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Devotional – February 21, 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Read : 1 Samuel 17

Thoughts from: Greg Nickerson

When David ran out to fight Goliath, it was more than a battle between the Israelites and the Philistines. In verse 26, David called out Goliath for who he was “uncircumcised Philistine”.

The Philistines were not God’s people. They represented everything God wasn’t. Proverbs 8:13 says: The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

Sin comes out everyday armed to the hilt, daring us to stand against it. We all have faced it and fallen short in our lives (Romans 3:23) What do we do when sin stands before us, tempting us, taunting us. King Saul and his army just stood there in fear for over 40 days. Even the compromise by Goliath to send out one man to fight was too much for them. The compromise would still have this abomination of sin in their lives either as servants and slaves or the other way around. David heard the taunts saw the abomination and acted immediately.

How do we have this kind of faith? How do we not give in to temptations that stand before us daily?

David had a spiritual outlook on life. He saw this giant through God’s eyes and not his own. This is formed by spending time with God in His Word and Through Prayer.

David had a faith built by past experiences of God working in his life. These experiences (God Stories) enable us live out Philippians 4:13.

David’s focus was on God’s honor, reputation, glory not his own.

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