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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 4/2/2013

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 4/2/2013

David: A Man After God’s Own Heart

1 Samuel 17:32-40
SURVIVING GIANT COUNTRY, Lesson 5b

v. 25-40 SURVIVAL IS A MATTER OF TRUSTING

When David hears the threats and defiance of Goliath, he determines that something must be done about this giant. He makes his intentions known, (v. 26-32); and David sets out to see Goliath defeated. But, as soon as David expresses his desire to see the giant defeated, he is met with criticism, (v. 28), and doubt, (v. 33). Yet, as we watch David move toward the moment when he will face off with the giant; we see a young man who has learned something about faith and trust in the Lord.

David has learned about God’s Purposes –1 Sam. 16:13 – David had been anointed as king to sit on a throne. David knew that he would not die this day.

David has learned about God’s Protection – v. 34-37 – David knew that everything God had done in the past, he was still able to do.

David has learned about God’s Power– v. 38-40 – David knew that victory did not reside in swords, shields, spears, armor and bows, but in the mighty power of God. He would go into this battle with the same God and the same weapons he had used before.

In other words, David’s trust was not in the army, the armor or the armaments; David’s trust was in Almighty God. The same God Who had protected him and given his victory after victory on the hills of Judea, would grant him the victory in the Valley of Elah! For David, there was only one giant there that day and His name was not Goliath. The only giant David had in his life was the Lord God Almighty, (v. 26; 32; 36-37).

What a lesson for those of us who also face giants from time to time! If we could ever learn the same lessons that David learned about fighting giants; we could make short work of them all. Here is what you need to know:

God did not save you for some giant to destroy – God saved you to take you home to glory some day! That giant cannot undo the eternal work God has already done in your soul, (Phil. 1:6; 2 Tim. 1:12). That giant is there as part of God’s eternal plan in your life. That giant is there to grow you, (Num. 14:9). There’s nothing quite like cutting your teeth on a few giants to help your faith grow stronger. You can trust God’s Purposes!

God will not change courses in the middle of the stream – He will always be that which He has ever been. One of the greatest attributes of our Lord is Him immutability. That simply means His unchangeableness! God is a God, Who cannot change, (Mal. 3:6; Heb. 13:8)! The same God Who did all those marvelous, miraculous things we read about in the Bible is still the same God today! You’ve heard about the Red Sea; the Manna; Water from a Rock; the Meal Barrel and the Cruse of Oil; the Loaves and the Fishes; the Raising of Lazarus; etc. Well, the same God Who did all those things and countless others is still our God today! His Name says it all (Ex. 3:14). He is the self-existent; changeless God! You can trust God’s Protection!

We seem to have no trouble remembering our past defeats; but we have real trouble remembering that victories the Lord has given. Think about it! We can remember every valley; but can’t seem to remember even one mountain top.

God will never fail those who place their trust in Him – Those who trust men, methods and materials can and will fail. But, those who place their unwavering trust in God and His power will never fail. You see, our God is not a weak, anemic God. No! He is a God of power; a God of glory; a God Who is ever moving in mighty ways to make His power known. Those who trust Him as they face the giants of life can see that power work in their lives by faith. God is powerful, (Luke 1:38; Matt. 28:18; Jer. 32:17). And, those who walk with their faith in Him can experience that power, (Heb. 11:1; Eph. 3:20). God is “able” – (Dan. 3:17; Dan. 6:20; Heb. 7:25).

Where is your trust as you face the giants of life? Is it in man; in the economy; in self? Those will all fail. As we face our giants let us be certain that our faith and our dependence is in the Lord. He and He alone will never fail! Our survival depends on our being able to trust Him.

TODAY’S VERSE!

Numbers 14:20-21 (New King James Version (NKJV)
20 Then the Lord said: “I have pardoned, according to your word; 21 but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord—

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Trust and Obey” By: J. H. Sammis (1877)

1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
Refrain:

3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
Refrain:

4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
Refrain:

5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.
Refrain:


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father God, Mighty and Faithful God. We bow down before You, thankful for the faithful who have gone before us, who has taught us and shown us the way to live and the path to follow….Jesus, the way, the truth and the life! Helps to live like those that have gone before us, to follow their examples, to be faithful like them, to witness and encourage others to follow Jesus to Your glory. Enable us to persevere and be blessed, and be a blessings to others. These things we pray for us and for others in the name of Jesus, our Redeemer, Savior and King. Amen!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 4/2/2013 11:44PM

    David knew what God had said about him being the future king, and I am sure this encouraged him as he faced Goliath. Still it was an act of faith showing that He believed God to be true to His word. God has also told us that we are joint heirs in the kingdom with Christ. We are of royalty chosen by God to be future rulers. Daily our faith is being tested. May we face the giants with confidence just as David did knowing that God will give the victory!

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NELLIEH1 4/2/2013 5:33PM

    Like Nan, I too was struck with the fact that David knew he would not die that day because GOD had anointed him king (through Samuel) and he was still being trained up! In this life we also are being taught and tested with giants and little pits in our paths. And we know we will not die because Christ Jesus has given us resurrection life forever in Himself! "But...what if...if only...", my heart says. "I AM" my GOD answers!

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JADOMB 4/2/2013 12:30PM

    Thank GOD for being within us to show us the way and to help us slay all the giants that come our way. AMEN

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LOSTLIME 4/2/2013 12:05PM

    The Lord helps us in our times of need. Thank you,Vic for all these blogs.

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TONYVAND1 4/2/2013 10:57AM

  Walking with the Lord in the light of His word.

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WENDYW596 4/2/2013 10:15AM

    Thanks! I also love that old Hymn....... something to dwell on all day! emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 4/2/2013 9:23AM

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JERZGURL_NAN 4/2/2013 8:44AM

    I'm sitting here stunned over the statement that "David knew that he would not die this day". That was STILL a huge step. My faith in Jesus assures me that I will not 'die' today or ever but = yes - but.
No, I am ashamed to even consider a BUT.
In Christ Alone Will I GLory and ONLY In Christ Alone

ANyway - that act/step of faith alone was enough to merit the title - David, a man after God's own heart. WOW.

Have a blessed Day - it's sunny but still cool here in Jersey.

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ANNIE924 4/2/2013 8:38AM

    Thank you. Now I'm singing Trust and Obey in my head while I'm at work. Nothing better.

Have a great day. emoticon

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SANDRALEET 4/2/2013 8:10AM

    With God we overcome Thank you we do not have to Kill any one put pray for them and let God deal with then That love your enemy's is hard at times we are not to hate them put whot they do. We to are sinners

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/2/2013 7:57AM

    Amen!

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AZMOMXTWO 4/2/2013 7:52AM

  love your blogs thank you

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JOANIE69 4/2/2013 7:49AM

    Amen Vic, we ought always to give thanks and praise His holy Name.

LOVE that old hymn; had almost foregotten all about it! (I shall be singing it all day now.)

Blessings, Joan

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NEPTUNE1939 4/2/2013 7:32AM

    Amen!

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