1 Samuel 17:10-11 Intimidated By The Enemy

Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified. 1 Samuel 17:10-11

Enemies can be found nearly every place that a person goes. Very often there is an enemy that is a bully and does his best to intimidate others in any way that he can. Sometimes this is just someone abusing their authority, while other times it is just being abusive in any way possible. Facing someone like this will often cause a lot of fear for most people.

Goliath openly stated that he defied the armies of Israel and challenged them to a fight. King Saul and all the Israelites were terrified of him.

Seeing or hearing someone who is being a bully can be intimidating for most people. Very few people have the nerve or braveness to stand up against an enemy that appears to be larger and stronger.

The enemy is not always larger and stronger in the physical sense, but can appear to be stronger in knowledge or communication or some other area in life.

Many believers will often be like Saul and the Israelites and back down and cower in fear, being intimidated by the enemy. The world will act like a bully and try to intimidate believers and cause them to fear. Often this is done with words, but at times physically.

No believer is to be afraid since they have God in their lives. God is perfect love and perfect love casts out all fear. He is also greater than anything the world can throw at the believer.

Every believer is to take a stand on God’s word against the enemy. God will give victory as He did with David against Goliath.

There may be some people in your life that strive to intimidate you and get you to doubt God’s word for you. Do not allow their size, position, knowledge, power or anything else to intimidate you.

Know that God is greater than any other person or thing on this earth. Allow God’s perfect love to cast out all the fear of the enemy. Allow the Holy Spirit to give you the boldness and strength to confront and defeat the enemy of your soul.

In the end you will receive eternal life, if you do not back down from the enemy.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the strength and power God has for you; that God will give you boldness to stand up against the enemy; and that you will see God defeat your enemies in His way and time.

Judges 6:28 Going Against The Popular

In the morning when the people of the town got up, there was Baal’s altar, demolished, with the Asherah pole beside it cut down and the second bull sacrificed on the newly built altar! Judges 6:28

Popular trends abound everywhere one goes. People love to do things a certain way and expect everyone to follow that same way. Going against that trend will often cause people to rise up and get violent in various ways.

Very few people will have the courage and boldness to stand up against the current flow in society. They do not want to make everyone angry at them.

Gideon had destroyed the altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole, both things the townspeople followed closely and believed in.

Very few societies will build actual altars to a false god today, but they will build things up that promote sin. Focus and money will be put towards things that are sinful, such a Pride parades, sinful movies, alcohol and more. Events that are sinful against God are promoted.

It is often expected that everyone will go along with the flow and participate in the event. Anyone who goes against it is considered rude, violent, or hateful.

Any city or nation that raises up altars to sin will lose God’s favor. Believers are to be separate from the world and to take up a stand against sin. There will be times when a believer has to be willing to step up and tear down the altars that the world has set up or he has set up in his own life.

When a believer is willing to stand up against altars to sin, there will often be other people who will see the truth and follow along. The courage of one will give boldness to others.

You may have some altars to sin that you have allowed to be set up in your own life. There are definitely some altars to sin in the society you live in.

Begin by being willing to tear down the altars in your own life. Worship and serve God alone. Do not allow sin to rule your life.

Seek God’s direction and wisdom in tearing down the altars in society around you. Be bold in taking down altars in the lives of others. Point people to God, rather than allow them to stay in the false worship leading to death.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal any altars to false gods in your life; that God will give you boldness and strength to tear down false altars; that God will reveal to you altars in society that you must tear down; and that God will be the only one worshipped.

It’s Time To Be Bold (book review)

Title: It’s Time To Be Bold
Author: Michael W. Smith
Publisher: Word Publishing
Date: 1997
Pages: 166

It’s Time To Be Bold (book review)

Michael W. Smith is a very accomplished Christian singer/song writer that has been singing for many years with many of his own songs. Many of his songs are well known by most believers and some have even crossed over to secular charts and popularity. He writes this short book giving a short view of what he believes in. Each chapter deals with a different area of life that is important.

He tells short stories of experiences he has had throughout his musical career. With each story he ties in verses from the Bible and from some of his songs. Overall, he shows what it means to be a believer and what it means to be bold and why it is important.

At the end of each short chapter, he challenges the reader in how to apply what he is talking about. His primary motivation is to point people to Jesus and to live for God by being His witness in this world. He discusses how to find your place in this world and going through tough times. Some of the topics he covers are never being alone, following directions, a listening Father, running into battle and more.

Michael uses many of his own troubles to show as an example of how even he has troubles. You can hear his heart of compassion for people and his desire that they know Jesus.

This is a very short and easy book to read. I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to grow in their faith and belief.

1 Thessalonians 3:4 Don’t Be Surprised When Persecution Comes

In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. 1 Thessalonians 3:4

No one really wants to believe that trouble is going to come their way. Most people are hoping for favor with others and very little to no severe opposition.

Often when one sees trouble ahead, he will turn a different direction to avoid the trouble. Some will continue to boldly move forward in spite of the trouble arising. This movement forward is spurred on by the strong belief in the need to keep moving forward.

Paul reminds the people that he had told them that he would be persecuted and that it actually occurred as he said it would.

One thing that believers can expect is opposition and persecution. The world does not like to be told that they are wrong and are being condemned to die in eternal agony.

The gospel message is one that tells people that they are living in sin and are going to be condemned for eternity. This goes against what the majority of people in the world believe. Since it goes against what they believe, they will fight against it. This fight is persecution.

Jesus, Himself, was persecuted. His followers would be just like Him and also will be persecuted. There is not a place in this world in which there is not some level of persecution against believers. Satan does not want any believer to succeed at all costs. Persecution may be just some words of ridicule, or it may be prison time, or it may even include death threats and acts.

Every believer has been warned of coming persecution, so none should be surprised when it occurs, nor should they back done from passing on the gospel message.

No matter where you live, you will face some persecution for sharing the gospel message. It may be a daily threat, or it may be just a once in a while threat, however, it will come.

Do not be surprised when people come against you for sharing the message of Jesus. Be bold and share the message to everyone. While many may reject the message, there will be some who will hear the message and believe in Jesus.

Do not back done or give in or be surprised when opposition arises to your message.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be bold in sharing the gospel message of Jesus; that God will give you strength in the midst of persecution and opposition; and that many will believe in Jesus due to your message.