1 Samuel 17:1 The Philistines gathered their forces for war at Socoh in Judah and camped between Socoh and Azekah in Ephes-dammim.
When Goliath Challenged Israel. Israel thought it was all over. The battle could not be won. The battle was not over. God was just getting ready to bring victory.
1 Samuel 17:45-50 David said to the Philistine: "You come against me with a dagger, spear, and sword, but I come against you in the name of Yahweh of Hosts, the God of Israel's armies you have defied Him. Today, the Lord will hand you over to me. Today, I'll strike you down, cut your head off, and give the corpses of the Philistine camp to the birds of the sky and the creatures of the earth. Then all the world will know that Israel has a God, and his whole assembly will know it is not by sword or by spear that the Lord saves, for the Battle is the Lord's. He will hand you over to us." When the Philistine started forward to attack him, David ran quickly to the line of battle to meet the Philistine. David put his hand into his bad pulled out a stone, slung it, and hit the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground. David defeated the Philistine with a sling and a stone.
Even though David had no sword, he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
It is the same today with the 2020 presidential election. It is not over. God is just getting ready to bless His people and His nation that He has a covenant with.
David's victory over the giant was an example of what God wanted to do when He told Israel to go in and take the promised land.
Numbers 13:1-3 The Lord spoke to Moses: "Send men to scout out the land of Canaan I am giving to the Israelites. Send one man who is a leader among them from each of their ancestral tribes." Moses sent them from the Wilderness of Paran at the Lord's command. all the men were leaders in Israel.
Numbers 13:30-33 Then Caleb quieted the people in the presence of Moses and said, "We must go up and take possession of the land because we can certainly conquer it!" But the men who had gone up with him responded, "We can't go up against the people because they are stronger than we are!" So they gave a negative report to the Israelites about the land they had scouted:" The Land we passed through to explore is one that devours its inhabitants, and all the people we saw in it are men of great size. we even saw the Nephilim there the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim! To ourselves we seemed like grasshoppers, and we must have seemed the same to them.
Numbers 13:30-31 I swear that none of you will enter the land I promised to settle you in, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. I will bring your children whom you said would become plunder into the land you rejected, and they will enjoy it.
When the spies gave a bad report the people thought the dream of entering into the promised land was dead. The dream was not dead God was getting ready to bring the victory. But the bad report brought by the 10 spies' destroyed the people's faith and that generation did not see the promised land. Today are you with the faithful who are believing that God will turn this fraudulent election around and bring Trump victory or are you believing the bad report that Biden has won and it is all over. It is not over. God is just getting ready to bring the victory. The Giants are not to big for God.
2 Chronicles 20:20 In the morning they got up early and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa. as they were about to go out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, " Hear me, Judah and your inhabitants of Jerusalem. Believe in Yahweh your God, and you will be established; believe in His prophets, and you will succeed.
Will we believe all the prophetic voices that have predicted Trump's victory or will we believe the media's bad report? Will we pray believe that God's will be done here on earth as it is in heaven? Will we believe God will be Faithful to His promises?
In the year 2000 the media announced that Al Gore had won the election and he would be the next president. God Intervened the truth was reveled through the Supreme Court George W. Busch was President for the next 8 years. God is bigger than the giants! We need to speak and pray in agreement with what we know to be God's will for America for the next 4 years and beyond. God is bringing a shift in the spiritual atmosphere and it begins with the end of the shedding of innocent blood in the abortion mills of America. It also begins with the religious freedom in America. God is preparing America for the Greatest and largest revival the world has ever seen. beginning in America and spreading to the whole world. Will we Believe God? Will we believe it is not over? It is not over!! God is going to turn this around! Believe it! speak it! Pray for it! Fight the Giants and the Principalities in Prayer. Not believing the lies of God's enemy. Hold strong to the faith that God is in control. His will be done on earth as it is done in Heaven. PRAY BROTHERS AND SISTERS!
