Previously we have focused on God’s Presence, Power, Provision and Purpose. I will quickly share with you what yesterday was supposed to be. I wanted Monday to focus on God’s Plan for your life. You may say, isn’t purpose and plan somewhat the same thing? No. God’s purpose is His will for your life. His plan is how He will get you to fulfill your purpose. Think of it like this, purpose is the ultimate goal and plan is the strategy given to reach the ultimate goal. God has a purpose for you and He has a perfect plan that will lead you to achieve that purpose in your life.
Today, I want us to focus on God’s previous victories in your life. Can you look back on your life and see the hand of God? I want you to think about those previous victories in your life where God came through in a mighty way. What did it do for you? Was your faith strengthened? Did your confidence increase? Did you have more courage and strength for the next trial that came your way?
When I think about previous victories I am always drawn to the story of David and Goliath. The showdown with Goliath was not the first time David had faced adversity. It was not the first time he had faced something that could have killed him. The Bible tells us about a shepherd who was just a teenager with a big responsibility. David had heard about this giant who was defiling the army of God.
David goes before King Saul and in 1 Samuel 17:34-37 “34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.37 David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.”
The reason David had the strength, faith and courage to face Goliath is because he had experienced previous victories. God had granted him the strength to kill the lion and the bear. David says the Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.
Now, think of those deliverance moments in your life. Often times, we get in moments that are too big for us and that challenge us and stretch us to the breaking point. Many times, we lose the fight with the enemy simply because we forget the previous victories that the Lord has given us. We look at our situation that is too big for us or the mountain that seems too high to climb and we do not take time to stop and remember the previous victories.
Just like David its those previous victories in your life that will give you the renewed strength, faith and courage to keep moving forward. David knew he could defeat Goliath not because he was the biggest or the strongest or had the best armor or weapons. He knew he could defeat Goliath because of the past victories in his life. It was because of those victories that David could go into battle with the enemy in faith that God would deliver him once again.
How about you today? As you continue on this fast you are setting yourself up for another victory in your life. You have the past victories in your life, the things God has delivered you from to anchor your faith on. Spend time in prayer today and thank God for those past victories and look to God to continue to give you victories today and in the future as you position yourself through prayer and fasting to be victorious. Our past victories allow us to stand in the present and move forward into the future with confidence, faith, and courage.
Blessings to Each of You,
HOPE CHURCH NEWPORT NEWS
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