Daily Devotional – 1/30/19 “You have the power!”

When David got ready to fight Goliath, there were folk around him who’d already counted him out. “He’s too small.” “Who do he think he is?” “He’s no match for that giant.” “He’ll never make it.” He was even taunted by Goliath, who was bold enough to cross enemy lines to confront him. Goliath tells David in 1 Samuel 17:44, ““Come here,” he called to David, “and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”” David responds, in 1 Samuel 17:45, “You come against me with a dagger, spear, and sword, but I come against you in the name of the LORD of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” You know how the story ends, right? David killed Goliath with a stone to the forehead. Afterwards, though (because the sermons usually stops there), David, bible shares, ran and stood on Goliath, took Goliath’s sword and cut off his head. Here’s what I don’t want you to miss. The Philistines didn’t move until after David had cut off Goliath’s head. Why am I sharing this? Two few reasons actually.

1. Some of you are more focused on what folk are saying and it’s causing you to lose sight of the task at hand. Let them talk, you’ve got a battle to win!
2. You may have knocked your opponent down and even killed him but those with him, won’t leave until you make a drastic move.

In other words, you need to let those who are bold enough to walk into your face/space to taunt/kill you, know you ain’t scared! I said what I said! No, you don’t have to cut off their head, like David but you might have to cross enemy lines, stand on their back and take their sword just in case! Look, God didn’t give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). It doesn’t matter that you don’t look the part, you got power. You may not have the armor but you got power. May have never fought in this kind of fight but you got power. Power from a God who never fails us! David’s power didn’t come from a sword, he didn’t have one. David’s power didn’t come from his armor, he didn’t have any. His power came from the God he worshipped, trusted, loved and served. You have the same power but you’ve got to stop listening to the hecklers and trust the God you serve because He’ll never place you in a battle He hasn’t equipped you for. Even if it happens to be a battle He’ll let you lose, He always has His reasons why. You have the power but you’ve got to believe it, tap into it then use it.

Daily Devotional – 11/7/16 “Fight Mode!”

Someone woke up this morning after a very hard and long weekend. You may have experienced anger or abuse, burden or betrayal, change or criticism, death or disappointment, divorce and depression, heartache and headaches, unfair fights, endless pain, tormenting fear or unyielding tears. You may have looked around and found no physical help. You may have even called a few folk and they didn’t come. Went to worship only to leave worse. Tried some more folk and they couldn’t help either, only to get up this morning still in fight mode … Good, stay there! Why? Well because you need to fight. Fight for your sanity. Fight for your peace of mind. Fight to get your good name back. Fight for your joy. Beloved, fight for your life! See, it’s when you get fed up and tired that you’ll really fight. It’s when you get sick of folk doing you any kind of way that you’ll really put some weight on it and punch. It’s when you get tired of fighting the same folk over the same issues they know isn’t right that’ll you stand in the correct position and truly fight to win.

So whomever you are, you have a right to fight but you have to fight with the right stuff. Stop trying to fight with stuff you know good and well you can’t win with. When David fought Goliath, Saul initially gave him his armor but David wasn’t use to them. So, he got what he was used to fighting with; 5 smooth stones, his slingshot and shepherd’s bag. 5 biblically means, God’s grace. And not only did David take God’s grace but he took the stone of obedience, the stone of servanthood, the stone of faith, the stone of prayer and the stone of the Holy Ghost = 5 smooth stones. See, David fought with what he knew would work. Now my question to you is this, if you know what you’ve been using/doing isn’t working, when will you tap into what does? You’ve got to stop being afraid because David says in Psalm 56:3-4, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise– in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” I don’t know what you’re fighting ma’am, sir but I do know that when you take the grace of God with you, He’ll do the rest.