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How To Slay Your Giants

How To Slay Your Giants. Christian Women Blog

Almost everyone can say they have heard the story of the young shepherd boy David who against all odds fought the Philistine giant Goliath and wins {1 Samuel 17}. As children it is one of the first stories you learn about in Sunday School. I would dare say it is probably one of the most recognized stories in the Bible. Why is this particular story so retold compared to lets say the story of the 40 Jews who had plotted to kill Paul in an ambush {Acts 23}? Like so many stories written in the Word these are stories of strength, trusting God, and determination.

The story of David and Goliath, like so many others, is a story of overcoming doubt and trusting God against all odds. Forty days and nights Goliath, the Philistine giant, came before the Israelite army and caused them to run away in fright. Goliath shouted challenges and threats to the people of Israel over and over, sending fear thought the army – all the way up the ranks; reaching even King Saul. The constant badgering from this mighty giant caused them to doubt their abilities, run away full of fear, and hey refused to stand up and fight. Then onto the scene walks a young boy who’s job is to tend sheep and bring food to his brothers who are there in battle! Most of those present that day saw Goliath as a giant ready to take them out, with no way they could defeat him. David however, saw a mere mortal man who was defying his God; whom he loved so much. In the natural realm the odds were stacked against him, however David knew God and how faithful He was. His faith in God and God’s abilities gave David the courage to fight. David trusted God because God had shown himself faithful to David in the past.

David could have had several thoughts: 1) “God has been there and helped me against all odds before when I came against a lion and a bear and took them out.” Or even 2) “Goliath was too big of a target to miss, so why not!” I believe when others saw a giant too big to fight; David saw a target too big to miss!

We all at some point in our life come against “giant” odds. Those battles that seem too big for us. However, we are given this wonderful account of David’s life so we can choose how to react.

All the accounts written in the Word of God are true. Not fables, but true accounts of normal ordinary people like you and I. They faced giants, trials, setbacks, and discouraging situations just like we do. However, our giant does not come with a shield and a sword, it can be sickness, debt, sorrow, fear, etc. We may feel as if we are overwhelmed by our doubts. But like David we must remember:

1) God has done it before and He can and will do it again. He is able to help you and bring you out no matter what the odds are!

2) God is bigger no matter the size of our “giant target!” He is bigger than any problem, sickness, disease, or debt you face!

We have a choice, we can choose to run in fear. We can pace and worry about how, when, and why. Or we can do as David did and trust our God; knowing He will never leave us and never forsake us.

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” {Hebrews 13:5-6}

Through our constant faith in Him – like David had, we too, will be able to overcome and slay our “giant!”

{Want more devotions? I’m A Sword Wielding Devil Slayer; Declaring the Word of God and Taking Back What the Devil Stole from Me!}

What Assurance Do You Have?

sandra hersey. live life out loud. keys to victorious faith.

Remember those commercials on TV which tell us how we are in a good place – protected by their product or service if we would only buy what they are selling? I recall these advertisements telling us “like a good neighbor State Farm is there,” and one which assures us; “we’ve got you covered.”

As a child of the Most High King we have the best assurance of all – Jesus Assurance! Jesus assured us in John 14:13 “Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do…” Jesus assures us we can ask – we have been given permission to ask the Father using His name! In this world of doubt, lack, and sickness we see fear running ramped. We must come against fear with the Word of God. We ask in the Name of Jesus and it SHALL be done! If we have needs which must be met, then we come asking in Jesus Name! God is a God who is the giver of good things, every good and perfect gift comes from Heaven (James 1:17).

Now I am a big advocate against the “help me, do for me” prayers we so often like to give. We rush into a time of prayer and give our “grocery or to do list” to God and out the door we run. Then we allow words to come out all day long which go against the Word of God all together. We speak of lack in our lives, we talk about being sick, we get out of love with the person we work with, and complain about this, that or the other. All the while we are sabotaging our lives. Our words are the seeds in our lives. What seeds we sew with our mouth will come to pass!

We are to set ourselves to seek God as Jehoshaphat did in 2 Chronicles 20. Starting in verse 6 is what I consider a model way of praying. Jehoshaphat began praising God for who He is. Praising God for what He has done. Then Jehoshaphat asked God to move on their behalf! Of course at that time Jesus had not come, so Jehoshaphat did not pray in Jesus Name, but this is where we are to ask in the Name of Jesus. Notice then the Holy Spirit moved on the people of Judah and spoke to them. We are so busy and rushing through our prayer time that we do not even wait to hear what the Holy Spirit has to tell us! We are to set ourselves to seek God, praising Him, worshiping Him, thanking Him, then asking in Jesus Name, and waiting for Him to give us our instructions for the day. Then we go out standing on what the Word says and speaking over our lives as the Word says, we are healed, we are not in lack, we are blessed children of God!

