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Friday, October 5, 2018

Facing Our Giants

October 5

(1 Samuel 17:45-51 NIV) ““David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. {46} This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. {47} All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give all of you into our hands." {48} As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. {49} Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. {51} David ran and stood over him. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.””

(Romans 8:31 NIV) “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Young David trusted God as he went out to face the intimidating giant Goliath. The intimidating giants in our lives today have different names, but they can be just as huge. They tower over us and remind us of how small and weak and helpless we are. Today, their names might be Cancer, Addiction, Divorce, Persecution, Bankruptcy, Pornography, Bitterness, Abandonment, or Abuse. But like David, we have a God who can help us stand up to our giants. He cuts them down to size so we can stand over them, look them in the eye, and tell them we will not be intimidated. Do not fear. Take heart and be of strong courage. We still have giants to face, but the Lord is with us. And if God is with us, who can stand against us? Faith in the power of God is still the best weapon for winning victory. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day 

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