No More Tears!

This type of pain makes you want to run away; you don’t feel like seeing anyone, and wanna say, Just leave me alone!”. BUT David found strength in the Lord his God.

Based on 1 Samuel 30

Have you ever had one of those days? You know the kind; it starts encouraging and victorious and ends a deflated, disastrous disappointment.

One foolish day in Chicago, a little boy wanted to go to the carnival. Bright lights, the smell of caramel corn and cotton candy, the call of the carnie rousers yelling, “Step right up, or try your luck!”, cheap thrills, oddities…and well, for a 9 year old boy, acres and acres of fun. Let’s just say his parents didn’t see it that way; he was forbidden to go. So he did what any 9 year old boy who dreams of fun, candy, games of luck, and a chance to win a stuffed animal 1 ½ times his size would do. He took his allowance and decided to run away to the carnival, if only for the day.

Well, little Johnny’s parents didn’t know his intentions. He left them no note or other clue as to where he was going, just an empty room and a missing boy.

The carnival was a blast, I had… errr, I mean Johnny had the time of his life. No parents telling him, “No, you can’t eat that! No, you can’t ride that, No, you can’t play that! Blah, Blah, Blah!”. Freedom was as awesome as he pictured it to be. But we all know that a few bucks don’t last very long at such a great place, and eventually walking around watching everyone else having a blast gets boring. So he decided to un-run away. After all, that was his intention all along since he didn’t even pack a bag.

So at the end of a fun-filled, glorious, candy eating, carnival riding, game of luck playing day, he finds himself walking through the alleys back toward 3713 West Dickens St.

He had spotted it by the time he got somewhere near North Hamlin Ave; the family station wagon. His stomach sank. He could see dad was driving while his mom was in the passenger seat and it looked like they were happy to see him, yet very unhappy at the same time. The parental oxymoron, “ecstaticanger.”His mom had the “my little boy is safe, I’m going to kill him look”, and his dad just had the “I’m going to kill him look.” Long story short, they didn’t spare the rod that evening.

Nope!!! And Johnny never ran away again. He had experienced both the mountain top and the deepest darkest valley that day.

And that’s what David and his men are feeling.

They were just let off the hook by King Achish, and sent home from a potential battle against their own people. How awesome was that? They were in a major pickle; they had no clue about what would really happen when the fighting took place. Do they back up the man who has offered sanctuary and opportunity, or do they support Israel by default?

In God’s providence the choice to let them go back home was offered. That truly was a gift and if no one else knew it, David did.

A mountain top experience to be sure. How many of you can say there has been at least one time you were let off the hook, and given an “out” when there clearly was no “out”?

But the elation doesn’t last for them. In fact, the party comes to a screeching halt when they see from a distance, in the direction of what should be home, smoke rising from the rubble of what was supposed to be their place of rest.

1 Samuel 30: 3 & 6

“And when David and his men came to the city, they found it burned with fire, and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive.”

“And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.ESVEMPHASIS ADDED

If you have never experienced tragedy, then you won’t be able to relate to this story. But all kidding aside, this is nothing like getting a spanking after disobeying your parents. How would you feel if you have been a good and faithful son, a passionate believer or a devout follower, and then all hell breaks loose in your life? Would you curse God? Would you assign blame, and want answers? Would you lose your faith?

David has been faithful, he has been honorable, and he has been a godly man. He has been tried, tested, provoked, chased, lied about, and lied to. He has been a target, and now when he is finally feeling peace in his life, he comes home to find everything that he has fought for is GONE.

His home, his family, and all his possessions are GONE. All that he has left are the few provisions he would have taken when he went off to battle. But that is not all that he has to worry about. His men, the guys that were depressed, discontented, and discouraged and in debt. Yes, those same guys that had joined David while he was on the run from King Saul, those very same guys that now have a purpose, a place, a plan and a future. THOSE GUYS are now talking about stoning David. You see they came to David as nobodies with nothing, and when it was just David’s head on the line, and David being the recipient of all the drama, life was good. Heck, they even made a life out of it. They had property, got married, had children…life was peachy. But tragedy has hit home! And it has not spared anyone. This time, everyone was affected, and the men do not know how to deal with it. Some versions read, “They cried until they had no more tears!”. These are mighty men, valiant soldiers and warriors, but they are also husbands and daddies too.

