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Your Test Becomes Your Testimony
Your Royal Position, For Such a Time like This
When God Reroutes Our Promise Land
He Reveals the Profound and Hidden
You Call Me Out Upon the Waters
Take My Yoke Upon You
Refuge for the Refugees
Holy Spirit Conviction
But Such As I Give To You!
The Extravagance of Partnering…
You Anoint My Head with Oil
They Have No Wine
Mountaineering with God
Positioning to see Jesus
Bridging the Gap
Be Born In Me
Purposed to Proclaim
Faith Forward
Mounting Up Like Wings on Eagles
Worship, a Weapon and Sceptre
God's Engineering
Lord If It's You
Our Steps Are Ordered
The Strength of My Heart
Rise and Be Healed
Decree a Thing and it Shall Be…
A Whale of a Time
Chariots of Fire All Around
Let My People Go
Fishers of Men, Harcest Time!
The Abounding Grace of God
Made Ready for the Archers Arm
Living Waters from A Well...
Mother Behold Your Son!
Just Say the Word
Planet Shakers, Planet Changers!
Who Are You Looking For?
Do This in Remembrance of Me
Gabbatha, The Judges Seat
Your Will, My Command
David Arise
Esther's Crowning Glory
Build on the Rock
Resurrection Life
Holistic Lifestyle
Reason for Every Season
Prepared for a Purpose
The Prized Pearl

David Arise
I imagine young David tending his father's sheep. The word 'tending' lends a gentle, nonchalant nuance to this occupation - to tend means to give direction to, to lead and to care for. Yet the challenge of herding sheep was not the easiest, especially to animals characteristically fearful, easily led astray and unable to survive without the assistance of a Shepherd. Wild animals preyed on their vulnerabilities as soft targets including the lion and the bear; so that the usual temperate stance of the shepherd had to be fast replaced by fierce protector and defender mode. Scripture recounts David's account of how when the lion and the bear took one of his sheep, he went after it, slew it and delivered the sheep from its mouth; that when these wild beasts lunged at David, he would catch them by the beard stun and kill them. David's brave-heart, his unyielding commitment to his sheep mirrors the relationship David had with God and the one that God desires the Church reflects in her obligations and duties to his people. David credited these feats to God, he knew it was only through Divine capacity and capability that he was delivered from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear, but crucially David took action. David could only have experienced Gods deliverance by going after the lion and the bear. God lavishes, strength Grace and fortitude to those who step out and step up.

Small wonder then that when David was within earshot of the taunts and heckling's of Goliath, the giant Philistine - something resonated within him. His blood curdled - Flashes of the lion and the bear coming at his sheep raced through his mind's eye. It was instinctive, it was natural, it was a given, this giant had to be taken out! I'm not sure what startled David more, Goliath's ranting against the God of Israel or Saul and his armies stymied paralysis of fear and trepidation of these giants brandishing weapons of bronze and throwing their collective weight and stature at them. Friends if you have not fully grasped the reality of what's unfolding on our global stage right now, this scene is replaying itself this moment. We are under attack - Our faith, our God, our people are being blasphemed, persecuted and killed under the most heinous violent means and no longer can we turn a blind eye. No longer can we remain silent. We cannot be shaken, we cannot be intimated - we have a mandate, the power, the authority, the ability to go at these 'lions and bears', 'cause like David implored, Goliath came at him with a sword, but David went at him in the Name of the Lord! I believe God is raising up David's to shout the war-cries to lift high the Banner of Elohim and to charge! Sure our 'weapons of warfare' are not carnal, but have divine power to break down strongholds, our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, authorities, of principalities and forces that have blinded people, have people in bondage, people caught in cults and doctrines and beliefs that have no basis, no substance, no hope or reprieve.

Like David when we witness the power of God at work through us against 'vicious predators' that encroach on our lives, then we know we have the God given God enabled confidence to go after bigger threats, even 'colossal menacing giants!' When David realized that no soldier was prepared to take on Goliath, he beseeched Saul, "I have done this to both lions and bears, and I'll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God!" (1 Samuel 17:36). "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" (1 Samuel 17:37). These Scriptures reveal the partnership David and God had forged. God is dependent on us to act, equally as we are dependent on Him to deliver us! David acted and God delivered - David credits deliverance to God - but then he acknowledges his own step of faith for charging and slaying those predators. I can do this, we can do this must be our war-cry! "If God be for us who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31) "The Lord is my Light and my Salvation whom shall I fear; The Lord is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid?

"So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him." 1 Samuel 17:50

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