Giant-killers: 4

‘The Lord, who saved me from the lion and the bear, will save me from this.’ 1 Samuel 17:37 GWT

David prevailed because he understood the power of past successes. He told King Saul, ‘The Lord, who saved me from the lion and the bear, will save me from this Philistine.’ Observe:

(1) Giant-killers build on past successes. A series of successes builds our faith and allows us to find the mix of ‘God-confidence’ and ‘self-confidence’ we need to become unstoppable. Without self-confidence, we fail to recognise God’s gifts to us. Without God-confidence, we fail to recognise the limits of those gifts. 2 Samuel 3:1 NKJV says, ‘Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. But David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.’ David understood that every time you put a win on the board, or an enemy under your feet, your confidence in God and yourself grows.

(2) Giant-killers create their own style. David couldn’t wear Saul’s armour—and you can’t operate in someone else’s gift. You have your own weapon, your own armour, and your own style. You are uniquely equipped to conquer your giant. David conquered Goliath with a slingshot. Moses parted the Red Sea with a shepherd’s staff. Paul conquered disease and demonic oppression with a handkerchief. For Peter, power over sickness was released through his shadow, and many times, Jesus simply ‘spoke the word’. Resist the urge to ‘wear Saul’s armour’ and quietly wear the wardrobe God has given you. Stay in your gifting. Stay in your assignment. This winning combination of building on past successes and creating your own style will arm you with confidence and creativity—two of a giant-killer’s secret weapons.

SoulFood: Exo 20:14, Pro 6:23–35, Matt 5:27–28, John 8:1–11

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Today’s Readings

Exodus 20:14 ()

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14 “You shall not commit adultery.

Proverbs 6:23–35 ()

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23   For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light,
    and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,
24   to preserve you from the evil woman,
    from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.
25   Do not desire her beauty in your heart,
    and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes;
26   for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread,
    but a married woman hunts down a precious life.
27   Can a man carry fire next to his chest
    and his clothes not be burned?
28   Or can one walk on hot coals
    and his feet not be scorched?
29   So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife;
    none who touches her will go unpunished.
30   People do not despise a thief if he steals
    to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
31   but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold;
    he will give all the goods of his house.
32   He who commits adultery lacks sense;
    he who does it destroys himself.
33   He will get wounds and dishonor,
    and his disgrace will not be wiped away.
34   For jealousy makes a man furious,
    and he will not spare when he takes revenge.
35   He will accept no compensation;
    he will refuse though you multiply gifts.

Matthew 5:27–28 ()

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27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

John 8:1–11 ()

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8:1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”]]

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