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S.O.A.P August 2, 2017

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August 2, 2017

Read: 1 Samuel 17:32-58

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Scripture- 1 Samuel 17:39b-40- “I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again. He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.

Observations- Saul, wanting to help David prepare for the battle with Goliath, attempted to outfit young, scrawny David in the typical attire of an Israelite warrior of the day. It was too much. Not only didn't it fit properly, but it wasn't in line with his gifts and graces to engage the tough battle ahead. David humbly declined the offer of what clearly wouldn't help him in the fight, and took up what he knew best- 5 smooth stones and and a sling. Using the way God had wired him would prove to be enough for David to defeat the giant. 

Application- Goliath was evil and brutal. Saul was reluctant and anxious. David was comfortable in his own skin and strategic about the best ways for him to defeat the giant with the gifts God had given him. When we step into a new position to which God has called us we can never "wear anyone else's shoes;" instead we can only wear the shoes that are the right fit for us. As you grow closer to God, He is already uniquely preparing you to face your giants in battle with just the right weapons for who you are in Christ. 

Prayer- (by John Baillie- 1886-1960) Grant, O Father, that I may go about this day's business with an ever-present remembrance of the great traditions wherein I stand and the great cloud of witnesses which at all times surround me, that thereby I may be kept from evil ways and inspired to high endeavor. So keep me until evening in the might of Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen. 

"If God is for us, who can ever be against us?" (Romans 8:31b),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P August 1, 2017

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August 1, 2017

Read: 1 Samuel 17:1-31

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Scripture- 1 Samuel 17:25a- “Have you seen the giant?” the men asked. “He comes out each day to defy Israel."

Observations- Upon seeing Goliath and hearing his taunts and mockery of the Israelite forces none of Saul's soldiers felt compelled to engage him in battle. They saw this huge obstacle standing right in front of them, and even from a significant distance, they wanted no part of dealing with Goliath. Young David looked and really saw the giant with different eyes- the eyes of faith.

Application- David saw the same giant in Goliath that all of the other soldiers saw; he just had a different vision for what the future held and Who held it. There will always be 9 foot giants in our lives that will present seemingly impassable obstacles, barriers we can't possibly get through in our own power, but God is greater than all of our negative giants. Defining reality doesn't mean we declare Goliath "no big deal;" rather it means we acknowledge in faith that our God is bigger than all of our problems.  

Prayer- Lord, I have encountered giants before, and You've been with me in love and mercy leading me every step of the way. It's not that the barriers and obstacles aren't a big problem; they are a big deal, but I'm grateful that You've seen me through each time. Help my faith grow to trust You more and more on this journey that together- You, me, and the Body of Christ- can do far more than we think or imagine, in Jesus' name. Amen.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9),

Pastor Jamie

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