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Are you facing some serious difficulties today? Are you in a battle? Is there a giant of a problem confronting you and threatening to destroy you? We’ve all been there at one time or another, and that includes our illustrious ancestor King David. I was just skipping along through the Word this morning, and I happened across the passage in 1 Samuel, chapter 17, where David decides to confront Goliath, and I was struck again by the words that came from his mouth when he faced the giant.
Now, to begin with, Goliath had been insulting, not only Israel, but Israel’s God, so he was already in a position of fighting God — and we all know where that leaves him, right? Ultimately, he’s going to lose. But added to that prognosis of his future, is the fact that this man had absolutely no covenant with God. He had no promises to cling to, and no power from the forces of Heaven to fight for him or come to his aid. He was without God and without hope, but he was just too dumb to know that.
That’s what David means in verse 36, when, addressing King Saul, he refers to Goliath as an “uncircumcised Philistine.” Without a covenant with God (evidenced by the act of circumcision), he didn’t stand a chance against a man in covenant with the Creator of the universe. And it was that covenant — that Word from God — that guarantee out of God’s own mouth — that David was counting on when he faced the giant.
Read his words with me: “Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin: but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, Whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand; and I will smite you, and cut off your head; and I will give the corpses of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hand.”
Strong words out of the mouth of a ruddy youth — but definitely not foolish words. They were words backed up by the covenant he knew he had with God and the fact that God had always been faithful to that covenant in the past. David related to Kind Saul the events of his past when he had found it necessary to fight a bear and a lion in order to save his flock of sheep. He slew both of those creatures with the Lord’s help. “Your servant killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them.”
What all this talk boils down to is that David knew the Word of God and he knew God wouldn’t fail to keep that Word, so he knew he was more than a match for any enemy that came against him or those in his care. And that’s the position we must be in, saints of God. We must know — KNOW — the Word of God, and we must be absolutely confident that He will never break that Word or act contrary to it. When we do know, we can react exactly as our forefather David did. We can speak the truth of that Word against the enemy and defeat him.
Do you understand that it wasn’t the rock hitting Goliath in his one vulnerable spot that actually defeated him? It was the Word (Covenant) of God — spoken out of the mouth of a man of faith — that carried the real power. In the realm of the spirit, Goliath was already laid out on the ground before David ever wound up his swinging arm. The Word of God had slain that giant. All the rest of the action was just bringing what had already taken place in the spirit realm into the physical.
And notice what David did right after he spoke those words: “When the Philistine came forward to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.” When you know the Word of God, you don’t dilly-dally around the problem. You speak the Word to it, and you run quickly toward the battle line to defeat it.
So whatever problem you’re facing, don’t just sit there and suffer. And don’t try to figure out in your own mind whether you can manage to fight this thing successfully. And don’t just cry out and say, “Oh, God, of you can help me, please help me.” NO. Do what your forefather David did. Find out what God’s Word says about the situation. You may have to dig a little, but isn’t it worth it to come to the place that you don’t have to guess what might happen and what might not? If you can find out what God says about the situation in His Word, then you can KNOW for sure what He intends the outcome to be.
Then start speaking God’s Word out of your mouth to your problem. Hit the problem hard with God’s Word. Picture every scripture as a round smooth stone that you are hurling from your slingshot at the giant in your path. Go after that giant with the word of your own covenant with the Creator of the universe, and watch that enemy fall to the ground defeated.
The Smoky Mountain Series of inspirational novels has something for everyone. Each book follows the story of its main character as he learns to trust God and use His Word to win over the enormous challenges and struggles of life.
Each book also offers an element of romance because, let’s be real: romance is a very, very big part of life. Successful romance brings joy and completion. Unfulfilled romance causes confusion and despair. The longing for romance stirs up eagerness and hope. Unexpected romance brings surprise and excitement. Loss of romance produces pain and heartbreak. Whatever the affect of romance in our lives, it definitely plays a part at some point.
And the third element in each of these novels is family. As readers of the series, you will meet a whole community of family and friends who share their lives as they learn to overcome life’s problems with the power of God’s Word and who experience romance the way God intended it to be. This ever-increasing extended family of delightful, true-to-life characters will encourage your faith and your own commitment to living every part of life by God’s Word.
In Book # 1 – Set Free To Love – meet private detective Maddison Holt, who is so bound by grief, guilt, and self-incrimination that he feels unfit to love or to enjoy the gift of a woman’s love when the Lord offers it to him. His only hope is in learning to trust God’s Word anew and dig out of it the truths that will set him free. But freedom comes with its own challenges, and he must learn even more about using God’s Word to maintain his victory.
In Book # 2 – Cameron’s Rib – meet pastor Cameron McDaniels, who believes he has found the one woman who is the answer to his prayer for a helpmate. But she is still mourning the death of her former fiance and is afraid to love again. Cameron’s efforts to relieve her fears with his own love are not enough, and he must learn to fight the battle for her deliverance with God’s Word. Travel with this captivating couple from Illinois to Tennessee to Honduras and back as they find their answers and their victory.
Book # 3 – Repaired By Love – introduces Lionel Butler, an auto-mechanic and business owner, who has caused many a girl’s heart to flutter, but he never even notices because he’s convinced he’s destined to be a bad husband and father. His future looks bleak and hopeless. And because he’s convinced he can never believe in God, he feels he has nowhere to turn for help — until one woman of God touches his heart enough to soften it and open it to Jesus Christ.