If you or your ministry is going to accomplish great things for the kingdom of God and for God’s glory, you need the favor of God upon your life. So it is important to understand how to find favor with God. Let’s look at some examples from the bible. Gen 6: 7 & 8: 1. Noah found favor with God by being righteous before Him. No matter how unrighteous the world was, Noah walked in righteousness. Righteousness is not perfection but Christ in us imputing His righteousness into us.
2 Peter 2:5.
Noah not only walked before God in righteousness but he preached righteousness to the people. Noah found favor with God by preaching righteousness and I believe he proclaimed God’s love as well. It is not enough for us to love God and to walk in the righteousness of Christ, we must also proclaim the love of Christ to a lost and dying world. God loves lost sinners and His favor is upon those who proclaim His love to them. God loves to have His angels write a sinners name in the book of life after you have preached the gospel to them.
Mark 16: 15 (The Great Commission)
God’s favor is upon America today because we have done more to fulfill the Great Commission than any nation upon the face of the earth. America is also one of the wealthiest, most blessed nations on the face of the earth because of God’s favor. Do you think we Americans are smarter than the Chinese or more disciplined and hard working than the Germans? No! It is God’s favor that makes us a world power and not our own power. Every time you take the gospel to a foreign land (even Mexico) you are bringing God’s favor upon this land. God’s favor is upon those who go, who work, who sacrifice to fulfill the Great Commission.
Mark 10: 29-30 The favor of God is upon those who go whatever the cost to fulfill the great commission. Prov 3: 3-4. Mercy and truth. This gospel that you proclaim is the truth of life and death and where people will spend eternity. Nothing is more important to God. When you proclaim the gospel you are proclaiming the truth and it brings favor in the sight of God. Mercy is translated in Hebrew as “loving kindness”. We are saved today because of God’s mercy. The most merciful act God ever did for us is proclaimed in John 3: 16. God had mercy on us while we were still sinners. If we want to find favor with God, we need to be merciful (kind and loving) to others even when they have sinned against us. How many times have people lied about you, mistreated you, stabbed you in the back, or tried to destroy your reputation? Do not be angry with them. Do not pray for God to bless them with a brick falling on their heads from a great height. :)
Forgive them as God forgave you when you had sinned against Him. Love them as God loved you when you were not worthy of His love. Pray for God to bless them and pour out His mercy upon them and you will find God pouring out His mercy upon you. That is the favor of God. That is how to have the favor of God upon your life. The truth is that God allows these things in your life so that you may find favor with Him by being like Him. Another way to find favor with God is by favoring His people, His land and His chosen city, Jerusalem. Psalm 122: 6 God prospers, blesses and looks with favor upon those who pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Gen 12: 3. When God makes a proclamation like this it stands through the ages, until the new Jerusalem comes. He is not just speaking of Abram but of the people of Israel. God will bless (and favor) those who bless Israel and all the families of the earth will be blessed by the Messiah, who came through the nation of Israel. Do you want God to prosper you? Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all of Israel. Do you want God to favor and bless you? Find a way to bless Israel.
WHY FAST? Because Jesus said we should fast.
Mark 2:20 NKJV "But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days".
Matthew 6:16-17 NKJV Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure thier faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have thier reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face.
WHAT DOES FASTING ACCOMPLISH? Fasting strengthens your prayer power causing your prayers to be heard and answered.
Isaiah 58:4 NKJV Indeed you fast for strife and debate, And to strike with the fist of wickedness. you will not fast as you do this day, To make your voice heard on high.
Isaiah 58:9 NKJV Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; You shall Cry, and He will say, "Here I am.' If you take away the yoke from the midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickdness". The Lord will answer.
FASTING BRINGS PROTECTION FROM DANGER.
Ezra 8:21-23 NKJV Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions. For i was ashamed to request of the king an escort of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy on the road, because we had spoken to the king, saying, "the hand of God is upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him." So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer.
In those days there were many bands of desert raiders who prayed upon caravans that traveled the roads leading from one oasis to the next. A group traveling without armed soldiers would be easy pray for these armed bands,
Esther 4:16 NKJV "Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days,night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!" God spared Ester and the entire Jewish nation after corporate fasting and prayer. Think of what He would do for America if we fasted and prayed corporately for a nation wide revival.
