Confidence In Action…

Posted: April 24, 2013 in Colossians 3
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Recently i watched the entire Bible series from the History Channel. Some of the stories, jumped off the screen and grabbed me. The first such story was number 4 during the David and Goliath confrontation. i am trying to not go down this rabbit trail to far but it has great significance to Colossians 3 and accomplishing what Paul is speaking of.

For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand. Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.”

40 days of taunting, with abusive words of doom and gloom. Then David’s family, those who are closest to him add their take on who and what David is doing. Just as abusive and closer to home.

When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”

Then, to have this confidence, David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”

Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”

And here is the third area of relationships that speak abusive words. The king, a mentor, a man who you offer solace to when things are not going well in his life and now to young to fight.

Luke 6:48 as i shared yesterday speaks about David’s confidence. David is like a man building a house, who dug and went down deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood arose, the torrent broke against that house and could not shake or move it, because it had been securely built or founded on a rock.

So David says to Saul, (what do you know) “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. (Have you not heard) When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. (Now does that sound like i’m only a young man?) Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. (Now get out of my way and let me do what is at hand) The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

Ultimately for David there was no choice. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.”  David was not willing to settle for becoming the Philistine’s subjects and he was equally not willing to be a part of the group doing nothing. The same challenge is on the table for me. The enemy says, If ed is able to fight and kill me, i will become His subject. But if I over come ed and kill him, you will become my subjects and serve me. What kind of option is that?

David’s giant was a champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span. He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a  coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels, on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels.

What or who is my giant? No matter “ed do not lose heart on account of this Philistine, this giant, go and fight him.” Forget about those voices that say, “you are not able to go out against this Philistine, this giant and fight him. For ed is like a man building a house, who dug and went down deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood arose, the torrent broke against that house and could not shake or move it, because it had been securely built or founded on a rock.

Knowing this is just one way to defeat my giants. “ed, let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your heart ed [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your mind, in that peaceful state] to which as [ a member of Christ’s] one body you ed, were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].”

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