I believe David could find strength in the LORD his God, because when King Saul would have evil spirits, and mood shifts, he would call on David, and David was able to play, and praise him through those stressful and trying times. You see David had already had private worship services; he already had all night prayer meetings. He already knew how to intercede on someone else’s behalf, so praying for himself was normal. I didn’t say easy; I mean it wasn’t foreign. He saw God come through for Saul, so he knew God could come through for him. I’m pretty sure he didn’t know how God would, but he knew God could. David has faced, lions, bears, and actual giants; now he is facing another type of giant. ”Bitterness in Soul.” That’s a whole different level of pain. A pain way down deep in your innermost being. There is a grieving in that pain. This isn’t a hit my thumb with a hammer pain, this is a; my wife and my baby are missing and I’m a mess pain. This is a WHAT IF I…? A whoulda shoulda pain. The kind that racks your mind so you can’t sleep. The kind that just won’t shut off or go away. A distress in your soul.

This type of pain makes you want to run away; you don’t feel like seeing anyone, and wanna say, Just leave me alone!”. BUT David found strength in the Lord his God.

I’ve been there! I know how debilitating tragedy can be. I know how it can tear a family apart and I know how close to the edge I personally came. I know the doubts, the regrets, the excuses, the fear, and the relentless agony of spirit.

But I also know… if NOT for GOD.

Father God, we know all Scripture is God breathed and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in how to live upright. And we know that this section is there to help those who like David and his men, have lost everything precious to them. God, we don’t always know the why of things, but we do know that when we are going through those times, we can find strength and peace in You. Help us to be strong enough to resist the temptation to throw in the towel and give up, blaming You for not saving us from hurt, and accusing You of being the cause of it. We know you are a good Father, sometimes only when things are going great. Help us to realize you are a good Father in all things good and bad. Help us to place our trust and confidence in You, and enable us to heal from false teaching, bad counsel and our moments when we are faithless.

Amen

Keep Pressing!

-soulKANDY

‘fran(t)ik

Friend, perhaps you have been crossing lines you shouldn’t cross, venturing just far enough to always come back when in a pinch. Eventually there will come a time when you too will call out and it will be eternally too late.

’fran (t) ik

1 Samuel 28:4-5 NLT

“The Philistines set up their camp at Shunem, and Saul gathered all the army of Israel and camped at Gilboa. When Saul saw the vast Philistine army, he became frantic with fear.”

The stage is set for all out war, once again these familiar enemies encamp against each other; King Achish and the Philistines on one side and King Saul and Israel on the other.

But something is different, something changed. There is a sense of confidence on the Philistine front that wasn’t there since Goliath, the champion from Gath, had hurled insults towards the Armies of God for 40 days and nights so long ago. There was a palatable air of sureness coming from the other side that Saul hadn’t felt in years. A slow tremor begins to run from Saul’s fingertips all the way up his arm. His voice is shaking, as well as his heart. He is stricken in fear. Fear has overtaken him. He wonders if his trusted advisors can tell… surely they can see that this once confident man who stood head and shoulders over Israel was reduced to a frantic mess. Saul was in deep trouble.

Are you wondering what happened? What has changed in one chapter? One minute King Saul is chasing David all over the territory with 3000 of Israel’s Special Forces, and the next minute King Saul is frantic with fear!

Here is what I see…

1. David took himself out of the equation.

Proverbs 26:20 says, where there is no wood the fire goes out.

With David out of the picture, Saul now has to deal with the fact that he has been neglecting his duty as King and leader of God’s people/nation.

Who knows, perhaps with all his focus and attention on killing David, other areas were not being taken care of. He was hell-bent on one thing alone and that was David.

