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Goliath

One of the most well-known stories in the Bible is the story of David and Goliath. It is used today in a business context as "David," the small business, defeats "Goliath," the dominant business, to grow and succeed. It is used in sports, education, and many other contexts. We all have our Goliath. It could be an illness, a job, a responsibility, a fear within us that threatens and discourages us and seeks to defeat us. Let's see what we can learn from this ancient story. Like David's need for five stones, there are five essential "stones" for your battles with your Goliath. One is the stone of confidence. He said, "The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." (1 Samuel 17:37) David's attitude was positive as he faced off with the giant. He made no room for defeat in his mind. Second is the stone of experience. David had indeed fought a lion and a bear …

What God Wants

We consider our own needs every day. We ponder what we want and how we can get it. We envision and it brings desire to our hearts to obtain. This is all normal and quite routine but have you considered what God wants? God who has fashioned the universe, and in it the earth upon which we live, is ever with us, so what does He want from us? Solomon realized that "the prayer of the upright pleases Him." (Proverbs 15:8) Prayer is the means of communicating with God. He who abides by our side wants to be brought into every thought, decision and action within our lives whether it involves fear, joy, or concern. God wants us to talk with Him about it. Further, God wants us to walk in His ways; in fact He "loves those who pursue righteousness." (Proverbs 15:9) He knows this will bring the best end for us. He knows that it will bring peace, true love and joy inside us. He is honored, as any father is, when His children do that which is right. And there is one more thing Go…

Taking Jesus at his Word

How many people take you at your word? That is, when you say you are going to do something, who believes you? Having people take you at your word means over the course of your interactions with them you have proven yourself to be trustworthy enough so that they believe that you will do what you say you are going to do. This is important for a leader as well as all those under leadership. A certain royal official had a son who lay sick at Capernaum. He knew Jesus was nearby so he went to him and asked him to come heal his son. “Jesus replied, ‘You may go. Your son will live.’ The man took Jesus at his word and departed.” (John 4:50) He initially asked for Jesus' presence in his home but when Jesus confidently stated that his son is completely back to health (that’s what the Greek words indicate here), although he was 16 miles away from his son, the man took Jesus at his word. He believed Jesus, and trusted what he was saying was true. Here it is, the truth for us today…Jesus is not…

Ever Watching

Mothers are noted to have "eyes in the back of their heads" because they seem to know what their children are doing all the time. The movie Eagle Eye shared the story of a computer that could access all manner of information sources to see people and to instruct them how to act under its direction. Person of Interest, the TV series, uses all information resources to watch the people of New York and a band of unique players with access to this information seeks to protect those under threat of death. All-encompassing awareness is the theme here but is it as good as God's awareness? Solomon penned this sobering yet comforting thought, “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3) God is always watching; seeing what is happening. Nothing gets past Him. Psalm 107 expresses this in five different scenarios: in the desert (1-9), in a prison (10-16), in their rebellion (17-22), on the sea (23-32), and in the promise land (33-…