WHAT TO DO

  • Listen to your favorite worship song.
  • Read the Biblical Text and Thoughts
  • Sit in silence and Meditate on the words
  • Journal what you hear from the Holy Spirit
  • Read the prayer and add to it as the Holy Spirit Leads

BIBLICAL TEXT

1 Samuel 17:1-58

THOUGHTS –

Are you feeling like all that is around you is closing in and there is no way out?  Here is a story for you – David and Goliath.

Sit back and read the text in your Bible and then come back here for a few words to reflect on.

READ 1 Samuel 17:1-58

In verse 4-7 is the description of Goliath

In verse 9-10 Goliath calls out to the Hebrew people

In verse 14 it went on for 40 days

In verse 32 David steps up and says I’ll fight

In verse 34-35 David gives account of his preparation

In verse 38 – 39a David is asked to put on someone else’s battle garments

In verse 39b David took them off because it was not him

In verse 40 David used what was natural to him – staff, 5 stones, and a sling

In verse 42 Goliath only sees a boy

In verse 43 David calls out and says he is the Lord’s vessel

In verse 48 David ran forward and killed Goliath with the small stone

In verse 55 Saul wants to know more about David

In verse 58b David announces who he is

We often are fearful of GIANTS (situations that seem beyond our control).  We become stuck for days, weeks, or years.  We forget that the Lord is with us and that we can face our GIANTS.  We also want to be someone that we are not (putting on someone else’s armor).  When we finally say to the Lord that this is who I am and this is how you have gifted and prepared me, we then can face our GIANTS.  Others may see you as inexperienced or ill prepared, but the Lord sees you for who you are.  When we accept who we are in the Lord, that is when we can defeat our GIANTS.  At the end, as others inquire who are you and how did you conquer your GIANTS, you can say I am the Lord’s.

Let us not run from the battle we are called to live through and endure.

You may be fearful of sharing Jesus with the world that is full of angst and uncertainty right now.  But you have been called and commissioned to do just that.  No matter what your family, friends, work associates may say, stand and say I am a follower of Jesus.

PRAYER

Lord, Giants are everywhere around me and in me.  Allow me to be who you have created me to be and live into that. Send me into the battle with your Holy Spirit with me.  Allow me to reveal Jesus to the world and boldly proclaim that I am a Follower of Jesus and He is with me.  Lord – BUILD YOUR KINGDOM HERE!! Amen

VIDEO

GOLIATH – lyric video (5:09)

Rend Collective – Every Giant Will Fall (4:16)

Rend Collective – Build Your Kingdom Here *Live at EO Youth Day* (8:02)

Rend Collective – I CHOOSE TO WORSHIP (Acoustic Performance) (4:24)

UPDATE ON GATHERING TOGETHER

We continue to be suspended due to COVID-19. It is our hope that we will be able to gather sometime in June – depending on what the health officials and the government instruct concerning churches meeting.

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