They say “when it rains, it pours”—and I am soaking wet! I have had some challenges, setbacks, roadblocks, and GOLIATHS threatening my peace, my sanity, my bank accounts, and sometimes I just want to run away from the battlefield.
Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified. Whenever the Israelites saw the man, they all fled from him in great fear. (1 Samuel 17:10-11, 24 NIV)
I have had a GOLIATH threaten my job’s success and security. If we don’t recruit over a hundred students for our program before school lets out for the summer, we could risk losing our funding. I’ve had a GOLIATH threaten my finances. My escrow has increased, therefore threatening my monthly mortgage to insanely rise. I had a GOLIATH threaten the safety and life of my 9-month of nephew who recently just had head surgery. I also had GOLIATHS threaten my family, block my path and try to make me lose my faith and patience. I have been anxious, worried, emotional, drained and just ready for it to all be over. I have tried to figure it out and work it out, but I still can’t come up with solutions. I have even tried to stand neutral on the battlefield and not fight with the thought that it’ll all just work itself out.
However, God gave me a heart of perseverance. I get worn out, I get beat up, I get dragged through the mud but I get back up and get back out onto the field. Even if I have to drag my anxious flesh, I am getting back on the field and I will fight; after all God doesn’t require or expect me to use my own feeble strength, but His strength.
David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” (1 Samuel 17:32 NIV)
Afterall, God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but that of power, love and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV) My nephew is doing well now, surgery was successful; however, I still have some GOLIATHS trying to mock me and intimidate me in other areas. Although I have been uncomfortable and shaken at times, I am not discouraged. It seems that God can bring you peace in the midst of a storm and although it is pouring down, I see a bright sun shining my way.
All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. (1 Sam 17:47-49 NIV)
Thank You that the battle is not mine; it is Yours, and although I am on the battlefield, it is You that fights. You are my strength and my shield. I thank You that You will never leave me nor forsake me so I will not be afraid because You are with me. I thank You for bringing me peace in the midst of the storm. Through Your grace, I have been able to spend time with You, experience Your presence and feel Your joy amongst the GOLIATH’S threats. Thank You that with You I have VICTORY! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to wipe the sweat off your brow and exhale! Trust God and surrender it all to Him. He will fight your battles; He will provide you with the slingshot to take down the GOLIATHS in your life. Just saturate in His Word and hold on to your faith for the slingshot is your faith and the rock is His Word. Flick it and trust God to perform for His Word cannot return back to Him void.
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Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program. She help assists Chicago public high school students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a Compassion Person and Encourager and so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.