There is a program called Thrive that I am wanting to tell you about. The program was developed through Whatever It Takes Consulting to enrich an individual’s walk with the Lord. Pastor Jacob Diaz, from San Antonio, TX brings the lessons each week. Each lesson is different but also connected. Each lesson brings a different perspective to the Word and encourages you to reach out to other people in your community, who may not have a relationship Christ. Or renew a relationship with an old friend, who knows who Christ is but hasn’t be walking with Him (discipleship). Throughout Thrive, God has really shown Himself to me through each session. Each session is powerful in their own way. Whether it is how to put on your Armor (Eph 6) to face the giants (obstacles/circumstances) that stand in your way (the story of David and Goliath).
With that said, I want to give you an excerpt from my notebook (which by the way is full due to the lessons!), but first things first, the text/reference is from:
1 Samuel 17:33-54 ESV
33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, 35 I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. 36 Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, efor he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 And David said, f“The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, gand the LORD be with you!”
38 Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of bronze on his head andclothed him with a coat of mail, 39 and David strapped his sword over his armor. And hetried in vain to go, for he had not tested them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot go withthese, for I have not tested them.” So David put them off. 40 Then he took his staff in hishand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch.His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine.
41 And the Philistine moved forward and came near to David, hwith his shield-bearer infront of him. 42 And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for hewas but a youth, iruddy and handsome in appearance. 43 And the Philistine said to David,“Am I ja dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by hisgods. 44 The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh kto the birdsof the air and to the beasts of the field.” 45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come tome with a sword and with a spear and with la javelin, but I come to you in the name of theLORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, ewhom you have defied. 46 This day theLORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. mAndI will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day nto the birds of the air andto the wild beasts of the earth, othat all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel,47 and that all this assembly may know that pthe LORD saves not with sword and spear.qFor the battle is the LORD‘s, and he will give you into our hand.”
48 When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.
50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Then David ran and stood over the Philistine rand took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead,sthey fled. 52 And the men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as GathSeptuagint; Hebrew Gai” href=”https://www.esv.org/1+Samuel+17/#f6-“>6 and the gates of tEkron, so that the wounded Philistines fell on the way from uShaaraim as far as vGath and Ekron. 53 And the people of Israel came back from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their camp. 54 And David took wthe head of the Philistine xand brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent.
From the Lesson: Facing Your Giants
“We grow by faith by faith. David was prepared to shepherd the people of Israel due to being in the pasture taking care of his sheep. David’s ability to trust in the Lord is laid out when David speaks about his fight against the bear, lion, Goliath, then tens of thousands. […] Our preparation starts where no one sees you. Our private victories set us up for our public success.”
Lesson that I had learned in this lesson: We are given an obstacle that we are meant to overcome. How you overcome is through the Word, through prayer, through discipleship/mentorship, and through Praise and Worship. I am constantly being reminded that staying in the Word helps me overcome my depression and whenever I feel anxious. I know that being in alignment with God helps me to change my perspective on life. This is only a glimpse, you need to come back for more blogs or go to http://www.whateverittakeshow.com, WIT-Warrior.
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