David said, “Before God I and my kingdom are totally innocent of this murder of Abner son of Mr. Ner. Joab and his entire family will always be under the curse of this bloodguilt. May they forever be victims of crippling diseases, violence, and famine.”
Doesn’t sound like a wimp. I wonder if David meets the world’s expectation of a believer. David doesn’t quite fit the believer stereotype.
Are you guilty of stereotyping yourself or other believers as wimps? There is nothing wimpy about a full faced relationship with God. There is only boldness with a willingness to pay whatever price for the honor of faithfulness.
Be bold! Take on the day! Night is coming…
Prayer is an interesting adventure. It seems prayer is like strands in a rope. One strand is your strand. 3 other strands belong to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The remaining strands belong to people who have come alongside you in prayer.
Here’s the key.
Pray a prayer where all the strands are woven together and you are guaranteed results. Pray a prayer where you are the only strand and it is likely you have wasted your time.
What’s your rope made of?
Sometimes even with the best of intentions, it tough to know what to do. What do you do in times like these? Consider this…
Saul fell on his sword, but didn’t die. BUMMER! (This was an account of a soldier desiring to be in David’s favor.) Come here,” Saul said, “and put me out of my misery. I’m nearly dead already, but my life hangs on.”
“So I did what he asked—I killed him. I knew he wouldn’t last much longer anyway. I removed his royal headband and bracelet, and have brought them to my master. Here they are.”
In lament, David ripped his clothes to ribbons. (Likely at this point, the young soldier realized he stepped into something really smelly). All the men with him did the same. They wept and fasted the rest of the day, grieving the death of Saul and his son Jonathan, and also the army of God and the nation Israel, victims in a failed battle.
Then David spoke to the young soldier who had brought the report: “Who are you, anyway?” The soldier said, “I’m from an immigrant family—an Amalekite.”
“Do you mean to say,” said David, “that you weren’t afraid to up and kill God’s anointed king?” Right then he ordered one of his soldiers, “Strike him dead!” The soldier struck him, and he died. OUCH!
Sometimes you do something for what seems all the right reasons, but it just turns out bad. Why is that? It seems to me, when we make decisions based on what we see with our eyes as opposed to seeing what’s in the heart, we are prone to make bad choices. The choice seems right at the time, but death waits…
Survival Tip: Truth comes from God. Guaranteed! Circumstance can be manipulated by the evil ones…
if anyone tries to get you out of the way,
Know this: Your God-honored life is tightly bound
in the bundle of God-protected life;
But the lives of your enemies will be hurled aside
as a stone is thrown from a sling.
David said, “I’ve been a shepherd, tending sheep for my father. Whenever a lion or bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I’d go after it, knock it down, and rescue the lamb. If it turned on me, I’d grab it by the throat, wring its neck, and kill it… “
A giant nearly ten feet tall stepped out from the Philistine line into the open, Goliath from Gath. As the Philistine paced back and forth, his shield bearer in front of him, he noticed David. He took one look down on him and sneered—a mere youngster, apple-cheeked and peach-fuzzed.
You come at me with sword and spear and battle-ax. I come at you in the name of God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
David took off from the front line, running toward the Philistine. David reached into his pocket for a stone, slung it, and hit the Philistine hard in the forehead, embedding the stone deeply. The Philistine crashed, facedown in the dirt. Read this amazing story from Samuel
It is said, David had 5 stones. 1 for Goliath and 4 for Goliath’s brothers. David was prepared.