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
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,
"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