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By Lori Rodeheaver

David has just won the great victory over Goliath.  Now, what?

So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. 52 And the men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron, so that the wounded Philistines fell on the way from Shaaraim as far as Gath and Ekron. 53 And the people of Israel came back from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their camp. 54 And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent. ~1 Samuel 17:50-54

Before this victory, God’s people had spent a long time timidly on the defense.  They had been fearful, frozen, and impotent to stand up to the enemy and defend themselves and God’s glory.  They couldn’t even begin to think about acting offensively or pursuing their enemies.  They had little defense and no offense.  

One battle, one man, one victory was all it took to embolden the entire army of God.  Now, they were fearless.  An army who had been stuck standing still, frozen in fear, could now chase their worst enemy!  The enemies were now trying to run away from them!  They confiscated all the worldly advantages their enemies had over them previously.  The tables were turned and they no longer stood timidly on the defense, but courageously and confidently on the offense.  All this, with their champion holding the head of BDMOC – big dead man on campus.

But wait…weren’t the Philistines supposed to surrender and be Israel’s servants now that Goliath was dead?  Remember the deal?

  If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” ~1 Samuel 17:9

But…they fled instead (1 Samuel 17:51).  There’s no honor among thieves.  That’s why you never make deals with the devil.

Finally, after the victory, after the plundering, after the fact, old King Reject begins to inquire about the lowly shepherd who did what he, and everyone in his army, couldn’t do.

 As soon as Saul saw David go out against the Philistine, he said to Abner, the commander of the army, “Abner, whose son is this youth?” And Abner said, “As your soul lives, O king, I do not know.” 56 And the king said, “Inquire whose son the boy is.” 57 And as soon as David returned from the striking down of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. 58 And Saul said to him, “Whose son are you, young man?” And David answered, “I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.” ~1 Samuel 17:55-58

Saul asks who David is.

Um…isn’t this the same guy who’s been playing the music for you and your troublesome spirits, Saul?  Isn’t this the one you yourself sent for?  Didn’t David’s own father, Jesse, send you bread, wine, and even a goat as gifts with this very man?  You know who David is!  Yet, when you meet him face to face after his victory, you pretend not to.  You ask him who he is.  And, graciously, he tells you what you darn well already know.

Perhaps it’s because you don’t want him to be known.  Maybe you don’t want to know him.  Could you be jealous?  Fearful of his ambition?  Insecure about your rejected kingly position?  Once again, Saul, pride stands in the way of your victory.  Get ready to fall.

Saul represents those who act as lord and king over a people whom God never intended them to rule – including, especially self.  Worldly, earthly kings, that is, who deny the true identity of this world’s One True King – Jesus.  These are the jealous ones.  The insecure ones.  The prideful ones, who, though they know Him, deny Christ’s ultimate authority over themselves and others.

Jesus is the one man whose one victory emboldens God’s people.  Likewise, when we, as Christian soldiers, obtain victory through him, we cease to be impotent cowards standing timidly on the defense.  Instead, we begin to pursue our enemies valiantly.

Don’t be a reject.  Be offensive.  Confess the True King today.

Everyday Encounters with the Creator

Posted January 3, 2013 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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By Lori Rodeheaver

“No, I don’t know where I’m going.  But, I sure know where I’ve been.  Hanging on the promises in songs of yesterday.  An’ I’ve made up my mind,  I ain’t wasting no more time.  Here I go again.” ~Evan A. Rogers

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a new year.

No longer am I willing to stand cowering, failing to engage my Goliaths.  No longer am I going to sit with my tail between my legs, boohooing over his taunts and trifling temptations.  No.  I know where that road leads, and, God help me, I refuse to go back.  No more wasted time.  Here I go.  Here’s to a new, different, hopefully much better year.

I may not know where the Lord will take me this year, but I do know one thing – I’m ready to run into battle.  There’s not a chance in hell that it’s a coincidence that today – the very first day of 2013, I come to David’s victory over Goliath in my study.  God’s providence has placed this passage in my lap today to encourage me to be a fighter, a winner, and an overcomer this year.

When the words that David spoke were heard, they repeated them before Saul, and he sent for him. 32 And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, 35 I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. 36 Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.”~1 Samuel 17:31-36

David’s confidence, courage, and faith come from his past experiences.  His past experiences came not from worldly training, but from a vast amount of time spent in the obedient service of his father.

What his brother ridiculed and tried to make him publicly ridiculous for, David owns and proves how honorable and advantageous obedience and service to his father really was.

In that service, his position was low, but his performance and work ethic in it were unmatched.  So outstanding and admirable his diligence within that lowly employment from his father, it qualified him for the most noble task of all men.

Therefore, never should we forget the dire importance of doing all things as though we are serving the Lord.  No matter how low our worldly position, we are employed sovereignly by Our Father.  Let us do so suitably, rightly, and honorably.

37 And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”

38 Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of bronze on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail, 39 and David strapped his sword over his armor. And he tried in vain to go, for he had not tested them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” So David put them off. ~1 Samuel 17:37-39

David’s courage, coupled with his honorable experience, makes him more fit than any man to slay this beast.  Saul recognizes his opportunity and bids him go.  But, still trusting in worldly ways and means, he offers David his armor.

David understands that he cannot use what he has not been previously accustomed to.  The same is true for us.  If we are well-versed in the world and it’s advantages, we will stand with the other 10,000 cowards when the one with the most worldly advantages intimidates us.  It will be little help in our day and age of faithlessness and fear.

If, however, we are well-versed in obedient service to Our Father, how natural and faithfully familiar the deadliest weapons against evil will be in our hands!  Our trust in the victory will be as David’s was – solely dependent upon God, not  worldly advantages.

40 Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine.~1Samuel 17:40

David chooses instead the familiar, faithful tools of his past victories.  He picks up his meager sling and stones and he approaches his enemy confidently.

In verses 42-47, the beast begins to taunt David.  He attempts to psych him out with a pre-battle attack.  Again, David’s past experience with his brother proves sufficient for this encounter.

Because David had self-control enough to answer wisely in a small attack, he has training in godliness and keeps from losing his wits in a great attack.  David responds not by displaying hot-headed temper for temper, but only by displaying his full faith in God.

 When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.~1Samuel 17:48-49

Because of his past obedience, experience submitted to his father’s service, and, most of all, his faith, David is not afraid of this fool.  He runs to meet Goliath and…*plink*…kills him dead.

No sword.  No armor.  No worldly advantage.

So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.~1 Samuel 17:50-51

David prevailed.  David won, and, when he won, all his enemies ran away.  They fled.  Resist the devil and he will flee.

Hello, 2013.  Goodbye, Goliath.  I hope you don’t mind if my Shepherd takes your head with him when I go.

Everyday Encounters with the Creator

Posted January 1, 2013 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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