Tuesday, May 8, 2012

If God Says You Are Able, You Are Able!

"You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth."  I Samuel 17:33.....

How many times has someone said that you couldn't do something...that you "weren't able"?  I mean you're all excited about a new venture or idea, a plan or a vision, then somebody has to come along and say "that'll never work"...or..."that'll never happen"...Many times it makes us even more determined, but often times we start believing the negative. Why do we do that?  Why do I do that?  Why do we listen to Satan's whispers of defeat before we even try?

 During my devotional time recently, I read the story of David and Goliath...again...  Having been a Sunday School teacher for many years, teaching children from pre-school through the third grade, one would think I must have learned all I would ever need to know about this story, right?  Wrong...  The really amazing thing is that each time I read it, it's like I'm reading it for the first time.  Do you feel that way too?  That's great, because that's just the way God intended His word to be, living and speaking directly to us, allowing us to gain whatever revelation knowledge we might need for that particular season we are going through.  Although the "printed" words never change, He will use them to bring a fresh word to our spirit through the words inspired by The Holy Spirit...

So what makes this story so fascinating?  Well, the obvious of course; a lowly shepherd boy facing what appeared to be an insurmountable mission(that he volunteered for I might add..because he was called and obeyed) to take down a man, who today, would tower over the tallest player in the NBA.  It makes me wonder what the birth weight of this guy was, and what did his poor mother have to feed him growing up?  I think you know what I'm talking about if you have growing boys in your home, or have been around any lately; their favorite phrase is "I'm hungry" stated approximately every 20 minutes or so....

The first thing that really stood out to me during this particular reading, was during an exchange of words between Saul and David.  This was prior to the main event, which of course in today's world would have been on pay-per-view.  Saul told David that he was 'not able' to go against the Philistine.

Of course looking at this situation through human eyes, you have to admit, it didn't look good, but David's confidence was in God, and if his God could deliver him from a lion and a bear, He could surely equip him to defeat "this Philistine".   Maybe I missed something here, but I didn't detect any sense of doubt on David's part; any doubt that God would show up big and right on time.  Now that's what I call trust.

God does hear us when we pray.  So we pray.  We make known our requests to the Lord; that's the easy part of prayer.  Then there's the trust and belief part..do we really, truly believe that we will receive what we're praying for?  So Jesus answered and said to them "Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree(see Matt 21:18-10), but also if you say to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it will be done.  And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." Matt 21:21-22.  It may not be the answer we were expecting according to our will, and that's why it is right to pray "according to Your will Lord..Your will be done."

The second thing that really stood out to me during this particular reading, is that David "hurried and ran toward" the army to meet the Philistine.  I could see gearing up and getting ready, but actually being in a 'hurry' and 'running towards' the opposing army and the giant man with the big sword?  The beauty of that verse is so amazing and maybe it was a strategic move God used to "psyche out" Goliath, but more importantly,  it was David's trust in his God and his putting that trust in motion, literally!  When God is in control, we can do that..We can run head-on into the storm like those hurricane hunters that fly into the eye.  It's calm in the eye, even when surrounded by outer bands of chaos. When we run into the storm, God goes before us and there is peace in the eye of the storm, in the arms of our Lord.  There are times when we are delivered supernaturally from facing a storm we may never even see.  But as we have experienced, the weather's not always sunny, storms do come.

 What if David had lost his momentum and quit the fight before it even started, all because Saul told him he was "not able"?  Why didn't he quit?  Because he knew what we should know and believe, that when God calls us to do something, He will equip us.  Because if God is lighting a fire under us, we shouldn't let anyone extinguish it.  I'm not only talking enemies here or people who want to keep us down, these potential fire extinguishers can also come in the form of family and friends who mean well.  They love us and don't want us to fall down and skin our knees, but guess what?  Skinned knees heal :)  God never promised we wouldn't have battle scars, but those scars build our faith and character, and remind us where we have been and how far God has brought us...

We can draw strength by remembering the storms God has brought us through; it will encourage us to press on, knowing that He is faithful and that we can do all things through Christ.

Lord, help us to trust you like David did and have the faith to move mountains.  Thank you for your Living Word and the promises you have made to your children. Let us believe like a child, without fear or doubt.  Let us live our lives according to Your will, and press on to accomplish what You have predestined us to do.  To do great things in Your Name because in whatever you call us to do, you will equip us...To You be the Glory!
In Jesus Name.  Amen.



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