‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. ‘
2 Corinthians 1:3-7
2 Samuel 5:17-20
David Defeats the Philistines
“When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. But David heard of it and went down to the stronghold. Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim. And David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?” And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.” And David came to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. And he said, “The Lord has broken through my enemies before me like a breaking flood.” Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim.”
Been reading a lot about David lately because I’ve been blown away by his story and the way he lives and walks out his relationship with the Lord. He faced so many “Giants” in his life and God delivered him time and time again. Why did he receive so much of God’s delivering power? Because God received all of him. David was in full submission to God’s plan, purpose, and will for his life so it showed in the way he lived. As soon as he found out about the Philistines plan, he didn’t say “Well I’m a gifted warrior,” running straight into battle using his own gifts and power. He ran straight to the Lord, seeking out council on his situation. He gave it to the Lord and the Lord answered, giving David the armor, power, and confidence to deliver him past his enemies. The coolest part about these verses, I wondered what “Baal-perazim” meant, looked it up and it means “God of the breakthrough.” Pretty cool right?!? No matter how well we think we can use our gifts to get us through, no one is more interested in the use of our gifts than the one who gave them. I’m amazed at David’s character and confidence but I’m even more amazed that I serve the same God, that equipped and delivered men like David. Knowing that, I have no doubt that I can walk and live out my relationship with the Lord with supreme confidence, not because of who I am, but because of the God I serve. God of the breakthrough. We all can!
We’re back in the “warrior” series this Wednesday! Hope you’re all geared up and ready for pt.2 of the warrior series! From deep in the mines, pastor Craig Groeschel from Life Church, has an awesome and powerful message for you today! If you missed part 1, go check out last week’s “mid-week mining” to get caught up on this Gold!!!
I can’t even begin to explain how these messages have shaped my faith and impacted my relationship with the Lord after hearing them! I am praying that these messages will impact your faith and stir your heart even more so than it did me!!! If you are driving to or from work, have some free time at home, whatever it is, open up this video and give it a listen! I promise you won’t be disappointed. So often we can find ourselves feeling defeated and living a very comfortable life. In these messages you’ll see that God called you for more than defeat and comfortable, He called you to be a WARRIOR!!! Get ready to fight and get ready to be hit by some big time truths that will move you off the sidelines and into the fight we have before us!!!
‘No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.’
Just wanted to share a quick thought with you today. Read these verses recently in my quiet time and I found myself feeling pretty convicted. Why is that? Jesus says here that “we are the light of the world!” When we are children of God and have a relationship with Jesus where He is literally residing inside of us through His Spirit, that is the light that Jesus has given us access to, it’s the light he has given us access to be.
Where I stood convicted with these verses and where you may find yourself also, if we are the “light of the world,” then why so often in our lives do we live with this light of Jesus in our lives hidden under a basket?
When I first read this I thought, oh okay, Jesus is calling us to share the Gospel and witness to people, that’s what he means by “let your light shine to others.” But when looking deeper, Jesus isn’t limiting what His light shining through us will look like. Witnessing and sharing Jesus with others, “letting our light shine,” that can be seen in every area of our lives, in every action we make and word we speak. I felt convicted because so often I find myself completely consumed with “me.” You know what I mean. I’m worried about this or that going on in my life, or I’m focused on what I want or what I need, so often my mind is revolving around me, myself, and I. Even when I am struggling with something, I am so filled with thoughts and focus being on my weakness and my struggle, I even catch myself praying, “God help me, God do this or God do that.” In the many examples that could be used to why our light is covered up, like it’s hidden under a basket, our own selfishness is definitely one of the biggest to look at.
Think about it, when you’re focused on you, who are you thinking about serving? Who are you thinking about helping, encouraging, or being an example to? Yes, the answer is YOU!! But this is what comes from focusing on self instead of Jesus, we find so often that our minds and hearts are filled with US but not enough JESUS!!!
What happens when we realize, okay, I don’t have what it takes, I need Jesus. Instead of focusing on us and our problems, our focus turns to Jesus where His heart, His love, compassion and service filled attitude pours out all over our lives into others around us. Instead of even saying, “Jesus help me,” believe in faith that Jesus has already helped you, He has saved you, won the victory for you, set you free from all sin and death, so stop falling for the lies of the enemy that’s covering up your light and believe in Jesus!!!! Have faith that He is with you and He has called you for a purpose, a purpose not to live with the Life that’s He’s placed inside of you hidden but He wants His light to be exposed, uncovered, freely working in your life so that others too can witness the awesome and powerful glory of God at work!!!
If you have a light inside of you, why focus on anything that is going to keep it covered up! Let the light shine because in Jesus, you are the light of the world!!!! Stop dragging around like a poor pitiful victim because the light inside of you says otherwise!!! The light inside of you is like a city on hilltop that can’t help but show up and show out to everyone that comes near!!!! This light inside of you is the light of Jesus, the powerful, victorious light of Jesus Christ!!!! Stop walking around like you don’t have a light of life and victory burning inside of you!!! Let that puppy free!!!!! So the world can see how great and awesome Jesus is!!!
Sometimes the biggest thing covering up our light is ourselves. Stop focusing on you and look to Jesus, the One who has done all that you could never do so others can realize too, that this light is brighter than anything they’ve ever seen!!!!