Monthly Archives: July 2012

Courage & Faithfulness = Victory: A Divine Equation

“But David said to Saul, ‘Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.”

– 1 Samuel 17:34-35 NIV

Have you ever been a beneficiary of remaining faithful to a mundane task, serving in obscurity, and experience a life-changing encounter that felt like a reward for your service? When speaking to a group of parents or teachers, I have often told the story about a young lady I worked with in the past that reinforced the value of demonstrating ‘good character.’ In visiting her classroom, I discussed with the students rewards, or positive outcomes, related to demonstrating ‘good character,’ that are not necessarily monetary. To test this theory, the students agreed to what I called a ‘science experiment,’ by doing their chores for 2 weeks without being told to see what the result would be.  The young lady volunteered and admitted that she was not doing chores and her mom was usually upset because of it.

After one week, she acknowledged that her mom smiled more and she felt better because of it. I said, ‘Great! You received 2 rewards. Your mom smiling and you feeling better because of it.’ At the conclusion of the second week, she acknowledged that she was now receiving an allowance for doing her chores. Within 2 weeks she went from not doing anything to becoming a positive influence within her home that changed the atmosphere of the environment of her home. Someone who is willing to invest themselves in affecting change is what we regard as a ‘change agent,’ which requires great courage and faithfulness to the task until the change comes to pass.

After being anointed king, David was elevated from the obscurity of the pasture into the palace of the king because of his ability to play the harp. Unknown to everyone was David’s ability to handle himself in conflict, especially against an adversary like Goliath. His father, Jesse, disregarded him when it came time for one of Jesse’s sons to be anointed king. His brother disrespected him, out of jealousy, when David came to the battlefield to provide for the king’s men as they hid in fear afraid to confront Goliath. Now Saul tries to discourage him from facing Goliath, feeling David is in over his head. David recalls to Saul his history in overcoming adverse circumstances and the victories he has had in the past that filled him with great confidence and assurance that the same God who gave him victory in the past will grant him favor in the face of Goliath! David’s faithfulness in tending the sheep for his father Jesse, along with encountering and overcoming the opposition of the lion and bear, prepared him for the current obstacle on his path towards his destiny in becoming king. Recalling God’s favor in his past circumstances filled David’s heart with courage to face the present with confidence he would be victorious!

May God bless you and help you to face your current circumstances with courage and hope, recalling God’s faithfulness and favor in the past, so you can experience the fullness of life Christ came for you to have!

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Don’t Lose Heart

“David said to Saul, ‘Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.'”

– 1 Samuel 17:32 NIV

Do you believe you have been chosen by God, through faith in Christ, to fight a battle for God that will inspire others around you to live victoriously for Him as He leads you victoriously against the Goliaths you face in your life? Like David, we have been anointed with the Spirit of God, through faith in Christ, to stand firm against the opposition of sin, sickness, misfortune, grief and injustice that is common to all men everywhere to be a light for others to live victoriously as God empowers us to be victorious. Whether we are relegated to obscurity, or we live a life of prominence, faith in Christ elevates us to respond with faith, in the sight of others, for the display of His splendor to inspire faith in others.

David’s life should arouse within us hope in God to elevate us and empower us as God did for David. David’s life may have started out in obscurity, tending sheep in the pasture lands, but God had plans for David to prosper him, plans that gave David hope of a promising future. David’s life reinforces to us the value of making use of our talents, skills and abilities that may position us for elevation as it did for David. David’s ability to play the harp landed him his appointment in serving God’s purpose for him as armor bearer to the king. Though he was anointed to become king, David had to grow up and progress through the process of becoming king, but God’s favor and David’s courage to take advantage of the opportunities that opened for him to step into his destiny allowed him to advance, achieve and succeed.

“Because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.” – 1 Corinthians 16:9 NIV God anointed David and advanced him as David was willing to face every opportunity and opposition that came along the path of his destiny of serving God’s purpose in his generation. We should be encouraged that the goliaths we face were only allowed by God so, by faith, we can rely upon God’s power and grace, as David did as we advance upon the path of destiny God has purposed for us to walk with Him by faith to serve His purpose in our generation.

May God bless you and help you to stand firm against opposition so you can advance into the opportunities He has placed upon the path of destiny He has provided for you to walk by faith into the fullness of life Christ came for you to have.

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