Jesus loves you. He came to this earth for you. He died for you. He took stripes on His back for your sickness and diseases so you do not have to carry them! He gave it all for you! What are you needing right now? Ask the Father in Jesus powerful and precious name and He will do it for you! You have been given the best assurance anyone can give you – Jesus Assurance!

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Are You Coming Out Gold

sandra hersey. live life out loud. keys to victorious faith

Day after day we hear the media flood our minds with pictures of recession, lack, trials, and tribulations. We find everywhere we go, whether it be the grocery store or the department store, people talk about trials and hard times. However, the Word of God never promises us a life without trials. But God does promise us He is our provider and protector! He does promise us that we will have the victory if we know his Word and stand on it!

1 Peter 1:7 says, “that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Our faith is going to be tested by trials and tribulations – God’s instruction manual for overcoming tells us that plainly. But the good news is that the faith we have gained because of our trail is more valuable than gold! We can only gain this valuable faith by walking through the trial. The trial comes in order to remove the impurities of our carnal man; just like gold is refined in order to remove it’s impurities. We go through the fiery furnace and come out as gold; more valuable than gold the Word says!

You are a priceless possession to your Heavenly Father, you are far more precious than gold to Him, He wants only the best for you. As you walk through this trail He is there with you, He is the goldsmith watching over the refining fire to see impurities removed out of you and a pure, precious jewel more valuable than gold coming forth!

Rise Up Out Of Your Situation!

sandra hersey. live life out loud. keys to victorious faith.

This past weekend has probably been one of the best Easter Seasons I have ever had. Taking the time to really think on what Jesus did, taking the time to think about how the mother of Jesus and the disciples who loved him must have felt as the watched them crucify Jesus. Then on the third day Jesus defeated death, hell, and the grave when He rose up and came knocking at the gates of hell to take the keys from Satan!

Rumor had spread while Jesus was alive to the religious leaders that Jesus had said he would indeed rise on the third day. Even though these leaders did not believe what Jesus had said, they were not so sure the followers or disciples of Jesus would not come and somehow steal Jesus body and then “say” he rose from the dead. With temple guards standing watch over the tomb and the official wax seal of Pilate sealing the stone door shut once and for all, they felt there would be no way for anyone to get in; but they did not ever think about Jesus rising up and getting out! Hallelujah!

The devil is not up to any new tactics, in fact he does not have anything new; all he ever does is just a repeat of what he has already done! He gives spiritual assignments to his cohorts to stand guard over you and your life; keeping away as many miracles and blessings he is allowed to. (Notice I said allowed here, we have power and authority over the enemy and All his plans!) The devil does not want you to think you can rise up out of your situation in victory. He does not want you to know you have been healed by the stripes Jesus took on his back, he does not want you to know Jesus took over poverty and lack. The devil wants you to think your situation is dead and at a loss. And he (if we allow him) puts his wax seal over our situation to keep us from having the victory that Jesus ALREADY died for! He wants to prevent your miracle, your provision, and your breakthrough!!!

When we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior we are made a new creation in Christ Jesus, we inherit the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and we can use it in prayer against the enemy. The value of the authority rests on the power that is behind the authority; God Himself IS the power behind our authority! The devil and his forces are obliged to recognize our authority!!!

You have a right to stand against the enemy in Jesus Name, your situation cannot stand under the Name of Jesus, so allow Jesus to come into your tomb and bring you out! In Jesus name you can rise up out of your situation!

Mother May I

Mother May I? Giving us permission as women of God. Keys to victorious faith. Inspirational BlogThe other day I was thinking back to when I was a young girl and used to love to play games with my siblings and my cousins next door. We would head outside after breakfast and stay outside until dinner; never once wanting to go inside. If there is one thing children know how to do; they know how to have fun. Even as an adult when I pass a park I always watch what the children are doing; they are always having tons of fun as they run, jump, and skip all over the park. The problem with us as adults is that we have lost that childlike enthusiasm and exuberance to be happy and excited about simple things in life. But we can still have that excitement in our lives; we just need to know it is perfectly okay to do so.

If I were to ask people what they think life is about most would say it is about being happy and being fulfilled. We can start living the lives we have always dreamed about but we must first believe we deserve it; especially as women. As women we are always there to help others, do for others, and put others before ourselves. We do not always feel as a mom that we should go before our children, or as a co-worker that we should outrank someone else. Women’s nature is to nurture; that is why we do not feel we deserve to be put first. Far too many of us have far too little fun; work, family, church, school, etc seem to take up most of our days.

