(Read 1 Samuel 18:13-16)
Today I will continue with “Faith and Patience Volume 5 – Greater is Coming!” For the past couple of days, we talked about Saul attempting to kill David. The King hurled two spears at David for no reason but the jealousy in his heart. Saul was a King and David was a kid. However, Saul was clearly intimidated by the grace of God on David’s life. Naturally speaking, you would think that all Saul had to do was ‘give the order,’ and David would have been arrested or killed. But no matter how much power Saul had, God had his hand on David and Saul knew he could not do anything about it. When the Lord protects you, no one can get through His hedge!
I am not sure how he knew it, but Saul knew he could not touch David, at least not in a traditional way. So the King opted to send David into combat, hoping he would die on the frontlines. Saul had already made David the Commanding General, so he sent David away, on combat missions. The plan backfired on Saul! Although David had no experience leading troops in combat, he was successful. The Bible says, “David continued to succeed in everything he did, for the Lord was with him.”
This was David’s time. David was walking in his season. David was operating with the grace of God on his life and there was nothing Saul, or anyone else could do about it. David was blessed. The best definition for the Hebrew word translated “blessing” I can find is “nothing missing, nothing lacking, nothing broken, and completely at peace.” You can see that “The Blessing” was working in David’s life. His life had drastically changed in a matter of weeks and it was all because of the grace, favor, and blessing of the Lord.
The Bible says that when Saul recognized what God was doing in David’s life, “He became even more afraid of him.” Saul knew that if God chose David to be King (which He had already done), there was NOTHING he could do about it. No matter how much power he thought he had as king, he could not go against the KING of kings.
So what does this mean for you today? A few things:
1. God has all power. There is nothing (literally nothing) God cannot do. This statement would be good all by itself. However, when you consider the fact that you (if you are Born-Again) are carrying God around INSIDE of you, it changes your perspective of just about everything.
2. God has ultimate authority. All authorities in heaven, on earth, and even under the earth, are subject to God’s authority (Rom 13:1). So if you are having “issues” with someone in authority, like David did with Saul, it’s good to remind yourself that God is the ultimate authority. Saul could not harm David, because of God’s protection. The same will be true for you!
3. God has plans for you. The God knows all things and has all power, the God who sits on the circle of the earth, the only true God, spends time thinking about you! Think about that for a minute. Before you were born God made plans for you and they are good plans (see Jer 1:5; Jer 29:11; Ps 139:15,16; Isa 49:1; Rom 8:28-32). Now that are you here, God is tirelessly dedicated to seeing those plans come to pass!
4. Nothing and no one can stop the grace of God when it is in operation in your life.
— When you yield to God and submit to Him in all things, He gets to LIVE through you. His grace flows TO YOU and then THROUGH YOU for Kingdom impact on this planet. When that is happening, no one can stop you, because at that moment, stopping you would mean stopping God, and God cannot be stopped!
— For God to freely operate in your life He seeks your full cooperation. If you do not cooperate, He will not operate, because God honors your free will. However, when you are cooperating and He is operating, there is nothing the devil or anyone in the earth can do to stop God’s plans for your life.
— The only person who can stop God’s grace when it is flowing is you. When you stop cooperating you stop God from operating, but when you repent and go back to make an alignment with your assignment, the grace will FLOW again. When the grace is flowing, you are unstoppable, because God cannot be stopped.
5. Success will not come without opposition.
— All who live Godly will suffer persecution and opposition (2 Tim 3:12). The good news is that because the grace of God is flowing in your life, you WILL come out on top.
— If it does not look like you are winning, it is obvious that the battle is not over. It’s not over until YOU WIN!
— The road will not always be easy, but you won’t have to face the challenges alone. Once God’s grace is on you, the only way you can lose is if you quit.
6. You live life on another level when you decouple your life from human limits.
— God has all power. He is the ultimate authority. He sits on the circle of the earth (Isa 40:22). There is nothing God cannot do and He cannot be stopped.
— When you die to self and allow God to live through you to the point where He is giving you the words and performing the work (John 14:10), there is nothing you cannot do. The impossible becomes possible for you because you are not the one doing it.
— You will never experience the fullness of the life God destined you to have until you die to your limits and boundaries.
— The only limits you have are the ones you placed there. If you place artificial limits on your limitless God, you are hindering His operation in your life. Because God is only limited by Your capacity to believe!
— If you EXPAND your capacity to believe God, and you remove every artificial limit you have ever placed on Him, God is then FREE to do what He planned to do in/with/through your life. The results will be amazing and world-changing!
— The only way a teenage shepherd boy could become the King of Israel was by dying to human limits and boundaries, so God’s plan could be manifested in his life. What happened for David can happen for you, but your heart must be OPEN to it. This is all about God and His grace, not you and your perceived abilities.
— If you can SEE IT, you can have it. You can BELIEVE IT, God can perform it! There is nothing God cannot do. He is UNSTOPPABLE! Please open your heart to the God of NO LIMITS and you will become the man/woman you are destined to be!
Declaration of Faith:
Father, You have all power. There is nothing You cannot do. You sit on the circle of the earth. All things are under Your feet. You also have all authority in heaven, on the earth, and even under the earth! You are the creator and sustainer of all things. And You took the time, and still take time, to think about me. You made plans for me before the foundations of the world. You planned out my days before I was born. My goal in life is to find, follow, and finish Your plans for me. I consciously make an alignment with my divine assignment. I submit to Your Kingdom plans and purposes. As I do, Your grace flows freely TO me and THROUGH me. I know I will face opposition along the way, but I also know that the opposition cannot stop Your grace. I am unstoppable because You live in me! The only way I can lose is if I quit, and there is NO QUIT in me! This is why GREATER IS COMING FOR ME! I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
This is Today’s Word. Apply it and prosper!