Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Facing Your Giants


We have a God who revels in doing the impossible! We serve a God who takes delight in letting the underdog win! We follow a God who was, is, and always will be The Miracle-Worker.

Nothing, Nothing... is impossible for your God.

Do you believe it?

As the Egyptian army approached, the people of Israel saw them far in the distance, speeding after them, and they were terribly frightened...But Moses told the people, 'Don't be afraid. Just stand where you are and watch,...The Lord will fight for you and you won't need to lift a finger!' and the Lord opened up a path through the sea...so the people of Israel walked through the sea on dry ground...and of all the army of Pharoah that chased after Israel through the sea, not one remained alive. (Gen. 14:10,13,14,21,28)

But the Lord said to Joshua, "Jericho and its king and all its mighty warriors are already defeated, for I have given them to you!...The seventh time, as the priests blew a long, loud trumpet blast, Joshua yelled to the people, "SHOUT! The Lord has given us the city!"....So when the people heard the trumpet blast, they shouted as loud as they could. And suddenly the walls of Jericho crumbled and fell before them, and the people of Israel poured into the city from every side and captured it! (Joshua 6:2, 16,20)

The Lord then said to Gideon, "There are too many of you! Send home any of your men who are timid or frightened"...so 22,000 of them left...but the Lord said, " there are still too many...divide them into two groups decided by the way they drink...I'll conquer the Midianites with these 300!" the Lord told Gideon. It was just after midnight and the change of guards when Gideon and the hundred men with him crept to the outer edge of the camp of Midian. Suddenly they blew their trumpets and broke their clay jars so that their torches blazed into the night. Then the other two hundred of his men did the same...then they just stood and watched as the whole vast enemy army began rushing around in a panic shouting and running away. For in the confusion the Lord caused the enemy troops to begin fighting and killing each other from one end of the camp to the other. (Judges 7:2,3,5,7,19-22)

David talked to some others..."Who is this heathen Philistine, anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?...Don't worry about a thing, I'll take care of this Philistine... I have done this to both lions and bears, and I'll do it to this heathen Philistine too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who saved me from the claws and teeth of the lion and the bear will save me from this Philistine!"... David shouted to the giant..."Israel will learn that the Lord does not depend on weapons to fulfill his plans - He works without regard to human means! He will give you to us!"...As Goliath approached, David ran out to meet him and, reaching into his shepherd's bag, took out a stone, hurled it from his sling, and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and the man fell on his face to the ground. So David conquered the Philistine giant with a sling and a stone. ( I Samuel:17:26,32,36-37,47-50)

So at last the king gave the order for Daniel's arrest, and he was taken to the den of lions. The king said to him, "May your God, whom you worship continually, deliver you." And then they threw him in....Very early the next morning (the king) hurried out to the lion's den and called out in anguish, "O Daniel, servant of the Living God, was your God, whom you worship continually, able to deliver you from the lions?"...then he heard...."My God has sent his angel to shut the lions' mouths so that they can't touch me, for I am innocent before God; nor, sir, have I wronged you,"...and not a scratch was found on him because he believed in his God. Daniel 6:16,19-22)

Well, how much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith......(Hebrews 11:32)

This past week, Kurt and I received some mail from our "Uncle Sam" that was not welcome news. It was unexpected. It was a giant that appeared in our lives disguised as a small insignificant piece of paper with numbers all over it. God was allowing another circumstance in our lives to keep us pulled in close.

We are getting another chance to work out our faith. Will this giant be seen as an obstacle, another bump in the "hard" times of our life? Or will this giant be seen as an opportunity?...A moment to grab hold of the FAITH God has grown in us, turn our eyes to God, believe, and watch to see how He will work great and mighty things once again that we would not have seen, if this giant hadn't shaken our world?

When we believe, as I said yesterday, that NOTHING happens in our lives that is out of God's perfect and good will for us, then everything, E_V_E_R_Y_T_H_I_N_G! can be viewed as God working on us again. We will make much.... NOT of this circumstance that has been delivered to us, but much of our GOD! The ONE who delights in doing great and unexplainable things to show His power and love in our lives. Stay tuned for the continued work of grace that God is doing in this family's life! :-)

What giant are you facing in your life today? What circumstance is pressing in on you that you are feeling the weight of it's ability to crush you and your family? What attitude have you chosen to carry through your trials? What doubts are you allowing to trip you up in your faith for your all-powerful God?

Of all the voices calling out inside of you, which one will you choose to listen to?

Listen to the Words of GOD!! There is a common thread running throughout the entire Bible of a God who loves His people, who delights to deliver them from their enemies. He truly revels in using the small but faith-filled to defeat the mighty powers of this world. Look to Him and feel Him strengthening your faith! Get a "new grip!" "Stand Firm!" "Mark out" the path you know you should be taking! God wants to reveal HIS Power to you!

"So take a new grip with your tired hands, stand firm on your shaky legs, and mark out a straight, smooth path for your feet so that those who follow you, though weak and lame, will not fall and hurt themselves, but become strong." ( Hebrews 12:12-13)



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