How many times is enough?

‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭17:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬ “For forty days the Philistine came forward and took his stand, morning and evening.”

They say it takes approximately 21 days to develop a habit. 

Well how long does it take to believe a lie?

You can’t easily tell by just seeing that scripture, but this is the story of David and Goliath!  

This is one of my all-time favorite Bible stories. I’m sure most boys have daydreamed of fighting enemies, killing giants, rescuing princesses or slaying dragons. 

Stories like these swam in my imagination as a youngster. 

Stories like these made the Bible come alive to me. 

I remember the picture Bible we used to read from as children. I loved the full color picture illustrations of Bears, Lions, Furnaces, Giants, Shipwrecks and Battles. 

The Bible to me was a graphic novel, and in many ways it still is. 

I’m the person who you lose two paragraphs into your sermon, because I’m enthralled in the story, the daydreamer, I’ve placed myself in those situations and battlefields. I’ve felt the heat of the furnace, heard the roar of the lion, saw the dust rise as the temple pillars were toppled and I’ve heard the taunts of the Giant. 

I’ve imagined his hot breath spewing forth spittle as he yelled his taunts across the canyon. I’ve pictured the veins in his neck bulging as he grows more and more impatient with each passing day. I’ve seen his fist clenched, tight around his spear jabbing it in the air as he gestured towards the cowards across the way. I’ve even speculated him thinking, “Perhaps this will be the day that someone answers my call to battle!”

Eighty times this is what they heard…

“Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us… I defy the ranks of Israel this day. Give me a man, that we may fight together.” 

When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.” 1 Samuel‬ ‭17:8-11 ESV

So, how many times is enough? 

If you heard that you were insufficient 80 times- twice a day for 40 days and 40 nights would you start to believe it?  
What If you heard you weren’t able… that you were lacking… that you weren’t strong enough… or that you weren’t man enough? 

When does a lie become the truth?

NEVER! 

Never!!! No matter how many times it’s repeated, no matter how many times it is reiterated, no matter how many times you are remindedA lie will always be a lie!

Goliath, told Saul’s men, that they were the Armies of Israel. David knew that they were the Armies of the Most High God. 

Goliath managed to separate the Army from its power. If only by changing a single word. 

He made them “servants of Saul”, instead of Children of God. 

Words HURT and they carry POWER. 

The King and ALL of Israel were dismayed. Goliath got them all not only to question their manhood, but also to forget about “WHO” was on their side. 

It only took David one time to hear these taunts for him to see it for what it really was. It was a direct assault against God Himself. And since David knew the battle was not his, but the Lord’s he didn’t see the enemy as invincible.

What taunts have you heard over and over that have you dismayed and greatly afraid?

What lies has the enemy repeated that have been etched in your mind or burned in your spirit?

Perhaps you have heard things like…

You will never amount to much! You are a dummy!

You’re ugly, you’re fat! 

You’re just like your mother!

You’re just like your father!

You’re worthless, or you’re lazy!

I’m here to remind you that…

You are the child of the Living God. You are a Son or Daughter of a King. You are worthy and you have value, and you are loved beyond measure. 

Heavenly Father, thank you for your Word, thank you for your everlasting love. And thank you for your grace and mercy towards us. Forgive us for the times where we have taken our eyes off you and focused on situations, problems and the enemy. Help is to remember that the battle is yours and we give you all the glory and honor due you. Forever and ever Amen. – Love John

The revolution of days 

As the world turns. Things change.

A.K.A. As the World Turns!

1st Samuel 1:20a So it came to pass in the process of time… (NKJV) In the (YLT) Young’s Literal Translation it reads, (and it cometh to pass, at the revolution of the days, that Hannah conceiveth, and beareth a son, and calleth his name Samuel, ‘for, from Jehovah I have asked him.’)

It had been years of torment, years of frustration, vexed and sorrowful years. Hannah miserably provoked with a constant reminder of her lack, and her barrenness. She couldn’t even bear the pain. Her tears were all but cried out, yet she came to the conclusion; as abundant the pain and suffering was which she found herself in, so abundant her complaint and petition of the LORD would be.
There was a song we used to sing long ago; “In His Time” He makes all things beautiful in His time. I wonder if after years of trying to conceive and failing, Hannah gave up hope. I wonder if all the pain that was inflicted upon her by Peninnah’s taunts and flaunts gave a poor image of herself. Is it possible after that misery she altogether sequestered herself from any intimacy with her husband? It would be hard to feel beautiful when you look in the mirror and failure stares back. But in the Revolution of days, in the process of time, in the season that was due, Samuel was conceived because Hannah did not reserve herself to be afflicted and barren forever.
 Father God, when things seem like they will never change, when seasons of suffering and misery drag on for too long. Help me to answer the abundance of that sorrow, with an Abundance of Praise. Love you! John