But David in the last chapter removed himself from Israelite territory, and Saul mistakenly took David’s absence as a sense of security.

Ask yourself… In what area(s) do I need to remove myself from the equation?

To what person or group of people is my presence a fuel to the fire?

How does my absence affect the outcome?

2. The Prophet Samuel died.

The spiritual leader is dead, and the one who could sooth Saul (David) is nowhere to be found.

King Saul has come to the harsh realization that God has also removed himself from him.

Now he is truly alone!

Imagine calling out to God and hearing NOTHING! Not a comforting whisper that says, “Son, I’m right here.” Not even the reassuring feeling of your conscience that lets you know, “you got this!”…nothing! Absolute silence!

The silence is deafening to Saul! And he is scared out of his wits. He is frantic with fear. He either has never felt this alone in his life, or at the very least, has never felt so alone in a very long time.

Looking across the battlefield and seeing the enemy, has him in a panic.

Before, as long as David or Samuel or the prophets were around, they had the words that brought assurance and comfort.

Saul didn’t have much of a relationship with God, God was an afterthought since he knew how much God loved His people Israel and figured he could do as he pleased and God would swoop in and save the day.

But there comes a time when even God says… ENOUGH!!!

Friend, perhaps you have been crossing lines you shouldn’t cross, venturing just far enough to always come back when in a pinch. Eventually there will come a time when you too will call out and it will be eternally too late.

King Saul got to that point in his life.

1 Samuel 28:6 says, “He asked the Lord what he should do, but the Lord refused to answer him, either by dreams or by sacred lots or by the prophets.

And when God refuses to answer, he consults a witch to summon the spirit of Samuel and this is what that spirit says to him…

Verse 16 …the Lord has left you and has become your enemy. The Lord has done just as he said he would. He has torn the kingdom from you and given it to your rival, David.” NLT

Two things we can take away from this story.

A. There is a God timing to a God calling, and you are just going to have to wait like David sometimes. It most likely won’t be easy, but it is worth the wait so WAIT!

B. God is long suffering and abiding in love, but he doesn’t reward rebellion and pride. If that’s you, repent and humble yourself.

Father God,

I know, like Saul, I have been prideful and rebellious. I repent of that wickedness right now in the name of Jesus. Forgive me for the times I have done things my own way, when I have neglected godly counsel and common sense. Thank you for watching over me even when I have strayed from the path and crossed lines I shouldn’t have crossed. Enable me to listen to correction, heed your instructions, and press forward towards things that are righteous. I never want to be in a place in my life when you don’t respond to my cries for help, because you have turned me over to my evil desires. Thank you for your Word, may it accomplish what you purpose for it to accomplish in my life. Father God, for the times when I’m like David, inpatient or frustrated, help me to develop a trust, and a confidence knowing that your calling and anointing is sure. Enable me to learn to wait on your timing and not to force my agenda and plan. Help me to remove myself from people, places and programs that are not part of your plan and purpose for my life. Amen

Love ya!

-soulKANDY

That’s a whole lot of distress!

If you were assembling a team would the Job Posting read… Looking for men, must be in debt, discontented and in distress. Those without serious issues need not bother to apply. 

