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The Only One That REALLY Matters

It seems like everyday people want to come against you when you do things they feel is not right. I am amazed at how I used to RE-ACT to those who would do that to me. I would attack back with words filled with anger , hurt, and sometimes even HATE. Then I remember where Jesus said you will know them by their FRUIT. It was brought to my attention that the way I RE-Acted was because of what I was Filled with, hence my fruit was ROTTEN. Then a LIVING God, came to me in the Midst of my TRIALS. I heard someone on a Sunday morning in Tampa Florida, and amazing female Preacher teach on the life and story of King David.Here is a summary…The Philistine army had gathered for war against Israel. The two armies faced each other, camped for battle on opposite sides of a steep valley. A Philistine giant measuring over nine feet tall and wearing full armor came out each day for forty days, mocking and challenging the Israelites to fight. His name was Goliath. Saul the King of Israel, and the whole army were terrified of Goliath.One day David the youngest son of Jesse, was sent to the battle lines by his father to bring back news of his brothers. David was probably just a young teenager at the time. While there, David heard Goliath shouting his daily defiance and he saw the great fear stirred within the men of Israel. David Responded, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of God?” Notice he Responded NOT reacted, how often do you respond and NOT react to Life? My amazing coach always said  “John if you do NOT go within you will surely Go without.

As they say Back to the story ; So David volunteered to fight Goliath. It took some persuasion, but King Saul finally agreed to let David fight against the giant. Dressed in his simple tunic, carrying his shepherd’s staff, sling and a pouch full of stones, David approached Goliath. The giant cursed at him, hurling threats and insults.David said to the Philistine, “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 … Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air … and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel … it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”As Goliath moved in for the kill, David reached into his bag and slung one of his stones at Goliath’s head. Finding a hole in the armor, the stone sank into the giant’s forehead and he fell face down on the ground. David then took Goliath’s sword, killed him and then cut off his head. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. So the Israelites pursued, chasing and killing them and plundering their camp.David said to the Philistine, “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 … today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air … and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel … it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

Here are some things I would ask you to consider, David’s faith in God caused him to look at the giant from a different perspective. Goliath was merely a mortal man defying an all-powerful God. David looked at the battle from God’s point of view. If we look at giant problems and impossible situations from God’s perspective, we realize that God will fight for us and with us. When we put things in proper perspective, we see more clearly and we can fight more effectively. When the giant criticized, insulted and threatened, David didn’t stop or even waver. Everyone else cowered in fear, but David ran to the battle. He knew that Excellence put into action needed to be taken. David did the right thing in spite of discouraging insults and fearful threats. Only God’s opinion mattered to David. Are you facing a giant problem or impossible situation? Stop for a minute and refocus. Can you see the situation more clearly from God’s vantage point? Do you need to take courageous action in the face of insults and fearful circumstances? Do you trust that God will fight for you and with you? Remember, God’s opinion is the only one that REALLY  matters.

 

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