Devotional by Kristen StantonÂ
I Samuel 17:46 Â â€œThis day will the LORD deliver you into my hand; and I will smite you, and take your head from you; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the Earth; that all the Earth may know that there is a God in Israel.â€
Have you ever faced an obstacle that seemed insurmountable? Have you ever looked at the mountain in front of you and said, “Lord, Iâ€™m willing to climb it but I donâ€™t see how I can!” Â
Have you ever been so discouraged by what you are facing that you just resign yourself to the idea that youâ€™ll never make it past where you are right now? Or maybe you know God can but you donâ€™t know why God would. So you stay right where you are instead of venturing through the unknown valley ahead.
The reality is that each of those situations has one thing in commonâ€”lies straight from the pit of hell. Your mind is Satanâ€™s battlefield, and he will try to win the war right there because he knows that if the battle moves beyond your mind he will surely lose. Â
You have to be willing to fight the battle in order to have victory. And when you fight, you will also gain deliverance from the lies, the doubts, the fears â€“ everything Satan uses to cause paralysis and destruction in your life. Â Strongholds.
In I Samuel 17:45, we see David staring his enemy down in spite of what he was facing â€“ a giant man, a sword, a spear, a shield — all of the normal proven weapons of warfare. Â
And yet there David stood. No armor. Nor armor bearer. No sword, no spear, no shield. All of these things on the surface look like insurmountable obstaclesâ€”something impossible to overcome. But David did not get caught up in his circumstances. Instead, he declared in faith that he had victory.
David knew he had a weapon more powerful than anything this Philistine could use against him. He knew that Goliath wielding weapons of warfare was no match for the Lord of Hosts!
Likewise, it doesnâ€™t matter what you are facing today. It doesnâ€™t matter how big the enemy appears as he confronts you with fear, doubt, insecurity, discouragement. It doesnâ€™t matter the obstacles. You have power over that today. Yes, today.
In I Samuel 17:46, David said, â€œThis day will the Lord deliver youâ€¦â€ This day. Â
David was not going to allow the enemy an opportunity to gain a stronghold. David declared in the face of his enemy that this day the Lord would deliver him into Davidâ€™s hand. Â
David had a choice. He was prepared for battle mentally. He knew that the battle belonged to the Lord. But he also had to fight. He had to walk into that valley and meet his enemy in order for him to be victorious. Â
What is your greatest dream? What is holding you back from realizing that dream?
Speak the truth. God is for you. It doesnâ€™t matter if your battle seems impossible because the truth is that battle belongs to the Lord. Â
The battle begins in your mind. Declare victory over your enemy. Walk into that valley with the assurance that you have already won. Be ready. Â Â
Your deliverance in this valley is coming. This day.
By Kristen Stanton
Kristen Stanton is a dynamic singer, speaker, and writer. From discussions on Facebook, to live concerts on any stage, Kristenâ€™s main focus is to share her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. She says: “I was saved when I was four years old. I’ve been in church my whole life. I went to a Christian college. I don’t have the experiences of walking away from God and how He brought me back. But I do have the experience of how God continuously reveals Himself to me… of how He answers prayer. I want people to understand who God is so that they can be more of a reflection of Him. My goal is to help others see God in a way that meets every need in their life.”
Following a trio of No. 1 songs from her debut project, â€œDestiny by Design,â€ Kristen recently Â released her second solo project, â€œLove As Jesus Lovesâ€ and is currently writing songs for her new album. Kristen is also an Attorney-at-Law, serving clients in Northwest Ohio.
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