Topic: Forty Days Of Fear [Friday April 6, 2018]
Text: 1 Samuel 17:12-24 (KJV)
Key Verse: “And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days” (1 Samuel 17:16).
Tertullian, a third-century church Father, while speaking of death, said: “It is a poor thing to fear that which is inevitable.”
David, the youngest son of Jesse, was sent to the battle lines by his father. There, he saw the great fear stirred within the men of Israel because of Goliath. The reason Goliath came out morning and evening with full battle equipment and paraded in front of the Israelite army was because he wanted them to be dismayed. Goliath was able to defeat the Israelites for forty days using the psychological weapon of fear alone.
In any contest, it is always useful to demoralise your opponent, then strike fear in their heart. The devil is interested in making you greatly afraid before the battle ever begins. Fear keeps one from ever going to battle and if one does go at all, he will fight with anxiety and apprehension. With carefully chosen words, we can do a lot to win the battle before it even begins. This, of course, is a significant strategy the devil uses against us.
Giants never completely go away by themselves until you frontally face and fight them. Giants gather strength in your mind. The longer you let them speak out their demands, the more demoralised you will become. Many of us are afraid of all kinds of Goliaths to the extent that we do not venture out to preach the gospel. So much of what churches do is maintenance- oriented because of fear. So much of what we do is not productive because of fear. Put the fear behind you and confront the giant before you. The Lord will give you the victory you desire.
Thought For The Day: Perfect love casts out fear.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.