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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Run Towards Your 'Goliath!'

Read: "As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him" (1 Samuel 17:48, NIV).

Think About it: "I don't know if I'll ever get out of this debt." Like a track that was perpetually stuck on "repeat" was the thought that played over and over in his mind. A father, a husband, and a member of his community, there was an overwhelming pressure that made him feel as though he would never see the light of day. One morning while sipping coffee, reading his Bible, and talking with God, he was awakened to an idea he had never much considered. All the times he had felt like a swimmer underwater with no oxygen, his excuse had always been that he didn't make enough, owed too much, and couldn't save for the future. He blamed the economy, student loans, high-interest rate mortgages, and whatever other excuse that might momentarily shift the the weight of responsibility from him. He began to realize that if it's God's best, there is always a way to receive it. Just because it doesn't look possible doesn't mean that it's not possible. He remembered reading the verse in Scripture that declared that all things are possible to them that believe. It was like placing a fresh cut of red meat in front of a starving dog. The debts were the same, the bills still due, and his pay hadn't grown any larger, but he was determined that with God on his side, he would see breakthrough in his finances. He didn't wait for it to happen. He ran towards the "giant," because on the other side of that giant was the goal he had been looking for!

Going Deeper: Success doesn't just happen. It is strategic and is based on a balance of application, commitment, and sacrifice. You have to be willing to sacrifice what things look like in the present in order to see how they can look and will look on the other side of the "giant." David, smaller, younger, and undeniably considered the underdog by all onlookers around, refused to stand still, stay silent, or surrender in shame. He "ran quickly toward the battle line." He was convinced that what God wanted for him was non-negotiable. He didn't concern himself with the illogical arguments that had been made by those sought to bring him to "reason." The only thing he knew, the only mindset he chose to have, was that God had called him to overcome that which targeted his defeat. He ran forward in faith, with vision, and with total abandonment. Goliath never excepted such great courage from one that appeared to be such a small man. When God gives you a goal, don't retreat when the circumstances look to be less than ideal. If God is with you, there is nothing that can stop you. Run towards your giant and take, by faith, all that God has for you.

Next Step: Procrastination is one of the greatest weapons of warfare the opposition uses to keep you from advancing in victory. If he can keep you waiting, he can keep you from winning. What goal has God put in your heart that you long to see become a reality? What's holding you back? Are you waiting for the perfect timing, the perfect circumstances, or the perfect people to surround you? If it's financial freedom, are you waiting for the mystery check, those lotto numbers you keep sinking money into, or for the credit card companies to vanish into thin air? What excuses do you keep using to keep from putting one foot in front of the other to face the giant that God has already said you can defeat? Stop putting it off. Get on the battlefield. Believe that God has the best in store for you. Stop trying to figure it all out before you trust. Get out of the boat. Start walking in the mystery with your eyes fixed on the One who's called you out onto the waters. Don't wait for everything to fall into place. Do ALL that God has called YOU to DO. You will see Him BE all that He's ALWAYS been!

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