Book # 4 – Jonah’s Song – introduces Cameron’s brother, Professor Jonah McDaniels — violinist, composer, conductor — who discovers love late in life and struggles with giving a place to his feelings. But after learning to set his heart free, he is suddenly faced with new, unexpected challenges in his life that threaten his new-found freedom and his long-awaited chance for happiness.
Book # 5 – This Fire In My Heart – is still in progress. It follows the story of Maddison Holt’s life-long friend, Cherokee minister Thomas Blaze of God Ross, as he faces his own challenges and discovers his own answers in the Holy Book as well. We’ll save any details of Book # 5 for later.
Each main character in the series faces situations that are impossible in the natural, but God has a plan. God always has a plan. And if we will just believe Him and throw our whole being into cooperating with Him, He will lead us to victory. So come read the stories of Maddison, Cameron, Lionel, Jonah, and Blaze, and let God’s great plan for restoring their lives inspire and encourage your own heart and life as well.
The Smoky Mountain Series is now coming to the Kindle Store on Amazon.com. Book # 1 is available at this link, and Book # 2 will be online in one week, with Books 3 and 4 following close behind. So power up that Kindle, Nook, laptop, iPad, or iPhone. Download your copy of the first book today. Then sit back, prop up your feet, take a sip of fresh-brewed coffee, and let the happy experience begin.
(Books 1-4 are also available in print at some bookstores and from the publisher’s website. They will be available in print on Amazon as well in the near future.)
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“The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works.” (Ps. 145:8-9).
In the study of the Lord’s campassion, we have, to my mind, a complete revelation of the Lord’s willingness to heal. During His earthly ministry, He was everywhere moved with compassion, and healed all “them that had need of healing;” and it is “this same Jesus” who, after saying, “It is expedient for you that I go away,” is now seated at the right hand of God, “that He might be a merciful (compassionate) and faithful High Priest” for us.
In the Scriptures, “compassion” and “mercy” mean the same. The Hebrew noun, rachamin,
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Discovering a terrorist plot and risking your life to stop it before three U.S. cities are destroyed, receiving a visitation from an angel with important information from the Lord, falling in love with someone halfway around the world — through the help of a rusty old computer — and learning that it’s never too late to give your life to Jesus Christ. What more could any reader want from one book?
QUENTON’S HONOR (by me) has it all, and it’s just waiting at the Amazon Kindle Store to be snatched up by readers for their Kindles, Nooks, iPads, tablets, iPhones, and Androids. The novel has been out in paperback edition for several years, but this month saw its debut in digital format, and it’s available only on Amazon.
If you’re looking for a fresh, inspiring reading experience, check it out.
It’s worth $3.99 — even if I do say so myself.
You can also visit the “Quenton’s Honor” Facebook page to meet the characters and learn more about the book.
(Paperback version is currently available from St. Ellen Press, but will also be available on Amazon in June.)
Let this message and powerful photo from “Pure Glory” soak into your spirit and soul today, giving you unshakable confidence in God’s protection.
Originally posted on Pure Glory:
There is no need for anxious fear. Cry out to God and he will answer, when you have come to the end of yourself. He desires for you to live in freedom. from all your fears. Depend on him, not yourself!
Pray! He will never fail you. No never!
God’s angel sets up a circle
of protection around us while we pray. (Psalm 34:7 MSG)
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This Mother’s Day, I’d like to honor my mom (who has been in Heaven with the Lord for over 30 years now) by sharing one of her original poems with you. I still miss my mother every day, but I do not grieve. I have the glad assurance that when I have run my race and come to the end of my own earthly journey, I will be with her once again and enjoy her company for eternity.
My mom wrote most of her poetry about “ordinary” people and “ordinary” events in life. To her, it was those simple things that made life truly precious and, therefore, made it “extraordinary.”
This little poem is one she wrote about being a mother and bringing up children. I thought it was particularly appropriate for today:
by Vera Faye Pavloff
Children are a gift from God above
For us to cherish and shower with love.
To be cared for and taught how to mind;
This is not easy, so soon we find.
Having patience with a wee little one
Is winning a battle that’s only begun.
Time spent with them is seldom too much
For knowing your child and keeping in touch —
For teaching them how to love one another,
And to always be kind to sister and brother.
You listen to all the stories they tell,
Add one of your own with something to sell.
Giving them freedom and time to dream
Is not quite so foolish as it may seem.
Persuade and guide them along the way,
And take time out to hope and pray
That they develop both character and mind —
One to your liking and much refined.
To show that you care and stay in command
You must use a firm but gentle hand.
When they’re older and much troubled too,
Help them by being both honest and true.
Part of the burden they really must bear
Much too often we think we should share.
Yes, raising a child is a pleasure for sure;
For each little crisis there is a cure.
When they worry to their wits’ end,
Always remember it’s on you they depend.
Bring them up in the ways of the Lord
And give them what you can afford.
When they accomplish whatever they do,
You know that you have accomplished too.
© Very Faye Pavloff 1970
Several of my creative writing students like to write a lot about the Lord and the things He’s revealed to them in their personal walk of faith. The links below are to poems by two of those writers, published in Debut Writers Journal. I believe my readers here will enjoy them as well. If you do enjoy the poems or are blessed by them, please leave the writers a comment on their individual poem pages to encourage them in their efforts to share the Lord with readers.