All posts tagged: strength

Can You Change Your Focus When Facing Fear?

Let’s look a little more closely at the differences between David, the Israelites, and Goliath. As we read the story in 1 Samuel 17, two truths stand out right away: 1) Goliath is huge, 2) the Israelites, including King Saul, are terrified. Goliath was almost ten feet tall and he had the best armor the Philistines could attain: a large standing shield, a coat of mail weighing about 125 pounds, and a spear with a head made from iron weighing about 15 pounds. Not only is this guy huge, his armor and weaponry are some of the best. No one in Israel’s mighty army dared to walk up to this giant—despite his taunts. And what of Goliath’s taunts? He said things like, “Am I a dog that you come at me with a stick?” He also curses David by his gods, “I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” King Saul and the army of Israel feared death at the hand of this Philistine. What of the shepherd boy? Although we read David …

Are You Living With The Power of The Resurrection?

Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? – Luke 24:5 The angels at the tomb spoke these words to Mary Magdalene as she was going to prepare Jesus’ body.  In a moment with a single sentence, her world was fully transformed. The resurrection is the very foundation of our faith and source of our salvation. Without it, Jesus was just a man.  But, when Jesus was brought from death to life by the resurrection power of God within him, the world changed in an instant. Too often, we who have experienced the transformative power of God in our lives forget that this resurrection power dwells within us on a daily basis.  This resurrection power breaks chains of addiction, hopelessness, depression, anger and every attack of the enemy that seeks to place us back in the very bondage from which we have been delivered.   Just as this power restored Jesus from death to life it restores our life from one of defeat to victory.  When we sing, “I’m no longer a slave …