Daily Devotional for Friday July 31, 2020
A war most true followers of Christ aren’t prepared for!
(1 Samuel 17:11, 26, 34-37, 49-51)
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, give me Your strength to stand for Your Truth no matter what the cost. It is easy to call myself a follower of Jesus, but when confronted, when challenged, when faced with persecution, will I still say I am a follower of Jesus? I love You Lord and ask for Your strength so no matter what I have to endure for my faith, I will stand firm. In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: A war most true followers of Christ aren’t prepared for! Before we send our brave troops into a war setting, we prepare them. We prepare them mentally. We prepare them physically. We prepare them tactically. We would never just put them in a uniform, give them a weapon, and put them on the front lines. That would be sending them to their death!!! For 21 yrs online, 17 yrs on the TV program, I have railed against and lambasted the gutless pastors of this generation. Why? Because of this very moment we are in right now! While the majority of pastors spend their time raising money and use Sunday morning to entertain their congregations, they have not been doing one of their most important jobs...TRAINING AND EQUIPPING THE SAINTS FOR BATTLE!!! It is not the fault of a large percentage of Christians who are afraid to speak up, afraid to take a stand. NOBODY HAS TAUGHT THEM, TRAINED THEM, OR PREPARED THEM TO DO BATTLE!!! We have been in a war for our culture over the past 4 decades. We have been losing that war because the only side really fighting has been the soldiers of satan. For the most part, Christ’s army hasn’t even been on the battlefield. In fairness, there has been a remnant doing their best to battle the demons of hell. Sadly, they are only a fraction of Christ’s followers. Now, we are in a battle for our faith and for our nation! Over 50% of our churches around the nation are literally closed, and have been for 5 months! The minions of satan are trying to shut down Christianity in this nation. Anarchists are bringing violence to many of our cities to literally destroy them so they can be rebuilt in their satanically inspired image. We have a major political party that no longer loves our nation, they only want the power to neuter us to become part of a Godless global community that seeks to control the people by stripping us of the freedoms so many have given their lives to protect over the past 244 years. THE ENEMY IS ON OUR SOIL, TAKING TERRITORY, AND VIRTUALLY UNOPPOSED!!! The good news is that God’s people have been under attack before and with God’s help have defeated their enemies. General George Washington led a rag tag army that was totally unprepared for war and defeated the world’s greatest military power of that day with God’s help. MY FRIEND, THE WAR IS ON FOR OUR FAITH AND THIS NATION! GOD NEEDS EACH ONE OF HIS CHILDREN TO PICK UP THEIR MUSKET AND FIGHT!!! “For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory." Deuteronomy 20:4
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As you read these words today, I know that at some point in your life you will have to battle Goliath. One of the reasons I exhort you each day to stay close to the Lord through time in prayer and the Word, through being in church to get that spiritual nourishment, to be in fellowship with other Believers, to find ways to serve God, is because we all have those sentinel moments in life when we will have to fight Goliath. At that moment you will either cower in your tent and refuse to fight like the armies of Israel and let your fear defeat you, or you will confidently go onto the battlefield knowing that victory is already yours like David did.
The word I want you to hear for your life today is that you will one day have to fight Goliath. It is not a matter of if, only when. Listen to me very closely now. You don't defeat Goliath when you actually fight him, you defeat Goliath before you ever step onto the battlefield. This is very deep so let me say it again and listen carefully. You don't defeat Goliath when you actually fight him, you defeat Goliath before you ever step onto the battlefield! Let me explain.
When you step onto the battlefield to fight Goliath, you are not going to have time to learn how to fight, you are not going to have time to come up with a strategy how to defeat the giant, you are not going to have time to develop the faith and trust in God to lead you to victory. These are all the things you better already know and have. If you don't, it is no wonder why you would be afraid and are defeated before your battle with Goliath even begins.
Look at David. When he walked onto the battlefield with Goliath, he KNEW he would be victorious. How did he know that? He had fought battles in the past and had been victorious. When he was guarding his father's sheep, he battled with a lion and won. When he was guarding his father's sheep, he battled with a bear and won. David had been in battle before. He knew how to fight. More important, he had developed a great faith in God who gave him the strength to win those battles.
So when David was preparing to fight Goliath, he already knew that the same God who delivered him from the paw of the bear, the same God who delivered him from the paw of the lion, was the very same God who would deliver him from the Philistine giant Goliath!!!
This is why I stress to you so often how critical it is to be in the Word every day, to be in prayer every day, to fellowship with other Believers, to be in church and be fed spiritually, to find ways to serve the Lord. All of these things you do each and every day help build you up spiritually and strengthen your faith, while you fight the daily battles of life and God leads you to victory. That way when you have your showdown with a real giant like Goliath, you can go into that battle with the confidence and knowledge that the same God who has led you to victory in the past is the very same God who will lead you to victory today.
I love you and care about you so much. My word for you today is PREPARE! Prepare now for your battle with Goliath. It is not a matter of if that battle will happen, it is only a matter of when. The time to win that battle is now before it ever happens. Faithfully pray each day, faithfully read the Word each day, faithfully fellowship with other Believers, faithfully go to church to be fed spiritually, faithfully serve God. It is your faithfulness NOW that will lead you to victory when you fight Goliath.
I will be praying for you. Praying for you to know VICTORY in your life over those day-to-day battles we all face. It is watching God lead you to those daily victories that will give you the confidence and faith to trust Him when the major battles arise. God is a God of VICTORY.
Let me leave you with this Truth. The same God who led you to victory over your battles 10 years ago, the same God who led you to victory over your battles 5 years ago, the same God who led you to victory over your battles last year, the same God who led you to victory over your battles last month, is the VERY SAME GOD who will lead you to victory over your battles tomorrow and lead you to victory when you fight Goliath!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,