thing and end up not doing anything. I know that the Lord has not caused me to be double minded. I declare victory over this! I will make decisions and stick by them! Thank you Lord Jesus our Savior!!!!!

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  18. GIANTS....they are all around us! They come in all forms and they do not discriminate ....addictions, broken relationships, financial problems, jealousy, hate, judgmental attitudes, lies, secrets, handicaps, weaknesses, deceit, abuse, loss, sickness, depression, loss of hope, fear.......all of these and more are NOT of God! These are of satan because we know that ALL GOOD THINGS come from God:

    " 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures." James 1:16-19

    Without GOD, David could not have faced the Philistine Giant! AND without God we cannot face our giant(s)! As I read the passage, the Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns once again came to mind! This song has been my "theme" song, so to speak, since the beginning of this study!!

    If I believe God is truth then why is it so hard to overcome some of my giants? Lack of faith maybe??

    Oh to have the faith of David!! I wonder if his young age allowed him to have such faith! As adults, we sometimes become hardened because of the realities of life but is this what God intends for us to do? Not at all!

    Copy and paste the address below for the youtube link with some clips from Facing the Giants movie:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68q8y5nkdPo

    The part of the song that relates to the reading:

    Oh what I would do to have
    The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant
    With just a Sling and a stone
    Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors
    Shaking in their armor
    Wishing they'd have had the strength to stand

    But the giant's calling out my name and he laughs at me
    Reminding me of all the times I've tried before and failed
    The giant keeps on telling me
    Time and time again "boy, you'll never win!
    "You'll never win"


    But the stone was just the right size
    To put the giant on the ground
    And the waves they don't seem so high
    From on top of them looking down
    I will soar with the wings of eagles
    When I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
    Singing over me

    I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

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    DO you feel like your giant is calling your name and mocking you? Shhhhhh.............Listen closely, GOD is telling you something else, he is telling you the TRUTH! Which voice will you listen to??

    26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 26

    love to you all
    Kim

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  19. I have enjoyed reading everyone's posts today. Thank you for sharing. I am enjoying this study very much!

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  20. Sounds like an army for the Lord to me! Do you feel the strength in agreement? All it takes is two but wow - YES KIM! We want 'the truth not the lies of the enemy'. DECLARING VICTORY here is such a lesson. It sets you on course from the beginning. I love you all too.

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  21. I am declaring victory over satan, who tells me I am not a good enough mother to my kids, I am not sweet enough, I am not organized enough, I am not a good enough housekeeper and christian. You're right, satan, I am not good enough for anything, but I have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. We women, wives and mothers-- in all these things we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ!!!
    Romans 8:37

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    1. Amen Beka!!! Ditto to all the above! Satan wants us to feel defeated and beaten down...I feel it everyday, but then my sweet Jesus reminds me of his grace-mercy & LOVE! I had horrible anxiety & fear last Fall after my mom had her heart attack... it was horrible! For months all I thought about was something was going to happen to me and I would leave my children motherless ...it was horrible paralyzing fear! I finally had enough and laid it all down at Jesus' feet! I am learning slowly to give it all to him --everything! Every worry- anxiety- fear. He covers it in his precious blood! Humbled everyday by his grace!

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  22. Anonymous11/03/2012

    Thank you for this.
    I declare over my fears, my insecurities, my paranoia, my anxiety, my addictions.

    I declare victory over my grades, my failing marks, my stress, my workload.

    I declare victory over my inability to forgive myself. I let go. I declare VICTORY.

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