FASTING DRAWS YOU CLOSER TO GOD AND BRINGS HEALING.
Isaiah 58:8 NKJV Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
FASTING HELPS YOU HEAR GOD'S VOICE AND STRENGTHENS YOU.
Isaiah 58:11 NKJV The Lord will Guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
FASTING CAUSES YOU TO FALL MORE IN LOVE WITH THE LORD.
Isaiah 58:14 NKJV Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken.
WHAT IS THE HERITAGE OF JACOB?
Genesis 35:11-12 NKJV Also God said to him "I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body.
" The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac I give to you;and to your descendants after you I give this land."
If you feel like your relationship with the Lord has grown somewhat cold and you do not feel the presence of God and the joy of the Lord like when you were a young Christian, here is a way to renew your first love. FASTING!! WHAT IS FASTING? The practice of going without food for spiritual purposes. WHY SHOULD I FAST? MATT 6: 16 Jesus said "when you fast" MATT 6: 17 Again Jesus said "when you fast" Jesus does not command us to fast, but it is clear from these scriptures that Jesus expects His disciples to fast. MATT 17: 14 - 21 Fasting builds your faith and spiritual power. Jesus fasted before He began His ministry: MATT 4: 1-2. From this scripture we learn that Jesus drank water when He fasted. It says "afterward, He was hungry" it does not say He was thirsty. Jesus also fasted during His ministry: JOHN 4: 31 - 34. If we want to be like Jesus, fasting should be part of our regular spiritual discipline and especially when we are preparing for ministry. THE BLESSINGS OF FASTING. HEB 11: 6 He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Fasting and praying and study of the Word while fasting are diligently seeking Him and bring great rewards. What are these rewards?? Greater anointing upon your preaching, teaching, sharing and witnessing. Isa 58: 11b. You will never fail to have living waters flow when you have prepared with fasting. Greater power as you lay hands upon people and pray. Isa 58: 6 You will have greater anointing to break yokes, oppression and the bondage of wickedness. Answered prayer. Isa 58: 9a. Victory over sin. Isa 58: 8b Your healing. Not just anointing to heal others, but YOUR healing. Isa 58: 8a. Guidance from God. Isa 58: 11a. He will be the joy of your soul. As your fast He will satisfy your soul! You will love Jesus more than the things of the world. More than your sin. Your hunger for Him will increase and He will satisfy that hunger. Don't just go through the motions of fasting. Seek Him with all of your heart. WHEN YOU FAST, EXERCISE YOUR FAITH TO CLAIM THE BLESSINGS OF FASTING. Begin each day of your fast by opening your Bible to Isaiah 58 and read verses 8- 11 then claim these promises as you fast. Then read verse 6 and ask God to anoint you to do all of those things. Don't just fast, go after the benefits and the blessings of fasting. You will never regret it. No Christian comes to the end of their life saying, "I wish I had spent more time playing video games, watching movies and hanging out with my friends." Almost all Christians will face the end of their lives saying. " I wish I had fasted more. I wish I had prayed more. I wish I had studied the Word more. I wish I had spent more time with my best friend, Jesus." Well you can. Just do it. Determine in your heart to diligently seek God with fasting and prayer n
WHEN YOU FAST, EXERCISE YOUR FAITH TO CLAIM THE BLESSINGS OF FASTING. Begin each day of your fast by opening your Bible to Isaiah 58 and read verses 8- 11 then claim these promises as you fast. Then read verse 6 and ask God to anoint you to do all of those things. Don't just fast, go after the benefits and the blessings of fasting. You will never regret it. No Christian comes to the end of their life saying, "I wish I had spent more time playing video games, watching movies and hanging out with my friends." Almost all Christians will face the end of their lives saying. " I wish I had fasted more. I wish I had prayed more. I wish I had studied the Word more. I wish I had spent more time with my best friend, Jesus." Well you can. Just do it. Determine in your heart to diligently seek God with fasting and prayer now.
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