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Our True Champion

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davidgoliathAs a follow up to yesterday’s blog post–a reblogged post titled “Champions Have Faith Above Fear” by “The Daily Way”–our true Champion is God.

Today’s devotion from “The Daily Way” (see below), follows up on yesterday’s devotion by reminding us just how strong fear can be if we take our eyes off of God. As stated in the opening paragraph, “Fear can paralyze us–leading us to believe that moving in any direction will result in something bad. In fact, we can become afraid to face our fears mostly because we are afraid of facing them alone.”

If we are true believers in God through Jesus Christ, we are never alone, no matter what we may be facing. Deuteronomy 31:6 states:

Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,
for the Lord your God goes with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you.

And in Hebrews 13:5-6 we read the following:

Keep your lives free from the love of money
and be content with what you have,
because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”
So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?”

When we place our faith in anything or anyone other than God, fear can blind and blindside us. David knew this even as a very young man when he faced the giant Goliath with nothing more than a sling shot and a few stones. Because David’s faith was in God and God alone, the size of Goliath did not intimidate him. And he killed the giant Goliath with one smooth stone. (Read the story in I Samuel 17 at this link.)

As the devotion below states, “Despite what seemed to be a one-sided challenge, David knew that he was not alone. . . . While Goliath struck fears in the hearts of many men, David was brave enough to accept his challenge, knowing the Lord would be with him. A true champion knows he never faces any challenge or difficulty alone; God is with him.”

God never leaves us to face any challenge alone, and that is where our faith comes into clear focus. So . . . .

Do we believe?

Or do we let fear take hold?

Step out in faith today . . . .

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The Daily Way

Fear can paralyze us—leading us to believe that moving in any direction will result in something bad. In fact, we can become afraid to face our fears mostly because we are afraid of facing them alone.

As the Israelites faced the daily boasts of Goliath, they cowered at his challenge. He loomed over the Israelite army—standing taller than everyone else in their camp. Day after day, Goliath challenged the Israelites until a man stepped forward, one who was brave enough to stand up to him—even if he was only half Goliath’s size.

David, who refused to use King Saul’s armor, could not believe the boasts of this man. Though Goliath towered over him, David saw no need to hide in fear from this gargantuan mortal.

Despite what seemed to be a one-sided challenge, David knew that he was not alone. As we read his writings in Psalms, we come to…

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