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Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery.
Apart from Christ we are hopelessly enslaved to sin. We cannot earn our way out of being sinners. Freedom in Christ releases the hold sin claims over us. There is real power at work here, and that power comes from grace and forgiveness. Jesus purchased freedom for us; the freedom to love the Lord, and to choose Him over everything else with how we live. Jesus is the only sacrifice that saves us, and through faith in Christ the Holy Spirit has made His home in our hearts. In Christ we are free, and our hearts are to remain in His love. (John 15:9-10 paraphrased)
From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the saints, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ, at Colossae. Grace and peace to you from God our Father!
Lord God, I thank you for the work You did in the apostle Paul and in Timothy - that You saw fit to capture their hearts for Your glory, and pour out encouragement and instruction to Your church as it was just beginning. We are grateful for their example and their model to us to likewise encourage, instruct, rebuke, and forgive each other in the body of Christ. Shape our hearts Lord to truly extend grace and peace to one another regularly, and especially as it is needed. We all need help, we all need more of You desperately! Make us the church that is Your bride! Amen!
Then Saul clothed David with his own fighting attire and put a bronze helmet on his head. He also put body armor on him. David strapped on his sword over his fighting attire and tried to walk around, but he was not used to them. David said to Saul, “I can’t walk in these things, for I’m not used to them.” So David removed them. He took his staff in his hand, picked out five smooth stones from the stream, placed them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag, took his sling in hand, and approached the Philistine.
David approaches the situation with Goliath leaving no room for glory to go to anyone but God. David refuses the King's fighting attire, helmet, and body armor. Does God want David to look like Saul for this victory? God Himself has equipped David with everything He needs. The most important thing that David has is the Lord His God, the living God! David has courage to step out and fight because He knows His God goes before Him. No man, especially an overgrown Philistine, can face the living God and be victorious. This battle belongs to the Lord!
“O, Lord God, you have begun to show me your greatness and strength. (What god in heaven or earth can rival your works and mighty deeds?)
Lord, we praise Your mighty name, for there is none like You. We are so grateful God that You choose to reveal Yourself to us. Lord, there is none who compare, and none who can stand in Your presence. We desperately need You every day, in every situation. I pray that all we have experienced of You Lord God is only the beginning, and that You would continue to reach us where we are, and bless us! Do the amazing and miraculous in our midst Lord God! Strengthen our faith and infuse us with courage to live boldly! In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Rely on the Lord! Be strong and confident! Rely on the Lord!
Short and sweet - rely on the Lord. Do not rush to your own actions or panic when seasons of life take a turn for the worse. Seek the Lord, and wait on Him. He is good and awesome and for us. The "turns for the worse" may last a few days, or they may last many years. Whatever the hand you are dealt, know that God knows and is prepared for whatever may come. Let Him be your refuge and your rock, for He is ever faithful.