Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Stand Like Men.

1 Samuel 4:9, NKJV reads,
Be strong and conduct yourselves like men, you Philistines, that you do not become servants of the Hebrews, as they have been to you. Conduct yourselves like men, and fight!”
These were the wise words of the Philistines’ elders to the fighting men. In other words, they said, 
“Don’t go down without a fight. Even if you end up losing, let posterity speak well of you. Let it say ‘You did your best.’ Let it say, ‘You stood your ground and defended that which is yours.’” 
These are the exact same words God has for you and me today. The only way we are going to overcome and not be servants to the elements of this world is to,
“BE STRONG AND CONDUCT OURSELVES LIKE MEN.”
Isn't instructive how many times God had to repeat the same words to Joshua, even after He had promised to be with Him, just like He was with Moses? Has it were, God was saying, this is the key to receiving His promise. He will be with us, as He was with Moses if only we will do our own part in being strong and conduct ourselves like men.

God's power needs our faith and courage for it to be released on our behalf. It is not God alone. It is not us alone. It is God and we bring about His power and purposes upon the earth and in our individual lives. Our lack of faith and/or courage can and does limit God's efficacy. Just imagine what could have happened to the Philistines if they had given up without a fight. They would have lost a battle God had given to them.

How many battles do we lose on a daily basis only because we give up without a fight? We refuse to do even the minimum, appearing. We are rather focused on the challenge and our demons, rather than lifting up our eyes to where our help comes from. We seat under the tree of despondent, rather than proving our God, like Jonathan, [1 Samuel 14], Joshua and Caleb [Numbers 14]. Our God has given us the Land, but we have to go out and possess it with full confidence of faith.

St. Akin de Great.


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