37 David said, “The Lord, who saved me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of
the bear, will save me from the hand of this Philistine.” So Saul said to
David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you!”
Modern day Christians face a difficult time
explaining and understanding the importance of spirituality in a Christ
centered life. It seems we are experts in becoming Goliath’s of our
education, finances, families, and physical fitness but fall short of the
greatness God has really intended for us.
Spirituality takes trust. From a young age, David understood
and knew that God was in control of his life and that only when he put his
trust in the Lord, could he be certain that victory would be his. David
trusted that God would be there for him when he needed it the most even
when his leaders doubted to see God’s protection. How many of us rely on
our own strength to sustain ourselves rather than submit to God? Do we have
the trust that this shepherd boy had?
Spirituality takes action. Here we see that no one was willing to
fight the giant except a boy without any war experience. Goliath may have
never fallen if David did not act on his spirituality knowing that God
would watch over and guide his sling. Many of us still face the same
Goliath’s day after day and feel like there is nothing to do. Instead of
submitting our battles to the Lord, we are just like the Israelites who sit
and allow the Philistines to have their way. Only when you act and trust in
the Lord can your spirituality be meaningful.
Spirituality takes preparation and recognition. David was placed in
the King’s own armor and given the finest weapons that money could by.
However, David decided to trust not in his sword, but rather in the Lord.
David recognized that there was a problem that needed to be solved. In the most
epic of battles between men, David recognized that his strength
was from the Lord and not from man-made garments. No opposing human or
force can even stand against the Lord.
Dear Lord, Help us to trust in you, act for you, prepare for you, and always recognize that everything we have is from you. Help us to face injustice as David did and to never back down for your glory. In Jesus name. Amen
FOR THE DAY: Are you prepared to face your Goliath today knowing your God is with you?
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
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Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…