January 19, 2021 David Met Goliath - Jack Brisendine

When David met Goliath (1 Samuel 17:45), he knew God would be victorious, for David knew the battle was indeed the Lord’s. In the 21st century, we still have our Goliaths to face. Here in the United States we don’t have roving warring kingdoms coming at us on many fronts like David, but we still have our troubles. We are face our Goliath battles; thousands dying from Covid-19 virus, racial discrimination protests, riots, loss of jobs, financial crisis hovering over our government and ourselves, lonely confinement at home to halt the virus, limited worship services, and also the rhetoric of unhealthy politics as our election seen in our elections. I could list other battles, but I think we get the point. Here is how I believe the Bible and I sum up these battles: These are spiritual sin battles against the giants of Satan and sin itself. Sin began in the Garden where we saw Adam and Eve display the first disobedience. Now I see a feeling of angst (feeling of dread, anxiety, or anguish) among God’s creation (us). When Adam and Eve nixed one of God’s guidelines, Satan got an inroad and has been bombarding us with lies, strife, discord, confusion, distrust, rebellion against God, and a (Me) warring in the flesh attitude. God gave us free will in our fellowship with Himself, but we must choose to use it wisely! Our very eternity depends on us making the right choice to have fellowship with our creator God.

The best defense against sin and the warring flesh is a good offense—a confidence that Satan and his allies are already defeated. The ultimate outcome has already been determined; the cross of Christ has seen to that! Now we, like Paul, can respond to the question, “Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?” with the ringing affirmation, “Jesus Christ our Lord!” After all, there’s nothing like knowing that someone has already won the war (Jesus) to give you strength to face each daily skirmish!

Here are some of God’s promises as found in the Holy Bible:

Romans 16:17-18 (NIV) "17 I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people."

2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NIV) "3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one."

Romans 16:20 (NIV) "20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you."

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) "11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Romans 5:1-5 (NIV) "1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."

Romans 8:28 (NIV) "28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

John 5:24 (NIV) "24 Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life."

Luke 10:18-19 (NIV) "18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you."

When I consider this year of 2020/2021, I see the relentless stressors. But, I focus on the One who can bring me through, Jesus Christ. We can call out, "Abba Father help me." I have learned that I can cast all my worry on Jesus. God’s people in one accord are powerful! Hallelujah, this too shall pass.

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