1 Samuel 22: 2 NKJV“And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.”

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Perhaps this is where they get the saying, misery loves company. Here is David running for his life running from a powerful crazed man who is bent on destroying him. It’s bad enough when you have trolls & haters, enemies with nothing else to do but make your life miserable. It’s even worse when you have powerful adversaries, and that’s what David had… a King with unlimited resources out to get him.
When I was 10 years old we left Chicago, Illinois and moved to San Bernardino, California near Seccombe Lake. There were plenty of kids around to play with, and one of our favorite games was Hide-and-go-Seek which we played in our neighborhood at night. 
Now that I think about it, it was just a bunch of knuckleheads trespassing on other people’s properties. To us there was nowhere sacred and nowhere off-limits when we played Hide-and-go-Seek. 
We would hide under houses, on roofs, in abandoned cars, in backyards, in trees and under parked cars. I once found this pink fluffy material stacked in a neighbors side porch that I dove into headfirst. The minutes hiding in the fluff seemed like hours, and when I heard, “All-lee All-lee in come free!” I knew the game was over, I didn’t get caught but I itched for a few days. I guess no one in my neighborhood thought that anyone was crazy enough to hide in that fluffy pink stuff. Before then I didn’t know what fiberglass insulation was. What kind of monster creates something that looks like cotton candy but itches like poison ivy??? 
I said that, to say this, when you find a place to hide there’s no way in the world you let other kids hide with you! Its a well known fact, it’s impossible to keep two kids quiet. You are bound to get caught. 
So I wonder what David was thinking, fleeing from King Saul was hard enough with a couple of loyal guys, but how in the world was he going to pull it off with 400 discontented, debt ridden and distressed men?
If you were assembling a team would the Job Posting read… Looking for men, must be in debt, discontented and in distress. Those without serious issues need not bother to apply. 
I didn’t think so. 

It’s a mystery the way that God works. We know that eventually this rag-tag bunch will produce men who; jump into pits with lions in the snow, stand alone in a field of beans and fight when others ran, one who would slay 800 men with a spear, three who broke into enemy territory just to fetch their leader a cup of water, others killed giants, ferocious animals and preformed other amazing acts of bravery. 

We don’t always get to choose who follows us, but we do choose who we will be as a leader. Seeing these men could have broke David, it could’ve caused him to quit to surrender and eventually to forfeit his life. But David chose to lead these men. 
There are men and women today looking for a leader. If and when they find you, what kind of leader will they find?
Will you be able to minister to their brokenness? Will you be able to look beyond their distress and dysfunction and direct them towards their destiny? Will you be the catalyst that reaches into their chaos and creates champions who preform greater feats than even your own?
That’s what David did. What will you do?
-John Rosado

The Promise

THE PROMISE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

Deuteronomy 7:9 Keep in mind that the LORD your God is [the only] God. He is a faithful God, who keeps his promise and is merciful to thousands of generations of those who love him and obey his commands. (GWT)

Hebrews 11:1 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (NLT)

Matthew Henry’s commentary on that scripture is… Faith and hope go together, the same things that are the object of our hope are the object of our faith. It is the firm persuasion and expectation that God will perform all that He has promised to us in Christ. And this persuasion is so strong that it gives the soul a kind of possession and present fruition of those things. 

That means, When I’m hoping or when I have that I just know for something to happen, that confidence is… FAITH! 

But what happens when an act of carelessness dashes our hopes and dreams? 

We go about our lives and we do little things that seem insignificant, we don’t know the outcome of these little things we do, but the pain and suffering they cause are enormous. 

I’ve found this story years ago. It’s about a seemingly insignificant act. 

On February 7, 1904, a man in the basement of a downtown Baltimore building discarded a lit cigarette. It was a small act of carelessness, but one with enormous consequences. The approx $0.02 cigarette started a fire that the wind whipped into a larger fire. By evening, it raged out of control burning for 31 hours and destroying 80 city blocks. About 2,500 buildings were destroyed or damaged, and property loss was estimated at $100 million. 

A $0.02 cigarette
A seemingly insignificant act. 

It happens all the time.

Seemingly Insignificant but careless acts.
How many ever had a dream and you shared it with somebody who wasn’t as excited about it as you are?

We get excited about something and share our ideas and tell someone, “I have this call on my life and I’m supposed to be doing this and this”, and they respond, “What about your BILLS?!!” 

They just speak a couple of words, or just a phrase, (their $0.02) but they might as well be doing…Inhale-Puff–FLICKKKK!!!

And if we are not careful we can do that to each other

How many have been handled CARELESSLY or UNJUSTLY? 

How many have had dreams and plans and have shared those with people you love and they have dashed them to pieces? You’ll never make it! 
Inhale-Puff–FLICKKKK!!!

They were so careless with your dream, that you have forgotten how to hope. You have lost all FAITH.

