If this song doesn’t make you stand up and sing, raise your hands toward heaven, cry, feel the presence of the Holy Spirit fill you to overflowing, or all of these all at once . . . just play it all over again! This is my totally favorite song ever EVER!!!!!
Seems to me that, like David, most of us are facing giants these days. Like David, we seem to be urged to wrap ourselves in the protection that this world offers. How’s that working for you?
1 Samuel 17:37
If you’ve read the other verses from this chapter, you know tiny David was given so much of this world’s protection against his giant that he could scarcely move, much less do the Lord’s will. So, the question becomes, when we like David face a giant and cannot do His will armed as this world provides, what do we do? What David did!
1 Samuel 17:45
45 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.
When we arm ourselves with our trust in the Lord, we need not cover ourselves with pounds and pounds of steel and with machine guns and the like. He has got us covered as nothing in this world ever could.
Where the Lord guides, He provides.
“Prayer is not asking for what you think you want, but asking to be changed in ways you can’t imagine.”
~ Kathleen Norris
Your outlook affects your outcome.
– John Paul Warren –
Is there anyone out there who can argue with the words quoted here from Warren? Surely not, however it is equally true that most of us do not live by this same wisdom. Okay, not every moment of every day, but admit it. When you express a “fine, I give up” mentality, you bring your own day down AND the day of all who are near you as well.
Did you know that the word joy appears in the Bible 187 times? Clearly, dear Christians, there is a message to us in this fact alone. Joy changes things. Joy comes from deep within and it is not dependant on circumstance – it CREATES circumstance! How? Where does this joy come from? Here is my source, and yours as well if you choose:
10Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
It’s about more than just a baseball game!
“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:25
I am researching a writing project and just used a search engine to pull up sites connected to the keywords “reflect Jesus.” As those of us who use search engines know, the first few hits are generally the ones that these services intend to be the most appropriate for our needs.
One of the first hits related to “reflect Jesus” was an ad for a new outfit of clothes. I didn’t go to that site.
Reflect Jesus . . . excuse me? It’s not about fashion.