Friday

Strike First!

1 Samuel 17, 3 Keys for defeating Satan, 1 Peter 1:13
Satan is a "Goliath," calling out God's people, taunting us, claiming he'll destroy us.

And we need to respond like David.

You see, David did something remarkable. He was aggressive. He struck the first blow (1 Samuel 17:48-49). He didn't wait for Goliath to wound him. 

And we shouldn't wait for Satan to attack either.

"Prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ." 1 Peter 1:13, NASB

1. Prepare our minds for action. 
Let's feed our faith before the battle (Colossians 3:16). 

2. Keep Sober. Let's be alert/aware of Satan's tricks and influences (1 Peter 5:8).

3. Fix our hope on Jesus. Let's depend on Christ's strength (Philippians 4:13) and take up our shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16).

Like David, we can be aggressive in defeating our giants because we are depending on God's Name and strength, not our own (1 Samuel 17:45-47).
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You might like this related 1-minute devotion about Satan: Pick Pockets.

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9 comments:

  1. My giant is to grow in Christ; to accept the health limitations He has brought to me and use my time wisely. I can still pray. He brought it to me. He promises He won't give me more than I can handle and that He will see me thru it. I need to stop pouting!

    Thank you so much for such timely, spot on messages; they are blessings!

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    1. Dear MKP,
      I am praying that these positive, Biblical attitudes you express will take hold of your heart and give you increasing peace and purpose in your life despite your limitations. May God use your gifts and your challenges to bless others and make you more like Him!

      Thank you for sharing your request and I hope others will take a moment to pray for you as well.
      God bless you,
      Gail

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  2. My giant is my mother-in-law. I know i should honor her. But im having a difficult time.

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    1. Hi Marian, I encourage you to read the series I wrote about honoring our mother-in-laws. I think it may help. This is the first in the series and you can find all of the others linked on this page: http://biblelovenotes.blogspot.hu/2010/05/strengthen-your-marriage-love-your.html
      I'd love to know if anything in this series helps you.
      God bless you,
      Gail

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  3. My giant is my mother-in-law. I know i should honor her. But its so difficult.

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  4. My giant is my job. I have been there almost 4 years and have never been offered a raise, making minimum wage ($7.50 an hour), no vacation, no benefits. I am seeking a better job closer to home; trying to patiently wait on God

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    1. Hi Piper's Mom, I pray that you will find a job that pays more, has more benefits and is close to your home. I can understand why these things would be difficult and pray God will overcome your "giant." God bless you,
      Gail

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  5. Actually, i already did. It's for that reason i found your website. We share the same roof. My husband and i already agreed to this from the beginning since she'll be left alone if we won't. But eversince we had our children, it has really been a challenge.

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    1. I will continue to pray for you, Marian. I know these type of situations can be very difficult and I will pray that God does a miracle in all of your lives. I know he will bless you and your husband for respecting his mother. I am sorry that it is so difficult. Keep pressing into God, praying and seeking Him when things get tough. God bless you,
      Gail

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