Devotion for September 20, 2022

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” (Luke 10:19)

When he went out to fight Goliath, David said, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD … and he will give you to us!” (1 Samuel 17:45, 47). Nobody in King Saul’s army seemed to have factored God into the equation, but David talked about nothing else. He saw what they didn’t, and refused to be intimidated by what they did. He believed that the God he served was bigger than the giant he faced.

Do you believe that too? Do you see God as bigger than your problem? If you’re in a situation where there appears to be no way out, instead of wasting time and energy dwelling on your own weaknesses and shortcomings, stand on God’s Word and start talking about His power. You won’t win if you fight in your own strength, so don’t try it!

David said, “This is the LORD’s battle” (v. 47). And God has never lost a battle! So confront your giant in the name of the Lord and declare: “Giant of divorce, you aren’t entering my home; depression, you won’t conquer me; alcohol, bigotry, insecurity, lust, you’re coming down!” The Bible says, “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard [flag of victory] against him” (Isaiah 59:19).

There are three things Satan can’t withstand: God’s Word, Christ’s blood, and the name of Jesus. When you use those things you’ll bring him down every time — just like David toppled Goliath!

Prayer

Lord, be larger than anything else in my life, and give me the strength to overcome the troubles that confront me daily. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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