2 Samuel 4:4 (AMP) 

Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son who was a cripple in his feet. He was five years old when the news came out of Jezreel [of the deaths] of Saul and Jonathan. And the boy’s nurse took him up and fled; and in her haste, he fell and became lame. His name was Mephibosheth.

He was DROPPED

Many times we do things with good intentions and the results are far from good. Here the nurse or nanny of this young prince upon hearing the news that the king and the prince were slain. Quickly flees with the child. 

She is trying to save him, but she drops and cripples him instead. She cripples him for life.

What she was trying to do was reasonable, a conqueror would customarily kill all the heirs of a subdued King. So what she was doing made sense, but in her haste she cripples him. She ran thinking the Philistines were in pursuit.
But what she didn’t know was; the new king, the one who was anointed to be king would have no intention of doing them harm.

How many times in our haste do we miss out on a blessing? How many times have we failed to see the benefits of waiting?

After killing Goliath, David spends a lot of time around the palace,  he eventually grows up in stature, strength and popularity. King Saul gets so jealous of David, that that it causes David to have to leave the palace and hide from the king. During one of the many times David was being chased by Saul, he had an opportunity to do things his way, He had an opportunity to take the life of the one who was causing him so much pain and suffering, but he waited and instead allowed God to do it His way. 

He didn’t know that just 7 chapters later, God was handling it and Gods hand was on it. 

God called, chose, and anointed you BUT He doesn’t need you to do His work! 

7 chapters later, this king that brought David, harm, pain and treated him carelessly was dead.

Imagine the outcome if David hadn’t waited? How different would his story be if he would have done things his way?
Perhaps that WAITING may have saved Mephibosheth if the nurse would have PAUSED before trying to hastily run with a child in her arms.

Mephibosheth whose name literally means: to blow away shame, or to exterminate shame, was now living a shameful life in Lo-debar. 

A nothing place, a dry place, a place where not much grew or survived.

How could this son of a prince and a God fearing man end up in the middle of NOWHERE with busted feet and seemingly forgotten? No hope, no promise, no future…

Isn’t this some of our stories? We had so much hope and such a bright future and somewhere in the middle of it all we were dropped! Somewhere in the middle of it all someone was careless with us, somewhere in the middle of it all we were handled foolishly and we were DROPPED. 

A broken heart or perhaps a dream that was dashed into a thousand little pieces. Now for all intents and purposes you are in your own little Lo-debar a dry nothing place. 

Limping and forgotten, or so it seems!
You see Mephibosheth grew up without hope of ever seeing the inside of a palace. He was probably too young to remember the luxuries that life had afforded him at a young age. His father was a Prince and a mighty warrior, but his grandfather the king was a man who had not only lost favor with God, he also lost his mind to a jealous rage. He was intoxicated with the thought of destroying David.

King Saul once had hope and a promise, he foolishly lets his fears and carelessness eventually lose the favor that he once had. 

God had rejected him for his lack of obedience. 

Not only did that doom Saul’s chance to continue as leader, but it also ripped away any chance for Mephibosheth’s dad, Jonathan from ever succeeding his father on the throne. 

Knowing this, Jonathan still loved David, the one who had already been anointed to succeed Saul as King.

The promise that made all the difference!

1ST Samuel 20:13b (AMP) And may the Lord be with you as He has been with my father. 14 While I am still alive you shall not only show me the loving-kindness of the Lord, so that I die not, 15 But also you shall not cut off your kindness from my house forever–no, not even when the Lord has cut off every enemy of David from the face of the earth. 16 So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, and the Lord will require that this covenant be kept at the hands of David’s enemies. 17 And Jonathan caused David to swear again by his love for him, for Jonathan loved him as he loved his own life.

These guys grew up in the palace, Jonathan as a prince and David as a young warrior. They were also brother in laws. Jonathan loved David Jonathan blesses David KNOWING that the anointing meant Jonathan would never be king. 
May God have favor on you. Promise me that the way that you love me, you will love my sons! Promise me David. 

David swears it, and time passes.