We need to find the courage and give ourselves permission to live the life we have always dreamed about. Remember when we used to play the game “Mother May I?” To play the game we had to ask permission before we could take the next step. Our life is still like that now; we need to ask “mother may I” and then step out into our lives!

We need to once again find the magic that once made our life very special as children. These extraordinary feelings are still hidden inside of us; we simply need to unleash them once again. We need to find our unique place in life; that distinctive niche that enables us to be our best and do our best. When we begin passionately pursuing those activities that we love to do, we will find our special niche waiting for us.

There are plenty of good times and good things waiting to happen for us, we just need to open up and let them happen. Once we find all of the fun, happiness and excitement life has to offer, we need to make certain that we keep these magical moments close to our heart. Wherever and whenever we find something worth keeping, we need to grab it with every ounce of strength we can muster and then hold on tight and never let it go.

We will uncover new opportunities, discover new horizons, and have more fun than we ever imagined was possible when we play a little game of “Mother May I” every day for the rest of your lives.

{Want more devotions? I’m A Sword Wielding Devil Slayer; Declaring the Word of God and Taking Back What the Devil Stole from Me!}

Cling Free Relationships

how to have cling free relationships. Live life out loud

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother.” Genesis 2:24

God said, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” God said that to Adam and Eve, the first two people on earth, who had neither father nor mother to leave, nor children, yet, to leave them.

Have your children left home? If so, you’ve discovered that you don’t adjust overnight to your sense of loss. After all, you’ve invested yourself, your time, your labor, your love, your faith and your hopes in them. They’re your most precious possessions, your pride and joy; now they’re leaving and taking a big chunk of you with them. The empty nest can be both shocking and depressing. But it’s been Life 101, ever since Eden. That’s why God laid it out for Adam and Eve so early in the parenting game. Knowing that one of the hardest parts of parenting is letting go, God was saying, “Letting go takes time. Start preparing yourself now, before you have children.”

Our kids are born leaving! From their first steps, they’re on an outbound orbit, returning periodically to tank up on reassurance (or funds) and leaving again to become their “own person,” couple or family as God intended. So begin early, “letting out the line,” gradually increasing their freedom as they can handle responsibility. God gives us two principles for a healthy marriage in Genesis 2:24: leaving and cleaving. Your child must leave you in order to cleave to the partner God is giving them. So invest in their happiness by having your own life and letting them have theirs. Making it easier for them makes it easier on you!

Reprinted from Jentezen Franklin’s Blog

What Kind of Friend Should We Be?

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Do you recall the story of David and his friend Jonathan? I love how 1 Samuel 23:16 tells us Jonathan strengthened David in God! Jonathan’s father was King Saul who was aggressively trying to KILL Jonathan’s friend – David. Yet, Jonathan stepped in and encouraged his friend and helped him to be delivered from his enraged father. Jonathan did not take his friendship he had established with David lightly; he was taking a huge risk by helping his father’s archenemy. However, Jonathan went to his friend David to strengthen him in God because the two friends shared a fervent love for their Heavenly Father. Jonathan encouraged David to continue to walk with the Lord and to trust that he would one day be King. Jonathan was the king’s son, so he should have been next in line to be king; however Jonathan was content to take second place beside David because he knew it was God’s will.

All throughout the Bible we see account after account of friendships being told; friendships are a part of God’s plan for our lives. It is our duty to make sure we seek to be a friend to others. Jesus was always reaching out to others. He wants us to be loyal, respectful, sensitive, an encourager, nurturing, and even pray for our friends. We all long to love and be loved, that is how our Heavenly Father created us.

I want to share with you the Ten Commandments of Friendship:

1. Speak to People. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word or greeting.

2. Smile at People. It takes 72 muscles to frown, but only 14 to smile!

3. Call People by Name. The sweetest music to anyone’s ear is the sound of his or her own name.

4. Be Friendly and Helpful. If you would have friends, be friendly.

5. Be Cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do were a real pleasure.

6. Be Genuinely Interested in People. You can like everyone if you try.

7. Be Generous with Praise, Cautious with Criticism. Praise will win out when it comes to gaining friends.

8. Be Considerate of the Feelings of Others. It will be appreciated.

9. Be Thoughtful of the Opinions of Others. People love their opinions as they do their own children, calling them ugly won’t get you anything but anger.

10. Be Alert to Give Service. What counts most in life is what we do for others!
~ Author Unknown
“A real friend is one who helps us to think our best thoughts, do our noblest deeds, and be our finest selves.” ~ Albert M. Wells Jr.