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Facing the Giants - Girlfriends in God - Jan. 3, 2013

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January 3, 2013
Facing the Giants
Mary Southerland

Today’s Truth

2 Timothy 1:7 (NCV) “God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control.”

Friend to Friend

A cloud of terror hung over the Valley of Elah as snarling threats and vile promises spewed from his mouth. The intimidator strutted along grassy slopes, swinging an enormous club, his mammoth, ironclad feet pawing the ground like an irate bull, ready to attack. The huge, ugly monster was Goliath, a nine-foot giant and the pride of Philistia. He wore massive armor; a bronze coat weighing 200 pounds, a solid iron spear, a heavy bronze helmet. The target of his ranting and raving was a frightened, helpless group of Israelites, cowering in their tents. For forty agonizing days, Goliath had come, taunting them, promising certain destruction and doom. The Israelites, paralyzed with fear, had given up all hope of escape, resigned to their tortured fate at the hand of this Philistine monster.

Then came day forty-one! I am certain, as the sun inched its way over the mountains that morning, that neither Goliath nor the Israelites had any idea just how different this day would be. A young handsome teenager stepped into the valley of fear, fresh from the presence of God. David, the youngest in a family of eight boys could not believe his eyes. Tossing the giant’s threats and obvious advantage aside, David refused to accept what he saw. Instead, he chose to believe what he knew in his heart; this giant was going down! With simple but certain faith and unreserved confidence in God, David stepped through the fear, ushering in the mighty presence and power of God. Goliath not only met David that day, He met the Lord of Heaven and Earth. And the giant fell! Giants always fall in the presence of God!

We stand on the threshold of a new year – a new beginning. If you are like me, you face 2012 with mixed emotions. Personally, I am thrilled that I survived 2012! There were certainly moments when I wondered if I would survive at all. I am so excited about a fresh start, a brand new set of days overflowing with new dreams and unmarked possibilities. But I also know that this year is crammed full of the unknown as well as a giant or two.  And if I am brutally honest, I have to admit that the unknown fashions a pocket of fear in my heart where questions and doubts thrive. 

The good news is that what lies ahead is no surprise to God. In fact, He has already been where we are going. That reason alone empowers us to face every tomorrow with hope, knowing that whatever touches us passes through His hands, with His permission. It is not God’s plan for us to dwell in fear or for fear to rule our lives.  He has already set in motion the defeat and fall of every giant that we will ever face. Our responsibility is to step through our fear, facing every giant in God’s power and with His promises. The Holy Spirit will guide the path of His truth to its destined mark, taking down the giants lurking in each tomorrow. 

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Determine right now to face each day with the memory of Goliath’s fall and trust in Almighty God, the Giant Killer. So then, my friend, I ask you, what is there to fear? Happy New Year!

Let’s Pray

Father, I want to thank You for Your goodness to me this past year. I confess that there were times when I focused on the storm instead of on You. I allowed fear to overpower my faith. Please help me begin this New Year in faith, with my eyes on You and my glance on the circumstances. I want to face every giant in Your power alone, walking straight through my fear in faith. Right now, Father, I surrender to You and the plan You have for me in 2013. 

In Jesus’s name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Take time to review the past year and consider the following questions:

  • What giants have you faced this year? 
  • Was your response to these giants right or wrong? 
  • How do you typically handle fear?
  • What giants are you facing today?
  • What has been your natural response to giants of the past?
  • How do the birth, life and death of Jesus Christ affect those responses?
  • Read Luke 2:8-14. Examine your life in light of this passage.

More from the Girlfriends

Can you believe that the clean slate of 2013 is just ahead? A new beginning and a fresh start! However, what did we learn in 2012 that will make a difference in the weeks and months ahead? As the holiday season winds down, I pray that your heart and mind will look ahead to all that this year holds. Guard your heart and mind against darkness. Stand firm in God’s power and presence. He is faithful and He is sufficient for whatever tomorrow brings. 

Mary’s message, Strength for the Storm, is available in DVD, CD, MP3 and E-Bible Study.

A daily time alone with God in prayer and Bible study will strengthen you to face whatever life throws at you. Check out my weekly online Bible study, Light for the Journey, for practical ways to tap into the power of God’s Word. The first study of 2013 is Power Up With Proverbs and begins January 14.

FREE MP3son Mary’s website in the Freebies Section! And connect with Mary on Facebook or through email.

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