Saul and Jonathan are dead. Time passes, and David is finally king, once he feels at a place of peace…

David remembers the promise that he made to his friend.

2 Samuel 9 (AMP) 1 And David said, Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul to whom I may show kindness for Jonathan’s sake? 

This once great family now has been decimated. That’s what careless living will do to a family. 

2 And of the house of Saul there was a servant whose name was Ziba. When they had called him to David, he said to him, Are you Ziba? He said, I, your servant, am he. 3 The king said, Is there not still someone of the house of Saul to whom I may show the [unfailing, unsought, unlimited] mercy and kindness of God? 
David was ready to show a special kindness towards the family of this once crazy man that wanted him dead, this is the heart of David, I made a promise and I’m going to keep it. 

Ziba replied, Jonathan has yet a son who is lame in his feet. 4 And the king said, Where is he? Ziba replied, He is in the house of Machir son of Ammiel in Lo-debar. 5 Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir son of Ammiel at Lo-debar. 6 And Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and did obeisance. Respectfully bowed, he threw himself on his face. David said, 

Mephibosheth! I would like to think that he said it in a way to tell him “You are my best friends boy get off your face! 

Mephilbosheth! You are a son of a prince and a great man. My best friend and brother! I loved him. 

Mephibosheth! He called him by his name! 

Mephibosheth! Look at me.” And he answered, Behold your servant! 7 David said to him, Fear not, (I can imagine what’s going thru Mephilbosheth’s mind, that thing that my nanny warned me about is finally going to happen.) 

Mephibosheth! Get off your face look at me! 

(I think some of you need to be grabbed by your faces and someone needs to say… Insert your name here… Look at me!) 

Fear NOT, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your father [grandfather], and you shall eat at my table always. 8 And [the cripple] bowed himself and said, what is your servant that you should look upon such a dead dog as I am? 

 In their culture dogs were not mans best friends! They were often wild, running in packs eating rubbish, and dead things. They were despised! 

That’s what this guy is saying, that’s what I am, “Who am I?” I think negative statements have been told to him so long that he started to believe them.

And how many of you have heard it? 

You’re going to be just like your father, he was a player, a deadbeat and an alcoholic… He was a bum and a lowlife!
Or you’re just like your mother… She was lazy and a drug addict… She made stupid decisions and she was a whore. You will never amount to much! Why can’t you be more like______?

How many have heard it so long that you start thinking that that’s what you are????

There’s no promise there is no hope for me this isn’t real! I’m a dog, I’m a cripple there’s no hope! 

David didn’t even acknowledge that statement. 

9 Then the king called to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, I have given your master’s son [grandson] all that belonged to Saul and to all his house. 10 And you shall till the land for him, you, your sons, and your servants, and you shall bring in the produce, that your master’s heir may have food to eat; (I’m sure Ziba has taken advantage, he hasn’t served him well, he hadn’t treated him like a prince, he had amassed for himself a lil sumthin’ sumthin’ and now he is getting put in his place) but Mephibosheth, your master’s son [grandson], shall eat always at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11 Then Ziba said to the king, your servant will do according to all my lord the king commands. So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table as one of the king’s sons. 

David kept his promise, and he restored Jonathan’s son! Now he is back in a place of favor and honor.

I started off with this scripture…

Deuteronomy 7:9 Keep in mind that the LORD your God is [the only] God. He is a faithful God, who keeps his promise and is merciful to thousands of generations of those who love him and obey his commands. (GWT)

How many of you believe that? 

Do you believe that all Gods promises are yes and amen! Do you even believe that? 
Do you even know what the promises are?
So what has God promised?

In Matthew: the weary will get rest

Mark: the forgiveness of sins 

Luke: God will answer our petitions

John: Eternal Life

Acts: the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit

Romans: all things work for the good

Ephesians: God is able to do some pretty amazing things!

Philippians: I can do all things thru CHRIST! And he would supply all my needs.

2 Timothy: He didn’t give us a spirit of fear but of POWER, Love and a sound mind.

James: If we resist the devil he will flee, & when we come near to God, he will come near to us.

