Monday, March 28, 2011

For the Bold & Audacious Only: No "Milk" Drinkers Allowed

David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”...David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head."... 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.” [1 Samuel 17: 32 & 45-47]  

And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan.  He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’  tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’  For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. [Joshua 4:20- 23]

This message is not for those who have not been weened from "milk" (1 Corin. 3:2)...
It is not for those that are still "infants" in their walk with Christ (1 Corin. 3:1)...
It is surely not for those who are passively complacent and comfy where they are...

This message IS for the BOLD & AUDACIOUS!
This IS for those who are ready to move on to diet of "solids"!!
This message IS SURELY for those who are ready to EXPERIENCE GOD'S OMNIPOTENCE in a MIGHTY WAY!!!

From the beginning, before God ever called the Sun to shine and the Moon to govern the night, God had a good plan mapped out for each of us; one that provided for us to enjoy our lives on this Earth abundantly and to the fullest (John 10:10).  God's plans for us did not end with just surviving, "trying to make it through", and simply struggling.  He intended for us to have a fruitful and prosperous life, and still does.

The deal is, in order for us to enjoy this life in an abundant way, it will require us to trust in God completely, to recall what He's already done in our lives, and often for us to take a HUGE step of faith into what may seem like territory that is TOO BIG for LITTLE US!  And the problem is, when we shrink back from taking these steps and trusting God, we forfeit ABUNDANCE and VICTORY beyond what we could ever imagine.

If you recall David from the Bible, physically he was no one to be feared by Goliath (who was of a gigantic stature of over 9 feet).  David was the youngest of 8 boys and had spent most of his days tending to sheep; he had never been trained to war, nor ever fought in any military battle.  Thus far, every other Israelite soldier had run in fear whenever they saw this man; except David.  What was in David that was not in the Israelite soldiers who were trained to fight?  What strength did David have that no other had?  What did David know that apparently no one else did?

Yes, David was young and he was no soldier! BUT what David knew that HE HAD was a POWERFUL GOD and one whom had already provided him with a great track record of victory...David had a past testimony of God's strengths and abilities. David had FAITH!

David wasn't crazy...He in no way considered his own size, strength, abilities, or resources!!!  INSTEAD recalled how his God has rescued him from the paw of the his God had rescued him from the paw of the his God had given him the ability to slay both that lion and that bear...SO SURELY, his God would "rescue (him) from the hand of this Philistine", Goliath!  David pulled faith and strength out of his remembrance of what God had done for him in the past.  And though conquering Goliath may presented itself as a grander feat, David felt confident that if God has done it for him before, HE COULD and WOULD DO IT FOR HIM AGAIN!

If we are seeking to live an exciting and enjoyable life of victories and abundance, we are going to have to be bolder and more audacious in Christ as small, young David was.  We will have to build "memorials" in our minds to remind of the miraculous that God has already done in our lives, or even in that of others around us, in order to propel us to take a huge step out in faith and "run quickly before the battle line" to meet our Goliaths.  We will have to look ahead at what seems like a GIGANTIC threat and/or obstacle before "little", incapable, unskilled us, and be bold and audacious enough to look past ourselves, see our God who is GREATER and SURELY ABLE, and then "sign-up" to take down that giant thing!  We will only begin to see victory after victory, and miracle after miracle when we trust that our God is POWERFUL, ABLE, and FAITHFUL to do it AGAIN...and we then step out with our "sling-shots", "in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel" knowing that He will conquer the battle FOR US!

He has brought us this far by faith...Build a mental memorial of His goodness and past deliverances


Mad Luv~ Teri

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