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David’s 5 Stones 

He took his staff in his hand and chose for himself FIVE smooth stones out of the brook. 

1 Samuel 17:40 MEV

Have you ever thought or wondered why the shepherd boy David during his confrontation with the giant Philistine champion chose 5 smooth stones? Why 5 stones? Why not 7, or 3 or just 1?

Here is what I believe from my understanding from the Word of God;

David said, 

“… but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Hosts…”

1 Samuel 17:45 MEV

He did not fight with his own strength but he allowed the Lord to fight for him. 

Concerning Pharaoh and the Egyptians God says, 

“So I will stretch out My HAND and strike Egypt with all My wonders which I will perform in its midst.”

Exodus 3:20 NKJV

And God says again and many other several times,

 “It shall be when your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is this?’ that you shall say to him, ‘With a strong HAND the Lord brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage.

Exodus 13:14 MEV

Now hear what the Lord Jesus says, 

“But if I cast out demons with the FINGER of God, no doubt the kingdom of God has come upon you.”

Luke 11:20 MEV

Here’s the analogy: A hand has 5 fingers. The  5 stones represented the Hand of God which David relied on to strike Goliath. 

Interestingly, David only used 1 stone instead of 5. God didn’t need to use His Hand on Goliath, just a finger (one stone out of 5) was enough to swallow the champion enemy. 

The ‘champion’ problem you have may seem great in your eyes but it’s nothing before the Lord our God. Just His Almighty Finger (1 stone) is enough to deliver you.

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Sunday 

Early on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb while it was still dark and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.

John 20:1 MEV

Mary went to look for Jesus early Sunday morning. She got much more than what she was looking for.

Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father. But go to My brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God.’ ”

John 20:17 MEV

She found a Father.

Do not let Sunday be taken from you. If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

The Prologue to Every Success Story

The American Puritan preacher Cotton Mather invited a young Benjamin Franklin over for dinner one night and showed him his library. As they walked through a narrow passage into the library, Mather yelled back at Franklin, “Stoop! Stoop!”
Franklin didn’t understand the exhortation until it was too late, bumping his head on a low beam.

Mather turned the situation into a sermon. “Let this be a caution to you not always to hold your head so high. Stoop, young man, stoop—as you go through this world—and you’ll miss many hard thumps.”

Many years later, Franklin told Mather’s son that he never forgot that moment. “This advice, thus beat into my head, has frequently been of use to me,” said Franklin. “And I often think of it when I see pride mortified and misfortunes brought upon people by carrying their heads too high.”

I certainly don’t want to give the impression that I’ve conquered pride. Like each of the seven deadly sins, pride has nine lives. You have to fight the battle every single day, but there are decisive victories. And that was one of them for me.

There is a sequence in Scripture that is sacrosanct. Pride goes before destruction. Likewise, humility comes before honor. In the spiritual order of things, it’s inviolable.

Pride is the first chapter in the book of failure.

Humility is the first chapter in the book of success.

God won’t put you in a position of leadership until you take a posture of servanthood. So as you’re pursuing your God-sized, God-given dream, remember the attitude you need to keep from beginning to end. Stoop!

And meanwhile here’s a tip. There are two ways to get humility. You can humble yourself or let God humble you. Choose the former so you don’t have to experience the latter.

How can you make yourself less conspicuous so that others can see God in you more clearly?

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 16:18 MEV



Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility.

Proverbs 18:12 MEV


 
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Posted by on November 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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