1 Peter: by his wounds we have been healed.

1 John: if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. God is a prayer answering, promise keeping God!

And if all Gods promises are yes and amen in Christ Jesus, I want them!

It’s the PROMISE that makes the DIFFERENCE! 

What is it that you LACK?

Were you DROPPED? 

We’re you handled CARELESSLY? 

Is your HEART BROKEN?

Have you given up HOPE? 

Are you spiritually in a DRY and desolate place? 

Do you need REST, forgiveness or PEACE? 

Are you at the end of your ROPE?

Do you need SALVATION?

It’s NOT over! Get up!

How many times is enough?

‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭17:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬ “For forty days the Philistine came forward and took his stand, morning and evening.”

They say it takes approximately 21 days to develop a habit. 

Well how long does it take to believe a lie?

You can’t easily tell by just seeing that scripture, but this is the story of David and Goliath!  

This is one of my all-time favorite Bible stories. I’m sure most boys have daydreamed of fighting enemies, killing giants, rescuing princesses or slaying dragons. 

Stories like these swam in my imagination as a youngster. 

Stories like these made the Bible come alive to me. 

I remember the picture Bible we used to read from as children. I loved the full color picture illustrations of Bears, Lions, Furnaces, Giants, Shipwrecks and Battles. 

The Bible to me was a graphic novel, and in many ways it still is. 

I’m the person who you lose two paragraphs into your sermon, because I’m enthralled in the story, the daydreamer, I’ve placed myself in those situations and battlefields. I’ve felt the heat of the furnace, heard the roar of the lion, saw the dust rise as the temple pillars were toppled and I’ve heard the taunts of the Giant. 

I’ve imagined his hot breath spewing forth spittle as he yelled his taunts across the canyon. I’ve pictured the veins in his neck bulging as he grows more and more impatient with each passing day. I’ve seen his fist clenched, tight around his spear jabbing it in the air as he gestured towards the cowards across the way. I’ve even speculated him thinking, “Perhaps this will be the day that someone answers my call to battle!”

Eighty times this is what they heard…

“Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us… I defy the ranks of Israel this day. Give me a man, that we may fight together.” 

When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.” 1 Samuel‬ ‭17:8-11 ESV

So, how many times is enough? 

If you heard that you were insufficient 80 times- twice a day for 40 days and 40 nights would you start to believe it?  
What If you heard you weren’t able… that you were lacking… that you weren’t strong enough… or that you weren’t man enough? 

When does a lie become the truth?

NEVER! 

Never!!! No matter how many times it’s repeated, no matter how many times it is reiterated, no matter how many times you are remindedA lie will always be a lie!

Goliath, told Saul’s men, that they were the Armies of Israel. David knew that they were the Armies of the Most High God. 

Goliath managed to separate the Army from its power. If only by changing a single word. 

He made them “servants of Saul”, instead of Children of God. 

Words HURT and they carry POWER. 

The King and ALL of Israel were dismayed. Goliath got them all not only to question their manhood, but also to forget about “WHO” was on their side. 

It only took David one time to hear these taunts for him to see it for what it really was. It was a direct assault against God Himself. And since David knew the battle was not his, but the Lord’s he didn’t see the enemy as invincible.

What taunts have you heard over and over that have you dismayed and greatly afraid?

What lies has the enemy repeated that have been etched in your mind or burned in your spirit?

Perhaps you have heard things like…

You will never amount to much! You are a dummy!

You’re ugly, you’re fat! 

You’re just like your mother!

You’re just like your father!

You’re worthless, or you’re lazy!

I’m here to remind you that…

You are the child of the Living God. You are a Son or Daughter of a King. You are worthy and you have value, and you are loved beyond measure. 

Heavenly Father, thank you for your Word, thank you for your everlasting love. And thank you for your grace and mercy towards us. Forgive us for the times where we have taken our eyes off you and focused on situations, problems and the enemy. Help is to remember that the battle is yours and we give you all the glory and honor due you. Forever and ever Amen. – Love John